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BWW Reviews: Scott-Vincent Borba's COOKING YOUR WAY TO GORGEOUS Is More Than A Celebrity How-To

BWW Reviews: Scott-Vincent Borba's COOKING YOUR WAY TO GORGEOUS Is More Than A Celebrity How-To

Back a few years ago - well, perhaps more than a few - health food fans and organic consumers slavishly bought books on homemade organic beauty secrets, and we (yes, I admit it) slathered ourselves with self-made strawberry-oatmeal facial masques - and then, to our joy, commercial organic skincare hit the shelves. Meanwhile, we popped Vitamin E capsules, rubbed Vitamin E oil on our faces, megadosed on Vitamin C, bought commercial Vitamin C anti-wrinkle treatments, and felt virtuous, if not necessarily with superior skin and facial tone to our ignorant, chemical-slathering friends. It seemed that no matter what organic secret we had to rub on, everyone looked pretty much equal.

Why did it take this long for someone to tell us that the spinach-yogurt masque should be accompanied by a fairly easy-to-make and quite delicious spinach pie if you want to look and feel better?

COOKING YOUR WAY TO GORGEOUS by skin-care guru and author Scott-Vincent Borba (he's also helped save the world for beauty with his MAKEUP FOR DUMMIES) gives quick reminders of the natural-foods topical applications that make your face and body glow without unpronounceable chemicals in them - while at the same time explaining how and why various foods deserve to be in your body, as well, to keep the skin as well as the rest of you in good shape. While he's at it, he adds recipes.

Those of us who came of age a generation ago were fully aware then that in order to be very healthy, recipes had to be heavy and not particularly delicious. We did not have recipes for dessert Berry Blast Pizza, for Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Onion Farro Salad (gluten-free, no less), or for Cast-Iron Skillet Jalepeno Mac and Cheese. If we had, the phrase "health food" would not have needed a few decades of rehabilitation.

A book that explains how to make a banana facial treatment, lets you in on how non-beauty products from the drug store (eye drops, Epsom salt, and others) can save your skin in a pinch, and then gives an easy recipe for a pound cake with cream-cheese and ginger frosting that uses stevia as sweetener and camu (a superfruit) powder to blast it with Vitamin C, and that doesn't taste the least bit "healthy", is a revelation for many, and a useful compendium.

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Marakay Rogers America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic.

A graduate of Wilson College (PA) with additional studies in drama and literature from Open University (UK), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer for the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Independent Gazette, science-fiction publications, and other news outlets, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America". As of 2014, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. of New York. Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.



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