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Book Review: Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food

Author: Susan O’Brien Publisher: Da Capo Press-Lifelong Books – 226  pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi Veganism is the avoidance of animal products such as meat and seafood as well as animal by-products such as honey, milk, butter, cheese and other dairy foods. Gluten is a protein from wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free foods are those that do not contain this protein. Gluten-free vegan meals therefore do not contain meat and seafood and the items mentioned above. And what are comfort foods? They’re foods that make you feel good and satisfy your hunger quite well. You’d think that with all these exceptions and qualifications, there would not be much left to eat. But this is because the typical American diet contains mainly meat, seafood, and a lot of items made from barley, rye and wheat. You will be surprised to know that there is an immense variety of foods waiting to be discovered by you. Susan O’Brien, who previously wrote The Gluten-Free Vegan, offers a large variety of comfort foods you can make to satisfy yourself, family and friends. Besides family classics like Vegetable Potpie and Eggplant Parmesan, she offers new ones like My Favorite Lasagna and Barbara’s Special Marinated Tempeh. She has organized her book into 10 chapters, offering breakfast ideas, snacks and party items, favorite dishes loved by kids, “All-American” and familiar side dishes, thick, filling soups...

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Book Review: Getting Your Book Published for Dummies

Authors: Sarah Parsons Zackheim, with Adrian Zackheim Publisher: Dummies, A Brand Imprint of Wiley Publishing – 355 pages Book Review by Sonu Chandiram I believe only insiders in the publishing industry can be qualified to advise someone who wants to be an author. This is true for almost all people unless the intending author is a celebrity of some sort or a recognized authority in a new field that has sparked a lot of interest among the public, such as social media, for example. The authors have many years of experience in the publishing world. They are also published authors themselves, so they have been on both sides of the book editor’s desk. This gives them unique insight in helping you become an author. Sarah Zackheim is a freelance writer who has authored or coauthored three books. But what qualifies her more to write about how to get your book published is that she has about a decade of experience in the publishing field, having worked at Doubleday, New York Times Books and William Morrow. Adrian Zackheim currently works as associate publisher at HarperCollins and is editor-in-chief at HarperInformation. He has extensive experience in the publishing world, having started at G.P. Putnam Sons in 1975. He has also worked at Doubeday, William Morrow and St. Martin’s Press. In this must-read book for anyone intending to become a published writer,...

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Book Review: Get DARE from Here:

Author: Liz Dimarco Weinmann, MBA Publisher: DARE-Force Corporation. 286 pages Book Review by Nano Khilnani The full subtitle of this book is: 12 Principles and Practices for Women over 40 to Take Stock, Take Action, and Take Charge for the Rest of Their Lives. DARE is an acronym developed by Liz Weinmann that stands for Drive, Advance, Rule and Express. She writes that the book seeks to provide four Es: enlightenment, encouragement, engagement and empowerment. This book is directed to women over 40 who feel unfulfilled. It is for those who want to make the “second part of their lives” better than the first one. For those who are for example, thinking about going back to college to get their degree, this is the book for them to challenge and motivate them. This book is also for those women who are homemakers who did not go out and get a job or start a career. It is for people who simply want a change in their lives, which may be to enter into a certain industry, engage their passion and develop it into a full-time livelihood or occupation, or a profitable business. It could be anything inside them that has become a hankering, like moving into a new city or country, for example. For women who nurse ambitions and hold dreams seeking realization, this is truly and inspiring book....

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Book Review: Gastrointestinal Emergencies – Second Edition

Editors: Tony C.K. Tham, John S.A. Collins and Roy M. Soetikno: Publisher:  Wiley-Blackwell -221 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani This book is not just on gastroenterology or a discussion of the many topics in this medical specialty that deals with various parts of the gastrointestinal  (GI) tract. It is specifically aimed at emergencies and complications that such specialists in this field run into during procedures such as a colonoscopy (examination of the insides of the large intestine) or at any point when diagnosing and treating patients. Drs. Tham, Collins and Soetikno, the editors of this book and all gastroenterologists, have done an excellent job of compiling materials for this informative book from over 40 specialists, most of them doctors and experts in various medical specialties. Most are physicians and surgeons, and some of them are professors and-or researchers. There are 33 chapters in this book spread over its three sections. The contributors’ names are mentioned as authors of each particular chapter. Some of them have contributed to writing multiple chapters or parts thereof. What really makes the book important is the collective expertise of these specialists in a single document. There is a detailed seven-page index that helps the reader get quickly, easily to any keyword such as a complication or a disease to study on it in detail. This compact book of a little over 200 pages...

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Book Review: Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance

Author: Louis C. Gapenski Publisher: Health Administration Press – 415 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States. In 2009 its revenues were about $2.47 trillion, representing about 17.3% or nearly one-sixth of the total gross domestic product in the United States that year. It impacts the lives and livelihoods of nearly everyone in this country. Whether you are in health care or want to learn more about it, there are hundreds of books available for you, depending on what aspect of this industry you want to explore. This is a book...

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