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Hamburger Gourmet by David Japy
Hamburger Gourmet by David Japy
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumping frog, 29 Aug 2014
I’ll start by saying that my peeps love this book. They like burgers and they love the recipes from this book that I have road tested (hence the four stars).

However, from the cook’s perspective, it seems like an awful lot of effort – and no small expense on ingredients – for something that looks like a straightforward end product.

Much of the effort goes into making the buns. The recipe produces sweetish, brioche like buns. They do taste good but tend to be a bit liable to crumble as you eat them, yet feel a bit doughy in the mouth. Perhaps it’s just that I am used to a drier, bready bun but these buns require a lot of time and effort for something that doesn’t feel… Read more
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Lives of Others is long. Way too long.

This sprawling Indian family saga charts the rise of the Ghosh family, Calcutta industrialists, as they accumulate wealth in the paper and publishing industry and then proceed to lose it as their country disintegrates and their investments fail to pay off. Against this backdrop, the sons and daughters of the family squabble.

The backdrop is good. There is a wonderful insight into the politics of change; the sleaze; the corruption; the instability. We see the contrast between the young Turks of the Communist Party ranged against the old order of the caste system and acceptance of your place in society. The traditions of… Read more
The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage
The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage
4.0 out of 5 stars Model Beirut Recital, 22 Aug 2014
I have been a fan of Lebanese food for many years - once even factoring a 24 hour stopover in Beirut to a flight schedule just to have an authentic Lebanese lunch.

I am prepared to take the authenticity of the recipes in The Lebanese Kitchen at face value, but I wonder whether the flavours are quite authentic. Perhaps it is just chance that the first recipes I have chosen were so heavy on seven-spice mixture and cinnamon, but it tends to make the food taste rather samey and flat. The flavours I associate with Lebanon - especially cardamom and lemon juice - just don't seem to be there. Having said that, my family have enjoyed the end products.

The recipes I have… Read more