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  • World War ll London Blitz Diary Volume 1 on Jan. 06, 2012

    This diary is a very illuminating look at what life during the London Blitz was like. Life-long diarist Ruby talks about both the external events of WWII and her personal experiences on a day-to-day basis living through the Blitz, as well as general family and society events and opinions. Being able to read something that was being written each day, without the benefit of hindsight as to what was historically significant, was very refreshing. The diaries have been edited by Ruby's great-granddaughter. She has let the content stand as is, and accordingly some comments will likely make modern readers cringe a bit, but thankfully there has been no editing to make the diary more dramatic, as a novelised version might have been. The content itself and the fact the diaries survive is a true gift to Ruby's descendants, and now to us as well.
  • Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens on May 05, 2012

    I've tried a few recipes from this book and can't wait to try more - there's plenty of tasty-looking ones to choose from! This book has been well-researched and the historical background provided on the dishes balances the actual recipes nicely.