In case anyone has another impression, I wish to make it clear that I do not profess to be either an expert chef or magician.
The most accurate description of my involvement with shrimps and magic would be to call me a "collector."
Here I list the most important sources of information which I have used in the preparation of this website, together with my impression of how well these resources served me, and how they might also serve you.
Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, published by Scribner, New York.
This, for me is the classic cook's reference, which has been used so much in our home that we have literally "worn out" more than one copy. In spite of it's less than glossy appearance, it is chock full of good recipes and important information about cooking and choosing ingredients. It contains chapters on entertaining, menus, beverages, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, salads, fruits, etc, etc. If I could have only one cook book, this would be my choice!
The Ultimate Shrimp Book by Bruce Weinstein, published by HarperCollins Publishers, New York.
This book is part of an Ultimate Book series which attempts to present a multitude of shrimp recipes in every imaginable style with many variations. Weinstein agrees with our conviction that shrimp is a fun food, and a party food so that his recipes and approaches to food combine very conveniently with shrimp and magic.
Simply Shrimp by James Peterson, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York.
This definitely is a glossy book, which is almost as appealing to display on your coffee table as it is to use as an inspiration and a source of recipes and good instruction in preparing shrimp. While decidedly limited in quantity of recipes, it excels in presentation with excellent photographs and good cooking advice.
Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson, published by Ottenheimer Publishers, Philadelphia, Penn.
This is a heavy book in weight and in content, for anyone who wants to seriously get into magic. Wilson is a professional magician who not only knows his stuff, but also how to teach it. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for someone who just wants to dabble a bit, you might be getting too much.
Magic for Dummies by David Pogue, published by Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ
This is the book I'd recommend for the first time magician and for someone who just wants to do a bit of magic.
Like many of the Dummies books there is a good coverage of the topic and the magic presented here is clearly explained and can be performed with everyday items.
The Book Of Rope and Knots by Bill Severn, published by David McKay Company, Inc, New York.
Severn was an amateur magician and wrote several books on magic, so he fits well within our general scheme of things here.
My copy of this book is old, and may not be available new, but for anyone who is interested in ropes and knots, I think you'd find it worthwhile to find a copy. It includes chapters on Tricky Knots and Puzzles, and Rope Magic.
Self-working Table Magic by Karl Fulves, published by Dover Publications, Inc., New York.
With 97 Foolproof tricks using everyday objects, this is an excellent starter book for the Shrimp magician. Several of the first tricks I decided to include in this website were inspired by Fulves.
The book is compact and easy to carry around, if you are looking for a portable reference book for your starting days in magic and would like to have something you can easily carry with you.
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