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  • FOLDING STAR - 2ND HAND
    FOLDING STAR - 2ND HAND
    HOLLINGHURST ALAN
    ISBN: 9780701159139
    Title: FOLDING STAR - 2ND HAND
    Author: HOLLINGHURST ALAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, remainder mark to bottom of text block, in a very good, slightly scuffed dust jacket. First edition hard cover.

    Edward Manners - thirty three and disaffected - escapes to a Flemish city in search of a new life. Almost at once he falls in love with seventeen-year-old Luc, and is introduced to the twilight world of the 1890s Belgian painter Edgard Orst.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • FOOD : A CULINARY HISTORY - 2ND HAND
    FOOD : A CULINARY HISTORY - 2ND HAND
    FLANDRIN JEAN-LOUIS / MONTANARI MASSIMO
    ISBN: 9780231111546
    Title: FOOD : A CULINARY HISTORY - 2ND HAND
    Author: FLANDRIN JEAN-LOUIS / MONTANARI MASSIMO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    When did we first serve meals at regular hours? Why did we begin using individual plates and utensils to eat? When did "cuisine" become a concept and how did we come to judge food by its method of preparation, manner of consumption, and gastronomic merit?

    Food: A Culinary History explores culinary evolution and eating habits from prehistoric times to the present, offering surprising insights into our social and agricultural practices, religious beliefs, and most unreflected habits. The volume dispels myths such as the tale that Marco Polo brought pasta to Europe from China, that the original recipe for chocolate contained chili instead of sugar, and more. As it builds its history, the text also reveals the dietary rules of the ancient Hebrews, the contributions of Arabic cookery to European cuisine, the table etiquette of the Middle Ages, and the evolution of beverage styles in early America. It concludes with a discussion on the McDonaldization of food and growing popularity of foreign foods today.

    Imprint: COLUMBIA UNI PRESS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • FOOL OF LOVE - 2ND HAND
    FOOL OF LOVE - 2ND HAND
    LEES-MILNE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781854870667
    Title: FOOL OF LOVE - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEES-MILNE JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.


    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FRANK ZAPPA - 2ND HAND
    FRANK ZAPPA - 2ND HAND
    MILES BARRY
    ISBN: 9781843540922
    Title: FRANK ZAPPA - 2ND HAND
    Author: MILES BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy. This title is now out of print.

    Barry Miles knew Frank Zappa intimately and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. This sparkling biography brings Zappa the musician and composer, Zappa the controversialist, and Zappa the family man (despite his love of groupies, he was married for more than 30 years) together for the first time.

    Barry Miles' biography follows Zappa from his sickly Italian-American childhood in the 1940s - when his father used DDT to clean the kitchen - to his death from cancer in the 1990s. Zappa's initial desire was to be a classical composer, but he soon came to realize that his ambition was more likely to lead to starvation than stardom, so he decided to join a band that played music people actually want to listen to. In the mid 1960s Zappa became the leader of a noisy band called 'The Mothers of Invention' who went on to be one of the most internationally famous rock groups of the era.



    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • FRENCH - 2ND HAND
    FRENCH - 2ND HAND
    PIGNOLET DAMIEN
    ISBN: 9781920989170
    Title: FRENCH - 2ND HAND
    Author: PIGNOLET DAMIEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, issued without dust jacket. First edition.

    A chef dedicated to the improvement and refinement of his craft, Damien Pignolet has made his name with immaculately prepared and simply presented food inspired by French classical and provincial cooking.

    Keen to pass on his knowledge of the techniques and methods he has honed over the years, he has devoted himself to writing this comprehensive collection of timeless French recipes specifically adapted for Australian ingredients and tastes. Here are essential recipes for everything from basic brown stock and foolproof mayonnaise to rustic country terrines and hearty braises, not to mention an extensive journey into the magic of the French pastry kitchen. While staying true to the French tradition, Damien takes prides in making sure his recipes are suited to home cooking in a domestic kitchen. His clear, unfussy instructions and friendly advice will give you the confidence to expand your culinary repertoire.

    Complemented by Earl Carter's beautifully rich and lavish photography, this is a cookbook to be used and treasured.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • FRENCH LESSONS - 2ND HAND
    FRENCH LESSONS - 2ND HAND
    NORTH JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781740665377
    Title: FRENCH LESSONS - 2ND HAND
    Author: NORTH JUSTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    Containing more than 300 simple recipes, this comprehensive and colorful volume on French cooking helps demystify this popular continental cuisine. A guide to the essential ingredients and equipment is followed by 23 individual lessons, each based on a particular course or technique. Savory chapters on stocks and soups, sauces, steaming, braising, and grilling are coupled with information on sweeter courses, such as sorbets, fruit, and chocolate. Step-by-step instructions and suggestions for menu accompaniments enable even novice cooks to whip up a spectacular le déjeuner and present an impressive meal.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FROZEN DESSERTS - 2ND HAND
    FROZEN DESSERTS - 2ND HAND
    MIGOYA FRANCISCO J
    ISBN: 9780470118665
    Title: FROZEN DESSERTS - 2ND HAND
    Author: MIGOYA FRANCISCO J
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.First edition.

    It is essential for any serious pastry chef to have a comprehensive knowledge of frozen dessert production, and Frozen Desserts provides all the basic information a pastry professional needs. Introductory chapters include: the history and evolution of frozen desserts ingredients including dairy products, sugars, stabilizers, emulsifiers, fruits, and flavors equipment including churning machines, production equipment, and storage and serving containers essentials on storage, sanitation, and production and serving techniques Recipe chapters cover: Dairy-Based Frozen Desserts, which include ice cream, gelato, and sherbet Non-Dairy Desserts, which include sorbet and granites Aerated Still-Frozen Desserts, which include parfaits, semi-freddos, and frozen mousses and souffles Each recipe chapter covers both classic and modern small-batch production techniques, basic formulas, and both basic and advanced base recipes. The final chapter, "Finished Items", makes use of these base recipes and shows readers how to produce, plate, garnish, and serve small desserts, plated desserts, frozen cakes, and even frozen accompaniments to savory courses. Recipes are illustrated throughout by full-color beauty photographs. An instructor's manual and companion website are also available for classroom use.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • GENERAL IN HIS LABYRINTH - 2ND HAND
    GENERAL IN HIS LABYRINTH - 2ND HAND
    MARQUEZ GABRIEL GARCIA
    ISBN: 9780394582580
    Title: GENERAL IN HIS LABYRINTH - 2ND HAND
    Author: MARQUEZ GABRIEL GARCIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    At the age of forty-six General Simon Bolivar, who drove the Spanish from his lands and became the Liberator of South America, takes himself into exile. He makes a final journey down the Magdalene River, revisiting the cities along its shores, reliving the triumphs, passions and betrayals of his youth.


    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • GIANT OBRIEN - 2ND HAND
    GIANT OBRIEN - 2ND HAND
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9781857028843
    Title: GIANT OBRIEN - 2ND HAND
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in a dust jacket that is a trifling creased and sporting a small closed tear (approx. 4mm). First edition hard cover.

    From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien. Charles O'Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England?The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. A motley court surrounds him: slow witted Jankin; the thrusting Claffey brothers; sharp-tongued Bride Claskey, the procuress. None so low as Bitch Mary, and none so opportunistic as impressario Joe Vance, yet London shall make its mark on them all.In addition to the daunting task of taking his storytelling across the sea, The Giant O'Brien must be wary of John Hunter, a celebrated surgeon and anatomist who buys dead men from the gallows and the corpses of babies by the inch. The only problem for John Hunter is that the Giant is still alive. But for how long?‘The Giant, O' Brien' is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.





    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • GINGER PIG MEAT BOOK - 2ND HAND
    GINGER PIG MEAT BOOK - 2ND HAND
    WILSON TIM / WARDE FRAN
    ISBN: 9781845335588
    Title: GINGER PIG MEAT BOOK - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON TIM / WARDE FRAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, issued without dust jacket.

    Tim Wilson and Fran Warde have teamed up to create this comprehensive reference work and inspirational collection of recipes.

    For each type of meat, the book recommends the best breeds, advises which cuts suit which style of cooking and tells you what to ask your butcher in order to buy the best quality.

    There are more than 100 recipes, from Sticky citrus-marinated pork chops through Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons, to Slow-baked herb-crusted leg of mutton.

    Through monthly farm diaries, the book also reveals what life is really like on a thriving British farm. Packed with specially commissioned photographs taken on the farm as well as in the kitchen by renowned photographer Kristin Perers, this is a uniquely beautiful and useful book.


    Imprint: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • GODS OF FREUD : Sigmund Freuds Art Collection - 2ND HAND
    GODS OF FREUD : Sigmund Freuds Art Collection - 2ND HAND
    BURKE JANINE
    ISBN: 9781740513753
    Title: GODS OF FREUD : Sigmund Freuds Art Collection - 2ND HAND
    Author: BURKE JANINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    A stunning and surprising re-evaluation of Freud's life and legacy told through his extraordinary art collection.

    Janine Burke, award-winning author and art historian, reveals an intriguing new perspective on sigmund Freud - as an obsessive artcollector; a passionate and reckless man intent on surrounding himself with beautiful objects.



    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • GOLDILOCKS DILEMMA : WHY IS THE UNIVERSE JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE - 2ND HAND
    GOLDILOCKS DILEMMA : WHY IS THE UNIVERSE JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE - 2ND HAND
    DAVIES PAUL
    ISBN: 9780713998832
    Title: GOLDILOCKS DILEMMA : WHY IS THE UNIVERSE JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE - 2ND HAND
    Author: DAVIES PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    The Goldilocks Enigma is Paul Davies spectacular and eagerly awaited return to cosmology. Here he tackles all the 'big questions' and introduces the latest discoveries that have allowed scientists to piece together the story of the universe in unprecedented detail. And he explains why, despite all this, cosmologists are more divided than ever. Why is everything just right for life on earth? And how have we tried to explain this? How has belief shaped the scientific debate? What do we really know about our place in the universe? Paul Davies decodes the real science and gets to the very heart of our understanding of the universe.


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • GOOD BONES - 2ND HAND
    GOOD BONES - 2ND HAND
    ATWOOD MARGARET
    ISBN: 9780889104426
    Title: GOOD BONES - 2ND HAND
    Author: ATWOOD MARGARET
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, gift inscription to half title, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    These wise and witty writings home in on Shakespeare, tree stumps, ecological disasters, bodies (male and female), and theology, amongst other matters. We hear Gertrude's version of what really happened in Hamlet; an ugly sister and a wicked stepmother put in a good word for themselves,and a reincarnated bat explains how Bram Stoker got Dracula hopelessly wrong. Good Bones is pure distilled Atwood - deliciously strong and bittersweet.

    Imprint: COACHHOUSE
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • GREAT WALL : CHINA AGAINST THE WORLD 1000BC-2000AD - 2ND HAND
    GREAT WALL : CHINA AGAINST THE WORLD 1000BC-2000AD - 2ND HAND
    LOVELL JULIA
    ISBN: 9780330422413
    Title: GREAT WALL : CHINA AGAINST THE WORLD 1000BC-2000AD - 2ND HAND
    Author: LOVELL JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, pages beginning to tan, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    A new and important history of the epic story of the Great Wall of China that guides the reader through the conquests and cataclysms of the Chinese empire, from the second millennium BC the present day. Over 2,200 years old and 4,300 miles long, the Great Wall of China has made an overwhelmingly confident physical statement about the country it spans: about China's age-old sense of being an advanced civilization anxious to draw a clear line between itself and the barbarians at its borders. But behind the wall's intimidating exterior -- and the myths that have clustered around it -- is a complex history that has both defined and undermined China. It is this history that Julia Lovell explores in her enthralling book. The Great Wall is an epic tale that stretches over two millennia as it follows the rise and fall of the great Chinese ruling dynasties. Full of astonishing details and extraordinary characters -- from emperors to engineers, statesmen to soldiers -- this is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand China's past, present, and future.



    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • HARLANDS HALF ACRE - 2ND HAND
    HARLANDS HALF ACRE - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701127374
    Title: HARLANDS HALF ACRE - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, name stamped to FFE, in a very good,lightly rubbed, dust jacket. First edition.

    Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers, and his desire to regain the Harlands' lost prosperity. Phil Vernon, growing up alone in the midst of a demanding family, is a boy when he first meets Frank Harland, but he is inexorably drawn into the Harlands' circle.

    Through the interlinked lives of the two families, David Malouf explores solitude and society, possession and dispossession, the obsessions and violence of family life and love, illuminating the larger world of events and imagination.



    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • HEAT  - 2ND HAND
    HEAT - 2ND HAND
    BUFORD BILL
    ISBN: 9781400041206
    Title: HEAT - 2ND HAND
    Author: BUFORD BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali. Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon finds himself drowning in improperly cubed carrots and scalding pasta water on his quest to learn the tricks of the trade. His love of Italian food then propels him on journeys further afield: to Italy, to discover the secrets of pasta-making and, finally, how to properly slaughter a pig. Throughout, Buford stunningly details the complex aspects of Italian cooking and its long history, creating an engrossing and visceral narrative stuffed with insight and humor.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
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