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I know it looks old. It is. Published in 1968 this is the book my mother learned to cook fro...moreBelow is a picture of the best cookbook ever. [image error]
I know it looks old. It is. Published in 1968 this is the book my mother learned to cook from. She passed it on to me when I became a teenager and learned to mix and conjure up a meal or two from it myself. More than that actually. It's almost an encyclopaedia of cooking covering starters, mains and desserts as well as in-depth information on different types of vegetables, meats, pasta -and how to cook them, equipment, accompanying wines and so on, as well as walking through the basics and more complicated recipes.
It's expansive containing hundreds of recipes, yet detailed and easy to understand. My failure rate was very, very low unlike some of my attempts at modern recipes. However, it's age does show here and there. I don't see myself handling pig's trotters any time soon but then that kind of thing is quite retro and these things come back into fashion every so often.
And then, sadly, I lost our copy in a house move in 2006. I was devastated. I tried looking for it online but the paper slip cover had gone long ago and although I leafed through it's pages often I had no idea what the title was, just the author. Scouring the net, I ordered a used Patten book I thought could be The One. It wasn't. Then when I saw the description and cover of this, I knew it had to be my Holy Grail. And I was right! I have so many memories of using it from childhood with one of my parents by my side and through school lessons, I'm ecstatic to have found a copy in such great condition. I'll treasure it always.(less)
"I need to buy more gold!" Seriously, that was my first thought upon finishing You Slay Me. It's a fun, entertaining read. Yes, it had some ridiculous...more"I need to buy more gold!" Seriously, that was my first thought upon finishing You Slay Me. It's a fun, entertaining read. Yes, it had some ridiculously silly moments but I went in knowing what I was getting into so I didn't mind. It brightened my day and that's all I required from it. The sequel, Fire Me Up will be read very soon!(less)
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this immensely. I love alpha males especially werewolf ones but I felt a bit uncomfortable with the hero treating the he...moreDon't get me wrong, I enjoyed this immensely. I love alpha males especially werewolf ones but I felt a bit uncomfortable with the hero treating the heroine so badly. It was the same with the first one. I feel guilty for enjoying the rest of the story when she's kidnapped, terrorised, suffers sexual abuse verging on rape and then goes on to have a happy ever after with him. Stockholm Syndrome no doubt played a part in these girls eventually falling for these guys. I'm not a die hard feminist but I'm ashamed to say that I will be continuing with this series.(less)
Wow, I’m so glad I acquired all six of the books (out so far) at the same time. The cliffhanger ending left me so hungry for more that as soon as I fi...moreWow, I’m so glad I acquired all six of the books (out so far) at the same time. The cliffhanger ending left me so hungry for more that as soon as I finished Glass Houses I started reading The Dead Girls’ Dance right after just so I could find out what happened next. For a young adult book and a first in a series I was impressed, it’s rare to find any series that starts with a bang.
I didn’t have a problem with Claire that others have expressed. Her attitude was justified, moving away from home to go to university is tough and to do it at sixteen as a child prodigy must be even harder especially when you are being targeted by a group of murderous bullies. If you wouldn’t feel scared and depressed in that situation then you’re a robot. She was entitled to a little whining.
I haven’t read the whole of Caine’s Weather Warden series but I did read the first book, Ill Wind which wasn’t really something I could get into so if you couldn’t get into it either then you may want to give the Morganville Vampire series a try though I have to warn you it is addictive! (less)
I had high expectations. So many have given this 5 stars but it didn't quite reach those lofty heights for me.
I enjoyed the story but the prologue re...moreI had high expectations. So many have given this 5 stars but it didn't quite reach those lofty heights for me.
I enjoyed the story but the prologue really put me off, it was a lengthy and slightly dull history lesson which was difficult to read. It should have been incorporated into the story instead.
In general, The Smoke Thief was dry in parts but I required more from it. We didn't get to see Rue's rise to Smoke Thief status or her reception from the general population of the Shire when she returned as alpha.
We saw little of the council, who were drawn as the villains, bar the scribe. It would have been nice to have had another individual written in more detail who wasn't cast as a completely evil/ambitious council member.
On the upside, the turning to smoke was interesting. There aren't enough dragon shifters in my opinion and we got plenty of dragon action. I've read the free excerpt at the end of the next one, which I'm interested in but Zane seems to have grown into a jerk. Oh well, perhaps that will change during the course of that book.(less)