The Service Dog Digger, Written and Illustrated by Hope I Saxton

In honor of National Dog Day,  a day that “celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.”  Dakota and I think that today, while we are celebrating ALL dogs, it is also the  perfect time to introduce an important children’s book that honors Service Dogs.

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Digger the Service Dog: “by evoking an emotional response in my art I can have a conversation with a total stranger, who may or may not speak my language…from anywhere in the world. If I can illustrate a response toward empathy and educate the public to seen and unseen disabilities, I have used my art to encourage a more compassionate society.” Hope Saxton

FROM THE SERVICE DOG DIGGER: “What does a Service Dog do?  A Service Dog helps people function in a normal life by helping disabled people do things that they can not do, like fetch an out of reach phone when it rings. They may also alert a handler to a ringing doorbell that they cannot hear. A Service Dog may also help mobilize a person by helping them stand or walk, or even by transporting them. Service Dogs come in every size and with different tasks that they like to do.”

Written and beautifully illustrated by Hope I Saxton in language that children can understand, The Service Dog Digger “allows the reader to understand the role service dogs play in society. Hope shares her experience that endears pets and children as well as pets and parents.”

Meet Digger:

“Digger” Photo Courtesy of Hope I Saxton

Digger is the dog of author and illustrator Hope I Saxton. “Digger is a soft, attentive, friendly, longhaired Chihuahua that will capture your heart.”

In The Service Dog Digger,  Saxton describes “the many ways in which Digger helps his owner be more aware of her surroundings and to remain calm, so she can speak better.”

She also explains to children (and adults), that “A working animal helps his or her human handler do his or her job better than doing it alone.” She mentions the jobs that police dogs, performance dogs and search and rescue dogs do that is clear, simple and concise for young minds to understand.

This book, while small in pages, stands tall in the important message that it shares. Children AND adults will learn the PROPER way to approach ANY animal, especially a working animal. Hope teaches us the:

5 Finger Rule to Approaching Working Animals…

  1. Stop
  2. Look!
  3. Listen…
  4. Ask….
  5. Follow directions!!!

That is a rule that many adults need to be reminded of as well!  Including myself!

This beautiful hard-cover book is only 18 pages, but it is 18 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT pages. In the back you will find various organizations that will help individuals with disabilities, animals, Veterans and more.

I know many of you who read my blog have service animals of your own. What an incredible gesture it would be to purchase this book (it is available as a hardback 978-1-4808-3707-2,  which is what I received, paperback 978-1-4808-3705-8,  and as an E-Book 978-1-4808-3706-5, Publisher: www.archwaypublishing.com) for the facilities that you visit, as well as to give to some of your more special parents and children that you encounter during your visits. What a wonderful and cherished gift this would make!

 

While Dakota and I give The Service Dog Digger a resounding rating of  “4-PAWS UP!!”, my one and only complaint, (which is actually more of a suggestion),  is that I would have liked to have seen this book be longer. I am suggesting that Hope Saxton turn The Service Dog Digger into a SERIES, that will go into more depth about the myriad of SPECIFIC situations that I am sure Digger helped her with throughout his life.  How educational, interesting and fun that would be for all of us to read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hope Saxton is a U.S. Marine and Army veteran with a service dog for almost a decade. Hope has a BFA in Visual Communications from the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, WA. She is an avid photographer, motorcyclist and gardener. Hope volunteers her art and her time to veteran and other service organizations.

She is married and has 4 grown children, and 3 grandchildren, 3 dogs, a turkey and a dozen chickens. She and her husband, Franklin, reside on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Thank you to Hope Saxton for this wonderful book and to ALL OF YOU, Dakota and I wish you a

 Happy National Dog Day!!

Book Feature: What to Expect When Adopting A Dog: A Guide to Successful Dog Aoption For Every Family by Diane Rose-Solomon

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I agreed to review What to Expect When Adopting A Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon, months ago.  Diane was kind enough to approach me because I had reviewed another book of hers,  I agreed because I have met Diane in person and love her, I admire her writing, and I admire her commitment to the well-being/welfare of animals. But…. I was feeling more and more like a hypocrite. Why? I DID NOT ADOPT MY DOG. I got my dog from a responsible breeder. 

I pride myself on being transparent and a trusted source for book reviews and product reviews on my blog. Since I did not adopt Dakota, I have chosen to post about this book as a “book feature” (as opposed to a “book review”), because I think it is a marvelous guide and a MUST HAVE FOR ALL PET OWNERS. I will share information about the book, but I can’t offer any insight about dog adoption since I did not adopt Dakota. How could I honestly do anything else? Many of YOU out there have far more knowledge about dog adoption than I do, Diane and YOU are the experts on dog adoption. I am not. That being said, when you read about this book, I believe you will agree it is a must-have for anyone who is contemplating dog adoption, or for pet parents who have questions, or for anyone integrating a dog into their home.

“I’m so impressed and truly excited about this book. It’s a much-needed resource for shelters, rescues, bloggers, and anyone interested in or considering a “new” pet in their home. There is a wealth of information and Diane Rose-Solomon’s insight into pet adoption and successful homing of a new dog into your family, is outstanding. “ From Yvonne DiVita, Co-Founder of BlogPaws, Woman of the Year, Women in the Pet Industry Network.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Diane is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and has gathered a national network of colleagues who are top pet professionals. Through her volunteerism with rescue or­ganizations, she’s met many prospective pet owners asking questions and voicing concerns about pet adoption.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog offers expert advice from rescue specialists, veterinarians, dog parents, and pet business own­ers with links to the best, most relevant articles from pet profession­als, making this book a one-stop shop for all dog-related questions, before, during, and after adoption. The book answers questions like:

  • Whether dog adoption is right for you
  • How to pre­pare your home for a new member
  • Integrating the dog into your home, family, lifestyle
  • Advanced dog parenting
  • How to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group
Plus Diane has over 100 links to expert resources for more in-depth research. The book is a small but mighty tool to help pet owners through many situations with love and compassion.

In five modules, Diane leads the reader through all the steps they should take to decide on a dog, go through the adoption process, bring the new pet home, as well as life­long care. And, with the shorter lives of animals, she delivers a heart­felt chapter on saying goodbye to a pet. The book educates a prospective pet parent on what to expect and how to add the joy of dog parenting.

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN:
What to Expect When Adopting A Dog is broken down into the following modules:
Module 1:Taking the First Steps
  • Asking yourself “Am I Ready?” which includes “do I have the time/energy?”, “do I have the resources?”
  • Part II: Beginning the Search, considering things such as age, size of dog, breed, temperament.
Module 2: Ok, You’re Ready, What Now?
  • Part I: Where Do I Go to Adopt a Dog?
  • Part II:What to Expect at the Shelter/Rescue Organization
  • Part III: Dog Adoption vs. Dog Breeders
Module 3: Preparing Your Home
  • Part I: Items You Will Need, which includes items explained, optional items.
  • Part II: What You Will Need to Do includes “to-do” explained.
Module 4:Integrating Your Dog Into Your Home
  • Part I: Getting Acquainted, including tips for introducing dog to dog, dog to cat, housebreaking
  • Part II:Kids Roles, Expectations and Safety
  • Part III: Safety For Your Dog, such as weather extremes, holidays
  • Part IV:Training, Exercise and Socialization
Module 5:Advanced Dog Parenting
  • Part I:Living Your New Life
  • Part II:Advanced Training and Special Certifications
  • Part III:Specialty Health and Wellness
  • Part IV:Exceptional Dogs including special needs dogs, dogs with physical challenges, emotional challenges and senior dogs.
IN SUMMATION:While I did not adopt Dakota, there are COUNTLESS things that I can and SHOULD still be learning to help Dakota be the best dog that he can be and to help me provide valuable information on my blog. Dakota is a senior dog now, and Part IV of Module 5 is of particular interest to me. What to Expect When Adopting A Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon is a guide that should be a part of EVERY home where a dog resides, whether it has been adopted or not!
194 pages

Pet Loss and Children: “Being Brave for Bailey” by Corey Gut, DVM #beingbraveforbailey #baileybook

“This book is dedicated to

every child who has loved a pet

with their whole heart and 

has had to say

goodbye.

Cover photo courtesy of Being Brave for Bailey on Facebook

Cover photo courtesy of Being Brave for Bailey on Facebook

 

“Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all”

–Alfred Lord Tennyson

Losing a beloved pet is one of the most heart-breaking experiences that anyone who shares their life with a pet will ever have to face.  It is hard enough for adults to understand,  but how does one explain it to the special children in their life?

Explaining to a child that their beloved pet whom often they have known since they were born is aging, and ill, and that the most caring thing that you can do for that pet is to help them “pass peacefully to a safe place” is a difficult concept for adults to grasp, let alone a child.

Being Brave for Bailey by Corey Gut, DVM,  is a sensitive, touching and beautiful book,  that is written with a great deal of compassion and  in a charming rhyming manner, that is geared towards elementary school children. It was inspired by a true story when Dr.Corey’s niece was experiencing the loss of her beloved pet.

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Courtesy of Dr.Corey

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While reading Being Brave for Bailey I had tears in my eyes remembering when I lost my beloved cat, “Bobo”,  nine years ago. Dr.Corey happens to be a Vet at the same practice that has been caring for my pets for approximately 15 years.  We have often written about “Dr.Smiley” who primarily takes care of Dakota and Cody, but we are blessed that the practice has someone like Dr.Corey on their staff as well, who is kind, knowledgeable, caring, professional and loves all fur babies with as much passion as our “Dr.Smiley” does.

Photo Courtesy of Dr.Corey

Photo Courtesy of Dr.Corey

Being Brave for Bailey

is about:

“Remembering the angels who have touched our lives, warmed our hearts and loved us unconditionally in the only way they know how. In memory of amazing pets.”

Written in a gentle, non-threatening way, Being Brave for Bailey will help spur discussions between parents and their children, teachers and so many more. This book is a MUST HAVE for every school, public and home library. It would make a wonderful gift!

Oh the illustrations! Being Brave for Bailey has some of the most glorious and touching illustrations that were created by Dr.Corey’s mother, Jaime Myers.  Simple, yet beautifully done in soft pastels, they are the perfect accompaniment to this special book. There is a sensitivity conveyed in eyes of “Bailey” and the child in the book that being artistic myself, I know first-hand how hard that is to convey.

At the back of the book is a helpful section called “Activity ideas for further support” that lists some wonderful ideas to help a child cope with the loss of their pet, such as:

Make a scrapbook, a photo album or a memory box. I did this when my Bobo passed. I had trouble coping with his loss and I went out and bought TONS of frames that had multiple photo slots. I made a collage for every room (because I couldn’t bear not seeing Bobo in every room.), those collages are hanging now, nine years later.

Plant a tree or a flower bed in honor of your pet.

Write a poem, short story or a song about your pet.

there are more!

Being Brave for Bailey also was voted a “Reader’s Favorite!” 

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ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL BOOK!

VISIT:  www.beingbraveforbailey.com

FACEBOOK: Being Brave for Bailey

Instagram: beingbraveforbailey

Hoping Dr.Corey doesn't mind that we stole this one from Facebook!

Hoping Dr.Corey doesn’t mind that we stole this one from Facebook!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Corey is a veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her previous veterinary roles have included international surgeon, wildlife doctor, Earthwatch marine mammal rescue and rehabilitator, veterinary counselor and professor. Although she has loved working in a wide variety of veterinary fields, she finds her current job of caring for pets and their families the most personally rewarding.

After 10 years in practice, Corey wrote this book to provide parents with a tool to broach the difficult subject of euthanasia and pet loss with their children.

 

In full disclosure: We were not compensated to share this book with you. It is our pleasure to share this beautiful book and the author with a heart of gold who wrote it.

DOG BOOKS:The Airedale Diaries: Animal and Pet Fiction Series by P. J. Erickson

Today I am pleased to present to you:

DIARY of an AIREDALE Volume Two

 Where Airedales Rule and Terrier Tales Abound!

“a dog has the soul of a philosopher” – Plato

I had the pleasure of reviewing Volume One in 2015  and Volume Two is equally as endearing and just down right adorable!

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If you look at the above back and front cover of Volume Two, I have the most INCREDIBLE HONOR of being quoted there!

ABOUT THE DIARY OF AN AIREDALE SERIES:

Meet Alf, an Airedale with attitude and a lot to say as he dishes on the secrets of dogdom. Pet lit with humor and advice for your best furry friend It’s a dog’s life, or is it? This unique series follows the adventures, year by year, of an Airedale Terrier pup whose short idyllic life is turned upside down when he is torn away from home and starts life’s journey, learning about love and kindness, pain and terror, joy and despair.

Watch, each year, as he matures from a cute fur ball to a handsome dog experiencing all of life’s ups and downs from comic to tragic and everything in between.

I thought it would be fun to share some of Alf’s wisdom/thoughts with you that I found to be particularly entertaining. These are thoughts that Alf shares in Volume Two:

HUMANS SNEEZING: if your dog is like Alf and Dakota when Dakota’s Dad sneezes, Dakota loses his mind, when I sneeze, he pays it no mind. Dakota isn’t alone about jumping when his Dad sneezes, here are Alf’s thoughts about sneezing and how it takes a dog by surprise! “The sound humans produce is nearly the same as one we make. Sneezes are involuntary for our species too, but we also blow out a specific blast of air to communicate threat and defense. That’s why an expulsion of air like that bothers us. Your four-legged friend will often make a similar noise during play, except he is not sneezing at all, he is snorting, which tells the other dog this is only a lark, nothing more.  People jump at loud noises too. It’s not so strange.”

ON SWALLOWING PAPER: Get aggravated when you are chasing your dog to grab paper before he rips it to shreds and possibly eats it? I do too…here is what Alf thinks about it: ” I swallow paper as often as I can but most of the time one of my people chases me and yanks it out of my mouth. They invented an out of sight game, I make them chase me and I can squeeze into difficult places, like under tables, where it’s hard for them to grab me before I gulp the evidence. COOL. The more aggravated they are, the better the fun.”

The above are just snippets of some of the Alf’s observations, pondering and wisdom that is sprinkled on every page. You will read about Alf’s adventures and thoughts on a variety of topics, stated in a way that only an intelligent and observant Airedale such as Alf can communicate. Alf proves that in many ways, dogs are smarter than their human companions.

Appropriately Volume Two ends on Alf’s second birthday…..there are MORE volumes to come and I cannot wait.  If you are looking for some fun summer reading Diary of an Airedale Volumes One and Two will NOT disappoint!

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ABOUT P. J. ERICKSON

She began her writing career with a mystery/adventure series, The Chase Larsen Adventures. After publishing her first two books, Yokche and Kill Devil, a young puppy came into her home and The Airedale Diaries were born. PJ lives with her family in South Florida and is a member of the National Writers Association. In her spare time she loves to travel locally, seeking out unexplored corners of her adopted state. pj@embarqmail.com  VISIT P.J.’S WEBSITE!

In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review/give-away.  I received a copy of Diary of an Airedale Volume Two in exchange for my always honest review.

Win DOG FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai !

THE PERFECT DOG BOOK!  

FROM ONE OF THE MOST

KNOWLEDGEABLE AND TRUSTED

PET EXPERTS IN THE INDUSTRY!

Cover Courtesy of Amy Shojai

Cover Courtesy of Amy Shojai

 

Have you ever read a book and when finished,  you found yourself saying “WOW!” out loud?

That is how I felt after I perused one of author Amy Shojai’s latest books, DOG FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia.

I am honored to know Amy Shojai, and (have reviewed a few of her fabulous books.  Dakota also had the distinct honor of winning a contest where his name is the name of one of the dogs featured in Amy’s suspense-filled thriller, Lost and Found),  and to me, and many others, she is one of the most knowledgeable and trusted experts in the pet industry. 

 If I sat here telling you I read EVERY PAGE of this OVER 600 PAGE INVALUABLE RESOURCE THAT SHOULD BE A PART OF EVERY HOME WHERE DOGS ARE IN RESIDENCE, I would be lying. THIS BOOK IS “HUGE!!” When I say “HUGE” I mean it is chock-full of information/resources that are needed and information/resources that those who share their lives with dogs DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY NEED!!!!
I recently reviewed CAT FACTS The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai,  and have assigned that book the honor of being my MAIN “go-to” (in addition to   my Veterinarian), for all of my cat questions/concerns. DOG FACTS is even more so for me.  I have owned a cat for most of my adult life, but Dakota is the FIRST dog I have had as an adult. When I say that I DESPERATELY needed this book when Dakota first entered my life that would be an understatement. I am beyond grateful, as Dakota is now in his early “Senior” years, to have this most comprehensive resource.

Think you have read every standout dog reference book that exists? THINK AGAIN! 

FROM DOG FACTS:The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia:

More than 78 million pet dogs today are kept in fifty-four million U.S. households. Now, from one of the most trusted cat care authors of the last twenty-five years comes the definitive reference for adopting, keeping, and maintaining a healthy, happy dog.

DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia is designed to answer all your questions. How do I choose the right dog? What holistic help and preventive care should I give? Why do dogs act the way they do, and what dog behavior indicates illness? What constitutes an emergency, and how/when can I safely treat my dog with home care and first aid? Inside you’ll find an easy-to-reference for that has:

Alphabetical A-to-Z listings

Each letter of the alphabet that begins a section, is attractively drawn and eye-catching.  There are  more than 200 entries, covering everything from bloat and CPR to whiskers!!! Do you know what Nutrigenomics is? Or Jacobson’s Organ? (Be honest, and don’t Google it!) What about zoonosis? I didn’t either, but I do now!

Dog Facts Flea Allergy

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

 

There are charts (many dog lovers have requested repeatedly that there be a chart showing poisons, from plants to household items. Now you have it!), that list symptoms for a particular condition, the corresponding home care or first aid, the comparative veterinarian and holistic treatments, and preventive advice.

As I mentioned above, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE  to list EVERYTHING of importance that is in this book. I went through it page by page and read about topics that interested me, or that I need to be concerned with in order to be prepared for what I may have to encounter with my own dog such as:

Chasing Animals/Vehicles

Dakota used to do this when he was younger. He would jump and lunge at cars and people riding by on bicycles. I was pleased to read in DOG FACTS that the corrective measures that I had taken when walking Dakota were exactly what is advised to do to stop this unwanted behavior.

Territorial Aggression

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)

“this is an inherited condition of Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs, and is an interruption in the development of the eye which impairs vision. Also referred to as collie eye defect, this is an inherited congenital condition affecting 70 to 90 percent of smooth and rough Collies in the United States and Great Britain. The condition also affects 2 to 3 percent of Border Collies, and it’s seen in Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and other herding dogs.”

(I had heard about this condition when Dakota entered my life, and am grateful to have a Veterinarian who specialized in the eyes in Veterinary school.)

Dog Facts Eyes

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

 

 

Artificial Respiration

 

Cancer

 

 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

In DOG FACTS :The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia, by Amy Shojai, it states that the “condition most frequently occurs in middle-aged dogs. The Basenji, Boxer, Chinese Shar-Pei, German Shepherd and Rottweiler breeds appear to be more prone to inflammatory bowel diseases than others”,  (but I have known an unusually high number of Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers who have this disease as well).

 

There is More!!

Dog Facts Heat Stroke

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

 Also Included:

Appendix

Where you will find DOG ASSOCIATIONS and BREEDS AT A GLANCE,  RESOURCES FROM ANIMAL EXPERTS TO ORGANIZATIONS and SYMPTOMS AT A GLANCE (that helps you identify what ailments might be bothering your dog.

Dog Facts Appendix

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

Easy-to-use Index

The comprehensive, easy-to-use index makes quick reference a snap !!!!!!

 

Accessible, yet comprehensive, DOG FACTS can be used with ease and trust. And doesn’t your dog deserve the very best?
FROM DOG FACTS:The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia: the author has taken great pains to compile the most up-to-date information currently available for dog lovers on the care of their dog; however, veterinary medicine is constantly improving. Please consult with your veterinarian on a regular basis to provide the best care for your dog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Shojai, CABC is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant for cats and dogs, and a former veterinary technician. She is a founder of the Cat Writers’ Association and the author of more than 30 award-winning pet care books including pet-centric thriller series. She shares her North Texas home with a 20-year-old Siamese wannabe, delinquent silver shaded tabby, and smart aleck German Shepherd.

CONNECT WITH AMY! Drop her a line at her blog  or her website . Follow Amy on Twitter (@amyshojai) and like her on Facebook.

 DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai makes me, and will make ALL dog lovers  feel secure/comforted to have so much information available at their fingertips. It  is yet another vital “tool” to add to my responsible dog owner tool box, and I can’t stress enough that it is one that should be a part of yours as well! 


GIVE-AWAY!! ONE lucky reader who is 18+ and who resides in the U.S. (apologies to our International readers, but the size/weight of this MUST HAVE RESOURCE makes shipping out of the country cost prohibitive), will win a copy! (An approximate $25 value which is a BARGAIN for all of the information that is in this book!)  Entering is easy! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a “PROOF” version of DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia in exchange for my always honest review. Some of the information that I mentioned might be slightly different in the published edition.

 

Foodie Friday: Cookbook: EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray

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All of those orange post-its are TONS of pages I have saved for recipes that I want to make.

Hi every furry and human!! Before I turn today’s post over to my Mom, I wanted you to know that YES, I am once again proud to be an Ambassadog for Rachael Ray Nutrish, (stay tuned, my duties will resume SOON and I have some exciting things up my paw that I will be sharing with you), but this post that Mom is writing today was not sponsored by Nutrish.  My furiends at  Nutrish DID surprise Mom with the cookbook last Fall, however, Mom was under NO OBLIGATION to share it with you. Mom is so ecstatic about  EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray:

rachael ray cook book my cover  and because she is a “foodie” to beat the band, there is no way that she was not going to tell you about what in her opinion is, the FINEST, most COMPREHENSIVE, photographically beautiful, heartfelt  and “delish” cookbook that Rachael has penned thus far.

Why does Mom say this? Look below, the photo you will see is just a PARTIAL compilation of Mom’s cookbook collection written by  Rachael Ray.

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And now I will turn the post over to Mom!

Thanks Dakota! Dakota was correct that the above photo depicts only PART of my Rachael Ray cookbook collection. Also missing from the photo are the boxes upon boxes of magazines with Rachael’s recipes.

As I have stated many, many times on Dakota’s blog, authenticity is important to me. It is a pleasure to write about a person/brand that I have been following since many, many years before I ever began blogging.  I began my Rachael Ray cookbook collection so long ago, that I have no clue what year it was, but I recently found a slip from a book signing that I got up at 4:30 in the morning for, on a FREEZING December day back in 2007 (see slip in photo below), where I stood in line at 5:30 in the morning for at least an hour freezing my butt off,  to claim my wristband for Rachael’s book signing that took place that evening.

rachael ray cook book autograph

I nearly died when I was face-to-face with Rachael as she was signing my book for my husband and I. Normally talkative me was beyond tongue-tied. I could say NOTHING intelligible. So much so that the staff at Borders hurried me through the line like the scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie is pushed down the slide. My “quiet” husband, suddenly became animated and spoke with Rachael (and she responded!) as if they were the best of friends. Go figure….

So, when I tell you that EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY is what I consider to be the pinnacle of Rachael’s cookbooks  thus far, I KNOW what I am talking about!

FROM THE RACHAEL RAY STORE:

In Everyone Is Italian on Sunday, Rachael Ray brings you her long-awaited collection of Italian recipes. From traditional classics to her own twists on Italian-American cuisine, this new book is an essential guide of more than 500 recipes for anyone who wants to bring these favorite dishes into their own cucina.

The above description in NO WAY does this book justice. This hard-cover delight is nearly 400 pages. It is so visually stunning that I do not store mine away with my other cookbooks. I have it proudly displayed on my coffee table.

Inside you will find:

An Introduction

FROM RACHAEL RAY IN  EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY: “For me, this book is the single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.”

Recipes For:

Brunch

Starters, Salads, and Small Bites

Soups

RIBOLLITA from page 72. PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH. From Rachael Ray: " What makes my ribollita a bit different from the rest is that I always toast my torn, stale bread until it is deep golden brown, very nutty, and fragrant. Also, I add a rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the stock or the soup itself. I puree half the beans to give the broth some weight."

RIBOLLITA from page 72. PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH.

Pizza, Calzones and Focaccia

Pasta, Gnocchi, Polenta, and their Sauces

 

 

 

DRUNKEN SPAGHETTI WITH SWEET ROASTED BEETS AND RICOTTA SALATA PAGE 147 PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH

PHOTO BY FRANCES JANISCH

DRUNKEN SPAGHETTI WITH SWEET ROASTED BEETS AND RICOTTA SALATA PAGE 147 

Risotto and Grains

Seafood

Pork and Lamb

Beef and Veal

Chicken

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BAKED DEVIL’S CHICKEN 

(My photo, I made this from the book!) The recipe is on page 289 “This is a crispy, spicy chicken that can be served hot, cold or at room temperature” It is FABULOUS!!

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CACCIATORE (Hunter-Style Chicken) from page 292 PHOTO BY: FRANCES JANISCH

 (This chicken is the next one that I am planning on making!)

Vegetables

Desserts

Cocktails

HUNGRY?

 

 

Even Cody wanted to get in on the action!!

Even Cody wanted to get in on the action!!

FROM EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY “anyone can be an Italian on Sundays, and any day can be made to feel like a Sunday. The magic of an Italian Sunday is in human connections. Food is the great communicator, connecting generations and helping build memories and friendships. It gathers us together and teaches us the importance of sharing not just food, but the best of ourselves.”

“Italian food makes us smile.”

“The meaning of being Italian on Sunday is to prepare food with love, to savor it, and to share it with others, sometimes loudly, always with gusto. Being Italian on Sunday is about bringing out your lust for life and passion for all things:food, storytelling, wine, music, and each other. Being Italian on Sunday is about emotion and finding beauty in every delicious moment of our lives.”

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY by Rachael Ray is no ordinary cookbook. There is so much information,  in the recipes themselves, and the tips and snippets that Rachael offers throughout the book,  that I encourage you to linger over it as you would a delicious meal. It’s THAT good!

 

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781476766072