non-snobby, practical reference


Book title: La Varenne Pratique
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
La Varenne Pratique - book cover picture

I got this book as a freebie when I worked in publishing, and after ten years using it I'd be glad to go back in time and pay full price.Clear, well-directed photography shows you exactly what to do and what your ingredients should look like. The focus is on methods and techniques, not recipes, though there are some recipes too. The skills described range from boiling an egg to making the most sophisticated souffle, so there is useful information for really plain cooking to fancy gastronomie and everything in between.The only area this book falls short on is the nitty-gritty basics like how to measure flour or bake a potato or calculate how many tablespoons in a quart. For that, get yourself a copy of the Joy of Cooking (1962, 1963, 1964 or 1975 edition much better than modern "improvements"). With these two you'll have virtually all the info on how to cook (aside from specific ethnic cooking techniques), and can focus on collecting recipes to your liking.

EAN: 9780517573839
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Authors:
Anne Willan



One of the best and most accurate books I have ever read


Book title: Indiana Gothic : A Story of Adultery and Murder in an American Family
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Indiana Gothic : A Story of Adultery and Murder in an American Family - book cover picture

I grew up near the area where this story occurred. Many of my relatives live in and around the towns in this book. I can say first hand that Mr. Pope gives a very accurate discription of SW Indiana. It was a pleasure reading this book. It has been a long time since I found a book I could not put down. This book gives a new meaning to the "good old days". I can't wait to read his next book.

EAN: 9780385485098
Pages: 384
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Authors:
Pope Brock



Case Study as Art Form


Book title: Learning Disabilities and Life Stories
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Learning Disabilities and Life Stories - book cover picture

Andrew Garrod has turned the case study into an art form. This has been evident in his previous books which look at the lives of adolescents, African-American students, International students, and First-Nation people. Garrod has a remarkable ability to work with individuals to guide their own autonomous reflection and to capture their experience in evocative and eloquent prose. Pano Rodis and Mary Lynn Boscardin, two experts on learning disabilities, and he have collaborated to produce a powerful anthology of students voices which tell what it is like to grow up and attend our schools with a learning disability.

EAN: 9780205320103
Pages: 247
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Authors:
Pano Rodis
Andrew Garrod
Mary Lynn Boscardin




A Book of Hope and Healing


Book title: A Grace Disguised
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Grace Disguised - book cover picture

My husband died in 1994 of an Annuerism. My childern were 3 and 6 years old.I read many books on grief and healing but this was by far my favorite. It helped me to understand my feelings. It also helped me to understand how God wanted to work through my grief to bring me hope and joy amidst the pain.God has already conquered death through His son Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. This act of God's love does not just bring us into eternal life with Him. God's power over death is here for us today, as we live our mortal lives on this planet Earth.He wants to transform us, to place His light into our hearts. This book helped me to see God's plan.It gave me hope and an understanding of how God works in our lives as we grieve.

EAN: 0025986219314
Pages: 190
Publisher: Zondervan
Authors:
Jerry L. Sittser



A major achievement in an underserved field


Book title: Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers - book cover picture

Essential reading for both general managers and human resource executives, this book breaks new ground in several ways. First, the authors present human resources as a critical part of a SYSTEM, integrated with the company's external environment, workforce, culture, strategy and production methods, rather than as an isolated or downstream activity.Second, they bring insights from economics, sociology and social psychology to the topic, in a powerful way. The four appendices alone (transaction cost economics, game theory, agency theory and market signaling) are worth the price of the book.Third, they avoid the trap of "best practice", where an author looks at a few successful firms (GE? PepsiCo? 3M?) and encourages others to imitate them. In contrast, this book offers clues to creating real and inimitable competitive advantage from a company's human resource management. The entire treatment is readable and rich in cases.

EAN: 9780471072539
Pages: 624
Publisher: Wiley
Authors:
James N. Baron
David M. Kreps




This is THE book!


Book title: The Thunder of Silence
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Thunder of Silence - book cover picture

As one reviwer said very well; "Words are inadequate to describe the beauty and truth within these pages."

This book merges Advaita Vedanta and New Thought in a wonderful and easy to understand format. I was glad to find a book that teaches the very core from which every school of Metaphysics and Yoga emerged, the non-duality (There's no Good or Evil, just unconditioned energy/mind and our thoughts/carnal mind and concepts give things a label).

If you want to learn real metaphysics, get it now, you won't be dissapointed. I have well over 700 metaphysical/yoga/self-help books, and this is the one I would choose, along with Silence of the Heart, by Robert Adams, if I had to go to a desert Island.

EAN: 9780062503428
Pages: 192
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Authors:
Joel S. Goldsmith



An outstanding biography


Book title: Luther : The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Luther : The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross - book cover picture

I just finished ?Luther? --WOW!! I loved it. I have a fascination with the songs of my youth and found Luther to be a treasure cove of information that will keep me occupied for sometime as I search out those songs on I-tunes and download them to my I-pod. Luther is a really fine biography. I was impressed with Seymour?s skillful and balanced writing?there were no bumps or style irregularities. Every word and paragraph smoothly integrated into a compelling and page turning description not only of Luther but the many interesting musicians who
influenced his life. When I appreciate a beautiful painting I notice how the painter?s colors and brush strokes are confidently in harmony. I felt this way about Seymour?s writing?it was harmonious and authoritative. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

EAN: 9780060594183
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Authors:
Craig Seymour



Neuroradiology - an excellent review


Book title: Neuroradiology: The Requisites (Requisites in Radiology)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Neuroradiology: The Requisites (Requisites in Radiology) - book cover picture

Neuroradiology is a must for every Radiology resident. It is an excellent introduction to the complex and fascinating subject of neuroradiology. Unlike most medical writing, the book has humor and is "conversational" keeping the reader involved. It covers not only the anatomy and pathology involving the brain and spinal cord, but also the orbit, sinuses, and neck region. Strongly recommend to every radiology resident and any budding neuroradiologist. Awaiting the 2000 edition!

EAN: 9780323005081
Pages: 864
Publisher: C.V. Mosby
Authors:
Robert I. Grossman
David M. Yousem




Pure tension


Book title: Black Water (Plume Contemporary Fiction)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Black Water (Plume Contemporary Fiction) - book cover picture

If you should describe the book in just one word, it would certainly be tension: The reader is immediately involved in a story depicting the tragedy of a young woman, Kelly Kelleher, who is fancied by an older but still powerful Senator. As the title already suggests the story does not come to a happy end as the Senator and Kelly have a car accident that leads to Kelly's death in the end. If you start reading this book, you won't put aside it until you have finished it.

EAN: 9780452269866
Pages: 154
Publisher: Plume Books
Authors:
Joyce Carol Oates



The Bible of Culinary Arts


Book title: The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition - book cover picture

This is truly an awesome book. If you need to know anything about any aspect of cooking, you consult The Professional Chef, 7th Edition. Need to fabricate a whole salmon? Sure, more than one technique for more than one outcome. A perfect demiglace? Of course, brown sauce in no time. Don't understand any terms I am using? :-) Look in the book! It is all there. From the history of the culinary profession to techniques and procedures, this is the book that should be on the shelves and tongues of true foodies everywhere.

EAN: 9780471382577
Pages: 1056
Publisher: Wiley



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