Amy and Randy are a 40ish, middle class American couple living in Florida with five children, one daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Randy works as a Network Security Admin and Web Developer, so Amy can stay at home. Amy comes from a strong Northern Wisconsin-Polish background and was raised to show love with food-more butter, more sugar, sausage, Pierogies, etc. It didn't take long for Amy to start showering Randy with three full meals a day plus desserts and treats. Over the course of four years, Amy fattened him up to well over 300 pounds! Then Randy started having chest pains, so he went to the doctor. He was a young man in his thirties with somewhat high LDL (bad) cholesterol and EXTREMELY low (good) HDL cholesterol, which put him at high risk for a heart attack. It was scary, especially with four children in the house. Amy was literally loving her husband to death, so they had to make a change. She had to cook healthier foods. But Randy was spoiled with treats, and there was no way he was going to eat salad and drink diet soda. With that in mind, they took it slowly-really, really slowly. It took about two years. Randy lost over 120 pounds, and his cholesterol is healthy. He runs 5 to 10K four times a week and hits the weights pretty hard. There are no tricks to it, no special diets to follow or some voodoo gimmick that will make the pounds disappear. As Amy and Randy learned more about healthy living, the sneaky people started to stand out. There were so many of them preying on others with promises to make you thin and beautiful if you just pay their price. Thus, the creation of Health-Actually.com. Amy and Randy share products they tried, exercise that worked, and recipes that fit it into their family. Their goal: to make your life better by offering you the long version of how they did it.
In Geordie Shore star Scotty T's first ever book, we hear the tearaway 'Toon's exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of the MTV show. If you thought Scotty T's outrageousbehaviour on Geordie Shore was just forthe cameras, think again. Long before starring in the show, Scotty was living life to the fullest andgetting up to all sorts.In this hilariouspage turner,Scotty T willnot onlylet slip scandalous secrets from Geordie Shore , Ex onthe Beach and Celebrity BigBrother , but willopen upabout his antics when the cameras stop rolling. But it's not all sex, fights andgetting mortal! Scotty alsorevealsa surprisinglysofter sideand opens up aboutliving withADHD, coping with the breakdown of his parents' marriage andpickingup the piecesafter theloss of a loved one. Therascalalso reflects onthe lasses who have tried andfailed to tame his heart and introduces ustothe love ofhis lifewho has beenliving in the shadows all this time. Andif all that wasn't enough,Scotty explains why heloves maths so much, what it waslike to join the Neighbours cast, plus finally admitswhathe really thinksabouthis castmates, why he was nearly kicked off the show by producersand what lifehas instore for himafter Geordie Shore .
With the help of Boy Shopping, Gemma is making a new play for Mr. Right! Gemma is beautiful, black, and eternally single. If only she were as big a hit with the boys as she is on the basketball court. With so many fouls in the romance department, she's racked up way more Mr. Wrongs than she can count. But now she's decided to go on the offense and give online dating a try--and it's up to you (the reader!) to play matchmaker and pick Gemma's slam dunk. . . Drew isn't really a hottie, yet he's way nicer than the duds Gemma usually falls for. Dan's an artist, who may be too smart for his own good, and the story he's included with his profile melts Gemma's heart (plus he's gorgeous!). Ethan is a basketball player--a no-no in Gemma's book--but she'll soon discover that he isn't your typical jock. And Christopher is a super-cute, super-clever surfer who hooked Gemma from the start. Is he just another jerk? With all this heart-stopping action off the court, Gemma will never be stuck on the dating bench again. . . More fun than watching the playoffs, Like This and Like That is the second interactive novel in The Boy Shopping series that lets the reader choose who goes out on a date! Nia Stephens holds a degree in literature from Harvard University. She earned her M.F.A. from Oregon State University and is currently at work on a Young Adult fantasy series. Like This and Like That is her second novel in the Boy Shopping series.
Throughout Maya Angelou's life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignantand the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable. Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being afraid to speakand her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant (never mind that she didn't know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail). There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party full of wretched people; but all wasn't lostshe did experience her initial taste of a savory onion tart. She recounts her very first night in her new home in Sonoma, California, when she invited M. F. K. Fisher over for cassoulet, and the evening Deca Mitford roasted a chicken when she was beyond tipsyand created Chicken Drunkard Style. And then there was the hearty brunch Angelou made for a homesick Southerner, a meal that earned her both a job offer and a prophetic compliment: If you can write half as good as you can cook, you are going to be famous. Maya Angelou is renowned in her wide and generous circle of friends as a marvelous chef. Her kitchen is a social center. From fried meat pies, chicken livers, and beef Wellington to caramel cake, bread pudding, and chocolate clairs, the one hundred-plus recipes included here are all tried and true, and come from Angelou's heart and her home. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table is a stunning collaboration between the two things Angelou loves best: writing and cooking. From the Hardcover edition.