Book Review: Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt

About: Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt is a fictional book set in the mid-1600s, Holland. Ms. van der Vlugt is a Dutch writer known for historical fiction for young adults. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post. Publisher: HARPER COLLINS Language: English ISBN-10: 0008212104 My rat­ing for Midnight Blue  — 4 Buy Midnight Blue from Amazon.com* Buy Midnight Blue from HarperCollins More Books by Simone van der Vlugt Thoughts: Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt is an easy read, an engaging story which doesn’t take much effort but very enjoyable. I enjoyed learning about 17th Century Netherlands, even though some of the phrasing seemed odd but I will choke that up to the translation. I thought many of the characters, especially the protagonist, Catrin, acted in a way which I would not have thought women in the mid-1600s acted. The little art history and guest appearances by famous Dutch artists of the time were interesting, and a wink towards modern day readers who know the future success of those struggling. I thought that this was a lovely book which doesn’t pretend to…

Book Review: Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / June 25, 2018

About: Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish is a basic book about making artisan bread. Mr. Forkish, a former corporate leader who became a baker and opened up Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Portland, OR. 272 pages Publisher: Ten Speed Press Language: English ISBN-10: 160774273X   My rat­ing for Flour Water Salt Yeast — 5 Buy Flour Water Salt Yeast from Amazon.com* More Books by Ken Forkish Thoughts: I started baking Challah bread every other weekend for the Sabbath, and discovered the joys of baking bread. Even though it is a lot of carbs, I plan my meals and my breads have no preservatives or chemicals. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish is the first book I bought about baking bread. This was a great book for me, just someone who wanted to know more about baking to go along with the cooking / smoking skills. The book demystifies baking, makes sense of the nomenclature and really goes step by step throughout the process. While cooking is an art (add a dash of this, a pinch of that), baking is a science – everything has…

Fun Facts Friday: Maria Dermoût
Latest Posts / June 15, 2018

Maria Dermoût (15 June, 1888 – 27 June, 1962), was a novelist who is considered to be of the most important writers in Dutch indies literature. Books by Maria Dermoût* She was born on the island of Java, in the Dutch East Indies as Helena Anthonia Maria Elisabeth Dermoût-Ingerman. Her parents were descendants of employees of the Dutch East India Company. Most of Ms. Dermoût’s childhood was spent on a sugar plantation. The author was educated in Holland and continued writing in Dutch. When visiting the writer Johan van der Woude in 1949, Ms. Dermoût showed him some of her writings. He immediately put her in contact with his publisher. Even though Ms. Dermoût wrote all her life, most of her writings were published after she was in her early 60s. The author was awarded with immediate success (if you can call 60 years of writing “immediate”) with her first publication. During the 1960s she had many short stories published in magazines. Ms. Dermoût’s son died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The translation of The Ten Thousand Things (1958) was named by Time Magazine as one of the best books of the year (together with Breakfast at Tiffany’s…

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