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Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking
by Fuchsia Dunlop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative, 21 Jan. 2013
I was given this book for Christmas, though I have to admit to having dropped some broad hints, after reading a couple of Ms Dunlop's other books. We've done a fair amount of Chinese cooking, though in other books, there was always a slight worry as to what was meant, or as to quantities.

Not so with this one. The recipes are very simple in the main, Fuschia Dunlop is at pains to point out in many of them that they are typical of what would be cooked at home by many ordinary chinese families. She explains her recipes and techniques with admirable clarity, no doubt the fruit of her studies at a Chinese cookery school. Therte are appendices with photographs of many of the vegetables and other ingredients, and suggestions for substitutions and variations.

We've got a number of other Chinese Cookbooks and as I said, have done a many recipes from them. but this one knocks them all into a cocked hat. Simply magnificent. Since Christmas we've made a number of meals based on her suggestions, and have cooked at least ten of the dishes she describes. Every single one has looked almost exactly as shown in her illustrations and tasted wonderful.

Best of all, from our point of view, a lot of the dishes originate from Sichuan and as such are full of zing. That could possibly be the only drawback for some people who find powerful flavours discouraging. If you've never tried Chinese food, this is a wonderful introduction, if you have, this book could well open your eyes and tastebuds to a completely different perspective on it.

Chef's Choice 316 Asian Electric Knife Sharpener
Chef's Choice 316 Asian Electric Knife Sharpener
Price: £67.70

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect sharpening made easy, 30 Dec. 2011
There's not really a lot to say. What's the point of having brilliant blades costing £100s of pounds and then ruining them with a bad sharpener? This products will resharpen blunted knives, though it might take a bit of a while to do this for a really badly abused knife. When resharpened, we find that with decent Japanese knives, used regularly, we need to re-sharpen about once every two months or so, and hone once a week to keep a perfect cutting edge.

Although it's designed for "Asian" (ie Japanese) profiled knives, because with their harder steel, they can be sharpened to 15 degrees on each side, it can perfectly well re-profile and sharpen the more obtuse angled western knives (normally sharpened to 20 degrees. However if the steel isn't good enough to take it, they will need more frequent re-sharpening. In fact Chef's choice also make sharpeners for 20degree knives and even multi-angled sharpeners, though these are a lot more expensive.

The really impressive thing about this tool is that it is so quick and easy to use, when used to maintain an edge on sharp sian knives. A couple of strokes once a week and the knife is like new again. WELL worth the cost, which is more or less comparable with that of one decent Japanese knife.

LINDY US 3 Pin Mains Power Lead 2m
LINDY US 3 Pin Mains Power Lead 2m
Price: £8.64

5.0 out of 5 stars A cable is a cable, 4 July 2011
Does what it says on the box. It's a cable, Well made. I'd have preferred to be able to buy a self wired NEMA plug, but wasn't able to find one.

The Cuisine of Armenia
The Cuisine of Armenia
by Sonia Uvezian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back at last! Not before time., 31 Mar. 2008
This review is from: The Cuisine of Armenia (Paperback)
I've had this book since the seventies, when it came out in hardback. Through it I have discovered one of the least known and most delicious cuisines in the world. The recipes - at least in the American original - are aimed at the USA, but that's not in any way a problem and I must have cooked dozens of recipes - all of which worked a treat. She describes all one needs to know about a recipe with clarity and simplicity.

At the price, rush out and get it and discover this wonderful cuisine.

Digital Cooking Thermometer and Timer
Digital Cooking Thermometer and Timer

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate and can be left in place when roasting.., 27 May 2007
I used this probe to test my digital oven before doings some slow roasting. It's accurate to 1 degree C, which is brilliant. Some digital probes can't be left "plugged into" roasting meat, because the cable isn't heat proof. This one is. It has some preset cooking temperatures for different meats which aren't bad, and it can be programmed to sound an alarm when a preset temperature has been reached which is very useful.

I can't say I use it daily, but when I need an accurate probe it's perfect. So far, I've only once found the upper temperature limit to be any kind of limitation.

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