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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby – Bosh! | Review

Title: Bosh!

Author: Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 288

Rating: 4/5



Oh yeah, it’s cookbook time. This one is a plant-based/vegan cookbook from Bosh!, who I watch on YouTube and who are arguably the UK’s biggest vegan food influencers. I think I read somewhere that this one ended up at the top of the bestseller lists for several months in a row, and they also have another cookbook coming out early in 2019.

My only complaint here is that some of the pages fell out of my edition, although I guess you expect a certain amount of wear and tear on a cookbook. I don’t count my cookbooks as “read” until I’ve tried all of the recipes that I’m interested in, and with this one I ended up just with a big list of desserts after I’d raided it for mains.

I picked up some great recipes though, and I’ve also adapted a few of them or switched some ingredients around. I even taught my mum how to make the paella, which works well for her because she’s trying to lose weight. As for me, I was just happy to have a book that focused exclusively on plant-based cuisine, and this was actually the first one that I got my hands on.
If you’re not sold on it yet, check out Bosh’s YouTube channel for some recipes that aren’t included in here, because then you can give them a go beforehand and get a feel for whether you like their stuff. I’m particularly impressed by their jalapeno mac and cheese, which is probably the recipe I cook more than any other. The Chinese pancakes are also good.



Click here to buy Bosh.


Sun Tzu – The Art of War | Review

Title: The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 225

Rating: 8/10


Sun Tzu - The Art of War

Sun Tzu – The Art of War


Sun Tzu was a master tactician, and his ancient writing, The Art of War, is enough to prove it. In it, he shares his tactics for all different types of warfare, and whilst it might not sound like it, a lot of his lessons can be directly applied to our day to day life. This is because much of Tzu’s advice is non-specific – he advocates a certain style of leadership, and if you read this book and absorb the lessons that he has to impart with you, you’ll quickly see how that can apply to all sorts of different activities.

Because the manuscript was originally in Chinese and has to be translated into English, you also avoid a lot of the confusion that you often feel when reading a ‘classic‘. The language isn’t too difficult to understand, because it was recently translated and written in a style that’s easy for us to understand in the present day. Couple all that with the fact that it’s considered to be a classical example of non-fiction with some serious historical significance, and you can easily see why it’s so popular. You hear about businessmen reading it, as well as soldiers, writers and politicians. Read it!


Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu


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