We are always struggling to make ends meet, and unfortunately, it's usually the food budget that gets trimmed. We had already switched to supermarket own brand or value line on almost everything and so I wasn't convinced that I could cook really great meals and save any money. I decided to try the book as I really like Jamie's easy, relaxed style.
All the recipes looked typically appealing; one thing I did notice was the lack of costing, although you can go to jamieoliver.com/savewithjamie for current prices. I was spending £130-140 per week for a family of five, which includes 2 teenagers who are constantly hungry. I was immensely pleased to spend just £91 this weekend, which… Read more
I was looking forward to reading this book as although there are lots of books about younger children with AS, there are few aimed solely for parents of teenagers.There were some interesting and useful chapters; I particularly liked the thought-provoking chapter on sexuality and the hilarious 'Domino Effect' (parenting) written by Jacqui Jackson, mother of the author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence I have three children, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum. Jacqui has seven children, four with a diagnosis of autism. How she manages, I do not know but she's still able to laugh. There… Read more
There are several mysteries contained within the book; who killed Robert Grove, who is Marco da Cola and is Sarah Blundy a virtuous woman, a whore or a witch? The second two questions were, for me, intriguing but the killing of the professor was less so as he was a very unsympathetic character and the killing only plays a minor in the story (despite the 'blurb' on the back cover) Four characters narrate events,a device which works well.I found myself trying to work out who is telling the truth and who is not. Pears seems skilled at re-creating the feel of the times. You get a good sense of the political and religious upheaval and the corresponding fear, coupled with the excitement of… Read more