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Let’s look at: Mind over Batter

75 Recipes for Baking as Therapy

by Jack Hazan

#MindOverBatter #NetGalley

I love the pun title of this book. It does tell readers/bakers what this took is about. The author, a therapist, offers recipes that he believes have a therapeutic value, hence the subtitle which is 75 recipes for baking as therapy.

A few of the chapter headings are Self-Care, Finding Comfort, Dealing with Stress and Anxiety, and Connecting with Others. Each section includes self-help and recipes.

In his introduction the author notes that baking engages all of the senses and is easily available. He shares the biographical information that led him from a traditional Syrian Jewish family of immigrants to his becoming a therapist-baker. This is worth reading before going to the recipes.

There are helpful therapeutic sections in this book. For example, early on, there is a section on setting boundaries. There are also, of course, beautiful photos and delicious recipes. Make the Self-Care in a Cup Cake. It serves one; sometimes that is just the right amount. Try some of the others as well.

I very much liked the approach of this book. I think that I may purchase the hard copy for me or someone I know.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 21 March 2023

Remember to breathe: Zen for Kids by Laura Burgess

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Today I had some frustrating experiences so I can say that there is definitely room for more zen in my life and in all of our lives. Although this book is addressed to kids, adults may well enjoy exploring it with a young person or even on their own. This was a perfect read for me.

The title begins with a very helpful introduction. Readers will leave it with a better understanding of zen practices.

I like that there are both activities and stories in these pages. In addition, the illustrations are evocative and lovely.

I very much liked this title and recommend it highly.

Many thanks to Shambhala Publications and NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 14 March 2023