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The Lost Art of Good Conversation by Sakyong Mipham-Book Review

In a world full of screens, we forget to look up and make eye contact, and then use our breath to create words, and our ears to listen. I like the simplicity in the book! It come from a Buddhist perspective, but it’s open for everyone to take in and learn from and use.

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My favorite part that resonated with me was the one on Being Kind. For the simple reason that  it is just nice. Especially now in a world full of uncertainty…..being kind as a base for all decisions is a damn good idea!

It’s a quick read full of wonderful chapters:

  1. Why Conversation?
  2. Be Mindful
  3. Be Kind
  4. Enrich your World
  5. Strive for Conversational Excellence

I think anyone would enjoy and have something to gain from reading this book!!!!  See below for pictures!

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Book Review: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, 40th Anniversary Edition


This cookbook was an ultimate pleasure to read through and use. Now mind you it does not have any pictures. Sometimes that can throw people off, but I like the fact that I have no visual expectation to live up to! It’s all about the process and then the feast!

This is all vegetarian, but I can see adding meat to various recipes where I need to as well.

Here are the table of contents: Intro, Pantry Notes, Some Useful Tools, table of Conversions, Soups, Salads, Sauces and Dips, A Few Baked Things and Sandwiches, Entrees, Desserts, Index.

There is a wide variety of recipes and tastes throughout! From a dish called Satyamma’s Famous Cauliflower Curry to HErbed Carrot Soup, Pepper and Oninon Shortcake, Lentil-Walnut Burgers and Cardamom Coffee Cake!

I made the simple Guacamole recipe, using the recommended augmentations to make is a bit more flavorful……It was gone just like that!!!!

If you already don’t know, Moosewood is a well known restaurant in Ithica, New York. From the website:  “The Moosewood Collective is a group of nineteen people who own and operate Moosewood Restaurant and write cookbooks. “Collective” is our group’s philosophical identity, not a legal term. Most of us have worked together for more than twenty years and some of us have worked together since Moosewood opened in 1973. Our membership has changed over the years, but basically we are a stable group. When all is said and done, Moosewood is a hard place to leave.”

One day I hope to travel and visit Moosewood for reals, but until then, I can enjoy their recipes right here in my own home with this staple cookbook! Hope you can find the time to try some of these out yourself! Cheers!

FTC disclaimer -I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

More about the author Mollie Katzen here!

More about the book here!