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Vegetarian Supercook
Vegetarian Supercook
by Rose Elliot
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes but beware the Parmesan!, 25 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Vegetarian Supercook (Paperback)
Rose Elliot offers a wide range of inviting and delicious recipes presented attractively, but I was a bit concerned that several of them (courgette, ricotta and petit pois lasagne pg 50, purple sprouting broccoli caesar salad pg 38 and tagliatelle with creamy spinach pg 66 to name just three) list Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (Parmesan)as an ingredient. Now as a writer of vegetarian cookbooks (almost an authority!) I would have hoped she would know which cheeses were and weren't vegetarian and as the Vegetarian Society (who have authorised this book - another!) will tell you Parmesan is not, never has been and cannot be vegetarian because of the traditional way it is made with animal (calf) rennet. It can't be made without it (unfortunately) and be called Parmesan by EU law. I hope it's an oversight but as a committed veggie it's a big one, especially as the Vegetarian Society is making a big deal of this issue in their Say Cheese campaign raising awareness of Parmesan NOT being acceptable in vegetarian cookery. [...]
It's a shame because otherwise I would give it 5 stars, but it does make me trust this author a lot less.

Perfect Your Italian (Teach Yourself: Language)
Perfect Your Italian (Teach Yourself: Language)

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2.0 out of 5 stars An imperfect way to perfect your Italian..., 6 Jan. 2013
I had been looking for a higher level course to continue my studies in Italian post A Level and was delighted when I was recently bought this for Christmas. As a Level 5 course supposedly equivalent to C1 (the second highest proficiency) in the European Union Framework for Languages I was expecting this to be a challenge, but was very disappointed to be tasked with basic things like saying my name and age in Italian and listening for how people say 'My name is' in the second chapter! If this is level 5 what's level 1 like?

The listening tasks and other exercises are ok but could be a lot more challenging and the CD is also frustrating as the very RP sounding woman introducing the exercises and giving the answers in English is a huge distraction and totally contradicts the book which advises us to take every opportunity to think in, and listen to the language we are learning! At Level 5 surely we should be spoken to (and reading)in Italian at all times and should understand basic instructions like 'listen to the interview and answer the questions' in actual Italian!!! Very, very frustrating. Not an advanced course at all.
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Throwing Muses
Throwing Muses
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Muses return to power trio sound!, 13 April 2003
This review is from: Throwing Muses (Audio CD)
Though all Muses and Kristin Hersh fans will buy this anyway, it's definitely worth a listen even if you're new to this iconic band. It's a return to their heavier rockier sound, with powerful, brilliant drumming from David Narcizo and Kristin fabulous on guitar and vocally as magnificent as ever. The sound came off better live, though with repeated listening this album definitely grabs you, especially tracks like Pretty or Not and SolarDip which engage that trademark Muses mid song tempo change so well. Prodigal Muse Tanya Donelly makes a brief return to the band, contributing backing vocals to 5 tracks.

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