I am excited to have the opportunity to review the new book by Karen Scalf Linamen, The Chocolate Diaries. This is the first of her books that I have read. I figured anything with chocolate in the title had to be sweet. This book offered a healthy serving of fifteen chapters of the author's anecdotes on life seasoned with a variety of true and relevant stories from friends and acquaintances. While this 201 page book could be digested quickly, I chose to spread it out over several courses to savor the flavors presented.
Each chapter offers "Sweet Secrets" from the author's readers with different answers to the question, "What's your secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?" Each chapter concludes with a handful of questions the author titles, "Food for Thought" and also a section "Because Real Women don't need a Cookbook" that offers various types of chocolate indulgences.
I personally enjoyed chapter four with seven "pick-me-ups" to brighten each day. I found them to be practical and possible. I also tried the recipe offered at the end of chapter eleven for Three-Minute Cake in a Mug with my girls and it was a huge hit. This book offers some real-life, practical advice on managing the ups and downs of life. This book's wit, recipes and questions would make for some fabulous fun for a women's group that meets on a regular basis. If you are searching for your next bible study, please keep in mind that although there are references to Christian living within this book there are not regular passages of scripture in each chapter for study.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.