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One Pan, Two Plates pb
One Pan, Two Plates pb
by Carla Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant!, 17 Aug. 2014
This review is from: One Pan, Two Plates pb (Paperback)
If you're in a busy couple (or one person who will take stuff for lunch the next day) this book is really amazing. I use it all the time and almost all of the recipes have been excellent or very good. They are easy to follow, very clear about how much time they take, and make use of lots of fresh ingredients.

Most of the dishes really are one pot recipes and are quite substantial. Occasionally the author does recommend boil-in-the-bag rice, which I think is a bit pointless as basmati rice is so simple to make if you break out a second pot. But overall this is a really diverse and tasty set of meals that are enjoyable to make and eat. I use it all the time (really, all the time!)


The Secret Life of France
The Secret Life of France
by Lucy Wadham
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but mean and ultimately unsatisfying, 24 Aug. 2010
My partner is French and for the first few chapters I enjoyed laughing along to the author's comments about the shortcomings of the French. But in the end that's all this seemed to be about. I finished it with a rather bad taste in my mouth and thought that if I was the author's (French) children I'd be quite depressed that my mother had just spent a couple of hundred pages running down my country.

It's not that I disagree with all she says, in fact, I think there is much that is accurate but I do not see the love/hate/love relationship with France that other reviewers (and indeed the author) claim. Yes she says she loves France and has chosen to stay there over England but gives no real sense of why. I can remember: a preference for the healthcare system, mild (but ambiguous) praise for the schools and (a rather bizarre) explanation of why the Sexes don't hate each other in France as much as they do in England. A rather weak case for loving a country.

I wish she'd given a bit more of a flavour of fine wine as well as the smelly cheese.


The Royle Family - Christmas Special - The New Sofa [DVD]
The Royle Family - Christmas Special - The New Sofa [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caroline Aherne
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling, 20 Aug. 2009
I love the Royle Family but this was so bad I had to review it. It has none of the brilliance of the previous episodes and is totally unbelievable. A real disappointment for fans of the show.


Leaving Songs
Leaving Songs

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growly brillance with top drawer duets, 8 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Leaving Songs (Audio CD)
An excellent album. I never knew Tindersticks but came to this album via Maria Mckee's involvement and it is a real delight. Staples has a great, growly sort of voice that conveys such a sense of world-weariness. The two duets, as mentioned by the other reviewer, really are excellent. Maria shows how much emotion she can work into a song and the other is equally good. I listened to the CD repeatedly since I got it and it hasn't worn off. Top stuff.


The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova - Their Rivalry, Their Friendship, Their Legacy
The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova - Their Rivalry, Their Friendship, Their Legacy
by Johnette Howard
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sporting read, 4 Feb. 2006
I only caught the end of the Navratilova-Evert rivalry, by which time it was definitely Martina who was out ahead but it was fascinating to read the full story. It is pretty amazing to think how many times, particularly in finals, they faced each other. Especially in such a tough mental sport like tennis, it's impressive that they remain friends. Where have rivalries like this gone? It makes me wonder whether the Seles-Graf rivalry could have been a smaller version of this if it wasn't for the stabbing incident.


PEDDLIN' DREAMS
PEDDLIN' DREAMS
Offered by iAlpha Technologies
Price: £4.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rootsy excellence, 30 April 2005
This review is from: PEDDLIN' DREAMS (Audio CD)
Maria McKee's last album (High Dive) was full of drama and theatre and was simply brilliant. This new album is a much calmer affair but still is wonderful music. Maria's voice carries more depth and emotion than anyone else's by a long way and the simpler production here really highlights that. 'Turn Away' particularly shows Maria's voice and its honest, breakable best. But there are also faster tracks which are equally good, 'People in the Way' is a standout. As with any Maria album it may take a couple of listens to get the music (and little sampler snippets do her no justice) but you really should buy this album. Once you've experienced the voice you'll soon be ordering the back-catalogue and start to realise just how varied the wonderful world of Maria McKee is!


The Romantic
The Romantic
by Barbara Gowdy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tale of doomed love, 25 July 2004
This review is from: The Romantic (Paperback)
An excellent book. Gowdy gives away the main 'surprises' of the story right at the beginning but then creates a moving story of near obsessive love that is doomed to fail. The book darts back and forth in time with no changes in tense to give you an immediate indication of what period you're in and this builds up the sense of love as something all-consuming and feeling that can warp your other senses. The main characters are so well drawn and so real that you cannot but get involved in their lives and share their happiness and their pain. I think its a rare book that connects so well with the emotions of its readers but this one certainly succeeds.
When I finished the book I felt sadness over the failure for love to be enough to save but at the same time the book seemed somehow hopeful and definitely moving. Highly recommended.


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