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Week in Week Out: 52 Seasonal Stories
Week in Week Out: 52 Seasonal Stories
by Simon Hopkinson
Edition: Hardcover

39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Offally grumpy, 9 July 2008
I too, was misled by the title into thinking this would be everyday recipes, arranged by the seasons, but it turns out that 'Week in, week out' refers not to the cooking but to the writing of his weekly column in the Independent. Although there are 52 columns there are no headings and no very discernible order (starts with New Year, Christmas still being mentioned on p.67) so you can't easily find a recipe suitable for a particular time of year.

Although some of the recipes are very good, and the methods given are very thorough, this was spoilt for me as an enjoyable read by the sheer tetchiness of the author's tone. As the favourable review by Henrietta Green notes, he is 'dismissive of modern food fads'. Well, he seems to be dismissive of plenty of other things too: supermarkets, celebrity chefs, idiot readers who make his recipes using low quality ingredients, idiot shoppers who are too stupid to care what they are buying, even recipe descriptions (apparently it should be 'crisp' and not 'crispy'). He writes: "The suggestion that there is no need to top and tail a gooseberry is yet another indication that we, as a nation, have become the most slovenly of cooks". Well, it sounds like common sense to me if you're going to sieve them anyway, and this suggestion was made by Elizabeth David in the 1950's in her excellent 'Summer Cooking' so it can hardly be used as an indicator of modern culinary doom either.

This book would suit you if you cook a lot of offal and less mainstream ingredients and if you, too, feel pretty grumpy about the modern world.


Die Trying: (Jack Reacher 2)
Die Trying: (Jack Reacher 2)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extreme but enjoyable, 4 May 2007
This story concerns some crazed Montana militia (no lawyers or TV presenters as suggested by the review below, which I think may refer to the more recent One Shot). All the familiar Reacher elements are here along with an appearance by a familiar supporting character, and if you've enjoyed others in the series then this one certainly delivers. The feeling of suspense is expertly maintained and despite some basic plot holes (I mean, in any other book, Reacher could get himself out of this mess within the first couple of pages!) it is very enjoyable.

But if you haven't read any others, this isn't the one to start with, as it may just seem that little bit ludicrous. Come back when you've read One Shot and you're so hooked you'll believe anything...


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