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Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life
Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life
by Nadia Sawalha
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat, 17 May 2010
What a lovely book. There are some wonderful recipes here, and the book is a real inspiration to get cooking. But what I really loved about this is the fact the Nadia is such a generous and funny writer. In addition to the recipes the book is packed full of photos and stories from her extended family life. There is a real warmth to this book. She obviously feels very strongly the importance of family, or sharing food (and laughter) together. I'm not sure I've felt quite so touched by a cookbook before, if that isn't an odd thing to say. This is a real heart warmer of a book, and is also excellent for filling the belly.

Wild: An Elemental Journey
Wild: An Elemental Journey
by Jay Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 23 Oct. 2008
Nature writing seems to be back in vogue at the moment, and this is something very much to be welcomed. One of the best recent examples of the type is this book, Wild. What most gripped and fascinated me about this book is not the beauty of the prose (while good, to be honest there are some rather purple patches), but rather the refreshing honesty with which the book is written. Jay Griffiths lays her fears, insecurities, joys and wonderment out for the reader. The sub-title of the book, 'an elemental journey' seems a perfect one. It describes not only a physical journey, but also an emotional one and, perhaps most interesting of all, an intellectual one. It is also elemental, not just in the most obvious sense that the book is arranged around the four elements, but also in the more pertinent sense: essential.

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