Mrs. D. J. Smith

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Location: Luton, England

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 876 - Total Helpful Votes: 1579 of 1817
Pasta: The Essential New Collection from the Maste&hellip by Antonio Carluccio
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pasta the Action, 17 July 2014
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As well as giving a number of different recipes for different types of pasta, we are treated to an introduction on the history of pasta, a look at some of the different types (and an index of them all too!) and instructions for making your own.

Most of the recipes are fairly straightforward - nothing you might think was too much fuss to even bother with. There are also good colour photographs of just about everything, which is always a help!

It's good for explaining what different types of pasta work well with which different sauces and why. There are plenty of little anecdotes too - I liked Michael Palin and the Spam!

So, having learned that Spag Bol is… Read more
Braun TS755 Iron, 2400 Watt, White/ Blue by Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Iron, 13 July 2014
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So, for many ironing isn't exactly an exciting activity, but personally in the housework stakes, it's definitely above cleaning the bathroom! Howsoever that may be, I'm sure none of us would object to something designed to make our lives that little bit easier. You may think all irons are much of a muchness and why should you be shelling out this much when one can be got for something like 15? Well, I can tell you why I like it and hope that helps you make up your mind.

It's got a good sized sole plate, so that means less time ironing. The angle at the top of the iron also makes it easy to get into corners and fiddly bits, so that's really helpful. It's relatively light for… Read more
The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland
The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first book I've read by Karen Maitland, but overall I enjoyed it very much. It's set in Lincoln during the reign of Richard II and the plot does intersect with the Peasants' Revolt.

Some chapters start off in the first person, mainly by Catlin or by a ghostly character that we don't know much about, certainly to start with. The majority is written in the third person, but the narrative slips so easily from one to the other that quite often you don't notice it at the time. I've read a few first person narratives that are really clunky, so this is really quite impressive for me.

It's quite a long book - I have only a proof copy, but there are about 600… Read more

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