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Pastry: Savoury and Sweet
Pastry: Savoury and Sweet
by Michel Roux
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum, 2 Jun. 2011
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An absolute pleasure. Great pics, easy to follow recipes and an encouragement for anyone that loves to play with pastry in all its forms.


The Distant Hours
The Distant Hours
by Kate Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment, 29 May 2011
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What a disappointment - Having adored her previous books I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I have tried twice now to read it and am still wondering why it is so laboured and incredibly slow and boring. I gave up a third of the way through six months ago have now now finally managed to finish it but what an effort - it truly was one of the worst books I have ever read especially after her two excellent previous books. I cannot recommend it at all as it lacks the vibrancy and fabulous descriptive skills of her previous books - somehow this one appears to be repetitive, long and intensely disappointing. The entire story could have been condensed into 3 or 4 chapters. It puts me off ever buying any of her future novels if they can vary so widely. As per another reviewer I seriously question whether an editor ever actually read it through.


Daalder's Chocolates: A Novel
Daalder's Chocolates: A Novel
by Philibert Schogt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly magical - a delightful read, 27 Mar. 2011
This book is a sheer delight for anyone who has a love of food or chocolate. The story of the young Dutch man who dedicates his life to making chocolate is absolutely magical. It shares his frustrations, the anguish, the determination and the ultimate satisfaction of creating a perfect chocolate whilst also sharing his life journey with a partner and his travels through several countries in order to achieve his dream.

The descriptions of his tasting experiences and how every sense is enveloped when he samples a special food whether it be a ripe juicy peach to a freshly caught trout, will entrance the reader. It was a huge surprise to find such a well written book that encompasses so much that will please any chocolate or food lover.


Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home
Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home
by Nigella Lawson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.75

3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Been There Done That, 21 Nov. 2010
A very disappointing book. Having bought her Christmas book last year and thoroughly enjoyed so many of the recipes I had expected this book to be a bit more enterprising. Sadly I felt it was rather a mundane and a beginners type book. A great present for someone who hasn't cooked much before. It is lacking the Nigella spark that we generally relate to her shows and books. Give this one a miss.


What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography
What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography
by Alan Sugar
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You certainly GET it with this book!, 4 Nov. 2010
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The size of the book indicates that Alan Sugar takes himself seriously in terms of ensuring that every last detail is included in its pages. In fact, if anything, this is the problem - the technical details of some of his products tend to become a little long winded. That said however, the book is definitely written in the manner in which he comes across in The Apprentice - forthright, no flies on him and truly 'what you see is what you get'. Whether you love the man or hate him he has to be admired for his tenacity and determination as well as his ability to read people. Whilst clearly not overly happy out of his environment as is shown by how he battles with anything non Western when visiting the Far East, he still seems to have managed to scrape through without causing offence there. No easy task.

The book is certainly an inspiration for those who desire to succeed and his memory for events is nothing short of startling. For those who enjoy understanding how a successful entrepreneur ticks, this is your book - I enjoyed it's insight into the mind of a fascinating man.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer genius, 3 Oct. 2010
This trilogy is without doubt set to become one of the classics of the decade - the man is sheer genius. Granted you have to stick with it for the first few chapters to get immersed in the story line and start to understand the characters involved but once there, its a thriller beyond compare that has you reaching out for the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy. Each book is as intriguing as the previous. One can only admire a man who had such depth of insight into the characters he created. Doubtless there will be people that love the trilogy as I did and those that just 'don't get it'. These books deserve a 'do not disturb' sign whilst you are reading since they are definitely a better read without interruption as to lose the thread could cause you to turn back a few pages to recap what you may have forgotten. A def for a long haul flight, airport delays or immersing yourself in when you need some sheer escapism.


The Time of My Life
The Time of My Life
by Patrick Swayze
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Swayze fans, 3 Oct. 2010
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Being of the Dirty Dancing era - the man, his dancing and his acting ability appealed to me. What I never realised was the story behind the man was far greater than so many realised - His sheer guts and determination to succeed against so many odds was admirable and the book is written without a grain of self pity or remorse despite Swayze being aware at the time that the clock was ticking. Its an easy read but one that will delight his fans and also provides a great insight into the man behind that amazing dancer.


Snuggle Tv Blanket
Snuggle Tv Blanket
Offered by Playtech Limited
Price: £6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 3 Oct. 2010
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They say you get what you pay for and choosing one of the cheaper versions of the snuggle blanket proved it. The blanket is not as thick as I expected and that fact it is a wrap around and not a one piece dropped over the head is not clear in the picture. The pocket to my mind is in the wrong place but provided you don't wish to move once you have wrapped yourself in the snuggle blanket that's fine but if you decide to get up then the 'back to front' wearing of the blanket is not practical. It was disappointing and I wish I had purchased a product that was heavier, warmer and more practically designed.


Jump!
Jump!
by Jilly Cooper
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JC at her best, 3 Oct. 2010
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Being a fan of the Rupert Campbell-Black books and follows ons I couldn't wait to get my hands on 'Jump'. I wasn't disappointed - it grabs you from the first page and is typical Jilly coopear at her best. Humourous with endless intertwined tales and although there are parts that are a tad predictable it is perhaps the last 50 pages that really get you wondering, as just when you think you have the solutions, nothing is quite what it appears.... Clever stuff. Her wise use of outlining the characters at the beginning of the book is a must since inevitably you need to remind yourself in the first few chapters, who lives where and who belongs (who seems to belong) to whom. JC's descriptions of her characters are legendary to the point that you can visualise every wrinkle and detail which perhaps is part of the secret of her success.

Fans of her previous books will probably find this one just that more exciting than the previous two which lacked a certain pizazz and raciness - This is rectified with Jump and her research in to the subject or racing makes the reader realise that JC really knows her stuff. A rollicking good read and I couldn't put the book down.


Plenty
Plenty
by Yotam Ottolenghi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just yummy, 21 July 2010
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A seriously yummy foodie delight for those that want to experience vegetarian ideas at their best. Although I am not a vegetarian I consistently find myself eating more and more meatless meals due to the wealth of wonderful recipes that I find within these pages. Plenty is a an excellent companion to their other book and with the two you can safely ensure that you will always have great nosh on the table! Recipes are straightforward, no nonsense and ingredients are readily attainable. The pics also entice one to try one's had at something a little different. My copy stays permanently on my book rest in the kitchen as I use it so much... Also makes a great pressie for foodie lovers.


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