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The Butch Bakery Cookbook
The Butch Bakery Cookbook
by David Arrick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One for the boys that the girls will love as well, 9 Sept. 2014
Men like cakes as well!! Just not with pink sparkly icing and wafer flowers all over them. This book bridges that gap really well. It gives the guys a great little reference book for baking as well as a collection of seriously manly (read boozy) recipies.

Arrick goes through lots of basics in the begining - 'Boot Camp' and also includes an equipment 'Supply List'. The wording is slightly different to a regular cook book, it's been 'maned up' for example, we have the 'Ingredient Roster' 'Plan of Attack' and 'Construction'. He also includes 'Butch's Baking Lesson' at the end of some recipies - 'Theres a reason theres a recipie - so follow it!'.

The recipies are well laid out with nice clear photog's which look great and give a good general guide to how cupcakes should look and be presented in a 'guy style'. There are recipies that use booze (quite alot actually) coffee and bacon - but all sound delicious and are thoroughly adaptable (So leave the booze out if need be). Yes it is a bit 'Americanised' (Duh - its an American book) but the only issue I thought I might encounter is with the need to have an 'Egg Replacer' but you can get cartons of egg whites in most supermarkets nowadays - if not just use egg whites as normal. If there is anything you are not sure about - Googe it.

The chapters are as follows - Working / Play Ball / Touchdown / Barbecue Season / Couples night Out / Butch's On-The-Go (This last chapter uses pre-prepared cake mixes - which is genius).

An example of recipies are - Jack Hammer (Vanilla buttermilk with Choc H/nut filling and b/cream) / Really Hot Dog (Chili-spiked Devils Food with Dark and White Choc Chili b/cream) / Tailgate (Caramel with caramel sauce and b/cream) / Camp Out (Graham Cracker and choc swirled cinamon c/cake with Smores Top) / Rum & Coke (Rum c/cake with Cole b/cream) / Side Car (Brandy Lemon c/cake with Side Car b/cream) / and...Jack Daniel's Rush (Red Velvet with Jack D b/cream).........

I would defo recomend this book for all lovers of cakes and baking - both the boy's and the girl's.

Fifty Sheds of Grey: Erotica for the not-too-modern male
Fifty Sheds of Grey: Erotica for the not-too-modern male
Price: £1.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and silly, 5 Sept. 2014
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I sniggered my way through this book. Full of puns and double entendre - this is a quick read designed to tickle places that the original 50SOG can't reach.

Fashion Illustration, 1930 to 1970: From Harper's Bazaar
Fashion Illustration, 1930 to 1970: From Harper's Bazaar
by Marnie Fogg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful, 5 Sept. 2014
This is a beautiful book. Comprised of front covers and illustrations within Harpers Bazar magazine - this book covers from 1930 - 1970 when fashion illustration was, arguably, at it's most stunning and prevelant. The hardback book contains glossy pages on a good weight of paper meaning this feels like a quality publication. Each chapter represents a decade and is packed with illistrations both black and white and full colour on each page. Most pages also contain a paragraph on the illustration in question. It is not only a wonderful book to have a a coffee table book - it is also a very interesting and engaging book to simply sit and enjoy.

The Great American Cookbook: 500 Recipes: Favorite Foods from Every State
The Great American Cookbook: 500 Recipes: Favorite Foods from Every State
by Clementine Paddleford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars As much writting as recipies - one for the foodies and not the cooks, 4 Sept. 2014
This book is huge! And well worth the purchase price - it is a TOME!. It is a facinating read, and I bought it intending to read it as opposed to cook from it which is exactly what I am doing. It contains just as much food writting as it does recipies and the history and the story of the author is perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the book. I think for a modern American centred cookery book I will be keeping Martha Stewarts American Cooking on my wish list - but this is an excellent book for those of us that view cook books as 'literature' and 'reference' as well as just stuff to get recipies from.

400 Years of Fashion
400 Years of Fashion
by Ed. Natalie Rothstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for a fashion student not a coffee table book..., 4 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: 400 Years of Fashion (Paperback)
I was sent the wrong edition of this book - so I can only offer a partial review. I was expecting a more 'photographic' filled work, as per previous V&A fashion tomes I have purchased, such as the Viviene Westwood book. And while there is some great photogs in the book - most are in black and white and quite small and overall I would describe this as a reference book as opposed to a coffee table style book. It has the usual quality of work I have come to expect from the V&A books and I will enjoy dipping in and out of it - but I should have done some more research before ordering this book as it was not my cup of tea after all. Ideal for fashion students or history students with a specific project in mind. It is not really for someone who is is after a general fashion history book and wanting pretty pictures too look at.

Hemlock Grove - The Complete First Season [DVD]
Hemlock Grove - The Complete First Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Famke Janssen
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but not as original and edgy as it could have been, 4 Sept. 2014
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This is an off beat coming of age supernatural drama that is a little less edgy than it is trying to be. Revolving around two 18 year old boys, one a rich white kid, the other the new gypsy loner kid - we soon discover that one is a warewolf and the other has mind control powers - that develop into something a little drker in the last episode. Supported and controled by a supporting cast of mothers, girlfreinds, sisters and townsfolk - it typically tells of people on the outside looking in are generally better than the 'normal' but predjudiced townsfolk. It is both gory and gratuitous - but missing the ness gravitas to make it truly horrorific in the same sence the AHS did so well. It is also sexy and seductive - but missing the mark where say True Blood excelled. It also tries it's hand at teenage agnst and love - but again misses the mark somewhat where dramas such as The Vampire Diaries capture so well. Overall I passed a pleasant weekend watching this drama on DVD but I would not ness run out and buy the Second Series as I found it quite forgetable overall.

No-Bake Baking: Easy, Oven-Free Cakes and Treats
No-Bake Baking: Easy, Oven-Free Cakes and Treats
by Sharon Hearne-Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, sugary, fun and simple, 4 Sept. 2014
This book is a really fun 'rainy day' book. Using a fair few pre-prepared ingerdients such as maderia cake, shortcake or oreo biscuits, ice cream and flan/pastry cases - it allows you to create some hugely sugary, but fun and creative bakes that would meet the needs of even the most sweet toothed person in your life. The food photography is great, colourful and mouth watering - a few more photogs would have been great though - especially as these are 'recipies' that we are not ness familiar with. The style of writing is chatty and fun and really easy to follow with a fair few recipies more of an asembely job than anything more strenuous. There are loads of kid freindly ideas and although not the most healthy of books (what baking book is though - right?) they are ideal for a once fortnight treat.I'd recomend this book for a tentative teenage baker or someone who burns more than bakes - as they really can't go wrong with this book - it's too easy!

The book is seperated into the following chapters -

1. Biscuits
2. Cakes
3. Slices and Bars
4. Cheescakes
5. Pies and Tarts
6. Sweet Treats
7. Iced Dremas
8. Desserts

...although one chapter entitled 'Sweet Stuff from A-Z'...would pretty much encompass it all pretty well.

None of the above are hard work really. For example -

Dressed-To-Impress Shortbread Sarnies comprise sandwiching pre-brought shortcake rounds with caramel and dunking them in chocolate. Iced Fanices involve cutting a maderia cake into chunks, drizzling in lemon sugar syrup and then coating in icing. And my personal favorite - Ice Cream Snickers Cake - layer, ice cream, choc/caramel sauce, waffle buscuits and snickers bars...yum.

All, however, should end with the following instruction....'apply to face'...

I'd love to see a follow up from her using fruit - such as toffee apples, banana splits, peach melbas etc. Something that nods if not approaches caustiously a little goodness and would get the parents on-board a bit more. But overall, I would recomend this book and would also recomend pairing it with a toothbrush for maximum effect!

Wicked Cupcakes!
Wicked Cupcakes!
Price: £6.64

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No need for fake or generated reviews please......, 21 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Wicked Cupcakes! (Kindle Edition)
If you have a product that you believe in, you do not need to have fake reviews. The ones for this book were so obvious! I was interested in buying this book, but I am not now as the author, or publishers, think I am an idiot, or have no faith that people will give the book good reviews....what a shame as the recipe index looked great.
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Love Bake Nourish: Healthier cakes, bakes and puddings full of fruit and flavour
Love Bake Nourish: Healthier cakes, bakes and puddings full of fruit and flavour
by Amber Rose
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...but not ground breaking., 26 Jun. 2014
I was given this as a gift from my Granmother who knows that not only do I love to bake - but I am also making changes to my lifestyle to be more healthy - so this was a really thoughtful and ideal gift. Firstly - the book is visually stunning, it is beautifully photographed and staged, and the food prepared for each shoot looks incredibly appetising and inspirational. Secondly - The book is well laid out and the author includes personal anecdotes and inspiration. On the 'room for improvement' side - I would have liked more nutritional info for each cake, a little more variety on the type of flour used (predom Spelt) and a little less dairy used (Easily substitued for dairy free or nut milk I guess). I will be baking from this book - and I think this will allow me to be more adventurous with different flour types and fruit. Some of these bakes would go down well at CCC I think!

Superfood Smoothies
Superfood Smoothies
by Julie Morris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.68

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very American but interesting, 5 Jun. 2014
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I love juicing and making Smoothies and am a Jason Vale devotee - so I am always on the look out for a new juicing/smoothie book. This book looks great - the photography is very appealing, colourful and appetising. The begining of the book was very informative and helpful from subjects such as how to 'build' your smoothie in the blender, to super food staples and a key to the benifts of the particular recipie such as detox, bone strength or heart health.

The recipies can be a little left of centre however (Chocolate and Cauliflower anyone?) Also, I found I had never heard of some of the ingeridents. For example Sea Buckthorn Juice, Lucuma Powder, Mulberries, Maqui - all of which I am sure I can source, but it makes the cost, and the bother, start to increase. Saying that - there are some very nice recipies in the book that are more than accesible and appetising, for example -

1. Peaches and Cream
2. Grapefruit Pomegranate
3. Strawberry Cucumber
4. Mango Chilli
5. Pineapple Watercress
6. Green Protien
7. Lemon Lime
8. Pumpkin Pie
9. Creamy Orange
10. Chocolate Hazelnut

....and even a smoothie for Dog's!

The author finishes by including a substitution chart (Mulberries = Raisins), Making your own nut and seed milks, weights and measure conversion chart and a smoothie by benifit section.

As per some of my previous reviews, this is one for people who are already well into their healthy eating journey and who are prepared to go the extra mile and have the resources to locate less common ingredients. If you are just starting out with superfoods and juicing I would recomend starting with Jason Vale or Joe Cross.

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