Book of the Week – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

From New York Times Book Review

Week of February 14, 2011

Synopsis:  BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua (Penguin Press $25.95) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  Chua, Amy (Author) “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” is an awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards–and the costs–of raising her daughters the Chinese way.

Jimmy Fallon “Thank You Notes” – Hot Off The Presses

Jimmy Fallon, Host of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Comedian, Actor, Musician and former Cast Member of SNL adds Author to his resume with his new book “Thank You Notes” now available on book stands everywhere.  Fallon, well known for his impersonations, has elevated gratitude to a whole new level with his clever and hilarious “Thank You” segments, complete with the musical accompaniment of his TV band The Roots.

Fallon, usually the first to laugh, shows his guests a good time with a variety of silly games and even offers home viewers a chance to participate by writing to him via Twitter when he sends out a hashtags alert.  Trust me, get the book, watch the show and follow Jimmy on Twitter at!/@jimmyfallon.  Let me know what you think.  You’ll be glad you did.

Book of the Week

From The New York Times Best Sellers List

Week of December 12, 2010

Synopsis: MY PASSION FOR DESIGN, by Barbra Streisand. (Viking, $60.) A tour of the star’s recent homes includes her photographs of the rooms she has decorated and the art she has collected.

Release Date:  December 7, 2010


Barbara Streisand exposes yet another talent to the world.  She has mesmerized us all with her velvety vocals, made us laugh and cry in her cinematic triumphs and has been an involved and active citizen with her many special interests.  In her new book, My Passion For Design, Streisand invites us into her homes and shares her most personal treasures.  As a lover of art and design, I can’t wait to open a copy of this book and visit with Barbara.  I hope you will too.


What’s For Dinner?

October 4, 2010
By: Cheryl Maxie

Coming up with creative new ideas for dinner night after night can be a nightmare. For those of us with a family, the challenge is often making something that will be a treat for the grown-ups and something that the kids won’t give to the dog rather than eat themselves. I found some great alternatives for tasty meal ideas from The Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics cookbook. Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) hosts a show on the Food Network and her specialty is coming up with menus that delight her guests and give her plenty of time to enjoy their company because more of the meals are easy to prepare and can be made in advance. When I first thumbed through the book, I was enticed by the beautiful photographs of meals that sounded good enough to serve to royalty, yet had recipes easy enough for even a novice cook to follow with successful results. For my first meal, I selected the Broiled Red Snapper with Mustard Sauce and Capers. According to Ina, this dish took only about 20 minutes to prepare (including cooking time) and was special enough to serve to your most treasured guests. With only 8 basic ingredients to work with, I discovered she was right. I was able to run in after a long day, whip everything together in 10 minutes and cook it in 15 minutes. Since the sauce looked so good in the picture, I served it with rice (which the kids love) and green beans. Before I tested it out myself, I let my mother have a taste. Once she dipped her fork into the tender fish, covered in the creamy mustard sauce, that was it. I never got my plate back (even though she had already eaten dinner and claimed to be coming down with a cold.) When I tried it myself, I couldn’t believe that something so simple could taste so good. I am trilled that I have found another recipe to add to my repertoire of winning entrees and can’t wait to experiment with what the book has to offer. If you don’t already own a copy, “The Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics” can be purchased on Give it a try for yourself and let me know what you think.