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The Vintage Tea Party Year
The Vintage Tea Party Year
by Angel Adoree
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 8 Oct. 2012
The most beautiful book ever!

Just wonderful to dip in and out of, not only for creating the most stylish of tea parties but also great for the odd recipe, bit of creativity and even hairstyles!

Beautifully photographed and illustrated on the loveliest of paper. Everything about this book screams class! Right from the cover the book is just delightful.

The book even contains a chapter for the Gentleman's Tea Party,complete with invitations, recipes for asparagus cigars and even a piece on how to tie a bow tie.

Step by step photographs on how to create superb 50's style hairdo's just complete the book.

Perfect for any stylish woman no matter how old or young there will be something in this book for them.

Filthy Shades of Gray
Filthy Shades of Gray

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot!, 17 Sept. 2012
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A fantastically funny Micky take of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Steven Roach has turned a phenomenon into a very funny novel with an English twist. Roach makes it clear that from the offset that this book is a parody and contrary to the 'real' 50 shades this one is really quite well written. He also makes it clear that whilst this book can be read as a standalone book just to understand and enjoy some of the wit and humor he has put into this book, it is helpful if you have read the original version.
Right from the first paragraph Chris and Anna are undeniably very English. Anna pulls her hair into a ponytail giving herself a Liverpool facelift. Chris is still a high flyer but runs 2 fruit and veg stalls and drives an old, cherished Lambretta rather that Charlie Tango.
The story follows almost the same storyline as the 50 shades original but Roach magically makes each part of the book very, very English. One of the sex scenes in the playroom had me in stitches and wincing all at the same time. The ending is not what I expected and leaves me wondering if Roach will parody the other 2 in the trilogy.

If you enjoyed 50 shades and want a bit of humour then this is the book for you, hopefully Steven Roach will rewrite Darker and Freed for us.

Rosemary Shrager's Absolutely Foolproof Food for Family & Friends
Rosemary Shrager's Absolutely Foolproof Food for Family & Friends
by Rosemary Shrager
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 17 Sept. 2012
A well presented book printed on lovely paper.

Rosemary's introduction is followed by helpful notes on any tips you may need for the recipes, e.g. all eggs are large unless otherwise stated and even where she gets her organic flour from. A handy conversion chart shows at a glance any temperature and metric to imperial changes you may need to use. She also has a whole section on any of the possible pieces of equipment you may possibly need before embarking upon any of the recipes. Also, a section on chopping and slicing so that if the recipe needs you to Brunoise your veg you know exactly what it means.
The recipes are clear and concise, if sometimes a little daunting when asking you to de-bone a bird, but mainly come with step by step photo instructions on techniques you may not have used before. This book is a must for somebody who enjoys being in the kitchen and would just like to push their culinary skills that little bit further.
Rosemary includes little tips and ideas regularly throughout the book, even the snippet where she tell us that it's not often you see pheasant road kill and that she has been known to get out of the car and pick one up for dinner on the odd time that she has seen one.

My only criticism would be that not every recipe has an end result photograph. The recipes with one tend to be the recipes that I will try as I find it more enticing to try something of which I have seen the end product.

Dysfunctional Romance!
Dysfunctional Romance!
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically funny book, 11 Sept. 2012
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What can I say, got this book on free download and loved every word of it.

Just the opening line had me in stitches and intrigued as to how the rest of the book was going to span out.
"Do you come here often?" the vulnerable egg asked the hyperactive sperm.
Can't say I have ever read a better first line. From there on in the book just gets better and better.

Barry meets Sandra and so the fun begins. Both characters are easily loved and come with a multitude of disorders and hangups. Everyday life for the perfectly matched couple seems to bring traumas and dilemmas which will just have you rolling about laughing.

This book really is a laugh a minute book, very cleverly written and a definite page turner.
A must read for anyone!

Salt Sugar Smoke: How to preserve fruit, vegetables, meat and fish
Salt Sugar Smoke: How to preserve fruit, vegetables, meat and fish
by Diana Henry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.29

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 7 Sept. 2012
A beautifully bound hard backed book.

Diana Henry has compiled the 'bible' of preserving. A book that is a must either for yourself or as a gift for someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen.

Really well presented with very clear recipe instructions and methods. My only criticism would be that not every recipe has a photograph. I find that being able to see end result photographs actually encourages me to try a new recipe.

Diana includes a list of suppliers at he back of the book as not all the ingredients and a couple of pieces of equipment might not necessarily have a home in your kitchen at the moment. One or two of her ingredients are a little exotic and either costly or hard to come by but she does also do lots of recipes for berries and other foods that grow wild along our roadside.

A favourite of mine was oven dried tomatoes from the 'In oil' section. Perfect recipe for someone that may have a bumper crop of tomatoes this season and not sure what to do with them.

Well worth a look for someone who loves spending time cooking and wants to preserve.

Wartime Farm
Wartime Farm
by Peter Ginn
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 6 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Wartime Farm (Hardcover)
A beautifully photographed, well detailed, hardback book.

A beautifully presented book jammed full of everything you could possibly want to know about life on the farm during the war.

You start with a fantastic meet the farmers section which then leads into the farm in my home county of Hampshire. The farm sits in he most beautiful of settings and it must have been an absolute delight living there whether through the war time years or the recreated years.

With sections on Grow your own and Make do and Mend the book just oozes photos and adverts from the past along with a section on how to make your own beehive and honey. Illustrated step by step on how to dance a perfect foxtrot when you meet your GI, recipes and how to make your own Christmas decorations.

A fantastic read for young and old. I took this book in to show a class of 11year olds and they loved it.

Perfect gift for anyone.
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An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington
An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 20 Aug. 2012
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Filled with wonderful photographs of Karl on his travels this book is a very easy, laugh out loud read.

Written as he speaks this book was enhanced by his true northern accent. You could almost hear him speaking out from the book.

Karl's simplistic way of looking at life is just wonderful and makes you wonder at the way his brain works and to be honest how Suzanne puts up with him.

Could almost be written as a 'Rough Guide to Travel' by Karl Pilkington as he includes wonderful descriptions of all his destinations and accommodations with true vigour.

A perfect gift for anyone whether they like to travel or not.

Sweet: Irresistible Desserts and Drinks, Cakes and Bakes
Sweet: Irresistible Desserts and Drinks, Cakes and Bakes
by Levi Roots
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars scrum-diddly-ump-cious, 20 Aug. 2012
A beautifully bound book with photographs to go with individual recipes, always a must in any recipe book I use. Not to forget the odd photograph or two of Levi beaming up from within the book at you.

From the introduction Levi gives us the taste and feel of Jamaica. Giving us snippets of local beer and of course a small slice of Bob Marley. He tells us that for birthdays and Christmas children weren't given presents and toys but that fruit featured very heavily in their lives and boy does this book reflect that. Lots of the recipes are fruit filled, implying to our one track British minds, Summer recipes. Not so, think again. Levi has jammed the book full of recipes for every occasion from Movie nights to big family get togethers.

Tropical florentines were to die for, and easy enough for little hands to help in the preparation.

The Jamaican illustrations that pop up every now and then just seemed to flood the kitchen with Caribbean sunshine and made want to get into the kitchen on a dull, wet summers day in Britain.

Perfect gift for anyone who loves creating something sweet.

Yesterday's Sun
Yesterday's Sun
by Amanda Brooke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed, 28 May 2012
This review is from: Yesterday's Sun (Paperback)
After reading reviews that this book had been likend to The Time Travellers Wife and was one of Richard & Judy's book club books I felt I was on a winner.

Started quite well with Holly and her husband moving to a quiet little village where she is left alone quite as Tom works away quite a lot. Upon exploring the garden Holly discovers The Moondial and this is were I started to loose interest a little. The writing is very flowery and resembles the writing style of a class of year 11's trying to impress their teacher with their use of verbs and other words for 'said'. An excellent piece of exam style creative writing if ever I saw one, just a little too OTT in a novel.
The moondial brings visions which show Holly upsetting scenes of the future, which if I go into could spoil the plot a little.
Felt the book lacked depth, plot and character description, the characters portrayed were rather shallow and almost as dull as dishwater.
Not my cup of tea at all.

The Pink Hotel
The Pink Hotel
by Anna Stothard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I hoped for, 28 May 2012
This review is from: The Pink Hotel (Paperback)
Picked this book up because the cover and the blurb had that 'read me' effect. Quite the opposite in fact.
The book starts off well with the main character, whose name I realise has either never been mentioned or simply slipped my mind even though I've only just put the book down, exploring The Pink Hotel at her dead mothers wake. There she encounters lots of sleazy characters that she is able to study whilst blending into the background. Quite a good written character description of our main teenage character but she does tend to go on a little too much when writing about her hygiene.
The book uncovers a slightly tainted life of the teenagers mother that leaves you wanting to leave Los Angeles in the US.
after a good first few chapters to start the book I got the impression that the author waffled a little to much and could maybe have 'meated' the novel out a little. Towards the end the story started picking up again but then in the final chapter or two seemed to race on at such a speed it left you trying to fill in lots of unanswered gaps and wondering quite what the outcome of the story was.
Have passed the book onto my mum who may read it slightly different to me, who knows? just felt like the story could have held a lot more depth than it did.

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