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Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
by Andy Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious pictures and recipes, 28 July 2014
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Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures and Ottoman cuisine is likewise a mix of Turkish, Greek, Albanian, Mongolian and Bulgarian, to name just a few. This is an enjoyable big glossy book full of pictures both of the recipes and of the markets of the city.

We are given a brief introduction to the areas and markets of Istanbul with delicious descriptions and pictures of the enjoyment and delight with which the people of Istanbul devour their food, from street vendors to restaurants. Then there are then six recipe sections: Breakfast; Streetfood and snacks; Vegetables and pulses; Meat and poultry; Fish and seafood; and Desserts. The last section is a glossary of ingredients, some of them are distinctly Ottoman and a picture and description gives enough information to understand the flavour each brings to a dish if they cannot be sourced.

As someone who is gluten intolerant I found this book really useful because it gives me access to favourite foods such as kofta kebabs and wraps that previously I would have been unable to consume and can now substitute, gluten free breads and wraps, quinoa for bulghar wheat, etc


The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
by Tom Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspirational, 28 July 2014
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An interesting book in which Hunt invites us to cook vegetables and fruit in season, divided into Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each vegetable or fruit is introduced with notes on preparation, taste and season and instructions given for cooking it three ways, for instance, for asparagus instructions are given for preparing it raw, char-grilling it and blanching it. Below each method comes further ideas for using the ingredient, it is then followed by an extant recipe, for instance, the blanched asparagus is used for a variation on Italian Risi e Bisi (rice and peas). It's an approach that teaches you the possibilities of each vegetable and fruit.


NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo by KRUPS Coffee Capsule Machine - White
NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo by KRUPS Coffee Capsule Machine - White
Price: 89.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Manual a step down from automatic, 28 July 2014
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I own a Dolce Gusto machine already and this to us was nowhere near as good. My main issue is that this is a manual not automatic machine. To explain, the coffee pods for Dolce Gusto machines come marked with bars which tell you what setting to put the machine to to make it exert the right amount of pressure and put through the right amount of liquid for that pod. On the Oblo there is no setting, you just push the hot water button across until you get enough coffee. If you were not familiar with how the capsules work this would be baffling


Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
by Tilly Walnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars deliciously well written, 18 July 2014
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A delightful book that takes you step by step learning dressmaking by completing patterns, instruct are clear and comprehensive and the patterns modern and pretty


The Forever Girl: A Novel
The Forever Girl: A Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant but predictable, 18 July 2014
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An easy and pleasant read with evocative descriptions of tropical paradise and the soft rainy colours of Edinburgh. A bit predictable but well written.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
by Patrizia Collard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent easy to follow account, 22 May 2014
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I must admit, I was sceptical at first, how could something as complex as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) be simplified, but this book does it elegantly. It begins with a brief 'Contents at a Glance' page and then much more detailed 'Table of Contents' including all the icons used in the book which make it easy to navigate: tips; things to note down and to try, warnings, jargon explanations and tracks to play from the online spoken guided meditation tracks.

The book begins with an introductory part I: a clear explanation of what MBCT is, it's origins and benefits, the problems MBCT can address and what the challenge of taking on the full 8 week course entails

Part II is the 8 week course itself, each chapter covering a single week and each building on the one before to develop becoming mindful of your body and mind and how to deal with setbacks and difficult emotions to enable you to come to a point where you are fully in control of your own physical and mental wellbeing and able to live a life far more connected to your own life.

Part III is on using MBCT for specific afflictions: depression, addiction, anxiety, pain, ageing and the work-life balance.

Part IV enables you to go beyond the book, giving list of 10 ways to expand your mindfulness practice, 10 inspirational people and 10 inspirational places to visit.

All in all a welcome addition to the mindfulness bookshelf, straightforward but not shallow.


Micro Trader Hairdressing 18" 80% Real Human Hair Training Head - 25 X 16 X 13 cm - Brown
Micro Trader Hairdressing 18" 80% Real Human Hair Training Head - 25 X 16 X 13 cm - Brown
Offered by Micro Trader
Price: 22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my 10 year old, 22 May 2014
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My 10 year old wanted a hairdressing head that she could treat like real hair, she had had one of the children's doll heads but these are synthetic hair. This one has been great, she is able to style and brush it just like real hair and the clamp means she can use it two handed.


Fabulous Foil Galt
Fabulous Foil Galt
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple foiling set for younger children, 22 May 2014
This review is from: Fabulous Foil Galt (Toy)
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A good starter foiling set for kids aged 6+, they simply peel off the stickers and rub foils over the sticky areas to create a series of funky pictures.


The Word Exchange
The Word Exchange
by Alena Graedon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept and beguiling narrative, 22 May 2014
This review is from: The Word Exchange (Hardcover)
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Imagine a virus that affects our ability to speak and write, to communicate. Anana's father has disappeared from his work as editor of the North American Dictionary of the English leaving only a cryptic message 'diachronic' and his speed dial display reads 'Hotline to Alice'. The moment she sees this Anana knows something is very wrong, Alice is both a reference to Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and a kind of literary code name he had for Anana. Down the rabbit hole the story goes, she finds a small army of sweat shop workers in the basement destroying dictionaries, tries to get help from Bartleby who worked with her father, tries to deal with the aftermath of her breakup with ex Max and the onslaught of the word virus that steals language. A really good read.


Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Price: 11.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter art set, 22 May 2014
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A good Horrible Histories themed set with plenty of stuff to inspire kids aged probably 6+, my 10 year old has still found plenty to do. There are chunky colouring pens, stencils, glitter glues, paints and paintbrush, a paper pad and lots of stickers, great fun


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