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Stéphane Reynaud's 365 Good Reasons To Sit Down To Eat...
Stéphane Reynaud's 365 Good Reasons To Sit Down To Eat...
by Stephane Reynaud
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.95

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you can get past the calves' feet you've found yourself a gem..., 6 Jan. 2011
Original? Maybe not
Contrived? Possibly
Precise recipes? (You are kidding, right? This is a French cookbook!)
A thing of beauty? Let's not get carried away...

I may have moaned as I diced the Reblochon and I may have cursed a little as the required `750ml Rousanne' turned out to be 200ml too much and I may have even stamped my foot a bit as the '15 minutes or so' turned out to be more like 30...but there is no getting away from the sheer pleasure of eating the end results - this is food that never fails to stun the table into a total and absolute silence (if you get it right...).

Go into this with your eyes open and you won't be disappointed; if your culinary skills haven't moved beyond burning toast and cracking eggs then Stephane Reynaud is unlikely to be your new best friend but if you find Nigella a `walk in the park' then this might just be the book for you.

Will you do every recipe? Probably not (unless you have a particular soft spot for the odd bit of pigeon and a few trotters).
Is the book so wonderfully photographed that you won't care? (I should sincerely hope not - it's a book to be cooked from - not left on a coffee table).
Might it drive you to swig from the Rousanne bottle in frustration? Highly likely.
Will you find yourself dreaming about the chocolate mousse or the roast shoulder of lamb? The soupe de poisson or the pineapple crumble? The Tartiflette or the ginger crème brulee....
Absoloutely, definitely, 100% yes...


That's Not My Monster (Usborne Touchy Feely Books)
That's Not My Monster (Usborne Touchy Feely Books)
by Fiona Watt
Edition: Board book

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These should be issued at the hopsital, 11 Feb. 2006
Any parent who hasn't discovered the Usborne touchy-feely 'That's not my X...!' series is missing out. The amount of joy my child has had from this series never fails to amaze me. These hard-back board books with (mostly!) wipe clean pages are beautifully bright and bold, as well as being incredibly robust (yes...even against teeth!). The pictures captivate children of all ages, even when very tiny. As the child grows they can begin to enjoy the story itself (a mouse searching for something she has lost)and the use of repetition and structure make these the perfect literary introduction for toddlers.
Usborne clearly made these books to last because they anticipated how long children were going to love them. I expect to see them on our shelves for a long, long time to come...


That's Not My Puppy
That's Not My Puppy
by Fiona Watt
Edition: Board book
Price: £5.99

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These should be issued at the hospital!, 11 Feb. 2006
This review is from: That's Not My Puppy (Board book)
Any parent who hasn't discovered the Usborne touchy-feely 'That's not my X...!' series is missing out. The amount of joy my child has had from this series never fails to amaze me. These hard-back board books with (mostly!) wipe clean pages are beautifully bright and bold, as well as being incredibly robust (yes...even against teeth!). The pictures captivate children of all ages, even when very tiny. As the child grows they can begin to enjoy the story itself (a mouse searching for something she has lost)and the use of repetition and structure make these the perfect literary introduction for toddlers.
Usborne clearly made these books to last because they anticipated how long children were going to love them. I expect to see them on our shelves for a long, long time to come...


I Took the Moon for a Walk
I Took the Moon for a Walk
by Carolyn Curtis
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stories as they should be..., 11 Feb. 2006
Very rarely do you come across a piece of children’s literature which is as exquisite as this. This simple yet highly imaginative tale relates the story of a little boy who takes his evening stroll hand-in-hand with the moon. Not only are the full-page illustrations delightful but they are accompanied by a few lines per page - just the right amount of text for little ones! More importantly, the story itself is composed of some of the most lyrical children’s poetry that I have come across. When combined, the pictures and verse create a gentle, whimsical tale that is perfect as the last story before lights out. My one year old adores it for the visuals and the rhythm whilst the older children love it for the beautiful imagery and delightful fantasy. This is children’s literature at its very best.
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous...


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