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Issue 79 - Scotland's Bookshelf

Scotland Magazine Issue 79
February 2015


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Scotland's Bookshelf

A selection of the latest offering on Scottish History, Style and Culture

The Pocket Guide to Wine
Nikki Welch
£7.99 | Birlinn | ISBN 978-1-78027-144-6
The author has invented a ‘Wine Tube’ illustrating regions, grapes and tastes, providing recommendations on which dishes should accompany your choice, and where the wine originated. An easy to use reference guide which advises on best value and some largely undiscovered varieties.

The Ninth Wave
Love and food on the Isle of Mull
Carla Lamont
£20.00 | Birlinn | ISBN 978-1-78027-244-3
The author, a restauranteur and chef, shares the sensual beauty and bounty of the Hebridean island of Mull in this fine book which is elegantly illustrated by photographer Sam Jones. Ninth Wave is the first high-end restaurant on the island, housed in a renovated croft and from its recipes reveals the amazing diversity of food to be enjoyed in the wild and wonderful landscape.

Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley
£14.99/$19.99 | Mitchell Beazley | ISBN 978-1-84533-911-1
From absynth and brandy to vodka and whisky, the world's finest spirits unearthed, explained and enjoyed. This book, insist the authors, is about men and women tearing up the rule books and creating (recreating) original spirits with extraordinary personality and passion. Exploring the ingredients, classic interpretations and choices, Joel and Neil explain everything that you need to know with humour and an engaging sense of fun.

Saint Andrew: Myth, Legend and Reality
Michael TRB Turnbull
£9.99/$16.95 | Neil Wilson Publishing | ISBN 978-1-906000-78-3
Before he became the first disciple of Jesus, Andrew was a fisherman on the sea of Galilee. He thereafter became a ‘fisher of men,’ bringing the non-Jews to Jesus. This is a fascinating book filling in the gaps in general knowledge, such as how and when he came to be adopted as Scotland's patron saint.