Monthly Archives: September 2010

Yet Another Healthy Cookbook

This time Tal Ronnen asks you to be The Conscious Cook, which he defines as “eating everything in the world except animal products.”   Yes, that means vegan.

If you like reading cookbooks for the pictures, this one is for you.  Full page ads with beautiful colors and designer arrangements on pages facing ingredients and simple instructions.  Sometimes, you’ll forget you’re looking at tofu instead of ricotta.

Ronnen keeps the focus on recipes and food preparation with very few perfunctory pages of why it’s good to eat this way (Paul McCartney says so). Guest chefs weigh in with some pointers, and the list of restaurants across the country is a nice addition, if limited – but maybe there just that many out there.

Divided into the usual classifications, the soups seem to be the best – an easy celery with apples looks good.  Unfortunately, the dessert section is severely lacking.  You’ll have to go back to the Kind Diet for those cupcakes.

The Authentic Happiness Survey

Happiness is a warm puppy

Want to know how happy you are?  Do you need a survey to tell you?

The University of Pennsylvania center on Authentic Happiness has a survey for you.

Go to the website  or just click on Authentic Happiness above.

Then, click on “Questionnaires” and down to “Authentic Happiness Inventory.”

Their instructions are below…

You’ll immediately receive your score and see how it compares to the scores of others who have used this website. We’ll keep a record of your scores, so that you can return later and see how far you’ve progressed. To see your earlier scores, log in and choose the Test Center link.

You must complete our free registration form to use the questionnaires. Once you are registered, you may log in whenever you like to use them again or view your scores.

Check out the review on Barbara Ehrenreich‘s Bright-Sided in NCBookbunch for another perspective…