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Snack Attack - Elizabeth Monacelli

Whether you are a sleep deprived student searching for that perfect brain-boosting exam snack, a busy Mom with a family full of finicky eaters, or in need of that extra burst of energy at the gym, "SNACK ATTACK" offers a variety of delicious heart-healthy snacks which can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. When that afternoon slump hits, don't be caught stranded without a nutritious snack to munch on. Learn how to make tasty, portable snacks including "Hit the Trail Mix" or "Coco-Nut Banana Nuggets" to take along to work or school. Elizabeth Monacelli, author, concert violinist, spokesperson for the American Heart Association, motivational speaker and life-long cardiac patient, is passionate about promoting the importance of heart-healthy snacking. From toddlers to octogenarians, "SNACK ATTACK" will help you get on the path to delicious, heart-healthy snacking.

Author Bio:
Elizabeth Monacelli has been entertaining audiences with her violin for the past twenty five years. Receiving her musical training at the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Monacelli has performed with some of the world's most elite musicians. She is a three-time national competition winner and has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Joseph Silverstein, John Williams, James Galway and Zubin Mehta. In addition to being classically trained, Ms.Monacelli has performed for movies, television shows and toured with an extensive list of pop artists which include Barry White, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Steve Lawrence, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, Shirley Jones, Sting, Moody Blues and Wayne Newton. On Valentine's Day 2003, while still a young adult, Ms. Monacelli had a musician's worst nightmare come true. She collapsed of a heart attack, stroke (which paralyzed her on the left side), liver failure and congestive heart failure all on the same day! Through perseverance, ingenuity, knowledge and a desperate will to live, Ms. Monacelli created a system to miraculously recover from her diseases. Ms. Monacelli is an official spokesperson for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. She has been sharing her message about heart disease and stroke with companies such as Qualcomm, Pacificare and Raytheon. Additionally, Ms. Monacelli focuses her message to young people, in children's hospitals, schools and youth organizations. Ms. Monacelli has been presented with numerous awards including "Outstanding Achievement Award" from the American Heart Association and "Model of Miraculous Qigong Healing" from the Eighth World Congress on Qigong.


My Opinion:
I signed up for this book not really sure what kind of recipes I would find. Honestly I was a little disappointed when it came. There isn't much in there that is useful to me in the way of trying new things. Most of the recipes are basic and I knew a lot of them. I did find one that sounded good, and I had steaks to test them out on, so it was on! The seasoning mix was alright, it had good flavor, but I still felt like it lacked something. I just couldn't put my finger on what, maybe it's as simple as salt. Anyways, not my favorite book to cook from, and probably will get stuffed on the back shelf somewhere. Sorry for the blatant outlook, I'm just a realist.


New Orleans Mix - Page 107

~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


  1. I had high hopes based on the title, but looks like one I won't be picking up. Thanks for the honesty.

  2. I think this is a very good critique. Honest, open and your opinion is well taken!! Thanks.

    And thanks for stopping by today.

  3. The cover and title did sound interesting but the synopsis and your review makes me think otherwise. Thanks for your honest review Freda.


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