This book really does not work. The author plays with a dom/sub relationship, only instead of pulling it off we end up with a seriously messed up controlling relationship, with several incidents of domestic abuse. There is not enough plot to drive this book, instead moving from one incident of jealousy to another. The characters are transparent and unrealistic, Daniel is this perfect man, amazing at everything, and so beautiful he has to wear baggy clothes to stop everyone hitting on him (apparently even with their partners standing right by). Really?? Ash supposedly falls in love with him (I mean who could not not) but yet uses his love to excuse one of the coldest and most abusive… Read more
A new book by french trained Master Patisser Eric Lanlard, containing over a hundred chocolate focused recipes. The book starts off with an informational section, with "A Brief History of Chocolate", "Know your Chocolate" and "Working with chocolate" before moving on to "From the Bakery", "Desserts and Puddings", "Truffles and Treats" and "Drinks, Spreads and Sauces". As one would probably expect, this is not a book for complete beginners and does contain some more tricky recipes (as well as classics such as "Devilish Chocolate Brownies"), but every recipe is written out clearly with simple step by step instructions so that less… Read more
I had been advised to read this book by family and friends since it came out, but I always was reading another book or about to start this book or that book. Years later, arranging a trip to barcellona, I remember this book and decided to finally give it a go. And Wow. This book is utterly magical. I was instantly trasported to Barcellona 50 or so years ago, a Barcellona full of magic and mystery, villians and heroes, true love and heartbreak, and books. Lots and lots of magical books. I could not bare to put the book down or to stop reading and leave this world that Zafon so expertly weaves for a minute.