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Issue 19 - Book Reviews

Scotland Magazine Issue 19
March 2005


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Book Reviews

Sally Toms takes a look at this issue's book reviews.

The Scots Kitchen
This is much more than a collection of recipes, it is a book that celebrates the craft and tradition of Scottish cooking. First published in 1929 (don’t be fooled by the modern cover), this is old school cookery at its best. A classic. F.Marian McNeil - Mercat Press £9.99

Working with Nature
The memoirs of wildlife manager Ronnie Rose read part autobiography, part instruction, part inspiration. He writes with a huge amount of knowledge and conviction of the flora and fauna of the Scottish Uplands. Asuccession of absorbing stories about wildlife and life growing up amidst Royals on the Balmoral estate. Also includes some charming personal photographs.
Ronnie Rose - David Grayling Books £30.00

Traditional Scottish Cookery
FitzGibbon’s book was published some 50 years after The Scots Kitchen, and is more recognisable as a modern cookery book. All the ingredients are easily available, for a start! The recipes are clear and easy to follow, traditional but with a contemporary twist.
Theodoara FitzGibbon - Mercat Press £9.99

Ravens Over the Hill
This well researched book looks in detail at the area around Dun Coillich, Perthshire, from the earliest times to the present day. Contains geological and archaeological information, but particularly enjoyable are the stories and photographs of some of the locals inhabitants.
Robin Hull - Perth & Kinross Libraries £9.95

Britains best museums and galleries
Ahuge great volume, illustrated throughout, including history, highlights and where to find 350 of the best museums in the United Kingdom (43 of which in Scotland). You couldn’t take it with you on your travels, though, without buying it an extra seat on the plane.
Mark Fisher - Penguin £30.00

Picts, Gaels and Scots
An updated and expanded edition of a classic text on early Scottish history. Foster uses archaeology, art and place name studies to explain how the Picts and Gaels became Scots and forged a nation. This is a thorough and detailed study of possibly the most important but least understood period in Scottish history, brought to life by interesting photographs and illustrations on every page.
Sally M Foster - Bastford £14.99