December Haul

December is all about buying for other people so I didn’t do any book shopping in December but I did receive a few cookbooks and a novel that my brother’s girlfriend picked up for me. I signed up to Kindle Unlimited this month as well because they have a really good offer on at the moment. You get three months of the service for £1.99! With Kindle Unlimited you can borrow 10 books at a time from the unlimited library and I have already taken out a few which I will show you below.

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Cookbooks

The Wicked Healthy Cookbook

The Wicked Healthy Cookbook

Hi, we’re Chad and Derek. We’re brothers who craft humble vegetables into the stuff of food legend. Everything we create is a bold marriage of delicate and punchy flavours, crunchy textures, and all with knife-sharp attention to detail. We’re proud graduates of the University of Common Sense who simply believe that eating more veg is good for you and good for the planet.

THE WICKED HEALTHY COOKBOOK presents a delicious game plan endorsed by every doctor and health organisation in the world: eat more plants. Chefs Chad and Derek Sarno are among the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based cooking and here they share their secrets for making killer meals.

THE WICKED HEALTHY COOKBOOK is unlike any other book on the market, and takes the badass plant pushing moniker to a whole new level, with sumptuous recipes and equally gorgeous photographs. The chefs include must-have tips on everything from barbecuing and entertaining, to cooking oil-free (if you’re into that), to organising an efficient kitchen. Featured throughout are informational sidebars and new innovative cooking techniques, helping to ensure readers end up with all of the flavour and texture they could want from a meal, minus the guilt!

Celebrating the central role of beautiful, crave-able food for our health and vitality, Chad and Derek provide 129 recipes for everyday meals and fancy dinner parties alike and also show us how to kick back and indulge with drool-inducing recipes like Sloppy BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Slaw, New England Style “Lobstah” Rolls, and Grilled peaches with Vanilla Spiced Gelato and Mango Sriracha Caramel. That’s all part of the plan: Shoot for 80% healthy and 20% wicked, and you’ll be 100% sexy: That’s Wicked Healthy!

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


Vegan Christmas – Gaz Oakly

Vegan Christmas

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the trad turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season. Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like Sweet Potato Waffles and Tofu Benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of Ultimate Christmas Wellington, “Turkey” Roast and Festive Nut Roast Wreath served with all the trimmings: “No Pigs” in Blankets, Hasselback Potatoes and Fluffy Yorkshire Puddings – all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free puds including Boozy Tiramisu and Creme Brûlée Tarts. There are vegan versions of mince pies, Pavlova and the traditional Christmas Pudding with Custard, and even a “cheese” board for afters! And it’s not just about the big day: Gaz offers a supreme spread of party food for when you’re celebrating with guests – Mini Sausage Rolls, Sticky BBQ “Ribs” and Arancini, among many others, plus ideas for Boxing Day leftovers including Bubble & Squeak, Christmas Curry and Gyros. Packed with suggestions for the festivities and advice on how to keep cool in the kitchen if you’re cooking on the big day, Vegan Christmas Cookbook offers every solution you’ll ever need for what to cook for vegans and vegetarians at Christmas.

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


BOSH! – Ian Theasby, Henry Firth

BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants.

‘The vegan Jamie Olivers’ The TimesWant to cook ridiculously good plant-based food from scratch but have no idea where to start? With over 140 incredibly easy and outrageously tasty all plants meals, BOSH! The Cookbook will be your guide.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution.

Their online channels have well over 1.8 million fans and constantly inspire people to cook ultra-tasty & super simple recipes at home. Always ensuring they stick to fresh, supermarket-friendly ingredients, BOSH! truly is “plant-based food for everyone”.

In BOSH! The Cookbook, Ian and Henry share over 140 of their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts & incredible sharing cocktails.

The book is jam-packed with fun, unpretentious and mega satisfying recipes, including Creamy Mac and Greens, Burrito Samosas, the Big Bhaji Burger, the World’s Best Pesto Lasagne, Satay Sweet Potato BOSH! Bowl, Spanish Beach Churros, Gooey PBJ Brownies and Salted Caramel Chocolate Crunch Tart, all easy enough to be rustled up any night of the week. It’s enough to convince the staunchest of carnivores to give plants a whirl.

Whether you’re already sold on the plant-based lifestyle or you simply want to incorporate more meat, dairy and egg-free meals into your week, BOSH! The Cookbook is your plant-based bible.

BOSH!

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food – Katy Beskow

15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food: Simple & satisfying vegan recipes

From the author of the bestselling 15 Minute Vegan comes 15 Minute Vegan: Comfort Food. The book shatters the notion that vegan food is cold and soulless by showing you how to create inspired comfort foods, whether you’re vegan or not. Vegan cookery expert Katy Beskow celebrates cooking for pleasure, soul and enjoyment, without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Using ingredients readily available in supermarkets, Katy’s easy recipes and instructions will have you making delicious, nutritious meals time after time. The book explores how a mindful cooking process is as comforting as the final dish, even when you have just 15 minutes to spare, and offers 100 recipes across five chapters: comfort classics (chocolate chilli, moussaka bowls); sides & bites (sweetcorn fritters, speedy samosas); social sharing (mushroom bourguignon, garden biryani); solo recipes (spicy falafel burger, cashew chow mein); and sweet comforts (cherry pot pies, jam sponge pudding).

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Web

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…


I actually listened to the audiobook of Last Christmas in Paris in November and I loved it so much I will definitely reread it in the future. My brother’s girlfriend spotted it in town for €3 and picked me up a copy. The print version is so pretty. The letters are arranged so nicely, I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

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The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown

The Ladies' Room

Secrets told in the church ladies’ room are supposed to stay in the ladies’ room. But that doesn’t mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude’s funeral won’t change the rest of her life.

Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer’s residing in the local nursing home. She doesn’t really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks.

Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lived next door to Gert, and in her will she leaves him the funds to help Trudy remodel the old house. That’s fine with Billy Lee, because he’s been in love with Trudy since before they started school. And just spending time with her is something he’d never ever allowed himself to dream about.

A beautiful home rises up from the old house on Broadway, and right along with it rises up a relationship. But is Trudy too scarred from what she heard in the ladies’ room to see a lovely future with Billy Lee

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


Box of Frogs by Helen Harper

Box of Frogs (The Fractured Faery, #1)

One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It’s going to be okay though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she’s a good person.

Right?

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries #1)

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


Pines by Blake Crouch

Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Get the Book: Amazon | Book Depository


Synopsis and book covers from Goodreads.

What books did you get in December?

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11 thoughts on “December Haul”

      1. I think I might take a look at Bosh then. I’m in need of some new vegan recipes. I’ve fallen into a pattern of eating a lot of frozen food lately so I need to get back into cooking. Thanks for this list!

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