The Yummy Book: 25 Life Recipes for Happy Living

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The Yummy Book: 25 Life Recipes for Happy Living is an exploration of the issues that create frustration, fear and discontentment followed by positive and inspiring suggestions on how to think and be different. The author shares the three steps for getting more out of life: 1- recognition, 2 – action, and 3 - transformation. More

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About Deborah Calla

Deborah Calla has been working in the entertainment and publishing business for the past 10 years as a writer and a producer.

She’s currently writing a MOW (movie of the week) for ABC Family.

Deborah is a Huffington Post blogger and the founder of A website dedicated to writings on love, hope, grief, coping and community.

In 2009, her screenplay, co-written with Wendy Hammond, was produced under the title A Beautiful Life, starring Dana Delany, Debi Mazar, Bai Ling, and Jesse Garcia.

As a producer, Deborah worked on: BEAT THE WORLD (2010 Brazil Producer) A BEAUTIFUL LIFE (2009 producer/co-writer) LOST ZWEIG (2002 co-producer) DREAM HOUSE (1997- producer).

TV highlights are: Carnaval in Rio - 2004 (producer/director) Travel Channel documentary narrated by Anne Archer; Carnaval in Rio - 2003 a co-production with Terry Jastrow, a seven-time Emmy winner; Chicano Artists (writer/producer/director) for HBO Latino, programming for TNT Brasil, FOX Latin America, as well as many commercial campaigns.

Deborah is also the producer of “Out of Silence: Readings from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project” produced at the Museum of Tolerance.

She is also the chair of the Media Access Awards, an annual event celebrating people in the entertainment industry who have advanced the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities and is the Chair of the Diversity Workshop of the Producers Guild of America and a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Deborah has had two books published by Putnam and one by Scholastic. All three books are on the subject of fitness.

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Kari O'Driscoll reviewed on Feb. 26, 2012

This book was borne out of a series of blog posts written by Deborah Calla. Her website,, centers around living with awareness and purpose as well as creating community around difficult times in our lives.

The book itself is broken in to four sections, each with a quick ‘recipe’ for achieving self-love, working on change, avoiding the things that prevent us from being happy, and living in a new, more meaningful way. The recipes themselves are more tongue-in-cheek than anything – a nod to the title of the book - and I found myself skimming over them as the book went on. Within each section, the chapters are approximately two pages long - about the length of an average blog post. The book is organized in such a way that the reader can find particular essays quickly without having to read the book from beginning to end. If you are struggling with letting go or battling fear or self-judgment, you can simply turn to the section you want and find the author’s wisdom on that subject.

Each essay begins with a quote followed by Calla’s clear, concise assessment of the subject at hand and how to best apply it in your own life. Her writing is accessible and reasonable and offers the sort of insight a good friend might offer. I can see this book gracing many a nightstand or desk drawer as a quick pick-me-up or reminder of what to do when the stress and emotion of a busy life becomes overwhelming.

I used the book as a series of meditations, reading a chapter at a time and sitting with the message for a while, letting it sink in and resonate. I took note of times in my life when I had felt the way she described and spent a few minutes thinking about how I could apply the author’s suggestions to make my life a happier one. While it is not a comprehensive philosophical or psychological text, I think that the bite-sized bits of insight are perfect for busy people who are struggling to find more peace and joy in small ways as they make their way through the day.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Worthyman reviewed on Jan. 26, 2012

An intriguing title... that really paid off in "goodies". The book was most interesting to read and provided lots of food for thought. I recommend it whole-heartedly. With a cherry on top!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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