Bella Figura -- Kamin Mohammadi

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This memoir is for anyone who dreams of starting life over in an exotic place. Overweight, unhealthy, and lonely, writer Kamin Mohammadi left her stressful London life and moved to Florence, Italy for a year. Her new routines include walking everywhere, shopping for fresh food at markets, learning to cook simple meals (recipes included) and eating reasonable portions. Her colorful Italian friends influence the way she thinks, eats, drinks and loves. She learns to embrace her most beautiful self  “all the time and in every way” and adopts a more simple existence, savoring the sweetness of a slower pace. 

Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way By Kamin Mohammadi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804173292
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After - Heather Harpham

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Heather Harpham writes a heart-breaking and very honest memoir about her unplanned pregnancy, her boyfriend's unwillingness to parent the child and her decision to move to California to raise the child near close family and friends. Mere hours after her daughter Gracie's birth comes a devastating health diagnosis.  Harpham, a writer and drama teacher, shares her real life Jodi Picoult story with all of its complex twists and turns. Your heart rate will go up and down as Harpham recounts her daughter's rare, life threatening illness, her frequent hospitalizations and the brave step Harpham took to try and save her.  In the end though, the title says it all. If you enjoy memoirs, this one will become one of your all time favorites

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After By Heather Harpham Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 1st, 2017

The Pretty Dish: More Than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty Diys to Nourish Your Body Inside and Out - Jessica Merchant

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I have way too many cookbooks but The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant is one of my new favorites. Merchant started the website “how sweet eats” more than 10 years ago. Her recipes are easy to follow with ingredients that are readily available. Not only does she have 150 everyday recipes but she’s also got ideas for throwing a fun party from music playlists to creative ideas such as build your own s’mores bars with Nutella, caramel and strawberries. Her philosophy is to feed your loved ones with joy, even if it is not perfect. And if that’s not enough of a reason to love this cookbook, she has a whole chapter nourishing your body with DIY beauty recipes like sugar scrubs and homemade lip balms.

The Pretty Dish: More than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty DIYs to Nourish Your Body Inside and Out: A Cookbook By Jessica Merchant Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623369699
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Published: Rodale Books - March 20th, 2018