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Books I Have Loved
Sun 31-Oct-10
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devongarden
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Michelle, I can't find it on Amazon, only her book Making and using dried fruits. Is it the same book?

For cooking vegetables, The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook, by Andrea Chesman, is excellent. She comments on growing as well as cooking. My brother gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago, and I refer to it every time I have a glut.

I just looked on Amazon UK, and it is not worth £98, or even £40, eeek but is worth picking up if you find it on a book stall somewhere! I haven't seen any of her other books, so I can't vouch for them.

Reading, Jill Churchill's books are entertaining mysteries, both the Jane Jeffrys and the Grace and Favor series.

Sun 31-Oct-10
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Sounds useful for sure.

One book I have loved is "No Way of Telling" by Emma Smith. It's actually a children's book about one very snowy winter in the life of a little girl when three men turned up, one appeared to be an escapee and two appeared to be policemen. I love the book for its relationship between grandmother and child. cheers

Anyone else heard of it.

Sun 31-Oct-10
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devongarden said:

Michelle, I can't find it on Amazon, only her book Making and using dried fruits. Is it the same book?

For cooking vegetables, The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook, by Andrea Chesman, is excellent. She comments on growing as well as cooking. My brother gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago, and I refer to it every time I have a glut.

I just looked on Amazon UK, and it is not worth £98, or even £40, eeek but is worth picking up if you find it on a book stall somewhere! I haven't seen any of her other books, so I can't vouch for them.

Reading, Jill Churchill's books are entertaining mysteries, both the Jane Jeffrys and the Grace and Favor series.


 
I found it Barbara! I put a link for it in my original post for it. Thats a crack up, they posted it wrong! Look at the book title -vs- what they call it, I'm suprised nobody caught that....

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Sun 31-Oct-10
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Thanks!

I just found it on ABE books, too, slightly cheaper when you take delivery into account and it is buying directly, not giving Amazon a cut.

 

Mon 1-Nov-10
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For veg cooking I love Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook.

Also a Pratchett and Rankin fan.  Also Douglas Adams, Tom Holt.  For non fantasy I llike Ian Rankin (scottish detective stuff) and Christopher Brookmyre.

Bill Bryson is good for his observations though I found the latest one seeemed a little contrived.

Haven't read 'I shall wear midnight' yet but will do soon.

Also have a house like a library! big_laugh

 

Mon 1-Nov-10
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Brookmyre and you a vegetarian very fishy ! big_laughbig_laughbig_laugh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone read the Duncton Cronicles by William Horwood , start with Duncton Wood , much action around prehistoric sites all over the country even unto welsh wales !   runaway

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Tue 2-Nov-10
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I read a book recently that I think people here might enjoy: Along the Enchanted Way, by William Blacker.  He lived in rural Romania for 8 years in a very traditional and self-sufficient farming community. It's amazing to discover that people were still living like that in the late 20th century, after all the upheavals. My review is here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/128391633

Tue 4-Jan-11
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Just had to resurrect this thread to say I've just finished TP's 'I Shall Wear Midnight'.  I bought it some time back as a Christmas present from OH to me and it sat quietly on my bookshelf until Christmas Day morning.  (Yes, OH did pay me for it; he also asked me if I would wrap it up for him!).  TP came up trumps again.  I really enjoyed it - better than Wintersmith, I think.  OH also gave me a surprise present - a very fetching bright red fleecy dressing gown (with hood) that instantly turmed me into Mrs Clause.  so warm, sooooo cozy!  And Sis gave me a lovely snuggly new hotty with a velour cover bering a lovely patchwork cupcake.  What more could a girl ask for - dressing gown, hottie, and TP! Bliss.

Anyone else have some good Christmas reading gifts?

Gone crazy. Back soon.

Wed 5-Jan-11
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No books for Christmas, but lots of gift cards, so I need to run back throught the thread and get some recomendations on what I should buy next (rubs hand gleefully with the thought).....big_laugh

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I was given Kate Morton's new one, The Distant Hours. I enjoyed her previous ones, but I'm finding this a bit of a slog. Apparently it gets better towards the end, so I'll keep going 🙂

I also got a cookbook, of course: The Terre à Terre cookbook from the restaurant of that name in Brighton. Love the restaurant, and the recipes look intriguing if rather cheffy (read: fancy!).

Wed 5-Jan-11
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I bought 4 Maeve Binchy books that I hadn't read previously and my DD gave me 'Le Gavroche' Cookbook by Michel Roux Jr.  

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-Jan-11
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OH gave me the Collins Field  Guide Fields ,The worlds oldest discovered fields are in Ireland so does this explain why the ancient chinese called them Paddy fields ?what_the_heck

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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seth said: does this explain why the ancient chinese called them Paddy fields ?what_the_heck


 

 

To the naughty step with you!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-Jan-11
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I love books. I try to make sure that there are books in every room in case someone needs a quick read. I am slightly taken aback going into people's houses  and not seeing a single book anywhere in sight.  I have a two year old granddaughter who says to me lets go upstairs and look at the books. I have a bookcase in the hall that has children's books at her eye level. 

This Christmas I got a Charles deLint book. He is a fantasy writer who lives in Ottawa, Canada. I used to read a lot of fantasy but he is the only one I have really stayed with in terms of buying books. 

I also received a couple of cookbooks. Nigel slater Tender 2  and Jane Grigson's Fruit Book. I am always looking for new ways to use fruit produce, all I need is time.

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wave Okay you got me bluenose.  I just love fantasy and am always looking for new authors.  Would you like to recommend one his books to start with?  Please!!

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