Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Christmas Kitchen by Tammy Maltby

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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and the book:

The Christmas Kitchen

Howard Books (October 6, 2009)

***Special thanks to Jennifer Willingham of Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy.***


Tammy Maltby is a writer, speaker, and media personality. For eight years, she was the co-host of the Emmy Award-winning television talk show, Aspiring Women. She serves on the board of the National Women’s Ministry Association, Christian Women in Media and Arts, and Women of Courage International. She and her family live in Colorado Springs, CO.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (October 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416587659
ISBN-13: 978-1416587651


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My Personal Thoughts on this Book:
I absolutely loved this book. There are so many recipes that I want to try and her ideas for ways to make the holidays fun and not stressful were great. I have never been someone to have parties at my house (only a handful of times has that ever happened) and I don't have the first clue how to be a good hostess, but this book covers all the bases when it comes to all that stuff. The best part is it's not in a stuffy and super fancy kind of way, but in a way that is practical and in my opinion, much more comfortable and enjoyable. The thing that struck me most though was when Tammy said "I love the Christmas hymn that urges, 'Let every heart prepare Him room.' Because that's where the most meaningful Christmases begin: with preparing our hearts and our lives (kitchens included!) for a season that is full of joy, and yes, peace." What a wonderful reminder of what Christmas really should be. If I had any complaint about the book, it would be that there aren't pictures of the finished products of the recipes. I really like to be able to see a picture of things so I know if I did them right. Other than that though, I thought this book was a sweet reminder of what Christmas really is about and about sharing our love with others, sometimes through what we prepare in our kitchen or the time we spend in it with family and friends.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

ohhh I am liking this review! I am going to have to check this out!! TFS!