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The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage
The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage
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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 slight 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
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
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4.0 out of 5 stars Becoming more like God, 19 Aug 2014
Dr Paul C O'Rourke DDS is a New York dentist. He's brash, he's arrogant and he's got a view on pretty much everything. He has a failed relationship with his practice manager Connie and an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox.

In this comic novel, O'Rourke initially comes across as a 50 something dinosaur, taking pride in his technophobia, eschewing the internet and popular culture. As the narrative goes on, however, it seems that O'Rourke is more likely to be in his 30s and not quite as ruddy ruddy as he makes out. Nevertheless, it is a surprise to him when he finds his dental practice has developed a website that focuses as much on some obscure religious tracts as on the… Read more
The Blazing World by Hustvedt Siri
The Blazing World by Hustvedt Siri
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get Real, 15 Aug 2014
The Blazing World is presented as a series of documents charting the life of Harriet (Harry) Burden, a lesser known New York artist. These documents, drawing heavily on a series of notebooks kept by Burden herself, have supposedly been collated by an art historian. The broad thrust of the piece is that Burden felt herself marginalised as a woman and therefore chose three men, each to present one of her installations as their own work. These three collections garnered favourable reviews.

As so often happens in these assorted document type novels (Michael Arditti’s Unity comes to mind), the initial pretext soon wears thin. The documents, interviews, letters and diaries all go into… Read more