Books

Summertime and the living is easy, an illustrated lullaby:

"Summertime and the living is easy"-lyrics from the well loved song "Summertime," a highlight of George Gershwin's famous PORGY AND BESS opera. Now a children's illustrated lullaby brought to life by Marica Natali Thompson, author/illustrator of ONE TREAT AFTER ANOTHER and OH MY SWEET BABY. Rock to sleep with this 32 page rhythmic gem. Full watercolor illustrations.




My first published children's book, please check it out!!!!

Oh My Sweet Baby touches on the never-ending connection mothers have with their children. Thirty-two pages long, this story is painted to life with simple, whimsical watercolors. Oh My Sweet Baby tells the story of one family as it grows and it grows, and it grows. As each baby arrives, the mother assures all her children that no matter how big they get, they will always be her babies. Rhythmic and simple, Oh My Sweet Baby is a perfect read before an afternoon nap or snuggled up, ready for sleep at bedtime.






My mother's cookbook, super yummy simple recipes:

The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook, based on Cooking Off the Grid, also by Nadia Natali, blends 126 tasty, healthful recipes with lively tales of the Natali family’s adventures living close to the land—in the wilds of California’s Los Padres National Forest. Nadia Natali's varied dishes, suitable for any group or family, are presented in a simple style that makes them both visually appealing and effortless, as a sequence of ingredients that correspond to numbered directions. Each chapter opens with a vivid account of the family’s trials and triumphs at Blue Heron Ranch, followed by a particular category of recipes, arranged in seven groupings. Whimsical illustrations adorn the recipes and embellish the sometimes poignant, often hilarious stories about raising a family in the wilderness, running a meditation center, and facing nature’s seemingly endless challenges—with the Blue Heron Ranch kitchen being the center around which these events unfold. Recipes include Blue Heron Ranch Potato Leek Soup, Saturday Market Quiche, Miso Pine Salmon, Ojai Bouillabaisse, Early Morning Rice Cream, Aunt Ev’s Cardamom Bundt Cake, and Honey Almond Chai. The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook offers culinary and spiritual sustenance to anyone who wants to experience, or revisit, the pleasures of comforting, communal meals at Zen and other retreat centers.


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