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Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 3)
Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 Nov 2014
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Excellent trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed, and will read again. I look forward to more from this author, maybe more from this world?


Prador Moon (Polity Book 1)
Prador Moon (Polity Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great read, 12 Dec 2013
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A great story, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, but thoroughly enjoyed it overall. Will read more Neil Asher


Madhur Jaffrey's Foolproof Indian Cookery (Foolproof Cookery)
Madhur Jaffrey's Foolproof Indian Cookery (Foolproof Cookery)
by Madhur Jaffrey
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Anyone Who Likes Making Curries, But Not Shopping, 3 Jun 2007
Using ingredients readily available at your local supermarket this book gives clear, easy to follow, instruction to making many favourites. I have a couple if Curry books but this is the one we delve into each Saturday night.

Heartily recommended


Baking with Passion (Baker & Spice)
Baking with Passion (Baker & Spice)
by Dan Lepard
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat for any Home Baker, 3 Jun 2007
I have to admit that I have not delved too much into the pastry section, however I can vouch for the bread side of it. The recipes as with the Handmade Loaf tend to need a little preplanning, and can be fussy (though not complicated), but the results are worth it - the flavour of Dan Lepard's Garlic Bread is an experience rather more than food, and should appear on any '50 things to eat before you die' list.

If you are only interested in the bread element then buy 'Exceptional Breads' instead as it is basically the bread section of this book, but I recommend this one, as the pictures alone are enough to get you baking.


The Handmade Loaf
The Handmade Loaf
by Dan Lepard
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most innovative baker around, 3 Jun 2007
This review is from: The Handmade Loaf (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful, wonderful book, that I use all the time. Dan Lepard must be one of the most innovate bakers in the UK (if not the world) today, and an inspiration. His recipes are fantastic. His Barley, Rye and Wheat loaf tastes just like your memory tells you bread should taste.

One thing to note however is there are a lot of steps to his recipes, and they do tend to need a little pre-planning. The results though are worth it, however you may find that (like me) you start to take some short cuts.

I am also not sure if this is the best 'first book' for a novice (Linda Collister's The Bread Book' will always be my recommendation as a first book), but definitely an essential for the shelf, and a must for anyone looking to expand their range.


Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers
Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers
by Peter Reinhart
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just a formula, this is food, 13 May 2007
While I have to accept that the recipes are good and work, I do not accept that you can reduce hundreds of different breads into a few 'type' recipes. One of the joys of baking at home, once you get past the basic level, is surely that a little bit of this, and a small amount of that, can make a huge (positive) difference to a bread. For those looking to really get a feel of dough and the nuances of it I recommend Joe Ortiz, for the experienced, or Linda Collister for the the not so confident. Both offer a wealth of bread recipes that while superficially similar show what a wonder bread really is.

If you want to reduce your bread baking to getting a few done well then this is the right book for you, but if you are an experimenter, and are looking for more, then this isn't.


BREAD MATTERS: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own
BREAD MATTERS: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own
by Andrew Whitley
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes, a treatise on healthy eating and humour too, 13 May 2007
This is a great book, with a wide variety of interesting, easy to follow and delicous recipes. There is lots of advice and a huge amount of indepth knowledge on the state of bread in Britain today.

Not only is the book presented with a huge amount of knowledge and with obvious passion for the subject, but it is also written with a lovely gentle humour - altogether a joy to read, and to follow. Well worth the money.


Exceptional Breads: Baker & Spice
Exceptional Breads: Baker & Spice
by Dan Lepard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.86

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This if You Have Already Bought 'Baking With Passion', 17 April 2007
I snapped this book up as soon as I saw it, as I think that Dan Lepard's recipes are wonderful. I do though feel a bit cheated as it is basically the bread section (same photos even) from Baking With Passion. I have not gone through it one by one but can only see a very few new recipes.

If you don't have 'Baking with Passion' already and have no interest in the cakes/pattiserie recipes then this is a good book (hence 3 stars rather than a cheated and annoyed 1).

Dan Lepards recipes (and photos) are fantastic, and I recommend him to anyone, but I only need one copy of each recipe thanks.


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