This month I had to go through the palaver of collecting all my library books from around the house, taking them back to the library in my little shopping basket on wheels, leaving them in the staff cloakroom for a week, then bringing them back again, so they didn't get mixed up in anything or lost in the big house move...good job I work at the library and it's within walking distance really! So I haven't really had much time for reading this month, but I have really enjoyed these two books.
River Cottage Veg Everyday - Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall
I watched the TV series that went along with this book, and was really interested to see Hugh's (who is a big meat eater) experience of going veggie for the summer (and watching his dramatic weight loss as the series progressed!) There are lots of yummy recipes in this book, everything featured in the series and more, it's an enormous book. The spring onion, puff pastry pie, veggie biryani, bhaji and bread recipes look particularly dribbleworthy!
Queen of Crafts - Jazz Domino Holly
I nearly left this book on the shelves, it looks like all the other new crafty/lifestyle books that are out there at the moment...but it's not, cos this one is Awesome. Firstly, it has instructions to make your own edible glitter...if this was the only great thing about this book that would be enough, but it isn't. There are great instructions for home made beauty stuff, like moisturiser and lip balm, that seem easy to make, lots of instructions for making jam, baking, gardening, sewing, knitting and all sorts of other things. It doesn't have as many pictures as some other books, which made me think it didn't have much content when I first picked it up, but there are lots of projects without pictures and there are more projects in this little book than in some of the glossy, photo filled books you can get. I also really loved reading about Jazz's WI group, the Shoreditch Sisters, who are a young faction of the WI and have tea, cake and rock and roll parties, there are tips on setting up your own 'cool' WI group or holding other gatherings too. Jazz Domino Holly is my new girl-hero.