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The Sportsman
The Sportsman
by Stephen Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited....., 23 Sept. 2017
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This review is from: The Sportsman (Hardcover)
On first reading this book looks at least as good as anticipated; and it has been long anticipated. Well worthy of Stephen Harris, this is a beautifully put together, considered approach to his own story, that of The Sportsman, his cooking philosophy, and some fabulous recipes. Stephen Harris is unquestionably the best food writer in the U.K. and the Sportsman itself deserves every accolade it gets.


Philips HD4671/20 Energy Efficient Kettle, 3000 W , 1.7 L - Brushed Metal
Philips HD4671/20 Energy Efficient Kettle, 3000 W , 1.7 L - Brushed Metal

1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 30 Mar. 2017
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Got noisy, didn't last long, then leaked


Busch & Müller Rear Reflector
Busch & Müller Rear Reflector
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Price: £2.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total rubbish and have a care when buying from this supplier, 30 May 2016
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As well as the cost of this package I was charged a ridiculous £4:99 postage. The product itself is shoddily made of hard plastic that simply "threads" when you try to screw in the supplied cheap aluminium screw into it to attach it to the bike. The verdict ? Total rubbish and have a care when buying from this supplier


24 GALEFORCE LARGE STRONG WEATHERPROOF PLASTIC CLOTHES PEGS
24 GALEFORCE LARGE STRONG WEATHERPROOF PLASTIC CLOTHES PEGS
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Price: £3.15

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally USELESS!!, 26 Sept. 2012
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I hadn't realised quite how difficult it was to buy a clothes peg until I started - had a look at several different types in shops all of which seemed flimsy and not for purpose - therefore resorting to Amazon, from whom I buy increasingly different items habitually with no problem.
These pegs however are totally useless - do not even think of buying them - they are indeed large, but are made of such flimsy plastic their size is just not a virtue - total rubbish and the one star rating is there only because you can't give a minus star rating


Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis
Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis
by Dan Crowe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 21 May 2010
This book began out of the photographer Tom Craig's desire to "do something" about the places he was visiting: places across the globe, each of which has at some time been described as "the worst place in the world". Everywhere he visited he found Médecins Sans Frontières - not doing politics, or trying to influence the conduct or course of whatever crisis they were in the middle of, but simply looking after single souls, one at a time, whose lives have been torn apart by the events surrounding them.
It isn't possible to bear witness to these things and not want to help, and returning from one such assignment Craig came up with an idea. What if he searched out the very best contemporary writers and took them to witness these places for themselves and then write about them?
This is a staggering book and a very special tribute to the unceasing work of Médecins Sans Frontières. Highly recommended


Tough Cookies: Tales of obsession, toil and tenacity from Britain's culinary heavyweights
Tough Cookies: Tales of obsession, toil and tenacity from Britain's culinary heavyweights
by Simon Wright
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wright on!, 4 Mar. 2007
Tough Cookies was one of a random pile of books bought to take on holiday last summer that never got opened as we such a good time. It was therefore only in the last couple of weeks I discovered the pleasure of Simon Wright's book. Having some prior knowledge of the school of very hard knocks that is the journey through the restaurant cooking world, I was initially a bit concerned it was going to be too self-referential. This however turned out not to be the case. It's a fabulous little book and I'm only sorry he didn't do a few more chefs, as I got through it in less than a week. While waiting for his next book, I'm looking for an excuse to make the pilgrimage to try out the cooking at his own establishment, Y Polyn, outside Camarthen in Wales - seems a very long way to go but I suspect it will be worth it!


The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome
The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome
by Robin Lane Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.78

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to classical history, 11 Nov. 2006
This book has been a fabulous introduction to the classical world, it's culture, and beliefs. Robin Lane Fox speaks with authority, but never seeks to impress the reader with his own intellect. A vast area of history introduced with an articulate and entertaining hand.


The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
by Rudolph Chelminski
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfectionist, 12 April 2006
I bought The Perfectionist unseen on the recommendation of a friend, slightly in two minds on account of the fact that it's one of those books where you know at the outset what the ending will be. Reading the first few pages I also began to think it was a bit fawning for my taste: over-gushing on the subject of French cooking at a time when very many people would say France is no longer the gastronomic centre of the galaxy.

Then along came page nine, and Mr Chelminski's precise dissection of the French chefs' various attempts to fry the perfect egg. How completely wrong I'd been: the book is in fact a masterwork.

The Perfectionist is a, fantastically researched, truly insider's account of French haute cuisine. In looking at the life and career of Bernard L'Oiseau, Chelminsky, as fine a crafstman in his own calling as the chefs are in theirs, bones out the last seventy years of French restaurant dining in fantastic detail, before serving it up in, perfectly spiced, sauced, and plated, bite sized morsels for his readers. Undoubtedly the best book on cuisine I have ever read.


Bailey's Democracy
Bailey's Democracy
by David Bailey
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Bailey: still staying on the edge, 1 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Bailey's Democracy (Hardcover)
David Bailey wants the figures in this new book to be seen as naked, rather than nude. Nudes of course are about the idealisation of the human form. The naked figures in Democracy however, while standing with exactly the same framing, exactly the same distance from the large format camera, under exactly the same lighting, against exactly the same background, were pretty much free to display themselves as they chose. Contrary to the more habitual situation in Bailey’s studio, the subjects aren’t all models and celebrities. Initially they were chosen at random from the diverse group of people passing through the studio. Some Bailey knows well: others not at all. Continuing in the spirit of Democracy the figures are captioned by name, and the job description by which they choose to define themselves. Age, although diverse, is not mentioned at all; and Bailey emphasises that often the figures asked to pose were those more used to standing behind, or well away from, the camera. Nobody asked to pose refused, and nobody who posed was excluded from the final series.
The irony, in Democracy however, is that one of the strongest currents running through it is one the photographer himself is almost too close to admit. The subjects were indeed chosen at random, and they were indeed drawn from all who passed through the studio, and others who asked to be included. But there’s no getting away from the fact that the majority passing through Bailey’s studio is indeed the height of fashion and celebrity. Photographing such people unclad is by no means new. It’s been done, with varying degrees of sophistication, by contemporaries up to and including Bailey’s long term friend, and foil, the late Helmut Newton. But to present the constituent elements of fashion, and celebrity, and the street, truly devoid of their armour: naked, standing before the world, amongst their public, and achieving it with such undoubted style, is indeed staying on the edge. It’s very Bailey. And Bailey it would appear has a few miles of film yet to go.


Red Arrows
Red Arrows
by Richard Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new view of a great subject's 40th birthday, 28 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Red Arrows (Hardcover)
This book covers the 40th display season of the Red Arrows, seen through the practised eye of internationally respected photojournalist Richard Baker. The traditional way of shooting this sort of photography is to use top of the range motor-driven, auto-focusing, 35mm single lens reflex cameras, loaded with fast film. In some ways Baker made a rod for his own back by electing to shoot the entire series on his medium format rangefinder cameras. Quality means everything to Baker, and the Mamiya 7s offer that in abundance: providing a significantly superior quality of picture to anything attainable with 35mm. But it meant on each of his forays in the back seat of the famous Hawk Trainers he was restricted to ten shots. In flight reloading of cameras was absolutely forbidden for safety reasons, and you only get ten frames on a roll of film.
Baker has however embraced his task with absolute commitment and seems, from the pictures, to have earned the respect of his subjects relatively quickly. In shooting his pictures he has determinedly paid great attention to the 85 members of the engineering flight that keep the Reds in the Air as well as to the actual pilots. Finally he has paid equal attention to the book itself. The result is superlative. It affords a new style of picture for the Red Arrows’ devoted fans: while offering an understandable, not over-technical, introduction to everyone who’d like to understand more fully this most excellent way of demonstrating British engineering, ability and teamwork.


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