Real Stories Generously Sprinkled with Chocolate!
The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen is a book for all women who have been on this journey called life.
Karen does a wonderful job in The Chocolate Diaries of injecting her own life’s battles; such as bouts of depression along with life’s joys.
She believes in using lists to guide her and keep her on track. After one disheartening experience with her lists, she decided to always start her list with: Eat chocolate, thereby ensuring at least one thing on her list would be done every day.
At times lighthearted and at other times reflective, the book features real women with real stories and ways each coped with their situations.
Karen draws her analogies from extensive interviews with friends and family and sprinkles the stories throughout the book.
Each chapter has, in addition to the story, three additional sections. Sweet Secrets poses the question to different women, “What’s your secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?” and gives their answer. Food for Thought asks the reader questions based on the chapter. Finally, at the end of the chapter is Because Real Women Don’t Need a Cookbook, which highlights reader submitted recipes.
I think this book would be great for a study group ending each session with the Food for Thought questions and then making the recipes.
Real people with real stories, generously sprinkled with chocolate. Nothing is much better than that! I received this book in exchange for my review at Blogging for Books.
I felt, in light of recent events, that many could use a book with help that includes a dose of chocolate.