Profile for A. Kira > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by A. Kira
Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,285,284
Helpful Votes: 48

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
A. Kira (Ireland)

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Simply Baby: 20 Special Handknits for Baby's First Two Years
Simply Baby: 20 Special Handknits for Baby's First Two Years
by Debbie Bliss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and practical, 14 May 2007
I got this book as I do lots of gift knitting and wanted something that would be a bit different to the usual baby patterns.

This book is fantastic. It's filled with beautiful photos of happy kids climbing and crawling around while modelling the outfits. The patterns themselves are clear and easy to follow, from simple to advanced in level. I defy anyone to pick this up and not want to knit the contents.

I even want to scale up one of the patterns (the gorgeous coat) so that I can knit one in my size!


Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World
Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World
by Eric Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Eye opening" doesn't even begin to describe it, 17 Oct. 2006
Very well researched, and very, very thought provoking.

I challenge you to read this and ever look at a burger chain in the same way again.

Yes, this is based on the American system, but the UK seems to have taken this as a challenge and is quickly catching up - already consuming more fast food and ready meals than any other European country.

Disgusting, disturbing and enlightening.

Don't read it just after lunch.


Anthony Bourdain Omnibus: "Kitchen Confidential", "A Cook's Tour"
Anthony Bourdain Omnibus: "Kitchen Confidential", "A Cook's Tour"
by Anthony Bourdain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opener!, 17 Oct. 2006
I had seen a couple of episodes of A Cook's Tour and by the time I realised that there was, indeed, a book of the same title, there was an omnibus.

Both books make for incredibly enjoyable reading. The writing style is very relaxed and chatty, to the point where at times it's almost like reading a transcript. It's blunt, holds no prisoners, and can be profane.

Kitchen Confidential will change the way you look at the restaurant business. While it's primarily based on experiences in the U.S., European readers should still find it an educational experience. I went from laughing to feeling rather ill in record time, and while it has in no way killed the experience of dining out for me, I do remember certain things when I walk past the kitchen.

Never eat fish on a Monday. Don't order your steak well done. Try not to dine out on Saturdays.

A Cook's Tour is a quest for the perfect meal, and takes him all over the world, from the incredibly formal Japanese meals with geishas, to eating whole sheep roasted in a clay oven in the middle of the desert.

It's a book for people who love to travel and people who love food. It makes me want to travel far more than I have already, just to experience some of the things he writes of.


The River Cottage Year
The River Cottage Year
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought, 17 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The River Cottage Year (Paperback)
Another wonderful book from HFW.

Once more there are great recipes that you actually want to eat - and as quickly as possible! I find myself leafing through my copy with anticipation on a regular basis to see what goodies will be in season in the coming weeks.

Good food, great philosophy, and again without pretention.

Inspiring stuff.


The River Cottage Cookbook
The River Cottage Cookbook
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tome to be reckoned with!, 17 Oct. 2006
If you're even remotely entertaining the idea of purchasing this book for yourself, your friend or your granny, then just go ahead and click the button.

Fantastic cookbook, yes, but also so much more than that. Here is someone who finally seems to love eating as much as cooking, and the whole process honestly excites him. You can't help but get swept up in his enthusiasm.

Recipes are broken down into easy to follow pieces, which work for budding cooks as well as those with more experience. Fantastically, he also does this without being condescending in the slightest.

If there were a version of Desert Island Books, this would most certainly be on my top 5 list!


Get by in Italian 1998 1998
Get by in Italian 1998 1998
by Rossella Peressini
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a nice concise guide to language and features, 16 Sept. 2002
The book itself has a good amount of info in, both in phrases, and also must see sights in various tourist hotspots.
The book is laid out very well, and gives good information, without being overwhelming of those of us without a strong knowledge of the language!
One thing I would fault it on is lack of a phonetic prononciation guide. The tape edition would clear up any confusion on this, but it's not always convenient to stick on your walkman during a conversation to check these things!


Page: 1