Easy Riders, Raging Bulls [EPUB]

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls [EPUB]
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind
1999 | EPUB | 1.55MB

In 1969, a low-budget biker movie, Easy Rider, shocked Hollywood with its stunning success. An unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (onscreen and off), Easy Rider heralded a heady decade in which a rebellious wave of talented young filmmakers invigorated the movie industry. In Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind takes us on the wild ride that was Hollywood in the '70s, an era that produced such modern classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, Shampoo, Nashville, Taxi Driver, and Jaws.

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls vividly chronicles the exuberance and excess of the times: the startling success of Easy Rider and the equally alarming circumstances under which it was made, with drugs, booze, and violent rivalry between costars Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda dominating the set; how a small production company named BBS became the guiding spirit of the youth rebellion in Hollywood and how, along the way, some of its executives helped smuggle Huey Newton out of the country; how director Hal Ashby was busted for drugs and thrown in jail in Toronto; why Martin Scorsese attended the Academy Awards with an FBI escort when Taxi Driver was nominated; how George Lucas, gripped by anxiety, compulsively cut off his own hair while writing Star Wars, how a modest house on Nicholas Beach occupied by actresses Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt became the unofficial headquarters for the New Hollywood; how Billy Friedkin tried to humiliate Paramount boss Barry Diller; and how screenwriter/director Paul Schrader played Russian roulette in his hot tub. It was a time when an "anything goes" experimentation prevailed both on the screen and off.

After the success of Easy Rider, young film-school graduates suddenly found themselves in demand, and directors such as Francis Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese became powerful figures. Even the new generation of film stars -- Nicholson, De Niro, Hoffman, Pacino, and Dunaway -- seemed a breed apart from the traditional Hollywood actors. Ironically, the renaissance would come to an end with Jaws and Star Wars, hugely successful films that would create a blockbuster mentality and crush innovation.

Based on hundreds of interviews with the directors themselves, producers, stars, agents, writers, studio executives, spouses, and ex-spouses, this is the full, candid story of Hollywood's last golden age. Never before have so many celebrities talked so frankly about one another and about the drugs, sex, and money that made so many of them crash and burn.

By turns hilarious and shocking, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is the ultimate behind-the-scenes account of Hollywood at work and play.

The Death of Sigmund Freud [EPUB]

The Death of Sigmund Freud [EPUB]
The Death of Sigmund Freud: Fascism, Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Fundamentalism by Mark Edmundson
2007 | EPUB | 2.11MB

When Hitler invaded Vienna in the winter of 1938, Sigmund Freud, old and desperately ill, was among the city's 175,000 Jews dreading Nazi occupation. The Nazis hated Sigmund Freud with a particular vehemence: they detested his 'soul-destroying glorification of the instinctual life'. Here Mark Edmundson traces Hitler and Freud's oddly converging lives, then zeroes in on the last two years of Freud's life, during which, with the help of Marie Bonaparte, he was at last rescued from Vienna and brought safely to London, where he was honoured and feted as he ever had been during his long, controversial life.

Staring down certain death, Freud, in typical fashion, does not enjoy his fame but instead writes his most provocative book yet, Moses and Monotheism, in which he debunks all monotheistic religions and questions the legacy of the great Jewish leader, Moses. Edmundson probes Freud's ideas about secular death, and also about the rise of fascism and fundamentalism, and finally grapples with the demise of psychoanalysis after Freud's death, when religious fundamentalism is once again shaping world events.

Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe [EPUB]

Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe [EPUB]
Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe by Noam Chomsky, Laray Polk
2013 | EPUB | 3.22MB

“There are two problems for our species’ survival—nuclear war and environmental catastrophe, ” says Noam Chomsky in this new book on the two existential threats of our time and their points of intersection since World War II.

While a nuclear strike would require action, environmental catastrophe is partially defined by willful inaction in response to human-induced climate change. Denial of the facts is only half the equation. Other contributing factors include extreme techniques for the extraction of remaining carbon deposits, the elimination of agricultural land for bio-fuel, the construction of dams, and the destruction of forests that are crucial for carbon sequestration.

On the subject of current nuclear tensions, Chomsky revisits the long-established option of a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, a proposal set in motion through a joint Egyptian Iranian General Assembly resolution in 1974.

Intended as a warning, Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe is also a reminder that talking about the unspeakable can still be done with humor, with wit and indomitable spirit.

Debunking 9/11 Myths [EPUB]

Debunking 9/11 Myths [EPUB]
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts edited by David Dunbar, Brad Reagan
2011 | EPUB | 4.55MB

A decade after the World Trade Center disaster, rampant speculation abounds on what actually happened. Wild talk flourishes on the Internet, TV, and radio. Was the Pentagon really struck by a missile? Was the untimely death of Barry Jennings, who witnessed the collapse of Tower 7 and thought he heard “explosions,” actually an assassination ? Not everyone is convinced the truth is out there. Once again, in this updated edition of the critically acclaimed Debunking 9/11 Myths, Popular Mechanics counters the conspiracy theorists with a dose of hard, cold facts.

The magazine consulted more than 300 experts in fields like air traffic control, aviation, civil engineering, fire fighting, and metallurgy, and then rigorously, meticulously, and scientifically analyzed the 25 most persistent 9/11 conspiracy theories. Each one was conclusively refuted with facts, not politics and rumors, including five new myths involving the collapse of 7 World Trade Center and four longstanding conjectures now considered in the context of new research.

No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War [EPUB]

No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War [EPUB]
No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War by Hiroo Onoda
1999 | EPUB | 1.17MB

In the Spring of 1974, 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine army and police, hostile islanders, and eventually successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and waiting for the day when his fellow soldiers would return victorious. This first-person account of those years of evading capture and trying to stay alive is filled with drama, tension, and excitement.

Readers learn about Onoda's early life, his training as an intelligence officer, and his final assignment to the Philippine island of Lubang. When American forces take over the island, he retreats into the mountains and life becomes a constant battle against the elements as well as the enemy. The description of his selfless dedication to a cause allows us a rare glimpse of the invincible spirit of the human being, and his ingenuity in adapting to primitive surroundings is a commentary on man's resourcefulness. Even after the Japanese forces surrender or are killed, courage and conviction allow him and his few comrades to continue until he alone returns to civilization. A soldier who fought and survived the war's longest, loneliest battle, Onoda became a hero to his people and his account of events, first published in Japan in 1974 and in English in 1975, has enjoyed an approving audience ever since. Currently no other English edition is in print.

Keep the Change [Audiobook]

Keep the Change [Audiobook]
Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity [Audiobook] by Steve Dublanica, read by Dan John Miller
2010 | MP3@56 kbps | 9 hrs 49 mins | 236.22MB

An irreverent, pavement-pounding, eye-opening exploration of a neglected part of the American economy: tipping

Tipping is huge in America. Almost everyone leaves at least one tip every day. More than five million American workers depend on them, and we spend $66 billion on tips each year. And everyone recognizes that queasy feeling—in bars and restaurants, barbershops and beauty parlors, hotels and strip clubs, and everywhere else—when the check arrives or the tip jar looms. Omnipresent yet poorly understood, tipping has worked its way into almost every part of daily life.

In Keep the Change, bestselling author Steve Dublanica dives into this unexplored world, in a comical yet serious attempt to turn himself into the Guru of the Gratuity. As intrepid and irreverent as Michael Moore or A. J. Jacobs, Dublanica travels the country to meet shoeshine men, strippers, bartenders, bellhops, bathroom attendants, and many others, all in an effort to overcome his own sweaty palms when faced with those perennial questions: Should I tip? How much? Throughout he explores why tipping has spread; he explains how differences in gender, age, ethnicity, and nationality affect our attitudes; and he reveals just what the cabdriver or deliveryman thinks of us after we’ve left a tip.

Written in the lively style that made Waiter Rant such a hit, Keep the Change is a fun and enlightening quest that will change the way we think—and tip.

Waiter Rant [Audiobook]

Waiter Rant [Audiobook]
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter [Audiobook] by Steve Dublanica, read by Dan John Miller
2008 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 12 mins | 223.44MB

According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server’s unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he’s really thrived.

What the Dormouse Said [EPUB]

What the Dormouse Said [EPUB]
What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books by Amy Gash
2004 | EPUB | 5.22MB

Remember when you thought you could fly? When a hike through the backyard was a big adventure and a bedtime story could conquer your fear of the dark? Well, you're never too old to rediscover the simple pleasures and lessons of childhood--and sometimes it just takes a Peter Pan or a Pooh Bear to point the way.

What the Dormouse Said is the first book to bring together worldly wisdom from more than two hundred best-loved children's books: What does the Little Prince know about searching for beauty? What can Madeline teach us about being brave? And what is Harry Potter's prescription for living well? From such classics as Charlotte's Web and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, here are lessons about lofty matters, like love and faith, and practical matters, like table manners and family woes. These inspirational and witty quotations, from Aesop to Dr. Seuss, from Mark Twain to Judy Blume, remind us not to lose sight of the values we learned as kids--to be courageous, to do good deeds, to respect our imaginations and maybe even to break a few rules once in a while.

Back to Basics, 3rd Edition [MOBI]

Back to Basics, 3rd Edition [MOBI]
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, 3rd Edition edited by Abigail R Gehring
2008 | MOBI | 36.61MB

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.

More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

The Seed Underground [EPUB]

The Seed Underground [EPUB]
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray
2012 | EPUB | 513.68KB

There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings.

At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options- including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed.

The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.

Eat Drink Vote [EPUB]

Eat Drink Vote [EPUB]
Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle
2013 | EPUB | 13.1MB

What’s wrong with the US food system? Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity? Who decides our food issues, and why can’t we do better with labeling, safety, or school food? These are complex questions that are hard to answer in an engaging way for a broad audience. But everybody eats, and food politics affects us all.

Marion Nestle, whom Michael Pollan ranked as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama) in Forbes, has always used cartoons in her public presentations to communicate how politics—shaped by government, corporate marketing, economics, and geography—influences food choice. Cartoons do more than entertain; the best get right to the core of complicated concepts and powerfully convey what might otherwise take pages to explain.

In Eat, Drink, Vote, Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present more than 250 of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity. Using the cartoons as illustration and commentary, she engagingly summarizes some of today’s most pressing issues in food politics. While encouraging readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets, this book insists that it’s also necessary to vote with votes to make it easier for everyone to make healthier dietary choices.

Naked City [EPUB]

Naked City [EPUB]
Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places by Sharon Zukin
2009 | EPUB | 3.48MB

As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, small boutiques, upscale food markets, neighborhood old-timers, funky ethnic restaurants, and old, family-owned shops. These signify a place's authenticity, in contrast to the bland standardization of the suburbs and exurbs.

But as Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the rapid and pervasive demand for authenticity--evident in escalating real estate prices, expensive stores, and closely monitored urban streetscapes--has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Zukin traces this economic and social evolution in six archetypal New York areas--Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village, Union Square, Red Hook, and the city's community gardens--and travels to both the city's first IKEA store and the World Trade Center site. She shows that for followers of Jane Jacobs, this transformation is a perversion of what was supposed to happen.

Indeed, Naked City is a sobering update of Jacobs' legendary 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Like Jacobs, Zukin looks at what gives neighborhoods a sense of place, but argues that over time, the emphasis on neighborhood distinctiveness has become a tool of economic elites to drive up real estate values and effectively force out the neighborhood "characters" that Jacobs so evocatively idealized.

Design for an Empathic World [PDF]

Design for an Empathic World [PDF]
Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self by Sim Van der Ryn
2013 | PDF | 4.72MB

Despite an uncertain economy, the market for green building is exploding. The US green building market has expanded dramatically since 2008 and is projected to double in size by 2015 (from $42 billion in construction starts to $135 billion). But green-building pioneer Sim Van der Ryn says, “greening” our buildings is not enough. He advocates for “empathic design”, in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for ones self. It is not just one of these connections, but all three that are necessary to design for a future that is more humane, equitable, and resilient.

Sim’s lifelong focus has been in shifting the paradigm in architecture and design. Instead of thinking about design primarily in relation to the infrastructure we live in and with—everything from buildings to wireless routing—he advocates for a focus on the people who use and are affected by this infrastructure. Basic design must include a real understanding of human ecology or end-user preferences. Understanding ones motivations and spirituality, Sim believes, is critical to designing with empathy for natural and human communities.

In Design for an Empathic World Van der Ryn shares his thoughts and experience about the design of our world today. With a focus on the strengths and weaknesses in our approach to the design of our communities, regions, and buildings he looks at promising trends and projects that demonstrate how we can help create a better world for others and ourselves. Architects, urban designers, and students of architecture will all enjoy this beautifully illustrated book drawing on a rich and revered career of a noted leader in their field. The journey described in Design for an Empathic World will help to inspire change and foster the collaboration and thoughtfulness necessary to achieve a more empathic future.

The Nature of Urban Design [PDF]

The Nature of Urban Design [PDF]
The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience by Alexandros Washburn
2013 | PDF | 36.51MB

The best cities become an ingrained part of their residents’ identities. Urban design is the key to this process, but all too often, citizens abandon it to professionals, unable to see a way to express what they love and value in their own neighborhoods. In this visually rich book, Alexandros Washburn, Chief Urban Designer of the New York Department of City Planning, redefines urban design. His book empowers urbanites and lays the foundations for a new approach to design that will help cities to prosper in an uncertain future. He asks his readers to consider how cities shape communities, for it is the strength of our communities, he argues, that will determine how we respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, whose floodwaters he watched from his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Washburn draws heavily on his experience within the New York City planning system while highlighting forward-thinking developments in cities around the world. He grounds his book in the realities of political and financial challenges that hasten or hinder even the most beautiful designs. By discussing projects like the High Line and the Harlem Children’s Zone as well as examples from Seoul to Singapore, he explores the nuances of the urban design process while emphasizing the importance of individuals with the drive to make a difference in their city.

Throughout the book, Washburn shows how a well-designed city can be the most efficient, equitable, safe, and enriching place on earth. The Nature of Urban Design provides a framework for participating in the process of change and will inspire and inform anyone who cares about cities.

Urban Street Design Guide [PDF]

Urban Street Design Guide [PDF]
Urban Street Design Guide
2013 | PDF | 24.46MB

The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide shows how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented to prioritize safe driving and transit, biking, walking, and public activity. Unlike older, more conservative engineering manuals, this design guide emphasizes the core principle that urban streets are public places and have a larger role to play in communities than solely being conduits for traffic.

The well-illustrated guide offers blueprints of street design from multiple perspectives, from the bird’s eye view to granular details. Case studies from around the country clearly show how to implement best practices, as well as provide guidance for customizing design applications to a city’s unique needs. Urban Street Design Guide outlines five goals and tenets of world-class street design:

  • Streets are public spaces. Streets play a much larger role in the public life of cities and communities than just thoroughfares for traffic.
  • Great streets are great for business. Well-designed streets generate higher revenues for businesses and higher values for homeowners.
  • Design for safety. Traffic engineers can and should design streets where people walking, parking, shopping, bicycling, working, and driving can cross paths safely.
  • Streets can be changed. Transportation engineers can work flexibly within the building envelope of a street. Many city streets were created in a different era and need to be reconfigured to meet new needs.
  • Act now! Implement projects quickly using temporary materials to help inform public decision making.

Elaborating on these fundamental principles, the guide offers substantive direction for cities seeking to improve street design to create more inclusive, multi-modal urban environments. It is an exceptional resource for redesigning streets to serve the needs of 21st century cities, whose residents and visitors demand a variety of transportation options, safer streets, and vibrant community life.

A Celebration of Sex After 50 [EPUB]

A Celebration of Sex After 50 [EPUB]
A Celebration of Sex After 50 by Douglas E Rosenau, James K Childerston
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.44/0.72MB

A Celebration of Sex After 50 answers specific, often unasked questions about sexual topics, presents detailed techniques and behavioral skills for deepening sexual pleasure and intimate companionship, and addresses other issues facing older couples including:

  • the normal effects of aging
  • common medical problems and solutions
  • erectile function and the use of Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis
  • the effects of other drugs on sexuality
  • postmenopause and estrogen replacement
  • prostate disorders
  • minimizing the impact of various diseases on sexual function
  • overcoming roadblocks to intimacy
  • reviving and sustaining sexual desire
  • physical and emotional sexual fitness
  • finding help

50 Shades of Kink [EPUB]

50 Shades of Kink [EPUB]
50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to BDSM by Tristan Taormino
2012 | EPUB | 273.59KB

Tristan Taormino can tell you everything you want to know about the world of kink, and more! Operating on the pleasure principle 50 Shades of Kink is a truly helpful how-to that is a perfect beginner's guide into the realm of kinky sex and can also serve as a wonderful refresher course. Whether you want to get up close and personal with blindfolds, crops and paddles or just looking for some inspiration to keep your love life fresh, 50 Shades of Kink is just the book for you and your lover(s).

  • techniques and creative ideas for bondage, spanking, flogging, sensation play, rough sex and more
  • lessons on how to eroticize power, cultivate deeper connections and incorporate kink into your sex life
  • role-playing fantasies from the popular to the taboo

Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life [EPUB]

Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life [EPUB]
Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life by Chris Powell
2013 | EPUB | 15.41MB

Transform Your Body, Transform Your Life!

Each season, millions of viewers tune in to see Chris Powell lead extraordinary transformations on ABC's breakout hit reality-transformation show, Extreme Weight Loss. Now, building on the basic weight-loss philosophy introduced in his bestselling book Choose to Lose, Chris has created a transformation plan anyone can follow--one that recognizes that no weight-loss journey is the same, and that more options mean longer-lasting results.

At the center of Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life is Chris's carb-cycling plan, which kicks your metabolism into full gear by alternating between low- and high-carb days. Never carb-cycled before? No problem. Powell provides all the information you need to get started and see immediate results. Been carb-cycling but need to shake things up? This book provides four different cycles--Easy, Classic, Turbo, and Fit--to help you find a plan that fits you.

Chris also understands that weight loss plateaus when we get bored. So in this book, he focuses on choices--including more than twenty new workouts called Nine-Minute Missions--that pack maximum results into minimal time. He also offers more delicious and easy recipes to keep you eating well, more tracking logs to keep you motivated, and more success stories to inspire you as you write your own--one that lasts for the rest of your life!

"If you want results--if you want to lose that weight and transform your life¯you need to stop thinking about it and get going! You hold in your hand the map to an incredible path to success, and I'll be right beside you 100 percent, cheering you all the way to your finish line. You're choosing to make a healthy change, and I'm choosing you. It's going to be a wonderful journey for both of us!"

  • Shape Your Body in Just Nine Minutes Each Day
  • Find a Carb Cycle That's Made for You
  • Build in Cheat Days to Enjoy Foods You Love
  • Eat Carbs to Lose Weight
  • Transform Your Body, One Success at a Time

Making the Cut [EPUB]

Making the Cut [EPUB]
Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You by Jillian Michaels
2008 | EPUB | 6.92MB

Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds that stand between looking perfectly okay and looking knock-their-eyes-out great? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see for yourself what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had in your life? Then you need this book.

Making the Cut is a unique, intense thirty-day program from TV’s toughest fitness guru, Jillian Michaels. It has one purpose: to maximize your diet and fitness potential so you’ll get dramatic results at an accelerated pace. The program trains you in three essential ways—mentally, nutritionally, and physically. Making the Cut enables you to:

  • identify your unique body type and metabolic makeup (are you a fast, slow, or balanced oxidizer?) and customize a diet plan that is perfect for you
  • learn mental techniques that greatly enhance your self-confidence and sharpen your focus on success
  • develop your strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance to levels that exceed anything you ever previously attained—or would have thought possible

Making the Cut takes you further faster than any other fitness program. Ever wonder what secret techniques models and celebrities learn from their high-priced personal trainers when they need to look their absolute best for a shoot or a scene? Jillian shares invaluable info about “peaking”—temporary short cuts you can employ when you have just a few days to get ready for your close-up. And she gets you hip to safe but effective supplements (break out the white willow bark and green tea extract) and tells you how to shed the last drops of excess water weight to put the ultimate finishing touch on the new you.

Other plans get you in shape; this one delivers ripped-up perfection. You supply the commitment and determination . . . Jillian Michaels supplies the astonishing results.

A Victorian Flower Dictionary [EPUB]

A Victorian Flower Dictionary [EPUB]
A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby
2011 | EPUB | 5.22MB

“A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it.”

Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection. Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation. With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.

The Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana [EPUB]

The Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana [EPUB]
The Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana: Everything You Need to Start Growing Weed at Home by Lloyd Johnson
2014 | EPUB | 3.26MB

Advice for growing cannabis at home!

Cannabis can be a tricky plant to cultivate, but The Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana makes it easy by guiding you through each stage of development to ensure that you always build a thriving garden. Inside, you'll find everything you need to know about growing and harvesting marijuana, from choosing the right herb strain to establishing the perfect soil conditions, light, and temperature for your plants. Featuring illustrations that depict the cannabis's anatomy, you'll also discover the differences among various types of plants, how to tell a male marijuana plant from a female, and what it looks like when it's ready to be harvested. Complete with quick "Money Smart" tips and "Keep It Simple" sections, this one-stop resource shows you how to get the most out of your money and time when you're nurturing your first crop.

Filled with plenty of techniques for small-space and container gardening, The Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana will help you master the art of growing cannabis--no matter how small your space or budget!

Fearless Color Gardens [EPUB]

Fearless Color Gardens [EPUB]
Fearless Color Gardens: The Creative Gardener's Guide to Jumping Off the Color Wheel by Keeyla Meadows
2009 | EPUB | 25.83MB

Renowned garden artist Keeyla Meadows sees the world in strong, saturated shades. Fearless Color Gardens brings this unique vision to life by showing how to use wild, uninhibited color to connect indoor and outdoor spaces and turn a garden into a work of art. Learn how to pick colors that work together; how to coordinate the colors of walls, benches, containers, and garden art; how to organize garden spaces through the use of color; and how to translate personal color preferences into tangible form in the garden.

Fearless Color Gardens also features a new way of looking at color with "Keeyla's Color Triangle"; easy-to use tips on growing edibles in color themed gardens; and Keeyla's favorite plants for specific colors.

In the end, readers will want to reinvent the staid rules of the color wheel and turn their color preferences into intoxicatingly vibrant garden expressions.

Armitage's Garden Annuals [PDF]

Armitage's Garden Annuals [PDF]
Armitage's Garden Annuals: A Color Encyclopedia
2004 | PDF | 115.82MB

Horticulturists, students, and dedicated home gardeners will be familiar with Armitage's authority on this topic from his more technical Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. That volume was singled out as a winner of the Choice Academic Book Award, the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and the Garden Writers of America Golden Globe Award.

While this new offering is a perfect pictorial companion to the Manual, it also stands alone with its personal commentary and inspiring advice on the most interesting, important, or overlooked plants. Armitage selects proven specimens from nearly 200 genera of plants and evaluates their garden-worthiness and sheer beauty.

With humor, authority, and a wealth of practical experience, Armitage offers invaluable insights into those plants that truly earn their keep---and a few that do not! He has illustrated the entries with more than 1300 stunning color photos, rounded out by more than two dozen helpful lists of plants suitable for particular situations or uses, including plants for cool-summer areas, plants for dry situations, edible plants, container plants, shade plants, vines, and flowers for cutting.

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking [EPUB]

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking [EPUB]
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers by Gianaclis Caldwell
2013 | EPUB | 11.41MB

The key to becoming a successful artisan cheesemaker is to develop the intuition essential for problem solving and developing unique styles of cheeses. There are an increasing number of books on the market about making cheese, but none approaches the intricacies of cheesemaking science alongside considerations for preparing each type of cheese variety in as much detail as Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking.

Indeed, this book fills a big hole in the market. Beginner guides leave you wanting more content and explanation of process, while recipe-based cookbooks often fail to dig deeper into the science, and therefore don’t allow for a truly intuitive cheesemaker to develop. Acclaimed cheesemaker Gianaclis Caldwell has written the book she wishes existed when she was starting out. Every serious home-scale artisan cheesemaker—even those just beginning to experiment—will want this book as their bible to take them from their first quick mozzarella to a French mimolette, and ultimately to designing their own unique cheeses.

This comprehensive and user-friendly guide thoroughly explains the art and science that allow milk to be transformed into epicurean masterpieces. Caldwell offers a deep look at the history, science, culture, and art of making artisan cheese on a small scale, and includes detailed information on equipment and setting up a home-scale operation. A large part of the book includes extensive process-based recipes dictating not only the hard numbers, but also the concepts behind each style of cheese and everything you want to know about affinage (aging) and using oils, brushes, waxes, infusions, and other creative aging and flavoring techniques. Also included are beautiful photographs, profiles of other cheesemakers, and in-depth appendices for quick reference in the preparation and aging room. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking will also prove an invaluable resource for those with, or thinking of starting, a small-scale creamery.

Let Gianaclis Caldwell be your mentor, guide, and cheering section as you follow the pathway to a mastery of cheesemaking. For the avid home hobbyist to the serious commercial artisan, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is an irreplaceable resource.

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese [EPUB]

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese [EPUB]
Di Bruno Bros House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington
2013 | EPUB | 3.13MB

Peek behind Philadelphia’s largest and oldest cheese counter for a lively guide to pairing cheese with everything from beer and cocktails to olives and charcuterie. The store’s resident cheese blogger, Madame Fromage, brings to life 170 of the world’s greatest artisan cheeses, drawing on stories and knowledge from the store’s third-generation owners.

The book offers 30 recipes, from Cheddar Ale Soup to Rogue River Sushi, along with a dairy lexicon, notes on how to taste cheese, and a variety of themed boards: a Fireside Party, an All-Goat Blow-Out, and a selection of Desk Bento. Beautiful four-color photographs serve to put names with wheels and wedges of cheese.

The Modern Art of Dying [EPUB]

The Modern Art of Dying [EPUB]
The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States by Shai J Lavi
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.92/1.17MB

How we die reveals much about how we live. In this provocative book, Shai Lavi traces the history of euthanasia in the United States to show how changing attitudes toward death reflect new and troubling ways of experiencing pain, hope, and freedom.

Lavi begins with the historical meaning of euthanasia as signifying an "easeful death." Over time, he shows, the term came to mean a death blessed by the grace of God, and later, medical hastening of death. Lavi illustrates these changes with compelling accounts of changes at the deathbed. He takes us from early nineteenth-century deathbeds governed by religion through the medicalization of death with the physician presiding over the deathbed, to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.

Unlike previous books, which have focused on law and technique as explanations for the rise of euthanasia, this book asks why law and technique have come to play such a central role in the way we die. What is at stake in the modern way of dying is not human progress, but rather a fundamental change in the way we experience life in the face of death, Lavi argues. In attempting to gain control over death, he maintains, we may unintentionally have ceded control to policy makers and bio-scientific enterprises.

My Age of Anxiety [EPUB]

My Age of Anxiety [EPUB]
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel
2014 | EPUB | 2.11MB

A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition

As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood.

Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James, and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes, to the latest research by neuroscientists and geneticists. Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as on the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion’s myriad manifestations and the anguish anxiety produces but also the countless psychotherapies, medications, and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety’s human toll—its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyze—while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it.

My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

Brainstorm [Audiobook]

Brainstorm [Audiobook]
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain [Audiobook] by Daniel J Siegel, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 48 mins | 148.73MB

Between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, the brain changes in important and, at times, challenging ways. In Brainstorm, the renowned psychiatrist and bestselling author of The Whole-Brain Child and Mindsight, Daniel Siegel busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence—for example, that it is merely a stage of “immaturity” filled with often “crazy” behavior—to reveal how it is in fact a vital time in our lives in terms of charting the course for the adults we ultimately become. According to Siegel, during adolescence we learn important skills, such as how to leave home and enter the larger world, how to connect deeply with others, and how to safely experiment and take risks, thereby creating strategies for dealing with the world’s increasingly complex problems.

Siegel presents listeners with an inside-out approach to focusing on how brain development affects our behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Siegel offers teens and parents a road map for understanding the adolescent mind that will help families not just survive but also thrive through the “teenage years” and beyond.

The Road Less Traveled [EPUB]

The Road Less Traveled [EPUB]
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M Scott Peck
2012 | EPUB | 2.04MB

Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than The Road Less Traveled. With sales of more than 7 million copies in the United States and Canada, and translation into more than 23 languages, it has made publishing history, with more than 10 years on The New York Times bestseller list.

Now, with a new introduction by the author, written especially for this 25th anniversary deluxe hardcover edition of the all-time national bestseller in its field, M. Scott Peck explains the ideas that shaped this book and that continue to influence an ever-growing audience of readers.

Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to enable us to explore the nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us determine how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self.

Recognizing that -- in the famous opening line of his book -- "Life is difficult" and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather gently guides them through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.

Combining profound psychological insight and deep spirituality, this one-of-a-kind hardcover anniversary edition is a book to treasure and turn to again and again for inspiration and understanding. As Phyllis Theroux wrote in The Washington Post when the original edition of The Road Less Traveled was first published, "It is not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity."

Quantum Theory by David Bohm [EPUB]

Quantum Theory by David Bohm [EPUB]
Quantum Theory by David Bohm
1989 | EPUB | 24.7MB

This advanced undergraduate-level text provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts outside classical theory. A broad range of specific applications follows, worked out in considerable mathematical detail. Also included: an examination of the relationship between quantum and classical concepts.

The Life and Death of Stars [PDF]

The Life and Death of Stars [PDF]
The Life and Death of Stars by Kenneth R. Lang
2013 | PDF | 14.8MB

In this well-illustrated text, Kenneth R. Lang explains the life cycle of stars, from the dense molecular clouds that are stellar nurseries to the enigmatic nebulae some stars leave behind in their violent ends. Free of mathematical equations and technical jargon, Lang's lively and accessible text provides physical insights into how stars such as our Sun are born, what fuels them and keeps them bright, how they evolve, and the processes by which they eventually die.

The book demonstrates the sheer scope and variety of stellar phenomena in the context of the universe as a whole. Boxed focus elements enhance and amplify the discussion for readers looking for more depth. Featuring more than 150 figures, including color plates, The Life and Death of Stars is a modern and up-to-date account of stars written for a broad audience, from armchair astronomers and popular science readers to students and teachers of science.

Nature's Chaos [EPUB]

Nature's Chaos [EPUB]
Nature's Chaos by Eliot Porter, James Gleick
2001 | EPUB | 8.62MB

The essence of the earth's beauty lies in chaos, in the disorder of grasses strewn in a meadow, the blotching of green lichen on a tree trunk. Eliot Porter's photographs of the natural world, spanning thirty-five years and five continents-from an Antarctic ice floe to an American desert to an Icelandic lava field-reveal in mesmerizing ways what scientists are beginning to see for themselves: the patterns, relations, and inter-actions present in nature's disorder and wildness.

This is the perfect marriage of image and text-brilliant full-color photographs by the preeminent nature photographer of his generation together with an illuminating essay by the widely praised author of Chaos.

Chaos: Making a New Science [EPUB]

Chaos: Making a New Science [EPUB]
Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
2011 | EPUB | 5.36MB

The blockbuster modern science classic that introduced the butterfly effect to the world—even more relevant two decades after it became an international sensation.

For centuries, scientific thought was focused on bringing order to the natural world. But even as relativity and quantum mechanics undermined that rigid certainty in the first half of the twentieth century, the scientific community clung to the idea that any system, no matter how complex, could be reduced to a simple pattern. In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers began to take that notion apart, placing new importance on the tiny experimental irregularities that scientists had long learned to ignore. Miniscule differences in data, they said, would eventually produce massive ones—and complex systems like the weather, economics, and human behavior suddenly became clearer and more beautiful than they had ever been before.

In this seminal work of scientific writing, James Gleick lays out a cutting edge field of science with enough grace and precision that any reader will be able to grasp the science behind the beautiful complexity of the world around us.

Drawn from Paradise [EPUB]

Drawn from Paradise [EPUB]
Drawn from Paradise: The Natural History, Art and Discovery of the Birds of Paradise with Rare Archival Art by David Attenborough, Errol Fuller
2012 | EPUB | 20.62MB

Originally perceived and idolized by the natives of New Guinea and discovered by Europeans in the sixteenth century, birds of paradise have long enchanted observers with their extraordinary beauty.

In Drawn from Paradise, world renowned BBC broadcaster David Attenborough and artist and author Errol Fuller share their passion for these breathtaking creatures, offering bird lovers and nature aficionados an enthralling collection of interesting facts and stunningly beautiful, very rare hand-painted images of some of the most exotic winged creatures in the world.

Bear Portraits [EPUB]

Bear Portraits [EPUB]
Bear Portraits by Jill Greenberg
2009 | EPUB | 14.11MB

A top celebrity portrait photographer, Jill Greenberg has a unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her subjects - whether human or animal. Her portraits of bears, collected here for the first time, surprise and engage. We encounter cubs as cute as a child's Teddy, grizzlies that look like they might swallow you whole, and Polar bears seated in Sphinx-like tranquility. Full-grown brown bears, grizzlies, black bears, Polar bears, and bear cubs are photographed on location against a portrait backdrop. The poses and facial expressions are at turns oddly comedic, pensive, terrifying, and sometimes unexpectedly human. Alive with Greenberg's signature lighting and seen through the unique perspective of her lens, these startling bear portraits bring us face to face with our fears and fantasies.

Tropical Nature [EPUB]

Tropical Nature [EPUB]
Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
1995 | EPUB | 4.46MB

Seventeen marvelous essays introducing the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.

A lively, lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its seventeen marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest. Includes a lengthy appendix of practical advice for the tropical traveler.

Couture Hats [EPUB]

Couture Hats [EPUB]
Couture Hats: From the Outrageous to the Refined by Louis Bou
2013 | EPUB | 118.72MB

Since the recent royal wedding, couture hats and headpieces are gaining more attention than ever before. Featured on guests from Victoria Beckham to Sarah Ferguson’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, whimsical and sculptural hats are now splashed across the pages of fashion magazines, advertisements, and blogs. The trademark accessory of fashion muse Isabella Blow, couture hats were among the most talked about elements of the recent Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, and a Stephen Jones Couture Hats exhibition is running at Bard from September 2011 to April 2012.

Couture Hats, a luscious gallery of modern fashion designs, will be unlike anything else on the market, artfully showcasing the most innovative work of master milliners around the world, including the likes of Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Anthony Peto, and Nasir Mazhar, designers who have all constructed numerous hats and headpieces for members and guests of the royal family, as well as celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Daphne Guinness.

Already endorsed by the creative director of Givenchy, each chapter of Couture Hats is devoted to a particular designer or design house, providing biographical information, professional philosophies, trade secrets, and intimate interviews. With hundreds of full-page, full-color photographs, these gorgeous modern hats include gravity-defying sculptural shapes to delight and inspire refined women, modern fashionistas, designers, students, aspiring milliners, and costume lovers. Even for those without the gall to wear such daring pieces, these hats will fascinate all creative minds.

Among the designers included are:

  • Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen
  • Philip Treacy
  • Stephen Jones
  • Noel Stewart
  • House of Flora
  • Heather Huey
  • Tour de Force
  • Àngel Coll
  • Manuel Albarran
  • Claudia Schulz
  • Edwina Ibbotson
  • Tolentino Haute Hats
  • Charlie Le Mindu
  • Simon Ekrelius
  • Piers Atkinson
  • Emma Yeo
  • William Chambers
  • Ellen Christine
  • Anya Caliendo
  • Dinu Bodiciu
  • Gustavo Adolfo Tari
  • Irene Bussemaker
  • Dayna Pinkham

The Dirty Side of Glamour [EPUB]

The Dirty Side of Glamour [EPUB]
The Dirty Side of Glamour by Tyler Shields
2013 | EPUB | 11.72MB

With more than 130 raw and revolutionary photographs, The Dirty Side of Glamour showcases Tyler Shields’s unrestrained creative spirit and offers a visual commentary on fame, excess, youth, the trappings of celebrity, and the power of letting go.

The Foundations of Better Woodworking [EPUB]

The Foundations of Better Woodworking [EPUB]
The Foundations of Better Woodworking: How to use your body, tools and materials to do your best work by Jeff Miller
2012 | EPUB | 13.91MB

Woodworking with Mind, Body, and Senses

What's the secret to producing beautiful furniture that you and your family will treasure for generations? It starts with the fundamentals--those essential, yet often overlooked principles upon which all of your skills should be based.

In The Foundations of Better Woodworking, craftsman, teacher and noted woodworking author Jeff Miller clearly lays out these basic concepts, helping you understand:

  • How proper body position and mechanics improve your ability to cut precise joins, as well as add efficiency and safety.
  • Just what it means to cut a line.
  • How the wood works, so you can avoid such problems as tear out, splitting and warping--whether you use hand tools, machinery or both.
  • How woodworking tools actually cut and work, so you learn to use them more easily, effectively and accurately.

Follow the advice in this book and you'll build the foundation for making significant advances as a woodworker. Your time in the shop will be more rewarding, and your results more satisfying.

Why Diets Fail [EPUB]

Why Diets Fail [EPUB]
Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy by Nicole M Avena, John R Talbott
2013 | EPUB | 3.38MB

This revolutionary eating plan reveals definitive proof that sugar is addictive, and presents the first science-based program to cut out the sugar, stop the cravings that cause most diets to eventually fail, and lose weight--permanently.

If you’re like most people, you’ve tried a few (or maybe many) different diets without success. The truth is, most diets work for a while, but there’s usually a point at which the dietary restrictions become too difficult to maintain. Why? Because whether you’re following a low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, or even an all-liquid green juice diet, the addictive nature of sugar causes cravings to take over and sabotage your diet-of-the-moment.

In Why Diets Fail, Dr. Nicole M. Avena and John R. Talbott reveal definitive proof that sugar is addictive and present the first science-based program to stop the cravings and lose weight—permanently. A neuroscientist and food addiction expert, Dr. Avena has conducted groundbreaking research showing that sugar triggers the same responses in the brain as addictive drugs like cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol. And like those other substances, the more sugar you eat, the more you need to get the same pleasurable feelings. (No wonder your last diet didn’t stick.)

Avena and Talbott’s eight-step plan walks you through the process of going sugar-free and surviving the make-or-break withdrawal period—those first few weeks when your body feels the absence of its favorite sweetener most acutely. An easy-to-use Sugar Equivalency Table developed by Talbott lists the amount of sugar in hundreds of common foods so you know precisely what to eat and what to avoid. And when it comes to what you can eat, you have a lot to choose from. In fact, you’ll probably eat more on this diet than you normally do—while continuing to lose weight.

This science-based program is the diet to end all diets. It will help you break the yo-yo dieting cycle, end those maddening sugar cravings, and develop a new longing for the good food that will keep you fit, healthy, and happy.

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants [EPUB]

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants [EPUB]
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by Steve Brill, Evelyn Dean
2010 | EPUB | 32.95MB

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health, including such common plants as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and you have a tasty dish rich in iron), cattail (cooked stalks taste similar to corn and are rich in protein), and wild apricots (an infusion made with the leaves is good for stomach aches and disgestive disorders).

More than 260 detailed line drawings help readers identify a wide range of plants -- many of which are suited for cooking by following the more than thirty recipes included in this book. There are literally hundreds of plants readily available underfoot waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. This book is both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us.

The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook [EPUB]

The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook [EPUB]
The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic "Uncheese" Dishes by Jo Stepaniak
2003 | EPUB | 0.98MB

This is the perfect cookbook for those who need or want to eliminate dairy products but still enjoy their favorite dishes. This tenth anniversary edition offers completely new versions of the acclaimed, original recipes plus many new ones. You'll discover a whole new world of flavorful, cheesy-tasting dishes without the cholesterol and dairy allergies that can be harmful to your health. Whether for family dining or elegant entertaining, you'll find recipes that will suit the occasion.

Renown nutritionist and dietitian, Vesanto Melina, brings you up-to-date on the latest research about dairy and your health. Tables and charts show calcium, protein, and other nutrients in a variety of plant foods to help you safely replace dairy in your diet. And this new edition contains designations for each recipe to indicate whether it is gluten, soy, nut, yeast, and/or corn free for people who are sensitive to a wide range of food allergens.

The Gift of Southern Cooking [EPUB]

The Gift of Southern Cooking [EPUB]
The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks by Edna Lewis, Scott Peacock
2003 | EPUB | 4.74MB

Edna Lewis--whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic--and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock pool their unusual cooking talents to give us this unique cookbook. What makes it so special is that it represents different styles of Southern cooking--Miss Lewis’s Virginia country cooking and Scott Peacock’s inventive and sensitive blending of new tastes with the Alabama foods he grew up on, liberally seasoned with Native American, Caribbean, and African influences. Together they have taken neglected traditional recipes unearthed in their years of research together on Southern food and worked out new versions that they have made their own.

Every page of this beguiling book bears the unmistakable mark of being written by real hands-on cooks. Scott Peacock has the gift for translating the love and respect they share for good home cooking with such care and precision that you know, even if you’ve never tried them before, that the Skillet Cornbread will turn out perfect, the Crab Cakes will be “Honestly Good,” and the four-tiered Lane Cake something spectacular.

Together they share their secrets for such Southern basics as pan-fried chicken (soak in brine first, then buttermilk, before frying in good pork fat), creamy grits (cook slowly in milk), and genuine Southern biscuits, which depend on using soft flour, homemade baking powder, and fine, fresh lard (and on not twisting the biscuit cutter when you stamp out the dough). Scott Peacock describes how Miss Lewis makes soup by coaxing the essence of flavor from vegetables (the She-Crab and Turtle soups taste so rich they can be served in small portions in demitasse cups), and he applies the same principle to his intensely flavored, scrumptious dish of Garlic Braised Shoulder Lamb Chops with Butter Beans and Tomatoes. You’ll find all these treasures and more before you even get to the superb cakes (potential “Cakewalk Winners” all), the hand-cranked ice creams, the flaky pies, and homey custards and puddings.

Interwoven throughout the book are warm memories of the people and the traditions that shaped these pure-tasting, genuinely American recipes. Above all, the Southern table stands for hospitality, and the authors demonstrate that the way everything is put together--with the condiments and relishes and preserves and wealth of vegetables all spread out on the table--is what makes the meal uniquely Southern. Every occasion is celebrated, and at the back of the book there are twenty-two seasonal menus, from A Spring Country Breakfast for a Late Sunday Morning and A Summer Dinner of Big Flavors to An Alabama Thanksgiving and A Hearty Dinner for a Cold Winter Night, to show you how to mix and match dishes for a true Southern table.

Here, then, is a joyful coming together of two extraordinary cooks, sharing their gifts. And they invite you to join them.

Fifty Shades of Bacon [EPUB]

Fifty Shades of Bacon [EPUB]
Fifty Shades of Bacon by Benjamin Myhre, Jenna Johnson
2012 | EPUB | 681.18KB

Fifty Shades of Bacon is an erotic cookbook that delves into the full bacon experience. Ok, it is not erotic at all, but it is a tongue in cheek delivery of some great bacon recipes. Everything from basic bacon bits to bacon ice cream to bacon au gratin and alfredo. If you are into bacon, want an interesting conversation piece or are looking for a present for the meat lover in your life, this title is for you. This is a softcover book that has 62 pages and 50 recipes.

Home Baked Bread [EPUB]

Home Baked Bread [EPUB]
Home Baked Bread: Recipes Beyond the Basic Loaf by Jason Daly
2013 | EPUB | 2.0MB

Home baked bread: Recipes beyond the basic Loaf continues on from where "Use your Loaf: How to bake bread at home and get perfect" results left off.

This beautifully illustrated book contains over 40 recipes for breads from all over the world, from Anadama bread through to Zwieback.

The book contains recipes for sweet breads such as doughnuts and chelsea buns as well as batter breads such as crumpets.

There are also recipes for flatbreads such as tortillas and naan bread for the Mexican and Indian food lovers.

All the recipes come with imperial and metric measurements for ease of use.

All in all a fantastic and varied selection of recipes to take your baking to the next level.

Use Your Loaf, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Use Your Loaf, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Use Your Loaf: How to Bake Bread at Home and Get Perfect Results, 2nd Edition by Jason Daly
2014 | EPUB | 902.38KB

Bread - nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your home, then going downstairs and cutting a slice still warm from the oven and covering in butter! Delicious.

Have you ever wanted to bake bread but just didn’t know where to start? Did you think that it was too difficult?

Well think again because if you’ve ever wanted a fool proof way to bake bread, then this book has it. Bread making is not difficult if you follow a few basic steps and you will also know that your bread is better for you as it doesn’t have all the additives pumped into it that most supermarket breads have. And it is cheaper too – roughly half the cost of “in-store bakery” loaves which is only a good thing in this tough economic climate.

WARNING! This book can turn you into an accomplished baker in next to no time and you will be producing beautiful and varied loaves that will make your friends and neighbours jealous!

This book discusses the four main ingredients in baking (flour, yeast, salt and water) and then explains the science behind bread baking because if you know what’s going on, you will only get better at it and get great results EVERY time.

Kneading, arguably the most important step in bread making is covered in great detail including photographs to help you visualise what is being done. In fact the entire process from weighing the ingredients to storing bread is beautifully illustrated with many photographs throughout the book.

The book includes detailed sections on:

  • Kneading (including tests to show that your dough has been kneaded sufficiently)
  • Shaping dough into a round.
  • Proving
  • Shaping your loaves/rolls etc.
  • Adding glazes
  • Baking
  • Storing bread

Recipes include:

  • Basic loaf
  • Basic sourdough
  • Bagels
  • Brioche
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Soda bread

There are handy quick reference recipe guides for the basic loaf and sourdough loaf which are easily printed out for keeping available in your kitchen.

Also included are some handy conversion charts and a very helpful troubleshooting section describing the most common problems encountered by bakers and how to correct them.

Good Eating's Seasonal Salads [EPUB]

Good Eating's Seasonal Salads [EPUB]
Good Eating's Seasonal Salads: Fresh and Creative Recipes for Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall by Chicago Tribune
2012 | EPUB | 1.14MB

Good Eating’s Seasonal Salads is a collection of 90 delicious recipes from the Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating section that are perfect as exciting side dishes or full, healthy meals. Making use of fresh in-season ingredients, this eclectic assortment of salads features flavorful options for every month of the year. Salads range in style and substance, from practical and quick to creative and gourmet, light and simple to hearty and robust, and from classic stand-bys to unique innovations.

Each recipe provides a series of healthy eating tips and is grouped into categories based on its main ingredients, including greens, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, poultry, meat, seafood, rice, grains, beans, pasta, fruit, and dressings. Especially useful is the book’s broad selection of winter salads, including delicious whole-grain salads and tips on seasonal produce. Each section is introduced by an entertaining narrative passage informing readers on topics such as the rise in popularity of Romaine lettuce and kale or the history behind the Caesar and Cobb salads. Good Eating’s Seasonal Salads also offers the culinary creations of several experienced cooks who provide their own perspectives and voice to the recipes.

Salads are versatile and healthful options for snacks or meals, lunch or dinner, summer or winter, and they let home cooks save money by creatively using leftovers in refreshing ways. Good Eating’s Seasonal Salads is ideal for novice and expert home cooks alike who are looking to prepare healthy, inexpensive, and appetizing salads using the freshest year-round ingredients.

The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook [EPUB]

The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook [EPUB]
The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: 200 Simple and Delicious Low-Carb Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Colette Heimowitz
2011 | EPUB | 7.37MB

HEALTHY NEVER TASTED SO GOOD!

The New Atkins for a New You revolutionized low-carb eating and introduced a whole new approach to the classic Atkins Diet, offering a more flexible and easier-to-maintain lifestyle. But there’s one thing people keep asking for: more Atkins-friendly recipes. And that’s what The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook delivers—it’s the first cookbook to reflect the new Atkins program, featuring 32 pages of full-color photographs and 200 original low-carb recipes that are:

  • QUICK With prep time of 30 minutes or less
  • SIMPLE Most use 10 or fewer ingredients
  • ACCESSIBLE Made primarily with ingredients found in supermarkets
  • DELICIOUS You’ll be amazed that low-carb food can be this fresh and tasty!

Atkins is more than just a diet—it’s a healthy lifestyle that focuses on weight management from Day 1, ensuring that once you take the weight off, you’ll keep it off for good. And The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook features recipes with a broad range of carb counts, providing the perfect plan for a lifetime of healthy eating. They include:

  • POULTRY, MEAT, AND SEAFOOD— more than 60 innovative ways to prepare these Atkins-friendly staples
  • VEGETARIAN ENTRÉES— such as Spinach-Mushroom Quiche, and even Mustardy Mac ’n’ Cheese and Tofu Pad Thai
  • BREAKFAST OPTIONS— go beyond scrambled eggs with low-carb versions of muffins, pancakes, scones, granola, and smoothies
  • DESSERT— more than 35 decadent, delicious, and totally Atkins-friendly treats, including Pistachio-Chocolate Truffles, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, and four different kinds of cheesecake
  • SOUPS AND STEWS— including Thai Coconut-Shrimp Soup, Tomato Bisque, and Green Chile Pork Stew
  • SALADS WITH THEIR DRESSINGS— such as Mexican Avocado Salad, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad, and Curried Quinoa with Snow Peas
  • SANDWICHES AND MORE— like Mozzarella, Kalamata, and Tomato Panini; Sautéed Onion, Black Olive, and Goat Cheese Pizza; and Chicken Teriyaki Burgers
  • APPETIZERS AND SNACKS— from Baba Ghanoush and Avocado Hummus to Summer Rolls
  • VEGETABLES AND OTHER SIDES— including more than 30 recipes for all your favorite veggies, from green beans and sweet potatoes to zucchini, plus wild rice and other satisfying grains

The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook [PDF]

The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook [PDF]
The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook: Every Recipe Is Free of Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Nuts, and Eggs by Elizabeth Gordon
2012 | PDF | 19.146MB

Since her own allergy diagnosis and the creation of her baking business, people consistently turn up their noses and ask Elizabeth Gordon: "Well then, what do you eat?" People newly diagnosed with food allergies often ask themselves the same thing. And the foods they miss most? Their childhood favorites. The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook outlines entrees, sides, and desserts that hark back to simpler times.

This book brings such time-honored foods and flavors back into the lives of those with the most common food allergies and sensitivities--those with celiac disease or lactose and/or soy intolerance, and those following a gluten-free or casein-free diet, as well as those allergic to eggs and/or nuts. Its more than 100 delicious recipes are easy enough to make any night of the week. They include: Banana Bread, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Soft Tacos, Shredded Pork Sandwiches, Risotto Primavera, Pizza, Rosemary Smashed Potatoes, Twinkies, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic [PDF]

Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic [PDF]
Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic by Anna Getty
2010 | PDF | 20.11MB

Anna Getty—chef, TV personality, heiress, and mother—loves great food made from fresh, organic, and sustainably harvested ingredients. In this fact-filled guide and cookbook, Anna explains how to shop for organic, seasonal, and local ingredients, how to keep an eco-friendly kitchen, and how to cook meals that are as scrumptious to eat as they are healthy for you and the earth.

Such delights as Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Toasts, Double Lemon Chicken Breast with Fresh Tomato Basil Salsa, and Mini-Strawberry Rhubarb Crumbles will quickly help anyone down the road to a healthier, organic lifestyle. Packed with sound advice, plenty of color photographs, and 100 fabulous recipes, Anna's kitchen is the destination of choice for the discerning home cook.

Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil [EPUB]

Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil [EPUB]
Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil by Mary Platis, Laura Bashar
2013 | EPUB | 3.63MB

How often do you come home from buying a beautiful bottle of extra virgin olive oil and wish you had more uses for it, other than a salad dressing or sautéing up a quick dish? In this book you will learn the easy cooking techniques of poaching, braising, marinating, infusing, and baking with olive oil. Our goal is to teach you a new way of cooking and to help you master fundamental skills.

Nominated for a Global Ebook Award, this cookbook is a fantastic resource for anyone who enjoys olive oil. You will find detailed descriptions, as well as recipes for vegans and meat eaters alike, including plenty of beautiful and vivid photographs. Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil is fabulous resource for cooks of all experience, from the novice to the professional.

Simply Elegant Flowers With Michael George [EPUB]

Simply Elegant Flowers With Michael George [EPUB]
Simply Elegant Flowers With Michael George by Michael George, Bob Shuman
2008 | EPUB | 17.52MB

New York's premier fashion industry florist, Michael George is known for his signature graphic, modern arrangements that are as popular in Manhattan hotels and storefronts as they are on the pages of Vogue and on the set of Good Morning America. In Simply Elegant Flowers, George shares his secrets for creating these beautiful arrangements as he guides you, season by season, through a year of flowers.

George's philosophy of living and creating with flowers is contagious, and soon you'll agree that fresh, seasonal arrangements can enhance your life every day, not just on special occasions. His compositions recreate flowers as they are in nature—which, as he reminds us, is already perfect. Typically overlooked blooms, like carnations, take on a stunning new character when arranged en masse in a perfect dome, while more exotic stems, like dendrobium orchids, are at their most elegant when allowed to stand alone in a simple vase.

Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and photographs show you how to master George's techniques for building clean, contemporary floral compositions with his trademark architectural precision. Along the way, George shares helpful insights from a lifetime of working with flowers, and his recommendations of choice blooms for every season give you the confidence you need to begin creating your own unique arrangements, regardless of your budget. Beautiful photography brings the flowers to life on every page as he shows you how simple it is to apply these basic techniques to virtually any bloom. With Simply Elegant Flowers as your guide, you'll be arranging flowers like a professional—and displaying them like a celebrity.

Simply Successful Applique [EPUB]

Simply Successful Applique [EPUB]
Simply Successful Applique: Foolproof Technique 9 Projects For Hand & Machine by Jeanne Sullivan
2012 | EPUB | 21.15MB

Award-winning applique quilting artist, Jeanne Sullivan, shows you how to create flawless appliqué in just minutes—by hand or machine. Get pinpoint accuracy more easily with this comprehensive visual guide.

Anyone can learn her stress-free methods, even if you’ve never tried appliqué. Seasoned quilters and sewers will also love these new techniques for more complex designs and for faster, easier ways to make ruching, narrow lines, reverse appliqué, Broderie Perse, and more. Plus “what you see is what you get” with Jeanne’s process…work with your fabrics and templates right side up!

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts [EPUB]

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts [EPUB]
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration
2009 | EPUB | 104.38MB

For nearly 20 years, home crafters have turned to the pages of Martha Stewart Living for all kinds of crafts projects, each presented in the magazine’s inimitable style. Now, the best of those projects, including step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs, have been collected into a single encyclopedia.

Organized by topic from A to Z, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts contains complete instructions and brief histories for more than 30 techniques, detailed descriptions of the necessary tools and materials, and easy-to-copy templates. Martha and her team of crafts editors guide readers through each subject, from botanical pressing and decoupage to rubber stamping and wreaths, with characteristic clarity and unparalleled attention to detail.

Crafters of all skill and experience levels will appreciate the many variations presented for each technique. For example, candlemaking presents a comprehensive array of poured, rolled, and cutout candles, including instructions for making your own one-of-a-kind rubber candle molds, floating candles, sand candles, and more. Each craft in the book takes on charming new dimensions with innovations that could come only from the team behind Martha Stewart Living.

In addition, each entry in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts is chock-full of tips and advice. Handy glossaries in the entries–such as a comprehensive gem glossary, a glitter glossary, and a color glossary for making tinted wax–are valuable references that crafters will refer to again and again. What’s more, the Tools and Materials section outlines the best essential supplies that every crafter needs to have on hand, and the Sources pages clue readers in to the vendors and suppliers that the magazine’s crafts editors rely on most.

Filled with solid technical know-how, and presented with gorgeous color photographs, this handy guide can be read page by page and kept as a lasting reference by crafters and artisans alike.

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts [EPUB]

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts [EPUB]
Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations
2011 | EPUB | 70.81MB

Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!

New Year’s – Valentine’s Day – Easter – Mother’s Day – Father’s Day – Fourth of July – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas

Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities, such as egg-dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming. Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive—and memorable.

Diary of a Player [EPUB]

Diary of a Player [EPUB]
Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me by Brad Paisley, David Wild
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.63/1.74MB

This book is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Focusing on what it means to play the guitar and how he found his voice through a series of guitars, the book will also share what he has learned about life along the way. Beginning with his own very personal love letter to the guitar and what the instrument has meant in his life as a way to find his voice in the world, the book then moves into a musical, but personal, diary. Brad tells the story of his own musical passion, while writing loving salutes and sharing memorable tales about all the great players in country, blues, and rock & roll who have inspired him over the years.

As he wrote in liner notes of his instrumental guitar album, Play, his first guitar was a gift from his grandpa when Brad was only eight. Brad quickly learned that no matter how he changed and evolved, the guitar was his only real constant. When life gets intense, he says, “there are some people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, cry, sleep, and so on. I play.”

Included in the book will be sidebars from a wide array of musical stars who know and love Brad. In these sidebars, this host of guitar and musical gods will share their take on Brad or stories of their favorite memories about him.

Music at the Limits [EPUB]

Music at the Limits [EPUB]
Music at the Limits by Edward W Said
2007 | EPUB | 16.14MB

Music at the Limits is the first book to bring together three decades of Edward W. Said's essays and articles on music. Addressing the work of a variety of composers, musicians, and performers, Said carefully draws out music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically trained pianist, provides rich and often surprising assessments of classical music and opera.

Music at the Limits offers both a fresh perspective on canonical pieces and a celebration of neglected works by contemporary composers. Said faults the Metropolitan Opera in New York for being too conservative and laments the way in which opera superstars like Pavarotti have "reduced opera performance to a minimum of intelligence and a maximum of overproduced noise." He also reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the worrisome trend of proliferating music festivals; an opera based on the life of Malcolm X; the relationship between music and feminism; the pianist Glenn Gould; and the works of Mozart, Bach, Richard Strauss, and others.

Said wrote his incisive critiques as both an insider and an authority. He saw music as a reflection of his ideas on literature and history and paid close attention to its composition and creative possibilities. Eloquent and surprising, Music at the Limits preserves an important dimension of Said's brilliant intellectual work and cements his reputation as one of the most influential and groundbreaking scholars of the twentieth century.

Cutting-Edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks [EPUB]

Cutting-Edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks [EPUB]
Cutting-Edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks by Kenneth Burton
2003 | EPUB | 23.12MB

Get more out of your table saw!

The table saw is the most versatile power tool in your shop. Unfortunately, many woodworkers don't realize it! Cutting-Edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks will make woodworking a lot easier no matter what your skill level.

Kenneth Burton illustrates how important and efficient your table saw can be with dozens of tricks, techniques and jigs that cover everything from crafting precision joinery to accurately cutting and fitting angles. Each technique is easy, safe and certain to save you time and money.

Get started today with any of the three bonus projects inside. You'll also find dozens of practical solutions to complex and "impossible" woodworking situations - helpful hints that make every minute in your woodshop more effective and fun.

The New Traditional Woodworker [EPUB]

The New Traditional Woodworker [EPUB]
The New Traditional Woodworker: From Tool Set to Skill Set to Mind Set by Jim Tolpin
2011 | EPUB | 7.51MB

Working Wood, Not Machining It

If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking—the use of power tools—are eliminated. In this book, you'll learn to set up a hand-tool woodworking shop, then discover the toolset, practice the skillset, and understand the mindset—effectively completing a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.