Some guidebooks give you objective, comprehensive information about Walt Disney World. This is not one of those books. Part guidebook, part memoir, Princess Wishes and Monorail Dreams is an unabashedly biased and shamelessly incomplete book for anyone who has ever staggered off the Teacups looking slightly green. Whether you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, just got back, vowed never to return after a fateful trip in 1982, or simply wonder what all the fuss is about, Princess Wishes and Monorail Dreams is a chance to ponder the most fundamental of all human questions: Why is it so hard to get reservations at Chef Mickey’s?
Rife with 87 footnotes from a pair of unrepentantly obsessed Disney fanatics, Princess Wishes and Monorail Dreams will make you snort with laughter while perhaps providing a smattering of useful information. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys a frank debate about the merits of The Carousel of Progress, this is the book for you. If you have no idea what The Carousel of Progress is, you will indeed learn something from this book.
Emily Rosenbaum is that mother; you know, the one who avoids chemicals, minimizes food waste, shops locally, fears sugar, hides from corn byproducts, and tries to convince her son that lemonade is not a fruit. Don’t even get her started on BPAs. Six years after making her first batch of muffins, she’s not just pureeing squash and baking bread. She’s forming little lumps of chicken-apple-spinach mush into nuggets, coating them in homemade breadcrumbs, and lovingly brushing them with olive oil. She is poised on the edge of craziness, unless she toppled in last Tuesday. In Cooking on the Edge of Insanity, Rosenbaum shares recipes and tells the tale of living sustainably while cooking for a family of five. Don’t bother to tell her she’s nuts. She already knows.