At Elizabeth David's Table
Classic Recipes and Timeless Kitchen Wisdom
With books such as French Provencal Cooking, published in 1960, Elizabeth David (1913–1992) transformed British attitudes to cooking and eating, importing Mediterranean influences, but also celebrating the best in English cuisine and particularly English baking. This beautifully presented anthology contains a selection of both quick recipes and classic dishes from David's books, some in her narrative style, some with their ingredients listed. The recipes have been photographed in muted style, and interspersed with essays and articles, including 'My Dream Kitchen'. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva
and Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books
Was there a real Lady Godiva? Yes. Did she ride through Coventry in the nude to persuade her husband to lower taxes? Probably not. David Haviland sorts fact from fiction in this entertaining compilation of historical trivia ranging from the Trojan War, the Delphic oracle and Julius Caesar to Sandringham's clocks, Kim Jong-Il's record-breaking round of golf – and even modern wireless technology. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Experimental Ideas for Contemporary Lettering
Hand-drawn lettering is very much in vogue in modern graphic design. This practical guide shows how to produce colourful and contemporary effects with creative letterforms. There are clear explanations of the basic techniques of letter construction, spacing and relative proportion but the book takes a looser, more intuitive approach than traditional calligraphy, with projects and exercises that use everyday writing tools and materials rather than specialist precision equipment.
Things that Go Boom
or Fly, Float, and Zoom!
The 18 machines featured in this book cover a wide range of interests and skill levels, and they all do something when they are completed. The six-volt wind turbine will provide enough power to light up your workshop while you create the paddle-operated punt, the lemon cannon, or possibly the 'compact theremin' for playing eerie tunes. These inventive projects are all clearly illustrated, use affordable components and really do work.
Chinese Animal Painting Made Easy
Rebecca Yue shows how to develop the techniques required to create the loosely drawn, expressive paintings that capture the essence of animal subjects in Chinese art. After explaining basic techniques and materials, Yue describes more specialized methods for various animals, such as the big, bold brushstrokes required for a panda's black patches or wet and dry methods for depicting animals with patterns such as leopards and tigers.
Made in the Ice Age
This Pelmanism-style memory game features 24 pairs of picture cards from the popular film Ice Age 4: Continental Drift in which Scrat, the sabre-toothed squirrel, sets off a cataclysmic storm that casts the characters out to sea. The colourful cards feature the loveable gang from the movie, including Manny, Diego and Sid, as well as the pirates Captain Gutt, Flynn and Squint. Age 4+
Sign Language 2
More Travels in Unfortunate English
In these days when everyone carries a camera with them on their phone, few opportunities are missed by eagle-eyed tourists to record humorously mangled translations, unwitting ironies and double entendres on public signs, menus, shop fronts and foreign grocery products. Among the gems in this collection are the impressive premises of Penang's 'Chiap Tatt Enterprise' and the luxury coach run by Barcelona's 'Chavi Tours'.
Am I Missing Something...?
Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph
A letters page may seem antiquated in an era of texting and tweeting, yet the Telegraph's letter writers – often bemused, sometimes furious, always erudite – are a breed apart. Here are their wise, waggish and unpublished opinions on everything from gay marriage ('Sir – Gays should be able to marry so they can suffer like the rest of us') to royal babies ('Sir – Maybe the hospital could release pink or blue smoke when the baby is born').
Of Rhubarb and Roses
The Telegraph Book of the Garden
The Daily Telegraph has long been popular reading among gardeners, and its pages have featured some of the nation's finest horticultural writers. Compiled by the newspaper's gardening columnist, this lively and varied anthology includes articles by Fred Whitsey, Rosemary Verey and Bunny Guinness, along with the more esoteric musings of Bill Deedes, Germaine Greer and Roy Strong. The subjects range from Vita Sackville West's garden at Sissinghurst to how to grow prize-winning pumpkins. Book club edition.
Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass
in the Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A's collection of medieval and Renaissance stained and painted glass is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. This selection of the Museum's panels spans the period 1140 to 1540 and shows the technical and artistic advances between the Romanesque and Renaissance eras, while also illuminating the beliefs and images, sacred and secular, of the medieval world. The collection is represented here by 110 plates, including full page details of important pieces, with following commentaries.
Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol
The 100 delicious recipes presented in this book have been created by a chef and dietician, working together to help people with high cholesterol. With chapters on breakfasts, salads, snacks, main courses and deserts, and recipes such as Buckwheat Pancakes, Mexican Breakfast Burritos, Oriental Chicken Wraps, Salmon Fishcakes and Light Chocolate Tart, you need never feel deprived while looking after your health.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.
Rosehips on a Kitchen Table
Seasonal Recipes for Foragers and Foodies
We all want to make the most of the ingredients we buy, grow or forage, and this little book from the former owners of the World Food Café in Covent Garden is full of advice and recipes to help. The four chapters focus on foraged ingredients and how to prepare them; growing your own; dealing with seasonal gluts of particular fruits and vegetables; and using challenging ingredients such as quince and kale.
Wallace & Gromit
The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual
How do the Techno Trousers work? How did Wallace rebuild Preston the Cyber Dog? All is revealed in this two-volumes-in-one manual, with descriptions of how each of Wallace and Gromit's fantastic inventions works, cutaway diagrams and photographs of the machines in action. There are details of 40 contraptions, from the Bed Launcher to Wallace's A35 van, plus cutaways of his house and Invention cellar. Age 9–90