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Jancis Robinson's Wine Tasting Workbook

By Jancis Robinson
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Jancis Robinson
This guide to wine-tasting combines practical instruction with space for writing your own tasting notes. There is advice on how to record sensations and experiences, how to serve and store wine, and what to expect from wine-tasting sessions.
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Spoon

By Alain Ducasse
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Alain Ducasse
Spoon is the brainchild of chef Alain Ducasse, in partnership with hotelier Ian Schrager. It is the restaurant in London's contemporary hotel, The Sanderson, and this book brings together a selection of the recipes on offer there. With more than 200 recipes drawing on American and Latin influences, the book includes dishes ranging from Ceviche to pork or shrimp ravioli, and then on to Youmkoumg soup. Readers can be as subtle or adventurous as they like, and rather than insisting that its recipes should be slavishly followed, the book deliberately encourages creativity, suggesting only that cooks should adhere to a comparable composition of flavours.
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Mid-Century Modern

By Bradley Quinn
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Bradley Quinn
The 1950s house was a scientific triumph. It had been designed in a laboratory and tested on inhabitants of all ages before being built for the masses. Never had the home been so contemporary - antiques and period styles were banished for an entire decade as householders concentrated on achieving a complete 'look' for the home. Mid-Century Modern explores the interior decor of this time, concentrating on all aspects of a home's decoration - walls, flooring, surfaces, lighting and, of course, furniture. The book goes on to feature case studies illustrating beautiful contemporary homes that exhibit the mid-century style in an exemplary way and reveal how the 1950s look, complete with collector's pieces, can be mixed and matched with interior elements of other styles and from other eras.
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A Place to Wed

By Jane Anderson
Authors:
Jane Anderson
Have you ever dreamed of getting married abroad? In the Caribbean surrounded by sandy beaches with palm trees and blue skies perhaps, or maybe romantic Venice in northern Italy or even in the snowy landscapes of Swedish Lapland? Whatever your idea of true romance, this book features 25 beautiful, romantic and unusual places from around the world in which to get married for a truly memorable occasion. An inspiring collection of 25 exotic, beautiful, romantic and unusual places from around the world in which to get married. Getting married abroad is the perfect way to choose an exotic wedding location and then stay and enjoy the destination for your honeymoon. A wedding overseas does not mean making compromises: you can opt for a simple no frill's affair if you wish, otherwise a big family celebration is just as easy to arrange. Full details are provided of all the resorts who will take away all the stress of planning and preparation, leaving you to enjoy the big day. Full details describe the religious and civil ceremonies available, as well as information on each destination's residency requirements and the best time of year to go.Contact details are provided for the venues that will do all the planning and preparations.
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More Places to Stay

By Shelley-Maree Cassidy
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Shelley-Maree Cassidy
More Places to Stay is a follow-up to A Place to Stay and features 26 new hotels from around the globe. More than just a guide book, this is a photographic celebration of some of the world's most desirable homes from home. Destinations range between modern, traditional, large, small, simple and luxurious and are diverse in style and price. Each resort has been hand-picked for its distinctive or original features and is fully illustrated with lavish special photography. Locations featured include Bilbao, Spain; Ravello, Italy; Reykavik, Iceland; Dubai, UAE; Alice Springs; Australia and Palm Springs in USA to name but a few. Full contact details are provided for all destinations.
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Design

By Terence Conran, Stephen Bayley
Authors:
Terence Conran, Stephen Bayley
Design is all around us, it is impossible to avoid. Everything that surrounds us has been designed - from the paperclip and the iPod, to our homes and the way we live. Design: Intelligence Made Visible is epic, opinionated, comprehensive in scope and forms the definitive statement on design for this century. Written by Stephen Bayley, one of the world's best known commentators on modern culture and Terence Conran, one of the world's leading designers and arbiters of taste, this book pays tribute to the leading names, movements, materials and processes such as furniture, fashion, cars, graphics, products, signs and symbols. The book combines essential facts with authoritative opinions - everything, as the industrial designer Raymond Loewy once said, from a lipstick to a steamship - but brought right up to date.A series of essays begin by introducing how design has its place in modern cultural history including Terence Conran's definition of design. The main section of the book comprises an A-Z of iconic people, products and processes from 20th century to the present day with biographies of leading designers from past and present, as well as corporate histories, product appraisals, and witty accounts of relevant management, cultural and social theories. A major appendix has Bayley and Conran assessing the up and coming designers of today and finally a chapter on branding concludes with a provocative methodology to assess brand value.Beautifully designed and beautifully written, Design: Intelligence Made Visible is simply the indispensable guide to the contents of the modern world.
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Japanese Cooking

By Harumi Kurihara
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Harumi Kurihara
Learn how to prepare more than 70 authentic Japanese recipes for fish and seafood, meat, rice, tofu, sushi, noodles, soup, vegetables, desserts and drinks. With suggestions for complete meals, a glossary of ingredients and their western alternatives, and lists of suppliers, Harumi demystifies modern Japanese cooking. Illustrated throughout with superb photographs of dishes, preparation steps, tableware and presentation ideas, Harumi's Japanese Cooking gives a popular insight into the way meals are eaten in Japan today. Drawing on traditional elements, the recipes embrace simplicity and elegance, combining authentic Japanese cuisine with contemporary tastes.With more than 100 recipes for fish and seafood, meat, rice, tofu, sushi, noodles, soup, vegetables, desserts and drinks, Harumi's Japanese Cooking provides a broad selection of mouthwatering recipes. Helpfully, she also suggests which recipes combine well for meals. A glossary of ingredients and their western alternatives, plus useful lists of suppliers complete the book, making it today's most comprehensive introduction to modern Japanese food.
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Terence Conran's Inspiration

By Terence Conran, Stafford Cliff
Authors:
Terence Conran, Stafford Cliff
People say that the most successful homes are the most sustaining and envigorating to live in, or even just to visit. This is true of Barton Court, the house in Berkshire where Terence Conran has made his country home since 1977. It has been a family home, a centre to his Habitat Design business, a factory and studio for producing commercial and domestic furniture, a laboratory for testing his recipes and writing cookery books and has a working fruit, vegetable and herb garden, supplying produce for his restaurants. Throught the objects that Terence has collected, and the things he finds on his travels, we can learn, not only about the man behind a multi-million pound empire, but the processes that stimulate his creativity and the sources of his inspiration.
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The Interior World of Tom Dixon

By Tom Dixon
Authors:
Tom Dixon
Interior design is rapidly becoming a subject of general interest as manufacturers, retailers and marketers race to promote and define themselves and their brands through design. Paradoxically, as everything becomes 'designed ' it gets more and more difficult to define what the word actually means.This book describes a personal approach from Tom Dixon, who through 20 years of practising, has defined his own rules for categorising and describing different aspects of the subject. Divided into six chapters, the book delves into materials, processes and styles throughout history to the present and gives an impression of what the future may look like. This is both a personal vision and a valuable resource of ideas.
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  • Leon: Ingredients & Recipes

    By Allegra McEvedy
    Authors:
    Allegra McEvedy
    'Leon serves food that is fresh, seasonal, locally sources and really good. The twist is that your food is served really fast. The double twist is how delicious it is.' - Vogue The first Leon restaurant, in London's Carnaby Street, opened its doors in July 2004. For its founders - Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy - the aim was to change the face of fast food, by bringing fresh, wholesome cooking to the high street. Six months later, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards. The menu is based around bold flavours, using simply-cooked fresh, local, natural ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal dishes; it also reflects how our eating habits change as the daylight house get longer and shorter. This is a book of two halves. The Ingredients Book arms you with everything you need to know about the basic building blocks of any recipe. LEON chooses its ingredients above all for their flavour and healthiness but also with a view to the world we live in, so that such shark-infested waters as sustainable fish are tackled and easy to navigate. LEON's top 250 fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, dairy and store cupboard ingredients are all given their own entries. Nutrition, a bit of history, flavour and the best way to get the most out of them are all covered, seasoned with a fair amount of random miscellany.The second half is The Recipe Book, where you can put your newly found knowledge of ingredients to great use with over 140 recipes: some are familiar favourites taken from LEON's menus such as the Original Superfood Salad, Moroccan Meatballs or Magic Mackerel Couscous and, for LEON Lovers everywhere, at last a recipe for the coveted LEON Better Brownie. Plus there are some recipes from the founders, their friends and those who helped make LEON what it is today, like Fred's Millennium Octopus and David Dimbleby's Spanish Omelette.LEON's food message is a simple and honest one - cook and eat with the best ingredients available and don't forget the naughty bits that are so necessary for a fully-rounded life.
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    Cars

    By Stephen Bayley
    Authors:
    Stephen Bayley
    Sources are eclectic, results mixed, but one thing is certain: car design is being forced up an ever tightening spiral of creativity. These machines are memorials of our tastes, yearnings and capabilities. They have layers of meaning and can, as Henry Ford knew, be read like a book... if only you know how. The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression.This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, Japanese ingenuity, Swedish responsibility. Cars featured appear in chronological date order from the 1908 Ford Model T to 2003 BMW 5 Series.The chosen cars will be specially photographed in a uniform style and reproduced in very textured, 4 colour b/w so as to distance this book from the cliches and conventions of specialist automotive publishing and to highlight form and shape. Each picture will be accompanied by a short critical essay including essential historical material together with colourful anecdotage and quotations as well as a persuasive aesthetic appraisal of each vehicle. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.
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    Chairs

    By Judith Miller
    Authors:
    Judith Miller
    The chair is the most ubiquitous design element in the domestic environment, and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one. In Chairs Judith Miller scrutinises more than 100 of her favourite chairs reflecting on their iconic status, designers, historical facts, overall style, design details and ergonomic properties. More than 100 chairs have been specially photographed on location and are featured in chronological date order, ranging from early antiques such as the 1680 Wainscot Chair and the 1740 Louis XV Chaise Longue, to modern day collectables such as Marc Newson's 1988 'Embryo' and Tom Dixon's 2007 'Wingback'. This is not a catalogue; each chair has earned its place as an emblem of style, status, craft and art and is celebrated in this beautifully designed book.
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    Everyday Harumi

    By Harumi Kurihara
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    Harumi Kurihara
    In Everyday Harumi, Harumi Kurihara, Japan's most popular cookery writer, selects her favourite foods and presents more than 60 new home-style recipes for you to make for family and friends. Harumi wants everyone to be able to make her recipes and she demonstrates how easy it is to cook Japanese food for every day occasions without needing to shop at specialist food stores. Arranged by her favourite ingredients, Harumi presents recipes for soups, starters, snacks, party dishes, main courses and family feasts that are quick and simple to prepare, all presented in her effortless, down-to-earth and unpretentious approach to stylish living and eating. Every recipe is photographed and includes beautiful step by steps that show key Japanese cooking techniques such as chopping skills or how to serve rice. Texture and flavour are important to Japanese food and Harumi takes you through the basic sauces you can make at home andthe staples you should have in your store cupboard.Photographed by award-winning photographer Jason Lowe, this warm and approachable cookbook invites you to cook and share Japanese food in a simple and elegant style.
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    Woman as Design

    By Stephen Bayley
    Authors:
    Stephen Bayley
    In "Woman as Design", Stephen Bayley discusses how the female body works as a sign, a symbol...as a designed object. Both provocative and beguiling, "Woman as Design" is an eclectic mix of design, cultural history, erotica, fashion, fetishism and observation. In Part One: Before, Behind, Between, Above and Below, Stephen Bayley takes us from Aphrodite to the Delta of Venus and then to the industrialisation of the breast (in bra form) and sexual identity. He questions what strange mixture of evolution, social competition, cultural modelling and (predominantly male) desire made the substance and the style of women. In Part Two he examines pin-ups, stereotypes, cosmetics, hemlines and heels and looks in detail at how design has appropriated the feminine form. He illustrates how we see, display, dress, decorate and distort women - including how shoes and clothes form our impression of womanly ideal and how different ages and different cultures developed different womanly ideals. Wonderfully designed and superbly illustrated, "Woman as Design" is a compulsively attractive book and a modern study of the continuous conflict between the real and the ideal...in its most familiar form.
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  • Fifty Dresses that Changed the World

    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 Dresses That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the 1915 Delphos Pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan's 2007 LED dress, 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.
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  • Fifty Shoes that Changed the World

    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 Shoes That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 shoe designs that have made a substantial impact in the world of design today. From the 1863 Frye boot to Zaha Hadid's 2008 Melissa shoe, 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.
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    Design in Britain

    This is a unique moment for British design. The generation which shaped the emergence of design in the post war years, from Robin Day and Kenneth Grange to Terence Conran, is still active at the same time as young designers born half a century later are coming to prominence with innovative explorations of the implications for design of a very different technological and social climate. Design in Britain discusses the major figures that have led the way and those who have turned it on its head. Divided by subject matter, chapters include: Architecture - how the shape of commercial rebuilding has evolved in Britain; Identity - how the logos and marks measure out the history of Britain; After the Object - the web-based expansion of the definition of what constitutes design; Fashion - a measured account of the ideas and the reality behind British fashion; Graphic Design - an account of the successive creative waves of graphic design in Britain; Furniture Design - a view of what it is that has made British design special from the outside; Industrial Design - a critical response to the interaction between design in the commercial sense, and in the cultural sphere, and Car Design - how Britain is building more cars than ever, but in foreign owned factories. With each chapter written by an international expert in that field, this really is the most comprehensive account of what it is that has given Britain a special place in design.
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  • Fifty Chairs that Changed the World

    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 Chairs That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 chairs that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From Thonet's 1870 Side Chair to Konstantin Grcic's Chair_One, 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.
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  • Fifty Cars that Changed the World

    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.
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    Stefan Gates on E Numbers

    By Stefan Gates
    Authors:
    Stefan Gates
    'Stefan Gates on E Numbers' is a myth-busting celebration of 'E's--the additives and preservatives that make up Britain's most feared ingredients. Most of the food we eat has them yet we are hugely suspicious of them and believe that they cause everything from twitchy eyelids to colon cancer. In this book Stefan discusses just how bad our food would taste, how wrong it would look and how potentially lethal it would be if we didn't have E numbers. You may not realize that many of the finest foods on the planet (including caviar, fine hams and wines) rely on E's. And if you think nature is good and Es are bad, you'd be wrong: the natural world is awash with dangerous toxins (apples contain cyanide, potatoes contain toxic solanine), yet E number substances make up 99.99% of every breath you take. Stefan analyzes all 319 Es approved for use in food and also talks about labelling issues (how to understand them), how much you can safely eat and what, if anything, is wrong with cheap food. He also investigates the scare stories, allergies and potential downsides of the multi-billion pound food industry. If you don't like Es you don't have to eat them but you should make that choice based on facs not fear. Without E numbers we would not have supermarkets. Without this book you cannot make an informed decision about what you are buying and eating.
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