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The cooking compass

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-2019

This is my first time ever listening to something so informational on audiobook. It was an experience to say the least. I definitely think that as a printed book, this would have gotten 5 stars from me, but as an audiobook it was not quite so engrossing as I'd hoped. Of course, I think this disappointment is all about my own expectations. The information presented in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat was exceptionally helpful and interesting, but I just feel that it would have been intensely more so had I been reading it in my kitchen, while I was putting into practice the information I was receiving. On my commute to work, not so much. Therefore, I think this is a case of cook books and guides needing to be a physical object, at least in my opinion. As good as this book could have been in this format however, it was. Samin Nosrat has a lovely reading voice, and you can just tell her excitement and passion for the topics covered as she reads. And her descriptions of food? Mouthwateringly stunning. I was hungry the whole time I listened to this. So be careful of that if you too decide to give this one a go.

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Absolutely invested

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2019

Overall, Red Sparrow was what I had hoped it would be: a spy story with its plot twists, and its drama, and its little details that made me feel like I might like to partake in a little espionage myself. For anyone wondering, this is book more focussed on plot than character. It keeps you held at a sterile distance, sure, but it keeps you fully engaged, the “What’s gonna happen next?” question swirling round your mind. Also, I am of the camp of people who saw the movie first. I would suggest to anyone in the same boat to shift your expectations a little. Jennifer Lawrence may be on the cover, but this story is as much, if not more centred on the men around her. I think this is why I couldn’t rate the book a full five stars: because I was hoping for a more female centre — most of the ways women were described in the book were slimy and sexualised, even by ‘the good guys’ — which wasn’t what I was actually in for. That said, and compartmentalised, I really enjoyed this book. (The recipes were a quirk I neither understand, nor feel this book would be the same without.)

Just...wow...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2019

An entirely new way of thinking about death, in that it teaches you TO THINK ABOUT DEATH. Caitlin Doughty has the kind of emotional wisdom I can only hope to achieve myself, and more than that, the courage to share it. A fantastic read, as engaging and thought provoking as it is entertaining. I will absolutely be reading everything else Caitlin Doughty offers. Five stars, all round.