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Other Side (Dedalus European Classics)
Other Side (Dedalus European Classics)
by Alfred Kubin
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the more difficult to get at places inside your own head, 12 Mar 2007
A difficult book to describe, since so much of its impact comes from the atmosphere of strangeness and the unsettling visionary quality of some passages. It recounts how the narrator, an artist, comes to live in the Dreamland, daily life in this odd place ruled by a distant and god-like monarch, and its ultimate catastrophic end.

So what's it like? It bears a resemblance to some of Haruki Murakami's work - especially Hard Boiled Wonderland. In fact I wonder if Murakami has read it? The only other remotely comparable work is Gustav Meyrink's The Golem - another obscure work by a European author dealing in the night-time of the mind.

Actually it is unlike anything. It's not even like itself.
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The Handmade Loaf
The Handmade Loaf
by Dan Lepard
Edition: Hardcover

85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book for bakers, 20 Sep 2006
This review is from: The Handmade Loaf (Hardcover)
This is really one for serious amateur bakers (in the literal sense of one who loves baking). The essence of the book is sourdough baking - making bread with a wild yeast leaven instead of commercial yeast. Baking this way takes time and a little dedication (though not nearly so difficult as some food-writers would have you believe), but it repays the effort.

As well as the recipes, the book contains accounts of bakers and baking traditions across Europe, as well as photos of actual bread (it looks like it was made by a human being)and real bakers instead of the usual cosmetically perfect food photography. For Dan Lepard making and eating bread is evidently a very personal and human thing. What I'm trying to say is the book has personality.

Above all, the recipes and procedures work, and Dan Lepard makes it simple, like all the best teachers. It transformed my baking.


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