Blog Tour and Book Review: Cook It, Eat It, Live it


Cook It, Eat It, Live It is written by Jo Kenny, food writer and owner of
In this first publication, Jo offers readers a vibrant and varied collection of recipes inspired by both travel and family ties to the UK, Japan, Guyana, the Caribbean.

This delicious collection of everyday recipes satisfies appetites for light bites, indulgent dinners, fresh sides, and delicious desserts. You’ll find a spectrum of dishes from rich, earthy flavors to fresh aromatics giving you meals to enjoy year-round. All recipes are firm favorites in Jo’s own household and cooked regularly. This is family-style, everyday inspiration to ensure no more boring dinners.

Recipes are punctuated with stories of travel, food inspirations and a personal philosophy of enjoying food unapologetically. This book is about finding happiness in the little things and injecting some joy into everyday life through wholesome, exciting meals.


Jo Kenny

Jo is a food writer from Bedford, living with her husband Alex, newborn son and Kimchi the cat. Her website was founded in 2012. Starting out as a personal space to capture cooking and food adventures, it has evolved into a public hub for recipes, cooking guides and food inspiration. Jo is passionate about fresh ingredients eaten joyfully, intuitively and adventurously.

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Cook It Eat It, Live It is a delightful book of recipes, family stories, and travel adventures. The pictures are gorgeous, and there are so many recipes I want to try. Jo Kenny’s work on this book and her website proves that life is an adventure, and food is a big part of that.

In this book, Jo shares recipes from four countries, including soups, stews, main dishes, desserts, and more. There are even instructions for setting up a kitchen garden. And she shares stories and beautiful pictures with each recipe.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cookbooks that not only have recipes, but the stories behind them.

I received a free copy of this book from Kingsley Publishers via Rachel’s Random Resources. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

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Self-Published Saturday: September 4, 2021/Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook

It’s Self-Published Saturday, the day I share books from self-published authors in order to help them spread the word and make their job a little easier. We’re starting off with a cookbook today! Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D’Angelo shares information about the Pescatarian Diet along with some delicious recipes.

Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook makes the Pescatarian diet easier for those of us who are busy, but still want to eat healthier. The book begins with an explanation of the Pescatarian diet, which is basically a vegetarian diet with fish added, and talks about the health benefits of eating fish. The recipes are all done in the crockpot and are divided into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizer, and Desserts.

What I Liked: I know the benefits of eating fish, and I like the fact that busy people can load up their crockpot with some of these recipes and go on about their day, knowing they have a healthy meal waiting. Some of the recipes do require a few steps, so you have to go back and visit the crockpot more than once. The Caribbean Shrimp and Rice, Cheesy Shrimp and Grits, and Shrimp Curry all look delicious and caught my eye. The poached salmon is a perfect entree that is easy to prepare. The added bonus is that the poaching liquid can be used as fish stock in other recipes. The Italian Fish Stew with Shrimp, Cod, vegetables, and tomato sauce looks delicious and comforting. The Cajun Shrimp is a perfect spicy rice dish to have waiting when you get home. All you have to do is add the shrimp for 15 minutes at the end. Most of the recipes use salmon, shrimp, or tuna, which make it more affordable, but there are some other seafood options in the cookbook as well.

Room for Improvement: Every recipe does not have a picture, and pictures are a must for me in cookbooks. I really wanted to see a picture of Seafood Chili, which is new to me, but no picture was included. Some or all of the photos that are in the book may be stock photos, in my opinion. The picture of the Cioppino, for example, has mussels on top even though no mussels are mentioned in the recipe. High quality pictures of the actual food prepared can really take a cookbook to the next level, and it’s helpful for those preparing the food to see what it is actually supposed to look like. The Shrimp and Grits recipe under the Breakfast Section is listed twice. Although one recipe is called Shrimp and Grits, and the other is Cheesy Shrimp and Grits, they both contain cheese, but are not exactly alike. They are far apart from each other in the Breakfast Section. I would suggest putting them next to each other and explaining that there are two variations of Shrimp and Grits in order to eliminate confusion.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four on sites without a half-star option.

Overall, I enjoyed this cookbook and I like the idea of adapting healthy but tasty meals to the crockpot. Readers will benefit from these easy and beneficial recipes. An added plus is that the book can be downloaded for free by Kindle Unlimited Subscribers.



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Chasing Flavor

Chasing Flavor is an amazing cookbook by Dan Kluger that is true to its name and helps you get the absolute best flavor into your food. He starts with suggestions for pantry and kitchen equipment to help you make his recipes. He shows different techniques, such as how to cut and blanch vegetables, make pasta, and slice brisket. The cookbook is full of great ideas, such as adding pureed cauliflower to tomato soup so you get creaminess without dairy, or turning chicken nuggets into something insanely special by adding a maple chile glaze. 

Among the recipes I plan to try are Cashew Vinaigrette, Crushed Cucumbers with Yogurt and Chiles, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Parmesan Croutons, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Fermented Chile Sauce, Grandma Pie, Raisin Stuffed Pork Loin, and Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Warm Potato Salad.

I received a free, temporary digital copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.