The Vegan Pantry : 60 Naturally Delicious Recipes for Modern Vegan Food by Dunja Gulin

vegan pantryThis comprehensive and inspiring cookery book is ideal for anyone starting out on their vegan journey and who is concerned about maintaining good health, the choice of dishes available, the vegan options for entertaining friends at home, and understanding vegan-friendly cooking.

The book starts with plenty of clear, accessible information about key vegan ingredients, getting all the essential vitamins and minerals on a vegan diet, making clever substitutions, and how to make and buy pantry basics that form the foundations of many recipes in the book.

There are 60 recipes from creative chef, teacher, and nutritionist Dunja Gulin – from tasty breakfast and brunch ideas to simple, fun food for every day, such as rich pasta sauces, spicy burgers with sweet potato wedges, and versatile pizzas. Stylish dishes such as warm spelt and asparagus salad, minestrone with pearl barley, hazelnut panna cotta, and cheat’s ice cream make vegan entertaining easy. Also included are instructions on how to make nutritious nut milks and cheeses so that vegans don’t have to miss out on their dairy favorites.

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Book of the Week – The Lady’s Maid by Dilly Court 28-07-2014

ladys maidIn the quiet of a warm summer’s evening, two young mothers are forced to give up their babies. Whilst Kate grows up knowing only poverty and servitude, as the daughter of a baronet, Josie’s world is one of privilege and luxury.

Despite the differences in their circumstances, Kate and Josie have been friends since childhood. But their past binds them together in ways those closest to them are determined they must never know.

Until a chance meeting forces Kate and Josie to confront the truth of that night nearly twenty years ago — a truth that turns both worlds upside down and threatens to destroy their friendship forever 

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The Dr Kate Hanson series – by A. J Cross

If you like to read authors like Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter or Kathy Reichs, then you may enjoy this series from A. J Cross about Forensic Psychologist Dr Kate Hanson.

There are currently two books in the series Gone is Seconds (1) and Art of Deception.(2)

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When the skeleton of a young woman is found near a West Midlands motorway, evidence suggests that it is that of teenager Molly James, who went missing five years ago.

Forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are called in to re-investigate Molly’s case. The deeper they dig the dirtier the clues get, and when a second set of remains is unearthed Kate suspects they’re looking for a Repeater: a killer who will adapt, grow and not stop until they are caught.

Will Dr Hanson manage to unravel the tangle of clues that the killer has left behind before he has a chance to take another innocent victim?


art of deceptionThe New Year brings a gruesome new discovery for forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham’s Unsolved Crimes Unit.

A mummified body is found beneath the floorboards of a deserted lake house in Woodgate Country Park. The dead man was art student Nathan Troy, who disappeared 20 years ago, but evidence at the scene suggests the killer has been keeping an eye on his long-dead victim.

As Kate begins to dig further into Nathan’s past, she discovers a series of potentially toxic relationships. Why do his house mates refuse to talk about that time or their friendship with Nathan? And what was his connection to the beautiful and apparently promiscuous daughter of his professor?

When the disappearance of a local teenager confirms that Nathan’s killer is back, Kate and the team must work fast to untangle a web of lies and unmask a murderer who has lain dormant for 20 years. A chilling discovery, a young life in mortal danger, and a series of dark secrets that have been hidden for decades.

A. J Cross is a Forensic Psychologist and frequent court appointed expert witness. Her professional experience has included work with the Probation Service within its sexual offender unit in her home city.

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Found today whilst shelving – The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene

vintage teacup

At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it – and form a friendship that changes their lives . . .

Jenny can’t wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.

Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career – until she’s forced to confront the past once more.

Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.

Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.

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Branch Bookshelves Anyone?

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find these and other great bookshelf ideas on our ‘BookShelf Envy’ board in Pinterest

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Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo – Book of the Week 21-07-2014

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A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.

But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young son who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate

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Loving the look of this……

I was very excited to have stumbled across another gorgeous food blog ‘Local is Lovely‘ the other day ( I’m obsessed with food blogs :).) And I was even more excited to have just spotted the book here in the library.

Apologies but I have coveted it, and will scurry home to indulge over the weekend. But thought it only fair that I let you in on its loveliness ……..

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Follow Sophie Hansen as she takes us on a journey with the farmers and producers she loves to cook with. From delicious, ripe stone fruit through to wholesome freshly milled flour, you’ll learn everything you need to know about eating local, direct form the source.

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You can also check out the sumptuous blog here











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