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Apres All Day

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I must applaud the writer of this book. As the wife of a skier, who has spent almost every winter in the snow at least one week a year,this should be in every chalet, condo, winter home. It’s a easy read and the recipes follow the premise of munching all day long . I tried several of the recipes while we were in Telluride and the good news is that the ingredients were resort town friendly. A long distance from the days of butter rum by the fire and mulled wine. The recipes transcend the slopes to home on a wintry night with a fire in a brazier in the back yard. Fun !
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This cookbook has such an interesting premise. I liked the mix of different recipes and the explanation of when the best timing would be for them. 
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc for an honest review.
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This book is perfect for those who love to ski or live in the mountains, and with its beautiful photos would make a great gift for a friend who loves skiing or mountain life. There are 65 recipes so its not overwhelming amount to read. There are seven sections, such as Morning Apres with breakfast recipes or Happy Hour Apres with quick and tasty snacks. The recipes for main meals seem to be geared toward seeing food as a healthy fuel and with a beautiful presentation. The snack sections, though, don't worry about healthy meals as much as fun and tasty treats after burning calories on the slopes. Tater Tot Nachos, I have my eyes on you! The book offers advice on adjusting the recipes for high altitude cooking, which is handy for the mountain dweller.

The author puts cute feature pages throughout the book, such as her favorite ski slopes, what to carry with you on the slopes, or ski terminology. But what I really thought was helpful were sections on the best winter or snow books to read and the best family movies to watch that have a winter theme.

I can see this book being a great staple for anyone who lives near the slopes, but for those of us that don't, the beautiful photos and cozy recipes can help us dream! Thanks to NetGalley, author Kelley Epstein, and the publisher for allowing me to preview this ARC.
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This cookbook perfectly and beautifully fills a niche in the cookbook market: what to cook in the snowy mountains and how to do it, even at high altitude. The book has an apres-ski theme, and the intended audience is families and friends cooking and eating together after snow sports. The book features thoughtful ideas for post-ski comfort food that is fresh and healthy. Recipes are mercifully approachable and clearly photographed, and the book also features lots of tip boxes and ideas pages to help make ski trips more comfortable. More important to me than the attractive presentation here is the author's authority. Epstein is well-known in mountain communities from her blog, Mountain Mama Cooks. My house is at 7,100 ft elevation, and if it weren't for Epstein's innovative high-altitude recipes from the blog, my children would never taste a homemade cookie or brownie. The beauty of this Apres All Day cookbook is that the recipes are designed for sea level, with a thorough introductory section on how to adapt for various altitudes.  There are other cookbooks on the market for those of us dwelling permanently at high altitude, especially when it comes to baking. This book is not a good substitute for those more serious technical high-altitude tomes. Instead it is one I will want in my plastic tote full of things that travel with us to vacation rentals even higher in the mountains. If you own a vacation rental in the mountains, this book is a must have to help your guests. 

I am so grateful to #netgalley and Chronicle Books for the sneak preview of this book via the e-ARC that they shared in exchange for my candid review.
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lots of amazing hearty and heathy recipes to keep you warm. Lots of great sky lingo and photos would have loved more food photos. The recipes I tried worked great.
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I love all the references to skiing! Living in Colorado and frequenting many of the ski towns, the idea of Apres is a familiar concept. I love the collection of recipes all in one place to pay homage to the idea of collecting family, friends, and food after a hard day on the slopes. Each recipe represents comfort and simplicity, both sentiments sought after a day in the snow.  There really is something for everyone, any time of day. Thank you for pouring your heart and sharing your recipes in this excellent collection! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own, freely given.
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So, I do not ski.  At all.  But, I figured there would be cozy recipes that I would want to make just about any time of year and there were!  I am *dying* to make the Espresso Carmelita Bars, they sound so so good! The photos in this cookbook were also gorgeous!
Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC ebook!
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Who doesn’t love comfort food especially after a day in the cold outdoors. This book really hit all the high notes with me. Friendly feel, great pictures, and family friendly!

   What did I like? The nostalgia I feel when looking at a wintery theme cookbook makes me remember my childhood. We would spend all day outside and only come in long enough to fuel up. Snowboarding really took off in those years but I had zero balance back then. The recipes in this book though look amazing! From the granola to the sliders... count me in. I also loved all the little extras about altitude cooking, and hints about how to cope with altitude sickness. Such a friendly cookbook! Kudos to a great job!

   Would I recommend or buy? Anyone with a snow cabin or guest house needs to store this on there shelf. Some fun and quick meals for some high altitude fun. I bookmarked a ton of recipes to try... sliders looked amazing! I would love a copy of this book! Five stars!

   I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left a review!
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What makes this recipe book distinctive in the visuals is the sheer number of photos of skis and snowboards stuck in the snow while their owners are elsewhere – having some food, or drink, or concussion tests perhaps.  The shtick here is that these dishes are for the ski chalet, the suntrap balcony in the afternoon while the lift pass warms under your multiple layers (nb I have no bloody idea if they do that or not, I was trying to be poetic) or the get-together to compare snow-burn, bruises and so on around a loaded party table.

What makes it distinctive in the actual recipes is – well, the idea that it considers how to bake, fry, make perfect rice etc at higher altitudes must surely make it unique.  Otherwise there is little connection from one dish to another.  Generally they have an energy-giving attitude, so breakfasts are snappy bakes, granola things, energy bars etc, there are snacks to leave in the car in case of white-outs, and the mains are simple ingredients given sensible treatments to give maximum pleasure for minimum effort.  You should get the gist – there is no namby-pampying about with hard-to-find specialist ingredients (beyond certain specified brand name breakfast cereals etc), there is no cause for a rack of unique utensils with which to treat your salads, and there is little chance of any of this really getting sniffed at.

I can't say I pulled a lot of these recipes out for future reference, but the next time we stock up on turkey mince those French soup-styled meatballs are going to get a try-out, and there's a sticky twist on the salmon I would usually rustle up.  I also might thank the author forever for adding not only rice crispies but also Kahlua to my eggy bread.  I wouldn't thank her for the paid-by-the-word editorialising that comes with each and every dish, but that – and the copious needless photographic filler – seems to be the house style from this publisher, whose recipe books are new to me this month.  Her recipes themselves have more concision, and while the book will only really gel with fellow winter sports participants (there is a lot of skiing bumpf, as the ratio between recipes and pages implies) there is nothing whatsoever here to deter anyone from having a good browse.  Three and a half stars as a purchase.
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Date reviewed/posted: May 4, 2021
Publication date: August 3, 2021

When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

For ski bums and non-skiers who enjoy the snow, here is a cozy winter cookbook of 65+ hearty recipes, plus beautiful photography that captures the après-ski culture and mountain town life.

Après-ski is more than just an afternoon beer in the lodge. It's an opportunity to gather with friends and family over delicious food and drinks during the cold winter months. This cozy cookbook invites home cooks of all levels to embrace the après culture all season long, whether they're the first skier on the slopes in the morning or a nonskier who prefers to snuggle up by the fireplace.

There are recipes for every meal—because yes, you really can "après all day"—including Apple Pie Oatmeal as pre-ski fuel, Tater Tot Nachos, a.k.a. "Tatchos" for an indulgent snack on the couch, Classic Beef Stew with Cheesy Garlic Bread for a family potluck, and a well-deserved Kitchen Sink Skillet Cookie to end the day.

There is a section with helpful tips on cooking at altitude, plus fun sidebars featuring must-know ski lingo, ideas for game night, and more. Ski bums, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who lives in cold climates will appreciate the hearty recipes and beautiful photography of mountain scenery.

I am going to say it .... August is a weird time for an Apres Ski cookbook to come out...but maybe it is to enjoy the food in it during the fall as it gets cooler and then one craves more comfort food.   I love the warm and hearty recipes here as they are perfect for cool and cold weather - that cookie may have to be made sooner than later, though as it is applicable for all kinds of weather, IMHO!

The recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there whether they ski or not, or whether they live in a tropical climate and are searching for a hearty meal. 

What I especially love about the book is that it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods. I do draw the line at making my own cheese beyond a quickly-made mozzarella, and canning tomatoes but the more "ingredients" you use the better.  My one nephew says that I never have any food in my house, only ingredients --- that is why I cook so much. I also refuse to eat or cook with Frankenfoods such as "chick'n" and its 88 ingredients vs. 🐔chicken🐔 having one and cheese that does not come from an animal is udder nonsense!)

Give this book as a gift along with a warm hat for Christmas for the skier (or foodie) in your life ... wrap it in a tea towel as no one can ever have enough of those and they are better for the environment than a non-recyclable gift wrap or a gift bag.

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube  Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🎿 🎿 🎿 🎿 🎿
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The author had me at-Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, Latte and a good book! Lots of cozy comfort foods and a wonderful Kitchen Sink Skillet cookie recipe that was absolutely devoured! Beautiful pictures of the food and winter scenes too.
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Loved the idea of that book - meals and dishes for skiing and when you are in the mountain, because cooking times are a little different in high altitude. There is even little hints here and there for the skiier going all day out, what to have with you, how to fight altitude sickness and all those kinds of things. The food is simple and hearty; the photos appetising. This is really a work of love and it strongly feels dedicated to the family of the cook.. I've only ever been in the mountain in Europe so the food was quite different there as in the book. It's quite interesting to see what people would have in America instead... but I must say I do miss the heavy melted cheese dishes and cured meats and things we can find in the Alpes. 
I loved the drinks section at the end - because one of the big pleasures after a big day in the snow there is nothing better than a large hot mug of something milky and sweet and delicious.
A lovely home cooking book for the family wanting the classic American meals with a winter feel.
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