Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: Muffins and Mayhem - CLOSED

I was recently sent the book, "Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy - if Disorderly - Life," written by Suzanne Beecher to review & offer a copy in a giveaway.

Information about the author:

Suzanne Beecher writes a daily column at and designs book clubs for publishers, booksellers, and libraries across the country.

Information on the book:

Suzanne Beecher
ISBN-13: 9781439112878
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult

Muffins and Mayhem was inspired by a reader who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was wondering how to leave a legacy to her children. Suzanne suggested a recipe box filled with memories and family stories. Helping this reader turned out to be a gift to Suzanne as well, and she decided to share the stories and recipes that help keep her grounded in today's unpredictable world.

My take on the book:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I really got a kick out of some of the Author's stories. I love how she entwined her "recipes for life" (little antidotes and stories about her life), with real cooking recipes (such as Frosted Meatloaf or Shrimp Salad to name a few). I really want to try some of these recipes!

There are a lot of very unique stories in "Muffins and Mayhem." Only the Author could experience. But in numerous ways I could really relate to so many things in this book. One being the relationship with her mother. That really struck a cord with me.

Buy It: Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life is Available at

Win It: One lucky reader will win a copy of Muffins and Mayhem ($24.99 value)

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RULES: Giveaway is open to US Residents only. Giveaway ends June 18, 2010 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen via Must have valid email in blog profile or leave email in comments otherwise you will be disqualified. Winner will have 72 hrs. to confirm by email, If no confirmation in that time frame a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book free of charge. I received it for the sole purpose of reviewing it and offering one in a giveaway. No monetary compensation was given and my opinions are my own.