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Maria Serici


Phoenix, AZ | Member Since 2015

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 104 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathleen Flinn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals.

    J. Locke says: "Just as much a self-help book as a cookbook."
    "I'm still hungry."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So so. It was a light enjoyable listen for the most part. But I sort of was hoping for it to be over at the same time. It wasn't a very compelling story nor very enlightening in the kitchen. I appreciated her desire to help America get back in the kitchen.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Flinn again?

    Yes. Although her characters were not memorable I'd be interested if only for the kitchen tips. The characters were interesting enough just not well developed past their initial encounter. I couldn't remember who was who. I did like the relationship between her and her husband.

    As far as the culinary aspect, which is why I chose the book, I felt a bit gipped. I want to learn more about putting it all together and this really wasn't all too helpful. It seemed more novel than kitchen info. I would have preferred the reverse.

    What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    Was she drunk?

    Do you think The Kitchen Counter Cooking School needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure. I think any of the cooking lessons could go into far more depth. But I sure hope she uses a different reader and gets some help in making it more interesting and followable.

    Any additional comments?

    A few PDF's of recipes and tips would be great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Connection Parenting Audiobook

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Pam Leo
    • Narrated By Pam Leo

    The level of cooperation parents get from their children is usually equal to the level of connection children feel with their parents. Connection Parenting is based on the “Meeting the Needs of Children” 7-week proactive parenting series that Pam Leo has taught for nearly 24 years. The premise is that meeting children’s biological need for emotional connection creates the healthy, strong parent-child bond children need to thrive and that bond is also the key to effective parenting.

    Maria Serici says: "Compassionate Approach to discipline"
    "Compassionate Approach to discipline"
    If you could sum up Connection Parenting Audiobook in three words, what would they be?

    Well rounded, theoretical, solid.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Connection Parenting Audiobook?

    Exercises, and to be kind to oneself-

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Vocal Delivery. It seemed a bit too monotone.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Parenthood and Love

    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was very useful. I had to listen with a friend just to get through it. It wasn't a very exciting book. It was great as a group listening and sharing tool. I think the author had a lot of integrity. She really tied in both the parent paradigm and loving disciplinary approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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