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New Persian Cooking: A Fresh Approach to the Classic Cuisine of Iran
New Persian Cooking: A Fresh Approach to the Classic Cuisine of Iran
by Jila Dana-Haeri
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspiring, 8 Dec. 2011
There are some cookery books that are so beautiful and informative that they make great bedtime reading as well as finding a home in your kitchen. This is one of those books.

Being new to Persian Cookery, the thought of embarking on a new cuisine can be a little daunting but this book takes you carefully though the stages to create some amazing dishes.
The photography is gorgeous and the detail of the methodology is just right to ensure success.

I was particularly grateful for the section on ingredients. When tackling a new cuisine it is not unusual to encounter new ingredients. This section provides a photographs and descriptions of typical Persian ingredients along with information on how and why the ingredients are used to develop your own knowledge. Perfect!

I love this book


The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Oct. 2011
Bought this in the US whilst on hols this year having never heard of this author before.
My daughter 9 declares this to be her best book ever. Praise indeed.
Such a shame that he's not getting more exposure over here.
Here's Jessie's own review

If you love adventures, spies and missions, then look no further; this is the book for you!
A young boy called Reynie Muldoon lives in an orphanage and when he receives a letter asking `Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?', he finds himself taking a series of tests and becomes a spy facing challenges beyond his imagination.
With other orphans Kate, Constance and Sticky, they begin their spy training, working for Mr Benedict, Rhonda and No 2.
It's not long before they are sent on their first mission to school on Norman's Island to spy on the Headmaster, Mr Curtain. Suddenly, there are kidnappers, traps, mazes, brainwashing and mysterious `helpers'.
There are 473 breathtaking pages just waiting to be read. Take a look! This book is so exciting you won't be able to put it down. Will you uncover the mystery? You'll have to wait and see!

Say no more!


The Mysterious Benedict Society  and the Perilous Journey
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book but little known in the UK, 20 Oct. 2011
Follow up to the Mysterious Benedict Society.
My daughter (9 at the time) picked up the first in the series whilst on holiday in the US and absolutely loved it, declaring it to be the best book ever! Praise in deed. Hence the purchase of the second and thrid books in the series which she is loving just as much.
Highly recommended


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £22.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, 11 Sept. 2011
Not our first Mario game so felt confident that this would live up to the predecessors
The girls love it. Got it at a great price too! What more can you want?


Between Cups of Coffee
Between Cups of Coffee
by Tajalli Keshavarz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book pulls you in!, 14 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Between Cups of Coffee (Paperback)
This is not the normal type of book that I read, in fact, it couldn't be more opposite but I loved it.
The characters could so easily be people who live right round the corner from you or those that you stand next to in the queue waiting to be served your coffee!

To me, the test of a good book is, does it pull me in, do I care about the characters? 10/10 on both counts.

David was so frustrating at times I felt like shouting at him, his ambivalence and avoidance of issues, hoping everything will sort itself out. Agghhh!!! How annoying but oh so typical of real life.
Kate shines through this book with her strength and dignity but yet with her own insecurities and regrets.

I could go on about the characters in this book but suffice to say, you can relate to everyone on some level and it serves as a reminder that people you interact with in life, however fleeting, can have so much going on and taking just a moment out to show some kindness, even to complete strangers, goes a long way


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