Irish blogger and book reviewer. Official contributor to Bookwitty.com and author of Bookwitty's monthly 'Cooking the Books' feature. Erstwhile microbiologist with an MSc in Food Science, she enjoys growing her own gooseberries, baking her own bread and collecting cookbooks at a rate which far exceeds her husband's ability to build shelves.
The Queen of Puddings Pays the Debt to Pleasure.
Meet Tarquin Winot, a pompous, misogynistic, hypercritical, snobbish, depraved, despicable and pathologically deluded ass. I loved him to bits, not just because he is hideously funny, but because his recipe for Queen of Puddings is a masterpiece.
Girls To Be Reckoned With: Tremendous Heroines of Children's Fiction
A pilot, a princess, a spy and a thief, a witch, a waif and a wannabe gardener...what do they have in common? They are just a few of the pluckiest girls you'll find in children's literature. There are all sorts of ways to be brave; these girls will show you how.
13 Bewitching Books for Younger Children
Here's a list of spell-binding books about wacky witches, wicked wizards, bedknobs, broomsticks, plots and perilous potions galore to keep young readers out of trouble while they wait their turn to board the Hogwart's Express.
Cookbooks Tried and Tested: Cook Well, Eat Well by Rory O’Connell
Rory O'Connell is one of Ireland's most respected cookery teachers. In his new book, he shares an impressive selection of seasonal menus aiming to teach readers how to cook delicious, well-balanced meals. He will gift you, if you are willing, the incomparable satisfaction of cooking from scratch.
The Best Bread Pudding Nora Ephron Ever Ate: Heartburn, Cooked
Heartburn has it all: A wise-cracking heroine, a charismatic but philandering anti-hero, political intrigue, pathos and toasted almonds. Nora Ephron will keep you laughing right up to the moment you realise you are in tears. And then there's her recipe for the best bread pudding ever...
Reviewed: To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
A young, heart-sore widow, a handsome engineer, devious aristocrats, unscrupulous artists, scandal and passion -- all set in Paris of the Belle Epoque. Here is a book with all, or almost all, the ingredients of a romantic blockbuster.
First Steps Into Space: 13 Books to Inform and Inspire Children
Prepare to blast off. These outstanding books for children about space exploration and the wonders of our universe were written by scientists, teachers, visionaries, astronauts and real-life heroes.