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Weber's Complete Barbeque Book: Step-by-step advice and over 150 delicious barbecue recipes
Weber's Complete Barbeque Book: Step-by-step advice and over 150 delicious barbecue recipes
by Jamie Purviance
Edition: Paperback

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect 'first book' for a anyone wanted to know haw to BBQ, 12 Sept. 2011
This book contains all that you will need to be an excellent barbecutioner. The book is the absolute best primer/introduction to BBQ cooking, something all too many people (lets be honest, its mostly men) think simply requires; taking mead out of its packaging container, slapping the meat on the BBQ then moving everything around (not really knowing why they're doing it), then finally taking the food off the grill after 45 minutes, because it "looks done".

This book tells you the real way to do it, and most usefully it goes into great detail, for example most BBQ recipes will ask you to marinade your food first, but they rarely given any indication of how long the food should be marinated for, and this varies for all meats.

'When should i marinade my meat; 1 hour in advance, 1 day in advance.?' the answer varies by meats, and is all explained in the book very well, along with the whys.

For me, cookbooks should always be explaining the why, as that is the simple biggest word i hear from friend/family trying to follow a recipe the have seen in a book ('why does he want me to do that?', 'why should i put it in the fridge for 2 hours before BBQ-ing it?'). This books consistently explain why they are doing something, or why you should get a particular (perhaps more expensive or harder to source) ingredient. For this reason Weber's Complete Barbecue Book: Step-by-step Advice and Over 150 Delicious Barbecue Recipes is a very educational cookbook, as such information will help your cooking skills massively as you learn more about the basic reasons of why things are done in the culinary world.

This is my recommendation as the first BBQ you should buy. BBQ is a tough business, and you dont want some book with 400 recipes but very little practical advice, this book is a Handbook, perhaps half of its content is straight up recipes, the other half is various nuggets of advice and information scattered around the book.

For those just looking for some nice recipes and a little guidance, this is great for you, but for those looking to take BBQ fairly seriously, and want to understand the details regarding marinading, dry rubs, butchering various joints, and why sea salt vs table (in rubs) are absolutely not substitutable. Then buy this book immediately, as it will become absolutely indispensable to you.

The Roux Brothers On Patisserie
The Roux Brothers On Patisserie
by Albert Roux
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any passionate baker, 11 Sept. 2011
From the genius duo that is the Roux brothers, this book contains not only fantastic recipes but masses of general baking advice. Many of the recipes here are still used today (in their exact form) by many of the worlds Michelin starred chefs (case in point; Raymond Blanc's Lemon Tea Cake (as seen in his TV series 'Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets') uses the exact recipe from this book).

Much of the recipes are somewhat complex and require significant effort, this is not a book to satisfy thoughts such as 'i feel like something sweet, what can i quickly knock up to satisfy my sweet tooth'. Most recipes involve multiple stages, and meticulous following of the recipe's description (for best results).

But what do you expect; this is a book written by Michel starred chefs for those wishing to achieve excellence, and not for your average casual bi-monthly baker.

As high quality pastry books go, there is none better.

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15 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bargain! bought 10, 22 Feb. 2011
this was a very good diamond for the price, it came well packaged which was the most important thing for me. After receiving the item, I was so happy with it I bought another 9.

My advice, buy 1, then if you like it you can always buy more!

Cremax ICY DOCK MB662UEAB-2S Firewire400/800/USB 2.0 Screwless Dual Bay RAID Enclosure - Pearl White
Cremax ICY DOCK MB662UEAB-2S Firewire400/800/USB 2.0 Screwless Dual Bay RAID Enclosure - Pearl White

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, very high quality., 26 Oct. 2010
This is an excellent dual-bay enclosure. For those with high demands, this is for you. Up to 2x 2TB drives; 2x firewire 800 ports so you can daisy-chain, and variable fan control, so you can pump up the cooling when you are pushing this thing hard.
You can do raid 1 (mirrored), raid 0, 'JBOD' (the internal drives show up as two separate files) and 'BIG' (all internal drives become one large drive).
I must say that it can run a little loud, especially with the fan turned up, but thats sometimes what you need to cool a beast such as this. Im totally happy with my purchase.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS3)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS3)
Offered by UK-Bargain-Cellar
Price: £2.80

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PES is back!, 26 Oct. 2010
Finally a PES game worth buying since PES 2008 on the PS2.

Get this game, you wont be disappointed.

Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D.
Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D.
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Top stuff, 20 April 2007
This review is from: Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D. (Audio CD)
My mate told me about Drama Queen and i though it was awesome; saw them on MTV2 and thought they sounded promising. Album is awesome, wasnt expecting so many good songs. Cheers Switches!

Forrest Gump (2 Disc Special Collector's Edition) [1994] [DVD]
Forrest Gump (2 Disc Special Collector's Edition) [1994] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.96

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Destiny" - Maybe life really is like a box of chocolates?, 17 Feb. 2006
Maybe the greatest film of the contemporary cinematic age. A heart-felt tale of love, loss and life. The films meandering account, of a selfless man, in search of destiny; portrays vivid historical events and landmarks, affirming an aura of surreal realism. "Adversity doesn't create character, it uncovers it", and this statement is no truer than for Forrest Gump. As the film suggests, perhaps life is as fragile as a feather, moving from place to place for no apparent rhyme or reason; or maybe it does moves for a reason; an underlying human hope, that things happen for a reason, that there is a plan and you never know where this plan may take you. To pass of this film as 'great' or even 'excellent' would be an insult of unfathomable proportions. An insight into the fragility of life and the unbound nature of 'destiny'; maybe we're all just feathers, blowing on a cool summer breeze

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