Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review and Giveaway for Peace, Love, and Snacks

 Book Review of Peace, Love, and Snacks by Stan Starks

Stan is giving away a free copy of Peace Love and Snacks through this blog.  Please post a comment to enter the giveaway.  All names will be entered into a random name generator for the giveaway drawing, which will be held on May 16, 2012.

Title: Peace Love and Snacks
Genre – Non-Fiction/Healthy Living/Weight Control
Publisher – Self-Published
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Book Synopsis:

Look and feel great deliciously....

 Would you like your family to eat more wholesome foods and get more vitamins, micro-nutrients, fiber and minerals while avoiding processed sugar, gluten without taking supplements?  Wouldn’t it be nice to find an exciting and interesting way to eat more healthy?

If you answered yes to the above then my promise to you is that eating healthy snacks can be interesting, fun and easy. I present to you the “Peace Love and Snacks” healthy snack cookbook. And this not just about sneaking in a few vegetables into a cookie recipe – which actually is a great strategy. This goes a little deeper than that.

All of the recipes are are gluten free and contain no processed sugar and no white flour. Sometimes honey is used as a sweetener, however, there is also a granola process that utilizes no honey at all – only fruit, oats and nuts and it has tested very well.

Imagine feeling great about what you have made, using wholesome ingredients. Time to take revenge against junk food and enjoy delicious easy to make snack food recipes. You will find some truly unique and new recipes that your family will enjoy.

Author Information:
Many years ago, I wanted to own my own business. So I quit my job and I started a vending business . I sold pre-packaged, overly processed, excessively sugary, salty, artificially flavored and chemically induced junk food…And I was actually pretty good at it. I did this for about 5
years and I took on more and more locations.

The vending business is good exercise, it is actually a lot like P90x except you do it all over town and all the movements are very different, but you do build up a pretty good appetite.Now, the snack irony of the situation was that I really did not like the junk that I was pushing. I was surrounded by thousands of calories and yet I was still hungry.

So, I started to make my own healthy snacks. I began making my own granola bars and over time I got pretty good at making really delicious mouth water granola.

I then began experimenting with fruit, vegetables, nuts, brown rice and other wholesome ingredients. I would arrange these ingredients in a way that tasted really good. I got better and better at combining
different foods and I called these creations “food combinations”. Other people called them recipes.

Well, eventually I got out of the vending business. I took different day jobs like becoming an account representative for a large software company selling enterprise software to mid-size businesses but nights and weekends were often dedicated to making healthy snack food.

My co-workers became my test subjects and along the way I had a lot of flops but I kept a list of all the good recipes (food combinations – not giving up on this term just yet).

Have you ever been obsessed with something but don’t know why?…Well that is how I was when it came to inventing snack food recipes.

Maybe I was trying to make up for my dark snack past or just trying to rebalance my snack Karma. Whatever the reason, I missed countless episodes of TV shows and I worked for hours in the kitchen.
I think this hard work has paid off and I put together what I believe is the best snack recipe book around and you may have guessed the title “Peace Love and Snacks”.

Book Review:

I was excited and a little worried about reviewing this book.  My sister has gone gluten free and is really happy and in much less pain because of it.  I have wanted to go gluten free, but live in an area where there are little to no options for gluten free eaters.  We don’t have a whole foods or Trader Joe’s type of store, the closest one being about an hour drive.  Our local grocery stores have less than ¼ of one aisle for gluten free, sugar free, and organic foods all combined.  While I know I could make regular meals that are gluten free (meat, potatoes or rice, vegies, fruit), I was worried about snack foods for myself, my husband and my two teens.

I tried several recipes in the book and really enjoyed them.  I also enjoyed the attitude of the author to try your own options with nuts and fruits to replace ingredients.  I think this quote summed up the tone of the book, “Remember: Don’t stress out about any of this stuff; it’s only snack food.”

Stan writes in a quirky, upbeat manner that is infectious and welcoming.  You think, “I would like to be friends with this guy.”  The information is easily found, quickly delivered with humor and charm.  If he wrote another book I would read it because I found his writing so entertaining.  This is a book that I will use over and over, and use as a basis to try experimenting on my own (something I have been leery of doing to this point).

I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.

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