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The Open Road By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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When I set off on my cycling holiday to the Black Forest in 2010, I had no idea that my husband was coming along too. He had never been far from me in the four years since his death, but on this... More > holiday he was to appear in the most solid and tangible way. This is not at all a sad book, it is funny, exhilarating and entertaining. You will enjoy reading about the people I meet and the adventures I have, above all for anyone who has lost a partner, the knowledge that they live on, not just in our hearts, but in the most real way imaginable, will bring hope and happiness.< Less
The Curious Cook's Book By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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A modern kitchen manual for the man or woman who wants to feed herself, himself, the family, or each other sensibly and well. It contains advice on equipment, stores and cooking methods and has a... More > comprehensive selection of recipes fully explained by a woman who has been housewife, mother and professional chef. A good starter cookbook for novices, it will also intrigue and delight the experienced cook. Geraldine’s style is light but thorough - she never leaves you with a pan in your hand wondering what to do next. She will have you producing economical, varied and nutritious meals in no time, and the skills you develop will enable you to branch out in any direction you wish. The world, you might say, is your oyster. Devout Christians can ask for their own expurgated edition which does not contain the recipe for Devil Food Cake.< Less
The Retro Cookbook By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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These recipes are from a collection I started in 1960 as a young married woman, and continued up to the mid-70s when I went to train as a chef. They were cut from magazines, newspapers, product... More > wrappings or copied from books or friends. I am publishing them now because we are moving back into those hard times - people have less money and some are living without what we consider necessities. Most of these recipes can be cooked on the most basic equipment as all we had back then was a cooker with four burners and an oven. No grill, no microwave, no toasters or fridges or freezers. No takeaways if you discount the Great British Fish and Chips, no supermarkets, no cheap food. We used raw ingredients and made them go a long way. Welcome to my New Austerity cookbook!< Less
The Country House Chef's Book By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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The author has had a lifelong interest in food which she pursued professionally beginning in 1974. She has worked in a variety of establishments and prefers country house cooking to a la carte. This... More > is a compilation of her personal recipe file which she built up during her time in the industry. Although the recipes are intended for volume catering she has included scaled-down versions for the family table. For a full understanding of her repertoire and expertise read 'The Curious Cook's Book' by the same author, available from Lulu and Amazon.< Less
Riding with Angels By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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In 2011, to celebrate 70 years on this planet, I set off to ride the Rhine Cycle Path. On the way, I decided to actively ask the Angels for help when I needed it. What I found was amazing. They... More > delivered on the nail, every time! Only sometimes I was too stupid to see it . . .< Less
Tales from the Cold Northern Hills By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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After a chaotic career in catering, the irrepressible Sally Jackson hangs up her apron and takes to the Northern hills in a quest to find out how normal people spend their time. But normal people... More > take cover when they see her coming and she meets only sexual deviants, ufo enthusiasts and the certifiably insane. Falling over witches on a daily basis, she decides to join them. After a naked ritual at the hands of an unemployed Father of Nine, she surprises him by taking the whole thing seriously, embarking on a magical career which she expects him to share. This wouldn't be a book about Sally without her usual sexual peccadilloes - Gustav Prendergast the Performance Poet, Gareth Jones the sexbomb sports instructor, Horst the Hairy Hun among others. The Star Turn of this book is undoubtedly the Father of Nine whose fund of stories rivals the Arabian Nights. An uproarious romp, a tantalising mixture of witchcraft, sex and humour in the cold Northern hills. Just the thing for a wet weekend in Wigan.< Less
Like it or Lump it By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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A book of short stories and published articles by Geraldine Murfin-Shaw, published under previous name of Valerie Thome.
Fresh Out of the Pan By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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Two husbands under her belt, Sally enters the Cooks' Academy at the age of 34, determined to make a career for herself in catering. Coping with the demands of her two children, plus the punishing... More > schedule set by the charismatic - but deadly - Dr Fisher would be more than enough for most people, but her problems don't stop there! Hounded by Social Security, persecuted by her landlord, tormented by her growing obsession with the sexually rampant Dr Fisher, Sal muddles through with no very clear plan of action - apart from her deep-seated belief that the kitchen is her spiritual home. The adventures of Sally and her fellow students and the very real hard work they do in the kitchen, are told at a fast, racy pace - the way Sally lives her life. Whatever you think of Sally's morals, you can't help admiring her guts, her determination to stay the pace . . . . and her cracking love life!< Less
Sweet Chef By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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After a year at the Cook’s Academy, Sally is handed a certificate of competence and slung out onto the job market. At 35, she wonders who will employ someone so overqualified and... More > under-experienced, so jumps at the chance of a job in the Zoo, where she quickly finds that the chefs are more dangerous than the animals! Sweating in the intense heat of one of the hottest summers on record, Sal develops muscles as she rolls pastry for pies that would gladden the heart of Desperate Dan. Inevitably, the kids Cleo and Alex manage to escape their grandmother's clutches and turn up at the zoo, posing Sal a problem, not least in the romance department, Cleo now an extremely beautiful fifteen year old, knocking her mother into the shade, and throwing the monkeys into fits of jealousy when their keeper gets the hots for her. Add the Entertainers - re-enacting a bizarre 17th Century hanging every night, and you have a mix that is hotter than dynamite!< Less
Four Geminis and a Jacuzzi By Geraldine Murfin-Shaw
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Tired of looking down holes in the road for a 'real' man, Sally can't believe her luck when she finds one on a building site. Rough, bearded and covered in cement dust, he is just what she is looking... More > for. But Jimmy Pinchbeck is the site owner on his day off, and turns up to take her out wearing an Italian suit and white shoes, and driving a Merc. He is nuts on blondes, crazy about Abba, and appointing Sally as chef at his sordid sports club is all his dreams rolled into one. Read about shenanigans with staff and jollies in the jacuzzi as the club lurches from one financial crisis to another and Jimmy talks his way out of everything, while Sally struggles to hold the catering enterprise together and defend her staff from his depredations. Unforgettable characters in this book are Anna, the green-eyed girl chef who has Sally's heart in a whirl - Michael the Irish joiner - and Hector the hilarious guesthouse proprietor.< Less

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