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By de Gorgey, Maria Gieysztor [ [ Art of Lithuanian Cooking [ ART OF LITHUANIAN COOKING BY de Gorgey, Maria Gieysztor ( Author ) Jul-01-2001[ ART OF LITHUANIAN COOKING [ ART OF LITHUANIAN COOKING BY DE GORGEY, MARIA GIEYSZTOR ( AUTHOR ) JUL-01-2001 ] By de Gorgey, Maria Gieysztor ( Author )Jul-01-2001 Paperback ] ] Jul-2001[ Paperback ]
By de Gorgey, Maria Gieysztor [ [ Art of Lithuanian Cooking [ ART OF LITHUANIAN COOKING BY de Gorgey, Maria Gieysztor ( Author ) Jul-01-2001[ ART OF LITHUANIAN COOKING [ ART OF LITHUANIAN COOKING BY DE GORGEY, MARIA GIEYSZTOR ( AUTHOR ) JUL-01-2001 ] By de Gorgey, Maria Gieysztor ( Author )Jul-01-2001 Paperback ] ] Jul-2001[ Paperback ]
by Maria Gieysztor de Gorgey
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Most worthwhile., 4 May 2014
Although I did not find this book to be as authentically Lithuanian as Isabele Sinkeviciute's book Lithuanian Cookery, I did find it rather worthwhile. I am a first generation Lithuanian-American, born in Detroit, Michigan, who grew up eating the food of her Lithuanian born mother and father. The author of this book does not have a typical Lithuanian name, described on the back cover, as coming from a "prominent Polish-Lithuanian family". She is also the author of A Treasury of Polish Cuisine: Traditional Recipes in Polish and English (Hippocrene Bilingual Cookbooks). I believe, therefore, that some of the recipes in this book may have more of a Polish cooking influence than other Lithuanian cookbooks. She does include in this book, however, some very traditional Lithuanian recipes such as Potato Zeppelins (Cepelinai), Cranberry Pudding (Kisielius), Honey Liquer (Krupnikas), Lithuanian Meat Pockets (Lietuviski Koldunai) Cold Summer Beet Soup (Salti Barsciai) and Potato Pudding (Kugelis). The recipes are very clearly written and easy to use. There are sections on Appetizers and Breads, Soups, Vegetables and Salad, Aspics, Garnishes & Sauces, Meat Dishes, Poultry & Game Dishes, Fish, Pancakes, Noodle Dishes, Dumplings & Egg Dishes, Cakes & Desserts, Drinks & Cocktails. As you can see, it is rather comprehensive. I would very much recommend it.


Gieysztor, Maria De Gorgey: Art of Lithuanian Cooking (Cookery)
Gieysztor, Maria De Gorgey: Art of Lithuanian Cooking (Cookery)
by Maria de Gorgey Gieysztor
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Most worthwhile., 4 May 2014
Although I did not find this book to be as authentically Lithuanian as Isabele Sinkeviciute's book Lithuanian Cookery, I did find it rather worthwhile. I am a first generation Lithuanian-American, born in Detroit, Michigan, who grew up eating the food of her Lithuanian born mother and father. The author of this book does not have a typical Lithuanian name, described on the back cover, as coming from a "prominent Polish-Lithuanian family". She is also the author of A Treasury of Polish Cuisine: Traditional Recipes in Polish and English (Hippocrene Bilingual Cookbooks). I believe, therefore, that some of the recipes in this book may have more of a Polish cooking influence than other Lithuanian cookbooks. She does include in this book, however, some very traditional Lithuanian recipes such as Potato Zeppelins (Cepelinai), Cranberry Pudding (Kisielius), Honey Liquer (Krupnikas), Lithuanian Meat Pockets (Lietuviski Koldunai) Cold Summer Beet Soup (Salti Barsciai) and Potato Pudding (Kugelis). The recipes are very clearly written and easy to use. There are sections on Appetizers and Breads, Soups, Vegetables and Salad, Aspics, Garnishes & Sauces, Meat Dishes, Poultry & Game Dishes, Fish, Pancakes, Noodle Dishes, Dumplings & Egg Dishes, Cakes & Desserts, Drinks & Cocktails. As you can see, it is rather comprehensive. I would very much recommend it.


The Art of Lithuanian Cooking (Paperback) - Common
The Art of Lithuanian Cooking (Paperback) - Common
by By (author) Maria Gieysztor de Gorgey
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Most worthwhile., 4 May 2014
Although I did not find this book to be as authentically Lithuanian as Isabele Sinkeviciute's book Lithuanian Cookery, I did find it rather worthwhile. I am a first generation Lithuanian-American, born in Detroit, Michigan, who grew up eating the food of her Lithuanian born mother and father. The author of this book does not have a typical Lithuanian name, described on the back cover, as coming from a "prominent Polish-Lithuanian family". She is also the author of A Treasury of Polish Cuisine: Traditional Recipes in Polish and English (Hippocrene Bilingual Cookbooks). I believe, therefore, that some of the recipes in this book may have more of a Polish cooking influence than other Lithuanian cookbooks. She does include in this book, however, some very traditional Lithuanian recipes such as Potato Zeppelins (Cepelinai), Cranberry Pudding (Kisielius), Honey Liquer (Krupnikas), Lithuanian Meat Pockets (Lietuviski Koldunai) Cold Summer Beet Soup (Salti Barsciai) and Potato Pudding (Kugelis). The recipes are very clearly written and easy to use. There are sections on Appetizers and Breads, Soups, Vegetables and Salad, Aspics, Garnishes & Sauces, Meat Dishes, Poultry & Game Dishes, Fish, Pancakes, Noodle Dishes, Dumplings & Egg Dishes, Cakes & Desserts, Drinks & Cocktails. As you can see, it is rather comprehensive. I would very much recommend it.


Art of Lithuanian Cooking
Art of Lithuanian Cooking
by Maria Gieysztor de Gorgey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most worthwhile., 4 May 2014
Although I did not find this book to be as authentically Lithuanian as Isabele Sinkeviciute's book Lithuanian Cookery, I did find it rather worthwhile. I am a first generation Lithuanian-American, born in Detroit, Michigan, who grew up eating the food of her Lithuanian born mother and father. The author of this book does not have a typical Lithuanian name, described on the back cover, as coming from a "prominent Polish-Lithuanian family". She is also the author of A Treasury of Polish Cuisine: Traditional Recipes in Polish and English (Hippocrene Bilingual Cookbooks). I believe, therefore, that some of the recipes in this book may have more of a Polish cooking influence than other Lithuanian cookbooks. She does include in this book, however, some very traditional Lithuanian recipes such as Potato Zeppelins (Cepelinai), Cranberry Pudding (Kisielius), Honey Liquer (Krupnikas), Lithuanian Meat Pockets (Lietuviski Koldunai) Cold Summer Beet Soup (Salti Barsciai) and Potato Pudding (Kugelis). The recipes are very clearly written and easy to use. There are sections on Appetizers and Breads, Soups, Vegetables and Salad, Aspics, Garnishes & Sauces, Meat Dishes, Poultry & Game Dishes, Fish, Pancakes, Noodle Dishes, Dumplings & Egg Dishes, Cakes & Desserts, Drinks & Cocktails. As you can see, it is rather comprehensive. I would very much recommend it.


Lithuanian Cookery
Lithuanian Cookery
by Izabele Sinkevicivte
Edition: Spiral-bound

5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Lithuanian cooking at its' best., 1 May 2014
This review is from: Lithuanian Cookery (Spiral-bound)
What a comprehensive cookbook! My Lithuanian-born father originally gave the book to my Lithuanian-born mother as a Christmas present in 1975. The book is SO comprehensive from appetizers to soups, to meats (including pork, beef, veal, lamb, wild rabbit, rabbit, poultry, chicken, turkey, goose, duck and game birds) to fish (including herring dishes), vegetables (potatoes, red beets, carrots, radishes, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and peas) to egg dishes and desserts (even a section on torte decorating).

I grew up on many of the foods in this cookbook. Some of my favorites include Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (the book lists in Lithuanian as Kopustainiai but I grew up knowing this as Galupsai or Balandeliai), Fish Croquettes (or Zuvies Maltiniai, one of my maternal grandmother's specialties) and Potato Pudding (aka Kugelis). The section on desserts is especially extensive, my favorite, of course, being Napoleon Torte (or in Lithuanian 'Napoleonas'--my mother would delight family and frinds with this every Christmas).

This is a GREAT cookbook and I strongly recommend to those who love Lithuanian cooking!


The Price of Freedom
The Price of Freedom
by Tatiana Lysenko
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book not to be missed., 1 May 2014
This review is from: The Price of Freedom (Paperback)
After reading this book I was deeply impressed by the Ukrainian-born author's love of her native country and the concern she has for the preservation of its' cultural identity. I am a first generation Lithuanian-American who has been watching what has been happening in Ukraine with much anxiety. I think those of us who were either born in Eastern Europe or are the children of those born there share the same concern. As the back cover states: "For hundreds of years, immigrants have been coming to America to gain greater freedom and to realize their dreams."

The heroine of this book, a beautiful Ukrainian language teacher and journalist by the name of Slava, leaves her native country to come to the United States where she could experience journalistic freedom perhaps for the first time in her life. She accurately and meticulously writes about life in the United States much to the chagrin of post Soviet (yet still pro Russian) propagandists now inhabiting her country. Threats are made against her and her family remaining in the Ukraine to have her stop writing. Her editor is threatened with the loss of his job should he continue to have her work published. Things go from bad to worse and fear for her safety leads Slava to apply for political asylum in the United States which is later granted. Slava would be rejoined by her daughter who later came to the United States but tragically she would lose her mother in a suspicious automobile accident most likely in retribution for Slava's actions.

The back cover of this book states that it is the author's "fictionalized account of her life story, recalling her childhood and youth, her success and failures, and the eventual asylum she gained in the United States". That makes me wonder how much actually IS fictionalized and how much of it is real. One thing is for sure: the reality of Ukraine's noble past, the ancient language (perhaps the oldest in the world) the people still speak today and the possibility that the area of the Ukraine was the real "cradle of civilization" cannot be denied. There is SO MUCH in this book and the passion and love for Ukraine that the author demonstrates here is amazing. I understand it though, understand it very well, because that is the love I have for my parents' homeland, our precious Lithuania. I was the first in my family to be born in the United States, my Lithuanian parents themselves refugees from occupying Soviet forces that were not inclined to allow the Lithuania people their right to live their cultural values, possess their own lands, freely worship in the way that they chose and govern themselves with their own democratic system. Sadly, now, the Ukraine is being threatened again by the robbing of what their people value the most: freedom.

I STRONGLY recommend this book. It is not to be missed especially in this day and age. I am privileged to have read it.
I thank the author for her tremendous efforts. Her scholarship is obvious, her Ukrainian patriotism deep and her value of freedom profound. I salute you Tatiano Lysenko and wish you the very best!


Medication Classes For NCLEX
Medication Classes For NCLEX
Price: £2.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, obviously helpful for both registered nurses and nurse practicioners., 11 Feb 2014
I found Section 1 Pharmacologic Prefix and Suffix Tables and 2 Hierarchy of Major Pharmacological Classes to be well organized and helpful. It was wise for the author to indicate more than once that generic medicines can have multiple trade names. These two chapters really do seem to serve the purpose of helping the reader to "synthesize knowledge in a way that can increase recognition and knowledge about families and classes of drugs instead of trying to learn every commonly prescribed drug."

Section 3 NCLEX Style Questions and Rationale seem to somehow be out of place. The linkage did not seem to be there as now the author DID get into specifics about prescribed drugs and drug interations where the reader WOULD need to learn in depth about commonly prescribed drugs. The questions were good and answers were provided with rationale but I would have liked it if the reader would have been directed for study in another book where they could research the answers themselves. This section obviously presupposes knowledge previously obtained.

Overall as a quick reference I see this book as being potentially quite valuable for nurses both preparing for exams and to keep their knowledge current. I once was a nursing student myself but, having subsequently become a licensed clinical social worker, I found the references to psychiatric medications useful.


Killing Jesus: A History
Killing Jesus: A History
by Bill O'Reilly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite some inaccuracies a fascinating historical account of the life of Jesus Christ., 11 Feb 2014
Overall I would describe this as the best book about the life of Jesus since Jim Bishop's THE DAY CHRIST DIED . Like Bishop's book, it vividly describes the world into which Jesus was born, grew up, taught his important lessons, was exalted then betrayed, unjustly convicted and executed, dying a horrible death on a cross. It does not hold back describing in graphic detail the extreme punishments the Romans used to keep their conquered people under absolute and total control. Sometimes the lengths the Romans took to exert their power on an oppressed people were truly shocking reminding me about the horrific way the Soviet Russians treated occupied Eastern European people following World War II.

Similary to Bishop's book, the chapters in KILLING JEUS are titled according to time and place i.e. the first chapter is captioned "Bethlehem, Judea March, 5 B.C. Morning" and the final chapter (before the Afterward) is "Jesus' Tomb, Sunday, April 9, A.D. 30, Dawn). There are three books within KILLING JESUS entitled Book I The World of Jesus; Book II Behold the Man; and Book III If You Are the Son of God, Take Yourself off This Cross. There are also a few black-and-white drawings, maps and pictures of famous portraits as well as an Index. It is obvious quite a bit of research was done to write this book and, as a Catholic, I appreciate the fact that Bill O'Reilley, also a Catholic, was the principal author.

If I have any heartburn at all about this book is that Mary Magdalene is again erroneously identified as a prostitute (as she was in Joyce Meyer's book APPROVAL ADDICTION:OVERCOMING YOUR NEED TO PLEASE EVERYONE). In fact, as noted in an issue of U.S. News and World Report: "Few characters in the New Testament have been so sorely miscast as Mary Magdalene, whose reputation as a fallen woman originated not in the Bible but in a sixth-century sermon by Pope Gregory the Great. Not only is she misidentified as the repentant fallen prostitute of legend, meditating and levitating in a cave, but she was not necessarily even a notable sinner. Being possessed by "seven demons" that were exorcised by Jesus, she was arguably more victim than sinner." There is NO evidence of her EVER having been a prostitute in any of the four gospels of the New Testament. Nevertheless the misidentification of St. Mary Magdalene as a repentant prostitute has continued on by many writers and artists including Bill O'Reilley and his co-author, Martin Dugard. This was truly disappointing.

Otherwise I really liked this book and would recommend it as good historical reading.
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Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide For Women
Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide For Women
Price: £7.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated, very informative covering many points, well done., 11 Feb 2014
I found out about this book after completing my thirteenth half-marathon, my second with the Rock-and-Roll series (the first being in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the United States on 3 September 2006), this time in Savannah, Georgia, on 9 November 2013. It is written primarily for the runner in mind but I find it was useful to me also as a speedwalker.

Particularly noteworthy for the woman runner/walker in preparation or just after a race are Chapters 18 Women-Specific Exercise Issues by Barbara Galloway and 20 Troubleshooting Aches and Pains. At about Mile Eleven of my last half marathon I had developed severe pain in both of my hamstrings. It was helpful to know about the author's opinion as to causes and corrections. In the same chapter the author describes problems with Shins, shoulder and neck muscles, tired and tight; Soreness or pain in the front of the shin (anterior tibial area); Shoulder and neck; Knee pain at the end of a run; Behind the knee pain, tightness or continued soreness or weakness; Quadriceps; Sore Legs and Feet. I only wish the author had described the medical causes of residual pain i.e. osteoarthritis (degenerative knee) or Baker's cyst that might come with long years of training.

A big lesson learned from this book is that training for an event is all important whether you are a runner OR a walker. There are a number of chapters to help prepare you including Chapter 3 Setting Goals and Priorities (Staying injury free--a training journal helps); 10 Half Marathon Training Programs; 12 Speed Training Programs for Top Performance; 24 Mental Training Programs and 26 Cross-Training:Exercise for the Non-Running Days.

I really liked that the book also included chapters on the proper clothing and equipment for racing including an emphasis on quality shoes (Chapter 5 Practical Information: Shoes, Equipment, etc.) and what to eat or drink before, during and after a race emphasizing good hydration (Chapter 21 An Exerciser's Diet).

This is a good book: outstanding for the beginning female marathoner and a very good review for those of us runners (or walkers--you can modify the training programs to suit your needs) who have been at it for a while. I would recommend it.


[(Its Not Easy Being ME)] [by: Rodney Dangerfield]
[(Its Not Easy Being ME)] [by: Rodney Dangerfield]
by Rodney Dangerfield
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!, 11 Feb 2014
This book is the autobiography (or memoir) of Rodney Dangerfield, born Jack Roy, of Hungarian descent, in New York on November 21, 1921. It is the remarkable story of a man who made something memorable of his life after surviving a rather painful childhood, the product of a father "who was never there" and a mother who was cold and unsupportive. This did not stop the future comedic great from discovering his wonderful talent to make people laugh as he began working in comedy as young as 18 years of age. As Roseanne Barr would write in the Afterward of this book: "Getting people to laugh at all to keep from crying has been a humorist's well-worn path for decades, but one guy did it better than anybody." To her and to many Rodney Dangerfield "was the greatest stand-up comic, joke writer and master of timing who ever lived."

I was impressed that this book actually encompassed almost the entirety of this man's life. He was writing this book as late as April 7, 2003 when he checked into the hospital for brain surgery. Less than two years later he would pass away in Los Angeles on October 5, 2004.

It is much to Mr Dangerfield's credit that his legacy included the launching of a generation of younger comics we are are so familiar with these days: Roseanne Barr, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Robin Williams just to name a few. The book also reveals this great comic to have been a real human being sensitive to the people around him with all the vices (sex, drugs and alcohol) that one who suffers from depression can be particularly vulnerable to. I loved the fact that despite his great emotional pain Rodney Dangerfield could use comedy as a means of coping with life. Roseanne Barr would write: "To watch Rodney work was to be reassured that you weren't the only one who felt like you were getting screwed, set up, knocked down, or made to feel small just about everywhere you turned. Rodney took the experience of getting your butt solidly kicked down the road of life and turned it into an exercise in empathy, perseverance, and compassion." Even now, ten years after his death, the author of this book continues to gift us with the many jokes he included representative of those he would use in his act.

On a personal note I always loved Rodney Dangerfield, because he reminded me of my own father, Lithuanian born Vladas Algimantas Cekauskas, born in Kaunas, Lithuania on November 28, 1922, died Sunny Hills, Florida, August 12, 2007. My father, like the comic, used to love make people happy. He was a very charming and engaging man who appreciated attractive women like any healthy heterosexual man while still ever faithful to his wife. I love that the cover of this book is graced with the face of Rodney Dangerfield revealing the same beautiful blue eyes I once saw in my own father.

I would strongly agree then with Howard Stern's quote about Rodney Dangerfield found on the front cover of this book: "He's legendary...one of the funniest in the world. Read this book. It's great." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


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