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Fresh Egg Cookbook, The
Fresh Egg Cookbook, The
by Trainer, Jennifer Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Egg, 9 Dec. 2013
A fairly good cookbook for the basics, but not a keeper for me. I already know how to scramble, poach, soft-boil, and hard-boil an egg. I know how to make omelets and egg salad sandwiches. I was hoping for more variety. More ideas beyond the basics.

Plus, I bought this in Kindle and would have preferred a linked index or something to permit me to find recipes faster. As it is, I have to scroll through each chapter to locate the actual recipes, and that means working past a lot of information and photos that don't interest me because they pertain to raising chickens or the author's family anecdotes. It's just irrelevant. (Unless you are interested in raising your own chickens.) Some of the recipes call for raw eggs, which the author explains that you can safely eat if you're raising your own chickens, but that puts those recipes off-limits to those of us still buying grocery-store eggs.

So, if you are looking for lots of creative, beyond-the-basics recipes for grocery-store eggs, and you don't want any extraneous content to get in your way, this book might not match up with your needs. On the other hand, it's well-written. If you buy this book in paperback so you can flip through it fast to the recipes, or if you are considering raising chickens for the first time, and you don't have any experience with that or with cooking eggs, you'll probably love this book. It gives lots of chicken raising facts, and gives you a feel for the homesteading culture. The recipes, though basic, are sound and will give you a good running start.

The Gods of Guilt (Harry Bosch Series)
The Gods of Guilt (Harry Bosch Series)
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third strong book in the series, 9 Dec. 2013
This is an intricate legal mystery that delves back into lawyer Mickey Haller's past. Years ago he tried to help a female acquaintance who was not exactly a friend or lover, but someone whom he couldn't help liking and couldn't quite forget. Now he takes a case that turns everything that he remembers about her upside-down. Meanwhile, federal agents look like enemies and cartel assassins look like allies. I like how the author does not shy away from making Haller utterly amoral. As a defense lawyer, he will represent anybody. He manipulates people and vents his impatience by snapping at his employees. He does things in the very first scene that could probably get him disbarred were anyone to realize the full scope of his scheming. But he also misses his teenage daughter, who has written him off due to his unsavory profession, and he feels terrible guilt over disappointing her. He is a complex character, and fascinating to read about. This is as strong a book as The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict. I like Haller's sly comments on "the movie" made about him (you know, the one starring Michael Connelly).

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