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Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene & Structure
Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene & Structure
von Jack Bickham
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

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5.0 von 5 Sternen HELP FOR BEGINNER AND ADVANCED ALIKE, 19. März 2000
Most books on fiction writing aren't worth the paper they're printed on. This one is different. Jack Bickham is a master when it comes to structure, and if you let it, this book can make you a master as well. Not everything about writing can be learned; fortunately structure is something that can. This book is as well-structured as are Bickham's novels. Frankly, I don't know any writer, beginner or advanced, who couldn't profit from this book. It's certainly helped me.


Bread Machine Magic: 139 Exciting New Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines
Bread Machine Magic: 139 Exciting New Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines
von Linda Rehberg
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen ABSOLUTELY THE BEST, 19. März 2000
This is absolutely the best book on baking with bread machines--bar none! I've had a bread machine for years--I love the homebaked flavor and texture and aroma, but not the time it takes to do it all by hand--and have purchased many books with recipes for bread machines. None of them could even begin to live up to this one. Besides the basics, there are recipes for filled breads, sweet breads and pastries--like the scrumptious recipe for cinnamon rolls. I live in Europe but found that this book works well here--all I needed was a set of American measuring cups and spoons and the recipes were perfectly adaptable. I used to make all of my bread "by hand" and welcomed the advent of the bread machine. Now things have improved by leaps and bounds with the arrival of this book. I really can't praise it highly enough. I'd give it ten stars if I could!


Rose's Christmas Cookies
Rose's Christmas Cookies
von Rose Levy Beranbaum
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 20,97

5.0 von 5 Sternen BEAUTIFUL AND PRACTICAL, 19. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rose's Christmas Cookies (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Rose's Christmas Cookies is a beautiful and practical book. I, myself, found it more practical and useful than The Cake Bible since making a batch of exotic cookies is not quite so time-consuming as making an exotic cake. I also think the novice baker could get a lot of use out of this book, while I found The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible more useful for advanced bakers. In this book, one will find recipes for every kind of cookie imaginable--to eat as well as for decorating. Rose also gives up tips on how to package cookies for sending through the mail, which cookies to send, etc. The directions are very complete and easy to follow--both for baking and for decorating. If Christmas is a big occasion in your home, as it is in mine, then this book will go a long way toward making it even better.


Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
von Laura Esquivel
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

4.0 von 5 Sternen DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE MAGIC, 19. März 2000
Set in turn-of-the-century Mexico, Like Water for Chocolate is the story of Tita de la Garza, youngest daughter of the overbearing yet dependent Mama Elena. Tita is in love with Pedro had he with her, but when he asks for her hand in marriage, Mama Elena refuses, telling him her youngest daughter must remain single and unencumbered in order to care for her. When Mama Elena offers Pedro, Rosaura, Tita's older sister instead, Pedro gladly accepts, thinking his marriage will keep him close to Tita. Tita, meanwhile, becomes the family cook, having learned the art from the spinster Nacha. Tita however, adds a little magic to her recipes and her food is filled with her emotions--love, frustration, longing, betrayal. What's more, these emotions affect the people who eat the food as profoundly as does the food itself. The task of baking Rosaura's and Pedro's wedding cake falls to Tita. As she bakes, her tears fall in the batter and fill all at the wedding with longing for loves lost or unfulfilled. Does Tita ever find fulfillment in love? On the one hand, yes. On the other, no. Esquivel has spun a deceptively simple fantasy into a very readable book. I applaud her clear, straightforward prose. She obviously knows a really supurb story needs no gimmicks! On the negative side, the characters, especially Pedro, are rather weak and undeveloped. The surprising, surreal ending seems out of place and a little too abrupt. And while I realize Tita's cooking is symbolic, there are far too many recipes in the novel. Although interesting in themselves, the recipes soon become cumbersone and detract from the magic of the story. Although not perfect, Like Water for Chocolate is a wonderful book. A spellbinding mix of sadness, humor, earthiness and the supernatural that you won't soon forget.


The Pie and Pastry Bible
The Pie and Pastry Bible
von Rose Levy Beranbaum
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 36,30

4.0 von 5 Sternen ONLY IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TIME, 17. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Pie and Pastry Bible (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book can be great but only if you have a lot of time to invest in making a pie or tart. And, while Rose does do a masterful job of teaching the fine art of pastry making (and it is an art!) I think complete novices would be better off making do with a simpler book for awhile. But for those really serious about pastries and pies this book can be terrific. There are many recipes for different kinds of pastries as well as many different kinds of pie fillings. The directions are detailed and the illustrations mouth-watering. I enjoy it more than The Cake Bible because I don't find the recipes quite so exotic and so am able to use more of them, more often. Just be prepared to spend the entire afternoon or evening making one pie. On the plus side, if you follow Rose's directions, the time will certainly be time well spent.


Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
von Frances Mayes
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 18,53

4.0 von 5 Sternen SWEET, 16. März 2000
I really can't understand why so many reviewers have complained about this sweet little book. Although I'm French, not Italian, I have traveled all over Italy and I found Bella Tuscany to be a sweet and interesting book that provides a few evenings of lighthearted and entertaining reading. In Bella Tuscany, Mayes travels to regions outside Tuscany, such as Sicily and Venice, as well as to the many castle towns, fishing villages and islands. Many reviewers have complained about the chapter on recipes, but I found them quite interesting and delicious! Although I don't think Mayes captures the essence of Tuscany with quite the wit and verve of Peter Mayle, writing about Provence, Bella Tuscany is still a sweet and lighthearted look at one of the world's most beautiful regions.


The Golden Ocean
The Golden Ocean
von Patrick O'Brian
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen THE PERFECT PRECURSOR, 16. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Golden Ocean (Taschenbuch)
The Golden Ocean was written in 1956 and is Patrick O'Brian's first novel about the sea. As such, it is the perfect precursor to the highly acclimed Aubrey/Maturin series. The protagonist of this book is Peter Palafox, son of an impoverished Irish parson. In 1740, Peter, who has never before seen a ship, signs on, as a midshipman with Commodore Anson. Together with his lifelong friend, Sean, Peter hopes to find his fortune. He finds danger and disappointment instead, as Anson and his men circle the globe through poorly charted waters. And, although they seize a vast fortune in Spanish gold and silver, only one of Anson's five ships survives the voyage. The Golden Ocean is as perfectly and beautifully crafted as are the Aubrey/Maturin novels. The writing is brilliantly detailed and the action perfectly paced. With The Golden Ocean, O'Brian has created a perfect world of must-read-on storytelling. A book deserving of ten stars and anyone's time.


The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin)
The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey-Maturin)
von Patrick O'Brian
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen AUTHENTIC GOLD, 16. März 2000
I once had a creative writing instructor who insisted all ofhis students read one of O'Brian's novels to learn what truly superiorwriting was all about. I chose The Wine-Dark Sea and am I glad I did. O'Brian is truly a master! The Wine-Dark Sea opens with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in pursuit of an American privateer sailing the South Sea. The British, already engaged in the Napoleonic Wars, have made the mistake of also blundering into war with a young upstart, the United States. Maturin, in the Wine-Dark Sea, desires to relieve the pressure on the British government by inciting the revolutionaries of South America, more specifically, Peru. O'Brian, a master storyteller, also has a sharp eye for detail. His descriptions of the landscape, the sea, life on board the midgit man-of-war and even the Andes are no doubt the best in all of literature. The spine-tingling barbarity and bloody battle scenes are so real, they'll make you glad you're only reading a book (although the writing is so good you may forget that at times)! I really can't praise O'Brian highly enough. He is both artist and perfect craftsman and beside him, most authors rapidly pale. If you love the sea, if you love adventure, if you just love a good book, you absolutely can't go wrong with The Wine-Dark Sea or any of O'Brian's other novels. All of them are just perfect. END


The First Five Pages: A Writer'S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
The First Five Pages: A Writer'S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
von Noah Lukeman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,61

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4.0 von 5 Sternen HELP FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, 15. März 2000
Most books about writing tell us what to do. This book, however, takes the opposite approach and tells us what not to do. As an editor, Noah Lukeman shows writers why their manuscripts are rejected by both agents and publishers time and time again. After defining the problem spots, the author gives us examples and then follows with exercises to help correct the problem. The only criticism I have of the book lies with the examples. They are truly dreadful. I'm sure the author made them up to illustrate his point, but I, myself, would have found examples more helpful had they been drawn from actual books. This book, however, is very useful, both for the beginner and the more advanced writer and will go a long way toward keeping you out of the rejection pile.


The Cake Bible
The Cake Bible
von Rose Levy Beranbaum
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 25,40

4.0 von 5 Sternen LET US EAT CAKE!, 15. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cake Bible (Gebundene Ausgabe)
While this is an extremely creative book for those whose lives revolve around cake baking, it is probably beyond the scope of most everyday bakers. Some of the recipes are quite difficult and call for exotic, hard-to-find ingredients. I think most people will end up using only three or four of their favorite recipes. Three or four, however, isn't bad, and the book is extremely well-written and covers just about every kind of cake imaginable. Highly recommended for those who want a special cake or something different. For those only interested in the old standbys, better stick to Betty Crocker.


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