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The Rough Guide to House Music
The Rough Guide to House Music
by Sean Bidder
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 17 Jan. 2014
Packed with info this little book has lead me through a whole host of music I had never discovered before. It covers artists in alphabetical order, which make it easy to find someone specific you want to look up. I would have preferred a chronological history of house music starting from the beginning. Nevertheless highly recommended.

Supper Club: Recipes and notes from the underground restaurant
Supper Club: Recipes and notes from the underground restaurant
by Kerstin Rodgers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.95

31 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after a long wait., 6 April 2011
I am just about to package this book up and send it back. I am disappointed with this book after placing it on back order for quite some time.

The book itself looks very pretty but the lack of photography makes it lose points for me. There is not a single recipe until page 89. Personally I just prefer recipe books with photos of the end product to I can get a feel for what it should look like. This book sometimes has 5+ pages in between photos which for the intended RRP of £25 is just ridiculous. Lots of illustration and book feels a bit Laura Ashley and girly for my style of cooking. The author is also vegetarian so some of the recipes are not hers from what I could gather. It does feel like a bit of a mish-mash to be of styles and tastes and doesn't hang together that well in my opinion.

For the the recipes are not my cup of tea either if I am honest. Pretty book but not much use for me I am afraid.

Thats not to say it won't be for you though.

Healthy Eating for IBS (Healthy Eating Series)
Healthy Eating for IBS (Healthy Eating Series)
by Sophie Braimbridge
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most unappealing recipes books every printed, 20 Oct. 2010
I have no idea why this book has such good reviews.

Anyone with IBS will have checked out online all about the symptoms etc and do not need to buy a book that teaches you to suck eggs for the first 20 odd pages.

The recipes are revolting. I'm not kidding you. If you are someone who enjoys food then this book is not for you. Really uninspired and boring food choices. It reminds me of the sort of food one would find in a vegan cafe even though it's not vegan. YUK!
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Good Food: Low-fat Feasts (BBC Good Food)
Good Food: Low-fat Feasts (BBC Good Food)
by Good Homes Magazine
Edition: Paperback

11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tiny book with unimaginative recipes., 14 Sept. 2010
I was surprised when this book came as it's tiny. Being 5'3 I know good things come in small packages so decided to have a flick through.

I can honestly say this book is really dated and reminds me of some of the naff recipes in my Mum's cooking books from the 1970's.

I agree with one of the other posters who said if I would have looked through it in a store I would have never purchased it. I am also stunned it has got such glowing reviews. Definitely not for the adventurous cook, full of cop half fat this and half fat that but loaded with sugars (so not low fat at all)

The word FEASTS is the biggest lie this book has to offer. I mean a piece of ham on rye bread and mustard is not a feast and I am really not that incompetent that I don;t know how to make and open sandwich. Talk about patronising! I need a low fat cook book because I LOVE to eat and cook. I do not need advice on how to make sandwiches and basic salads!

Worst low fat cookery book ever! Not one recipe I would bother trying.

Will be sending this back.

The IBS Low-Starch Diet: Why starchy food may be hazardous to your health
The IBS Low-Starch Diet: Why starchy food may be hazardous to your health
by Carol Sinclair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous concept and not for IBS!!!, 14 Sept. 2010
This book has been marketed as some for of "fix all" for any sort of digestive disorder. The thing is like with ANY digestive disorder everyone is different. Whilst this may work for some reviewers I wouldn't really recommend getting it unless you have AS as the diet is beyond extreme.

I have really strong feelings about such strict diet plans. The writer tells you to try eliminating whole food groups for a prolonged period of time such as Grains - if that doesn't elevate symptoms then add beans & pulses to the list. If it still doesn't there is a list of VEGETABLES to eliminate leaving very little you can truly eat! The thing is if you think that sounds simple, think again. For example the list of stuff when you eliminate grains is massive. I read it out to my husband and he was laughing at it. It reminded him of in the move Forrest Gump where Bubba reads out all the different ways you can cook shrimp, I mean this list was never-ending!

I will be sending this book back as I am giving all you people a word of warning, this is NOT a healthy diet. It lacks vitamins, minerals and energy sources for it to be a balanced diet. I truly believe the woman writing this book has cultivated herself some sort of weird messed up eating disorder as I cannot believe for a moment that she truly has the pains that she bangs on about in the book from eating this HUGE list of things with starch. The word hypochondriac comes to mind.

I have medically proven IBS and cannot eat your usual red meats, greasy foods, spicy foods etc There is ZERO mention of this in her book and I know these are really common symptoms of IBS.

If you have AS then try the book. If not I would avoid it as it's another naff diet backed by pseudo science and some crazy woman's phagophobia. (Fear of eating)

This book out to be pulled form the publisher as the cover says IBS but this is nothing to do with IBS!!!! False advertising.
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Money: A Suicide Note
Money: A Suicide Note
by Martin Amis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A chore to finish., 15 July 2010
This review is from: Money: A Suicide Note (Paperback)
I purchased this book as it was recommended to my by a friend. That friend has now wasted about 10 hours of my life and I want them back.

This book was as another reviewer said, relentless. I honestly felt like it would never end. The overly poetic prose completely distracts from any story line (of which there is very little). It is clear Amis is a highly talented writer but he does alienate the reader with his waffling and long bouts of overly descriptive text which is unnecessary. Perhaps the reason he writes this was is to hide the fact that the book has a story that could be written in about 200 words.

The book will make you feel dirty when reading and I actually found it really seedy - and not in a good way.

I found myself reading 20 pages sometime and thinking to myself - "What has actually happened!" - I never knew.

This book just prattles on for 350+ and trust me, there are a million better books out there that actually has some basis of a story.

FYI - the 80's we're not like this. Maybe in films and your imagination but in real life.... I don't think so.

Economy Gastronomy: Eat Better and Spend Less
Economy Gastronomy: Eat Better and Spend Less
by Allegra McEvedy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay., 10 Nov. 2009
I have had this book for about 4 weeks and have tried a fair few of the recipes out. This book is okay so far and I am still sampling some of the recipes out so I may edit my post at a later date. The actual recipe is written in a really peculiar way and I personally find them really quite a pain to follow. feels very disorganised to me. I have found and used one recipe that doesn't even have the cooking temperatures on it!

One thing to note, do not even bother trying to use this tomato sauce recipe in the book. It take a lifetime to peel all those tomatoes and it is so oily! Very disgusting actually. Google Jamie Oliver's Simple Tomato sauce recipe if you are looking for one.

The highlight of the book for me is so far the very easy Pizza dough recipe. After trying so many different recipes over the years, this one really holds up and actually tastes authentic IMO. I agree with some posts that the recipes are a little boring but the book really is trying to educate cooks to use their produce effectively which I certainly think it has made me do, even if I am not keen on a few of the recipes in the book.

This would be a good book if you had kids to feed (which I don't). All in all it is an okay book hat has so far a few good solid recipes in to help you cope with the midweek madness.

It was worth buying to get the good pizza dough recipe for me. :)

Leiths Cookery Bible
Leiths Cookery Bible
by Prue Leith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.30

6 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring. very, very boring., 10 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Leiths Cookery Bible (Hardcover)
I bought this book along with another Leith's book and I have used it perhaps twice in 3 years.

It is uninteresting with really old school recipes that take ages and are uninspiring. This book is not really for a modern, young-ish cook (27 y/o) like myself. Little in the means of pictures in this book, I might be wrong but I actually don't think there are any at all.

Very over priced and very underused in my house. There really are so many better books out there, I really wouldn't waste your money.
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Nigella Express
Nigella Express
by Nigella Lawson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most used cook book I own!, 10 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Nigella Express (Hardcover)
I was sceptical of this book when I bought it but my word, it has been a fantastic buy. I was never really a fan of Nigella Lawson previously, I was always so put off by her constant oozing over the food and sexual undertones!

However, this book has without a doubt been one of the best I have ever purchased. I have tried a great deal of the recipes in it and every one of them have been fab! Simple recipes that taste great. Some reviews are moaning about how boring the food is, I disagree completely. The focus is on easy, quick cooking that tastes good. You don't need to slave away for hours in the kitchen to make something that tantalises your taste buds and Nigellas book does just that.

Five stars and any foodie that wants to create some midweek magic certainly ought to have this in their collection. :)

Jamie's America
Jamie's America
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice photography, fussy, over worked recipes, 6 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Jamie's America (Hardcover)
I have lots of cook books that's I use on a regular basis. The cook books I buy are for using, not to adorn my kitchen bookshelves for show or just to flick through for my latest food porn fix.

This book (like all of JO's publications) is well executed and the photography is lovely. I enjoyed reading the little stories in each chapter and if it was a book to read then I would have given it 4 stars, possibly 5.

The trouble is however I actually use my cook books. Out of the 7 recipes I have tried most of them have been really poor. The chilli is revolting. I am a more than competent cook but his use of ingredients is fussy and unnecessary in most of the recipes I have tried.

This was a great TV series but translates poorly in book form.

I love REAL American food but the recipes in here we're less than average in my opinion.
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