J. Dawson

Morocco 2011
Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,074
Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (622 of 809)
Location: Edinburgh, UK



Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,074 - Total Helpful Votes: 622 of 809
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
Galt Knitting Case by Galt America
Galt Knitting Case by Galt America
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The first thing I noticed about this kit is just how full the laminated cardboard carry case was packed. So often, craft kits mean a big container with very little inside it, but that is not the case here. Indeed, when I dug down to the bottom, beneath the wool, to find instructions, I had trouble fitting everything back in and closing the box. So purely in value-for-money materials, this is a great kit. It includes 20 x 10g balls of wool (5 x lilac, 5 x hot pink, 4 x orange, 2 x yellow, 2 x mint green, 2 x pale blue), a short pair of 4.0mm metal needles, pompoms (3 large blue, 1 smaller hot pink), buttons (4 lime green, 2 baby pink), a sheet of lilac felt + assorted precut felt shapes, a… Read more

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