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London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games : The Official Commemorative Book
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games : The Official Commemorative Book
by Tom Knight
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to be involved, 29 Oct. 2012
I am slightly biased because I designed the layout of this book! However I know from first hand how much thought time and effort went into the creation of this title. No stone was left unturned. Wiley have done a good job I think in publishing a highly commercial product which hopefully will stand the text of time and will inform for many years to come. It was hard finding a balance of having enough big glossy photos whilst maintaining a good level of extremely well written text. So much happened at the Games and needed squeezing into these pages.
As for the typeface, the logo and all the rest....Well at least it was highly unique and for that reason forever memorable of the London 2012 Games.
After designing four books in Wiley's Olympics list, I can't say I will miss the branding system though :)


A Brit Different: A Guide to the Eccentric Events and Curious Contests of Britain
A Brit Different: A Guide to the Eccentric Events and Curious Contests of Britain
by Keith Didcock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Made in Britain, 3 May 2011
This is a very informative read, with well pitched humour and interesting facts about what weird and wonderful events that go on in this great land of ours.
Well photographed and designed, this book is easy to navigate and is a great guide to dip in and out of when the mood suits. There are even maps included to show you how to get to the events. If you have a touch of the British eccentric in your blood, you could do worse than grabbing a copy of this book and heading off to some small out of the way village to throw custard pies at complete strangers or partake in some snail racing.


Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait
by Cally Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Chick-lit, 15 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Heaven Can Wait (Paperback)
What a twist. What a story. Go to the shops now . Buy Buy Buy


Cooking with My Indian Mother-in-law: Mastering the Art of Authentic Indian Home Cooking
Cooking with My Indian Mother-in-law: Mastering the Art of Authentic Indian Home Cooking
by Simon Daley
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great range of recipes, 14 Sept. 2008
I really like this book and couldn't understand the negative review it received from Kaz. Indian cooking is very varied in style and is generally regional based. The recipes in the book have been handed down through the generations by word of mouth etc. For this reason it seems to be me that these are very authentic everyday Indian recipes. Proper home cooking.
When cooking the food in the book the instructions are clear with helpful suggestions of how to vary them to your own tastes.
I suggest to Kaz that if he/she doesn't want their Garam Masala mix to taste bitter then they should try not to burn the roasted seeds!
You can't always blame the book if you food doesn't come out right.
The other thing I appreciated was the amount of vegetarian recipes in the book.
I think the flavors used in the recipes are nicely balanced in flavour, more subtle perhaps than the average English Curry house fodder, which to me is a good thing. And as most people know the English currys are not what they eat in India.
Not all Indian food is about super hot food where you struggle to taste anything than the chilli and overpowering spices.
I would recommend this book for its original but authentic recipes and for the home cook. It is well written and has a pleasant tone.
This is also the first time I have written a review, but I felt it important to add another opinion to that of Kazs review, as it seemed both unfair and inaccurate.
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