I've owned and used this culinary treasure trove for several years, but didn't feel the need to review it until recently. "The Deluxe Food Lover's ComI've owned and used this culinary treasure trove for several years, but didn't feel the need to review it until recently. "The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion" is an encyclopedia with: dictionary definitions of foods and terms (parmentier?!?), glossaries by food type (breads, cheeses, herbs/spices, alcohol, etc), seasoning suggestions, measurement tables, ingredient substitutions, cuts of meat with animal diagrams, various tips and factoids, etc. Please note, it is not a recipe book. Its 780 pages are easy to get lost in, and I do occasionally read it like a novel.
In brief, I gave my cousin "the Deluxe Food Lover's Companion" and "the Flavor Bible" while telling her she needs to learn to cook, that as a chef I refuse to have her new daughter raised on crap food. At least she has a few years to learn and practice some tricks of the trade.
Together the two references mentioned are phenomenal resources. They are less daunting/stodgy and more current and global than "Larousse Gastronomique"- my 1988 edition is pretty tattered. Both are highly recommended "must haves" for green and seasoned cooks alike....more
"The Flavor Bible" is one of my favourite culinary references. It's perfect for those "what's left in the pantry?" and "I'm bor(still in rough draft)
"The Flavor Bible" is one of my favourite culinary references. It's perfect for those "what's left in the pantry?" and "I'm bored with this way" days: pick a main ingredient or two, flip to its coinciding page, and get some fresh ideas to change it up.
I recently gave my cousin "the Flavor Bible" and "the Deluxe Food Lover's Companion" while telling her she needs to learn to cook, that as a chef I refuse to have her new daughter raised on crap food. At least she has a few years to learn some tricks of the trade.
Together the two references mentioned are phenomenal resources, and highly recommended "must haves" for green and seasoned cooks alike....more
I really enjoyed Mira Grant's "Feed", "Blackout", and "Deadline", the three of which I zipped through while hanging onto the edge of my seat for a monI really enjoyed Mira Grant's "Feed", "Blackout", and "Deadline", the three of which I zipped through while hanging onto the edge of my seat for a month. I am not a zombie fanatic, the flesh-eating theme is nice from time to time, depending on the medium.
If you are expecting 100% zombies, gratuitous violence, rated R horror, and a transparent plot, you will be disappointed. There is more to "the Newsflesh Trilogy" then meets the eye, such as political intrigue and conspiracy. Grant shows that the zombie storyline doesn't only have to be:
You live, you die, and then you come back to life, get up, and shamble around trying to eat your former friends and loved ones. That's the way it is for everyone. ~"Feed"
I generally like Grant's writing, she has written some fantastic short stories. The novels could have been shorter and thus a little less redundant, however, it is the most she had to write for a storyline. The trilogy may not be the best writing, but it is still bloody entertaining.
It's said one should write about what one knows, well that's "the Newsflesh Trilogy". Grant is a horror and zombie FANatic, it's amusing hearing her go on about diseases and plagues, and is my kind of twisted geek. I waited for the release of these books and I look forward to reading more by Grant, whether or not the characters are undead. ...more
First published in 1983, the Mists of Avalon is a retelling of Camelot’s story from the perspectives of Morgaine, Avalon’s High Priestess, and GwenhwyFirst published in 1983, the Mists of Avalon is a retelling of Camelot’s story from the perspectives of Morgaine, Avalon’s High Priestess, and Gwenhwyfar, to name a few. Unlike in other versions, Arthur, Lancelot, and Merlin are supporting characters. Among her thoughts in regard to Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, MZB wrote:
"When I read Malory I noticed specially that Morgan le Fay, and the Lady of the Lake (with her many 'damsels') were frequently portrayed as Arthur’s friends and allies — but equally often as his antagonists. Yet their 'evil' was never motivated, except, occasionally, to test the faith of the knights, either in God, or in 'true love'...This whole thing took place in a Celtic milieu, after all, where the women were integral to the whole thing. Malory minimized the women; he made them into villains, nitwits, and evil sorceresses (remember Morgan attacking King Uriens with murderous intent, but when she was held back by her stepson Uwaine, she had no excuse except 'The devil made me do it'). But Malory could not get rid of them entirely."
Cultural and religious beliefs and the shift from the old ways to the new are portrayed respectfully and accurately. One of the reasons the Mists of Avalon is comparable to other Arthurian lore is that MZB’s extra homework shows. Under the pens of MZB and Diana L. Paxson, Avalon became a series, which Paxson continues....more
I loved Speaker for the Dead, almost more than Ender's Game. The anthropology stance was fascinating and the plot with its themes compelling. ReadersI loved Speaker for the Dead, almost more than Ender's Game. The anthropology stance was fascinating and the plot with its themes compelling. Readers expecting more action and wargames will be disappointed.
Card tends to explore concepts that one can really bite into. The idea for Speaker for the Dead arose because he was dissatisfied with the way funerals are used to:
"make them into a person much easier to live with than the person who actually lived...to understand who a person really was, what his or her life really meant, the speaker for the dead would have to explain their self-story- what they meant to do, what they actually did, what they regretted, what they rejoiced in. That’s the story that we never know, the story that we never can know- and yet, at the time of death, it’s the only story truly worth telling."
It's out of Card working on Speaker for the Dead that Ender’s Game came to be. Although part of the Ender Saga, both of them stand on their own. Recommended. ...more
I spent many nights burning the midnight candle to see what happened next. I'm not usually into mysteries, but really liked and recommend the Woman inI spent many nights burning the midnight candle to see what happened next. I'm not usually into mysteries, but really liked and recommend the Woman in White.
The suspense thriller has a complex plot full of twists and turns, drama, and more questions than answers. As Collins states in the preamble, the story is "told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness". Drawn from his legal training, the narration method makes the mystery move quickly while giving a three dimensional view of everyone involved.
Under the guise of a sensation novel, Collins comments on England’s Victorian society. He shows how easy it was for women to be financially taken advantage of. The notions that one sex and class was better than the other is very apparent. Having read the Black Robe, I can see how the Woman in White is considered to be among his best works. His later social commentaries follow a less thrilling vein.
Written in 1859, the epistolary novel is considered to be among the first English detective novels and a forerunner for modern mystery and suspense. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes didn’t appear until about twenty years later. Collins used devices that are still characteristic of modern mysteries.
It's a shame he only wrote two mysteries, the Moonstone being the other. They're great reads, but I preferred the Woman in White because it's more of an edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller. ...more
Equus has been a favourite for several years. I’ve read the play countless times, saw the same production two nights in a row, and watched the film veEquus has been a favourite for several years. I’ve read the play countless times, saw the same production two nights in a row, and watched the film version with Richard Burton. It’s one of the few plays that never gets stale, there's always something new.
A teenage boy undergoes therapy after committing a crime on the basis that "what the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over". How and why could he do such a thing? That’s for the psychiatrist and audience to find out. Intense and dark, Equus is about society’s norms and religion. Shaffer takes a look at how beliefs are formed and what makes them valid or not.
Despite its intensity, Equus is morbidly beautiful. Or perhaps, its beauty is in part because of its intensity. It’s well written and is a relatively quick read. Although I’ve read other, lighter plays by Peter Shaffer, this one is still my favorite. I highly recommend it in any format available.
"The Normal is the good smile in a child’s eyes- all right. It is also the dead stare in a million adults. It both sustains and kills- like a God. It is the Ordinary made beautiful; it is also the Average made lethal. The Normal is the indispensable, murderous God of Health."