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Patrick Heron
Patrick Heron
by Michael McNay
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 1 July 2011
This review is from: Patrick Heron (Paperback)
I found this book really dsappointing - it is a small book so I cannot really criticise the fact that I would have liked more illustrations or more in depth study of Heron's work however I had little patience with the repetition (of a small number of quotes, asides and quips), lack of critique of the work and a general confusion to the whole narrative of the book. It really felt like a poor and hurried effort. If you can get it second hand for a few pounds fine but i'd rather save the 9 i paid and put it toward a more well thought out and researched book.

Experimental Drawing Techniques - 30th Anniversary edition
Experimental Drawing Techniques - 30th Anniversary edition
by Robert Kaupelis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars techniques to free the hand, mind and eye., 1 Nov 2010
I bought this book recently and it is really great. I went to art school 20 years ago and I would recommend this book. It is a distillation of some of the best drawing techniques you can try to free the hand - mind and eye. A useful device to create a little discipline with excersises that all help develop your own style. Useful for both teachers and artists. (the copy i got has a white cver and a single ink and pencil sketch). but it is the same book the 30th anniversary ed.

The Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook: Over 650 Indian, Vegetarian and Eastern Recipes
The Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook: Over 650 Indian, Vegetarian and Eastern Recipes
by Madhur Jaffrey
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Anthology of Eastern Cookery, 9 July 2006
I have had this book for over 10 years and have not tired of it, it is a seriously brilliant encyclopaedia of a cookbook and one I would not be without. The book, originally published in two volumes, is in two parts Eastern Vegetarian Cooking and An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Although known for her Indian cookery Madhur Jaffrey is a great guide for the cuisines of the east, see also Far Eastern Cookery, she has obviously travelled extensively and loves the food. You really get a sense that the recipes in the book are there because they tasted great and that really is the point, cook what you love to eat. For me that is pretty much everything in this book; great Japanese, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Korean and Middle Eastern recipes all in one volume. The weighty book is made easy to use with a clear and practical structure and easy to follow recipes, accompanied by the occasional line drawings to point the way. Another plus is that this book has an A-Z vegetable section making it easier to find recipes for what is in season now - 7 recipes for green beans, 5 for courgettes brilliant- and useful when there's a glut.

Its only lack is that there are no photographs of the food, but then that leaves more room in the 850 pages for recipes.

How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-Sufficiency
How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-Sufficiency
by Piers Warren
Edition: Paperback

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Key to Self-Sufficiency not even good information, 11 Aug 2005
If you want a book that gives you a list of produce along with a scant list of how to store each one e.g. freeze, jam, pickle with little to no info on how to do that then this little hand book is ok. But you could work it out for yourself that you could make jam with strawberries surely but if not you can find such a list on the internet. The books' claim of self-sufficiency is a bit of a joke since the book most often proposes freezing as as the storage solution which requires a stable electricity supply and certainly where I live can result in a whole season's crops wasted if it was frozen. The advice on bottling and preserving verges on dangerous as it gives so little information that you could end up with bottulism and some of the basic information given is not even accurate.
As a veg grower and cook I found this book absolutely useless and I give it away to a charity (after marking dangerous errors). I know it is not expensive but really it is not even worth looking at. Why such a sum of poor information has been put into book form beats me.
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