What Is Your WHAT?

What Is Your WHAT?
What Is Your WHAT: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do by Steve Olsher
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.8/2.94MB

Are you ready to discover your WHAT—that is, the 1 amazing thing you were born to do? Would you like to powerfully impact both those who share this lifetime with you and those of lifetimes to come?

In What Is Your WHAT? author Steve Olsher reveals his proven process that has helped thousands answer YES to these life-changing questions and cultivate a life of purpose, conviction, and contribution by identifying and creating a plan of action for bringing the 1 thing they were born to do to fruition. It is a timely, step-by-step guide that will guide you towards making both a fortune and a difference sharing your unique gift with the world.

  • Features inspiring stories of trial, tribulation, and triumph, as well as examples of 17 public figures, such as Guy Kawasaki, Chris Brogan, and Jack Canfield who have made the critical shift from pursuing commodity-driven opportunities to honoring their singular blueprint
  • Author Steve Olsher is a 25+ year entrepreneur, creator/founder of The Reinvention Workshop, and award-winning author of Internet Prophets: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal How to Profit Online

Steve’s singular approach to realizing permanent, positive change blends proprietary methods with ancient wisdom and revolutionary lessons from modern thought leaders. Leverage this proven system to discover your WHAT and realize ultimate achievement in business and life.

Playing to Win

Playing to Win
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A G. Lafley, Roger L Martin
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.05/1.23MB

This is A.G. Lafley’s guidebook. Shouldn’t it be yours as well?

Winning CEO A.G. Lafley is now back at the helm of consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble. If you want to know the strategy he’ll use to restore P&G to its former dominance—read this book.

Playing to Win, a noted Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller, outlines the strategic approach Lafley, in close partnership with strategic adviser Roger Martin, used to double P&G’s sales, quadruple its profits, and increase its market value by more than $100 billion when Lafley was first CEO (he led the company from 2000 to 2009). The book shows leaders in any type of organization how to guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals built around the clear, essential elements that determine business success—where to play and how to win.

Lafley and Martin have created a set of five essential strategic choices that, when addressed in an integrated way, will move you ahead of your competitors. They are: (1) What is our winning aspiration? (2) Where will we play? (3) How will we win? (4) What capabilities must we have in place to win? and (5) What management systems are required to support our choices? The result is a playbook for winning.

The stories of how P&G repeatedly won by applying this method to iconic brands such as Olay, Bounty, Gillette, Swiffer, and Febreze clearly illustrate how deciding on a strategic approach—and then making the right choices to support it—makes the difference between just playing the game and actually winning.

Playing to Win outlines a proven method that has worked for some of today’s most celebrated brands and products. Let this book serve as your new guide to winning, as well.

In Pursuit of Excellence [Fourth Edition]

In Pursuit of Excellence [Fourth Edition]
In Pursuit of Excellence [Fourth Edition] by Terry Orlick
2008 | EPUB | 1.0MB

Reach your potential! Whether you are an athlete, a coach, or a promising high achiever in another walk of life, In Pursuit of Excellence provides the expert advice and proven techniques to help you fulfill your aspirations.

Author Terry Orlick, an internationally acclaimed sport psychologist, has helped hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes maximize their performances and achieve their goals. In this fourth edition, Orlick provides new insights and a powerful step-by-step plan for you to develop your own personal path to excellence.

You'll learn to focus for excellence and high-quality living. You’ll gain a more positive outlook, a more focused commitment, better ways of dealing with distractions, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. You'll also achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction and discover better ways to work with teammates, respond more effectively to coaching, and become more self-directed in your thoughts and actions.

Both practical and inspirational, In Pursuit of Excellence is a guide to daily living and motivation as well as a road map to long-term achievement. Read it, use it, and win with it-on and off the field.

Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill

Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill
Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill [TTC Video] by Kenneth G Brown
Course No 5972 | MP4, 570x320, 1094 Kbps | AAC, VBR, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | 3.03GB

Influence and persuasion aren’t just abstract concepts of interest exclusive to psychologists and sociologists. Rather, they’re a fundamental part of your everyday life. Whether you realize it or not, you’re constantly surrounded by people and groups trying to influence the way you think, act, and feel.

But you don’t have to let influence just happen to you. Instead of merely following the will of others, you can actively take charge of your decisions—and your life—by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at influence and persuasion. And whether you’re in the corporate boardroom or at the family dinner table, you’ll find yourself reaping a wealth of rewards when it comes to the myriad ways you interact with other people and groups on a daily basis.

To master the art and craft of influence, the most powerful skill a person in 21st-century society can have, is to

  • vastly increase your chances of achieving your particular goals, both at work and at home;
  • strengthen your ability to persuade supervisors, coworkers, family members, and others that your opinions are the right ones;
  • enhance the effectiveness with which you negotiate, shop, speak to groups, and engage in other activities; and
  • protect yourself from the machinations of con artists and others who would use the tools of influence to your detriment.

Now, in Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill, discover everything you need to tap into the hidden powers of influence and persuasion—and use them to enhance your personal and professional life in ways you never thought possible. Delivered by award-winning Professor Kenneth G. Brown of The University of Iowa, an expert in management and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, these 12 lectures will teach you in clear and accessible language how and why influence works. Packed with eye-opening scientific and sociological experiments, case studies from fields including business and politics, practical exercises to test your skills, and more, this course will show you how to harness the power of influence at home, at work, at the store, in your social life, and anywhere else you may need it.

Learn the Foundation of How to Influence

Your ability to successfully influence others—including your children, your spouse, or your boss—is rooted in how well you can grasp and use the four fundamental components of any influence attempt. To help you, Professor Brown introduces what he calls the ATTiC model, which represents these four elements.

  • Agents: These are the individuals or groups who are doing the influencing. What makes them so successful? What makes them fail? You’ll see how the seemingly magical ability to win people over involves specific characteristics such as physical appearance, charisma, trustworthiness, and membership in a shared group.
  • Targets: The individual or group you’re hoping to influence is called your target—and some people and groups are more likely to be persuaded (or tricked) than others. One characteristic that may surprise you: age. Studies show that targets who are young adults or older adults are more prone to being easily influenced than others.
  • Tactics: What methods and strategies of influence are more likely to increase your target’s chances of commitment? Professor Brown’s insights into influential tactics provide you with numerous tools, including rational persuasion, which involves putting forth specific ideas for why a particular course of action is the best way forward.
  • Context: Contextual clues—such as scarcity of goods and the power of authority—are shortcuts that our brain uses to make sense of our social world and to make what are generally quite good decisions. You’ll learn which of these psychological processes are under our control and which aren’t.

More than just a helpful acronym, the “ATTiC” model is the perfect metaphor for just how powerful (and often overlooked) these components are. “The four factors are much like the attic of a house,” Professor Brown notes. “It’s always there doing what it does, even when no one thinks about it. In the same way, the factors that make us susceptible to influence are built into our basic psychology.”

Discover Where—And How—Inluence Works

From there, you’ll explore some of the many scientific and real-world applications of influence in your everyday life. With the aid of eye-opening research on psychology and sociology, historical examples from politics and business, and several in-depth case studies, you’ll get solid guidelines and tips for how to become a more influential person—and how to resist influence attempts when it’s in your best interests to do so.

With his vivid teaching style, Professor Brown shows you how influence operates in several areas of life you may or may not have considered, such as these:

  • Impression management, which involves constructing and cultivating your own personal “brand” to strengthen your influential authority at work
  • Sales, where the best tactics to increase your chances of getting a sale (and a better tip) include being genuinely interested in others, remembering names, and, easiest of all, smiling
  • Negotiation, where it’s important to use influence not just to get what you want but to make sure you and your negotiating partner feel satisfied that the results are fair
  • Public speaking, where big business speeches or small family pep talks can benefit from a focus on the positives and a demonstration of good will toward your audience.

You’ll also get an expert’s insights into the ethics surrounding influence, and how you can use these extraordinary tools to responsibly further your goals without becoming Machiavellian.

Practical Applications for a Practical Skill

“Influence is a practical topic,” notes Professor Brown, adding that “you’ll find many opportunities to apply what I present in this course to your everyday routines and interactions.”

To do so, each lecture concludes with a couple of simple exercises and tasks that will help illuminate what you’ve learned about influence and will increase your confidence in using the tools of successful influencers.

  • Next time you’re at a restaurant, learn your server’s name and use it when addressing him or her. Also, make sure to smile. See if these efforts affect the quality of the service you receive.
  • When you enter a negotiation where you hope for mutual agreement, use words like “we” and “us” and see whether it creates a difference in the other party’s approach to the deal.
  • When someone you don’t know tries to gain your confidence, adopt the Russian proverb of “trust but verify” by double-checking his or her story against an additional source.

These and other exercises are just a small part of the overall learning experience you’ll get from Professor Brown, a management expert whose ability to teach to a range of audiences—from college students to corporate professionals to laypeople—has won him a wealth of awards and accolades, including The University of Iowa’s highest teaching honor: the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.

His lectures will enlighten you, challenge you, inspire you, and possibly even transform you into a savvier participant in the often overlooked ways that everyday life influences us. With the insights, tools, and tips in Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill, you’ll be able to use influence on behalf of any professional or personal goal, or for any cause that is near and dear to your heart.

Course Lecture Titles:

  1. A Model for Successful Influence
  2. Characteristics of Influential Agents
  3. The Dark Side of Influence
  4. Characteristics of Suggestible Targets
  5. Influence Tactics—Hard and Soft
  6. How to Make the Most of Soft Tactics
  7. How Context Shapes Influence
  8. Practicing Impression Management
  9. Selling and Being Sold
  10. Delivering Effective Speeches
  11. Developing Negotiation Skills
  12. Becoming a Transformational Leader

The Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery
The Road to Recovery: How and Why Economic Policy Must Change by Andrew Smithers
2013 | EPUB | 9.08MB

Renowned economist Andrew Smithers offers prescriptive advice and economic theory on avoiding the next financial crisis

In The Road to Recovery, Andrew Smithers—one of a handful of respected economists to have accurately predicted the most recent global financial crisis—argues that the neoclassical consensus governing global economic decision-making must be revised in order to avoid the next financial collapse. He argues that the current low interest rates and budget deficits have prevented the recession becoming a depression but that those policies cannot be continuously repeated and a new consensus for action must be found. He offers practical guidance on reducing government, household, and business debt; changing the economic incentives for the management class that currently inhibit long-term growth; and rebalancing national economies both internally and externally. Further, he explains how central bankers must broaden the economic theories that guide their decisions to include the major factors of debt and asset prices.

  • Offers practical, real-world economic policies for restructuring and rebalancing the global economic system
  • Presents a modern economic theory for preventing the next collapse
  • Ideal for economists, investors, fund managers, and central bankers
  • Written by an economist described by the legendary Barton Biggs as "one of the five best, most dispassionate, erudite analysts in the world"

As the global economy continues the long climb out of recession, it's imperative that central bankers and other economic decision-makers not repeat the mistakes of the past. The Road to Recovery offers prescriptive guidance on redesigning an economic system that is healthy, stable, and beneficial to all.

Currency Wars

Currency Wars
Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis by James Rickards
2011 | EPUB | 0.45MB

In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon.

Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics. At best, they offer the sorry spectacle of countries' stealing growth from their trading partners. At worst, they degenerate into sequential bouts of inflation, recession, retaliation, and sometimes actual violence. Left unchecked, the next currency war could lead to a crisis worse than the panic of 2008.

Currency wars have happened before-twice in the last century alone-and they always end badly. Time and again, paper currencies have collapsed, assets have been frozen, gold has been confiscated, and capital controls have been imposed. And the next crash is overdue. Recent headlines about the debasement of the dollar, bailouts in Greece and Ireland, and Chinese currency manipulation are all indicators of the growing conflict.

As James Rickards argues in Currency Wars, this is more than just a concern for economists and investors. The United States is facing serious threats to its national security, from clandestine gold purchases by China to the hidden agendas of sovereign wealth funds. Greater than any single threat is the very real danger of the collapse of the dollar itself.

Baffling to many observers is the rank failure of economists to foresee or prevent the economic catastrophes of recent years. Not only have their theories failed to prevent calamity, they are making the currency wars worse. The U. S. Federal Reserve has engaged in the greatest gamble in the history of finance, a sustained effort to stimulate the economy by printing money on a trillion-dollar scale. Its solutions present hidden new dangers while resolving none of the current dilemmas.

While the outcome of the new currency war is not yet certain, some version of the worst-case scenario is almost inevitable if U.S. and world economic leaders fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. Rickards untangles the web of failed paradigms, wishful thinking, and arrogance driving current public policy and points the way toward a more informed and effective course of action.

Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking

Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking
Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking: From the First Move to the Last by Neil McDonald
2004 | PDF | 13.62MB

Grand master and prolific chess author Neil McDonald explains every single move made in 30 striking tactical or strategical games played over the last quarter century. Each of these games has been carefully chosen for its consistent logical thread, so that the reader will get prime instruction in the art of conceiving appropriate plans and attacks and carrying them out to their natural conclusion: in short, players will learn to think logically. Watching these games unfold will prove an education and inspiration to readers who can then try to play in the same purposeful way, with a corresponding improvement in their own game.

The Chess Combat Simulator

The Chess Combat Simulator
The Chess Combat Simulator: Test and Improve Your Chess with 50 Instructive Grandmaster Games by by Jeroen Bosch
2006 | PDF | 30.12MB

Chess self-improvement for amateur players, who are invited to find the best moves in 50 Grandmaster games. A unique scoring system rates your performance and registers your progress. Don't be afraid if your move differs from the Grandmaster's choice: alternative moves are analysed and rated accordingly. Move by move you pick a Grandmaster's brain to become a better player!

Flexner on Finishing

Flexner on Finishing
Flexner on Finishing: Finally - Answers to Your Wood Finishing Fears & Frustrations by Bob Flexner
2010 | PDF | 102.75MB

Everything You Need to Finish Your Woodworking Projects Like a Pro

No more mystery. No more hype. Told as it is. Take control of finishing by learning how to use the many finishes available—and what those products actually are. In this book, his first since Understanding Wood Finishing, Bob Flexner delves deeper into many of the issues woodworkers struggle with and he does it with an authority that leaves no doubt. Inside, you'll discover the truth about:

  • Wood Preparation
  • Choosing a Finish
  • Coloring Wood
  • Brushing & Spraying
  • Overcoming Finishing Problems
  • Finishing Myths
  • Repairing Finishes
  • And So Much More!

BONUS CHAPTER on Furniture Repair!

Understanding Wood Finishing

Understanding Wood Finishing
Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner
1993 | PDF | 84.02MB

Taking the mystery out of wood finishing, this completely updated second edition includes the latest technical updates on materials and techniques—from spray guns to French polishing—with detailed step-by-step instructions and explanations. The most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published, this guide offers advice for troubleshooting, distinguishing different products, and suggestions for creating beautiful finishes.

Making Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Making Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
Making Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles: Creating Heirlooms from Photos & Other Favorite Images by Charlie Ross
2011 | PDF | 18.39MB

Puzzle maker Charlie Ross personalizes puzzle making by sharing with the reader different methods to add their own creative touch to this popular scroll saw woodworking project.

From learning to convert a favorite digital photo, art print or other image onto a wooden jigsaw puzzle, to mastering his three puzzle-making methods of strip cutting, stair-step cutting, and free form cutting, readers, whether beginner or experienced, can move at their own pace in practicing each technique.

Ross also includes designs for brain-busting puzzles with imbedded hidden objects, no corners, and other clever techniques.

The Biscuit Joiner Project Book

The Biscuit Joiner Project Book
The Biscuit Joiner Project Book: Tips & Techniques to Simplify Your Woodworking Using This Great Tool by Jim Stack
2002 | PDF | 104.9MB

The biscuit joiner has revolutionized woodworking by enabling woodworkers to create joints that are incredibly strong and durable. This book provides woodworkers, hobbyists and furniture makers with a variety of projects that will help them develop more efficient joinery techniques while creating wonderful new pieces of furniture for their home. There are 12 projects in all, including a lamp, a bookcase, a nightstand, a chest of drawers and an entertainment centre. Using a biscuit joiner, each piece can be made quickly and effectively, with joints that are as strong, if not stronger, than those made using traditional joinery techniques.

Bill Hylton's Power-Tool Joinery

Bill Hylton's Power-Tool Joinery
Bill Hylton's Power-Tool Joinery: Tips and Techniques for Making Strong Joints with Power Tools by Bill Hylton
2005 | PDF | 106.92MB

Learn from an expert how to make the ten best joints using your power tools!

In Bill Hylton's Power-Tool Joinery you'll learn shop-tested techniques and explanations as to the why's and how's of joinery. Also included are plans for jigs and fixtures that will help you cut individual joints accurately and safely. This in-depth guide will have you cutting joints like a pro in no time!

Learn to cut these strong, tightly fitted joints with just a few basic power tools:

  • Edge joints
  • Dado joints
  • Rabbet joints
  • Miter joints
  • Splined joints
  • Sliding dovetail joints
  • Dovetail joints
  • Lap and half-lap joints
  • Mortise-and-tenon joints
  • Biscuit joints

Hand Tool Essentials

Hand Tool Essentials
Hand Tool Essentials: Refine Your Power Tool Projects with Hand Tool Techniques
2007 | PDF | 102.32MB

Hand and Power Tools Work Best Together

In today's world of more-power-is-better, it's easy to overlook the value of hand tools. What most woodworker's don't realize is that combining both hand and power tool worlds is the best way to produce the highest quality woodworking.

In Hand Tool Essentials you'll learn how to choose and use hand tools for chopping, cutting, paring, sawing, marking, drilling and more. Many of the tools are familiar, but others will surprise you with their usefulness. Though they've been around for hundreds (or thousands) of years, these tools have gotten lost in the rush of the industrial revolution. Rediscovering the value of these tools in your woodworking will also give you a better understanding of how your power tools work.

But this book is more than about how to use hand tools. It's about using hand tools in balance with power tools to save you time, provide a more pleasant woodworking experience and ultimately give you a better woodworking project.

Carving Faces Workbook

Carving Faces Workbook
Carving Faces Workbook: Learn to Carve Facial Expressions and Characteristics with the Legendary Harold Enlow
2011 | PDF | 34.21MB

Follow along as Harold Enlow, one of America's foremost caricature carvers, teaches you how to carve faces with life and expression. Enlow shares his woodcarving tips and techniques that make his carvings stand out in this information-packed book. You’ll learn to carve a female face, a cowboy face, a Native American face, a Santa face, and more. Best of all, you'll discover Enlow's secret to success: learning how to render highly detailed eyes, lips, nose, hair, and ears before moving on to carving a complete face. Each project is done in small steps that guarantee success. For anyone who wants to learn to carve faces that stand out in a crowd, this is a must-have addition to your woodcarving library.

Chip Carving and Relief Carving

Chip Carving and Relief Carving
Chip Carving and Relief Carving by Josef Mader
1987 | PDF | 29.99MB

The traditional folk craft of chip carving is commonly used in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany for the decoration of all kinds of wooden objects. Only a few inexpensive tools and a small quantity of wood are needed to enjoy this craft, which is an excellent ans simple introduction to the broader realm of relief carving.

The most popular guide to this subject in Europe, Josef Mader's Chip Carving takes the reader step by step through the chip carving process, from layout of the design to the final cut and finishing of the piece. The use and care of chip-carving knives are also explained. Numerous photographs and drawings provide additional guidance by showing the progression of the design as cuts are made, and a portfolio of chip-carving designs used on furniture and boxes, and throughout the home, gives woodworkers exciting ideas.

Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry

Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry
Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry by Karen Leonardo
2007 | EPUB | 10.28MB

CREATE - DESIGN - WEAR
From tiny glass beads and pendants to rings and necklaces, Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry teaches you how to create them all.

Lampwork artist Karen J. Leonardo and her network of fellow artisans share their secrets for creating stunningly beautiful lampwork beads. In addition, these talented artists give you complete instructions for incorporating the beads into your own artistic jewelry pieces.

Ideal for beginning, intermediate and advanced lampwork artists, Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry features:

  • Guidance and tips for setting up your studio and selecting the proper tools
  • Detailed instructions with step-by-step photos for creating 16 different lampwork beads
  • 14 jewelry designs to incorporate your beads into necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and pins

Basic Candle Making

Basic Candle Making
Basic Candle Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started by Eric Ebeling
2002 | EPUB + MOBI | 11.2/11.77MB
  • Each step illustrated with color photos
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • Information on scents and dyes

Step-by-step color photographs and descriptive detail make this book indispensable for beginners looking to create beautiful and functional scented candles on their very first try, and for experienced crafters who want to sharpen their skills. Precise instructions eliminate the guesswork that too often creeps into how-to books. Gleaned from the expertise of master candle makers, this guide presents everything a novice needs to know to get started crafting traditional tapers and molded candles, container and rolled beeswax candles, and interesting variations on each. Includes guidelines for buying tools and materials, preparing the work space, and working safely and effectively, as well as suggested shopping lists.

Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair

Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair
Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: with 350 Projects and 2000 Photos
2008 | PDF | 145.33MB

The two previous editions of the book known by home improvement retailers as “Big Red” sold nearly 600,000 copies. This new edition features a larger portrait format for better visual clarity, and incorporates a new page layout style. But all the features that made the original America’s best-selling “bible” of home repair are still present here—thousands of color photographs and detailed step-by-step directions.

The third edition also includes more than 30 projects not found in the original edition, as well as more than 300 new photos.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms: Remodeling on a budget; Vanities & Cabinets; Plumbing & Fixtures; Showers, Sinks & Tubs [Third Edition]
2010 | PDF | 111.98MB

This latest revision of our best-selling bathroom remodeling book features practical, achievable bathroom improvements and upgrades shown with clear color step-by-step photos. This comprehensive book covers all the basics of bathroom design and remodeling and includes a gallery of inspirational bathrooms that are sure to provide excitement and ideas.

But the heart of this DIYers guide are the well-chosen projects that are featured in full detail. From replacing surfaces and fixtures to installing plumbing and making easy decorative improvements, The Complete Guide to Bathrooms shows you how to save thousands of dollars by doing the job yourself.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Greenhouses and Garden Projects

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Greenhouses and Garden Projects
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Greenhouses & Garden Projects: Greenhouses, Cold Frames, Compost Bins, Trellises, Planting Beds, Potting Benches & More
2011 | PDF | 53.67MB

One of the hottest consumer trends is the new importance on outdoor living, and nothing brings the outdoor home to life like a greenhouse and other accessories to help grow and nurture landscape greenery. This book has plans and step by step for constructing and appointing greenhouses of several varieties, from glass-wall to hoophouse; some from kits, some from scratch; also includes plans and steps for other garden structures and accessories. Includes projects suitable to homes and landscapes of all types—urban, suburban, and rural.

Complete Book of Framing

Complete Book of Framing
Complete Book of Framing: An Illustrated Guide for Residential Construction [Second Edition] by Scot Simpson
2011 | PDF | 101.18MB

The updated easy-to-learn reference for rough carpentry and framing.

Complete Book of Framing, Second Edition is an updated, easy-to-learn guide to rough carpentry and framing written by an expert with more than thirty years of framing experience. This book guides the reader through the steps on framing floors, walls, roofs, door and window openings, and stairs. Hundreds of color photographs and illustrations help the reader understand the basics as well as advanced framing methods. This Second Edition is updated to match the framing techniques to the 2009 International Building Code, and introduces the concept of "green framing" regarding material use and handling.

  • Deals with the new corrosive treating methods that began to be used in 2004 for pressure treated wood
  • Covers the time and energy-saving benefits of positive placement nail guns, which have become the industry standard for fastening light gage hardware
  • Includes a glue-laminated beam weight chart, along with a description of crane operations for setting these beams

Starting with the basics, this book begins with types of lumber, nails, and what tools are needed, followed by detailed, fully illustrated steps for framing each building element—from planning and layout through specific nailing patterns. Framer-Friendly Tips throughout the book show how to get a task done right—and more easily.

Trellises, Planters and Raised Beds

Trellises, Planters and Raised Beds
Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials by Mark Johanson
2013 | EPUB | 132.23MB

A step-by-step guide that gives any gardener all the information needed to make garden furnishings that are both simple and beautiful. This book includes 50 complete plans for trellises, raised beds, planters, window boxes, and just about any imaginable project you can make to train and display plants in your garden and around your home. Featured projects are created using a host of easily found materials, including wood, metal, hypertufa, upcycled barrels, clay pots, sticks, latticework, copper tubing, re-rod, wire, landscape timbers, retaining wall block, and natural stone. Each plan includes photographs, a scaled plan drawing, cutting and shopping lists, and thorough step-by-step instructions.

Sustainable Landscape Construction

Sustainable Landscape Construction
Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors [2nd Edition]
2007 | EPUB | 22.3MB

Published at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Sustainable Landscape Construction took a new approach to what was then a nearly new subject: how to construct outdoor environments based on principles of sustainability. This enormously influential book helped to spur a movement that has taken root around the U.S. and throughout the world. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to include the most important developments in this landscape revolution, along with the latest scientific research in the field. It has been expanded to provide even more ideas for designing, building, and maintaining environmentally sensitive landscapes. It is essential reading for everyone with an interest in "green" landscape design.

Like its predecessor, the new edition of Sustainable Landscape Construction is organized around principles that reflect the authors’ desire to put environmental ethics into practice. Each chapter focuses on one over-arching idea. These principles of sustainability are clearly articulated and are developed through specific examples. More than 100 projects from around the globe are described and illustrated. A new chapter details ways in which landscape architectural practice must respond to the dangers posed by fire, floods, drought, extreme storms, and climate change.

Sustainable Landscape Construction is a crucial complement to basic landscape construction texts, and is a one-of-a-kind reference for professionals, students, and concerned citizens.

Square Metre Gardening

Square Metre Gardening
Square Metre Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
2013 | EPUB | 67.89MB

Adapted from the 2-million-copy U.S. bestseller All New Square Foot Gardening, this new edition brings the proven principles, easy system and guaranteed outcomes to British gardeners. Thoroughly redesigned and converted to the metric system, plant selections have been adjusted for British and Northern European climates and growing seasons. The language has been Anglicized to communicate in a precise and natural way with British gardeners, while still retaining the inspirational 'can-do' attitude that has made Mel Bartholomew such a gardening phenomenon in his home country. Particularly suited for beginners, or those with poor soil, this is the perfect system for getting huge yields in a small space.

All New Square Foot Gardening

All New Square Foot Gardening
All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew
2006 | EPUB | 18.59MB

Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?

Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground.

But, the best feature is that "anyone," "anywhere" can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

But, let's get back to the ten improvements. You're going to love them.

  • New Location - Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just "twenty percent" of the space of a traditional garden.
  • New Direction - Locate your garden "on top" of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements.
  • New Soil - The new "Mel's Mix" is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even "buy" the different types of compost needed.
  • New Depth - You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It's true--the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth.
  • No Fertilizer - The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don't need to add fertilizer.
  • New Boxes - The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos).
  • New Aisles - The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest.
  • New Grids - Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.
  • New Seed Saving Idea - The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds--per planting hole.
  • Tabletop Gardens - The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable.

Of course, that's not all. We've also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You're going to love it!

Shamanic Gardening

Shamanic Gardening
Shamanic Gardening: Timeless Techniques for the Modern Sustainable Garden by Melinda Joy Miller
2012 | EPUB | 7.85MB

A shaman is one who walks in two worlds, one seen easily by everyone, another seen with the senses of the heart, deep recesses of the mind, and within the collective spiritual consciousness.

Shamanic Gardening integrates sustainable ancient and traditional gardening methods with shamanic principles and modern permaculture. The practices, history, myths, recipes, and philosophies inside this book will enhance your relationship with nature, sustain the earth, delight your senses, and nourish your soul.

Shamanic Gardening includes a cultural history of sustainable gardening, including gardening techniques used by Cleopatra, the Japanese, the Pueblo Indians, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and many others.

This book teaches both simple and advanced techniques to garden with more awareness and effectiveness, using your inner senses. Learn to design an elegant, edible, sustainable landscape, plant for nutrition and beauty, grow healing herbs and aphrodisiacs, work with earth energies and color, extract flower essences, and much more.

A Sweet Taste of History

A Sweet Taste of History
A Sweet Taste of History: More than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America's Earliest Days by Walter Staib
2013 | EPUB | 33.19MB

A Sweet Taste of History captures the grandeur of the sweet table—the grand finale course of an 18th century meal. Rather than serving something simple, hostesses arranged elaborate sweet tables, displays of ornate beauty and delicious edibles meant to leave guests with a lasting impression. A Sweet Taste of History will have the same effect, lingering in the minds of its readers and inspiring them to get in the kitchen.

This gorgeous cookbook blends American history with exquisite recipes, as well as tips on how to create your own sweet table. It features 100 scrumptious dessert recipes, including cakes, cobblers, pies, cookies, quick breads, and ice cream. It includes original recipes from first ladies well-known for entertaining, such as Martha Washington's An Excellent Cake and Dolley Madison's French Vanilla Ice Cream. Chef Staib also offers sources for unusual ingredients and step-by-step culinary techniques, updating some of the recipes for modern cooks. This wonderful keepsake will bring a bygone era in America to life and inspire readers who love to cook, entertain, and follow history.

Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food

Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food
Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater

From the BBC One presenter and author of The Kitchen Diaries, this beautiful and easy-to-use book contains over 600 recipe ideas and is your essential go-to for what to cook every day.

Returning to the territory of Nigel’s bestselling Real Fast Food, Eat is bursting with beautifully simple and quick-to-cook recipes, in a stylish and practical flexible format that’s easy to read and use anywhere.

Enjoy sizzling chorizo with potatoes and shallots; a sharp and fresh green soup; a Vietnamese-inspired prawn baguette; a one-pan Sunday lunch.

Covering everything from quick meals to share with friends to comfort food, Eat is a new, and highly innovative, classic from Nigel Slater.

Dad's Own Cookbook

Dad's Own Cookbook
Dad's Own Cookbook by Bob Sloan
2007 | EPUB | 8.17MB

It's time to become the new hero of the kitchen. Or at least put aside your fear of frying (not to mention sautéing, roasting, or tossing a salad). Dad's Own Cookbook shows how to do everything from handling a knife properly to juggling three dishes so that dinner comes together on schedule. Its lively charts, tips, and directions replace intimidation with pleasure and camaraderie, and its 150 great recipes will turn the most culinarily challenged dad into the family chef.

Jeffrey Saad's Global Kitchen

Jeffrey Saad's Global Kitchen
Jeffrey Saad's Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders by Jeffrey Saad
2012 | EPUB | 4.0MB

FLAVORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED.

Cilantro and chili peppers are Mexican royalty. Oregano and basil have defined Italian foods for centuries. And nothing recalls the tastes of India more than cumin and coriander. Anything from a plain chicken breast to a fresh-from-the-ocean fillet can be transformed into dozens of different ethnic dishes, and chef Jeffrey Saad is just the person to show you how.

In his cookbook debut, Saad—restaurateur and star of the Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America—takes you on an international tour to celebrate and savor the flavors of the globe without ever leaving your kitchen.

Journeying through popular culinary hotspots from France, Italy, and Spain to India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, Saad breaks down the core spices that define each region’s cuisine and showcases scrumptious recipes inspired by these global palates. In addition to salads, soups, and sandwiches, Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen includes

  • tantalizing tapas, from Crustless Sweet Onion and Potato Spanish Tart to Crab Tostadas with Fire-Roasted Chiles and Wild Mushroom Bruschetta with Shaved Parmesan
  • healthful—and delicious—vegetarian dishes, including Butternut Squash and Allspice Risotto, White Bean Soup with Rosemary Pesto, and Sweet and Spicy Chinese Long Beans
  • a carnivore’s delight, including Smoked Paprika Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Beef Bourguignonne, Pork Chops with Carmelized Apples and Arugula, and Jeffrey’s signature Harissa Steak Sandwich (featured on The Next Food Network Star)
  • fish lovers’ fare, from Lobster Pot Pie and Grilled Tilapia in Spicy Asian Broth to Five-Spice Shrimp Sliders and Turmeric-Grilled Scallop Pitas
  • sinful desserts, including Almond-Orange-Chocolate Biscotti and Nutella Crepes
  • Plus—sections on extremely delicious tacos and burritos, the bodacious beauty (and versatility) of the egg, and a multitude of pasta pleasures—with mouthwatering color photos throughout

Written with Saad’s showstopping passion for food and seasoned with helpful sidebars and cooking essentials, this easy-to-use recipe guide is a melting pot of culinary wisdom. Whether you like savory or sweet, keeping it mild or kicking up the heat, Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen shows you how to eat globally and cook locally with gourmet-quality results.

Silver Palate Cookbook

Silver Palate Cookbook
Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins
2007 | PDF | 24.99MB

Enriched with full-color photographs in honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Silver Palate Cookbook is the beloved classic that brings a new passion for food and entertaining into American homes. Its 350 flawlessly seasoned, stand-out dishes make every occasion special, and its recipes, featuring vibrant, pure ingredients, are a pleasure to cook. Brimming with kitchen wisdom, cooking tips, information about domestic and imported ingredients, menus, quotes, and lore, this timeless book feels as fresh and exciting as the day it was first published. Every reader will fall in love with cooking all over again.

The Complete Jerky Book

The Complete Jerky Book
The Complete Jerky Book: How to Dry, Cure, and Preserve Everything from Venison to Turkey by Monte Burch
2010 | EPUB | 25.53MB

Save money and eat well with jerky you can make yourself. As more and more self-sufficiency methods rise out of today’s waning economy and growing green movement, so does jerky. Jerky is one of the oldest forms of food preservation, and yet these days, a very popular hobby for the hunting enthusiast and a great way of using game meats. Award-winning outdoor writer and photographer Monte Burch brings readers this pocket-sized guide to making one of the most popular, convenient, and protein- enriched foods.

The Complete Jerky Book includes everything from how the Native Americans preserved their meat to the foolproof, easy-does-it purchased jerky seasoning mixes and new products of today. Delicious recipes for a wide variety of meats, including venison, turkey, goose, beef, and even fish, are included. This book includes complete instructions on how to prepare jerky the good old-fashioned way as well as how to make it using the latest equipment.

One Good Dish

One Good Dish
One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal by David Tanis
2013 | PDF | 27.06MB

In this, his first non-menu cookbook, the New York Times food columnist offers 100 utterly delicious recipes that epitomize comfort food, Tanis-style. Individually or in combination, they make perfect little meals that are elemental and accessible, yettotally surprising—and there’s something to learn on every page.

Among the chapter titles there’s “Bread Makes a Meal,” which includes such alluring recipes as a ham and Gruyère bread pudding, spaghetti and bread crumbs, breaded eggplant cutlets, and David’s version of egg-in-a-hole. A chapter called “My Kind of Snack” includes quail eggs with flavored salt; speckled sushi rice with toasted nori; polenta pizza with crumbled sage; raw beet tartare; and mackerel rillettes. The recipes in “Vegetables to Envy” range from a South Indian dish of cabbage with black mustard seeds to French grandmother–style vegetables. “Strike While the Iron Is Hot” is all about searing and quick cooking in a cast-iron skillet. Another chapter highlights dishes you can eat from a bowl with a spoon.

And so it goes, with one irrepressible chapter after another, one perfect food moment after another: this is a book with recipes to crave.

Dirt Candy: A Cookbook

Dirt Candy: A Cookbook
Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant by Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey, Grady Hendrix
2012 | EPUB | 39.46MB

Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring, beloved by omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diners alike. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook shares the secrets to making her flavorful dishes—from indulgent Stone-Ground Grits with Pickled Shiitakes and Tempura Poached Egg, to hearty Smoked Cauliflower and Waffles with Horseradish Cream Sauce, to playfully addictive Popcorn Pudding with Caramel Popcorn.

It also details Amanda’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City—all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel. Both a great read and a source of kitchen inspiration, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook is a must-have for any home cook looking to push the boundaries of vegetable cooking.

Vegan Chocolate

Vegan Chocolate
Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan
2013 | EPUB | 12.68MB

It can be difficult to find truly indulgent vegan desserts—especially chocolate. But for the first time, chocolate cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, and more are within reach: dairy-free, organic, fair-trade, and sublime.

Author, baking instructor, and vegan powerhouse Fran Costigan has dedicated years to satisfying her sweet tooth while keeping it vegan. Through experimentation and long hours in the kitchen, she’s recreated some of her favorite chocolate desserts as better-for-you interpretations that pass the taste test: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles (with a variety of flavor variations), a Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, a Sacher Torte, even chocolate Moon Pies! Her detailed instructions make for professional-quality outcomes every time: it’s like a personal baking class, right in your kitchen.

The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, Vegan Chocolate is sure to become an instant classic.

Beyond the Great Wall

Beyond the Great Wall
Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China by Naomi Duguid, Jeffrey Alford
2009 | PDF | 38.82MB

A bold and eye-opening new cookbook with magnificent photos and unforgettable stories.

In the West, when we think about food in China, what usually comes to mind are the signature dishes of Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai. But beyond the urbanized eastern third of China lie the high open spaces and sacred places of Tibet, the Silk Road oases of Xinjiang, the steppelands of Inner Mongolia, and the steeply terraced hills of Yunnan and Guizhou. The peoples who live in these regions are culturally distinct, with their own history and their own unique culinary traditions. In Beyond the Great Wall, the inimitable duo of Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid—who first met as young travelers in Tibet—bring home the enticing flavors of this other China.

For more than twenty-five years, both separately and together, Duguid and Alford have journeyed all over the outlying regions of China, sampling local home cooking and street food, making friends and taking lustrous photographs. Beyond the Great Wall shares the experience in a rich mosaic of recipes—from Central Asian cumin-scented kebabs and flatbreads to Tibetan stews and Mongolian hot pots—photos, and stories. A must-have for every food lover, and an inspiration for cooks and armchair travelers alike.

Pestos, Tapenades, and Spreads

Pestos, Tapenades, and Spreads
Pestos, Tapenades, and Spreads: 40 Simple Recipes for Delicious Toppings, Sauces & Dips by Stacey Printz
2009 | EPUB | 9.2MB

With little fuss and enormous flavor, transform everyday meals with simple yet creative toppings, dips, and spreads. Forty recipes are paired with multiple serving suggestions for producing yummy (and healthy!) dishes, from appetizers to dinners. With few steps to follow and minimal ingredients to purchase, these recipes—many of which are sensitive to vegans and those with nut and gluten allergies—are built for speed and ease. Fifteen minutes is the total preparation time for Classic Provençal Tapenade, Balsamic Fig and Caramelized Onion Spread, and Rich Crab Spread. Using fresh ingredients and pantry staples, you'll soon be whipping up tasty pesto faster than you can say "presto!"

Tartine Bread

Tartine Bread
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
2010 | EPUB | 16.79MB

For the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book of the season. It comes from a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States: Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, a city that knows its bread. To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. A hundred photographs from years of testing, teaching, and recipe development provide step-by-step inspiration, while additional recipes provide inspiration for using up every delicious morsel.

200 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

200 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes
200 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Katie Bishop
2013 | EPUB | 67.48MB

An updated edition, with more finished food photos, of the bestselling slow cooker books by Katie Bishop.

Slow cookers offer a hassle-free approach to home cooking. This new edition includes over 200 mouth-watering recipes that can be prepared in advance and cooked while you're at work, overnight or just relaxing at home.

More and more people are discovering the benefits these affordable cookers – they are economical, environmental and produce perfect results every time.

Cookery writer and journalist, Katie Bishop, shows just how little effort is required to make great family recipes such as Rolled Shoulder of Lamb, Mini Chestnut, Mushroom and Red Wine Pies, Classic Bouillabaisse, Herby Italian Stuffed Peppers and Oat, Sunflower and Honey Bread.

This book provides a fresh insight into this old-fashioned method of cooking, with straightforward, easy-to-achieve dishes that will delight your friends and family.

Katie’s fresh ideas, helpful advice on making the most of your cooker and easy-to-follow recipes provide new inspiration for anyone who wants to produce perfect meals every time.

Enjoy:

  • Soups and light meals
  • Chillis and pasta sauces
  • Curries and spicy dishes
  • Braises and stews
  • ‘Roasts’
  • Super-slow food
  • Feasts and celebrations
  • Puddings, cakes and sweet sauces

Better Homes and Gardens: 365 Comfort Foods

Better Homes and Gardens: 365 Comfort Foods
Better Homes and Gardens: 365 Comfort Foods
2013 | EPUB | 36.34MB

Comfort food nourishes the soul as well as the body; think chicken noodle soup, pot roast, and apple pie. This enticing food isn’t just for special days—with the expertise of Better Homes and Gardens, comfort food can be enjoyed any day of the year. Included are can’t-miss classics that cover main dishes, sides, soups, snacks, baked goods, and desserts.

Two bonus chapters add extra value: “Comfort Classics Made Healthy,” for those watching what they eat, and “30-Minute Meals,” for cooks short on time who still want a home-cooked meal. Helpful tips and sidebars offer advice covering essential cooking and baking basics, plus “Make It Mine” features show mix-and-match recipes, such as casseroles and mashed potatoes, that let cooks create varied, personalized dishes.

Better Homes and Gardens Baking

Better Homes and Gardens Baking
Better Homes and Gardens Baking: More than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques
2013 | EPUB | 66.4MB

This all-new and gorgeous edition of Better Homes and Gardens Baking (the first major all-purpose BH&G baking title published since 1998) is a compendium of irresistible cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cobblers, pastries, and breads—from everyday sweets to special-occasion show-stoppers. It has everything you need to bake fuss-free and with delicious results for bake sales, cookie swaps, birthday parties, holiday tables, or just because you’re in the mood to bake. You'll find:

  • More than 400 recipes for luscious baked goods such as Cinnamon Rolls (with four fun shape variations), Raspberry French Silk Pie Bars, and Herbed Boule
  • More than 250 photos showcase the recipes and clarify techniques
  • Chapter-opener features with classic recipes that teach secrets to baking success
  • Make-It-Mine recipes with choices to help you adapt to your taste, convenience, and occasion
  • Make-It-Mini guides to help bakers turn out scrumptious sweets in smaller sizes

This will surely be the go-to baking reference and inspiration for years to come.

Drink More Whiskey

Drink More Whiskey
Drink More Whiskey: Everything You Need to Know about Your New Favorite Drink by Daniel Yaffe
2013 | PDF | 31.29MB

This smart guide to whiskey introduces a new generation of would-be connoisseurs to the hottest new-again spirit. And with upstart distillers reviving varieties like white dog (moonshine to prohibition-era folks), now is the best time to start learning about it.

Drink More Whiskey is the reference for those want to discover the provenance, styles, differences in quality, and ideal uses of whiskey in a fresh, fun-to-read format. In addition, more than 20 recipes are sprinkled throughout, from classics like the Old Fashioned to thoroughly modern tipples like the Manchester (made from single malt Scotch whisky and fresh herbs), so readers can take their learning from book to glass.

Kombucha!

Kombucha!
Kombucha: The Amazing Probiotic Tea that Cleanses, Heals, Energizes, and Detoxifies by Eric Childs, Jessica Childs
2013 | EPUB | 20.84MB

The complete guide to kombucha— the wildly popular probiotic tea.

Kombucha is lauded worldwide by healers, athletes, yogis, and other health-conscious souls, and is now going mainstream. Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, has many cleansing, healing, and detoxifying effects.

Eric and Jessica Childs, founders of Kombucha Brooklyn and experts on the wonders of kombucha, share their knowledge in this complete guide to kombucha. In addition to the science and culture of ‘buch, Kombucha! includes recipes and reveals inventive uses for the beverage in cooking, cocktails, and beauty products, tapping the benefits of probiotics for radiant rejuvenation.