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The Classic 1000 Italian Recipes
The Classic 1000 Italian Recipes
by Christina Gabrielli
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 9 Nov. 2007
This recipe book is a superb addition to anyone's culinary library - clearly not every recipe will suit every person but it is inconceivable that you would not find a significant number of useful recipes in here and even if you found just one nugget, then considering the price, it would be well worth it.

The variety of recipes in any of the 1000 series is simply staggering - to say you are stuck for choice is an understatement - but this particular one includes a great many vegetarian dishes too.

Ok, so there are no photographs but against that, the books don't cost a fortune either and they are compact.

You really cannot go wrong with any of these recipe books and when you consider they cost little more than 1 issue of pretty much any food magazine, well, they truly are an absolute bargain.

Buy this one, buy them all - you won't be disappointed.


The Classic 1000 Chinese Recipes
The Classic 1000 Chinese Recipes
by Wendy Hobson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 9 Nov. 2007
This recipe book is a superb addition to anyone's culinary library - clearly not every recipe will suit every person but it is inconceivable that you would not find a significant number of useful recipes in here and even if you found just one nugget, then considering the price, it would be well worth it.

The variety of recipes in any of the 1000 series is simply staggering and there are quite a few vegetarian recipes here too - to say you are stuck for choice is an understatement.

Ok, so there are no photographs but against that, the books don't cost a fortune either and they are compact.

You really cannot go wrong with any of these recipe books and when you consider they cost little more than 1 issue of pretty much any food magazine, well, they truly are an absolute bargain.

Buy this one, buy them all - you won't be disappointed.


The Classic 1000 Indian Recipes
The Classic 1000 Indian Recipes
by Carolyn Humphries
Edition: Paperback

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 9 Nov. 2007
This recipe book is a superb addition to anyone's culinary library - clearly not every recipe will suit every person but it is inconceivable that you would not find a significant number of useful recipes in here and even if you found just one nugget, then considering the price, it would be well worth it.

The variety of recipes in the 1000 series is simply staggering - to say you are stuck for choice is an understatement. And there is a vegetarian section in this too which is an extremely useful feature.

Ok, so there are no photographs but against that, the books don't cost a fortune either and they are compact.

You really cannot go wrong with any of these recipe books and when you consider they cost little more than 1 issue of pretty much any food magazine, well, they truly are an absolute bargain.

Buy this one, buy them all - you won't be disappointed.


Judge John Deed : Pilot & Complete BBC Series 1 [2001] [DVD]
Judge John Deed : Pilot & Complete BBC Series 1 [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Shaw
Price: £5.48

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 6 Nov. 2007
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The BBC, beleaguered as they are from time to time, rarely fail when it comes to either documentary making or drama and with Judge John Deed, yet again they reinforce their stranglehold on this genre.

This program is a huge step up from the long running but dated 'Crown Court' from the 70's and early 80's. Gripping, riveting, call it what you like, from intial broadcast in late 2001, each episode had me glued as few others have.

Some of the storylines are very thought provoking indeed, which is not a bad thing, and the cast is superb, particularly the haughty yet divine Caroline Langrishe and the quietly delectable Jenny Seagrove. Martin Shaw, in the title role as the somewhat unconventional High Court Judge, is excellent

My only moan ( well more of a niggle, really ) is that the constant efforts by the upper echelons to either keep this maverick in check or engineer his removal as he repeatedly crosses swords with the establishment are a tad overdone. That said, it really is program making of the absolute highest calibre.

I cannot believe anyone would be disappointed with this release - let's just hope the rest of the series is imminent.


Marguerite Patten's Century of British Cooking
Marguerite Patten's Century of British Cooking
by Marguerite Patten
Edition: Paperback

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 5 Nov. 2007
Marguerite Patten, the doyen of British Cookery, surpasses herself here.

Split into decades, this book gives a brief history of the times, an indication of the foods at that time, likely meals for the different classes, prevailing culinary influences and a little information about the applicances in use and methods employed at the time.

So what has this got to do with making good food now, you may ask ? Well, the answer is nothing, but it is still fascinating information nonetheless.

Then we come to the recipes.

She is no different to any other perfectionist in that she leaves no stone unturned - imperial as well as metric measures are given and fan ovens are catered for too ( this last point about fan ovens is sadly lacking in most other books ).

The actual recipes themselves are nothing other than you would expect of a Marguerite Patten book - outstanding.

The book itself is just less than A4 size and almost 1" thick. It looks and feels like a book, a 'proper book' and is awash with colour illustrations.

My only neg is it should have been hardback. That said, this is a superb publication and would still be a bargain were it not discounted.

Buy with confidence - you will not be disappointed with this.


Absolute Zero [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Absolute Zero [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 4 Nov. 2007
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Absolute Zero is exactly the right title - it has Absolute Zero entertainment and deserves an Absolute Zero rating.

This really has got to be the worst film I have ever seen, and if even one as aesthetically pleasing as Erika Eleniak cannot hold one's attention, then it must be bad.

I kept waiting for it to improve and eventually it did - it finished. It really is gruelling. There is one scene in particular where Jeff Fahey answers a mobile phone and he begins the conversation when the phone has barely reached his shoulder !

Personally, I would give this as wide a berth as possble, but if you are tempted, then at least rent, don't buy.


The Classic 1000 Microwave Recipes
The Classic 1000 Microwave Recipes
by Sonia Allison
Edition: Paperback

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly superb...and fast..., 24 Sept. 2006
***

This recipe book is a superb addition to anyone's culinary library - clearly not every recipe will suit every person but it is inconceivable that you would not find a significant number of useful recipes in here and even if you found just one nugget, then considering the price, it would be well worth it.

The variety of recipes in the 1000 series is simply staggering - to say you are stuck for choice is an understatement.

The added bonus here, of course, is that they are microwave recipes, so whilst not quite instant, they are certainly fast.

You really cannot go wrong with any of these recipe books. And when you consider the price, they are an absolute bargain.

Buy it, buy them all - you won't be disappointed.

***


Afterlife - Series 1 [DVD] [2005]
Afterlife - Series 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Lesley Sharp
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting, 24 Sept. 2006
***

I saw this on TV as it was originally transmitted last year and was spellbound.

I had only ever seen Lesley Sharp in 'Full Monty' but she is truly stupendous in this; if ever an actor made a part, then Lesley Sharp makes this - even with all the plaudits in the world, you could not adequately picture this - it really does have to be seen to be believed.

Personally, I did not rate Andrew Lincoln's performance but whether that was because he was eclipsed by Lesley Sharp we will never know - I think pretty well anyone could have played his character and been equally overshadowed.

The series itself is TV drama at it's best and was a welcome change from the usual Saturday night dross.

Series 2 is here, I believe, and has it's work cut out to be a worthy sequel.

This first series really is a hard act to follow.

Outstanding.

***


The Dustbinmen - All Three Complete Series [DVD]
The Dustbinmen - All Three Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Haberfield
Price: £13.80

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 70's - great stuff, 24 Sept. 2006
***

I had completely forgotten about this series until I saw it advertised on DVD. For less than 13 quid, it was too good an opportunity to reminisce to turn down.

It is not Fawlty Towers or Only Fools and Horses so was never side splittingly funny first time around, but it does have it's moments.

Anyone who watched it on TV at the time and enjoyed it then would enjoy it even more now.

And the transfer to DVD is excellent.

Get it - you won't be disappointed.

***
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The Classic 1000 Student Recipes
The Classic 1000 Student Recipes
by Carolyn Humphries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly superb, 24 Sept. 2006
***
This recipe book is a superb addition to anyone's culinary library - clearly not every recipe will suit every person but it is inconceivable that you would not find a significant number of useful recipes in here and even if you found just one nugget, then considering the price, it would be well worth it.

The variety of recipes in the 1000 series is simply staggering - to say you are stuck for choice is an understatement.

Ok, so there are no photographs but against that, the books don't cost a fortune either and they are compact.

You really cannot go wrong with any of these recipe books and when you consider they cost little more than 1 issue of pretty much any food magazine, well, they truly are an absolute bargain.

Buy this one, buy them all - you won't be disappointed.

***
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