Another year has passed, and a BUTTLOAD of reading and growing has been done! This year was a huge cranium grower for me and my GOODNESS does it feel good to take this into 2018!
So I want to share what I’ve been reading and listening to – I’m a complete Audible junkie!
WARNING: you’ll find books here that may confuse you since they aren’t baking, food, or decorating related. That’s because they are the books truly responsible for my success and continued growth and prosperity. No cake book will better your brain.
No baking book will help you be more successful in business.
No tutorial will improve your relationships and grow YOU as a human being (which translates directly into all of your caking endeavours from client relations, to balancing your home and cake life, valuing yourself more to be able to CONFIDENTLY price your work and state your price unflinchingly.
Working on this stuff has grown my business and changed my life. I’m happier. I’m more successful. I’m better able to make decisions that benefit everyone I encounter. You can do this, too. Start with the books that seem “not related to caking” and watch you caking habit skyrocket!
Some of the items here are baking and food related, some business related (bloggers and cake biz owners… you should pay attention!) and lots are about mindset. Many of these books have been altering for me. They have challenged who I am as a person, a wife, mother, coach, mentor, teacher, blogger, cake enthusiast, and friend.
I encourage you to pick up each of these in 2018 🙂
And I’ll start with possibly the most AMAZING food science book series to have ever graced the planet…
Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold
If you’ve ever wondered about the science behind all the little things that happen in your kitchen and understanding why we do certain things with food, this is it. If you want a deeper understanding of cooking to be insanely successful at creating, crafting, and discovering delicious, satisfying, beautifully cooked cuisine (fancy word for food, don’t get intimidated), then this is your Bible.
If you simply geek out on all things food and food porn photos that will drop your jaw each time you turn the page – you should have a look-see on Amazon.
If you appreciate the immense effort put into 2,400 pages and 50 lbs. worth of research, testing, and recipe sharing, then this is for you.
*See below for the sibling to this amazing set of books. Warning: not cheap. Not even close.
Baking for Special Diets by Richard J. Coppedge, Jr. CMB
So I know this guy. I learned from him in Bakeshop 3 at The Culinary Institute of America. The class was for baking and pastry for special diets (very much like this book).
I tested, tasted, tested again many recipes that were altered for low cal, reduced fat, gluten free, lactose free, diabetic friendly, egg allergies, and more. It was an awesome experience and I know the quality of his recipes. I’d eat them without have the dietary need to do so.
This stack of mind-expanding, belief challenging, block crushing books
I want desperately to tell you in depth about each of these books but by the time I passionately finish I may have just given you ALL of each book. The transformations waiting inside these books is like turning your mixer on full speed in an over full bowl of confectioners’ sugar. Mind = blown. Sugar = all over the place.
From the bottom up:
What Does It Sound Like When You Change Your Mind, by Seth Godin
(amazing thought leader & guy who grew up in my hometown) – This is an anthology of his work over the last few years, all found easily online but collected here in a limited edition collectible book. Currently sold out. (Sorry, but I want to direct you to him to read his bite sized thoughts daily here at http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ ). I would encourage you to sign up for his daily emails of blog posts. Generally, there’s only as much as will fit on your mobile screen.
Women Rocking Business, by Sage Lavine
I was at a business conference in October (2017) and Sage presented to our group and MAN did she do what the book says: she ROCKED! She has this amazing way of getting into women’s heads and understanding us better than we do (at least until we read the book 😉 ) and she helps turn our thoughts and behaviors and beliefs into hugely beneficial, growth oriented, life giving things. And she helps you take that to you business not only for your success, but for your clients success and happiness as well.
Expert Secrets, by Russell Brunson
Hey aspiring blogger! I know you’ve wanted to start a blog but have been reluctant because “Who would want to read what I have to say? I’m not an expert and don’t have as much experience as others.” You know more than many people. And it’s not about BEING an expert. It’s about being seen as an expert by people who know less than you on a given subject. Trust me, there is always something even your “experts” don’t know and can’t help with. The idea of “expert” is kind of a fallacy. Maybe you should spend a few minutes with this quick read and see why you may in fact BE AN EXPERT.
Claim Your Power, by Mastin Kipp
Another amazing human being I’ve been brought into a circle with. If you feel stuck, you are. If you feel like you have no choices and your suffocating on life, you probably are. If you feel dead inside and without purpose, Mastin can help that. Even if you feel like you’re doing great, fine, nothing’s really wrong, chances are you’re holding yourself back in some major way and are just too used to it to notice. Mastin made me angry many times with the 40 day work in this book. Crying mad. Deeply reflective. And archeologist of my own beliefs uncovering some unbelievable limiting beliefs I have and thoughts I hold on to for no good reason.
Challenge who you have allowed yourself to be. Read this and do the work.
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, by Dr. David Hawkins
Ok. So this is a 2016 find, but has been a repeat read ever since.
But I recommend this book every chance I get to nearly everyone. This book CHANGED MY LIFE. And I’ve seen it quickly change the lives of others, my students included. There’s so much we needlessly hold onto. Each day we pick up more that we feel a responsibility to mentally and emotionally hold and it crushes us over time. There are easy ways to let these things go and heal both mind, body, soul, relationships, career struggles, and aspirations within these pages. I’ve read it and done the Audible book multiple times. Each time something changes in me. And the next time I’m ready to pull the next significant thing to work on because IT finally makes sense and speaks to me. If you read nothing else on my list, and even before you consider your next baking or recipe book, do you a favor and get this one first.
The Abundance Code, by Julie-Ann Cairns
I met Julie and spoke briefly with her at, yep, you guessed it, a business conference (I seriously LOVE these things!). She’s an expert in finance and markets. But more than that, she’s a genius at digging up our long-held, generationally passed down, societally implemented, limiting beliefs about money and why we can’t have it, shouldn’t want it, and shame those who do.
She’s logical. She’s factual. She’s worked with many financial institutions around the globe and has found little keys to unlocking the things that keep us repelling money. And yeah, we do it to ourselves. No arguing with me until you read the book.
Modernist Bread, by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya
Chef Migoya. I spent time learning some of the most important mindset lessons for the culinary world that I could have ever learned. He’s a thought leader in our industry. He challenges tradition and limiting beliefs ABOUT FOOD. Of course, co-author Nathan Myhrvold is the author of Modernist Cuisine mentioned above, so naturally these two put together in this huge anthology of bread (again about 50 lbs… 17 lbs of which is just INK for the insane food porn pics inside!)
Bread has always been a staple food for human beings. Our history is tied up in bread. And it’s come such a long way, but some much has been forgotten. So these two dug in, put in a ridiculous amount of research, time, testing, and love to create this important document of our history.
And like it’s big brother anthology above, it’s not cheap. Not even a little. But they still underpriced this thing.
Now, for the Audible group. I spend time doing stuff that doesn’t require too much attention. Dishes, grocery shopping, driving… Ok. Driving does, but instead of listening to music, I listen to audio books. If you want to increase the amount you read (meaning how much beneficial information you feed to your brain), I suggest an Audible Membership.
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, by Steven Kolter and Jamie Wheal
This book was recommended to me by one of my mentors and it’s been an eye opening read about altered states and how they can fuel our creativity and boost our problem solving, and unlock the potential in the human mind. #brainhack Crazy awesome brain hack.
I will admit straight away: this book is not for everyone. It was written many decades ago, but there’s something inherently magical about this book. It’s a brain hack, mindset shift, abundance change, and life altering way to look at life and prosperity. It is not for everyone. But there’s something to be said for the most powerful, profitable, course-of-society-changing business leaders to grace the world in the last 70+ years reading this not just once, but routinely over years… Make of that what you will.
I love this guy. Seriously I’ll buy anything he publishes because he looks at the world from a different point of view and then tests his point of view with science. His way of sharing his ideas and research is engaging and entertaining and tangible. Also, he very soothing to listen to since he narrates his own audio books 🙂
There are mixed reviews on this book, but that because it hits some sensitive points in people. Sounds CRAZY, but we’ve all be subject to BAD communication and conversation and interaction. It has tainted us. And we may end up unintentionally reflecting that bad communication to others when we speak. I loved many of the points in this book, especially “sticky eyes”… 😉 You’ll see what I mean 🙂 Some people’s criticism is about the kitschy names she gives to techniques. Who cares?!? The information is what’s important. And if it gets you to remember a communication technique because of the silly name, then she’s succeeded and so have you.
You can sign up for an Audible account here and get two free audio books to start 🙂 (I would choose Letting Go, and Claim Your Power!) : Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks
I read more than this this year, but much was re-reads from 2016 (still amazing, but I’m trying to stay on track here) as well as blogs from people who challenge what we think and why.
I encourage you to challenge yourself in 2018. Opening your mind in one place will open it in MANY places 🙂