Category Archives: Books

Stand By To Repel Boarders II

We have had two visitors this week.  They came in by different entrances; and, hopefully, they will leave by different exits.  The first visitor was a mouse: only the one this time.  We have not found his entrance, but I … Continue reading

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Cookery, Not Millinery

I do not know if there is such a thing as Scottish Cuisine.  It seems to me that there is a cuisine which covers the British Isles, yet, which has regional variations dependent on climate and soil.  The codification of … Continue reading

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Ratatouille

When I first made ratatouille, Delia Smith was my guide.  Thirty years later, I have not deviated much from her path.  Julia Child’s recipe has been an influence; but, as it is claimed that a man can dirty every pot, … Continue reading

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Home-baked Bread

From our trip to Scotland, Wife Person brought home a Harris Tweed jacket and a book on bread by Paul Hollywood.  Today, thanks to jet lag, she was up exceedingly early and got started on a loaf. We heated up a … Continue reading

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Ennui: Mother of Adventure

Ennui is the mother of adventure.  Erskine Childers’ The Riddle of the Sands, and John Buchan’s Hannay series and John Macnab all begin with heroes bored, listless, and out of sorts.  But soon, the protagonists are released from the urban … Continue reading

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National Audubon Society Field Guide To Birds

For his birthday, my son received a bird book from his Grandfather.  It is not the only bird book in the house, but in many ways, it is the most useful. Grandpa gave him the National Audubon Society Field Guide … Continue reading

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