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All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One present that is going to be very well used!, 3 July 2015
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I am a somewhat reluctant convert to a Kindle, as I love the feel, look and smell of "real" books, but I am delighted with it and have already downloaded some 20+ books to read. Going out for the day usually means at least two books - I like a choice and am a quick reader - but today, I shall take the Kindle, secure in the fact that I can read it in very bright sunlight. Well done!


Feast Day Cookbook; The Traditional Catholic Feast Day Dishes of Many Lands
Feast Day Cookbook; The Traditional Catholic Feast Day Dishes of Many Lands
by Helmut Ripperger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 27 May 2014
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Excellent and interesting book on church feast days. Well researched and have already cooked a few things from it for services


And So It Goes
And So It Goes
Offered by Mud Records
Price: £10.99

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 17 April 2013
This review is from: And So It Goes (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful new album from Clare Teal and her MD/pianist, Grant Windsor. Beautiful tone and atmosphere from both artists (great cover artwork too!) and one to play over and over. Different from her earlier and much loved albums - a new departure but one familiar to those who go to their gigs. Sit back and let it wash over you and enjoy the bliss.


Philip's Navigator Scotland: Spiral
Philip's Navigator Scotland: Spiral
by Philip's
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent map, 27 July 2012
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Like all of Philip's Navigator maps, this is excellent - large scale, very clear and with good indicators for points of interest. Gave us a very clear route (when sat nav would have taken us down a dangerous road with a landslip) round the Black Isle and comfortable size to keep on lap! Very good value, even if you have their UK map.


Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
by Sally Butcher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.49

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 3 Mar. 2012
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This is a must have for any vegetarian - beautifully produced (I love the covers, with their fuzzy felt feel), great matt finish photos, production values as high as they could be, bar no marking ribbons (but one would not be enough!) and beautifully thought through. The author's previous book was also very good (Persia in Peckham)but this is exceptional. My veggie husband grabbed it and ordered me to cook a couple of dishes for a family lunch - they were both easyish, especially with a willing prep cook, and very tasty.

Can't recommend this highly enough - you won't need to go to Peckham for ingredients, though that would be fun, but different enough to bring new tastes to your table - try the couscous with curried sweet potatoes and chickpeas - I made enough for 6 and it vanished with 3 vegetarians, partly because all the carnivores pinched it! Loved the stories too - Sally Butcher is a good writer apart from being a good cook.


Verona, pocket guides
Verona, pocket guides
by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enabling us to prepare, 3 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Verona, pocket guides (Paperback)
for our visit in a few weeks, this little pocket guide has good maps (although a magnifying glass may be helpful) and lots of places to visit, eat at and generally experience. A good pocket guide that we hope will enable us to make the most of a short stay.


Lucky Peach Issue 2
Lucky Peach Issue 2
by David Chang
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather esoteric, 3 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Lucky Peach Issue 2 (Paperback)
even for me (with 5000+ cookery books!). Interesting, very US based, which is fair enough. David Chang is an excellent writer but this did not grab me. Lovely production and photos though.


Disney Cars Espionage Junior Ready Bed a Sleepover Solution including Inflatable Mattress and Sleeping Bag
Disney Cars Espionage Junior Ready Bed a Sleepover Solution including Inflatable Mattress and Sleeping Bag

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readybed, 19 Sept. 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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4 yr old grandson loved this - we shall be buying at least a couple more for others coming to stay. Great product but they will needc a blanket over in winter.


In at the Deep End
In at the Deep End
by Jake Tilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great food, great story, great look!, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: In at the Deep End (Paperback)
Jake Tilson's first book "A Tale of 12 Kitchens" won plaudits from the critics, both for its recipes and the wonderful presentation. This book is equally beautiful, with matt photographs, a wonderful use of fonts, great collages of all sorts of artefacts and the background design to pages that enhances the writing without interfering. He is multi-talented, being an artist, photographer, designer and cook and Quadrille have served him well in this book.

It tells the story of a former fish-hater determined to overcome his fear and his journeys to discover fish recipes from all over the world. Each chapter - Italy, Sweden, Scotland, NYC, Australia, Japan and London - has a good introduction, followed by several recipes and more essays, with photographs and sketches on every page. Recipes include:
Bigoli with clams,
Gobi risotto
Jansson's temptation
Sprat stack (with aubergines)
Soused Herrings
Crab cakes
and many others from the countries that they visited.

The index is clearly set out , with headings in bold and he gives fascinating details of the typography used.
This is not a book for the minimalist - he is so generous in his sharing of beauty and quirkiness - but for those who enjoy a multi-faceted approach, great design and good recipes as well as a fascinating story, it is made for you!


Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food)
Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food)
by Niamh Shields
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and Spice does just what it says!, 5 Sept. 2011
This book comes from Quadrille's great series "New Voices in Food" and is by the equally great food blogger, Niamh Shields (Eat Like a girl - follow her on twitter). All four books are beautifully designed, with a useful wrapover cover and are intended to bring young cooks to the attention of a wider public.
Comfort and Spice has five main sections - Brunch, Speedy Suppers, Long Weekend and Sugar and Spice, plus a Drinks section. Most of these are subdivided again - Speedy Suppers, for example into Veg, Fish, Poultry and Meat. Long Weekend includes a useful section on what to do with leftovers - roast pumpkin and chilli soup for example. The recipes are clearly laid out, as is the index, on decorated pages, which enhances the appearance without becoming confusing, as can happen when less care and attention is paid to the details, as Quadrille's books always have. Lovely photographs too, showing off the food without glamorising it and some recipes labelled "Passion" which are clearly special to the author. Ones which jumped out were:
Lemon and ricotta pancakes with raspberries (Brunch)
Crab linguine with chilli
Chicken and chorizo pie
Lentil shepherd's pie
Orange and cardamom jelly
Simplish recipes but using good ingredients and with a twist very much of the author's own.
I loved this book - it will lead any cook to gentle experimentation and has lots of unexpected recipes - vinegar, bread, preserves - as bonuses. It's generous and warming - a brilliant debut and well done to Quadrille for supporting and encoraging these younger writers!


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