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**Disclosure: We received a copy of this book for the purpose of conducting an accurate review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
If you have a sense of humor, and appreciate clever skewering of fashion, hipsters, parenting and our image-obsessed culture, then I’ve got a great summer read for you! How to Quinoa: Life Lessons from My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter, written by Tiffany Beveridge, is a clever tome that takes aim at today’s cultural and social trends as observed through the eyes of a fictional preschool diva.
The book is based on Beveridge’s popular Pinterest board, My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter. Fashion-forward protagonist Quinoa offers advice and life lessons on such topics as playdate etiquette, getting into a top preschool, selecting the right BFF, choosing a clothing designer and proper foodie choices, among others. What’s funny is that you can easily imagine real-life examples of such kids – like Suri Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow’s kids and the Jolie-Pitt offspring.
Complementing the book’s commentary: funny quotes (“Only two things shock Quinoa: electricity and people who wear pajama pants in public.”), lists (Twenty tips for improving your personal foodie status) and photographs. The high-fashion photos used to represent Quinoa and her friends (Chevron, Aioli, Hashtag, Stevia, Coulis, Kale, Twerk, et. al) are the centerpiece of the book, and the Pinterest board before it. I am not entirely sure where Beveridge found all of these images, but they perfectly convey the pretension the book wittily mocks. One of my favorite pics accompanies this quote: “On Eighties Awareness Day at school, Quinoa was especially protective of her friend Fennel’s Wham-inspired pompadour.” I laughed out loud at that one!
For our lucky readers, we are giving away one copy of How to Quinoa: Life Lessons from My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter! The giveaway runs through July 10 and is open to US residents 18-years-old and older. Good luck!
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