Friday, June 28, 2013

June E-Books:

Edible History: Easy Ancient Celtic, Gallic and Roman Techniques for Leavening Bread Without Modern Commerical Yeast By: Cassandra Cookson
Non-Fiction: Cooking, E-book

The title of this book is almost longer then the book itself.  It has one Celtic, one Gallic and one Roman method for gathering wild yeast to make bread with. Each method is rather easy and it has a good amount of historic information in it as well, but I am glad I picked it up for free as the methods used can be found quickly on-line or in more comprehensive books on the subject.

Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts By: Talli Roland
Fiction: Chick Lit, E-book

What happens when a hopeless romantic gets a job setting up a museum dedicated to broken relationships? And her boss has a broken relationship with his mother? And her boyfriend is a jerk? Craziness, that's what.

Armed Gunmen, True Facts, and Other Ridiculous Nonsense: A Compiled Compendium of Repetitive Redundancies By: Richard A. Kallan
Non-Fiction: Writing, Humor, E-book

This book is about tautologies, which are a form of redundant phrases. It has a phrase followed by humorous definition and then similar phrases.  As well as some areas of prose filled with tautologies.  Most of the book is slightly funny by it's noting of redundant phrases that we use in day to day life without thinking about how redundant they are.  However there are a few phrases that aren't necessary redundant.  For example it lists good Samaritan as one, however a Samaritan is simply someone that was from Samaria and even in the Biblical story where we get the phrase from it in no way implies that Samaritans are noted as especially good, in fact it was a surprise that the Samaritan was the good guy in the story.  It also lists Easter Sunday, because Easter the day is on Sunday, but Easter the season is much longer in a number of churches and so they do have Easter Monday etc.

There's no taste like home: Beer-making for the complete novice By: Jan Colombini
Non-fiction: Cooking, E-book

First this book appears to be written in the UK. Which if this book is a true example of the home brewing movement in the UK, it's about 40 years behind America in home brewing.  The simple beer making in this book is buy a can of pre-hopped malt, add water and table sugar, heat, cool and add the packet of yeast from the top of the can. So it is not a good book if you want to learn how to make beer.  It is very useful on information on the history of beer, starting with the 1st beers up to modern times.

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