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Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book by Jane Grigson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 22 Jan 2014
Wonderful in every way; entertaining, erudite, informative and packed with excellent recipes. Nobody, not even Elizabeth David, writes quite as well as Jane Grigson; her advice on buying cauliflowers, for instance, is to go for one 'that looks right back at you with a vigorous air'. Priceless.
Between Males by Fiona Walker
Between Males by Fiona Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 24 Oct 2013
It saddens me to diss a book on which so much effort has apparently been expended, but Between Males is dreadful. The heroine lacks depth and is anti-empathetic (and calls everybody 'babes'), other characters behave inconsistently and are merely sketched in, the plot is both overly tangled and incoherent, and none of it is very funny. The end, amazingly enough, is inconclusive, unsatisfying, unbelievable and a let-down (a considerable achievement given the unconvincingness of the previous narrative) and, perhaps most damningly, characters reintroduced from previous novels (especially the very wonderful Kiss Chase) are cardboard cutouts whose previous wit and fire has been drenched from a… Read more
Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Compreh&hellip by Jaehoon Yeon
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!, 13 Feb 2011
This is SUCH a good book; it tells you everything you want to know, clearly and intelligently, and is organised (with multiple indices and logically subdivided chapters) so that you can answer your own questions (e.g. 'How do I express disapproval?', 'What is the Korean equivalent of ending a sentence with 'innit'?','What does '~rago' mean at the end of a Korean word?' etc) with the minumum of time and faff. It doesn't mess around with romanisations, which is a relief, as none of the systems are entirely adequate (besides reflecting American English rather than the home-grown variety), and the typefaces are carefully chosen so that you can a)read all the detail, in both English and Hangul,… Read more

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