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Warm Bread and Honey Cake: Home Baking from Around the World
Warm Bread and Honey Cake: Home Baking from Around the World
Price: 8.03

5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure, 9 Jan 2014
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Although i have left a review for one of this author's other books in which i mentioned this book, i only just realised that i never actually reviewed this one. This is one of my most treasured books, and one i trust 100% - it is one of the most reliable baking books i own - as a friend and fellow admirer of the book once said "it is disconcertingly reliable". There are many interesting and different recipes in this book (not of the victoria sponge variety), but i have learnt that i can be sure that even if i make the recipe for the very first time and may never have seen an example of the finished product before, i can trust the instructions and recipe totally. This book has never let me down.

I came across this book in a bookshop when it first came out, and although i had never heard of it as soon as I started paging through i knew i was definitely buying it. The writing and the recipes as well as the "feel" of the book appealed to me enormously, even though i was slightly apprehensive as many of the cakes and breads were things i had never made or in some cases seen before. As soon as i started using the book i realised that this was an absolute gem - the instructions are excellent. You do not have to be an accomplished baker to use this book, it would be very useful to beginners as well.

Over the years i've literally made dozens of the recipes, many of them several times - i know the mango cheesecake recipe off by heart - and it is very difficult to pick a favourite. If i had to i would probably pick the Coconut Tea Bread, for the smell while baking as much as for the wonderful treat it is with a cup of tea, as well ss the profuse compliments from guests or friends who receive it as a gift.

This is the book i would save from the proverbial burning house.


Home Made Summer
Home Made Summer
by Yvette van Boven
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love her picture recipes, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Home Made Summer (Hardcover)
I first came across Yvette van Boven's recipes and drawings online - for a Dutch publication. Shortly afterwards i saw her book Home Made in a bookshop and bought it. I love her little picture recipes, although they make up only relatively small part of the book. Home Made was full of lovely ideas, so i bought Home Made Winter and now also Home Made Summer and they all contain fantastic recipes. I love the unusual element in many of them, and the strong wow factor. The rolled up feta and garlic bread in Home Made Summer is just gorgeous - the book for me was almost worth the price for that recipe alone. Mainly because of the very well behaved dough... The savoury cakes are wonderful to serve when having a glass of wine with friends and are easy and quick to make. I think some of the recipes can be expensive, but they serve as inspiration, and teach quite useful lessons. For example the dough and basic principle of the rolled up feta and garlic bread can easily be adapted to other fillings. I am a huge fan.


Sugar and Spice: Sweets & Treats from Around the World
Sugar and Spice: Sweets & Treats from Around the World
by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and delicious, 23 Nov 2012
I bought Warm Bread and Honey Cake - a previous book by this author - around three years ago without ever having read a review of the book; i spotted it in a bookshop, started paging through it and immediatlely felt attracted to it: by the writing and by the interesting variety of recipes (many of them unusual) Over the past three years i have baked a great many of the recipes, and came to realise that those recipes arent only interesting, they are 100% reliable. No matter how different and unlike anything else you have ever made, you can rely on the recipes to turn out fine. So when Sugar and Spice appeared i was immediately interested... When i first looked through the book i admit i was slighly apprehensive as i realised i will probably have to buy and use a sweet thermometer to make some of the recipes - apart from the odd exception here and there i havent really made sweets before. Despite my apprehension i bought the book as a result of the trust i have in Warm Bread and Honey Cake, and therefor in this author. I havent regretted the purchase, the recipes are as interesting, varied and reliable as those in her earlier book. Baking my way through her books has been an interesting and enlightening experience; it is lots of fun but also an education because skills and knowledge are acquired which takes my baking to a different level.


Carspotting
Carspotting
Price: 1.19

3.0 out of 5 stars He has talent, 4 July 2012
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This review is from: Carspotting (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed the book, not necessarily because of the connection with trainspotting . Only three stars because it is somewhat lightweight, although the writer has talent and humour- i would like to see if he ever writes or wrote anything else. As for the connection with Trainspotting, no big revelations there but a few amusing anecdotes involving Irvine W.


Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
by Alexandra Fuller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its the humour..., 28 April 2012
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Fuller's sense of humour, and how she manages to convey that in her writing are what makes her books so readable. The world, characters and situations she describes are often sad, shocking or even horrific but her humour and style create sparkle. With this life story of her mother she is describing a colonial past with which we do not have much sympathy today, but Fuller manages to convey the full spectrum of that past without condoning it.


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