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Book Review: Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Slice It – Kristine Carlson Asselin – Wicked Whale Publishing – Published 15 November 2017




Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of homework, and her dad’s new obsession—getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show—it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away.

When the bad boy who lives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her controlling parents.

The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…but she’s not entirely sure if it’s the game she’s falling for or the boy. Because it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.

And the one thing she IS sure of…she can’t stop playing.

My thoughts

Ice hockey. Cute romance. Pizza. What more could you want? Any Way You Slice It is the perfect light-hearted YA contemporary.

For Penelope, skating gives her a break from school and endlessly working at her family’s pizza restaurant. When Jake, resident bad boy and her old friend turned we-don’t-speak-anymore-because-of-that-6th-grade-incident enemy, asks Pen to join their recreational ice hockey team, Pen surprises herself by considering it. But she knows her father will never let her play hockey, especially now when he is solely focused on getting their restaurant on a (sure-to-be-humiliating) TV show. But Pen can’t resist the game or Jake’s company and soon she is wrapped up in a tangle of lies, which, if she doesn’t manage a spectacular interception soon, is set to be revealed on national TV.

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Review: Pizza Bible

Pizza Bible


Pizza Bible – Tony Gemignani – Ten Speed Press – Published 21 October 2014


This book is certainly well named. It has everything you could ever want to know about making all sorts of beautiful and delicious pizzas. And who better to learn from than a world pizza champion, pizza acrobat, and restaurateur, Tony Gemignani.

The book starts with what Tony calls the master class. Pizza is an art form to Tony and he asks that you respect it as such. What follows is a thorough introduction to all things pizza, from ingredients, tools of the trade and techniques. Tony here offers his basic pizza base, which takes 3 days to make. This is not just any old pizza we have come to expect from pizza chains or supermarket factories, but pizza that is lovingly created over longer time periods with the finest ingredients. The book then follows with a huge range of pizza styles with recipes for bases, toppings, accompaniments, as well as recipes for dough-based meals or using leftover dough. Each section has a comprehensive introduction, a range of tips and interesting information, divided by pizza style. History of pizza styles and traditions, as well as personal anecdotes bring life to these sections. Each recipe also has a small introduction, ingredient list and comprehensive set of step-by-step instructions. Tony also introduces the reader to professional tricks and methods. Beautiful photographs compliment the fantastic recipes and technique instructions. This book truly is the ultimate guide to pizza.

The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Non-fiction. Cooking. Pizza.

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