The Art of the Japanese Garden [EPUB]

The Art of the Japanese Garden [EPUB]
The Art of the Japanese Garden by David Young, Michiko Young
2011 | EPUB | 62.69MB

The Art of the Japanese Garden traces the development and blending of gardening traditions, as well as the inclusion of new features as gardening reached new heights of sophistication on Japanese soil. The book features a number of the most notable gardens in Japan, including graveled courtyards, early aristocratic gardens, esoteric and paradise gardens, Zen gardens, warrior gardens, tea gardens and stroll gardens.

The Southerner's Handbook [EPUB]

The Southerner's Handbook [EPUB]
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
2013 | EPUB | 9.81MB

Whether you live below the Mason Dixon Line or just wish you did, The Southerner’s Handbook is your guide to living the good life. Curated by the editors of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, this compilation of more than 100 instructional and narrative essays offers a comprehensive tutorial to modern-day life in the South.

From Food and Drink to Sporting & Adventure; Home & Garden to Style, Arts & Culture, you'll discover essential skills and unique insight from some of the South’s finest writers, chefs, and craftsmen—including the secret to perfect biscuits, how to wear seersucker, and to the right way to fall off of a horse.

You'll also find: Roy Blount Jr. on telling a great story; Julia Reed on the secrets of throwing a great party; Jonathan Miles on drinking like a Southerner; Jack Hitt on the beauty of cooking a whole hog; John T Edge on why Southern food matters; and much more.

As flavorful, authentic, and irresistible as the land and the people who inspire it, The Southerner's Handbook is the ultimate guide to being a Southerner (no matter where you live).

Lasso the Wind [EPUB]

Lasso the Wind [EPUB]
Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West by Timothy Egan
1998 | EPUB + MOBI | 407.36/870.68KB

They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West in his book, but "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger."

Lasso the Wind is a moving, funny, and incisive look at the eleven states "on the sunset side of the 100th meridian" that Egan regards as the true West. Fishing rod and notebook in hand, he travels by car and foot, horseback and raft, through a region struggling to find its future direction under both the ideological weight of the past and the commercial threats of the present.

He visits the Sky City of Acoma, which may be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America, and then goes to an instant town on the Colorado River--Lake Havasu City, built around the transplanted London Bridge. He meets an outlaw cowboy in New Mexico, grazing his cattle on federal land. From Las Vegas, a sprawling, ever-expanding monument to gaudiness and glitz, to the relatively untouched wilds of Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains, Egan leads us through the world of industrialists, politicians, ranchers, and developers, back to the heart of the land itself to see the wealth and grandeur that have inspired the dreams of generations.

Interweaving historical accounts with explorations of the contemporary landscape, Egan shows how and why the region came to its current state. We see why the errors and perils of the past continue to repeat themselves to this day, how enormous reserves of public land are being steadily chipped away by commercial interests and the demands of a growing population. But we also learn how some communities manage to avoid repeating these mistakes and to win successes, played out in the land and water, in the struggle between possibility and possession.

Lasso the Wind eloquently captures the American West in all its promise, in all its pain, and in all its glory.

Ecoholic Home [EPUB]

Ecoholic Home [EPUB]
Ecoholic Home: The Greenest, Cleanest and Most Energy-Efficient Information Under One (Canadian) Roof by Adria Vasil
2009 | EPUB | 5.49MB

This highly anticipated follow-up to the massively successful Ecoholic focuses on the home as the mainstay of sustainable living.

Our resident Ecoholic comes to the rescue again, offering reminders and tips on how to keep your castle (however humble) clean, energy-efficient and healthy. We spend so much time at home — why not make it a sustainable haven instead of a polluting, off-gassing cesspool? Ecoholic Home addresses the green side of the economic crisis, and includes a resource guide for finding designers and contractors, and for renovating and shopping green.

  • Cleaning: product comparisons, disposal reminders, laundry tips
  • Cooking: avoiding Teflon, omitting Bisphenol A, reducing packaging
  • Powering: green energy (solar and geothermal), bundling (Bullfrog)
  • Maintaining: dehumidifiers, lighting options, ice removers
  • Renovating: buying energy-efficient appliances, choosing environmentally friendly building materials, insulating your home

Life List [EPUB]

Life List [EPUB]
Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds by Olivia Gentile
2009 | EPUB | 4.26MB

After her four kids were nearly grown and she was about to turn 50, Phoebe Snetsinger was told she had less than a year to live. Snetsinger, a St. Louis housewife and avid backyard birder, decided to spend that year traveling the world in search of birds. As it turned out, her doctors were wrong, but Phoebe's passion had been ignited and she spent the next eighteen years crisscrossing the globe recklessly staking out her quarry. En route she contracted malaria in Zambia, nearly fell to her death in Zaire, and was kidnapped and gang raped on the outskirts of Port Moresby. Yet none of this curbed her enthusiasm. By the time she died in a bus accident while birding in Madagascar in 1999, Phoebe was world renowned and had seen more species—8,500 of the roughly 10,000—than anyone in history.

A fascinating portrait of a hobbiest whose obsession contributed to both her success and her demise, Life List brings Phoebe Snetsinger and the wild world of amatuer ornithology to vivid life.

The Race to the New World [EPUB]

The Race to the New World [EPUB]
The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery by Douglas Hunter
2012 | EPUB | 3.64MB

Every schoolchild knows that "in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue"—but what they don't teach you in history class is that he wasn't the only one. In The Race to the New World, Douglas Hunter tells for the first time the fascinating tale of how Christopher Columbus was embroiled in a high-stakes race with Venetian John Cabot to find a shortcut to the East—and how they found a New World that neither was looking for. Employing fresh research and new translations of critical documents, Hunter reveals the surprisingly intertwined lives of the fabled explorer and his forgotten rival, and provides a fresh perspective on the first years of the European discovery of the New World.

The Good Rain [EPUB]

The Good Rain [EPUB]
The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest by Timothy Egan
1990 | EPUB + MOBI | 714.93KB/1.19MB

A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.

The Big Burn [Audiobook]

The Big Burn [Audiobook]
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America [Audiobook] by Timothy Egan, read by Robertson Dean
2009 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 02 mins | 212.59MB

In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping hundreds of small blazes into a roaring inferno that destroyed towns and timber in an eye-blink. Forest rangers assembled nearly 10,000 men - college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps - to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.

Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of President Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of national forests as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen. The robber barons fought them, but the fire saved the forests even as it destroyed them: the heroism shown by the rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, even as it changed the mission of the Forest Service, with consequences felt in the fires of today.

The Big Burn tells an epic story, paints a moving portrait of the people who lived it, and offers a critical cautionary tale for our time.

The Worst Hard Time [Audiobook]

The Worst Hard Time [Audiobook]
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl [Audiobook] by Timothy Egan, read by Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
2006 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 47 mins | 241.92MB

In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived—those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave—Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

Egan captures the very voice of the time—its grit, pathos, and abiding heroism—as only great history can. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher [Audiobook]

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher [Audiobook]
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis [Audiobook] by Timothy Egan, read by David Drummond
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 11 hrs 57 mins | 328.53MB

How a lone man’s epic obsession led to one of America’s greatest cultural treasures: Prizewinning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.

Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.

An Indiana Jones with a camera, Curtis spent the next three decades traveling from the Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the Acoma on a high mesa in New Mexico to the Salish in the rugged Northwest rain forest, documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Eventually Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings, and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

His most powerful backer was Theodore Roosevelt, and his patron was J. P. Morgan. Despite the friends in high places, he was always broke and often disparaged as an upstart in pursuit of an impossible dream. He completed his masterwork in 1930, when he published the last of the twenty volumes. A nation in the grips of the Depression ignored it. But today rare Curtis photogravures bring high prices at auction, and he is hailed as a visionary. In the end he fulfilled his promise: He made the Indians live forever.

The A.O.C. Cookbook [EPUB]

The A.O.C. Cookbook [EPUB]
The A O C Cookbook by Suzanne Goin
2013 | EPUB | 20.14MB

Since her James Beard Award-winning first book, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Suzanne Goin and her Los Angeles empire of restaurants have blossomed and she has been lauded as one of the best chefs in the country. Now, she is bringing us the recipes from her sophomore restaurant, A.O.C., turning the small-plate, shared-style dishes that she made so famous into main courses for the home chef. Among her many recipes, you can expect her addictive Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan; Duck Sausage with Candied Kumquats; Dandelion and Roasted Carrot Salad with Black Olives and Ricotta Salata; California Sea Bass with Tomato Rice, Fried Egg, and Sopressata; Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mint, and Feta; Crème Fraîche Cake with Santa Rosa Plums and Pistachios in Olive Oil; and S’Mores with Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Sorbet.

But The A.O.C. Cookbook is much more than just a collection of recipes. Because Goin is a born teacher with a gift for pairing seasonal flavors, this book is full of wonderful, eye-opening information about the ingredients that she holds dear. She takes the time to talk you through each one of her culinary decisions, explaining her palate and how she gets the deeply developed flavor profiles, which make even the simplest dishes sing. More than anything, Goin wants you to understand her techniques so you enjoy yourself in the kitchen and have no problem achieving restaurant-quality results right at home.

And because wine and cheese are at the heart of A.O.C., there are two exciting additions. Caroline Styne, Goin’s business partner and the wine director for her restaurants, presents a specific wine pairing for each dish. Styne explains why each varietal works well with the ingredients and which flavors she’s trying to highlight, and she gives you room to experiment as well—showing how to shape the wine to your own palate. Whether you’re just grabbing a glass to go with dinner or planning an entire menu, her expert notes are a real education in wine. At the back of the book, you’ll find Goin’s amazing glossary of cheeses—all featured at A.O.C.—along with the notes that are given to the waitstaff, explaining the sources, flavor profiles, and pairings.

With more than 125 full-color photographs, The A.O.C. Cookbook brings Suzanne Goin’s dishes to life as she continues to invite us into her kitchen and divulge the secrets about what makes her food so irresistibly delicious.

Sunday Suppers at Lucques [EPUB]

Sunday Suppers at Lucques [EPUB]
Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table by Suzanne Goin, Teri Gelber
2005 | EPUB | 19.27MB

Few chefs in America have won more acclaim than Suzanne Goin, owner of Lucques restaurant. A chef of impeccable pedigree, she got her start cooking at some of the best restaurants in the world–L’Arpège. Olives, and Chez Panisse, to name a few–places where she acquired top-notch skills to match her already flawless culinary instincts. “A great many cooks have come through the kitchen at Chez Panisse,” observes the legendary Alice Waters, “But Suzanne Goin was a stand-out. We all knew immediately that one day she would have a restaurant of her own, and that other cooks would be coming to her for kitchen wisdom and a warm welcome.”

And come they have, in droves. Since opening her L.A. restaurant, Lucques, in 1998, Goin’s cooking has garnered extraordinary accolades. Lucques is now recognized as one of the best restaurants in the country, and she is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented chefs around. Goin’s gospel is her commitment to the freshest ingredients available; her way of combining those ingredients in novel but impeccably appropriate ways continues to awe those who dine at her restaurant.

Her Sunday Supper menus at Lucques–ever changing and always tied to the produce of the season–have drawn raves from all quarters: critics, fellow chefs, and Lucques’s devoted clientele. Now, in her long-awaited cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Goin offers the general public, for the first time, the menus that have made her famous.

This inspired cookbook contains:

  • 132 recipes in all, arranged into four-course menus and organized by season. Each recipes contains detailed instructions that distill the creation of these elegant and classy dishes down to easy-to-follow steps. Recipes include: Braised Beef Shortribs with Potato Puree and Horseradish Cream; Cranberry Walnut Clafoutis; Warm Crepes with Lemon Zest and Hazelnut Brown Butter
  • 75 full-color photographs that illustrate not only the beauty of the food but the graceful plating techniques that Suzanne Goin is known for
  • A wealth of information on seasonal produce–everything from reading a ripe squash to making the most of its flavors. She even tells us where to purchase the best fruit, vegetables, and pantry items
  • Detailed instruction on standard cooking techniques both simple and involved, from making breadcrumbs to grilling duck
  • A foreword by Alice Waters, owner and head chef of Chez Panisse restaurant and mentor to Suzanne Goin (one-time Chez Panisse line cook)

With this book, Goin gives readers a sublime collection of destined-to-be-classic recipes. More than that, however, she offers advice on how home cooks can truly enjoy the process of cooking and make that process their own. One Sunday with Suzanne Goin is guaranteed to change your approach to cooking–not to mention transform your results in the kitchen.

Empires of the Dead [EPUB]

Empires of the Dead [EPUB]
Empires of the Dead: How One Man's Vision Led to the Creation of WWI's War Graves by David Crane
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.72/2.78MB

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, Empires of the Dead is the extraordinary and forgotten story behind the building of the First World War cemeteries, due to the efforts of one remarkable and visionary man, Fabian Ware.

Before WWI, little provision was made for the burial of the war dead. Soldiers were often unceremoniously dumped in a mass grave; officers shipped home for burial.

The great cemeteries of WWI came about as a result of the efforts of one inspired visionary. In 1914, Fabian Ware joined the Red Cross, working on the frontline in France. Horrified by the hasty burials, he recorded the identity and position of the graves. His work was officially recognised, with a Graves Registration Commission being set up. As reports of their work became public, the Commission was flooded with letters from grieving relatives around the world.

Critically acclaimed author David Crane gives a profoundly moving account of the creation of the great citadels to the dead, which involved leading figures of the day, including Rudyard Kipling. It is the story of cynical politicking, as governments sought to justify the sacrifice, as well as the grief of nations, following the ‘war to end all wars’.

The Closing of the Western Mind [EPUB]

The Closing of the Western Mind [EPUB]
The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason by Charles Freeman
2005 | EPUB | 1.45MB

A radical and powerful reappraisal of the impact of Constantine’s adoption of Christianity on the later Roman world, and on the subsequent development both of Christianity and of Western civilization.

When the Emperor Contstantine converted to Christianity in 368 AD, he changed the course of European history in ways that continue to have repercussions to the present day. Adopting those aspects of the religion that suited his purposes, he turned Rome on a course from the relatively open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic world, towards a culture that was based on the rule of fixed authority, whether that of the Bible, or the writings of Ptolemy in astronomy and of Galen and Hippocrates in medicine. Only a thousand years later, with the advent of the Renaissance and the emergence of modern science, did Europe begin to free itself from the effects of Constantine's decision, yet the effects of his establishment of Christianity as a state religion remain with us, in many respects, today. Brilliantly wide-ranging and ambitious, this is a major work of history.

The Horses of St. Mark's [EPUB]

The Horses of St. Mark's [EPUB]
The Horses of St Mark's: A Story of Triumph in Byzantium, Paris, and Venice by Charles Freeman
2010 | EPUB | 7.6MB

In July 1798, a triumphant procession made its way through the streets of Paris. Echoing the parades of Roman emperors many years before, Napoleon Bonaparte was proudly displaying the spoils of his recent military adventures. There were animals - caged lions and dromedaries - as well as tropical plants such as banana and coconut trees. And among the works of art on show, one stood out: four horses of gilded metal, taken by Napoleon from their home in Venice.

The Horses of St Mark's are among art's finest creations - and certainly one with a story like no other. For these are statues that have found themselves at the heart of European history time and time again: in Constantinople, at both its founding and sacking in the Fourth Crusade; in Venice, at both the height of its greatness and fall in 1797; in the Paris of Napoleon, and the revolutions of 1848; and back in Venice, the most romantic city in the world.

Charles Freeman's remarkable book is a fascinating account of both the statues and the societies through which they been displayed. As European society has developed from antiquity to the present day, so these four horses have stood and watched impassively. This is the story of their - and our - times.

The Men Who United the States [Audiobook]

The Men Who United the States [Audiobook]
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible [Audiobook] by Simon Winchester, read by the Author
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 35 mins | 373.79MB

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.

How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.

Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.

The First Ladies of Rome [EPUB]

The First Ladies of Rome [EPUB]
The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars by Annelise Freisenbruch
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.95/2.69MB

Like their modern counterparts, the 'first ladies' of Rome were moulded to meet the political requirements of their emperors, be they fathers, husbands, brothers or lovers. But the women proved to be liabilities as well as assets - Augustus' daughter Julia was accused of affairs with at least five men, Claudius' wife Messalina was a murderous tease who cuckolded and humiliated her elderly husband, while Fausta tried to seduce her own stepson and engineered his execution before boiled to death as a punishment.

In The First Ladies of Rome Annelise Freisenbruch unveils the characters whose identities were to reverberate through the ages, from the virtuous consort, the sexually voracious schemer and the savvy political operator, to the flighty bluestocking, the religious icon and the romantic heroine.

Using a rich spectrum of literary, artistic, archaeological and epigraphic evidence, this book uncovers for the first time the kaleidoscopic story of some of the most intriguing women in history, and the vivid and complex role of the empresses as political players on Rome's great stage.

Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice [Audiobook]

Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice [Audiobook]
Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice: The True Story of WWII Special Agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne [Audiobook] by Susan Ottaway, read by Catherine Harvey
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 02 mins | 248.25MB

Two sisters. Two special agents. One War.

Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice is the incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, two sisters who risked everything to fight for our freedom during the Second World War.

The death of an eccentric recluse is rarely an event to be given more than a few lines in a local newspaper. But when, in September 2010, police were called to a tiny, cluttered flat in Torquay and discovered the body of local ‘cat lady’ Eileen Nearne, they also found a small bundle of possessions that told an amazing story.

For Eileen Nearne had been an agent for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, going undercover in Nazi-occupied France to send wireless messages of crucial importance to the Allies. Astonishingly, Eileen was not the only special agent in the family – her sister Jacqueline had also been an SOE. Rarely had two members of the same family sacrificed so much to such dangerous work.

Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice pays tribute to these fiercely patriotic women with hearts of courage, who fought for freedom at much personal cost. While Jacqueline narrowly avoided capture several times, tirelessly couriering secret documents for the resistance, Eileen was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo before being incarcerated at Ravensbrück concentration camp. She was only 23.

This is a true story of triumph and tragedy, of two sisters who sacrificed themselves to defend our freedom, who stood shoulder to shoulder during the darkest of days.

Iced Tea [EPUB]

Iced Tea [EPUB]
Iced Tea: 50 Recipes for Refreshing Tisanes, Infusions, Coolers, and Spiked Teas by Fred Thompson
2002 | EPUB | 3.08MB

Since its introduction at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, iced tea has been a favorite American beverage showing up at every family gathering, backyard barbecue, 4th of July picnic, and on every restaurant menu. In fact, each day, 120 million Americans reach for a frosty glass of iced tea. Fred Thompson shows us how easy it is to make a wide variety of iced teas right at home: from classics (Southern Style Ice Tea, Solar Tea) to infusions (Iced Mango Tea, Berry Spice Iced Tea), from spritzers (Green Tea Passion Fruit Spritzer) to offbeat and cocktail teas (Tea Smoothie, Beach Bourbon Slush). Thompson discusses basic methods for brewing tea, the types of teas and tea blends that are best iced, as well as a vast array of flavors and flavorful combinations that can be mixed with iced tea to create refreshing new drinks.

These 50 recipes make iced tea a truly exciting anytime beverage while still maintaining the pure flavor and goodness that has ensured its place in American tradition. Thompson shares his years of experience brewing, tasting, and enjoying iced tea the way it was meant to be made—at home with your own two hands.

Gluten-Free Entertaining [PDF]

Gluten-Free Entertaining [PDF]
Gluten-Free Entertaining by Olivia Dupin
2013 | PDF | 15.96MB

If you’re gluten-free, you know that parties and other gatherings can be a food conundrum. What can you prepare for your guests that everyone can enjoy, gluten-free or not? And what can you bring to parties that will please a crowd, and bring praise instead of pause? Take the fear away and fill your plate with sensational (and safe!) eats with Gluten-Free Entertaining. Author Olivia Dupin will teach you how to entertain with ease, whether you're hosting a brunch, going to a holiday bash, or just having a casual couple's dinner at home. And with fourteen separate menus and more than 100 party-pleasing dishes, you'll find something for every taste and occasion.

From Deep-Dish Ham, Artichoke and Brie Quiche to Sesame Chicken Bites and Chocolate Chip Almond Torte, all of these recipes are delicious, first and foremost, and coincidentally gluten-free, so you can make them for your own get-together, or bring them along to any gathering. Entertain with ease with Gluten-Free Entertaining!

Modern Native Feasts [EPUB]

Modern Native Feasts [EPUB]
Modern Native Feasts: Healthy, Innovative, Sustainable Cuisine by Andrew George
2013 | EPUB | 7.19MB

Native American cuisine comes of age in this elegant, contemporary collection that reinterprets and updates traditional Native recipes with modern, healthy twists. Andrew George Jr. was head chef for aboriginal foods at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; his imaginative menus reflect the diverse new culinary landscape while being mindful of an ages-old reverence for the land and sea, reflecting the growing interest in a niche cuisine that is rapidly moving into the mainstream to become the "next big thing" among food trends. Andrew also works actively at making Native foods healthier and more nutritious, given that Native peoples suffer from diabetes at twice the rates of non-Natives; his recipes are lighter, less caloric, and include Asian touches, such as bison ribs with Thai spices, and a sushi roll with various cooked fish wrapped in nori. Other dishes include venison barley soup, wild berry crumble, seas asparagus salad, and buffalo tourtière.

Full of healthy, delicious, and thoroughly North American fare, Modern Native Feasts is the first Native American foods cookbook to go beyond the traditional and take a step into the twenty-first century.

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic [EPUB]

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic [EPUB]
Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra Kynes
2013 | EPUB | 4.78MB

The Ultimate Guide to Mixing, Matching, and Making Essential Oils

Choose the best essential oils for your creative and magical mixing with this straightforward, hands-on guide. Through step-by-step instruction on how to measure, mix, and assess blends, you’ll move beyond following others’ recipes and into creating your own oil combinations.

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic offers everything you need to understand not only how to blend but also why specific blends work together. Learn how to mix oils by botanical family, scent group, and perfume note. Discover an encyclopedic listing of essential and carrier oil profiles, as well as thorough cross-references for the oils and their magical associations. With guidance on the historical and present-day uses of essential oils, you’ll make personal blending an integral part of your spiritual and magical practices.

Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction, 2nd Edition [PDF]

Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction, 2nd Edition [PDF]
Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction [2nd Edition] by Kristin Denham, Anne Lobeck
2010 | PDF | 22.42MB

Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction, Second Edition, connects the study of linguistics to the language you use every day. The text is very user-friendly: casual writing style, logical presentation of material, balance of theoretical and practical, entertaining information, and lots of ideas and activities to put what you learn to use right away. The first chapter gives you the basics such as how to define language, new ways to look at grammar, your innate knowledge about language. Later chapters address core linguistics areas in depth (phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics). Many innovative and varied activities help you review and practice the content and apply the knowledge immediately. Special features throughout the book demystify common curiosities about how language works.

Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor [EPUB]

Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor [EPUB]
Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor by Lian Quan Zhen
2013 | EPUB | 64.05MB

Minimum stroke - maximum effect
Learn how to make each brushstroke count when painting classically beautiful landscapes using a combination of traditional and modern watercolor techniques.

Master artist and teacher Lian Quan Zhen shows how to blend Eastern and Western art theories, materials and techniques to create landscapes with graceful simplicity.

Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor includes 27 start-to-finish demonstrations, which show how to capture the spirit and mood of the landscape in all types of weather and in all four seasons. It also features a wide variety of landscape subjects from America and around the world.

Reading and Writing Chinese, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Reading and Writing Chinese, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Reading and Writing Chinese [3rd Edition] by William McNaughton, Jiageng Fan
2013 | EPUB | 39.78MB

This is a compete and easy–to–use guide for reading and writing Chinese characters.

Used as a standard by students and teachers in learning Chinese for more than three decades, the bestselling Reading & Writing Chinese has been completely revised and updated. Reading & Writing Chinese places at your fingertips the essential 1,725 Chinese characters' up-to-date definitions, derivations, pronunciations, and examples of correct usage by means of cleverly condensed grids. This guide also focuses on Pinyin, which is the official system to transcribe Hanzi, Chinese characters, into Latin script, now universally used in mainland China and Singapore. Traditional characters (still used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) are also included, making this a complete reference.

Newly updated and revised, these characters are the ones officially prescribed by the Chinese government for the internationally recognized test of proficiency in Chinese, the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK).

Key features of this newly-expanded edition include:

  • The 1,725 most frequently used characters in both Simplified and Traditional forms
  • All 2,633 characters and 5,000+ compounds required for the HSK Exam
  • Mnemonics to help with memorization
  • Standard Hanyu Pinyin romanizations
  • More mnemonic phrases and etymologies to help you remember the characters
  • An extensive introduction, alphabetical index, and index according to stroke count and stroke order
  • Completely updated/expanded English definitions
  • Convenient quick-reference tables of radicals
  • Updated and revised compounds, plus 25% more vocabulary now offered
  • Codes to assist those who are preparing for the AP exam or the HSK exam

Italian Phrases For Dummies [EPUB]

Italian Phrases For Dummies [EPUB]
Italian Phrases For Dummies by Francesca Romana Onofri, Karen Antje Möller
2013 | EPUB | 10.23MB

Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips

Speak Italian – instantly!

Shopping. Ordering dinner. Chatting about the weather. Talking about your family. Dealing with emergencies. Whether you’re a traveler or student, this handy Italian phrase book.

Discover how to:

  • Get directions, shop, and eat out
  • Talk numbers, dates, time, and money
  • Chat about family and work
  • Discuss sports and the weather
  • Deal with problems and emergencies

Mayo's Investments: An Introduction, 11th Edition

Mayo's Investments: An Introduction, 11th Edition
Investments: An Introduction [11th Edition] by Herbert B Mayo
2013 | PDF | 39.04MB

With Mayo's Investments: An Introduction, 11th Edition, readers fully understand today's most important investment topics from the perspective of an individual financial planner. This edition provides an inviting, comprehensive approach to investments--from the fundamentals needed for success on the CFP exam to more advanced topics. Readers learn to make solid investment decisions with applications such as an updated Financial Advisor's Investment Case at the end of each chapter and the latest Internet assignments.

Expanded coverage of key topics, including stock valuation ratios, stock repurchases, and dividend payments prepare the reader to invest with confidence in today's global financial markets. Readers can even gain hands-on access with Thomson ONE-Business School Edition--the same financial analysis tool trusted on Wall Street every day. Mayo's Investments: An Introduction, 11th Edition, offers the engaging details and insightful perspective to further any reader's investment success.

Quantitative Methods for Business, 12th Edition

Quantitative Methods for Business, 12th Edition
Quantitative Methods for Business [12th Edition] by David R Anderson, Dennis J Sweeney, Thomas A Williams, Jeffrey D Camm
2012 | PDF | 17.42MB

You don't need to be a mathematician to understand and maximize the power of quantitative methods! Written for the future business professional, Quantitative Methods for Business, 12th Edition by a powerhouse, award-winning author team, makes it easy for you to understand how you can most effectively use quantitative methods to make smart, successful decisions. The book's hallmark problem-scenario approach guides you through the application of mathematical concepts and techniques. The authors use real, memorable examples to demonstrate how and when to use the methods found in the text.

Small Business Management, 4th Edition

Small Business Management, 4th Edition
Small Business Management: Entrepreneurship and Beyond [4th Edition] by Timothy S Hatten
2008 | PDF | 20.23MB

Small Business Management provides a balanced introduction to both entrepreneurship and small business management with a focus on achieving and maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage as a small organization. Current issues including global opportunities, service, quality and technology are highlighted throughout the text. The streamlined format allows instructors to cover the entire text of 18 chapters within a standard semester timeline without sacrificing important topics. The Fourth Edition features an increased emphasis on small business ownership by women and minority groups. The online Business Plan Guide and templates provide some of the most extensive information available on business planning. The text also includes a complete sample business plan.

The Transhumanist Reader [EPUB]

The Transhumanist Reader [EPUB]
The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future edited by Max More, Natasha Vita-More
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.46/1.96MB

The first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state of transhumanist thinking.

The rapid pace of emerging technologies is playing an increasingly important role in overcoming fundamental human limitations. Featuring core writings by seminal thinkers in the speculative possibilities of the posthuman condition, essays address key philosophical arguments for and against human enhancement, explore the inevitability of life extension, and consider possible solutions to the growing issues of social and ethical implications and concerns. Edited by the internationally acclaimed founders of the philosophy and social movement of transhumanism, The Transhumanist Reader is an indispensable guide to our current state of knowledge of the quest to expand the frontiers of human nature.

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending [EPUB]

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending [EPUB]
From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit edited by Chester Hartman, Gregory D Squires
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.01/3.93MB

Well-known fair housing and fair lending activists and organizers examine the implications of the new wave of fair housing activism generated by Occupy Wall Street protests and the many successes achieved in fair housing and fair lending over the years. The book reveals the limitations of advocacy efforts and the challenges that remain. Best directions for future action are brought to light by staff of fair housing organizations, fair housing attorneys, community and labor organizers, and scholars who have researched social justice organizing and advocacy movements. The book is written for general interest and academic audiences.

Contributors address the foreclosure crisis, access to credit in a changing marketplace, and the immoral hazards of big banks. They examine opportunities in collective bargaining available to homeowners and how low-income and minority households were denied access to historically low home prices and interest rates. Authors question the effectiveness of litigation to uphold the Fair Housing Act’s promise of nondiscriminatory home loans and ask how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is assuring fair lending. They also look at where immigrants stand, housing as a human right, and methods for building a movement.

Tax-Free Wealth [EPUB]

Tax-Free Wealth [EPUB]
Tax-Free Wealth: How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes by Tom Wheelwright
2012 | EPUB | 3.44MB

Tax-Free Wealth is about tax planning concepts. It’s about how to use your country’s tax laws to your benefit. In this book, Tom Wheelwright will tell you how the tax laws work. And how they are designed to reduce your taxes, not to increase your taxes. Once you understand this basic principle, you no longer need to be afraid of the tax laws. They are there to help you and your business—not to hinder you.

Once you understand the basic principles of tax reduction, you can begin, immediately, reducing your taxes. Eventually, you may even be able to legally eliminate your income taxes and drastically reduce your other taxes. Once you do that, you can live a life of Tax-Free Wealth.

Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance, 11th Edition

Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance, 11th Edition
Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance [11th Edition] by Emmett J Vaughan, Therese M Vaughan
2013 | PDF | 3.46MB

Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance, 11th Edition presents a thorough and comprehensive introduction to the field of insurance while emphasizing the consumer. The new edition first examines the concept of risk, the nature of the insurance device, and the principles of risk management. It then discusses the traditional fields of life and health insurance as solutions to the risks connected with the loss of income. Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance, 11th Edition also deals with the risks associated with the ownership of property and legal liability.

Multinational Financial Management, 10th Edition

Multinational Financial Management, 10th Edition
Multinational Financial Management [10th Edition] by Alan C Shapiro
2013 | PDF | 7.77MB

Multinational Financial Management, 10th Edition provides corporate managers with a conceptual framework within which the key financial decisions of the multinational firm can be analyzed. It contains charts and illustrations of corporate practice that are designed to highlight specific techniques. Numerous real-world examples and vignettes provide actual applications of financial concepts and theories. Seven longer illustrations of actual company practices appear at the end of key chapters to demonstrate different aspects of international financial management. Corporate managers will also benefit from the mini cases in each chapter that illustrate important concepts.

Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, 9th Edition

Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, 9th Edition
Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis [9th Edition] by Edwin J Elton, Martin J Gruber, Stephen J Brown, William N Goetzmann
2013 | PDF | 29.35MB

An excellent resource for investors, Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, 9th Edition examines the characteristics and analysis of individual securities as well as the theory and practice of optimally combining securities into portfolios. A chapter on behavioral finance is included, aimed to explore the nature of individual decision making. A chapter on forecasting expected returns, a key input to portfolio management, is also included. In addition, investors will find material on value at risk and the use of simulation to enhance their understanding of the field.

Microeconomics, 5th Edition by Besanko, Braeutigam

Microeconomics, 5th Edition by Besanko, Braeutigam
Microeconomics [5th Edition] by David Besanko, Ronald R Braeutigam
2013 | PDF | 9.85MB

Business professionals that struggle to understand key concepts in economics and how they are applied in the field rely on Microeconomics. The 5th edition makes the material accessible while helping them build their problem-solving skills. It includes numerous new practice problems and exercises that arm them with a deeper understanding. Learning by Doing exercises explore the theories while boosting overall math skills. Graphs are included throughout the mathematical discussions to reinforce the material. In addition, the balanced approach of rigorous economics gives business professionals a more practical resource.

Introduction to Information Systems [5th Edition]

Introduction to Information Systems [5th Edition]
Introduction to Information Systems: Supporting and Transforming Business [5th Edition] by R Kelly Rainer, Brad Prince, Casey G Cegielski
2013 | PDF | 19.66MB

Rainer & Cegielski's new edition of Introduction to Information Systems: Supporting and Transforming Business includes updated coverage, refined cases, more illustrations, and a new "Weekly Updates" resource. Its concise chapters, many cases and examples, and online quizzing provide smooth and straightforward information and provide many hands-on activities. In general, the text is more engaging, compelling and relevant with a broader table of contents, pedagogically innovative structure, integrated activities, Excel and Access projects. The 5th Edition includes a new chapter on ERP, more emphasis placed on business processes and cloud computing, and videos of author lectures for each section of the text.

Weygandt's Financial Accounting, 9th Edition [PDF]

Weygandt's Financial Accounting, 9th Edition [PDF]
Financial Accounting [9 Edition] by Jerry J Weygandt, Donald E Kieso, Paul D Kimmel
2013 | PDF | 22.88MB

Weygandt's Financial Accounting, 9th Edition offers a more in-depth introduction to financial accounting with a continued focus on relevant examples based on everyday life. The goal of this text is to help readers further understand the fundamental concepts necessary to use accounting effectively today, as well as an introduction to IFRS and how to use accounting in the future. Kimmel, Weygandt and Kieso present real financial statements and establish how a financial statement communicates the financing, investing, and operating activities of a business to users of accounting information.

Peterson's Two-Year Colleges 2014 [EPUB]

Peterson's Two-Year Colleges 2014 [EPUB]
Peterson's Two-Year Colleges 2014
2013 | EPUB | 6.83MB

Peterson's Two-Year Colleges 2014 includes information on more than 1,900 accredited two-year undergraduate institutions in the United States and Canada, as well as some international schools. It also includes detailed two-page descriptions written by admissions personnel. College-bound students and their parents can research two-year colleges, including community colleges, for information on campus setting, enrollment, majors, expenses, student-faculty ratio, application deadline, and contact information. In addition, Two-Year Colleges offers articles that cover tips on transferring, advice for adults returning to school, "green" programs at community colleges, the basics of financial aid, and much more.

  • Up-to-date data profiles for more than 1,900 institutions, listed alphabetically by state (and followed by other countries) with facts and figures on majors, academic programs, student life, standardized tests, financial aid, and applying and contact information
  • Helpful articles on what you need to know about two-year colleges: advice on transferring and returning to school for adult students; how to survive standardized tests; what international students need to know about admission to U.S. colleges; and how to manage paying for college
  • The latest on exciting, innovative "green" programs at community colleges throughout the United States
  • State-by-state summary table allows comparison of institutions by a variety of characteristics, including enrollment, application requirements, types of financial aid available, and numbers of sports and majors offered
  • Exclusive two-page in-depth descriptions written by college administrators for Peterson's
  • Indexes offering valuable information on associate degree programs at two-year colleges and four-year colleges-easy to search alphabetically

No Plan B [EPUB]

No Plan B [EPUB]
No Plan B: Peyton Manning's Comeback with the Denver Broncos by Mark Kiszla
2013 | EPUB | 5.58MB

Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl, hosted Saturday Night Live and threw 399 touchdown passes during 14 amazing years as an NFL quarterback.

Then he got fired.

Indianapolis no longer valued Manning, a four-time winner of the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Get this: The Colts cut the most-liked athlete in America.

"And I’m glad they did," Denver Broncos executive John Elway said.

The Broncos made the most buzz-worthy signing in the history of NFL free agency during March of 2012. Despite missing a season with a neck injury that threatened to end his brilliant career, Manning was acquired to lead the Broncos back to Super Bowl glory.

"We don’t have a Plan B," Elway declared, as he presented Manning with an orange No. 18 jersey. "We’re going [with] Plan A!"

Even for a quarterback as decorated as Manning, his task in Denver was daunting.

At age 36, Manning had to relearn to throw the football with a right arm that had suffered extensive nerve damage. The new quarterback in town had to convert devout fans of Tim Tebow, who won games in the name of Jesus. A brutal early season schedule left the Broncos with a 2-3 record, as whispers grew the old Pro Bowler had lost his touch.

What happened next is one of those great comeback stories that make us fall in love with sports. Manning went from washed up to nearly unbeatable. He led Denver to 11 consecutive victories to close the regular season. More important, Manning lifted the Broncos back to the elite status that had been slip-sliding away since Elway retired as quarterback in 1999.

How did Manning do it? On the practice field, he can be a perfectionist who is a pain in the ass. On the team plane, he can be a comedian who has teammates rolling in the aisles.

To get inside football’s most beautiful mind, award-winning journalist Mark Kiszla takes readers from raucous locker rooms to quiet film rooms for a behind-the-scenes look at Manning’s remarkable revival.

Football is a violent game. Life can be a contact sport.

Before moving to Denver, Manning was sacked 231 times by NFL defenders, but never harder than the 232nd, when Colts owner Jim Irsay hit him with a shot that shook the veteran QB to his core.

So the toughest question for Manning was the same as the uncertainty facing any proud worker who has been slapped with a termination note: How does a man respond after he gets knocked on his butt?

Manning is the master of the no-huddle offense.

But, with his physical ability fading and anything less than a championship considered failure, Manning has never had to beat the clock with such urgency.

There's no time to waste. No excuses. No looking back. No Plan B.

My Last Fight [EPUB]

My Last Fight [EPUB]
My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star by Darren McCarty with Kevin Allen
2013 | EPUB | 43.61MB

Looking back on a memorable career, Darren McCarty recounts his time as one of the most visible and beloved members of the Detroit Red Wings as well as his personal struggles with addiction, finances, and women and his daily battles to overcome them. As a member of four Red Wings’ Stanley Cup–winning teams, McCarty played the role of enforcer from 1993 to 2004 and returning again in 2008 and 2009. His “Grind Line” with teammates Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby physically overmatched some of the best offensive lines in the NHL, but he was more than just a brawler: his 127 career goals included several of the highlight variety, including an inside-out move against Philadelphia in the clinching game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. As colorful a character as any NHL player, he has arms adorned with tattoos, and he was the lead singer in the hard rock band Grinder during the offseason.

Yet this autobiography details what may have endeared him most to his fans: the honest, open way he has dealt with his struggles in life off the ice. Whether dealing with substance abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, or the death of his father, Darren McCarty has always seemed to persevere.

The TAB Guide to DIY Welding [EPUB]

The TAB Guide to DIY Welding [EPUB]
The TAB Guide to DIY Welding: Hands-on Projects for Hobbyists, Handymen, and Artists by Jackson Morley
2013 | EPUB | 30.23MB

A practical guide with step-by-step instructions and hands-on projects for newcomers to metalwork and MIG welding

The TAB Guide to DIY Welding shows you how to get started with MIG welding and metalworking. Inside, you'll find illustrated step-by-step instructions for making useful objects for around the home, as well as fun artistic projects. This easy-to-follow book takes you through setting up a metalworking studio, finding local resources for materials, and the safe operation of metal studio tools.

Everything you need to know about MIG welding is here in one handy resource.

You'll learn what steel is made of and the principles behind electrical welding. Then you'll learn how to acquire new steel, how to interface with steel suppliers, and how to find your own salvaged steel. After the basic principles of metalworking, hand and power tools are covered--and they're put to use through hands-on projects that allow you to develop new welding skills and establish building blocks for future tasks. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to create successful metal projects on your own, like a pro!

  • Illustrated instructions with photos and drawings provide step-by-step procedures and clear explanations
  • Projects include useful items for around your home and garden, including a log holder, plant stands and tables, a rolling garden cart, and a barbeque grill
  • Easy-to-follow examples and explanations for beginning artists, DIYers, and hobbyists
  • Expert advice from an experienced teacher of MIG welding courses
  • Course supplement for classroom and shop instruction
  • A list of online and local resources to help beginning metalworkers access a metalworking community

Slow Train to Guantanamo [EPUB]

Slow Train to Guantanamo [EPUB]
Slow Train to Guantanamo: A Rail Odyssey Through Cuba in the Last Days of the Castros by Peter Millar
2013 | EPUB | 1.34MB

In this rambling odyssey set in the later days of the Castro regime, Peter Millar jumps on board the Cuban railway system, once the pride of Latin America. Starting in the ramshackle but romantic capital of Havana, he travels with ordinary Cubans, sharing anecdotes, life stories, and political opinions. Millar may not have all the answers but he asks a lot of the right questions on an anarchic, entertaining, and often comic adventure. A journey everyone will want to read about but nobody in their right mind would want to emulate!