December 30, 2013

Merle's Country Show Baking And Other Favourites

Merle's Country Show Baking And Other Favourites
by Merle Parrish

Championship Recipes For You At Home!


Award winning baker Merle Parrish shares some of the recipes that have won her success with this selection of country show recipes alongside some of her personal favourites. Whether you are looking to feed the family with a hearty Family-Style Meat Pie, entertain friends with delicate Fingerbuns, delight children with tasty Gingerbread People or create delicious Easy Chocolate Fudge for a special home-made gift, you will find a recipe to suit your delectable needs.

Merle's Country Show Baking And Other Favourites is Merle's second cook book containing a wide range of recipes including cakes, breads, biscuits, jams and much more. Each appetising recipe is accompanied by a beautifully presented photo and with helpful tips and baking hint this is one cookbook that you will return to again and again. So far I have enjoyed several of these recipes including Chocolate Mudcake, Scones and Cinnamon Teacake which you see below.
Cinnamon Teacake
cinnamon teacake (1)
On sale: 01 November 2013
Price (AU): $39.99
ISBN: 9780857981097
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Show Recipes
Re-read it: yes, many times
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

December 16, 2013

Brian Froud's World Of Faerie

Brian Froud's World Of Faerie

"The Book Of Mysteries And Love"


Faeries are more than just pretty little girls with butterfly wings, flowers in their hair and who live at the bottom of the garden. Although they can be just this, they are more complex then this image implies. Faeries are beings of brightness ready to guide you on your way; however you must be wary for they are also beings of shadow who would easily lead you astray. These are the dangers that come with venturing into a world both light and dark, where friendships teach wisdom and danger brings lessons.

Brian Froud's World Of Faerie is a journey into a world of beauty, inspiration and possibility, a place only few have visited but open to all if your mind and heart are receptive. A book that reminds us to believe in the impossible as well as in ourselves and shows how all life is a mystery and that acceptance and love abound. Taking you behind the scenes into a wondrous realm seen through the portal of magical creation, otherwise known as Brian Froud's studio, this enchanting book also includes the poster Instructions, a story by Neil Gaiman.
On sale: 04 September 2007
Price (US): $40.00
ISBN: 9781933784137
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Faeries
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

December 9, 2013

Discworld - The Folklore Of Discworld

The Folklore Of Discworld

by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson

Full Of Things Most People Know, But Things Not Known By Most!


Some of the most unique and magical beings on the Discworld are born from stories and belief alone. Here Gods walk the Disc, along with trolls, vampires, witches and many other creatures of human imagination. In this alternate universe stories, superstitions and the supernatural are all warped and re-imagined into a reality both humorous and flat, as just about everything on this flat world has its roots on the round world of Earth. For on the Discworld magic is real and all things that have been imagined have been given life.

The Folklore Of Discworld and the folklore of our world are almost identical but for a few differences, the most obvious of which being that in our world folklore is just that, folk tales and legends, but in the Discworld folklore has become much more, it has become reality, albeit a twisted reality. Here the fairy tales, myths and legends that are ingrained within our collective consciousness are collected, manipulated and explained through the combined efforts of Terry Pratchett's unique wit and Jacqueline Simpson's folklore knowledge creating a book both informative and funny.
On sale: 01 October 2009
Price (AU): $19.99
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Folklore
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

December 2, 2013

Hunger Games Book 2: Official Illustrated Movie Companion

Catching Fire Official Illustrated Movie Companion
"The Girl On Fire"


A year ago Katniss competed in the Hunger Games and not only did she win, she defied those in power to do so. In her defiance she has become a symbol for the people of the districts, a beacon of hope and that has made her enemies who will stop at nothing to see her destroyed. With talk of rebellion and fear of an uprising, Katniss is once again called to compete in the arena in a more dangerous Hunger Games and these images prove it.

Catching Fire Official Illustrated Movie Companion is a look behind the scenes into the second film in this trilogy. A bigger, brighter and bolder movie to complement the book it is based on. This full of colour companion brings you closer into this world and the way it is created for the big screen. With everything you should want to know about this film, this book will inform and delight any fan of this series.
On sale: 01 December 2013
Price (AU): $24.99
ISBN: 9780545599337
Recommended age: 12+
In a word: Catching Fire
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five