Monday, 10 October 2011

New acquisitions - part 1

I have a number of recent acquisitions to share, some inspired by other bloggers.

Two VMCs:

Simon at Stuck in a Book recommended Red Pottage on his blog a couple of weeks ago.

Jane at Fleur Fisher recommended Woman in the wall on her blog last week. It's good to have recommendations for the VMCs that I haven't yet read as it helps me through my challenge.

Campfire, a commenter on my blog, recommended the Madeleine books and found a cheap copy of the first one, The little Madeleine on ebay for me.

Finally, a dance biography, The everyday dancer by Deborah Bull. We are approaching ballet going season - in fact, Mr W and I went to see Strictly Gershwin yesterday, and we have tickets for Nutcracker (traditional), Nutcracker (Matthew Bourne), and Sleeping Beauty over the next 6 months - so this will make a nice accompaniment.

There are also an embarassing number of cookbooks that I've purchased in the last few weeks (I blame the mumps and having too much time to peruse Amazon).

I've already blogged about the Great British Bakeoff book, and I'll be blogging about the other ones as I bake things from them (I still have 3 of them to even open!). With the possible exception of the Beas at Bloomsbury book which I found really disappointing - I wasn't enticed to make anything when I read it!


  1. Also just ordered 'Red Pottage' and have started it - so far so good, but I warn you it's very Victorian. I really want 'Tea with Bea' and am trying hard to resist it's allure. Look forward to seeing the rest.

  2. Oh no about Beas at Bloomsbury. I was hoping to buy it as a Christmas gift for my sister and friends who organised my hen night there. Maybe I should buy it for myself just to check.

  3. Apologies to hear that the book might not be what you were looking for. They are the real recipes from our own shops, so if you've visited you'll have had the cupcakes, scones, macarons, meringues, and marshmallows at our shop as well. I do hope that you try a recipe and see how it goes. :)



  4. Lovely haul and all the lovely things to cook from the cookbooks?

  5. Erika:

    I thought "The Woman in the Wall" a very powerful book and will now re-read it. It is disturbing in an odd, historically based way-- a very different age about which I knew almost nothing (No--be honest; knew NOTHING) and the author captures it perfectly

  6. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Red Pottage - as Hayley said, very Victorian - very 1890s to be precise!


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