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James Lakeland Bicolor V-Neck Body Con Women's Dress
James Lakeland Bicolor V-Neck Body Con Women's Dress

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sizing very misleading..., 8 Dec. 2013
I agree with the previous review: This dress is very tight around the chest. There is no way the size 18 I bought can fit someone who is 18 in size, I am a size 16 who bought one size bigger just in case the fitting was too tight and this is very very tight unless you have very small shoulders and an even smaller chest. A huge disappointment!


BBQ Recipes - Delicious Gourmet Barbecue Recipe Book (Tiffany Cook's Easy Gourmet Recipes 8)
BBQ Recipes - Delicious Gourmet Barbecue Recipe Book (Tiffany Cook's Easy Gourmet Recipes 8)
Price: £2.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes!, 24 Aug. 2013
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Quite a tasty selection of recipes for BBQ lovers.
Would definitely recommend, thanks for sharing Tiffany!
NB: Not for vegetarians or vegans (only one recipe) but great for the others...


NYDJ Women's Black Skinny Jeans
NYDJ Women's Black Skinny Jeans
Price: £119.95 - £139.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong advice!, 4 Dec. 2012
Good quality jeans but the advice on the choice of size is very misleading: if you really know what size you are, select your size, not the size below as advised...unless you want to be forced into a diet of course, decent incentive then ;-)
I took the advice, based on the fact that in my experience recommendations on Amazon are usually adequate, but I definitely should not have...


Spanglish for Impatient People
Spanglish for Impatient People
Price: £1.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 10 Mar. 2012
This is downright brilliant! So funny and so useful if you want to learn/revise all those expressions you wish your Spanish teacher -or/and your Berlitz phrasebook to that matter!- had taught you.
If you enjoyed the humour, read 'Dayrealing' by the same author, laughed so much the abdominal muscles I never knew were still there started aching...
Highly recommended!
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The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking
The Hairy Bikers' Big Book of Baking
by Hairy Bikers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great baking book!, 9 Mar. 2012
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With so many baking books around these days, I was wondering if the Hairy Bikers could produce something really interesting in the area.
Well they did, and I was particularly impressed by the savoury selection which is often underrepresented in recent baking books (but don't worry, the sweet selection is good too).
A travelogue -a lot of international recipes + background anecdotes- as well as a cookbook in typical Hairy Bikers' style: enthusiastic, friendly and heart-warming, if you like the boys, you won't be disappointed!
However, I nearly choked on my chocolate cake when I came across the Belgian Pizza recipe (also called Tarte Flambée, Flammekueche/küche etc...), not because I am a purist defending pizzas as Italian/Italo-American but because, although the HB probably came across it in Belgium, the flammekueche is a well-known Alsatian speciality. Some German villages might also claim it as their own (given the history of the region) but Belgian, no way!
Beware lads, you will be on the Brotherhood of Real Flammekueche's hitlist in no time (and yes, there is such a thing :-)):La Confrérie du Véritable Flammekueche d'Alsace)! Still, you are right Hairy Bikers, the flammekueche is much better eaten with a Belgian beer (I will soon be n°3 on the hitlist if I carry on).
So, all that to say that I suspect there might be some other inadequacies in the background information as collected by the HB, but it is no big deal if your main interest is the recipes themselves as the book is a great collection of international baking specialities (both sweet and savoury).
If you have a sweet tooth, check it out -or check the list of recipes in the "Look Inside' feature- to see if the balance of sweet/savoury recipes is up to your expectations but all in all I would agree with the previous reviewers and rate this as a very good baking book.
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Food You Can't Say No To
Food You Can't Say No To
by Tamasin Day-Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very exciting new book !, 6 Mar. 2012
I don't know if I wouldn't say "No" to some of the food in this book but honestly that would be pretty limited as the recipes are very, very tempting indeed, especially in the dessert section (irresistible if you have a sweet tooth, in particular the chocolate recipes , OK I'm biased...) but not only...
If you enjoy cooking and trying out new flavours or being surprised by clever twists given to known recipes, this book is well worth buying even if, like me, you already have quite a selection of good cookbooks at home.
Some recipes are more involved than others but the explanations are very clear and I guess the only problem people might have at times is getting hold of some ingredients -depending on what is on offer at their local shops/supermarkets- but that is recurrent with a lot of creative cookbooks and in that respect I really appreciate the fact that Tamasin Day-Lewis does suggest alternatives in a lot of cases -too bad I will never manage get hold of decent large Sicilian lemons for the Passion Fruit Posset in the Mother's Day menu though ;-)

The book is divided into the following sections:

-Simple Special Things (OK, I do find it difficult to give an idea of this section but have a 'Look Inside' ,as Amazon suggests, to read about TDL's concept in that 'special' section).

-Beginnings: Mostly starters and soups, we loved "Pea & Prosciutto Mousse with Parmesan Cream" and "Red Onion, Squash, Tomato & Coconut Soup"

-The Big Dish: Great main courses: we tried "Summer Skirt with Chimichurri & Corn-Utopia Salsa", a very tasty version of the dish even if, in early march, I didn't have access to fresh oregano leaves - so used dried of course but will definitely try with the real McCoy when possible- and "Saffron Chicken, Leek & Prune Pie", quite an interesting combination.

-Sweet Things: A delightful selection, we tried Honey Spice cake with Ginger & Coconut (yum!) and Bitter Chocolate & Salted Brownie Cake, simple and clever.

-Feasts : Mother's Day Lunch for 6, Birthday Menu for 6 (vegetarian), New Year's Eve Dinner for 8 (Indian style menu with an amazing -British style- Decadent Triffle as a dessert), well thought-out menus indeed.

The only thing I missed in the book was an index of the recipes to complete the index of ingredients given at the end of the book, or at least a list of the recipes at the beginning of each section.

Apart from that, it is a very exciting new book by Tamasin Day-Lewis- can't wait to try more recipes...- and a beautiful one too (great pictures by Simon Wheeler), pretty hard to say No to indeed!


200 Mini Cakes & Bakes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
200 Mini Cakes & Bakes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
by Hamlyn Cookbooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner !, 13 Feb. 2012
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Lovely little book with lots of excellent ideas, particularly if, like me, you have a variety of (silicone or other) little moulds for cakelets, muffins, madeleines tartlets and so on.
Of course these can easily be made from recipes for larger cakes but then, it is often difficult to get the cooking times right for the smaller sizes. Here everything is simplified for you and once you have determined if there is a difference between your oven and theirs (if any) you can sail on and enjoy the fun of making theses little beauties.
A word of warning: always make more if you make some for a dinner party as most people will inevitably feel like trying every single type of mini cake you have made ("I haven't tried this one yet" ), temptation will definitely be there!

The book is divided into:

-Cupcakes (white chocolate rasberry cupcakes, maple butter pecan cupcakes, mini Christmas cakes ...)
-Biscuits and cookies (chilli and cardamon morsels and mini orange shortbreads were lovely)
-Slices and traybakes (chocolate blondie bites, tropical ginger cake, sour cherry buns to name a few)
-Pastries
-Meringues and macaroons
-Scones and other little cakes
-Treats for kids (cute decoration ideas on classic little cakes/biscuits)

Although I already have quite a few baking books, I found this one an excellent addition to my collection both for the great variety of baking ideas and the quality of the recipes themselves. Definitely a little winner!


Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets
Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets
by Love Productions
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.95

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers what it promises., 13 Aug. 2011
Another baking book? Yes indeed, this is exactly what it is and quite a good one too, depending on what you are looking for in the ocean of baking books recently published.
It claims to teach you: "How to bake: The perfect Victoria Sponge and other baking secrets" and in that respect, it brilliantly delivers what it promises.
You will find step-by-step instructions -as well as step-by-step photography for master recipes- for foolproof rather traditional cakes and bakes completed with loads of tips + interesting twists and suggestions. All of this, presented in an attractive layout and mouthwatering photos, makes it another very lovely baking book indeed.
An additional interesting touch is that a digital booklet of the finalists' recipes is available on the internet for buyers of the book, or rather will be available as -rather understandably in a way- it will be sent by email only after the show is aired on BBC...Would have loved a spoiler though ;-)
For those who wonder if it is the same book as The Great British Book of Baking published with the first great British bake off series, it is not, although some areas covered are common or similar .
The contestants for series 2 are different of course -some of their recipes are given in sections called Best of the Bake Off, the name of the contestant who created the recipe is unfortunately not clearly given (another anti-spoiler? Sigh!) but I suppose people who watch the series will know- and the aim of this book is more geared towards teaching baking skills, techniques and tips + recipes as the title suggests whereas the first one was more focused on exploring historical/cultural backgrounds + recipes, which for me, made it a more attractive offering (obviously my personal view).
Although there is always something to learn from well thought-out cookbooks, I would say that it is the perfect present for any novice or unconfident baker/cook, for those with more experience -and/or other good baking books- the interest will possibly be more limited.
I personally won't keep my copy for that reason but I know that my teenage goddaughter will be delighted to put it to good use.
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The Golden Book of Baking: Over 300 Great Recipes
The Golden Book of Baking: Over 300 Great Recipes
by Rachel Lane
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden book indeed!, 10 July 2011
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An excellent baking book.
On the practical front, measurements are given both in cups (US units) and in grams, which makes recipes easy to follow, whatever system you wish to use.
All recipes are clearly explained and mouthwateringly photographed, making the book a real joy to flick through if you are trying to find inspiration as to what to bake.
There are over 300 recipes to choose from, classified in the following chapters:
-Cookies, bars and brownies
-Small cakes
-Butter cakes
-Layer cakes
-Pies and tarts
-Pastries
-Yeast cakes
-Savouries
No anecdotes to explain the origin or story behind the cakes and bakes, so the book is not a "good read" as such but it is an inspiring reference which I would definitely recommend...


The Real Taste Of Jamaica
The Real Taste Of Jamaica
by Enid Donaldson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Jamaican cookbook, 30 April 2011
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This is an old-fashioned type of cookbook by our spoilt modern standards but on the recipe front, boy does it deliver!
I love Levi Roots cookbooks because they are modern and exciting but to me this is THE Jamaican food bible.
It has all the traditional Jamaican recipes you could wish for: jerks of course but also curried goat, ackee and saltfish, codfish fritters, Johnny cakes, patties, bullas, spice buns...You name it... All of these recipes are clearly explained and absolutely delicious, nothing fancy, just good, clear instructions to get you there. My in-laws are Jamaican and last time, they asked for my recipe for spice bun, the best they had had in years ( Blush, blush...), now what does that tell you? OK they might have just wanted to be pleasant guests but just to give you an idea of how good the book is, there are actually 4 recipes for Easter spice bun to choose from : baking soda, baking powder, yeast and stout...Brilliant!


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