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Review: Sugar and Spice: A New Recipe for Bolder Baking by Samantha Seneviratne

Sugar & SpiceThe Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2013 study1 “Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads” found that 30 to 40 percent of US healthcare expenditures are for diseases directly related to the over consumption of sugar.

Even just a few spices or ethnic condiments that you can keep in your pantry can turn your mundane dishes into a culinary masterpiece. –

Marcus Samuelsson
Samantha Seneviratne is one of those rarest of cookbook writers. She doesn’t just create recipes – she tells stories. Stories of her life as the child of a first generation Sri Lankan family, about the history of the spices and herbs she cooks with, and most importantly, the history of the consumption of sugar in the US and the health issues it causes. Sugar and Spice is a cookbook, yes – but it is also a highly enjoyable book to simply sit and read for the wonderful stories she tells. Tales of her grandmother in Sri Lanka, her beloved brother, and her mother’s love of the ‘boxed mixes’ Samantha grew up on. The immigrants love of all things “American” that removed her from her grandmother’s history of a love of the land, of the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom that grew on her property amongst the coconut palms, teak trees and frangipani, bananas and avocado, and the vines of pepper growing wild.
The recipes do use sugar, but much less than standard recipes. Instead, Samantha focuses on true flavours instead of the tasteless, over-sugared offerings so common today. Real cocoa powder, fresh ground spices, all provide a level of clarity of flavour that is a treat to all of the senses.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. I don’t even cook, though my housemate does and I can hardly wait for her to cook up some of these wonderful treats – but the stories are fascinating, making the book worth having even if you don’t cook!


…And He Can Cook!: Brought to you by a Nerd/Chef who Married a Hot Girl

…And He Can Cook!: Brought to you by a Nerd/Chef who Married a Hot Girl
Chef Lee
5.0 Stars (7 Reviews)
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

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Highest Rank – Top 10 in Special Occasions Cookbooks on Amazon!

How to hone your most valuable dating skill. A cookbook and how-to manual for guys who want great food and great relationships.

So, there’s this hot girl that you really want to date, and you need to find away to distinguish yourself from the other guys. Or you already have someone, but think you could add some extra spice to your two-some.

You could exercise and get all buff, but weights are so heavy. You could try the whole “I’m not paying attention to you so give me your number” routine.

The truth is, that only works if you’re naturally a tool and the girl has low self-esteem. You want a quality girl. A quality girl wants her man to have…

wait for it…qualities.

Here’s one that’s quick, fun, increases your sex appeal and tastes delicious.


Simple fact. Girls dig guys who can cook. Ask any girl if she had the choice between two identical guys, and one knew how to cook, which one she would choose. I’ll give you a minute to do the math on that one.

I can give you the tools you need to become “that guy”. The guy women envy their girlfriends for having. The guy who knows exactly what to do to satisfy his woman’s appetites…for food, that is. The guy who has it all: humor, skill, intelligence…And He Can Cook!

This isn’t your typical cookbook. Everything is broken down for you into plain English. No more chef talk, and no more hard to find ingredients. You’ll be able to make restaurant quality food for your date without all the hassle of really knowing what the hell you’re doing. Plus I have some dating advice from me, a few things I picked up along the dating road, and some good advice from some of the most popular romance novelists in the biz. Who could possibly give better advice about women?

I know, right?!

So, what are you waiting for? Learn to cook real food instead of trying to seduce women with your pizza microwaving skills.

Check out the recipes:

  • Fig and Red Currant Glazed Pork Tenderloin
  • Grilled Potabello Mushrooms and Cous Cous
  • Pan Roasted Chicken with Curry Cream Sauce
  • Pasta De Paella
  • Grilled Pork Carnitas
  • Chimi Churri Steaks
  • Tequila and Lime Shrimp Fajitas
  • Spice Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with Cilantro and Chili Aioli
  • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi Aioli
  • Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl
  • Pan Seared Sea Scallop Salad
  • Pan Roasted Chicken with Sake and Sun Dried Cherry Sauce
  • Wasabi and Plum Glazed Pork Tenderloin
  • Jerked Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Chipotle Glaze
  • Spice Crusted Orange Roughy with Mango Salsa
  • Grilled Coconut Lime Shrimp with Apricot Habanero Glaze
  • Raspberry Tamarind Glazed Chicken
  • Drunken Lamb with Grilled Pineapple
  • Grilled Steaks with Gorgonzola and Roasted Garlic Butter
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Shrimp and Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce
  • Garlic and Rosemary Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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