The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition By Gary Chapman

Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

When Gary Chapman sat down to write the irst 5 Love Languages, he had no idea how well received his book would be to those trying to strengthen their relationships.  Eight million copies later, Chapman pens The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition in an attempt to help those who have given up on love.

Have you ever been in a relationship with someone and realized you two were always speaking a different language? Always on the wrong page or constant miscommunication. The reason for such discord in your relationship is you don’t understand your partner’s love language, and in fact, you’re using your own love language on your partner to satisfy your own needs.

The 5 Love Languages consists of the following: words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch. In order to be in a loving, rewarding, and satisfying relationship, you have to take the time to figure out which language your partner is speaking and act accordingly. Although chapman breaks each category down and follows it up with reflective questions, he strongly suggests learning all 5 and apply them accordingly.

One of the things I love about The 5 Love Languages is how thought provoking it was. It made me really contemplate past and present relationships, and I feel confident I can move forward with better relationship skills. Another great thing about the book is that the lessons can be used for both romantic and platonic relationships which is a plus for those of us working on relationships with our family and friends.

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Sherry by Talia Baiocchi

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I have a love-hate relationship with red wines, and being a novice to wine is what drew me Sherry. It’s a word that floats off the mouths of foodies and wino, and I wanted a greater understanding of the history of this wine, and how to be more knowledgeable when deciding how to drink and pair such a versatile red wine.

Sherry–once considered the world’s great wines–is produced in Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria aka The Sherry Triangle. Due to the various production techniques as well as the land and climate, some of the best sweet and dry wines are born in The Sherry Triangle.

There are three types of Sherries: Dry, sweet, and sweetened. In basic terms, a dry wine is an unsweet wine. Manzanillo and fino, amontillado, pal cortado, and oloroso make up the dry category.  Oloroso, however, is the only wine that does not undergo flor (the layer if yeast that sits on top of wine during production, giving the wine its flavor.

The sweet category includes Pedro ximenez and Moscatel. These wines are naturally sweet unlike sweetened sherries which consist of a lot of rich cream flavors.

Sherry has truly held its own throughout history from exoloration to the gensis of the United States, and the pubs and restaurants you may find yourself wandering into. Continued in next memo.

Not only has Sherry been the catalyst for many wines on the market, it still remains the juggernaut of all wines to this day.

Besides Wine for Dummies, Sherry has been one of my favorite books about wine thus far. The pages of this book are ingrained with knowledge of Sherry production,  Sherry wines, and the overall history and significance of where Sherry is produced and how it is consumed. The last two chapters of the book are solely dedicated to drink recipes made with Sherry, and food recipes you can pair with Sherry. Sherry is definitely a must-read for foodies, winos, and those seeking in depth knowledge about Sherry wine.