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Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times
Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times
by Sally Hyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony, 7 Oct. 2011
I really enjoyed this book, it details a womans battle with MS and how harmony (a dog) helped her to cope and carry out her daily activities. Its an enjoyable read, not taxing and easy to follow. The courage she has is inspiring.


A Lifetime of Secrets: A Postsecret Book
A Lifetime of Secrets: A Postsecret Book
by Frank Warren
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets....lots of fun, 13 Dec. 2010
I bought this book as a christmas present for a person who loves the post secret website.
I looked through this book briefly and there are secrets that will make you laugh out loud and bring a tear to your eye.
It is the perfect book for the beside or coffee table to flick through time and time again.


Work Your Wardrobe: Gok's Gorgeous Guide to Style that Lasts
Work Your Wardrobe: Gok's Gorgeous Guide to Style that Lasts
by Gok Wan
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improved formula for working your wardrobe, 25 Nov. 2010
I bought this book after reading Gok's autobiography - which is a great read.
This book is beautifully illustrated and has lots of pictures of Gok in it!

Section 1: Goes through the basics such as white shirt,jeans,trousers,dresses,skirts,jackets,coats,tops - how to wear these depending on your figure and how to dress them up using accessories. It has neat little tips at the sides of the pages, an example is fit tips for wearing wide leg trousers etc.

Section 2: Discusses shoes,boots,jewellery,belts,scarves & bags. Gives tips as to where to buy the best biker boots, handbags (discusses various types of bags and where to buy the specific types), shoes and jewellery. Tells the reader whats best to wear with riding boots,biker boots etc. Handy chapter for those that love accessories.

Section 3: Discusses how to wear trends depending on the seasons.

Section 4: Describes beauty must haves, how to wear the natural look etc. Gok gives tips and hints for face and body beauty.

The book ends with where to buy all items - store directory.

This is a lovely book to browse through, there are lots of hints and tips in it and everyone is likely to pick up some tip on how to dress. It is a lovely hardback and good quality. It would make a lovely present for a Gok Wan fan.
On the downside, a lot of this type of book can contain repetitive information.


The Big Book of Low-Carb Recipes: 365 Fast and Fabulous Dishes for Every Low-Carb Lifestyle
The Big Book of Low-Carb Recipes: 365 Fast and Fabulous Dishes for Every Low-Carb Lifestyle
by Nicola Graimes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

108 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of choice & variety, 24 Nov. 2010
I follow a low carb diet fairly well - but am not as strict as I was in the past. So when a low carb cookbook grabs my attention I tend to buy it, as it states there are 365 recipes so I figured there was bound to be plenty of recipes with new ideas in this cookbook.

Breakfast: The usual with low carb cookbooks lots of eggs in lots of recipes. The recipes I found great are souffle berry omelette, low carb muesli, chocolate soya drink, raspberry oat crunch, berry scrunch, cool dogs. So as you can see there are plenty of recipes to use with no eggs - which is great.

Soups: Plenty of recipes.

Salads: Again, plenty of salad recipes to choose from. Loads of ideas too.

Snacks & Light Meals: Loads of recipes, none that I particularly fancied cooking however, but thats personal preference and Im sure it would appeal to others.

Main Meals: I found it strange that many of the meals stated serve with brown rice - which is a carb (I am aware it is a low carb)! but it is not recommended in the early stages of a no carb diet! But there are some lovely meat recipes. The alternative to potatoes is celeriac mash.

Poultry: Lots of the recipes state serving with celeriac mash, which I personally think is a disappointing alternative to carbs such as potatoes. Again, lovely recipes though, such as spiced chicken & lemon kebabs, turkey & mango stir fry.

Fish: Fab recipes.

A lovely vegetarian section and I find this section useful if looking for an accompanying dish to some of the main meals.

Desserts: Peach crumble was the only dessert that I liked, a lot of them would not satisfy my sweet tooth.

This is a really good low carb cookbook for those looking to follow a low carb lifestyle. It is also good for those following a low carb diet looking for new recipes and ideas. There are so many recipes in this book that there would be surely a few that someone would like.


The Low-Carb Gourmet
The Low-Carb Gourmet
by Karen Barnaby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of cream,eggs and cauliflower, 24 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Low-Carb Gourmet (Paperback)
I follow a low carb diet as much as possible and I was looking for a cookbook that I could make delicious low carb recipes.

Breakfast: Omega Waffles - I was disappointed that in order to make these waffles one needed a waffle maker, or the alternative was to use the mixture to make pancackes. For the flax muffins they call for protein isolate powder - which is impossible to find. Egg & Sausage muffins I found to be ok, as they could be frozen it is an ideal recipe, but I would have preferred if the recipe did not call for whipping cream-as it is particularly fatty. A lot of the breakfast recipes call for eggs - handy, but if you wanted to watch your intake of eggs on a weekly basis not so handy.

Soups: Good, but then again it is easy enough to make a low carb soup.

Salads & Dressings: Salads are salads, it is my belief you dont necessarily need a cookbook for salads, but it does give the reader ideas. The dressings are good such as the japanese style sesame ginger dressing.

Vegetables: This low carb cookbook seems to use Cauliflower as an alternative for potatoes, rice etc with recipes such as basic cauliflower mash and basic cauliflower rice - at this stage I would have thought there was better alternatives to potatoes than cauliflower, but good if you like cauliflower!

Fish: Salmon steaks with ginger butter - good recipe.

Chicken & Turkey: Good recipes.

Poor,Beef & Lamb: Good enough recipes. The shepherds Pie uses a cauliflower puree as the alternative to potatoes. Lasagne recipe I thought was ok, instead of using the pasta sheets they gave a recipe for making lasagne noodles but it did use a lot of eggs and cream and the bolognese sauce again uses a lot of cream.

The sauces section of this cookbook is good.

Desserts: Nut butter frosted brownies was good recipe, not too many recipes that I would rush to make.

So this is a bit of an insight into this cookbook, good if you want to eat plenty of eggs, cream and cauliflower which can be the case with a lot of low carb cookbooks unfortunately. It is a good cookbook for giving lots of ideas to the reader and then add or make your own variations of the recipes. It is not a low carb cookbook that I would reach for time and time again to cook from. Good if you are trying the low carb idea for the first time and are really stuck to think of what alternatives you can cook than pasta, potatoes etc or you just need a cookbook to follow.
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Cook Yourself Thin Quick and Easy: Shift the bulge and still indulge with over 100 new recipes
Cook Yourself Thin Quick and Easy: Shift the bulge and still indulge with over 100 new recipes
by Tiger Aspect
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Easy Recipes, 22 Nov. 2010
After watching the channel four programme which I thought was great, I decided to purchase the cook yourself thin books. I purchased this book and the original delicious way to drop a dress size, I have noticed that not all the recipes on the TV series are in the cookbooks, which is disappointing.

This cookbook follows the format of the original cook yourself thin cookbook, but it has weekly menu plans for 1500 & 1800 calories/day - I think this is a great addition and perfect for those who like to plan ahead. It also provides success stories which is a good idea for motivating readers to stick to the cook yourself thin ethos.

This book is much like the first cookbook, good for providing alternative and healthy swaps for fat foods and recipes. I would recommend the range of cookbooks for those that are conscious of their eating habits and want healthy alternatives in their diets, it is not only for those that want to lose some weight.

I particularly like the crunchy granola breakfast recipe - perfect to bring to work, healthy and tasty! The book has lots of different curry recipes in it - which I love, as Im a homemade curry fan! The lunches and soups section is similar to the original one but this includes wraps and yummy muffin recipes for lunch! Although the format is the same as the original it does vary as it goes under the sections of fish, chicken etc. as opposed to the main meals section in the previous book. It also includes a good vegetarian section. Dessert section is slightly better than previous book - cant wait to try the light sponge cake. Drinks section is good and I love the dips and dressing recipes at the end of the book.


Cook Yourself Thin: The Delicious Way to Drop a dress Size
Cook Yourself Thin: The Delicious Way to Drop a dress Size
by Harry Eastwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The delicious way indeed..., 22 Nov. 2010
I am a sucker for a variety of cookbooks and ones that promise that I can loose a dress size are even better again. After watching the channel four programme which I thought was great, I decided to purchase the books.
I purchased this book and the quick and easy cook yourself thin cookbook, I have noticed that not all the recipes on the TV series are in the cookbooks, which is disappointing. Although I purchased both books the review will be about 'the delicious way to drop a dress size'.

Firstly the reader is introduced to the cook yourself thin cooks, their ethos and approach to cooking, which is useful as the recipes tell which cook is responsible for what recipes. The reader can decide whether they are a comfort eater etc by the quiz included. Great detail goes into what are good and bad snacks and how you can swap these foods with healthy options - which is very useful for providing calorie specifics. To the novice cook (I am middle of the road!not fantastic but I do like to cook and practice!) it explains what equipment should be in your kitchen, which saves money on buying useless items.

The book is divided into sections: breakfast, lunches, soups, main meals, food for friends, sides, desserts, drinks and a calorie counter of fruit/veg/oils/snacks/nuts/dairy etc.
The breakfast section is good, one recipe I like is the stewed rhubarb with toasted pistachios as it can be kept in the fridge and great for taking to work if you have your breakfast in work. It even includes a skinnier cooked breakfast - great for the alternative to a greasy fry. It also includes smoothie recipes - if you are a fan of them.
Lunches are a bit of a let down as it is the usual selection of lots of varying salads. Which disappointingly can be the usual for this type of 'healthy eating' cookbook as according to the authors it is not a diet book.
The dinner section is good includes calorie laden usual dishes like carbonara with healthy swaps made. I am looking forward to trying the crispy chicken with homemade coleslaw.
I love the cooking for friends section with items such as luxury fish pie and roast rack of venison. Its great if you like to have friends for dinner but you want healthy and lean recipes.
I would have liked to have seen more in the dessert section of the cookbook, the recipes are few, one 'bad' recipe made a little less bad is the banofee pie pots-cant wait to try my hand at those!
What I do love is the drinks section, particularly the spiced hot chocolate and pomegranate & mint martini.

So overall this is a good cookbook, what I like is the approach of favorite fat laden recipes made healthy. It is not really a diet book but a more sensible approach to eating and cooking, making the reader aware of calorie content and healthy swaps for fat foods. I would have liked this book in hardback, that is my personal preference for cookbooks!! I would recommend this cookbook for anyone seeking a healthy approach to cooking.


Gizzi's Kitchen Magic
Gizzi's Kitchen Magic
by Gizzi Erskine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Magic, 21 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Gizzi's Kitchen Magic (Hardcover)
This is a fab cookbook, cannot rate it highly enough, it is fun and new. Gizzi Erskine is a new generation of cooking authors full of bright ideas.
This cookbook is easy to use with great recipes. What I love best is the tips and tricks included e.g. how to make the perfect rice. It includes items from what ingredients one should have in their spice rack to how to skin a fish and make perfect eggs.
I made the sausage rolls from this recently and they went down a storm, the only thing some people said was that there was too much onion in it, but thats a personal preference thing!
If you were only to buy one cookbook this year, this is the one to buy.


1001 Little Fashion Miracles
1001 Little Fashion Miracles
by Caroline Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No amazing miracles, 11 Nov. 2010
A nice little book, useful, but no amazing tips or hints in it or ones that you might not of heard before. But it would be a nice gift or present for someone as part of the 1001 book range. Not amazing, not terrible either.


100 Years of Fashion Illustration
100 Years of Fashion Illustration
by Cally Blackman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustration, 10 Nov. 2010
Bought this book as an xmas present for a fashion design student. Had a quick flick through it and the pictures are beautiful, a book that is suitable for those with an interest in fashion not only those involved in fashion.


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