The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy [TTC Video]

The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy [TTC Video]

The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy by Professor Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan [The Great Courses] (TTC Video)
The Teaching Company | 2012 | Course No 9171 | M4V, AVC, ~1500 kbps, 640x480 | AAC@128 kbps, 2 Ch | + PDF Guide Book | ~ 6x30 mins | 2.39GB



No place on Earth has a more ancient and important tradition of winemaking than Italy. Thousands of years before wine became commonplace in France or the Napa Valley, Italians were producing their own unique varieties and making wine an essential part of Italian—and human—culture.


Today, Italy’s role in the wine industry is as important as ever. In addition to being one of the world’s largest consumers of wine, Italy


● is the world’s largest wine producer (surpassing a title previously claimed by France),

● contains over 1.5 million acres of vineyards growing in a range of climates, and

● produces just under 5 billion liters of wine each year.


But more important than the statistics are the wines themselves, which can tantalize your palate, enchant your senses, and prove that enjoying a glass of wine is just as much an art as it is an activity. Subtle whites like Pinot Grigio; spicy reds like Chianti; effervescent sparkling wines like Prosecco—these and others of Italy’s native sons rank among the most famous, most well-liked, and most well-respected wines in the world.


Now, with the six lectures of The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy, you can experience the dynamism of Italian wine for yourself and become your own expert in the tastes, traditions, and innovations from history’s definitive wine-making regions. Delivered by acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, one of the foremost authorities on wines around the world, this course is a chance for you to embark on a delicious, interactive, and unforgettable tasting tour through a country that is equal parts picturesque, romantic, and mysterious.


Take a Virtual Tour of Italy’s Best Wine Regions


Ms. Simonetti-Bryan has crafted an informative itinerary that takes you across Italy on a tour of its most notable wine regions—and the delicious wines they produce. Each lecture focuses on a specific part of the country and the features that set its wines apart from other regions of Italy and other parts of the world. Examples include:


Northeast Italy: The regions of the Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige are home to one of the most famous white wines in the world, Pinot Grigio, as well as decadently rich reds.

Tuscany: One of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, Tuscany yields wines recognized for their high quality and their ability to pair easily with food.

Sicily: The volcanic soil in Sicily (coming from nearby Mount Etna) is quite fertile. Sicily’s most prominent red grape variety is Nero d’Avola.


An even greater level of engagement and immersion is added to your tour of Italian wine regions, thanks to green screen technology, which transports Ms. Simonetti-Bryan (and you) to many of the breathtaking regions discussed in these lectures.


Sample Italian Wines like an Expert


See. Swirl. Sniff. Sip. Savor. Ms. Simonetti-Bryan teaches you how to employ the craft of wine tasting to better understand and appreciate subtleties most people miss. You’ll explore reds, whites, sparkling wines, and dessert wines, including


Prosecco, Italy’s most popular sparkling wine that rivals the quantity of champagne exported from France;

Chianti Classico, a pale ruby wine made from Italy’s most planted grape variety, Sangiovese;

Pinot Grigio, a white wine whose characteristics change depending on how its grapes are grown; and

Super Tuscan, a luxurious wine from Tuscany that includes French noble red grape varieties such as Merlot.


In addition to the interactive wine tastings that make The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy a unique way to learn about and experience great Italian wine, these lectures also feature suggestions on food pairings, tips for shopping, recipes for fun cocktails, and more. So download The Everyday Guide to Wines of Italy and expand your appreciation and understanding of wines unmatched in taste and history by anything else in the world.


Course Lecture Titles:


  1. Wines from Julius Caesar’s Day to Today
  2. Northeast Italy—Beloved Whites to Rich Reds
  3. Northwest Italy—Sophisticated Wines
  4. Tuscan Stars—Chianti to Super Tuscans
  5. Central Italy—Secret Gems
  6. Southern Italy—Juicy Reds and Pizza Pairings

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is among a small number of people to have received the highest credentials in the wine and spirits industry. She is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have achieved the Master of Wine (M.W.) title from The Institute of Masters of Wine in London, England—the highest and most difficult title to achieve in the industry. She also has a Professional Certificate in Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators.


Ms. Simonetti-Bryan has taught courses for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, has trained thousands of professionals in the wine and spirits industry, and has judged international spirits and wine competitions, including the Ultimate Beverage Challenge in 2010 and 2011. She has also hosted seminars with Food Network stars such as Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Mario Batali. In 2008, she won the Wiesbaden Tasting Trophy from The Institute of Masters of Wine.


Ms. Simonetti-Bryan is a frequent guest on television programs, including Fox Business, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV. Additionally, she has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and Wine & Spirits Magazine.




Italians Before Italy [TTC Video]

Italians Before Italy [TTC Video]

Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean by Professor Kenneth R Bartlett [The Great Courses] (TTC Video)
The Teaching Company | 2007 | Course No 8232 | AVI, XviD, ~733 kbps, 640x480 | MP3@128 kbps, 2 Ch | + PDF Guide Book | ~ 24x30 mins | 4.47GB


In 1260, the Italian city-states of Florence and Siena went to war. With wealth and power on its side, there was no question the Florentine force could easily overpower the underdog city-state of Siena. But that's not what happened. Against overwhelming odds, the Sienese won the crucial Battle of Montaperti, defeating their mighty enemy and preserving their independence.


That was nearly eight centuries ago, and yet, still today, whenever the team from Siena meets the Florentines on the soccer field, devoted Sienese fans chant "Montaperti! Montaperti!" in honor of that historic victory.


Throughout the Italian peninsula, you'll find the same thing: time-honored traditions, and ancient grudges. It seems there is not one Italy, but many—a mosaic of histories and culture that make up this dynamic nation.


Why do Italians remain so faithful to age-old rivalries and hometown traditions 150 years after the country's unification? What traces of this remarkable heritage do we see surviving in today's Italy?


In The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean, you'll find the answers to these and other fascinating questions. Esteemed Italian history professor Kenneth R. Bartlett takes you on a riveting tour of the peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome.


This course traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people.


A More Complete Picture of Italian History


Professor Bartlett offers something unique with this course: a more comprehensive portrait of Italian history than you'll find nearly anywhere else. Those with no previous experience with Italian history and culture will find an exciting new world opening to them, and those who have visited Italy will be eager to return.


Through memorable stories and intriguing insights, Professor Bartlett shows how the particular circumstances of each independent state helped forge a distinct cultural character. Here's a sample of the many fascinating facts you'll learn:


• Venice was so invested in its local glassmaking industry that its city fathers would send assassins after Venetian citizens who tried to leave the city-state and practice their craft elsewhere.

• Merchants from Pisa used earth from Jerusalem as ballast on return voyages from the Crusades. They spread the soil in the city cemetery to ensure that Pisan citizens would be first in line to enter heaven on Judgment Day.

• Birthplace to Virgil, the poet of ancient Rome, Mantua was home to the first opera, Monteverdi's Orfeo, as well as the amazing Mannerist palace, the Palazzo Te.


Intriguing stories like these create a rich, diverse portrait of Italy—a grand mosaic of lustrous and storied cultures as distinctive as the people who helped build them.


"Better a Death in the House than a Pisan at the Door"


As you come to know these many Italys, you'll see how the Italian states defined themselves against the others, competing for territory, trade, and artistic supremacy—and how the vestiges of these interactions are visible even today.


Consider the rivalry between the Genoese and the Pisans. Why do the Genoese of today prefer "a death in the house to a Pisan at the door," as the old adage says? It all stems from an ancient grudge, going back nearly eight centuries. In 1241, ongoing tensions boiled over into full-scale warfare as Pisa went to battle with Genoa. The Pisans won handily, destroying the Genoese fleet in the process. The sting of that defeat—and the resulting hatred of all Pisans—lives in the hearts and memories of many modern-day Genoese.


Throughout the course you'll see how rivalries like this one have played out, fuelling the artistic, political, and cultural innovations—from technology to fashion design—for which Italy is famous today.


Italy on the World Stage


But the stories of the Italian states are also inextricably linked with large world events of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.


Your first stop is the Near East, where you'll examine how the Crusades influenced the development of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice. Professor Bartlett explains how these burgeoning maritime states came to dominate seafaring trade by providing passage to knights and their retainers and importing luxury goods from the East.


Looking to the West, you'll explore Italy's troubled relationship with the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church. Professor Bartlett traces the ever-shifting role of the papacy and the emperor in Italian life and politics, including the famous struggle among three competing popes who simultaneously battled to rule the Western church.


And then there are the competing international powers that threatened Italian independence, such as the repeated incursions by the Turkish Empire. You'll see how the Italian city-states struggled to overcome their differences to face this powerful foe, and how time and again, regional competition within the Italian peninsula nearly destroyed their ability to keep outside threats at bay.


Tales of Intrigue and Inspiration


Throughout this course, you'll also get a glimpse into the lives of the powerful and influential, and see how far they were willing to go to reap the profits of power. You'll hear about:


• Pope Paul IV, who championed the Roman inquisition and, in his zeal to root out heresy, was said to have hidden in the room of a dying priest so he could hear his last confession.

• Luigi Gonzaga, who cut out the hearts of his enemies and nailed them to the doors of their palaces as a warning to others who might challenge his power.

• Ugolino, the so-called Cannibal Count of Pisa, who was imprisoned with his sons and grandsons until they died of starvation, and is rumored to have feasted on his children's bodies to maintain his strength.


But the story of Italy's fabled past is also one of inspiration. You'll hear of great leaders—the Medicis, Borgias, and Estes—who wielded the tools of statecraft and fostered one of the greatest periods of cultural activity the world has ever known.


Italian Identity—Then and Now


As you get to know the distinctive personalities and events that define the peninsula, you'll gain fresh insights into the Italy of today.


You'll learn how the ancient guilds that dominated life and trade in medieval Italy helped forge the modern Italian sense of pride of place. From the revered guilds of the great shipbuilders of 14th-century Venice to the modern workshops of Prada and Ferragamo, there is a direct line of ancestry, one that speaks of a remarkable heritage of craftsmanship.


This course also sheds light on the tumultuous politics of today's Italy. As you examine the political highs and lows of Italy's great city-states, you'll gain a new understanding of civic life in Italy—a nation infamously difficult to rule.


Join Professor Bartlett for this illuminating view of the rich mosaic that is the Italian peninsula. Surprising, enriching, always engaging, The Italians before Italy offers a unique and comprehensive perspective on one of the most dynamic and creative cultures of the modern world.


Course Lecture Titles:


  1. Italy—A Geographical Expression
  2. The Question of Sovereignty
  3. The Crusades and Italian Wealth
  4. Venice—A Maritime Republic
  5. The Terraferma Empire
  6. Genoa, La Superba
  7. Bankers and Dukes
  8. Pisa
  9. Christians vs. Turks in the Mediterranean
  10. Rome—Papal Authority
  11. Papal Ambition
  12. Papal Reform
  13. Naples—A Matter of Wills
  14. Naples and the Threat to Italian Liberty
  15. Milan and the Visconti
  16. The Sforza Dynasty
  17. Mantua and the Gonzaga
  18. Urbino and the Montefeltro
  19. Ferrara and the Este Family
  20. Siena and the Struggle for Liberty
  21. Florence and the Guild Republic
  22. Florence and the Medici
  23. The Italian Mosaic—E Pluribus Gloria
  24. Campanilismo—The Italian Sense of Place

Dr. Kenneth R. Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, where he earned his Ph.D. and has taught for the past 30 years.


A distinguished teacher, Professor Bartlett has received numerous teaching awards and honors. These include the 3M Teaching Fellowship—awarded by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education—and the inaugural President's Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. He also received the Victoria University Excellence in Teaching Award, the Students' Administration Council/American Public University System Teaching Award, and the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teacher Award. Professor Bartlett was also a finalist in TVOntario's Best Lecturer Competition, in which students' favorite instructors competed against one another in lecturing charisma, clarity, passion, and conviction.


An expert in European culture, Professor Bartlett is the author of The English in Italy, 1525–1558: A Study in Culture and Politics and The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, and the coauthor of Humanism and the Northern Renaissance. He is also the coeditor or translator of four other books and the author of more than 35 articles and book chapters on European history and culture.





Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
CreateSpace Independent | 2012 | ISBN: 1463740514 | MOBI | 410 pages | 1.13MB


A new edition of the timeless classic.


Why do otherwise intelligent individuals form seething masses of idiocy when they engage in collective action? Why do financially sensible people jump lemming-like into hare-brained speculative frenzies--only to jump broker-like out of windows when their fantasies dissolve? We may think that the Great Crash of 1929, junk bonds of the '80s, and over-valued high-tech stocks of the '90s are peculiarly 20th century aberrations, but Mackay's classic--first published in 1841--shows that the madness and confusion of crowds knows no limits, and has no temporal bounds. These are extraordinarily illuminating,and, unfortunately, entertaining tales of chicanery, greed and naivete. Essential reading for any student of human nature or the transmission of ideas.


In fact, cases such as Tulipomania in 1624--when Tulip bulbs traded at a higher price than gold--suggest the existence of what I would dub "Mackay's Law of Mass Action:" when it comes to the effect of social behavior on the intelligence of individuals, 1+1 is often less than 2, and sometimes considerably less than 0.


Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market

Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market

Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market: Charting Elliott Wave, Lucas, Fibonacci and Time for Profit by Jeff Greenblatt
Wiley Trading | 2012 | ASIN: B009K92GS6 | 344 pages | MOBI | 10.03MB


A book that will forever change the way you think about trading and take your technical analysis to the next level.


Certain to become one of the great trading books of the 21st century, Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market is star trader, Jeff Greenblatt’s maxim opus. In it he shares his hard-won lessons on what it takes to be a professional trader, while detailing his proven techniques for mastering market timing. With the help of numerous case studies and charts, Jeff develops his original high-probability pattern recognition system which, once mastered endows its user with a deeper understanding of how the markets really work and boosts the efficiency of any trading methodology by an order of magnitude. Following in the footsteps of the great W.D. Gann, Jeff helps you gain greater precision in any instrument you trade, on any time frame.


Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750

Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750

Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad
Basic Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0465019331 | EPUB | 528 pages | 2.09MB


As the twenty-first century dawns, China stands at a crossroads. The largest and most populous country on earth and currently the world’s second biggest economy, China has recently reclaimed its historic place at the center of global affairs after decades of internal chaos and disastrous foreign relations. But even as China tentatively reengages with the outside world, the contradictions of its development risks pushing it back into an era of insularity and instability - a regression that, as China’s recent history shows, would have serious implications for all other nations.


In Restless Empire, award-winning historian Odd Arne Westad traces China’s complex foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will determine the country’s path in the decades to come. Since the height of the Qing Empire in the eighteenth century, China’s interactions and confrontations with foreign powers have caused its worldview to fluctuate wildly between extremes of dominance and subjugation, emulation and defiance. From the invasion of Burma in the 1760s to the Boxer Rebellion in the early 20th century to the 2001 standoff over a downed U.S. spy plane, many of these encounters have left Chinese with a lingering sense of humiliation and resentment, and inflamed their notions of justice, hierarchy, and Chinese centrality in world affairs. Recently, China’s rising influence on the world stage has shown what the country stands to gain from international cooperation and openness. But as Westad shows, the nation’s success will ultimately hinge on its ability to engage with potential international partners while simultaneously safeguarding its own strength and stability.


An in-depth study by one of our most respected authorities on international relations and contemporary East Asian history, Restless Empire is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the recent past and probable future of this dynamic and complex nation.


Freefall

Freefall

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy by Joseph E Stiglitz
W W Norton & Company | 2010 | ISBN: 0393075966 | MOBI | 361 pages | 640.54KB


An incisive look at the global economic crisis, our flawed response, and the implications for the world’s future prosperity.


The Great Recession, as it has come to be called, has impacted more people worldwide than any crisis since the Great Depression. Flawed government policy and unscrupulous personal and corporate behavior in the United States created the current financial meltdown, which was exported across the globe with devastating consequences. The crisis has sparked an essential debate about America’s economic missteps, the soundness of this country’s economy, and even the appropriate shape of a capitalist system.


Few are more qualified to comment during this turbulent time than Joseph E. Stiglitz. Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, Stiglitz is “an insanely great economist, in ways you can’t really appreciate unless you’re deep into the field” (Paul Krugman, New York Times). In Freefall, Stiglitz traces the origins of the Great Recession, eschewing easy answers and demolishing the contention that America needs more billion-dollar bailouts and free passes to those “too big to fail,” while also outlining the alternatives and revealing that even now there are choices ahead that can make a difference. The system is broken, and we can only fix it by examining the underlying theories that have led us into this new “bubble capitalism.”


Ranging across a host of topics that bear on the crisis, Stiglitz argues convincingly for a restoration of the balance between government and markets. America as a nation faces huge challenges—in health care, energy, the environment, education, and manufacturing—and Stiglitz penetratingly addresses each in light of the newly emerging global economic order. An ongoing war of ideas over the most effective type of capitalist system, as well as a rebalancing of global economic power, is shaping that order. The battle may finally give the lie to theories of a “rational” market or to the view that America’s global economic dominance is inevitable and unassailable.


For anyone watching with indignation while a reckless Wall Street destroyed homes, educations, and jobs; while the government took half-steps hoping for a “just-enough” recovery; and while bankers fell all over themselves claiming not to have seen what was coming, then sought government bailouts while resisting regulation that would make future crises less likely, Freefall offers a clear accounting of why so many Americans feel disillusioned today and how we can realize a prosperous economy and a moral society for the future.


Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
Beacon Press | 2006 | ISBN: 0807014273 | EPUB | 168 pages | 2.00MB


Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning"—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.


At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.


Born in Vienna in 1905 Viktor E. Frankl earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. He published more than thirty books on theoretical and clinical psychology and served as a visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and elsewhere. In 1977 a fellow survivor, Joseph Fabry, founded the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. Frankl died in 1997.


Harold S. Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the author of several best-selling books, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People.


William J. Winslade is a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.

Professional Cooking, College Version [7th Edition]

Professional Cooking, College Version [7th Edition]

Professional Cooking, College Version [7th Edition] by Wayne Gisslen
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 0470197528 | PDF | 1120 pages | 57.32MB


If you're serious about cooking, you'll want to join the hundreds of thousands of chefs who have used Wayne Gisslen's Professional Cooking to learn the basics of their craft. With more information and step-by-step photographs than ever before, the Fifth Edition of this bestelling culinary classic gives you a complete foundation in cooking techniques and the theories behind them. You'll find detailed information on tools and equipment, mise en place preparation, basic cooking principles and techniques, and food presentation and garnishing. Progressing logically from simple cooking methods to more advanced techniques, the book helps you to understand the underlying principles first and then focus on applying them. It lets you work at your own pace through every part of the menu, from stocks, sauces, and soups to meats, poultry, fish, and shellfish; vegetables and grains; and breads and desserts.


Procedures are explained clearly, step by step, with more than 1,100 recipes -- almost 100 of them new to this edition -- to help you develop your skills and build confidence. Along the way, hundreds of color photographs of techniques and finished dishes are a valuable source of guidance and inspiration. A special feature of the book is the participation of Le Cordon Bleu -- one of the world's most prestigious cooking schools -- whose master chefs have contributed more than 100 recipes. There are also new chapters on sausages and cured food as well as pates, terrines, and other cold foods, plus added sections on game (birds and animals). Throughout, the book's up-to-date, color-coded format makes it easy to find key information at a glance so that you can spend less time reading and more time creating in the kitchen. So if you're looking to take your cooking skills to a higher level, start the way the professionals do -- with Wayne Gisslen's Professional Cooking.


Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History

Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History

Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History by Alberto Capatti, Massimo Montanari
Columbia University Press | 2003 | ISBN:


Italy, the country with a hundred cities and a thousand bell towers, is also the country with a hundred cuisines and a thousand recipes. Its great variety of culinary practices reflects a history long dominated by regionalism and political division, and has led to the common conception of Italian food as a mosaic of regional customs rather than a single tradition. Nonetheless, this magnificent new book demonstrates the development of a distinctive, unified culinary tradition throughout the Italian peninsula.


Alberto Capatti and Massimo Montanari uncover a network of culinary customs, food lore, and cooking practices, dating back as far as the Middle Ages, that are identifiably Italian:


  • Italians used forks 300 years before other Europeans, possibly because they were needed to handle pasta, which is slippery and dangerously hot.
  • Italians invented the practice of chilling drinks and may have invented ice cream.
  • Italian culinary practice influenced the rest of Europe to place more emphasis on vegetables and less on meat.
  • Salad was a distinctive aspect of the Italian meal as early as the sixteenth century.

The authors focus on culinary developments in the late medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, aided by a wealth of cookbooks produced throughout the early modern period. They show how Italy's culinary identities emerged over the course of the centuries through an exchange of information and techniques among geographical regions and social classes. Though temporally, spatially, and socially diverse, these cuisines refer to a common experience that can be described as Italian. Thematically organized around key issues in culinary history and beautifully illustrated, Italian Cuisine is a rich history of the ingredients, dishes, techniques, and social customs behind the Italian food we know and love today.


Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook

Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook

Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook
Chronicle Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0811870820 | PDF | 224 pages | 54.60 MB


The much-anticipated follow-up to the New York Times best-selling Top Chef: The Cookbook is here! Drawing from all 5 seasons of the show, Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook features 75 of the best recipesfrom Spike's Pizza alla Greek to Stephanie's Bittersweet Chocolate Cakeculled from the Top ChefQuickfire Challenges. Everything the home chef needs to assemble an impressive meal and channel the energy of the Quickfire kitchen is collected here, including advice on hosting a Quickfire Cocktail Party and staging Quickfire Challengesat home. Best of all, this book is spilling over with sidebar material, including tips for home chefs, interviews with contestants, fabulous photos, and fun trivia related to the chefs, dishes, and ingredients that make Top Chef a favorite.


The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships

The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships

The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships by John H Harvey, Amy Wenzel, Susan Sprecher
Psychology Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0805845488 | PDF | 686 pages | 19.80MB


Although sexuality is an integral part of close romantic relationships, research linking these two constructs has been less systematic than other areas pertaining to close relationships. To date, researchers in communication, sociology, family studies, psychology, and psychiatry, have made significant advances in both of these fields. The editors' goal is to integrate this research into one volume. They bring together major scholars from the diversity of fields working on close relationship topics to examine past contributions and new directions in sexuality. The emphasis is on theoretical integration and stimulation, methodological rigor, and critical analysis. This volume explores:


  • early sexual experiences and their impact on late life sexuality;
  • how life's stresses impact sexuality and satisfaction with closeness;
  • the affect of postpartum depression on sexuality; and
  • the relationship between control, power, anger, as well as revenge and sexual processes in couples.

The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships is intended for students and researchers in the disciplines of social, clinical, developmental, and health psychology; family studies; counseling; and interpersonal, family, and health communication. An excellent reference in advanced courses in close relationships taught in psychology, communications, sociology, anthropology, and family studies, the material in Part V will also appeal to clinical psychologists, health professionals, and policymakers.


The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times

The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times

The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times by W W Newcomb Jr
University of Texas Press | 1972 | ISBN: 0292784252 | EPUB | 436 pages | 5.16MB


This book covers the history of the Indian tribes who lived in Texas at the beginning of the colonial period.


Newcomb's book is likely to remain the best general work on Texas Indians for a long time. (American Antiquity)


The Indians of Texas, by W. W. Newcomb, Jr., is an excellent and long-needed survey of the ethnography of the Indian tribes who resided within the present limits of Texas since the beginning of the historic period.... The book is the most comprehensive. scholarly, and authoritative account covering all the Indians of Texas, and is an invaluable and indispensable reference for students of Texas history, for anthropologists, and for lovers of Indian lore. (Ethnohistory)


Dr. Newcomb writes persuasively and with economy, and he has used his material very well indeed.... his presentation makes good reading of what might have been a book only for the specialists. (Saturday Review)


The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011
Mariner Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0547577435 | EPUB | 528 pages | 10.48MB


The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by a leading writer in the field, making the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.


The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 includes Daniel Alarcón, Clare Beams, Sloane Crosley, Anthony Doerr, Neil Gaiman, Mohammed Hanif, Mac McClelland, Michael Paterniti, Olivier Schrauwen, Gary Shteyngart, and others.


Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures Topics and Cultures [2 Volumes] by Melvin Ember, Carol R Ember
Springer | 2003 | ISBN: 030647770X | PDF | 1037 pages | 9.74MB


The central aim of this encyclopedia is to give the reader a comparative perspective on issues involving conceptions of gender, gender differences, gender roles, relationships between the genders, and sexuality. The encyclopedia is divided into two volumes: Topics and Cultures. The combination of topical overviews and varying cultural portraits is what makes this encyclopedia a unique reference work for students, researchers and teachers interested in gender studies and cross-cultural variation in sex and gender. It deserves a place in the library of every university and every social science and health department. Contents:- Glossary. Cultural Conceptions of Gender. Gender Roles, Status, and Institutions. Sexuality and Male-Female Interaction. Sex and Gender in the World's Cultures. Culture Name Index. Subject Index.


Expanded Orgasm: Soar to Ecstasy at Your Lover's Every Touch

Expanded Orgasm: Soar to Ecstasy at Your Lover's Every Touch

Expanded Orgasm: Soar to Ecstasy at Your Lover's Every Touch by Patrica Taylor
Sourcebooks Casablanca | 2001 | ISBN: 1570718318 | PDF | 284 pages | 5.82 MB


A concise, detailed, how-to book on giving and receiving expanded orgasms. In tasteful and clear language, this book will teach the reader how to create and practice this full-body experience on a lifelong path of learning and pleasure.


Patricia Taylor and her teaching partner have a 100 percent success rate with their clients.


Sex Matters for Women

Sex Matters for Women

Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self by Sallie Foley, Sally A Kope, Dennis P Sugrue
The Guilford Press | 2002 | ISBN: 1572306416 | PDF | 376 pages | 22.82 MB


When it comes to matters of sex, women today are trapped in a reality gap portrayed by the media as confident and fulfilled; yet struggling in everyday life with sexual myths, self-doubt, and "embarrassing" questions. Now women can find the answers they need to take charge of their sexuality both in and outside of the bedroom. This book presents solid, science-based information on the topics that everyone is talking about and those that aren't talked about enough, from how to have more satisfying sex, to questions about hormones, anatomy, STDs, body image, relationships, sexual orientation, and more. Also included are thought-provoking exercises for self-discovery and sexual growth. The book concludes with an extensive listing of suggested books, websites, and organizations. For readers of all ages, this essential reference provides up-to-date advice on the many ways that sex matters in women's lives.


Porn Star Secrets of Sex

Porn Star Secrets of Sex

Porn Star Secrets of Sex: Over 100 mind-blowing tips, tricks, and games you wish you knew by Jeni West
Sourcebooks Casablanca | 2008 | ISBN: 1402211325 | PDF | 160 pages | 5.77MB


You don't have to have aspirations to stardom or want any more audience than your own special guy. This guide will show women how to get rid of inhibitions and find new ways to be beautiful and sexy with over 100 mind-blowing tips, tricks and games.


Tips and advice cover every aspect of sexual behavior to build a woman's confidence and make her feel like a true sex goddess, including how to:


  • Strip with confidence - there's a reason guys are turned on by just the right amount of teasing.
  • Get comfortable with oral sex - find out how to do it and receive it in ways that will totally enhance your and your partner's libidos.
  • Have multiple orgasms if you want to - why deny yourself this mind-blowing treat?
  • Talk dirty like a pro - a top turn-on and a great way to get what you want in bed.

Dick: A Guide to the Penis for Men and Women

Dick: A Guide to the Penis for Men and Women

Dick: A Guide to the Penis for Men and Women by Caroline De Costa, Michele Moore
Allen & Unwin | 2003 | ISBN: 1741141567


Everything you could possibly want to know about the "crown jewels", but were afraid to ask, including why men so fond of their most prized possession, how it works and what to do when it doesn't. Although they might be quick with jokes, men are often reluctant to discuss their penis and might not have accurate information about it. This is an accurate but accessible and entertaining manual written for both men and women. The authors explain everything from what it's called, to the anatomy and physiology of the penis: size, shape, function, circumcision, hygiene, hormones and contraception. They explain what can go wrong - sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, premature ejaculation, impotence and cancer - and provide useful information on how to avoid and deal with these nasties. They uncover the myths of male sexuality, and poke fun at the names we call it and the things it does. The book presents the facts in a manner easily accessible and relevant to all ages, and answers questions men and women are often too embarrassed to ask.


Sexuality, Magic and Perversion

Sexuality, Magic and Perversion

Sexuality, Magic and Perversion by Francis King
Feral House | 2002 | ISBN: 0922915741 | PDF | 207 pages | 26.05MB


One of the first modern-day books to explore orgasm as part of a supernatural rite to achieve Divine Union, Mr. King investigates the use of sexuality by Western and Eastern religious and occult traditions, from fertility cults, tantricism, black masses, Islamic mysticism, templarism, forms of Crowleyan sex magick, and even the work of Wilhelm Reich.


How To Love Like a Hot Chick

How To Love Like a Hot Chick

How To Love Like a Hot Chick: The Girlfriend to Girlfriend Guide to Getting the Love You Deserve by Jodi Lipper, Cerina Vincent
William Morrow | 2009 | ISBN: 0061706442 | EPUB | 256 pages | 8.77MB


Hot Chick: A confident, passionate, honest woman. . . . You want to be around her to soak up those good vibes.


The duo that taught you to embrace your body and indulge without guilt in How to Eat Like a Hot Chick is back to remind you of something that will transform your love life forever—you are a Hot Chick! With their feisty humor and uplifting message, Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent will help you figure out what you want, how to get it, and why you shouldn't settle for anything less. Most important, they'll make the entire process a lot more fun with their advice on the hidden joys of being single, how to send out magical Hot Chick vibes and interpret your date's vibes, falling in love without freaking out, tactful dumping procedures, survival techniques for heart-wrenching breakups, and much more.


Whether you're single, dating, in a relationship, or so confused you don't know what your status even is, How to Love Like a Hot Chick will have you laughing your way through dating and relationship issues and tackling them like the sexy, fabulous woman you deserve to be.


Close Relationships

Close Relationships

Close Relationships by Pamela Regan
Routledge Academic | 2011 | ISBN: 0415877997 | PDF | 408 pages | 3.60MB


This multidisciplinary text introduces the concepts, methodologies, theories, and empirical findings of the field of interpersonal relationships. Information is drawn from psychology, communication, family studies, marriage and family therapy, social work, sociology, anthropology, the health sciences, and other disciplines. Numerous examples capture readers’ attention by demonstrating how the material is relevant to their lives.


Active learning is encouraged throughout. Each chapter includes an outline to guide students, key terms and definitions to help identify critical concepts, and exploration exercises to promote active thinking. Many chapters include measurement instruments that students can take and score themselves. A website for instructors features a test bank with multiple-choice and essay questions and Power Points for each chapter

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This text distinguishes itself with:


  • Its focus on family and friend relationships as well as romantic relationships.
  • Its multidisciplinary perspective highlighting the contributions to the field from a wide array of disciplines.
  • Its review of the relationship experiences of a variety of people (of different age groups and cultures; heterosexual and homosexual) and relationship types (dating, cohabiting, marriage, friendships, family relationships).
  • Its focus on methodology and research design with an emphasis on how to interpret empirical findings and engage in the research process.
  • Cutting-edge research on "cyber-flirting" and online relationship formation; the biochemical basis of love; communication and social support; bullying and peer aggression; obsession and relational stalking; sexual violence (and marital rape); and grief and bereavement.

The book opens by examining the fundamental principles of relationship science along with the research methods commonly used. The uniquely social nature of humans is then explored including the impact relationships have on health and well-being. Part 2 focuses on relationship development—from attraction to initiation to development and maintenance as well as the factors that guide mate choice and marriage. The development of relationships in both friendships and romantic partnerships is explored. Part 3 examines the processes that shape our interpersonal experiences, including cognitive (thinking) and affective (feeling) processes, communicative and supportive processes, and the dynamics of love and sex. The book concludes with relationship challenges—rejection and betrayal; aggression and violence; conflict and loss; and therapeutic interventions.


Intended as a text for courses in interpersonal/close relationships taught in psychology, communication, sociology, anthropology, human development, family studies, marriage and family therapy, and social work, practitioners interested in the latest research on personal relationships will also appreciate this engaging overview of the field.


Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet

Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet

Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet by John Naughton
Phoenix | 2000 | ISBN: 075381093X | PDF | 334 pages | 1.54MB


The Internet is the most remarkable thing human beings have built since the Pyramids. John Naughton's book intersperses wonderful personal stories with an authoritative account of where the Net actually came from, who invented it and why, and where it might be taking us. Most of us have no idea of how the Internet works or who created it. Even fewer have any idea of what it means for society and the future. In a cynical age, John Naughton has not lost his capacity for wonder. He examines the nature of his own enthusiasm for technology and traces its roots in his lonely childhood and in his relationship with his father. A Brief History of the Future is an intensely personal celebration of vision and altruism, ingenuity and determination and above all, of the power of ideas, passionately felt, to change the world.


he Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic

he Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic

The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic by David Limbaugh
Regnery Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1596987774 | EPUB | 400 pages | 1.13 MB


Limbaugh sets his sights on the remainder of President Obama's first term, revealing how Obama's policies have put us on a collision course with financial ruin and international powerlessness.


The Suppressed History of America

The Suppressed History of America

The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Paul Schrag, Xaviant Haze
Bear & Company | 2011 | ISBN: 1591431220 | MOBI | 176 pages | 804.20KB


An investigation into the discoveries of Lewis and Clark and other early explorers of America and the terrible acts committed to suppress them.


• Provides archaeological proof of giants, the fountain of youth, and descriptions from Lewis’s journals of a tribe of “nearly white, blue-eyed” Indians

• Uncovers evidence of explorers from Europe and Asia prior to Columbus and of ancient civilizations in North America and the Caribbean

• Investigates the Smithsonian conspiracy to cover up Lewis and Clark’s discoveries and what lead to Lewis’s murder


Meriwether Lewis discovered far more than the history books tell--ancient civilizations, strange monuments, “nearly white, blue-eyed” Indians, and evidence that the American continent was visited long before the first European settlers arrived. And he was murdered to keep it all secret.


Examining the shadows and cracks between America’s official version of history, Xaviant Haze and Paul Schrag propose that the America of old taught in schools is not the America that was discovered by Lewis and Clark and other early explorers. Investigating the discoveries of Spanish conquistadors and Olmec stories of contact with European-like natives, the authors uncover evidence of explorers from Europe and Asia prior to Columbus, sophisticated ancient civilizations in North America and the Caribbean, the fountain of youth, and a long-extinct race of giants. Verifying stories from Lewis’s journals with modern archaeological finds, geological studies, 18th- and 19th-century newspapers, and accounts of the world in the days of Columbus, the authors reveal how Lewis and Clark’s finds infuriated powerful interests in Washington--including the Smithsonian Institution--culminating in the murder of Meriwether Lewis.


How to Have Multiple Orgasms

How to Have Multiple Orgasms

How to Have Multiple Orgasms by Janalee Beck
Avon/HarperCollins | 1993 | ISBN: 0380769387 | PDF | 224 pages | 7.99 MB


A fulfilling sex life is one of the great joys of life, yet many woman silently wonder why their own sexual pleasure falls short of the romantic fantasies they hear about. Now the secrets of sexual ecstasy are revealed. Seven clearly describes steps to success will tell you:


  • The simple exercises that will help you become orgasmic
  • How you can help your partner learn to please you
  • Ways to heighten sexual enjoyment for your partner
  • How to prolong lovemaking
  • The three stages of sexual response
  • Four different types of orgasms
  • How you can climax whenever you want to -- again and again
  • How to realize the ultimate sexual enjoyment you've dreamed of . . .

It's Easier Than You Think!