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How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
by Nigella Lawson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.72

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended, 6 Jun 2005
As someone who wants to be more than a dabbler in cooking, I have to say that this book is absolutely superb. The recipes clearly walk you through the processes and are written in such a way as to inspire confidence in one's abilities rather than terror at one's perceived inadequacies. Even better is the fact that you can actually sit down and take pleasure in simply reading through. It serves to put you at your ease, and - certainly in my opinion - the warm anecdotes, stories and suggestions for cullinary sourcing are a much better use of space than pictures of the results of every recipe. I find that pictures engender an unrealistic expectation - certainly nothing that I have prepared ever looks as good as the picture on the pages of the recipe book, hardly surprising when they are usually created by professional chefs and photographed by professional photographers, both of whose jobs are to make the subject as artistic and perfect as possible. You end up feeling disappointed, which does little to assist in your appreciation of the food. This book avoids all that in favour of reassuring you that one's first pancake or blini is invariably a disaster, but once the first is out of the way, it gets better.
IIf you are looking for an invaluable kitchen companion, then this would be my first recommendation. Read it cover to cover, don't just flick through for the recipes, you miss so much that way. There's simple, everyday suggestions scattered throughout what some seem to think of as filler text.

Up Here
Up Here
Offered by robert_reynolds6
Price: 2.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously Catchy, 24 Feb 2004
This review is from: Up Here (Audio CD)
I first heard this single on the Kerrang music Channel and ever since it has been pretty much stuck in my head. It is hard to pin "Up Here" down to any particular genre, though it is guitar and drum heavy enough to keep most rock fans listening and catchy enough to appeal to a wider audience in my honest opinion.
One of the best things about it is the female lead's vocal style, which is rather a throwback to Cyndi Lauper style pop and the way that it should be completely incongruous with what is a fairly heavy track, but in fact blends very well.
I think one of the reasons I have such an affection for this is that I wasn't expecting to like it at all at first, but it exceeded all expectations. I recommend trying to find someone with a copy and giving it a listen before you buy to see if it is your thing, but set aside preconceptions, you may be glad you did - I certainly was.

Easy Rider / Taxi Driver / Dr Strangelove [VHS]
Easy Rider / Taxi Driver / Dr Strangelove [VHS]
Offered by Film Frenzy Fast Delivery
Price: 19.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rather an unusual combination, but three classics, 3 Oct 2001
Well what can you say about offering the brilliantly cynical and extremely amusing "Dr. Strangelove", with it's amazing performances by Peter Sellers, Slim Pickens etc., the gritty Taxi Driver with its dark picture of New York life through the eyes of Robert DiNero's disturbed vetran and classic road movie Easy Rider for such a low price. My only reservation about recommending this set unconditionally is that they are not the same sort of film and enjoying one does not necessarily mean you will enjoy all the others, that said if you do like these movies and haven't got them in your collection, this is a must buy.

Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend
Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend
by Mike Dixon-Kennedy
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Mythological Encylopaedias I have brought, 3 Oct 2001
When one is interested in the myths and legends of a culture, a good mythological encyclopedia is, in my opinion, a must, as a general reference work alongside the actual stories themselves. This one is amazing, the entries are complete, with reference to the country of origin of the character or story (the work covers most of Eastern Europe, a huge area), and full and detailed entries and the book is extremely readable for an encyclopedia. I own many encyclopedias of various mythologies and this is one of the best, both in the ammount of information and readability. Well worth a look, especially as Eastern European Mythology is so rich and little known.

Russian Gypsy Tales: Traditional Russian Folk Tales (International Folk Tales)
Russian Gypsy Tales: Traditional Russian Folk Tales (International Folk Tales)
by Yefim Druts
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of stories, 3 Oct 2001
This book contains an delightful collection of short stories traditional to the Russian gypsies, collected and translated. They offer an excellent insight into gypsy life, religious beliefs and traditions, and many are suitable for all ages. Have an open mind and try this book, you won't be disappointed. The only reason why I don't give it five stars is that although the introduction is good, I would have liked a little more on the history of the Russian Romany. That said, the book is accessible, the stories are very entertaining and informative about a group of which comparably little is known (as opposed to presupposition and stereotype).

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