Book Review: In The Wild by Chef Steve Weston

Recipes from Base Camp to Summit

Steve Weston is a rabid outdoor enthusiast living in Boise, Idaho. During his Army years in Europe and
West Germany, Steve honed his culinary skills, taking his love of cooking from a hoppy to proficiency.
This is a fun cookbook, either while camping or at home. Ingredients are prepared in advance for ease
of cooking in camp. Recipes are divided by Class based on the type of trip, though this is not clearly
defined for the non-hiker. Recipes range from simple beverage ideas to complex-seeming gourmet
dinner entrées. A menu based on this cookbook will be varied and exciting without spending hours in

I would recommend this book for both beginning cooks or hikers and advanced members of both fields.

Book Review: Evacuation Ambulance Company #8 in World War One

A. Gustaf (Gus) Bryngelson has been collecting World War 1 uniforms,
weapons and equipment since 1966 when he was given his grandfather’s helmet
and wound certificate. An avid enthusiast, he has studied all of the
combatants involved in the war and has had many pieces of his collection
featured in area museums and some of the historical reference books written
by Belgian author, Johan Somers. Gus is actively involved in several
international discussions about World War 1 on the internet, serves on the
board of directors of the local historical society and gives presentations
about World War 1 to local school children and service organizations.

Gus has spent the last three years researching and building an exact
replica 1917 Ford Model T ambulance from photographs and historical
documents. While researching documents for his replica, Gus stumbled upon the Frank K.
Frankenfield collection. In addition to providing excellent photographs of
the Ford 1917 Model T ambulance there was a treasure trove of information
included in Frank’s diaries, letters home, post cards and assorted
documents. Upon receipt of this fabulous collection, Gus knew that there
was a book that needed to be written about Evacuation Ambulance Company #8.
This book is his tribute to the men who served.

“Evacuation Ambulance Company #8 In World War One” is a delightful step
back into history about the men who served together in this unit. This
remarkable history contains over 170 photographs and first hand accounts of
the men, machines, equipment and living conditions of an American ambulance
company. This thoughtfully assembled book goes through their adventure of
World War 1 in and easy to read, chronological order, as seen through the
eyes of ambulance mechanic Frank K. Frankenfield and the men who served
with him.

This volume is a well referenced, historically accurate account that will
help anyone understand World War 1 on a more personal level.
Gus and his wife MagDalene make their home in south central Idaho where
they currently work together on their small farm.

Book Review: A Boy Ten Feet Tall/ Effective Orphan Care Ministry

A Boy Ten Feet Tall (originally published as Find a Boy) by W.H. Canaway and Effective Orphan Care
Ministry by Larry E. Banta M.D. These two books are about the same subject, one from the view point of
an orphan, the other written for the care giver.

A Boy Ten Feet Tall, a novel published in 1961, is a story about a ten year old boy orphaned during the
Suez war in 1956. Sammy sets out by himself to find his Aunt Jane in South Africa, a trip of over 5,000
miles. This is the story of his trials and triumphs as he makes his way south. It is a story that highlights
an orphan’s pain. The story does over-simplify the problems of recovery. I would recommend this book
for both adult and young readers with one reservation. Social values concerning some of the characters
in this story have shifted greatly in 50 years and some adult guidance might be advisable for young

Effective Orphan Care Ministry is written by a board certified psychiatrist who has provided specialized
training to childcare agencies around the world, specifically for the purpose of producing productive
adults who are Christian. Banta’s outline for orphan-care addresses basic mental and physical care
needs, as well as supportive care for children who may need additional psychiatric care. This is an
instruction manual for helping children who have been abused, abandoned or who are war-torn and
addresses the special issues that will come out with traumatized orphans. Banta stresses structure and
stability throughout the book.

Even though this book is generally Christian based, I would recommend it to anyone working with a
troubled child, without regard to religious affiliation. I would also recommend it to anyone considering
starting a family or even adopting a troubled pet.

Book Review: Dear Fiona by Angela Matlashevsky

Angela Matlashevsky is one of two young people who have founded Little Author’s Self-Publishing. She
is a resident of Caldwell. Dear Fiona was printed by Caxton Press.
Dear Fiona is Matlashevsky’s debut children’s book. Matlashevsky both wrote and illustrated this very
sweet story about Caldwell’s public library. The illustrations are the real winner in this pleasant
children’s story about managing the library while the librarian is sick. A delicate, gentle humor is
depicted on the pages of this story.
I would happily recommend this children’s book to anyone, of any age. The illustrations have depth that
is worth more than one glance.

Book Review-Tarnish of the Badge by Jerry Summers

Jerry Summers holds an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in business administration in marketing from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.  Summers also has extensive experience in the various law enforcement fields.

Tarnishing of the Badge is Summer’s first venture into non-fiction. The book sets forth the theory that our law enforcement system is sliding into a state of moral decay. Summers opens his book with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, defines the crises and continues with both supporting information and personal opinion. His opinions are based on years within the law enforcement field, as well as time spent outside of the field.

Tarnishing of the Badge raised some very provocative questions about our law enforcement system. I would recommend this book to all members of our society.

Book Review–The Map Rock of Idaho Decoded by Don Zuhlke

Don Zuhlke, a native Idahoan, does not claim to be an archeologist but felt compelled to share his theory of Map Rock.

The Map Rock of Idaho Decoded is an interesting presentation of one man’s studies of a long ignored window into Idaho’s pre-historic past. The book leads the reader from one landmark to the next in a progressive fashion that is easy to follow. The author includes questions to piqué the mind of the reader and includes his opinions on possible answers. Photographs of the specific symbols sited are included with the text, as well as photographs of landmarks.

After reading Mr. Zuhlke’s book, I am personally interested in an on-site review and am planning a spring outing. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Idaho history, archeology or a simple outing with the family. I hope, in time, to find reviews on this work by professionals in the fields of archeology and anthropology.