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K Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food
K Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food
by Da-Hae West
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kimchi Heaven, 2 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you want to know how to make your own kimchi then this is just the book for you!
I love kimchi and was amused to learn that many Koreans have a separate fridge
at home to store the stuff so that its pungent smell doesn't contaminate everything
else in close proximity to it. That'll be the fermented shrimp and fish sauce then!

This is a lovely book full of lots of easy-to-make dishes which reflect the fiery, imaginative
and resourceful nature of this beautiful country's cuisine. The recipes are easy to follow
and most of the ingredients relatively easy to source. The photos and graphics are tip top.

The Chilli Crab looks awesome and I can't wait to give it a go. The Kimchi and Pork Steamed
Buns sound pretty special too and the dough mix doesn't sound too difficult to manage. If
you have a sweet tooth (and I have lots of them!) the Blueberry Mandu fried dumplings will
probably be right up your street. There's some whacky cocktails too for an exotic boozy treat!

If your taste tends towards spicy then this is a book for you.


Moskva
Moskva
by Jack Grimwood
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story but Overlong, 2 May 2016
This review is from: Moskva (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A fairly decent thriller set in mid-80's Russia which finds its main protagonist Tom Fox
brought out of "retirement" in the intelligence services to identify the whereabouts of the
missing stepdaughter of a British diplomat in Moscow. Author Jack Grimwood creates a
vivid sense of both time and place and his characters are well drawn but at times I felt that
his narrative was over-detailed and found myself muttering "come on, get a move on" a tad
too often as I navigated my way through the labyrinthine plot of this nearly 500 page tome.

It's a passable story with a good grasp of the dark underbelly of Soviet history; strong on
atmosphere but overlong. It would make an absorbing Summer holiday read nonetheless.


ALPE LUSIA
ALPE LUSIA
Price: £10.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rich Fruits Of A Mountain Sojourn, 2 May 2016
This review is from: ALPE LUSIA (Audio CD)
A sojourn in the mountains seems to have been just the job for Hamburg producer Martin
Stimming to focus his muse and generate some really lovely music. The new album 'Alpe
Lusia' is full of rich melodic ideas and gently flowing rhythms which are very easy on the ear.

There are ten numbers in the set. Herr Stimming seems to be rather fond of Latin beats;
without ever quite whipping things up into a carnival frenzy there's as much of a hot night in
Rio going on here as there might be some less identifiable influence from his sylvan retreat.

Take '22 Degree Halo' for example : kicking off with a crisp percussive pattern it eventually
breaks apart in the middle to reveal a wonderfully luminous wave of melting vocal harmonies.
The opening track 'Prepare' takes a while to organise itself too; the melancholy introductory
keyboard motif leading us by the hand into a delightfully jazzy lyrical section which has a bit
of a whiff of 60's Swingle Singers about it. 'Symphorine' is a playful invention full of bubbling
synth lines and exotic melodic morsels. 'Tanz Fur Drei' fulfils its implicit goal to make us dance!

Taking time out from the real World has clearly been a good move for our talented host.

'Alpe Lusia' is an album to be proud of. I enjoyed it immensely.

Recommended.


GreenPan 26 cm Coated Hard Anodized Venice Induction Ceramic Non Stick Buffet Casserole
GreenPan 26 cm Coated Hard Anodized Venice Induction Ceramic Non Stick Buffet Casserole
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £40.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Well Made Pan, 1 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Eco-credentials aside (any manufacturing process which has less of a damaging impact on the
environment has got to be a good thing though hasn't it?) this is a very well made pan indeed.
The construction and finish are impressive. It has a good weight and the bottom of the pan is
particularly solid. The lid fits well and the handles have plenty of room to accommodate oven
gloves/cloths and are securely attached to both the lid and sides. The interior ceramic surface
is very easy to clean. A substantial and attractive product for both stove-top and oven cooking.

The 3.6 Litre volume means you can feed a multitude.

I've used it twice; once on the hob and once in the oven and have been delighted with the results.

Recommended.


2
2
Price: £5.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Voices!! The Voices!!, 30 April 2016
This review is from: 2 (MP3 Download)
Japanese duo Oyasumi Hologram made me laugh. For all the wrong reasons.
I'm being unkind here. I know. I'm sorry/not sorry. This is awful. Truly, truly awful.
It's the singing you see. I would just about be able to tolerate the grungy electro
arrangements were it not for the fact that each time these two open their mouths
to sing my ears start to bleed. To experience the full-effect jump straight to a song
called 'Too Young', which in other hands might have been a winner. Here, however,
we are treated to a vocal performance of unutterably ghastly tonal approximation.
As if this were not horror enough they surpass themselves on 'Neuromancer' in
which they even manage to make sure that the synth line is out of tune. I want to
believe that these seven tracks have been designed to be intentionally hideous
(that might afford some small degree of forgiveness) but the truth is self-evident :

They don't know just how bad they are and nobody has been brave enough to tell them.

'2' jumps straight to number 1 in The Wolf's Turkey-Of-The-Year-Stakes 2016.

At Your Own Risk.
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Amputation
Amputation
Price: £13.36

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above The Rest, 29 April 2016
This review is from: Amputation (Audio CD)
Stian Westerhus is a Norwegian guitarist whose new album 'Amputation' conveys a singular
vision. It isn't always a particularly comfortable experience but is never less than extraordinary.
He makes sounds with his guitar and voice the likes of which I have never quite heard before.

From the curiously affecting vocal performance of haunting opening track 'Kings Never Sleep';
through the fragile and plaintive distorted melodic elements of 'Sinking Ships'; the nightmarish
landscape of 'Amputation' and eviscerating raw power of 'Amputation II'; to the deliriously woozy
'How Long' and more cogent rhythmic and thematic structure of 'Infectious Decay', Mr Westerhus
doesn't let us take things for granted for a single moment. There's a surprise around every corner!

Strangely Wonderful Stuff!


Firminus Caron - Twilight Of The Middle Ages
Firminus Caron - Twilight Of The Middle Ages
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Small but Golden Legacy, 25 April 2016
I know very little about the 15th Century French composer Firminus Caron and it
would seem that I am not alone in my lack of knowledge. There would not appear
be a great deal that can be known about him from anyone else either. This need
not deflect us from a sound appreciation of his music which is very pretty indeed.

This recording of vocal pieces by the Huelgas Ensemble directed by Paul Van Nevel
is a bit of a revelation. The nine compositions (based on five sacred and four secular
texts) in this collection are wonderfully haunting. The choir discharges its duty with
keen attention to both form and harmony. Their care of and love for this music is
self-evident throughout. There is great warmth in the registration too. Real team work.

The opening piece ‘L’homme arme : Kyrie’ communicates a profound sense of deeply
felt spirituality (even a heathen like me could not but be moved!) Of the non-liturgical
numbers I particularly enjoyed ‘Corps contre corps’, a frisky invention full of lively
contrapuntal ideas and ‘Accueilly m’a la belle (Chanson)’ which is simply beautiful.

Monsieur Caron’s modest legacy has been well-served here.


Glass: In the Summer House - Mad Rush; Muhly: Four Studies, Honest Music
Glass: In the Summer House - Mad Rush; Muhly: Four Studies, Honest Music
Price: £16.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muhly v Glass - A Thrilling Contest, 24 April 2016
Korean-American violinist siblings Jennifer and Angela Chun bow their way energetically
through a highly absorbing programme of compositions and transcriptions by Nico Muhly and
Philip Glass. I have a tendency to become a bit overexcited when I see something by Mr Muhly
pitching up in The Listening World. I've got a lot of time for him. He makes really beautiful music.
Although my taste inclines somewhat less in the direction of Mr Glass's "minimalist" approach the
pieces chosen for this recording are nonetheless very well executed (especially the extended invention
'Mad Rush') but it is to the former's more humane vision that I feel more wholly emotionally connected.

The 'Four Studies' which open the recital have an incandescent ambience which seems to
have breathed the same air as Corelli and Vivaldi; a rhythmic and harmonic tour de force!
'III. Slow Canons', in particular, is a sublime threnody with a deeply spiritual ebb and flow.
This piece together with 'IV. Open Notes' are among the most exquisite things I have heard in
the last decade (yes really that good!) The lovely 'Honest Music' is worth its weight in gold too!

Throughout Ms Chun and Ms Chun play their fiddles with dazzling acuity. Really thrilling stuff!

Highly Recommended.


Utility
Utility
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Machines, 24 April 2016
This review is from: Utility (MP3 Download)
Producer Joe Cowton makes music with machines. Let's call it techno for the sake of argument.
There are nine tracks on his new album 'Utility' and I seem to be growing to like them quite a lot.

Mr Cowton is very good at holding his nerve when it comes to the straight and narrow. Once he
gets an idea (beats, bass, decorations), however simple, he runs with it, without worrying too
much about thematic and dynamic variation. Occasionally there is some rhythmic development
(a frisky hi-hat kicking in about a minute and a half into 'Scido' for example) which serves to sustain
our interest and attention. Elsewhere, as with the opening number 'Comments Off' and the angular
foundations of 'Some Cats', he is content to create something far more compact and economical.
Things reach their minimalist zenith with 'Loops 1' where things are stripped down to the bare bones.
Elsewhere. 'A Bluish Shadow' has a delicate, almost pretty, demeanour and I particularly enjoyed
'Sleep Chamber', which builds up quite a head of steam; a sort of quasi-Latin extraterrestrial hissy fit!

'Utility' is a fine example of hominal intelligent design, wherein a less-is-more approach pays dividends.


Triangle
Triangle
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £9.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching, 23 April 2016
This review is from: Triangle (Audio CD)
There's more than a little blackness in Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanna Wallumrod's soul.
My last encounter with the icy allure of her voice was on her 2014 collaboration with Jenny Hval,
'Meshes Of Voice', which gave me the chills (and a few night sweats!) too, albeit in a good way.

'Triangle' is a substantial collection of twenty-two inventions. It's a sweet-and-sour experience.
Ms Wallumrod's sinuous melodies twist and turn like swallows in a blue Summer sky or worms
burrowing deep in the leaf mould of a dark forest floor. The cradle and the grave, hand in hand.

Songs such as 'Before The Altar' and the beautiful title track have an almost ecstatic presence
but others, 'This/Phenomena' and 'Burning Sea', for example, could soundtrack a nightmare.
The gorgeous miniature instrumental 'Pyramid' glistens like frost on a moonlit meadow and the
lonely echoing vocal line of 'Shepherd' is a haunting invocation to gods lost in the mists of time.
The final mesmerising composition 'In My Blood' encapsulates the very essence of melancholy.

A bewitching experience from top to tail.

Highly Recommended.


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