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Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients
Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients
by Heidi Swanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.49

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb cookbook, 2 May 2007
If you are already a fan of food blog 101 Cookbooks - and even if you've never come across Heidi Swanson's high quality writing, ideas and images before - Super Natural Cooking is a new cookbook worth having on your kitchen shelves. I've already been inspired to try out some of the more esoteric - to me, at least - grains and foodstuffs that she covers in the cookbook, with plenty of recipes for natural foods like quinoa, millet and amaranth. This is a book which definitely broadens your cooking horizons.


Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay 2006
Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay 2006
by Sally McKenna
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully opinionated.. by Bibliocook.com, 27 Mar 2006
With 15 years of eating and sleeping the length and breadth of the country in a tireless quest for the best of the best, John and Sally McKenna have it down to a fine art. This year's editions of The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants and The Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay are as wonderfully opinionated and idiosyncratic as ever. And also, very importantly, they are independent. The McKennas and their travelling editors pay for their own meals and accommodation, refusing - as they note at the start of each book - any offers of discounts or gifts.
The wonderful thing about the Guides is their celebration of the kind of host and hospitality that Ireland should be famed for - but often isn't. there are great quotes from Patricia Farrrell at Iverna Cottage in Spiddal who doesn't write a breakfast menu but invites people to "have what ever they want, and they usually have everything!" from a spread of fruit, cereals, fish and breads; Grove House's Katarina Runske - "I want everyone to feel comfortable, at ease and welcome"; and about Pam Mulhaire's elegant Knockeven in Cobh where she makes people feel "not merely welcome, but extra-welcome, double welcome, triple welcome."
While the prose sometimes goes a little over the top (although I did love the mention of "rollicking Roly's") it's not many people that will be sitting down reading these books from cover to cover. If you're planning a special night out or weekend away, you could do a lot worse than resort to consulting the McKennas.


Last Chance to Eat: The Fate of Taste in a Fast Food World
Last Chance to Eat: The Fate of Taste in a Fast Food World
by Gina Mallet
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Evocatively sensual descriptions... by Bibliocook.com, 27 Mar 2006
Although cursed with an uninviting cover, Last Chance to Eat, with its investigations into the history and eating of a variety of foodstuffs, is a fascinating read for anyone with even the barest interest in food. For foodies, it should be essential.
Toronto-based Gina Mallet uses her particular memories - a post-WWII childhood in egg-less Britain, life in a Connecticut fishing village, dates at a New York steakhouse - to expand on the universal food issues. The daughter of a food-loving Englishman and his free-spirited American wife, she quotes from obscure experts and modern scientists in her quest to discover where the good food came from - and where it has disappeared to.
Using her evocatively sensual descriptions of food from the past as a counterpoint, she picks her way through the nutritional minefield of the present, exploring the issues of raw milk cheese, the importance of the egg in cooking, BSE scares, the demise of vegetable and fruit varieties, and exploring the vagaries of the fishing industry.
Erudite and entertaining, Last Chance to Eat is a thought provoking read.


Never No More
Never No More
by Maura Laverty
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treasure, 27 Mar 2006
This review is from: Never No More (Paperback)
Set in the Ireland of the 1920s, Never No More is the story of a young girl and her relationship with her beloved Grandmother. They live in an old farmhouse outside the village of Ballyderrig in County Kildare and the book is full of tales of and from the Irish countryside - the cutting of the turf, weddings and wakes, the solemn ritual of pig slaughter, family nicknames and stories of possession. Laverty has a wonderful grasp of the texture of country life and great powers of description. As with Full and Plenty, food plays a great part in Never No More and the book is packed full of mouth-watering images.


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