J. Dawson

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Morocco 2011
Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,212
Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (628 of 818)
Location: Edinburgh, UK

 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,212 - Total Helpful Votes: 628 of 818
Road to Referendum by Iain Macwhirter
Road to Referendum by Iain Macwhirter
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The nearer the referendum draws, the more desperation there is behind the pleas from both sides, and yet it seems there is still very little substance to back up any of the visions of the future which voters are being offered. I hoped reading this book would help me to make a choice between a much-reviled status quo and putting Scotland, at least temporarily, in the hands of a man who showed no regard for his own constituents when Donald Trump brought his billionaire bully-boy tactics to Scotland. Sadly, this book does not paint either option in a terribly flattering light so in terms of my own desire for clarification, it offered little.

It is, however, a well-written and… Read more
Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cu&hellip by Andy Harris
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If you are looking to recreate the flavours of a Turkish holiday back at home, this book is probably a good starting point. It's well-balanced between the practical stuff and the role of food in Turkish culture, heavy on recipes (each with its own large, lush photograph) but the background info is also beautifully illustrated with photo collages of market scenes, coffee shops, etc, and broken into easily digestible tidbits that never intrude on the recipes.

The ingredients used are mainly standard stuff, but it may be necessary to visit a Turkish or Middle Eastern shop if you don't feel comfortable with substitutions on things like sumac and Turkish red pepper paste. However,… Read more
Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projec&hellip by Christine Leech
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I must admit, I'd held off on ordering this book as printing is one of the view crafts I've never been that interested in. But even a quick flick through this was enough to getting me itching to get started! It's nicely produced and illustrated, of course, but what really stands out are the designs, every single one of which looks like something you'd be thrilled to have in your home. The techniques are also great, including a quicker, safer version of the classic linocut process but also potato (and sweet potato!) and leaf printing, prints from string, lace, doilies, PVA glue, knitwear, even convincingly retro-themed tea towels printed with kitchen utensils. For a process that can seem… Read more

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