Thursday, October 30, 2014

Afternoon Coffee and Crêpes {+ Giveaway}

Afternoon Coffee and Crepes coverNote: The winner of the giveaway is Dezmond. Congratulations Dez and thanks to all who entered.
I’m thrilled to be participating in author Holly Sinclair’s Foodie Blog Tour and Blog hop this week. 

I had the honor of reviewing her Afternoon Coffee and Crêpes cookbook. To celebrate her tour, Holly has a special giveaway for visitors to Thoughts. 

Here’s what the cookbooks is all about:

        An afternoon with stuffed crêpes and a rich cup of coffee makes for a superb get together. This book features seasonal theme entree and dessert crêpes and a recommendation for the right coffee brew for each month. On a chilly autumn afternoon have a nice pot of Brazilian coffee served with Spicy Shrimp Crêpes and Candied Acorn Squash, or Caramel Apple Crêpes. On a hot summer day, treat yourself to an exotic menu with Kona coffee, Tropical Shrimp Crêpes, Salad Greens with Sesame-Ginger Dressing, and Lava Flow Crêpes.

Now, let me share my thoughts on this fun book ……

I am far from an expert cook, but I do enjoy trying different dishes and styles. For that reason, I’m drawn to cookbooks. Author Holly Sinclair’s Afternoon Coffee and Crêpes enticed me just by the title.

Being a coffee junkie, this cookbook had to be made for me. As I started going through it, I realized I had missed the last word - Crêpes. Just the word crêpes brought visions of hours in the kitchen and difficult techniques.

Boy was I wrong. Sinclair gives simple step-by-step instructions on not only how to make the crêpes, but the various ways to serve them. She also gives delicious pairings for wonderful menus for each month of the year. In addition, Sinclair describes the different roast types of coffee and the perfect brew to go with each meal.

Preparing the batter was quick and simple. After I let it rest in the refrigerator as recommended, I held my breath and decided to give it a try. As the crêpe began to form, I couldn’t believe it. I discovered crêpes aren’t hard to make at all, in fact, they’re fun to prepare.

Afternoon Coffee and Crêpes is a fun cookbook that will assist you in making delicious meals throughout the year.

Afternoon Coffee and Crêpes by Holly Sinclair, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, @2014, ISBN: 978-1500718541, Paperback, 66 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author as part of her virtual blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Due to family matters, I haven’t had a chance to prepare a complete meal from Holly’s book. However, I have the crêpes I made in the freezer and look forward to preparing many of the yummy meals. Crêpes no longer scare me.

Afternoon Coffee and Crêpes
Cost: $10.00 print | $2.00 eBook If you buy the print version of the book from Amazon, you get the digital version free.
Where to get it: Amazon (print)
Barnes & Nobles


Holly Sinclair, who goes by Southpaw on the Interwebs, finds cooking cathartic. The recipes she's created and collected grew into cookbooks. Holly's trying her hand at fiction and food seems to creep into most of her books.

Holly Sinclair Cookbooks, the website
HR Sinclair, the blog

Join Holly on the rest of her Blog Tour, each stop features a different cookbook and a chance for a free eBook!

Holly's blog tour logo You can join in the fun by signing up for the End of Tour Foodie Blog Hop! 

Talk about a fond food memory, describe your disasters in the kitchen, post your favorite recipe or pictures of food, or do anything food related. Sign up HERE.


One commenter on this post will win a free digital copy of this cookbook. To enter, just leave a comment. If you want to leave a comment but don't want to enter, add "I hate food" to your comment. The winner will be announced on October 31st (tomorrow) on Holly's blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy crêpes? If so, what’s your favorite? Have you tried your hand at making crêpes before or does the thought terrify you?


  1. Hi Mason - seems like this book of Holly's was made for you. The crepe looks very good .. and a few of those with different fillings: what a great offering for family or friends ...

    Congratulations to Holly and thanks for highlighting her easy recipes - yet well researched and interesting .. cheers Hilary

  2. Don't let the crepes scare you!
    I've always thought they were difficult to make as well.

  3. I have a friend that used to always bring crepes filled with pineapple and cottage cheese and they were wonderful, but I never tried to make them on my own.

  4. Mason - Yum! That recipe book looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Sorry to hear thing got chaotic for you. I'm glad you were able to try out the crepes. Eating them plain with a pinch of sugar and rolled up is a nice pic-me-up too!

    Thanks for hosting me today.

  6. Nom nom! We have only crepes here in Europe, we mostly consider them pancakes not the fluffy things Americans make, so it is something that people eat here on a weekly basis. In my country they're usually stuffed with jam, walnuts or nutela :)

    1. PS we usually make them in cast iron skillets and the older they are the better the crepes

  7. The crepe on the cover looks fantastic! I love crepes, but they are so hard to make perfectly! The crepes I had in Paris were the best!

  8. Thanks so much for the info and review! I may need to get this book. It looks wonderful. Wishing Holly all the best! :)

  9. Making anything in the kitchen scares me a bit, but from the sound of the crepes, I'd like to give them a try. :)

  10. I love dessert crepes. My favorites are filled with a cold cream cheese/pecan filling, then topped with a warm strawberry sauce. Mmmm...thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Yummo. It is early here, but I am starting to yearn for crepes.

  12. Looks great! I've never tried making crepes before.

  13. I'm developing a craving for crepes after reading all this stuff about crepes. I wish I had an in-house chef who'd make me some.

    A Faraway View


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