I was browsing Twitter one day when I saw a tweet from Sarah Hunt that read something along the lines of “Book bloggers/reviews wanted for my book, Small Potatoes!” I thought to myself, I am a book blogger/reviewer! I could help! So I sent a message to Sarah (One might also say I slid into her DM’s. Phrasing is everything.) telling her that I ran a book reviewing blog (true), I would love to read and review her book (also true) and that any review I wrote about her book would most likely be rambling and incoherent (very true)! She told me that was fine and graciously sent me a copy of her book, Small Potatoes: Mouthwatering Musings of A Misanthrope in exchange for an honest review. When it arrived last month, I read it in under an hour. This will be a fairly short review because the book is fairly short, but a review nonetheless! Let’s dive in!
About The Book:
Small Potatoes: Mouthwatering Musings of A Misanthrope by Sarah Hunt, published October 11th, 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing. Recommended reading age is 14+
There is no official synopsis.
This book spoke to my soul. I think if I was an actual adult, Sarah and I would be really good friends. This was a fun, quick, lighthearted read and I would recommend it to a lot of people looking for something to distract themselves for a few minutes! It was funny, relatable and sincere. I loved it. I feel like this would be a good waiting room book. It’s short, so you could read it while you’re waiting your turn somewhere, and if you haven’t finished it by the time your turn is up, don’t worry! The contents are pieced together like thoughts in a journal, moving from one segment to the next, so if you finish the part you’re at, you’re okay to put it down without wondering what happens next! The beauty of memoirs/musings/diaries(?)/thoughts.
I would just like to talk about the cover design for Small Potatoes for a few seconds. I love that it uses (presumably) Sarah’s bitmoji who then happens to be surrounded by emoji foods. That kinda sums up the feel of this book and I think that’s cool. Just from following Sarah on social media, you kind of get that vibe that she is a sarcastic, strong woman with a dry and dark sense of humor, and this kind of let’s you know what you’re getting into. I personally found that fantastic because I also am very sarcastic with a dry and dark sense of humor. It’s probably why I like Sarah so much. Anyways, after I talked with Sarah about reading and reviewing her book, I went to her Instagram to check her out. The first video I saw was of her promoting her book while eating cheese balls. I knew right then that I would be loving this book. I wasn’t wrong.
Small Potatoes covers a wide variety of topics. Condiments (namely Mayo and Ketchup), O.J. Simpson, what do do when you’re invited to a party, protocol for food at parties, life stories, and so much more. It truly is an informative little book. I had a lot of fun reading it and I would read it again when I’m having a bad day.
But a little birdie told me that Sarah has something else in the works…
A little about me: I come from a family of cooks and bakers. My dad is a professional chef and my mom bakes and cooks profusely, while both of my blood grandmothers are amazing cooks as well. Some of my best and earliest memories are of being in the kitchen with my grandma and mom during holidays, or brew days, or any day we decided to hop on over for a quick visit. More great memories come from when my other grandma would visit once a year and we’d made her opening night bread, homemade pasta and fresh tomato sauce from the garden. My dad likes challenge me to bake and create new things, he gives me genuine pointers on what I can do to be better and ways to improve in the kitchen. My mom is always there to teach me a family favorite recipe and walk me through the steps, tell me what’s happening to the food while it cooks, and encourages my baking habit when she gets a text at work that says “we’re out of butter/cream cheese/lemons/etc. and stops at the store on the way home to pick up more ingredients. So when I heard rumor on Sarah’s Insta stories that she was working on a cookbook, I started thinking about a few things.
- 1. How can I get my hands on that?
- 2. How do you review a cookbook?
I am guessing you judge it on how good the recipes are, (if they’re easy enough to follow along, if they explain things in an easy to understand way, if they’re formatted nicely [props if your recipe has the ingredients written in order of use. If you do that, I love you]) if the “backstory” is enticing but short and sweet, and if the pictures look good. I could manage that I think. Anyways if you’re reading this Sarah or CreateSpace Publishing, if you could keep me in mind, that’d be great. okaythanksbye
Long story short (remember when I said this would be quick? lol) I loved Small Potatoes, I love Sarah, and I can’t wait to see what she creates next.
My Official Rating: 5/5 Stars
Go read it!
Where to find Small Potatoes: Amazon, Goodreads
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