And in case you're wondering, no, I don't receive any kind of kick back if you purchase a copy of any of them. I'm just sharing them with you out of pure excitement because I'm so happy they're all available to pre-order now and they'll all be released by the end of summer :)
Book 1: I have never met Guy Kawasaki but I was fortunate enough to receive an early release copy of Enchantment.
Because my blog is listed on Guy's "Alltop" blog directory website I was given the opportunity to apply to receive a copy of Enchantment (to review) back in December. Knowing who Guy knows, he knows a lot of influential people who have already reviewed the book like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak and Robert Scoble, I was quite surprised when I received a copy at my PO Box just a couple of weeks ago. After reading the book however, it made perfect sense that he sent me a copy even though I fall somewhere between a fairly well known nobody and a barely known somebody in certain small circles :)
I'll be posting a review on March 8th so if you're curious about what I thought of the book be sure to check back.
Amazon Product Description
Kawasaki argues that in business and personal interactions, your goal is not merely to get what you want but to bring about a voluntary, enduring, and delightful change in other people. By enlisting their own goals and desires, by being likable and trustworthy, and by framing a cause that others can embrace, you can change hearts, minds, and actions.
This book explains all the tactics you need to prepare and launch an enchantment campaign; to get the most from both push and pull technologies; and to enchant your customers, your employees, and even your boss. It shows how enchantment can turn difficult decisions your way, at times when intangibles mean more than hard facts. It will help you overcome other people's entrenched habits and defy the not-always-wise "wisdom of the crowd."
As Kawasaki writes, "Want to change the world? Change caterpillars into butterflies? This takes more than run-of-the-mill relationships. You need to convince people to dream the same dream that you do." That's a big goal, but one that's possible for all of us.
Book 2: I've been to, and fell in love with, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams when I visited her "Short North" location in Columbus Ohio in 2008.
A friend even sent me 6 pints in the mail once, packed on dry ice!
My favorite flavors have been her Salted Caramel ice cream, Mackenzie Creamery Goat Cheese with Cognac Fig Ice Cream and Poached Pear Riesling Sorbet (above left). Since her ice cream isn't available on the West Coast, and I own a Krups electric ice cream maker, I will be ordering her soon-to-be-released recipe book for sure!
Amazon Product Description
Unique flavors, prepared from top-quality ingredients combined with minimally processed milk from grass-fed cows, transformed Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a small artisanal scoopery in Columbus, Ohio, into a nationally acclaimed (and beloved) brand.
Now with her debut cookbook, Jeni Britton Bauer is on a mission to help foodies create perfect ice creams, yogurts, and sorbets—ones that are every bit as perfect as hers—in their own kitchens. Her recipe for a milk-based American-style ice cream contains no eggs, which allows her amazing flavor combinations to shine. Filled with irresistible color photographs, this cone-tastic book contains 100 of Jeni’s signature recipes—from her Goat Cheese with Roasted Cherries to her Salty Caramel to her Bourbon with Toasted Buttered Pecans. Fans of easy-to-prepare desserts with star quality will scoop this book up. How cool is that?
Release Date is: June 15, 2011
When Crisey was out in San Francisco during her International Boudoir Tour two years ago, I was fortunate enough to book a session with her and despite my nervousness, I hate to have my photo taken at all, she put me at ease and captured some really nice images.
Amazon Product Description:
Named one of the top wedding photographer's in the US by Ines Del Mar magazine, Critsey Rowe has been at the forefront of the growing trend for more intimate portraits through her Couture Boudoir service, a venture which has been so successful she now offers it as a workshop for upcoming photographers. Her pictures have been seen in numerous magazines, including Today's Bride, and television shows, including Platinum Weddings where she is a featured photographer.
■ A one-stop guide to boudoir, from equipment, make-up, and styling, through the
shoot itself, to a full range of digital post-production techniques.
■ Thirty poses that will make any subject, whatever their build, look beautiful.
■ As well as the author's own insirational photography, the gallery chapter opens up a
range of exciting possibilities for photographers new to the genre.
■ Realize the very real commercial prospects in boudoir photography with the tips
and advice in the "pro tips."
Release Date is: September 6, 2011
Book 4: I've been to Miette numerous times and am a huge fan of their desserts. Once my Birthday present was a shopping spree at Miette!. Now that I'm a "Daring Baker" I know I have the confidence to take on anything Miette is ready to throw my way with their new cookbook.
Amazon Product Description
Renowned for beautiful cakes and whimsical confections, Miette Patisserie is among the most beloved of San Francisco's culinary destinations for locals and travelers. Miette's pretty Parisian aesthetic enchants visitors with tables piled high with beribboned bags of gingersnaps, homemade marshmallows, fleur de sel caramels, and rainbows of gumballs. This cookbook brings the enchantment home, sharing 100 secret formulas for favorite Miette treats from chef and owner Meg Ray. More than 75 gorgeous color photos capture the unique beauty of Miette desserts and shops. Scalloped edges on the book block enhance the preciousness of this fetching package. Just like the adorable cakes, cookies, éclairs and tarts for sale in Miette's case, this book is irresistible!
Release Date is: June 1, 2011
Pre-order Miette on Amazon.com
I hope you'll find one or all of the books interesting and be inspired to become a more effective and enchanting entrepreneur, a better boudoir photographer, an artisan ice cream maker or a more daring baker!