Five of the Few [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 17:47
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.02/5.61MB
The few are, of course, the pilots of the RAF about whom Churchill made his famous quotation, and here are the stories of five of them who fought through the Battle of Britain. In the tradition of most of these kinds of stories the men, now in their eighties, universally claim to not be heros at all, but to be just ordinary blokes doing their bit. I don't agree. One of the men talking about his unit of 32 men when the war started ended the war with six still alive.
The Battle of Britain was at the beginning of World War II, so all of these men had engered service before the war. This means that they had had the more leisurely training of the peacetime RAF. By the time the war came around, they were well trained and as ready as they could be for the battle.
Their stories of the battles are as matter of fact as can be. It was work, their kind of work, and it wasn't until later that they really recognized the impact of all they had done. The book is written as straight forward as their stories. Here is what happened as these participants saw it.
Very enjoyable reading that gives you a sense of having been their. - By John Matlock
Red Sky In the Morning [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 17:41
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.69/2.35MB
The Arctic convoys that sailed through the cold malevolent waters of the Barents Sea ran the gauntlet of German air and sea attacks as they struggled to transport vital supplies to Britain’s Russian allies.
Convoy JW51B sailed in December 1942 with a small close escort of five destroyers, plus a reserve of two light cruisers, which shadowed the main convoy at a distance of seventy miles. The convoy was attacked on 31 December by a powerful German force that included the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, the pocket battleship Lützow and six destroyers. The ensuing engagement proved the worth of the British destroyers and the bravery of the men who sailed in them.
It was a naval engagement that had far-reaching consequences and resulted in many capital ships of the Kriegsmarine being decommissioned for the rest of World War II.
A gripping tale of the war at sea under the direst of conditions.
The Drive on Moscow, 1941 [Audiobook]
19 November 2013, 17:37
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 49 mins | 242.62MB
At the end of September 1941, more than a million German soldiers lined up along the frontline just 180 miles west of Moscow. They were well trained, confident, and had good reasons to hope that the war in the East would be over with one last offensive. Facing them was an equally large Soviet force, but whose soldiers were neither as well trained nor as confident. When the Germans struck, disaster soon befell the Soviet defenders. German panzer spearheads cut through enemy defenses and thrust deeply to encircle most of the Soviet soldiers on the approaches to Moscow. Within a few weeks, most of them marched into captivity, where a grim fate awaited them.
Despite the overwhelming initial German success, however, the Soviet capital did not fall. German combat units as well as supply transport were bogged down in mud caused by autumn rains. General Zhukov was called back to Moscow and given the desperate task to recreate defense lines west of Moscow. The mud allowed him time to accomplish this, and when the Germans again began to attack in November, they met stiffer resistance. Even so, they came perilously close to the capital, and if the vicissitudes of weather had cooperated, would have seized it. Though German units were also fighting desperately by now, the Soviet build-up soon exceeded their own.
The Drive on Moscow: Operation Taifun, 1941 is based on numerous archival records, personal diaries, letters, and other sources. It recreates the battle from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals. The battle, not fought in isolation, had a crucial role in the overall German strategy in the East, and its outcome reveals why the failure of the German assault on Moscow may well have been true turning point of World War II.
1775: A Good Year for Revolution [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 17:33
2012 | EPUB | 3.08MB
The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution.
In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands—achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome. These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.
Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.
Master of the Mountain [Audiobook]
19 November 2013, 17:32
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 11 hrs 05 mins | 455.45MB
Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek’s eloquent, persuasive book—based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson’s papers—opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson’s world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money.
So far, historians have offered only easy irony or paradox to explain this extraordinary Founding Father who was an emancipationist in his youth and then recoiled from his own inspiring rhetoric and equivocated about slavery; who enjoyed his renown as a revolutionary leader yet kept some of his own children as slaves. But Wiencek’s Jefferson is a man of business and public affairs who makes a success of his debt-ridden plantation thanks to what he calls the “silent profits” gained from his slaves—and thanks to a skewed moral universe that he and thousands of others readily inhabited. We see Jefferson taking out a slave-equity line of credit with a Dutch bank to finance the building of Monticello and deftly creating smoke screens when visitors are dismayed by his apparent endorsement of a system they thought he’d vowed to overturn. It is not a pretty story. Slave boys are whipped to make them work in the nail factory at Monticello that pays Jefferson’s grocery bills. Parents are divided from children—in his ledgers they are recast as money—while he composes theories that obscure the dynamics of what some of his friends call “a vile commerce.”
Many people of Jefferson’s time saw a catastrophe coming and tried to stop it, but not Jefferson. The pursuit of happiness had been badly distorted, and an oligarchy was getting very rich. Is this the quintessential American story?
The Knot Bible [PDF]
19 November 2013, 17:30
2013 | PDF | 101.01MB
The complete and definitive bible of knots for seafarers. Featuring all the knots, hitches, bends, splices, whipping and decorative knotwork that you would find on a boat, this comprehensive bible of knots will help those who go to sea master every knot they will need. Over 200 knots are scored for strength, reliability, ease of tying (and untying) and usefulness. Step by step photographs show how to tie each knot, and demonstrate how they can be used, such as in the rigging or for tying boats up. Interesting knot know-how sections give extra information about the knot's history, plus helpful tips and techniques, including choosing the right rope for the right task and using the right knot. As well as all the old standards the book also features quirky new knots like the Apple Pie knot.
With a beautiful modern design, and highly illustrated with full colour photographs and instructive diagrams throughout, The Knot Bible remains accessible to all sailors of all levels of experience whilst still being the king of knot books.
Knots: The Complete Visual Guide [PDF]
19 November 2013, 17:29
2012 | PDF | 106.14MB
With step-by-step color photographs, the highly visual Knots: The Complete Visual Guide is a clear, comprehensive, and practical guide to tying more than 100 knots.
From choosing, using, and maintaining ropes, to learning about the different families of knots — from stopper knots; binding knots; bends; hitches; loops; plaits and sennits; and splices and whippings — Knots: The Complete Visual Guide is the ultimate guide to tying knots for every occasion, from outdoor use in a host of recreational activities, to practical functions around the home.
Sudden Death in the Young [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 17:28
2010 | EPUB | 58.68MB
Determining the cause of death in children and young adults can pose considerable challenges. Professor Byard provides for the first time a complete overview of pathological aspects of sudden death in the young, from before birth to middle adult life. Highly illustrated with more than 800 colour figures, this third edition contains new sections on sexual abuse, pregnancy-related deaths and rare natural diseases, as well as expanded coverage of unexpected death in young adults up to the age of 30 years.
Chapters are organised by systems and cover all aspects of natural death, as well as accidents, suicides and homicides. Supported by extensive referencing and numerous tables, the book can also be used as a practical autopsy manual. An encyclopaedic overview and analysis of sudden death in the young, this is a key text for pediatric and forensic pathologists, pediatricians, and lawyers and physicians involved in medicolegal cases.
New Ideas from Dead Economists [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 16:27
2008 | EPUB | 3.19MB
A witty, entertaining, accessible introduction to modern economic thought. Buchholz shows how the ideas of the great economic thinkers throughout history - Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and others - apply to the world today. Each chapter is centred around one economist. The author seamlessly combines colourful historical anecdotes with explanations of how a particular economist influenced the way we think about the world today, making this a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about economics.
This edition contains about 10,000 words of new material on the economic issues we are facing in the 21st century: Increasing demand for energy, the rise of China, international trade, ageing populations, health care and even global warming. Most of the new material will be integrated into the existing text in the appropriate chapter, and examples will be updated throughout. The author is also writing a new preface.
The Power of Product Platforms [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 16:14
2011 | EPUB | 7.44MB
Most companies know that long-term success does not hinge on any single product but on a continuous stream of value-rich products that target growth markets. Yet many firms inexplicably develop one product at a time, and by doing so fail to embrace commonality, compatibility, standardization, or modularization among different products and product lines. At last, in this timely book, Marc H. Meyer and Alvin P. Lehnerd provide a formula for turning products into profits, enabling companies to design technologically superior products more easily. Their solution is, in two words, PRODUCT PLATFORMS. They argue that firms must focus their energies on developing families of products simultaneously which share common components and technology.
The authors describe how the champions of product development separate themselves from less sophisticated companies by building entire families of strong products from a single "platform" of common product structures, technologies, and automated product processes. These successful companies recognize and respond to new market opportunities by integrating core skills and technology in the form of new products. In this easy-to-read and practical book, the authors masterfully elucidate this dynamic and forward-thinking strategy which enables companies to develop innovative products faster, more cheaply, and with less effort.
Drawing on in-depth case studies and personal experience with successful companies such as Hewlett-Packard, EMC, Black & Decker, and Boeing, Meyer and Lehnerd show managers how to create extraordinary products and thereby set the standard for combined value and cost leadership in their products. They argue that when a company's products are robust—highly functional, elegant in their design, reasonably priced, and a pleasure to use—the corporation will be equally robust. More importantly, The Power of Product Platforms reveals the methodology and organizational approach for designing, developing, and revitalizing strong products that enable the firm to make the transition from one generation of technology to the next. The authors also explain how well-designed product platforms can generate streams of derivative products through a continuous systematic process of renewal.
Meyer and Lehnerd apply this methodology to a broad range of industries; manufacturing in both consumer and industrial markets, software firms, and Internet information services providers.
This clear prescription for transforming the bottom line by aggressively managing product development and innovation will become required reading for large and small corporations alike, including entrepreneurs, all of whom depend on the excellence of their new products for growth.
19 November 2013, 16:08
2013 | EPUB | 3.51MB
An ex-Wall Street trader improved on Moneyball's famed sabermetrics to place bets that would beat the Vegas odds on Major League Baseball games - with a 41 percent return in his first year. Trading Bases explains how he did it.
After the fall of Lehman Brothers, Joe Peta needed a new employer. He found a new job in New York City but lost that, too, when an ambulance mowed him down as he crossed the street on foot. In search of a way to cheer himself up while he recuperated in a wheelchair, Peta started watching baseball again, as he had growing up. That's when inspiration hit: Why not apply his outstanding risk-analysis skills to improve on sabermetrics, the method made famous by Moneyball--and beat the only market in town, the Vegas betting line? Why not treat MLB like the S&P 500?
In Trading Bases, Peta shows how to subtract luck--in particular "cluster luck," as he puts it--from a team's statistics to best predict how it will perform in the next game and over the whole season. His baseball "hedge fund" returned an astounding 41 percent in 2011-- with daily volatility similar to funds he used to trade for. Peta takes readers to the ballpark in San Francisco, trading floors and baseball bars in New York, and sports books in Vegas, all while tracing the progress of his wagers.
Far from writing a dry, do-it-yourself guidebook, Peta weaves a story that is often humorous, and occasionally touching; the topic may be "Big Data" but it's as entertaining as a Bill Simmons column. Trading Bases is all about the love of critical reasoning, trading cultures, risk management, and baseball. And not necessarily in that order.
Moneyball [Audiobook +]
19 November 2013, 16:05
2003 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 29 mins | 288.7MB
Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" (Weekly Standard).
With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities—his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission—but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers—numbers!—collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors.
What these geek numbers show—no, prove—is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This information has been around for years, and nobody inside Major League Baseball paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics.
Billy paid attention to those numbers —with the second lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to—and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. Moneyball is a roller coaster ride: before the 2002 season opens, Oakland must relinquish its three most prominent (and expensive) players, is written off by just about everyone, and then comes roaring back to challenge the American League record for consecutive wins.
In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win...how can we not cheer for David?
Junkyard Planet [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 15:45
2013 | EPUB | 6.95MB
When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter—veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.
Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet’s worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters who've figured out how to build fortunes from what we throw away: Leonard Fritz, a young boy "grubbing" in Detroit's city dumps in the 1930s; Johnson Zeng, a former plastics engineer roaming America in search of scrap; and Homer Lai, an unassuming barber turned scrap titan in Qingyuan, China. Junkyard Planet reveals how “going green” usually means making money—and why that’s often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren’t pretty.
With unmatched access to and insight on the junk trade, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America’s recyclables and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of consumption, innovation, and the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don’t. Junkyard Planet reveals that we might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 15:41
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.91/1.16MB
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power! will encourage readers to maximize their brain power, no matter what their age or medical condition, with its inspiring stories and helpful medical information.
Who doesn’t want to be smarter, think faster, have a better memory? This book, combining inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul stories written just for this book and accessible leading-edge medical information from Harvard Medical School neurologist and instructor Dr. Marie Pasinski, will motivate readers to get more out of their gray matter!
The Recursive Universe [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 15:25
2013 | EPUB | 10.44MB
This fascinating popular science journey explores key concepts in information theory in terms of Conway's "Game of Life" program. The author explains the application of natural law to a random system and demonstrates the necessity of limits. Other topics include the limits of knowledge, paradox of complexity, Maxwell's demon, Big Bang theory, and much more. 1985 edition.
The Works of Archimedes [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 15:14
2002 | EPUB | 26.98MB
Complete works of ancient geometer in highly accessible translation by distinguished scholar. Topics include the famous problems of the ratio of the areas of a cylinder and an inscribed sphere; the measurement of a circle; the properties of conoids, spheroids, and spirals; and the quadrature of the parabola. Informative introduction and 52-page supplement.
A History of Greek Mathematics [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 15:08
1981 | EPUB | 12.55/20.51MB
Volume I: From Thales to Euclid of an authoritative two-volume set that covers the essentials of mathematics and includes every landmark innovation and every important figure. This volume features Euclid, Apollonius, others.
Volume II: From Aristarchus to Diophantus covers the essentials of mathematics and features every landmark innovation and every important figure, including Euclid, Apollonius, and others.
Find (and Keep) Top Talent for Your Business [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 15:00
2013 | EPUB | 3.09MB
Breakthrough talent management techniques! 5 authoritative books bring together the state-of-the-art in finding, growing, and keeping world-class people!
Talent is everything — and finding, growing, and keeping the best talent has never been more difficult. This 5-book collection brings together powerful new insights, techniques, practices, and skills for improving the way you manage talent in any organization, industry, or environment… including the talent that matters most.
In 17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent, renowned workforce expert David Russo identifies exactly what great organizations do differently when it comes to managing their people. He distills these differences into 17 rules for everything from resourcing and compensation to leadership development, risk-taking to change management. Next, he shows how to apply these rules in your organization, whether you’re large or small, high-tech or low-tech, for-profit or non-profit.
Then, in Talent Force, Rusty Rueff and Hank Springer help you systematically get the right talent into the right place at the right time. You’ll learn how to develop and implement a world-class talent plan that aligns with business objectives, and identify metrics for tracking and optimizing progress. Discover how candidates are using technology to evaluate new opportunities, benchmark compensation, and create new back-channels of communication about worklife — and learn how to use these technologies yourself to grow the world’s best Talent Force.
In The Truth About Hiring the Best, Cathy Fyock reveals 53 proven hiring principles for identifying, reaching, and recruiting the very best. Fyock helps you find hidden talent sources… make great people want to work with you… choose amongst the great new people you’ve found, while building great relationships with strong candidates you don’t hire.
Next, in The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Second Edition, Martha Finney 60+ proven principles for achieving unprecedented levels of employee engagement. This new edition features more than 15 new truths including: managing virtual teams, building persuasive skills, tuning into your own unconscious biases, managing multiple generations, and identifying and cultivating individual high performers. Not feeling empowered enough to do all this?
Vince Thompson’s Ignited! reveals gathering forces that are re-empowering you right now. Thompson outlines realistic steps for leveraging networks and resources to transform your own visions into reality, and accomplishing powerful goals only you can achieve. He offers new tools for leading “from the middle”… expanding your influence and overcoming traps… connecting your passions with business goals… mastering all your new roles: linkmaker, process master, pilot, healer, bard, scout, and translator!
Technical Analysis Trading Methods and Techniques [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:54
2012 | EPUB | 5.67MB
Three indispensable books reveal little-known technical and psychological techniques for outperforming the market — and beating the traders you’re up against!
Three remarkable books help you leverage powerful, little-known insights from technical analysis and behavioral economics to consistently outperform the market!
In George Lindsay and the Art of Technical Analysis, Ed Carlson resurrects the nearly-forgotten technical analysis techniques created by the eccentric genius who called the beginning and end of history’s greatest bull market, within days! Carlson reveals why George Lindsay’s techniques are especially valuable right now, demonstrates their power visually, simply, and intuitively – and shows how to make the most of them without strong mathematical expertise.
Next, Mastering Market Timing combines the powerful, long-proven technical analysis methods of Richard D. Wyckoff with the world-renowned analysis of Lowry Research -- sharing deep new price/volume insights you can use to uncover emerging trends faster, even if you’re entirely new to technical analysis.
Finally, in Trade the Trader, Quint Tatro focuses on the real zero-sum nature of trading, helping you understand the traders you’re up against, anticipate their moves, outwit them – and beat them!
Ideas in Food [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:49
2010 | EPUB | 3.18MB
Alex Talbot and Aki Kamozawa, husband-and-wife chefs and the forces behind the popular blog Ideas in Food, have made a living out of being inquisitive in the kitchen. Their book shares the knowledge they have gleaned from numerous cooking adventures, from why tapioca flour makes a silkier chocolate pudding than the traditional cornstarch or flour to how to cold smoke just about any ingredient you can think of to impart a new savory dimension to everyday dishes. Perfect for anyone who loves food, Ideas in Food is the ideal handbook for unleashing creativity, intensifying flavors, and pushing one’s cooking to new heights.
This guide, which includes 100 recipes, explores questions both simple and complex to find the best way to make food as delicious as possible. For home cooks, Aki and Alex look at everyday ingredients and techniques in new ways—from toasting dried pasta to lend a deeper, richer taste to a simple weeknight dinner to making quick “micro stocks” or even using water to intensify the flavor of soups instead of turning to long-simmered stocks. In the book’s second part, Aki and Alex explore topics, such as working with liquid nitrogen and carbon dioxide—techniques that are geared towards professional cooks but interesting and instructive for passionate foodies as well. With primers and detailed usage guides for the pantry staples of molecular gastronomy, such as transglutaminase and hydrocolloids (from xanthan gum to gellan), Ideas in Food informs readers how these ingredients can transform food in miraculous ways when used properly.
Throughout, Aki and Alex show how to apply their findings in unique and appealing recipes such as Potato Chip Pasta, Root Beer-Braised Short Ribs, and Gingerbread Soufflé. With Ideas in Food, anyone curious about food will find revelatory information, surprising techniques, and helpful tools for cooking more cleverly and creatively at home.
Meat: A Kitchen Education [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:44
2010 | EPUB | 62.53MB
Award-winning author James Peterson is renowned for his instructive, encyclopedic cookbooks—each one a master course in the fundamentals of cooking.
Like well-honed knives, his books are indispensable tools for any kitchen enthusiast, from the novice home cook, to the aspiring chef, to the seasoned professional. Meat: A Kitchen Education is Peterson’s guide for carnivores, with more than 175 recipes and 550 photographs that offer a full range of meat and poultry cuts and preparation techniques, presented with Peterson’s unassuming yet authoritative style.
Instruction begins with an informative summary of meat cooking methods: sautéing, broiling, roasting, braising, poaching, frying, stir-frying, grilling, smoking, and barbecuing. Then, chapter by chapter, Peterson demonstrates classic preparations for every type of meat available from the butcher: chicken, turkey, duck, quail, pheasant, squab, goose, guinea hen, rabbit, hare, venison, pork, beef, veal, lamb, and goat. Along the way, he shares his secrets for perfect pan sauces, gravies, and jus. Peterson completes the book with a selection of homemade sausages, pâtés, terrines, and broths that are the base of so many dishes. His trademark step-by-step photographs provide incomparable visual guidance for working with the complex structure and musculature of meats and illustrate all the basic prep techniques—from trussing a whole chicken to breaking down a whole lamb.
Whether you’re planning a quick turkey cutlet dinner, Sunday pot roast supper, casual hamburger cookout, or holiday prime rib feast, you’ll find it in Meat along with:
- Roast Chicken with Ricotta and Sage
- Coq au Vin
- Duck Confit and Warm Lentil Salad
- Long-Braised Rabbit Stew
- Baby Back Ribs with Hoisin and Brown Sugar
- Hanger Steak with Mushrooms and Red Wine
- Oxtail Stew with Grapes
- Osso Buco with Fennel and Leeks
- Veal Kidneys with Juniper Sauce
- Lamb Tagine with Raisins, Almonds, and Saffron
- Terrine of Foie Gras
- and more.
No matter the level of your culinary skills or your degree of kitchen confidence, the recipes and guidance in Meat will help you create scores of satisfying meals to delight your family and friends. This comprehensive volume will inspire you to fire up the stove, oven, or grill and master the art of cooking meat.
Domesticity: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:33
2013 | EPUB | 3.04MB
Bob Shacochis, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and National Book Award winning-author of such books as Swimming in the Volcano, Easy in the Islands, and The Next New World, hones his nonfiction skills in this tour de force romp through the worlds of eating and eroticism. Domesticity is an irreverent exploration of the sweet and sour evolution of the enduring romance between author and lover. In this relationship, Shacochis stays at home and cooks, all the while reflecting on the ups and downs of a romantic partnership, the connection between heart and stomach, and how the crazed lust of youth evolves into inevitably settling down and, well, simply making dinner.
Shacochis's delectable musings on monogamy, emotional and physical separations, dogs, career changes, the stress of the holidays, the aesthetics of food, moving, sex and seafood, friendships, writings and the angst over who is going to do the dishes are deftly folded into seventy-five recipes, half of them of the author's own creation. Guilelessly hilarious, and ever entertaining, Domesticity is Shacochis's celebration of a life spent in proximity to the boiling point. Guilelessly hilarious, and ever entertaining, Domesticity is a celebration of a life spent in proximity to the boiling point, a "prose stew" of audacious candor, a culinary valentine for lovers of literature.
Russ & Daughters [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:21
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 9.34/8.39MB
The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver” (The New York Times Magazine).
When Joel Russ started peddling herring from a barrel shortly after his arrival in America from Poland, he could not have imagined that he was giving birth to a gastronomic legend. Here is the story of this “Louvre of lox” (The Sunday Times, London): its humble beginnings, the struggle to keep it going during the Great Depression, the food rationing of World War II, the passing of the torch to the next generation as the flight from the Lower East Side was beginning, the heartbreaking years of neighborhood blight, and the almost miraculous renaissance of an area from which hundreds of other family-owned stores had fled.
Filled with delightful anecdotes about how a ferociously hardworking family turned a passion for selling perfectly smoked and pickled fish into an institution with a devoted national clientele, Mark Russ Federman’s reminiscences combine a heartwarming and triumphant immigrant saga with a panoramic history of twentieth-century New York, a meditation on the creation and selling of gourmet food by a family that has mastered this art, and an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish.
In Meat We Trust [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:19
2013 | EPUB | 3.12MB
The untold story of how meat made America: a tale of the self-made magnates, pragmatic farmers, and impassioned activists who shaped us into the greatest eaters and providers of meat in history.
The moment European settlers arrived in North America, they began transforming the land into a meat-eater’s paradise. Long before revolution turned colonies into nation, Americans were eating meat on a scale the Old World could neither imagine nor provide: an average European was lucky to see meat once a week, while even a poor American man put away about two hundred pounds a year.
Maureen Ogle guides us from that colonial paradise to the urban meat-making factories of the nineteenth century to the hyperefficient packing plants of the late twentieth century. From Swift and Armour to Tyson, Cargill, and ConAgra. From the 1880s cattle bonanza to 1980s feedlots. From agribusiness to today’s “local” meat suppliers and organic countercuisine. Along the way, Ogle explains how Americans’ carnivorous demands shaped urban landscapes, midwestern prairies, and western ranges, and how the American system of meat making became a source of both pride and controversy.
Beyond Bacon [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:16
2013 | EPUB | 9.77MB
Pastured pork is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), the "good fats" our doctors want us to eat - not to mention high in Vitamin D, a deficiency for most Americans. Beyond Bacon breaks the myths behind this often eschewed meat and shows you how create delectable dishes that are grain-, legume-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free. Beyond Bacon allows you to improve your health and the environment by focusing on sustainable swine.
Don't let the dried out pork of your youth scare you away! All the recipes in Beyond Bacon are elegant yet approachable, making it the ultimate cookbook for the foodie in you. You'll find:
- Perfect Pork Chops, better than most restaurant steaks,
- Pho Soup with chitterling "noodles" and other healing and delicious soups and stews to stretch your dollar,
- the already-famous Savory Bacon Jam fantastic with green apples or our Homestyle Biscuits,
- sweet treats made luxuriously rich with lard, such as Grain-Free Pie Crust, Salted Mocha Biscotti, Chocolate Fudge, and Maple Lard Scones,
- instructions on how to properly BBQ and smoke your meats as well as recipes to make your own sauces,
- instructions for curing your own bacon, pancetta and even home-made sausage better than store bought,
- details on how to properly fry foods, like Corn Dogs with Potato Crisps and Sweet & Sour Pork, and
- an extensive guide on how to make and cook with nutrient dense essentials: pork stock and CLA-rich lard.
The Good Cook by Simon Hopkinson [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:15
2013 | EPUB | 8.94MB
Published as the companion volume to the BBC Television show of the same name, The Good Cook is a collection of 100 of legendary chef Simon Hopkinson's favorite recipes, drawn from his childhood, his restaurant career, and his most memorable meals.
A good cook, for Simon, is someone who cares as much about eating as cooking. A good recipe becomes a great dish when the cook has thought about the ingredients and treated them well. These ingredients do not have to be expensive. Simon's genius lies in his belief that a cheap cut of meat, for example, cooked with care can often taste nicer than a choice one prepared by indifferent hand.
Structured around Simon's love of good ingredients and written with his trademark perfectionism and precision, this book is for anyone who loves to cook and wants to learn from one of the best.
Classico e Moderno [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:13
2013 | EPUB | 37.86MB
Having won or been nominated for just about every known prestigious culinary award, Michael White is hailed by food critics as the next great hero of Italian gastronomy. His reach extends around the globe with a clutch of acclaimed fine dining restaurants, including Marea, Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini, and pizzeria Nicoletta.
Now, in Classico e Moderno, White brings his passion for authentic Italian cuisine to the home kitchen, with recipes--nearly 250--that cover both the traditional and contemporary dishes of the region. In the "Classico" portion, White shares such iconic dishes as Meatballs Braised in Tomato Sauce; Pasta and Bean Soup; Cavatelli with Lamb Ragu and Bell Peppers; and Roasted Pork Leg with Rosemary and Black Pepper. The "Moderno" chapters feature recipes that have put White's restaurants on the map, including Chicken Liver Crostini with Marsala-Braised Onions; Fusili with Red Wine--Braised Octopus and Bone Marrow; and Veal Chops with Roasted Endive and Pancetta Cream Sauce.
Both the Classico and Moderno sections offer ideas for your whole meal: first courses (Vitello Tonnato, Garganelli with Caviar Cream ), soups (Zuppa di Baccala, White Bean Soup with Sauteed Shrimp), pastas (Tortellini alla Panna, Ricotta and Swiss Chard Tortelli), main courses (Pollo alla Diavola, Braised Lamb Shanks with Farrotto), and desserts (Crostata di Ricotta, Panna Cotta with Meyer Lemon--Basil Sorbet and Almond Milk Froth), as well as salads, pizzas, and basic formulas for pesto, stocks, and vinaigrettes. Including personal notes and anecdotes about White's early sojourn in Italy and his flavorful career, Classico e Moderno will give you all the tools, tips, and tricks you need to cook tantalizing Italian dishes with the confidence of a seasoned chef.
Japanese Soul Cooking [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:10
2013 | EPUB | 30.42MB
A collection of more than 100 recipes that introduces Japanese comfort food to American home cooks, exploring new ingredients, techniques, and the surprising origins of popular dishes like gyoza and tempura.
Move over, sushi.
It’s time for gyoza, curry, tonkatsu, and furai. These icons of Japanese comfort food cooking are the dishes you’ll find in every kitchen and street corner hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Japan—the hearty, flavor-packed dishes that everyone in Japan, from school kids to grandmas, craves.
In Japanese Soul Cooking, Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat introduce you to this irresistible, homey style of cooking. As you explore the range of exciting, satisfying fare, you may recognize some familiar favorites, such as ramen, soba, udon, and tempura. Others are lesser known Japanese classics—such as wafu pasta (spaghetti with bold, fragrant toppings like miso meat sauce), tatsuta-age (fried chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and other Japanese seasonings), and savory omelets with crabmeat and shiitake mushrooms—that will instantly become standards in your kitchen as well. With foolproof instructions and step-by-step photographs, you’ll soon be knocking out chahan fried rice, mentaiko spaghetti, saikoro steak, and more for friends and family.
Ono and Salat’s fascinating exploration of the surprising origins and global influences behind popular dishes is accompanied by rich location photography that captures the energy and essence of this food in everyday Japanese life, bringing beloved Japanese comfort food to Western home cooks for the first time.
The Kimchee Cookbook [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:08
1999 | EPUB | 9.07MB
Korea's favorite food, kim chee is a side dish made by pickling vegetables such as radishes, cabbage, and cucumbers in salt, mixing in seasonings, and allowing the mixture to mature. But kim chee means much more to a Korean.
Expressing the very essence of Korean cosmology, it follows a basic code of five colors (green, red, white, black, and yellow) and flavors (salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and bitter) which in turn symbolizes universal directions, actions, and seasonal changes. Rooted in the theory of Yin and Yang, this fermented food is known as an appetite stimulant, as well as for its high vitamin C content and beneficial lactic acid microorganisms.
The Kimchee Cookbook catalogs 90 recipes for all occasions, from traditional whole cabbage kim chee to gourmet stuffed crab shell kim chee. It also places kim chee in its historical, cultural, and scientific contexts. Illustrated with over 110 sumptuous photographs, it is a fascinating and comprehensive look into Korean cuisine and culture.
European Cookies for Every Occasion [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:05
2013 | EPUB | 16.15MB
Having grown up in Austria and Hungary, Krisztina draws from the traditions of her past to offer a user-friendly approach to cookie crafting from the Old Country. Since she was a young girl, Krisztina has had a passion for baking cookies for her friends and family, making more and more every year. In European Cookies for Every Occasion Krisztina shares her passion with a wonderful collection of 42 delicious, authentic European cookie recipes.
From Chocolate Crescents and Lemon Bars to Jam Blossoms and Cherry Kisses, European Cookies for Every Occasion includes cookies for every skill level. Each recipe includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to make sure you succeed in making the perfect cookies for the holidays as a special treat for your guests or to give as a hostess gift.
Along with more than 200 full-color photographs, the book also includes tips on setting up your kitchen and techniques for working with marzipan, melting and molding chocolate, and handling dough so that your cookies will come out perfectly every time.
Classic Candy by Abigail R. Gehring [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:04
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 12.03/13.72MB
Homemade candies are easier to make than you think and more delicious to eat than you can imagine!
With this book, you’ll be whipping up dozens of candies that don’t require special molds, pans, or any kitchen appliances you don’t already own. From nut barks to lollipops, gumdrops to truffles, all your favorite candies are here, as well as a few new ones you won’t be able to resist. Many recipes include sugar-free and/or corn syrup–free alternatives for health-conscious confectioners. Whether you’re making sweets for yourself, for your family, or as gifts, the easy-to-follow directions and beautiful full-color photographs in this book will ensure you get the results you want.
Some of the delicious candies include:
- Chocolate coconut candy bars
- Cinnamon hard candies
- Crystallized ginger
- Maple nut fudge
- Pecan toffee
- Rock candy
- Turkish delight, and more!
The Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:02
2013 | EPUB | 5.4MB
The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook features 80 gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes for the health-conscious chocolate lover. Kelly Brozyna, host of the delightful cooking blog, The Spunky Coconut, has created delicious chocolate treats made with coconut and ground nut flours for both breakfast and dessert. And, using dates and small amounts of the herbal sweetener stevia in these nutrient-dense baked goods, she shows you how to keep the honey and coconut sugar to a minimum.
Recipes include: Chocolate Crepe Cake with Coconut Cream, White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Biscotti, Homemade (dairy-free, low-glycemic) chocolate bars, Chocolate Swirl Cheese Danish Cake, Lava Cakes, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies, White Chocolate Truffles, Molten Chocolate, Cherry Cordial Fudge, and more.
This book also details the components of chocolate--the importance of organic and fair trade chocolate, frequently asked questions about chocolate, and a side-by-side comparison of store-bought dark chocolate bars.
Crazy About Chocolate [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 14:00
2013 | EPUB | 25.38MB
Everyone's crazy about chocolate—and this mouthwatering collection will satisfy even the most chocolate-mad fan! More than 150 sweet and savory recipes feature everything from candies and confections to crowd-pleasing cake pops and cupcakes to special holiday treats. Ring in the New Year with Chocolate Cream Cheese King Cake; savor a completely adult Chocolate Martini; dine on Cocoa-Spiced Turkey Chili with Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins. In addition to essential techniques and creative how-tos, bestselling author Castella explains how to prepare the perfectly decorated chocolate gift.
Irish Pantry by Lynn Marie Hulsman [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 10:13
2013 | EPUB | 9.82MB
For those times when you need a snack—or a dessert after a good meal, or a homemade food gift, or a way to preserve the season—you need only to stock an Irish pantry to be prepared for any occasion. From jams and jellies to cakes, breads, condiments, and cured meats, this traditional look at feel-good foods bursting with nostalgia will satisfy your longing for something special.
Chef and restaurateur Noel McMeel has spent a lifetime first learning in the kitchen, then working there himself. His recipes are generations old: passed from his grandmother to his mother, and to Noel and the next generation. They celebrate a culture of thrift and good eating, the original “eating local” and “whole foods” movements. Noel offers ways to pack the heat of summer into jars with recipes like Blackberry and Lime Jam and Orange Confit, and his Traditional Irish Christmas Cake might become a regular at your holiday table. There’s also Rhubarb Ketchup, Homemade Elderflower Liqueur, Spiced Oat Crackers, and a whole chapter of rubs and seasonings. Whether you’re Irish or just a food enthusiast, the Irish pantry may well become a way of life.
Baked Explorations [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 10:08
2010 | EPUB | 14.87MB
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s 2008 Baked was published to national critical acclaim and raved about across the blogosphere. Since then, their profile has gotten even bigger, with continued praise from Oprah and Martha Stewart; product availability in every Whole Foods across the U.S.; and a new bakery in Charleston, South Carolina, with even more traffic than their original Brooklyn location.
Now, in Baked Explorations, the authors give their signature “Baked” twists to famous desserts from across the country. Here is their take on our most treasured desserts: Banana Cream Pie, Black & White Cookies, Mississippi Mud Pie, and more—from the overworked to the underappreciated. Readers will love this collection of 75 recipes from breakfast treats to late-night confections and everything in between.
Baked: New Frontiers in Baking [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 10:03
2008 | EPUB | 7.75MB
Hip. Cool. Fashion-forward. These aren’t adjectives you’d ordinarily think of applying to baked goods.
Think again. Not every baker wants to re-create Grandma’s pound cake or cherry pie. Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito certainly didn’t, when they left their advertising careers behind, pooled their life savings, and opened their dream bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, New York, a few years back. The visions that danced in their heads were of other, brand-new kinds of confections . . .
Things like a Malt Ball Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting, which captures the flavor of their favorite Whoppers candies (and ups the ante with a malted milk ball garnish). Things like spicy Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits that really wake up your taste buds at breakfast time. Things like a Sweet and Salty Cake created expressly for adults who are as salt-craving ?as they are sweet-toothed.
Which is not to say that Lewis and Poliafito sidestep tradition absolutely. Their Chocolate Pie (whose filling uses Ovaltine) pays loving homage to the classic roadside-diner dessert. Their Baked Brownies will wow even the most discriminating brownie connoisseur. And their Chocolate Chip Cookies? Words cannot describe. Whether trendsetting or tried-and-true, every idea in this book is freshly Baked.
Perfect Pies & More [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:59
2013 | EPUB | 22.82MB
After the success of Perfect Pies, National Pie Baking Champion (27 times!) Michele Stuart went back into the kitchen—the same kitchen in Vermont where she first dreamed up the award-winning creations that inspired her to open the popular Michele’s Pies shops. Returning there also meant returning to the cherished pies she learned to bake under her grandmother’s and mother’s watchful eyes, as well as the wonderful cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats that became their family tradition.
In her newest cookbook, Perfect Pies & More, Stuart delves deeper into her roots while creating delicious new memories made with love and care. Inside, you’ll find tantalizing recipes—some easy-to-bake, some requiring a bit more finesse—for dozens of her favorite fruit, nut, and cream pies, and so much more.
- NEW TWISTS ON OLD FAVORITES: Pineapple-Pomegranate Pie with Coconut Crumb, Orange Creamsicle Pie, Almond Joy Pie
- WHIMSICAL PIES: Thin Mint Chocolate Cookie Pie, Key Lime-Blackberry Chiffon Pie, Cannoli Party Dip Pie
- CRUSTS & TOPPINGS: Pretzel Crust, Oreo Cookie Crust, Walnut Crumb Topping
- COOKIES & BARS: Blondies, Double Chocolate Walnut Cookies, Lemon Crunch Bars
- PERFECT FOR A CUP OF TEA: Applesauce Cake, Double Chocolate Bundt Cake, Cranberry-Orange Walnut Bread
- LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: Apple Crisp, Blueberry-Blackberry Turnovers, Bread Pudding
- TOP THIS: Caramel Sauce, Raspberry Glacé, Classic Meringue, Maple Whipped Cream, Chocolate Whipped Cream, Buttercream
Sprinkled throughout with mouthwatering photos, Perfect Pies & More also serves up tips, techniques, and the secrets behind several of Michele Stuart’s National Pie Championship winners—including Banana Coconut Pecan Delight. Now a perfect blue-ribbon pie and other scrumptious delicacies are as close as your own kitchen!
Soup Night by Maggie Stuckey [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:54
2013 | EPUB | 14.01MB
Soup nights are popping up all around the United States as a stress-free way to bring neighbors together. The host provides two or three pots of soup, and the guests bring their own dishes and silverware, and perhaps a salad or some bread. Neighbors get to know each other by name, people of all ages connect and socialize, and the neighborhood becomes friendlier and safer. In Soup Night, Maggie Stuckey offers a practical guide to starting your own soup night group, along with 99 delicious soup recipes and 40 recipes for accompaniments.
Peace, Love, & Barbecue [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:49
2005 | EPUB | 4.16MB
A one-of-a-kind collection of recipes, photographs, and behind-the-scenes stories from legendary pitmaster Mike Mills.
In this unique combination of cookbook, memoir, and travelogue, Mike Mills, the unrivalled king of barbecue, shares his passion for America's favorite cuisine--its intense smoky flavors, its lore and traditions, and its wild cast of characters.
Through conversational anecdotes and black-and-white photographs, readers meet a diverse circle of colleagues and friends and join Mills in a behind-the-scenes tour of the barbecue contest circuit, with stops at some of the best "shrines, shacks, joints, and right-respectable restaurants."
Also included are prizewinning recipes that have earned Mills his fame and fortune as a barbecue maestro. These 100 recipes will enable anyone with a grill to achieve champion barbecue flavor right in their own backyard. The selection features Mills' own secret concoctions and treasured family recipes as well as choice contributions from his pitmaster friends, and it covers all manner of barbecued meat and fish, sauces and dry rubs, as well as the sides, soups, and down-home sweets that complete any great barbecue feast.
With its folksy, fun-loving tone and its unique insider's take on a hugely popular--and deeply American--subject, this volume will appeal to barbecue lovers, food mavens, and cooks of all stripes.
Darth Paper Strikes Back [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:42
2011 | EPUB | 5.98MB
The hilarious, clever, and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda!
It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoda–related humiliations, Harvey manages to get Dwight suspended from school for being a “troublemaker.” Origami Yoda pleads with Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by making a new case file—one that will show how Dwight’s presence benefits McQuarrie. With the help of their friends, Tommy and Kellen record cases such as “Origami Yoda and the Pre-eaten Wiener,” “Origami Yoda and the Exploding Pizza Bagels,” and “Origami Yoda and Wonderland: The Musical.” But Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet have a secret plan that could make Dwight’s suspension permanent . . .
With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy sequel to his breakout bestseller.
Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:41
2012 | EPUB | 76.2MB
The legendary motion picture Star Wars has spawned two big-screen sequels and three prequels—and decades of bestselling fiction. From the original movie tie-in novel through the monumental Fate of the Jedi series, legions of devoted readers have helped expand science fiction’s most celebrated film saga into a page-turning print sensation. Now, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of these sweeping Star Wars adventures is presented in one beautifully illustrated volume.
Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion spans the entire galaxy of published Star Wars fiction—movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles, and comics—and features:
- a concise synopsis of each story, including key characters and planets
- exclusive behind-the-scenes facts and anecdotes about authors, plot and character development, continuity notes, and significance in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
- details on which novels are linked to Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel
- a chronological listing of titles, spanning the 25,000-year history of the Star Wars universe and placing each story in its proper context
- more than one hundred full-color original paintings throughout by some of fans’ favorite artists
Whether skimming through fateful eras from the Old Republic to the New Jedi Order; delving deep into the ancient history of the Lost Tribe of the Sith or the tumultuous Clone Wars; crossing paths—and lightsabers—with Dark Lords such as Plagueis or Bane, Sidious or Vader; helming the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo; or mastering the Force with Luke Skywalker, this one-of-a-kind, one-stop reference is a must for fans looking to maximize their knowledge of the sprawling Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:27
2012 | EPUB | 4.7MB
Meticulously researched for years by 60's-70's Rock connoisseur Ra'anan Chelled, the book "Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars" compiles the finest 100 obscure bands from all the corners of the world and from all shades of Rock music in the years 1968-1976: 500 pages worth of Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Krautrock, Acid Folk and more. It covers from semi known yet under-appreciated bands like Hawkwind, MC5 and Nektar, through esoteric cult icons such as Rodriguez, Flower Travellin' Band and Linda Perhacs, and on to downright obscure acts like Josefus, Cressida and The Plastic Cloud. It also offers over 30 exclusive interviews not to be found anywhere else and many photos which add a personal touch to these often untold stories.
If you're a fan of 60's-70's Rock music – this is going to be your bible, your guide to the uncharted musical territories of the era. Just read this book, put your earphones on and let your mind be blown.
The exclusive Interviews feature: Aguaturbia, Bang, Black Merda, Blues Creation, Brainticket, C.A. Quintet, Cargo, The Churchills / Jericho Jones/ Jericho, Comus, Damon, Gandalf, Gracious, Randy Holden, D.R. Hooker, It's All Meat, Josefus, Ladies W.C., Leaf Hound, Mighty Baby, Modulo 1000, Morly Grey, Museo Rosenbach, My Solid Ground, Necronomicon, Old Man & the Sea, Orange Wedge, Orang Utan, Pentagram, Linda Perhacs, Sir Lord Baltimore and Stonewall.
Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:26
2012 | EPUB | 6.8MB
This “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private mastermind behind Led Zeppelin—one of the most enduring bands in rock history—is the most complete and revelatory portrait of the legendary guitarist ever published.
More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band's notorious exploits have been chronicled in bestselling books; yet none of the individual members of the band has penned a memoir nor cooperated to any degree with the press or a biographer. In Light & Shade, Jimmy Page, the band’s most reticent and inscrutable member, opens up to journalist Brad Tolinski, for the first time exploring his remarkable life and musical journey in great depth and intimate detail.
Based on extensive interviews conducted with the guitarist/producer over the past 20 years, Light & Shade encompasses Page’s entire career, beginning with his early years as England’s top session guitarist when he worked with artists ranging from Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Burt Bacharach to the Kinks, The Who, and Eric Clapton. Page speaks frankly about his decadent yet immensely creative years in Led Zeppelin, his synergistic relationships with band members Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, and his notable post-Zeppelin pursuits. While examining every major track recorded by Zeppelin, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Kashmir,” Page reflects on the band’s sensational tours, the filming of the concert movie The Song Remains the Same, his fascination with the occult, meeting Elvis Presley, and the making of the rock masterpiece Led Zeppelin IV, about which he offers a complete behind-the-scenes account. Additionally, the book is peppered with “sidebar” chapters that include conversations between Page and other guitar greats, including his childhood friend Jeff Beck and hipster icon Jack White.
Through Page’s own words, Light and Shade presents an unprecedented first-person view of one of the most important musicians of our era.
Cat Sense [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:13
2013 | EPUB | 4.28MB
Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. Unlike dogs, cats evolved as solitary hunters, and, while many have learned to live alongside humans and even feel affection for us, they still don’t quite “get us” the way dogs do, and perhaps they never will. But cats have rich emotional lives that we need to respect and understand if they are to thrive in our company.
In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to dispel the myths and explain the true nature of our feline friends. Tracing the cat’s evolution from lone predator to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that although cats and humans have been living together for at least eight thousand years, cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of contact with their own kind, qualities that often clash with our modern lifestyles. Cats still have three out of four paws firmly planted in the wild, and within only a few generations can easily revert back to the independent way of life that was the exclusive preserve of their predecessors some 10,000 years ago. Cats are astonishingly flexible, and given the right environment they can adapt to a life of domesticity with their owners—but to continue do so, they will increasingly need our help. If we’re to live in harmony with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first need to understand their inherited quirks: understanding their body language, keeping their environments—however small—sufficiently interesting, and becoming more proactive in managing both their natural hunting instincts and their relationships with other cats.
A must-read for any cat lover, Cat Sense offers humane, penetrating insights about the domestic cat that challenge our most basic assumptions and promise to dramatically improve our pets’ lives—and ours.
The Secret Life of Cats [PDF]
19 November 2013, 09:12
2007 | PDF | 1.74MB
The Secret Life of Cats is a groundbreaking book, written by a cat lover, for cat lovers, and its informal, yet utterly authoritative approach makes it the purr-fect guide to modern cat care. Cats are the most mysterious of creatures, whose behaviours often confuse as much as they delight -- here at last is the fascinating key to fully understanding and sharing your life with them! For many cat lovers our pets are our best friends. They are wonderful companions that bring endless comfort and amusement. But how well do we really know them? What do they want? In this incredible book, Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of the Feline Advisory Bureau, uses her years of experience to tell us exactly how to better communicate with and look after our pets. We learn what those miaows mean, how to read cat body language, tell their likes and dislikes plus much more -- this book really is the ultimate guide to cat care.
Written out of the belief that the more you understand your cat, the more fulfilling life will be for both pet and owner -- this wonderful book shows you how to fully appreciate your cat's natural behaviour and help it live its life to the highest standard. Also covered in depth are the health issues that affect cats and how to ensure they are in the best shape physically.
Chaser by John W Pilley [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:11
2013 | EPUB | 7.34MB
The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.
Chaser has a way with words. She knows over a thousand of them—more than any other animal of any species except humans. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Based on that learning, she and her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved on to further impressive feats, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation.
John’s ingenuity and tenacity as a researcher are as impressive as Chaser’s accomplishments. His groundbreaking approach has opened the door to a new understanding of animal intelligence, one that requires us to reconsider what actually goes on in a dog’s mind. Chaser’s achievements reveal her use of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills to address novel challenges.
Yet astonishingly, Chaser isn’t unique. John’s training methods can be adopted by any dog lover. Through the poignant story of how he trained Chaser, raised her as a member of the Pilley family, and proved her abilities to the scientific community, he reveals the positive impact of incorporating learning into play and more effectively channeling a dog’s natural drives.
John’s work with Chaser offers a fresh perspective on what’s possible in the relationship between a dog and a human. His story points us toward a new way of relating to our canine companions that takes into account our evolving understanding of the way animals and humans learn.
Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:09
2013 | EPUB | 6.26MB
After more than 9 seasons as TV’s Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan has a new mission: to use his unique insights about dog psychology to create stronger, happier relationships between humans and their canine companions.
Both inspirational and practical, A Short Guide to a Happy Dog draws on thousands of training encounters around the world to present 98 essential lessons. Taken together, they will help any owner apply the key aspects of Cesar’s celebrated philosophy to create the most fulfilling life possible with their dogs.
In these pages, Cesar delves into crucial themes that go beyond obedience-school basics to reveal the hearts and minds of our beloved pets. In short, practical takes, he explores:
- The basics of dog psychology
- Instinctual behaviors
- Creating balance and boundaries
- Managing common misbehaviors
- Choosing the right dog for your family
- Helping your dog adjust to life transitions
Throughout the book, inspiring stories from Cesar’s case files -- and from his new TV show, Leader of the Pack – provide moving real-world applications and surprising life lessons.
Smart, easy to use, and packed with Cesar's remarkable insights into human and canine behavior, A Short Guide to A Happy Dog is an inspiring tool for anyone looking to live a better life with a beloved member of the family.
Cesar's Rules [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:07
2010 | EPUB | 7.57MB
The training book you’ve been waiting for from the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer
Your dog just doesn’t seem to listen. You’ve been through obedience training, but he still can’t seem to master the most basic commands. And nothing you do seems to prevent him from misbehaving. “Clients usually come to me when their dogs are ruining their lives, not when they won’t sit,” says Cesar. “But everywhere I go, people are telling me they are confused about the wide variety of training options and theories out there, and they feel paralyzed because they don’t know which to choose.”
Now, in his usual straightforward, confident manner, Cesar takes on the topic of training for the first time, by explaining the importance of balance as the foundation for a healthy relationship between you and your dog. In order to provide a variety of training options, he calls upon some of the foremost experts in the field to offer their advice so that you can find the perfect approach that works for you and your dog through a variety of methods.
Filled with practical advice, anecdotes, tips, and trouble-shooting techniques from Cesar and his colleagues, this is the ultimate guide to a well-behaved and well-balanced dog—from a new puppy to an old dog who can still learn new tricks.
The Only Training Book You’ll Ever Need
#1 New York Times bestselling author Cesar Millan shows you how to communicate well with your dog and shares the most effective and humane methods for teaching your dog how to be a happy, well-behaved member of your household. In Cesar’s Rules, he’ll address:
- The most popular training techniques, including positive reinforcement and using a clicker
- Ways to teach basic obedience commands sucha as sit, stay, and come
- The importance of balance, and why a well-trained dog does not necessarily mean a balanced one
- How to use your dog’s own natural inclinations to create better behavior
- The methods and theories from a variety of renowned trainers, including Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar, Joel Silverman, Martin Deeley, and Mark Harden
- Encouraging and honoring your dog’s instincts
- And much more . . .
Dog Sense [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 09:06
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.87/2.61MB
Dogs have been mankind's faithful companions for tens of thousands of years, yet today they are regularly treated as either pack-following wolves or furry humans. The truth is, dogs are neither--and our misunderstanding has put them in serious crisis.
What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their specific needs. Renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw has made a career of studying human-animal interactions, and in Dog Sense he uses the latest scientific research to show how humans can live in harmony with--not just dominion over-- their four-legged friends. From explaining why positive reinforcement is a more effective (and less damaging) way to control dogs' behavior than punishment to demonstrating the importance of weighing a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed, Bradshaw offers extraordinary insight into the question of how we really ought to treat our dogs.
Ashtanga Yoga [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 08:28
2011 | EPUB | 7.31MB
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through
- the history and lineage of yoga
- the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement)
- a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count
- a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text
- a glossary of yoga terminology
In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights.
This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.
The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 08:26
2013 | EPUB | 4.64MB
Every year, roughly 2 million people participate in marathons and half marathons in the United States, and, no matter what level they are, every one of these runners has likely hit “The Wall,” running out of muscle fuel in the final miles and slowing down precipitously. This setback and other common running disappointments are nutritional (or metabolic) in nature. In The New Rules, renowned fitness journalist and training coach Matt Fitzgerald cuts through the myths,distilling the most up–to–date science to help runners overcome the universally experienced nutritional barriers that prevent success in the marathon and half marathon.
From basic tenets of training to nutrition guidelines, The New Rules is the first resource for runners to fully integrate nutrition with training for a complete and systematic preraceplan. Fitzgerald’s powerful and easy–to–use tools will enable runners of all levels to attain their ideal racing weight, calculate their precise daily energy needs, and formulate a custom nutrition plan.
Hoyle's Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 08:20
1974 | EPUB | 5.73MB
"According to Hoyle" is the card-table synonym for Correct --a definitive guide to the correct playing of all known card games, with full descriptions and explanations of rules and techniques for each game and its variations.
Exit Strategy: Ending the Tyranny of Finance [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 08:14
2012 | EPUB | 3.05MB
From Italy’s former Minister of Economy and Finance, a provocative and galvanizing jeremiad on the Euro crisis and global economic status quo.
As Europe’s debt crisis persists and the aftershocks of the 2008 collapse hinder recovery across the globe, Giulio Tremonti underscores the dangers that unchecked financial markets pose to democracy, and what nations must do to protect their autonomy.
Condemning what he calls “marketism” – an insidious ideology that puts speculative financial markets above all else – Tremonti bemoans a world in which finance, not governments, sets the rules and determines political discourse. But when finance fails, it’s the people who must pay the price.
An instant and enduring bestseller in Italy, Exit Strategy calls for sweeping changes in both policy and mindset. Candid and critical as few politicians have been in the aftermath of the crisis, Tremonti breaks down the systemic failures of global finance and proposes a “New Alliance” between citizens and governments to free politics from the thrall of the financial markets, and put populations back in control.
Nice Companies Finish First [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 08:09
2013 | EPUB | 3.26MB
The era of authoritarian cowboy CEOs like Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca is over. In an age of increasing transparency and access, it just doesn’t pay to be a jerk—to employees, customers, competitors, or anyone else.
In Nice Companies Finish First, Shankman, a pioneer in modern PR, marketing, advertising, social media, and customer service, profiles the famously nice executives, entrepreneurs, and companies that are setting the standard for success in this new collaborative world. He explores the new hallmarks of effective leadership, including loyalty, optimism, humility, and a reverence for customer service, and shows how leaders like Jet Blue’s Dave Needleman, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Steve Jobs of Apple, Ken Chenault of Amex, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, and the team behind Patagonia harness these traits to build productive, open, and happy workplaces for the benefit of their employees, themselves, and the bottom line.
The Journey of Man [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:51
2004 | EPUB | 2.77MB
Around 60,000 years ago, a man--identical to us in all important respects--lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern humans share a single prehistoric ancestor, do we come in so many sizes, shapes, and races?
Showing how the secrets about our ancestors are hidden in our genetic code, Spencer Wells reveals how developments in the cutting-edge science of population genetics have made it possible to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. We now know not only where our ancestors lived but who they fought, loved, and influenced.
Informed by this new science, The Journey of Man is replete with astonishing information. Wells tells us that we can trace our origins back to a single Adam and Eve, but that Eve came first by some 80,000 years. We hear how the male Y-chromosome has been used to trace the spread of humanity from Africa into Eurasia, why differing racial types emerged when mountain ranges split population groups, and that the San Bushmen of the Kalahari have some of the oldest genetic markers in the world. We learn, finally with absolute certainty, that Neanderthals are not our ancestors and that the entire genetic diversity of Native Americans can be accounted for by just ten individuals.
It is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind--as well as an accessible look at the analysis of human genetics that is giving us definitive answers to questions we have asked for centuries, questions now more compelling than ever.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:49
1993 | EPUB + MOBI | 677.44/875.0KB
World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of popular science.
Get Bold by Sandy Carter [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:44
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.77/4.49MB
How to Drive Maximum Business Value from Social Media! From Sandy Carter, one of the leaders of IBM’s groundbreaking Social Business initiative.
- A complete framework, practical examples, and expert guidance for executing on YOUR Social Business AGENDA:
- Align organizational goals and culture
- Gain social trust
- Engage through experiences
- Network your business processes
- Design for reputation and risk management
- Analyze your data
- ...and win!
Using social media, tools, and techniques, you can build a profound Social Business: one that is more dynamic, collaborative, efficient, and customer-driven--and far more successful. To capitalize on this monumental opportunity, however, you must deeply infuse the techniques and ethos of social collaboration throughout your organization.
In Get Bold, IBM social media pioneer Sandy Carter presents a comprehensive framework for transforming your business into a winning Social Business. Carter’s proven six-step AGENDA addresses goals, culture, governance, listening, trust, engagement, experience, processes, reputation/risk management, analytics, and even globalization.
Packed with detailed workstreams, expert guidance, and real case studies, Get Bold can help you radically improve the way you operate--in areas ranging from innovation to cost reduction, customer relationships to talent management.
- Identify the transformations needed to become a Social Business
- More fully leverage internal and external networks you already have
- Engage customers with “integrated, interactive, and identifying” experiences
- Use social techniques to streamline, extend, and improve your processes
- Manage the risks of deeper connections with clients and employees
- Analyze and socialize data to discover what’s happening and predict what’s coming
Age of Context [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:40
2013 | EPUB | 4.16MB
In 2006, co-authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel wrote Naked Conversations, a book that persuaded businesses to embrace what we now call social media. Six years later they have teamed up again to report that social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we’ll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in a era the authors call the Age of Context.
In this new era, our devices know when to wake us up early because it snowed last night; they contact the people we are supposed to meet with to warn them we’re running late. They even find content worth watching on television. They also promise to cure cancer and make it harder for terrorists to do their damage. Astoundingly, in the coming age you may only receive ads you want to see.
Scoble and Israel have spent more than a year researching this book. They report what they have learned from interviewing more than a hundred pioneers of the new technology and by examining hundreds of contextual products. What does it all mean? How will it change society in the future? The authors are unabashed tech enthusiasts, but as they write, an elephant sits in the living room of our book and it is called privacy. We are entering a time when our technology serves us best because it watches us; collecting data on what we do, who we speak with, what we look at. There is no doubt about it: Big Data is watching you. The time to lament the loss of privacy is over. The authors argue that the time is right to demand options that enable people to reclaim some portions of that privacy.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:37
2004 | EPUB | 2.33MB
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals a game that, according to John Perkins, is "as old as Empire" but has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in an era of globalization. And Perkins should know.
For many years he worked for an international consulting firm where his main job was to convince LDCs (less developed countries) around the world to accept multibillion-dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies.
This book, which many people warned Perkins not to write, is a blistering attack on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire consequences on both the victimized countries and the U.S.
The Venture of Islam [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:34
1975 | EPUB | 3/3.1/1.85MB
The Venture of Islam has been honored as a magisterial work of the mind since its publication in early 1975. In this three-volume study, illustrated with charts and maps, Hodgson traces and interprets the historical development of Islamic civilization from before the birth of Muhammad to the middle of the twentieth century. This work grew out of the famous course on Islamic civilization that Hodgson created and taught for many years at the University of Chicago.
Volume 1, The Classical Age of Islam, analyzes the world before Islam, Muhammad's challenge, and the early Muslim state between 625 and 692. Hodgson then discusses the classical civilization of the High Caliphate. The volume also contains a general introduction to the complete work and a foreword by Reuben Smith, who, as Hodgson's colleague and friend, finished the Venture of Islam after the author's death and saw it through to publication.
Volume 2: The Expansion of Islam in the Middle Periods
In the second work of this three-volume set, Hodgson investigates the establishment of an international Islamic civilization through about 1500. This includes a theoretical discussion of cultural patterning in the Islamic world and the Occident.
Volume 3: The Gunpower Empires and Modern Times
In this concluding volume of The Venture of Islam, Hodgson describes the second flowering of Islam: the Safavi, Timuri, and Ottoman empires. The final part of the volume analyzes the widespread Islamic heritage in today's world.
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:31
2009 | EPUB | 2.2MB
The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Reformation returns with the definitive history of Christianity for our time.
Once in a generation a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read-a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.
Christianity will teach modern readers things that have been lost in time about how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed. We follow the Christian story to all corners of the globe, filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia. And we discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England. This book encompasses all of intellectual history-we meet monks and crusaders, heretics and saints, slave traders and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in driving the enlightenment and the age of exploration, and shaping the course of World War I and World War II.
We are living in a time of tremendous religious awareness, when both believers and non-believers are deeply engaged by questions of religion and tradition, seeking to understand the violence sometimes perpetrated in the name of God. The son of an Anglican clergyman, MacCulloch writes with deep feeling about faith. His last book, The Reformation, was chosen by dozens of publications as Best Book of the Year and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. This awe-inspiring follow-up is a landmark new history of the faith that continues to shape the world.
Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:29
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.67/3.73MB
The Reformation and Counter-Reformation represented the greatest upheaval in Western society since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium before. The consequences of those shattering events are still felt today—from the stark divisions between (and within) Catholic and Protestant countries to the Protestant ideology that governs America, the world’s only remaining superpower.
In this masterful history, Diarmaid MacCulloch conveys the drama, complexity, and continuing relevance of these events. He offers vivid portraits of the most significant individuals—Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Loyola, Henry VIII, and a number of popes—but also conveys why their ideas were so powerful and how the Reformation affected everyday lives. The result is a landmark book that will be the standard work on the Reformation for years to come. The narrative verve of The Reformation as well as its provocative analysis of American culture’s debt to the period will ensure the book’s wide appeal among history readers.
Witchcraft Medicine [EPUB]
19 November 2013, 07:27
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 7.53/8.48MB
An in-depth investigation of traditional European folk medicine and the healing arts of witches.
- Explores the outlawed “alternative” medicine of witches suppressed by the state and the Church and how these plants can be used today
- Reveals that female shamanic medicine can be found in cultures all over the world
- Illustrated with color and black-and-white art reproductions dating back to the 16th century
Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead--Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.