Currently rated 4.12 stars on goodreads, I received a digital copy of this book (hence no picture of my food with the book) from firsttoread, which sadly will be defunct in July. I was asked to give an honest review of this book, which comes out in July 2019. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.
This book was a light read and quite humorous and enjoyable. Nina Hill is a bookworm. She loves to read, she loves trivia, and she loves her cat. Her very predictable life is tossed about when she meets family she never knew existed and begins a relationship with a man she had no intention of dating initially. Nina has to learn to break away from her books a bit and push herself into sometimes uncomfortable dealings for the sake of making these new relationships work.
Food mentioned in this book included:
- Prickly pear soda
- Popcorn and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows
- Gluten-free bran muffins and chocolate croissants
- Cake pops
- Pesto panini
- Lattes and chocolate eclairs
- Croque madame
- Hot dogs
- Moons over my hammy and chicken and waffles
- A salad from Chipotle
- Lamb burgers with fresh mint
- Pomegranate salad dressing
- Chicken and canapes
- Picnic baskets of bread rolls and cheese and enormous bars of chocolate
- Salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks ice cream
- Blackberry crisp ice cream
- Cotton candy, sno-cones, hot dog on a stick
- Cinnamon raisin bagels
- Banana bread
- Cardamom, fig, and brie ice cream
I chose to make the last food that made its way into the story line. A massive food fight erupts over the closing of the beloved bookstore that Nina works at. A protester throws a ball of cardamom, fig, and brie ice cream and hits someone. Lemon juice and cayenne is sprayed about. More ice cream is thrown. Cupcakes are thrown. And then the cops shut the food fight down.
Justin wasn’t thrilled by me putting cheese in the ice cream. But it did add a nice savory dimension to a sweet treat. I really liked the addition, though I promised him I wouldn’t always add cheese to ice cream.
Honey Fig and Brie Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup honey
3 oz brie, cut into cubes
1/2 cup fig jam
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the heavy cream, milk, and honey. Heat until the liquid is steaming, but do not let it boil.
- Remove from heat and add the cheese. Mix together and press the cheese pieces on the sides of the sauce pan to help it melt.
- Chill overnight in the refrigerator.
- Follow your ice cream maker instructions to churn the ice cream. In the KitchenAid I mixed it on setting 1 for 20 minutes.
- 30 seconds before your ice cream is complete, add the fig jam to the mixture.
- Remove from the ice cream mixture and freeze until firm.
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