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  • Anglais Cognac

    Nicholas Faith

    This study of cognac - written by an internationally recognized expert and leading authority on the subject - deals with the history of this spirit and the story behind the world-famous town of its origin. Nicholas Faith explores every aspect of cognac's increasing prominence in today's markets, unfolding the extraordinary story of fraud and how it contributed in providing the foundation for the system of control that now protects its manufacture and sale. Also featured in the book are detailed profiles of cognac's key producers, a full account of the intricate production techniques used to make cognac, and a guide to drinking and enjoying the wide range of cognac makes and styles that are available around the world.

  • Levi dubs up all of our favourite classic recipes, adding a tamarind and orange glaze to lamb chops, making a lime jerk marinade for chicken, cooking salmon with chilli and dishing up a spiced tropical fruit pilaf. As you would expect from Levi, everything in this book is easy to prepare, and there are lots of ideas for quick suppers. With chapters packed with ideas for spicing up everything from chicken to chocolate, tropical fruit to tea, root vegetables to rum, this book is full of delicious and surprising recipes to add some spice to your life.

  • Anglais The Handmade Loaf

    Dan Lepard

    The Handmade Loaf is a collection of recipes, personal stories and photographs that capture the breads and home bakers of Europe. Over 80 recipes, many of which are inspired by the bakers profiled, look afresh at traditional methods and ingredients. Their blend of history and innovation will appeal to the experienced baker, but also to a generation ready to discover the simple pleasure of baking their first crisp loaf at home. Shot in real time, with bakers caught on film as the dough is mixed and the bread taken freshly from the oven, the photographs place the reader right beside the baker, showing the detail to help us understand perfectly how breads are created.

  • Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Bags That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 handbags, cases and backpacks that have made a substantial impact in the world of fashion and design today. From the original 1860 red budget box to a contemporary 2010 Vivienne Westwood bag, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history.

  • Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Cars That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 cars that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the1908 Ford Model T to the 1998 smart car, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status to give them a special place in design history.

  • Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Hats That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 hats and headwear that have made a substantial impact in the world of fashion and design today. From an early fourteenth century Russian crown to Noel Stewart's 2010 Ribboned Landscape hat, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history.

  • For everyone who loves the taste and aroma of authentic, home-made curry, this wide-ranging cookbook is packed with 200 simple, delicious recipes for different curries from around the world. Whether you prefer the tangy taste of Lemongrass Chicken Curry, the smells of Aromatic Pork Belly Curry or the spices of Red Beef Curry with Bamboo Shoots, every palate is catered for.With full-page colour photography for each recipe and clever variations and new ideas to give you over 200 meals to choose from, Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Curries ensures no end to your experience of these exotic flavours.

  • If you want a little bit of a treat without over-indulging, grab a mini cake! Delicious and adorable, and great fun for you and all of your friends. From delectable mini cakes to tasty bakes you can hold in your hand, Hamlyn All Colour: 200 Mini Cakes & Bakes has something for everyone. Perfect for when you just want a mouthful instead of a full slice! Each recipe is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and a full page colour photograph to ensure perfect results every time.

  • Anglais 50 Ways to Kill a Slug

    Sarah Ford

    Are you being bullied by a mollusc that slimes all over your garden and munches through your favourite delphinium? Are you worried about using slug pellets for fear of endangering local wildlife? Take a stand against slugs with 50 alternative, organic, natural, chemical and humane solutions to slug problems. Trick, flick and frighten slugs out of your garden, leaving you with pest-free plants. Stop slugs in their tracks and make slimy trails a thing of the past.

  • A reference guide to those must-see places all over the globe. The book covers 501 must-visit destinations, ranging from remote hideaways and tropical islands to bustling cities, breathtaking monuments and stunning landscapes across the world. Stunning photography sits alongside informative text and a summary of don't-miss features of each site.

  • 200 Healthy Feasts is part of Hamlyn's hugely successful Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook Illustrated series, which has sold over 1500,000 copies since its launch in 2008. 200 simple and tasty recipes for nutritious breakfasts, light lunches, healthy suppers and delicious desserts.

    Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 200 Healthy Feasts will show you that `healthy´ doesn´t have to mean `boring´. If your aim is to eat healthily, but dread feeling hungry and lacking in energy, then Healthy Feasts will show you how easy it is by offering a variety of delicious, substantial and nutritious recipes designed to satisfy even the biggest appetites and keep you going until the next meal. With a focus on getting your '5-a-day' and eating meals rich in fish, fibre and maintaining a GI balance, Healhty Feasts provides for wholesome meals without the restraints of a traditional diet. The great flavours, appearance and aromas from these recipes will appeal to all your senses and by following the recipes in this book, you will find it easier and more enjoyable to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet without the feeling that you are being denied all the `good stuff´.

    Beautiful photographs and clear instructions make this book perfect for every cook.

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  • Fed up with the endless reams of chick lit on the shelves? Want a really quality book, not a celebrity-endorsed 'Essential Summer Reading' book? This is the guide for you, so read on... They're called the classics for good reason. Whether they're a work of wacky imagination, a piercing insight into social and cultural traditions at the time of writing, or simply a fantastically absorbing story, all the books featured in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die have come about out of people's desires to communicate a story, a message or a lesson. From much loved tales to off-beat cult fiction and the timeless classics of the nineteenth century, discover the influences on the authors, plots and characters of the books that really should make up part, if not all, of your library.

    Battle orks with Frodo and Aragorn in Middle Earth, go on the road with Kerouac in search of freedom, get involved with questions of gender and androgyny with Orlando, immerse yourself into the full and expansive portrait of India created by Seth in A Suitable Boy and enter the world of Christoper Boone in his touching and amusing quest to find the killer of his neighbour's pet dog. All of these books, and many more are reviewed with fresh perspectives in terms of plot, the ideas that they bring out and why they deserve, above others, to be recommended and read. The author Peter Boxall is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on drama and twentieth-century fiction and contributes regularly to journals such as The Yearbook of English Studies. He has recently published a Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett's drama and current projects include co-editing The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction and a monograph on contemporary fiction, Since Beckett.

  • Simon has a growing TV profile. Something for the Weekend averages 1 million viewers weekly and is the most successful show that BBC2 has ever had in the 10-11.30am timeslot on a Sunday. The programme will be on air until at least March 2010. In recent times he's also appeared on BBC2's Great British Menu, Celebrity Mastermind, Grub's Up, Recipe for Success, BBC1's This Little Farmer, Saturday Kitchen, Richard and Judy on Channel 4, Cooking the Books and Breaking in to Tesco for Channel 5. Simon also has a regular slot in This Morning (3 million viewers) and appears on BBC Good Food Live. He has been a roaming presenter for Granada and has been a guest on Radio 4. He also contributes to BBC Good Food magazine. Simon has written 4 books - The Accidental Vegetarian, Rebel Cook, Lazy Brunch (with Tim Lovejoy) and The Seasoned Vegetarian. More and more people are opting for meat-free meals on a regular basis. Simon is a meat eater with a gift for producing vegetarian recipes. The hardback edition of Accidental Vegetarian was a huge success, selling well over 15,000 copies in less than a year. Simon's vegetarian restaurant Greens has won the Manchester Food and Drink Award for Best Provision for Vegetarians in 2000, 2002 and 2006, and won their Restaurant of the Year Award in 2006. It also won a AA Rosette for Quality of Cooking in 2005 and 2006. More than 100,000 people buy a veg box weekly or fortnightly in the UK. 5 per cent of the British population is vegetarian and 25 per cent of 11-14-year-olds are considering giving up meat.

  • Paul Hollywood presents all the know-how you need to bake delicious and unusual breads. Bread links all cultures together. It holds a social and gastronomic significance for everybody. Paul Hollywood's love of this foodstuff has built him a thriving bakery business and seen him creating breads for some of the country's most famous hotels. He believes in celebrating the baking of bread and conveys his own love of bread-making and its therapeutic powers in this collection of fantastic recipes. In this book, Paul Hollywood reveals all the simple techniques you need to make this staple food and shows you that baking bread is far easier than you could possibly have imagined. The book contains 100 great breads from a basic brown and white loaf to savoury and sweet, Mediterranean, traditional and ancient breads.

  • Hamlyn QuickCook: Budget Meals offers the perfect alternative to elaborate kitchen preparations, expensive restaurant meals or microwave ready-meals by showing you how to use limited ingredients, simple methods and minimal time to create pocketbook-friendly meals that are quick, easy and - most importantly - delicious. 360 fabulous recipes include Chorizo and Red Pepper Tortilla, Peppery Smoked Mackerel Brandade and Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie. From starters and light bites to fuss-free desserts, this is a comprehensive guide to creating a varied array of delectable dishes and is perfect for those new to cooking, students or anybody looking to expand their midweek routine beyond the local takeaway. So put down the phone, throw away those delivery menus and get cooking!

  • Anglais The Sex Diaries

    Bettina Arndt

    From the time I started working as a sex therapist back in the early 1970s, people have been talking to me about their sex lives. What I hear about most is the business of negotiating the sex supply. How do couples deal with the strain of the man wishing and hoping while all she longs for is the bliss of uninterrupted sleep?' In "The Sex Diaries" leading sex therapist Bettina Arndt uncovers the night-time drama being played out in bedrooms everywhere - the creeping hand and feigning of sleep, the staying up late in the hope that he will doze off. It is one of the great inconvenient truths of relationships that after the first blissful years together, most men want more sex than their female partners. Bettina Arndt recruited 98 couples to keep diaries, revealing their intimate negotiations over sex. Who feels like having sex? Who doesn't? And how do couples cope if one person wants it more than the other? She draws on her 35 years as a sex therapist and psychologist to provide an insightful analysis, and with her characteristic humour proposes a new approach to how couples can enjoy regular sex - and sustain loving relationships.

  • This is the essential cookbook for students learning to cater from themselves, including over 100 recipes ranging from cheap eats for one, to meals for entertaining mates. All the recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions so that even the most inexperienced of cooks can attempt them with confidence.

  • All the basics in one book! This is the essential cookbook for students learning to cater for themselves Over 200 recipes ranging from cheap eats for one, to meals for entertaining mates All the recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions so that even the most inexperienced of cooks can attempt them with confidence Recipes include the favourites like veggie burgers and nut roast as well as more adventurous dishes like mushroom and mozzarella stacks

  • Anglais Curries

    Hamlyn John

    Over 200 inventive recipes for delicious meals over the holiday season Part of the successful Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook series Great value for money in a handy format

  • Anglais Barbecues

    Hamlyn James

    Everyone loves barbecues - the sun, the smells, the smiles - however most of us would admit that we have a limited range when it comes to producing flame-grilled food. This book gives you over 200 tasty recipes to turn your barbecue into a barbie banquet! From quick and easy classics including Greek-style Lamb Burger and Coconut Butterfly Prawns to more meaty masterpieces such as Balsamic Steaks with Basil Mash and Tandoori Chicken, Barbecues' huge selection ensures that your barbie need never be boring again. There are also recipes for salads, desserts and drinks to make your barbecue complete.

  • From Rabbit Wars waged on St. Andrew's famous Old Course to the rebellion that interrupted a Royal round, this tome is packed with facts that will tantalised and enthral. Delve into this extraordinary showcase of Firsts, Lasts and Onlys from the world of golf, and discover a myriad of incredible stories, including: The first golfer to win both the US Open and US Amateur Championship in the same year. The last ill-fated player to have been struck by lightening on Tour. The only instance of a tournament being halted by locusts.With 200 witty anecdotes portraying the undisputed and unexpected legends of the sport, you are sure to lose yourself in the most enthralling golf miscellany since records began!

  • Cupcakes are a delectably indulgent treat - and so quick and easy to make! From colourful cakes to keep the kids entertained to sophisticated recipes for special occasions - Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Cupcakes has something for everyone. Why not treat yourself to some gorgeous mocha cupcakes or delight a friend on their birthday with some maple, pecan and white chocolate muffins? Each recipe is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and a full page colour photograph to ensure perfect results every time.

  • Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Pasta Recipes provides everyone with a comprehensive guide to creating 200 easy-to-make and tempting pasta recipes. Whether you fancy a simple Spring Garden Pasta Salad, a Classic Meat Lasagne or a more extravagant pasta dish with Swordfish, Artichoke Hearts & Black Olives, this book supplies recipes for all tastes, appetites and occasions.Every recipe is accompanied by a full-page colour photograph and clever variations and new ideas to give you over 200 meals to choose from. The hardest part for you is deciding which delicious dish to cook first!

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