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Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Sami Tamimi
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Sami Tamimi
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensation!, 24 Feb 2009
I am already on my third copy of this excellent book. This is not by choice, but because friends and relations have vied with each other to beg, borrow or steal it.

Other reviewers have noted that Ottolenghi and Tamini are very skilled at producing unusual flavour combinations from relatively everyday ingredients. Their signature griddling and marinating techniques have much to teach both the home cook and the professional.

However what I find particularly impressive about this book is how well balanced the recipes are as a group. While the vegetable dishes are probably the star turns - cauliflower and cumin fritters, green beans with hazelnuts and orange zest - the… Read more
The Kiss Murder: A Hop-ciki-yaya Thriller by Mehmet Murat Somer
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pucker up!, 16 Feb 2009
"The Kiss Murder" is the second of Mehmet Murad Somer's Hop-Çiki-Ya-Ya series of crime novels to be published in the UK. However, this book actually precedes the excellent "Prophet Murders" in the series' chronology.

Our heroine - an unnamed transvestite club-owner, Audrey Hepburn fan and aikido expert - gets in over her head when her friend Buse confides in her about a previous relationship. Who was this important lover? Who wants the photographic evidence of this liaison badly enough to kill? To find the answers, our heroine must deal with underworld types and shady politicians, not to mention importunate taxi drivers, nosy neighbours, exploitative journalists and the… Read more
The Cole Porter Mix ~ Patricia Barber
The Cole Porter Mix ~ Patricia Barber
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from bog-standard., 22 Oct 2008
Why not match the songs of Cole Porter with Patricia Barber, one of the most thoughtful and powerful jazz vocalists working today? What a great idea!

As a longtime fan of Barber's, I am delighted to see her varying her darker, more experimental work with this album.

Her outstanding technical talent and understated delivery work miracles on 'standards' such as 'Miss Otis Regrets' and 'I Get a Kick out of You'.

The band are in great shape too.

Perfect listening as the nights start to draw in. At least that's my excuse.