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For All The Moms

McHenry County Magazine

Happy May, everyone!
Mother’s Day is this month, and a new crop of spring books have blossomed. So many of us were handed down our love of reading
from our moms — now is the time to give back! Here are some of my book picks, depending on your mom’s personality:

For the Mom Who Makes Her Own Granola
Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day
}  by Allison Day

So many foods that come in bowls are staple comfort foods — cereal, mac and cheese, piping hot tomato soups. In her new book, “Whole Bowls,” Allison Day crafts a colorful cookbook with an ideal protein/vegetable ratio for all meals (breakfast, lunches, entrees and even desserts). The meals are healthy, but still ultimately satisfying (and just as comforting as their less-than-healthy counterparts).

For the Mom Who Calls Whole Foods Her “Second Home”
Deliciously Ella Everyday
}  by Ella Woodward

Trying to eat healthy while maintaining a busy lifestyle is an oft-revisited topic of conversation for many women today. Ella Woodward has created a wellness institution in the UK, devoted to blogging and creating recipes for healthy food on-the-go. I have already made several make-ahead breakfasts and lunches (including a maple chia pudding and turmeric–infused pea and cauliflower salad — yum!). There are opportunities to experiment with unusual ingredients (baobab powder?) as well as make new creations from foods you already have. This is her second book published in the US.

For the Mom Who Can Spend Hours in Sephora or Ulta
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup
}  by Lisa Eldrige

This absolutely stunning book is one part history lesson and one part nostalgic trip down memory lane. The sections entitled “Makeup Muses” help us remember famous women who introduced major trends into the cosmetics industry, and sub-chapters dedicated to the role of various colors in the history of cosmetics makes for an introspective revisiting of the color wheel. The photographs of vintage makeup evoke the same feeling of discovering unique finds at an antiques store.
Even if you aren’t the kind of lady who embraces makeup for your everyday look, your heart might still skip a beat when you see that pink and green tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara. Treat mom or grandma to this treasure, and flip through the pages to see what associations emerge.

For the Mom Who Loves Her Mystery Marathons
The Girl in the Red Coat
}  by Kate Hamer

Abduction mysteries can get repetitive. Many novels have plots so focused on gruesome and traumatic torture that you feel like you need a support group after you’ve finished them. This book is neither of these, and to say it was a page-turner is an understatement.
The story surrounds the abduction of Carmel, our red-coat-cloaked heroine, who is kidnapped during a children’s fair in England, and whisked off to the United States by her kidnapper. Chapters are recounted back and forth from both Carmel and her mother, Beth’s, perspectives. Can Beth keep herself together? Will Carmel believe the lies she is told by her kidnapper? The questions are endless and keep you wanting more. A must read for the mystery lover in your life!

On a side note, this column is dedicated to my mother — a librarian!

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