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The Great British Vegetable Cookbook
By Sybil Kapoor
4 Stars!

An exciting and beautiful new vegetable book by well-known food writer Sybil Kapoor. The 154 recipes are simple and modern and the book is divided into the four seasons so that readers are encouraged to cook vegetables when they are at their very best and come into season – especially useful if they grow their own.

 Discover an incredible range of vegetable dishes, both as vegetarian options and as an accompaniment to meat and fish dishes, with this informative and detailed cookbook. Each of the 49 featured vegetables is accompanied by practical information for preparation and culinary notes with options for different ways of cooking. The featured vegetables range from peas and new potatoes through more unusual produce such as scorzonera and borlotti beans. The book is packed with atmospheric photography and contains mouth-watering recipes such as cucumber ice cream, salt-baked celeriac, wild mushroom and barley risotto, sticky blackcurrant shallots and carrot and cardamom cake.

Sybil Kapoor is one of Britain's most respected food writers and she has won awards for her cookery writing, including two prestigious Glenfiddich Awards, and two Michael Smith Awards from the Guild of Food Writers. She has recently been shortlisted for the Food Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2013. Her career began as a chef in London and New York.
She wrote for Waitrose Food Illustrated and Taste for many years and now
writes regularly for the Guardian, Financial Times Weekend magazine and
House & Garden. Her bestselling books include Citrus and Spice, Simply British and Taste: A New Way to Cook.
Visit her website - HERE

All in all - a very nice veggie cook book! There are some new and original ideas and really there are quite a lot that I would try! My only complaint (the same one I always have) not enough pictures of the actual dish you are making. There are lots of pictures of the vegetables but I know what vegetables look like, I would rather have the pictures of the food you are making.

The cookbook is arranged by season according to the veggies that are available at that time. I have seen cookbooks like this before. I actually like this idea.
For example,
Spring you have Asparagus, radishes, New potatoes etc.
Summer - Peas, Beans, Tomatoes etc.
Fall - Onions, Squash and Pumpkins Carrots etc.
Winter - Potatoes, Cabbage, Leeks

She gives a couple of recipes for purple sprouting broccoli, I have never heard of this! But it looks good and I love broccoli!
"Purple sprouting Broccoli with Hollandaise Sauce"
"Tahini Dressed Purple Sprouting Broccoli"
I am definitely going to look for this!  Maybe I can try to grow it next year!

Green beans with tomato and cumin

Pea Frittata (I love making frittatas!)

Barlotti bean, tomato and spinach soup

Thank you Netgalley and Anova Books for sending me this e-book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Brazilian Bracelets: 
Making Friendship Bracelets and More
by - Florence Bellot
5 Stars!

If you love making meaningful gifts for friends or just desire a stylish accessory that doesn't break the bank, this book is a must-have. Instructions for making Brazilian bracelets of various shapes and sizes are included, decorated with crosses, zigzags, diamonds, dots, and even fish, and adorned with beads and charms. In all, there are more than twenty projects and seventy-five different variations of bracelets, hair braids, and wraps shown, with step-by-step instructions. Intricate drawings, photos, and suggested color combinations guide you through the process. From quick and simple braids to more intensive and elaborate crisscross wraps, you may choose a creative path to follow or just let your imagination take over. Alter the suggested designs in order to make key chains, napkin rings, eyeglass straps, or even belt loops. Children and adults will enjoy creating new, exciting, and sometimes unexpected items. The necessary materials are inexpensive and easy to find.

This is an excellent book! Wow this brings back some good memories. I used to make these knotted bracelets all the time! I used to pin them to my jeans and just sit there and knot away! So I knew a lot of the styles shown in this book, but there were also a few new ones that I didn't know of.

There are great colored pictures along with great diagrams showing exactly how to do it. There is also written instructions.
I actually could not find anything wrong with this book.
I think even younger teens and tweens would be able to use this book.
This would be a great thing to do with a group of teens or pre-teens for the summer!
I highly recommend this book!

Here are a few pictures -

Thank you Netgalley and Schiffer Publishing Ltd. for sending me this great e-book to read and review!

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  1. O I want that cookbook. But I'm with you, I like loooots of pictures. When it comes to food I like and require lots of visuals. That's why I like the Pioneer Woman so much. Besides being lovable, she understands the importance of tons of images.


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