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No Need to Knead: Handmade Artisan Breads in 90 Minutes
No Need to Knead: Handmade Artisan Breads in 90 Minutes
by Suzanne Dunaway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.40

2.0 out of 5 stars Not thought through, 20 Sep 2014
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Have made bread by hand and with Kenwood for many years and also in a breadmaker. The recipes I have tried from this book seem to include too much liquid. For example, it is supposed to be possible to roll the Pane Rustico mix into 'a smooth ball' before first rise, using olive oil on hands to stop dough sticking. Using the proportions in the recipe produces a sticky mass that no amount of oil on hands will allow it to be rolled into a smooth ball. The author does mention mixes being more moist then usual but I would guess no allowance has been made for flour containing less moisture in a hot climate, so needinging more water in the mix, while in milder, damper England the suggested amounts are excessive.The other thing I find annoying is the measurements: it's difficult to measure 240ml or 480ml, when most measuring jugs are marked in 50ml sections. It is also irritating to have quantities in grams for ordinary bread flour and in ml or tablespoons for rye flour, in same recipe. Finally, all the personal chat may be interesting, but if you just want to make bread it's easier to type up details of method before starting rather than using the book itself.


The Jewels of Paradise
The Jewels of Paradise
by Donna Leon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting, unbalanced, repetitive content, 7 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Jewels of Paradise (Paperback)
I continued reading this book because I expected it to improve: it didn't.There is an over-long lead up to arrival in Venice, another protracted lead up to the opening of 'the chests' followed by a repetitive, day-by-day account of reading papers from chests and research in a library. Occasionally the researcher breaks off for 'two sandwiches and a glass of water ... a panino and a glass of water', a family meal and a couple of possibly romantic dinner dates with the lawyer. A quote from The Spectator begins 'All the ingredients of a zippy historical mystery' and 'ingredients' is right. We have a mysterious pair of cousins and their mysterious chests, their mysterious lawyer, a mysterious composer/bishop, etc., etc, We also have some of the ingredients that add interest to the Brunetti novels: references to close family, use of friends to help with access to information, and a little about Venetian life. None of this helps, because the details are dull and the characters never come to life. The reader is led through every boring detail at snail's pace and then the 'surprise' ending is disposed of in five pages, while the researcher's new plan for her future ends the book in two short paragraphs. A sad procession of missed opportunities to write an interesting and genuinely intriguing novel.


LADIES MTV MUSIC TELEVISION PRINT SLEEVELESS CROP TOP WOMEN CROPPED T SHIRT 8-14
LADIES MTV MUSIC TELEVISION PRINT SLEEVELESS CROP TOP WOMEN CROPPED T SHIRT 8-14

1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy rubbish, 19 Jun 2012
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This top looks good online because you can't see the details. The one I ordered has just arrived and the armholes are unfinished, just as they were cut out. The fabric is thin and washing is likely to make the raw edge stretch and unravel. I know this product is cheap, but it's not marketed as a disposable item. I love the design but when I ordered it I expected to wear it more than once; I'd rather pay twice the price for better fabric, properly finished.
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