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Learn to Cook Wheat, Gluten and Dairy Free: 100 Step-by-step Recipes
Learn to Cook Wheat, Gluten and Dairy Free: 100 Step-by-step Recipes
by Antoinette Savill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 Dec 2012
I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews here. I had high hopes for this book but I am disappointed with the range of recipes. I was looking for wholesome, healthy, nutritious recipes without gluten or dairy but instead it appears to be mostly stodgy food, all containing GF/DF alternatives like non-dairy cheese. I'm looking for healthy alternatives to these foods - simply recipes without flour, cheese, cream etc but most recipes here seem to be secondary substitutes for food that is out of bounds for allergy sufferers and those with intolerances. Also, loads of recipes contain eggs and soya. Since soya is often no good for those with a lactose intolerance or sensitive digestive system, I am surprised by how many of the recipes contain soya products. The lack of a preview here does not help, if I had seen the recipes beforehand then I would not have bought this book. There is surely a market for tasty and healthy recipes that avoid the problem foods altogether, not substitute them with inferior imitations.

Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring
Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring
by Liz Bauwens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.03

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of repetition, 31 Mar 2009
This is a good book but the amount of repetition lets it down. For example, the body text is repeated in the captions under the photographs and the authors seem to be short on images. It is useful to see rooms from a variety of angles and more detailed shots but some images have been used 2 and 3 times. It feels a bit like the authors have tried to make a little go a long way and there wasn't enough material to fill the book. The tips are good, there is definitely some useful advice in here and the images are seductive but this book could have been half the size and half the cost...rendering it rather unthrifty! Glad I purchased it but hoped for more.
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