December 21, 2010
Tana’s Kitchen Secrets combines simplicity with a touch of class, everyday dishes which we could happily serve to discerning guests. –You Magazine, Mail on Sunday 18th April 2010
This irresistible book is packed with 120 recipes, each of which is a vehicle for one of Tana’s ‘kitchen secrets’. The ‘secrets’ reveal how to prepare food perfectly, cook it well and choose the best ingredients. For instance, don’t cook meat straight from the fridge as the outside will overcook and the inside will stay raw; how to apply a breadcrumb coating to meat or fish and ensure it sticks; what to look for when buying fish; which type of potato to choose for mash, salads or chips; and, how to tell if a cake is cooked properly. Divided into chapters on meat; fish; pasta, rice and grains; pies, pastries and tarts; support acts; dough; sweet things; and, cakes and biscuits, the book also contains advice on how to make food look fabulous when cooking for friends, or how to make it attractive to kids. Establishing Tana as the ultimate home cook, who can give tips and advice as well as great recipes, this book will look accessible but stylish – just what you’d expect from this glamorous mother of four.
This book is packed full of exciting recipes that are perfect for family cooking. With a great range of meal ideas and plenty of info on the preparation side aswell, you couldn’t really ask for more!
December 21, 2010
The festive season is the perfect time for crafting, and getting busy with glue, paper and scissors will fill kids with excitement for Christmas celebrations. Christmas Crafting with Kids is packed with 35 colourful, fun and imaginative projects for boys and girls. There are appealing ideas for great Christmas gifts, sparkly seasonal decorations for the house and the tree, and gorgeous hand-made cards and gift wrap. All the classic crafting techniques are covered, from potato prints to decoupage, taking in sewing, collage, modelling, stencilling and much more along the way. Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions and you can’t go wrong!
About the Author
Catherine Woram writes for many publications, including the Telegraph magazine, Ideal Home and Prima. Her earlier books include Crafting With Kids and Gardening with Kids (also published by Ryland Peters & Small).
This is a great, easy to follow book with some simple and fun Christmas crafting ideas. What better way to spend your day, when snowed in with the UK weather than to get busy crafting and creating!?
Get it HERE!
February 14, 2010
Celebrity obsession, coming of age and cow shit – an hilarious, poignant and darkly comic novel by the Queen of Comedy.
Alice is five, and convinced she needs five personalities to cope. Her family, tucked in a cottage in deepest Herefordshire, are a bit weird. Her mother Gina is obsessed with the weatherman on the local news and when she climbs naked onto the roof with Alice’s pet guinea pig in her arms, she is whisked off to the local psychiatric hospital. Keith, Alice’s father, tries to keep calm, but his patience is severely tested by his in-laws. The only thing that gives Alice’s hope is her love for Morrissey of The Smiths…
About the Author
Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is married with two children and lives in South London.
We love Jo Brand, so it’s no surprise that we found ourselves really enjoying this book! Funny, honest and well written.
February 1, 2010
Out March 2010
William Melville’s daughters are heiresses to the world’s most exclusive fashion dynasty. Beautiful and rich, they are envied by all. But behind the glittering façade of their lives, each girl hides a dark secret that threatens to tear their family apart.
Smart, ambitious Elizabeth knows how to manipulate every man she meets, except the one who counts: her father.
Gentle, naïve Caitlin, the illegitimate child, struggling to fit into a world of privilege while staying true to herself.
Stunning, spoilt Amber, the party girl with a weakness for bad boys; more fragile than anyone realises.
As each of them seeks to carve out her own destiny, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Amber face difficult choices, which will take them in wildly different directions. But as old wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the foundations of the Melville empire, their paths will cross again. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family.
I have to admit when this book came I looked at in fear. At 567 pages, I thought this would beat me. “If I hate it I’ll never be able to get to the end to review it.” How on earth would I find the time to read it? Well, I shouldn’t have worried as I read it in two, long sessions. With ease. With pure enjoyment. With an ever-growing desire to read more and find out more about the Melville family.
From London to Paris and New York, the reader will find themselves submerged in glamour and style, secrets and heartache. Three sisters, two full and one half, are brought together at their father’s insistence; each with a distinct personality and not one with the desire to be the same. Elizabeth, the eldest, is intelligent, driven and desperate to please her father. Amber, the youngest, has her mother wrapped around her little finger and relies on her beauty to get what she wants. Caitlin is the odd-one-out, the half-sister no-one knew existed until she was 15 years old. William is their inept father who thinks that by throwing money at a problem it is solved.
At first glance, I thought this book would solely focus on Caitlin and the relationships she would be forced to grow. I was wrong; so, so wrong. Each of the sisters is treated equally in the book and dear old Daddy has his fair share of attention. Miss Hyland has created a world of fashion, deceit and family honour that I was easily lost in. Being a naturally nosey person (as I feel most readers are) I was desperate to read more to find out more about the Melville family secrets and if the sisters would finally bond and work together.
As a debut novel, this is one of the best I’ve read. I’m desperate to read more of Miss Hyland’s work, so please get writing.
By Sarah Keery
January 27, 2010
The announcement of a grand Treasure Hunt sets the Lodes Valley ladies’ hearts aflutter. The cash is only part of the appeal: a win could solve several romantic dilemmas. Pixie Guinness sees the quest as a route back to her wayward husband; Faith hopes to snare true love, Rory; and Liv — well, Liv just wants distraction from the boredom of country life. But it is unhappily married Trudy who finds the trail of clues leads her in quite a different direction: and one closer and closer to temptation. Is she chasing a rainbow or just chasing her own tail? As the hunt reaches its climax, the competitors find they are fighting for the highest prize of all — their own happy ending.
This is the fourth novel in the Oddlode Valley series; however it can easily be read as a stand-alone book, which is how I read it. Not being familiar with any of Ms Walker’s work, I dived straight in. Within a couple of pages I was chuckling away to myself at lines such as “they looked like two left-footed breakfast TV stars in the first round of Strictly Come Dancing”. The characters are easy to like and I rode the twists and turns alongside Trudy as she faced them herself. Though with five strong female characters you would think it would be easy to confuse them and their situations. However, this isn’t the case. Each is well-defined and easily identifiable by their tone of voice or emotional responses to difficult situations.
One thing you have to do before you finish reading this book, in fact, before you start, is visit Ms Walker’s website (www.fionawalker.com) as the interactive map of the village is a fantastic aid to mind- mapping the story. Also, it is a comprehensive resource for her other novels, some of which I will now be seeking out.
This isn’t a normal chick-lit or rom-com type book – there’s also quite a bit of action in it as well but the romance and comedy are still definitely there. The book is quite chunky and at first it took me a while to get into but as soon as the chemistry started I couldn’t put it down. The motto from this book is “Never give up the hunt”.
Reviewed by Sarah Keery
November 25, 2009
For Little Mist, the snow leopard cub, the wonders of his world stretch far and wide. Guided and protected by his mother, Little Mist discovers the glistening snow, the mountain streams and the cloud forests. The world may look big to a little cub but one day, his mother tells him, he will be the king of the mountains. Safely curled up in his mother’s paws, Little Mist can’t wait for his journey to begin . . .
About the author
Angela McAllister has written over thirty children’s books and has also illustrated some herself. She lives in a rambling 16th-century cottage in Dorset with her husband and two children.
This is an adorable children’s book that is ideal for reading on those cold winter nights before tucking your little on into bed! An ideal Christmas gift!
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November 3, 2009
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
A new home, a new life, a new boyfriend. Sounds quite ordinary when you put it like that, but in reality Bella Swan finds herself in a world beyond her control, a web of lies being spun to those she loves most and danger lurking around every corner – Meet The Cullen′s, the stars of the Twilight Saga. Read more
October 7, 2009
America – A country of many contrasts. For me, it presented the ultimate food trip to explore places, ingredients, food culture & traditions. I wanted to get to the heart of great American food, to get past the junk and super-sized portions. I set off on what I knew would be a completely inspiring trip. I wasn’t wrong. . . from New York to New Orleans, the energy of Los Angeles to the big skies of Wyoming, I found what I was looking for: some of the most diverse and delicious recipes I’ve ever come across! And with 120 of them in this book, I’ll show you the quick and easy way to put a little slice of America on your dinner table. What a trip!
About the Author
Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents’ pub, the Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the age of eight, and has gone on to work with some of the world’s top chefs. He founded Fifteen restaurant in London and the associated charity, Fifteen Foundation, which continues to train disadvantaged young people to become chefs. There are now three other Fifteen restaurants in the world: Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne. Jamie has also launched a chain of high street restaurants in the UK called Jamie’s Italian. In 2005 Jamie led a campaign to improve the quality of school dinners in the UK and, through the Feed Me Better movement, caused the government to substantially change its policy towards school food. Jamie continues to write for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own magazine, Jamie Magazine. He lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their daughters, Poppy, Daisy and Petal
What Girlie Gossip Thought…
If like us, you can’t get enough of Jamie Oliver’s new TV show in which he travels around America then fear not, this fantastic new hardback book contains all the information, recipes and method’s you need to attempt to re-create them from the comfort of your own home!
The series has been fascinating and inspiring, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing the various different areas of America and learning about their culture and eating habits. The book contains a great mix of main courses, side dishes and deserts for you to try yourself and is perfect to sit on your kitchen shelf for when you feel yourself itching to try something a little different from the norm. Add it to your Christmas list girls!