I watched the Horizon programme during the summer and was intrigued by the concept of this approach to health and weight loss. Then I just happened toI watched the Horizon programme during the summer and was intrigued by the concept of this approach to health and weight loss. Then I just happened to catch Michael Moseley on morning TV, talking about this book based on his findings during that programme. I came home and ordered it straight away. The book gives a very good, jargon free explanation of why and how intermittent fasting works. It doesn't go into too much scientific stuff so is ideal for anyone to read and understand. The benefits seem to be really good. Essentially it would be considered a way of eating in order to lose weight, but even if you are happy with your weight the other benefits are heart health, better long term memory, lower risk of cancer and Type 2 diabetes. It's all good. It does advise that Type 1 diabetics (I am one) should not do intermittent fasting but as I use an insulin pump rather than injections I can get away with it. I have only done one day so far to see how it would affect my blood sugars. I managed to keep them very steady until last thing before bed when they dipped too low and I ended up eating some biscuits. But I shall persevere! On a "fasting day" you are restricted to 500 (women/ 600 (men) calories per day, for 2 days a week, but on the other days you can just eat what you like. So you don't have to get into the mindset of having to think about calories for 365 days of the year. If you are used to eating a lot, 500 calories can seem like a small amount of food, but remember - the next day you can eat what you like. The book contains sample menus for 10 days, and a calorie counter. It also has testimonials from people who started the plan after watching the programme and they have all made great progress. Give it a go, it makes so much more sense than all the other "faddy diets". ...more
This was a bit different to other veg gardening books I have read. It doesn't include the usual suspects of carrots, spuds and tomatoes, but tells youThis was a bit different to other veg gardening books I have read. It doesn't include the usual suspects of carrots, spuds and tomatoes, but tells you to make a wishlist of things you would like to eat and then see if it is possible to grow them. And surprisingly you can actually grow quite a few unusual things in the UK. The book includes fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds, herbs. I like the way Mark Diacono writes and regularly read his blog posts. This book certainly gives you things to think about growing that are definitely a little out of the ordinary. After all, you can buy spuds and carrots anywhere can't you? (Saying that though, this is my first proper growing year so i have included these in my small veg patch. But I might have a think about including some of these "unexpected" plants in the future.)...more
This is the third book in a row that I have read about someone starting an allotment and how they fared. This one is written by a chef from London (alThis is the third book in a row that I have read about someone starting an allotment and how they fared. This one is written by a chef from London (all three have been based in London!) who decides to grow his own produce and then write a book about it with recipes using the stuff he grows.
The first half is the biography bit, the obtaining of the allotment and the trials and tribulations of clearing it, planting, getting the family involved, trying not to visit the supermarket ever again, etc. Again it is not a how-to book but is fun and interesting.
The second half is the recipe section, with which I think the author has used some artistic license. I don't think all the produce in the recipes came from his allotment but they do all look very tasty and hopefully I'll give some of them a go. ...more
I received this book as a birthday present from a friend, and I'm grateful to Anne because I may not have bought it myself and missed out on it. I cheI received this book as a birthday present from a friend, and I'm grateful to Anne because I may not have bought it myself and missed out on it. I cheated a bit and didn't read every page but those were the recipe pages and the individual vegetable detail pages which will be useful to come back to throughout the gardening year. There is some good information in this book, and it clarified the rotation system to me, I now know which crops should follow which! The book is a nice neat size, with a textured cover. Lovely photography, and well written. It also contains some unbelievable facts like most peas and French beans are imported from abroad, which makes no sense at all. I grew French beans in a container this year and apart from keeping them watered they practically grew themselves. And they are ideal for freezing so there's no need to import them. The author, Mark Diacono is head gardener at River Cottage, and has his own garden at Otter Farm. ...more
I watched the TV adaptation of Toast over Christmas, but I have to say this book was much better. The TV version took a bit of artistic license, leaviI watched the TV adaptation of Toast over Christmas, but I have to say this book was much better. The TV version took a bit of artistic license, leaving out characters and situations and failing to convey the real passion Nigel Slater has for food. Each chapter is a reminiscence of a certain food that he remembers from his childhood he and interweaves it into what was happening in his life at that time. These are sometimes only a page long, so it is easy to zip through this book. The foods range from favourite sweets such as Refreshers and Walnut Whips, to lemon meringue pie and pickled walnuts! At the same time I was reading this, I was listening to Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry, and because they are round about the same age, there was overlap in the places where Fry talks about the same foods he also liked as a boy. I hope there is a follow up to Toast as I'd be interested to find out what happens in between Slater's getting a job at the Savoy in his early 20s to where he is now. ...more