Quick Reads March 2017
Just a few this month.
Bless This Mother-effing Home: Sweet Stiches for Snarky Bitches by Katie Kutthroat*: While I love a good, snarky piece of subversive craft – especially ones that incorporate some cleverly placed swearwords – Bless This Mother-Effing Home seemed to have no great thought behind it, so claiming the subversive crafting label seems a bit malplaced. Furthermore, I had expected it to feature actual charts/instructions for cross stitching the pieces yourself, but that was not at all the case. So, if you want to look at cross stitch pieces that feature swearwords just because, you might enjoy this book – and you do get the chance to rip out your favourite pieces if you buy the physical copy – but otherwise I would skip it. 2 stars
Fearless Food: Allergy-Free Recipes for Kids (Allergy Aware Cookbooks) by Katrina Jorgensen*: I had high expectations for this book, being celiac and having many friends with other allergies. It was a big let-down though, I expected a book of healthier alternatives made allergen-free and that was certainly not the case. Fearless Food is especially disappointing from a celiac (gluten-free) perspective, as the book doesn’t actually exclude gluten, only wheat and doesn’t even mention that people might be allergic to the gluten in other grains (such as rye and barley) and the majority of recipes involving flour are for regular flour saying “substitute for a wheat-free blend”. The way ingredients substitutions are discussed is incredibly inconsistent, which would be very difficult for anyone not knowledgeable about allergies, cooking and possible substitutions to deal with. If you were expecting healthier food that’s not what you’ll get, most of the recipes are very heavy on refined flour and/or sugar – and calling a recipe that primarily consists of dates “sugar-free” is ingenious, might be free of processed sugar, but it’s not exactly sugar free. If you’re looking to make allergen-free variations of standard unhealthy food that is just as unhealthy as the original versions, it’ll work fine, otherwise skip it. 3 stars
Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore*: I was delighted to get the opportunity to read this new edition of Tudor Roses featuring new and reimagined items based on the original edition. 14 different garments for 14 different Tudor women from Alice Starmore and her daughter Jade, it is not just a book of knitting patterns, it is a book giving you a unique insight into each woman with absolutely stunning photographs and a new model for each woman. The patterns are gorgeous and intricately detailed, as you would expect from Alice Starmore. My one big criticism is that several of the pictures featured dark clothes shot on a black background and it was impossible to truly see the details in them, however, that was the exception rather than the rule. 4 stars
*Received an advanced reader’s copy through Netgalley , the review is my own honest opinion.