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Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking: In Association with Coeliac UK
Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking: In Association with Coeliac UK
by Phil Vickery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipe book with a serious quibble!, 9 Aug 2010
This book's strength is that it contains lots of new ideas that just happen to be gluten-free, rather than concentrating solely on trying to reproduce other recipes without the usual gluten. Having said that, there are recipes for cakes, bread and pastry, which contain special ingredients, but this makes the book suitable for people living gluten free as well as others looking for inspiration to feed gluten-free friends, without the need for too many unusual ingredients.

But I'd like to get a gripe out of the way too! The book has a chapter of vegetarian recipes, but not only does Phil commit the very regular sin of including parmesan cheese without explaining that `parmesan' is never suitable for vegetarians, but he also includes anchovies in one of his recipes. He really would have been better off not having a veggie section if his expertise in dietary requirements doesn't spread to vegetarianism! Especially as there are vegetarian recipes throughout the book, so these recipes could have been included elsewhere.

Still, I've tried a couple of the recipes and have a list of several more I'm keen to turn my hand to, so there's lots here to enjoy.


Orchard Toys The Game of Ladybirds
Orchard Toys The Game of Ladybirds
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great game, 9 Aug 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Bought this game as a present and the recipient (3 yrs old) loves it and wants to play it all the time!


The Modern Vegetarian: Food Adventures for the Contemporary Palate: Over 120 Recipes to Wake Up Your Palate
The Modern Vegetarian: Food Adventures for the Contemporary Palate: Over 120 Recipes to Wake Up Your Palate
by Maria Elia
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about flavour!, 28 April 2010
Maria Elias pays homage to the flavour of the humble vegetable in this good-looking book. One of my favourite things about the book is the way she builds the depth of vegetable flavours into her recipes, using the veg themselves. She pays great attention to the use of stock in many of the recipes, with a couple of stock recipes at the end, and sometimes making it on the run with the peelings of the main veg in a recipe. My favourite example of this is in the parsnip risotto, a dish perfect for cold weather comfort food.

As others have commented, many of the recipes are complicated and for special occasions only, but the chapter on side dishes has simpler ideas. Coconut basmati rice and braised broad beans with lemon and dill for example.

My favourite recipe so far is for carrot pancakes. As someone pointed out, the full recipe is for carrot pancakes with houmous and a feta salad, another complicated recipe which she describes as `perfect for a light lunch, snack or starter. It also makes great party canapes'. Well, it's too time consuming for all that, but the pancakes on their own are actually simple and really tasty - and highly recommended!


The Beach Beneath The Pavement
The Beach Beneath The Pavement
by Roland Denning
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and ingenious swipe at life as we know it, 16 Jun 2009
Bernard is a journalist who's job it is to annoy people, a columnist hired to outrage his readers. But when he writes about planting bombs and the bombs start going off, it turns out that he's nowhere near as outrageous as reality. Caught up in events that he's sure are not of his making, Bernard just wants to see the young woman with the strange eyes again, even though she may be at the centre of it all.

Full of sharp and funny observations about life as we know it, this is a book for our times. The ingenious twisted plotting keeps you guessing and noone is really what they seem.


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