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The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato & Sorbetto: Bold, Fr&hellip by F W Pearce
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After the DH bought me an ice-cream maker, I started hunting for a good gelato book. A friend loaned me her Ben & Jerry's book, but I'm not a big fan of most American style ice-creams (too creamy!), and besides I prefer gelati, so that one was out.

Here's what you want to know:
1. Measurements are made in cups and teaspoons and Farenheit - because it's an American book. But come on, it just takes 20 seconds to google metric equivalents online...takes much longer to rant about it imo.
I have found that using the recipes I'd get about 1.2-1.3L of gelato (I think the book says each batch makes a quart, which is just under 1L, but I haven't found that to be the case), which… Read more
The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson
The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, but..., 13 Mar 2012
A friend insisted that I borrow this book and try it out since she had no time to fiddle with her own slow cooker. So far I have tried a few of the dishes, and they were perfectly ok.

The book itself is very well thought out; it is divided into sections eg beef/ chicken etc, and at the start of every chapter there is a list of recipes -these are also indexed at the back of the book. There are large single-page pictures of the dishes, if you find that sort of thing helpful. The author gives lots of helpful cooking tips and suggests substitute ingredients for some of the recipes.

However, as someone else pointed out, there was too much pre-preparation involved in every… Read more
Orchids (Ortho's All About) by Elvin McDonald
Orchids (Ortho's All About) by Elvin McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner!, 18 July 2011
As a novice orchid-lover, the first book I bought was one of the Ritterhausen introductory books, but while it had more orchid varieties in their book, I found specific information on each species rather scanty.

Thank goodness I found this book not long after!

I especially found these chapters highly informative with good accompanying pictures:
- lighting
- temperature (although my copy had american temps, it was easy to have it translated to centigrade)
- how to repot the various orchid types
- recognizing diseases and pests

The 'Gallery' is also helpful in helping you select the kind(s) of orchid(s) most likely to thrive in your… Read more

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