Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski [EPUB]

Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski [EPUB]
Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski
1995 | EPUB | 1.95MB

Ryszard Kapuscinski's last book, The Soccer War -a revelation of the contemporary experience of war -- prompted John le Carre to call the author "the conjurer extraordinary of modern reportage." Now, in Imperium, Kapuscinski gives us a work of equal emotional force and evocative power: a personal, brilliantly detailed exploration of the almost unfathomably complex Soviet empire in our time.

He begins with his own childhood memories of the postwar Soviet occupation of Pinsk, in what was then Poland's eastern frontier ("something dreadful and incomprehensible...in this world that I enter at seven years of age"), and takes us up to 1967, when, as a journalist just starting out, he traveled across a snow-covered and desolate Siberia, and through the Soviet Union's seven southern and Central Asian republics, territories whose individual histories, cultures, and religions he found thriving even within the "stiff, rigorous corset of Soviet power."

Between 1989 and 1991, Kapuscinski made a series of extended journeys through the disintegrating Soviet empire, and his account of these forms the heart of the book. Bypassing official institutions and itineraries, he traversed the Soviet territory alone, from the border of Poland to the site of the most infamous gulags in far-eastern Siberia (where "nature pals it up with the executioner"), from above the Arctic Circle to the edge of Afghanistan, visiting dozens of cities and towns and outposts, traveling more than 40,000 miles, venturing into the individual lives of men, women, and children in order to Understand the collapsing but still various larger life of the empire.

Bringing the book to a close is a collection of notes which, Kapuscinski writes, "arose in the margins of my journeys" -- reflections on the state of the ex-USSR and on his experience of having watched its fate unfold "on the screen of a television set...as well as on the screen of the country's ordinary, daily reality, which surrounded me during my travels." It is this "schizophrenic perception in two different dimensions" that enabled Kapuscinski to discover and illuminate the most telling features of a society in dire turmoil.

Imperium is a remarkable work from one of the most original and sharply perceptive interpreters of our world -- galvanizing narrative deeply informed by Kapuscinski's limitless curiosity and his passion for truth, and suffused with his vivid sense of the overwhelming importance of history as it is lived, and of our constantly shifting places within it.

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection [EPUB]

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection [EPUB]
The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection by Michael Ruhlman
2001 | EPUB | 605.76KB

For his first book, The Making of a Chef, hands-on journalist Michael Ruhlman attended the most prestigious cooking school in the U.S., the Culinary Institute of America. He also earned his chef's whites and began cooking professionally. Ruhlman ventures further into the secret lives of chefs with his second book, The Soul of a Chef.

This enthusiastically researched report is divided into three parts: The first concerns the Certified Master Chef exam, a brutal weeklong cooking marathon that measures the skill levels of professional chefs. The second and third parts of Ruhlman's book are devoted to the careers of two different chefs, Michael Symon of Cleveland's Lola Bistro and Thomas Keller of Napa Valley's legendary French Laundry.

The thread connecting these three tales together is Ruhlman's quest for culinary perfection: Does it exist? Is it possible? How is it even measurable? Ruhlman does indeed stumble onto the realization of his high-minded ideal, serving up a palatable conclusion for hard-core foodies equally obsessed with the perfect meal.

The Making of a Chef [EPUB]

The Making of a Chef [EPUB]
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute by Michael Ruhlman
1999 | EPUB | 427.36KB

Journalist Michael Ruhlman talked his way into the CIA: the Culinary Institute of America, the Harvard of cooking schools. His vivid and energetic record of that experience, The Making of a Chef, takes us to the heart of this food-knowledge mecca. It had something to do with potatoes a grand-uncle had eaten deacades earlier, how the man could remember them so well for so long, buried as they had been in the middle of an elegant meal. Ruhlman wanted to learn how to cook potatoes like that--like an art--and the CIA seemed the place to go. The fun part of this book is that we all get to go along for the ride without having to endure the trauma of cooking school.

Ever wonder what goes on in a busy kitchen, why your meal comes late or shows up poorly cooked? The temptation is to blame the waiter, but there are a world of cooks behind those swinging doors, and Ruhlman marches you right into it. It's a world where, when everything is going right, time halts and consciousness expands. And when a few things go wrong, the earth begins to wobble on its axis. Ruhlamn has the writerly skills to make the education of a chef a visceral experience.

Incisively reported, with an insider’s passion and attention to detail, The Making of a Chef remains the most vivid and compelling memoir of a professional culinary education on record.

Diary of a Mad Diva [EPUB]

Diary of a Mad Diva [EPUB]
Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
2014 | EPUB | 4.79MB

Anais Nin, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world’s most famous diaries. And where are they today? Dead. But the world’s OTHER great diarist, Joan Rivers, is alive and kicking. And complaining.

In the extraordinary tradition of The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor and George Orwell’s Diaries, comes an intimate and enriching glimpse into the mind of the most illuminating woman-of-letters of her generation—the provocative exploration of an age in which she has lived on and on and on and on.

Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say.

About everything. And everyone, God help them.

The result? A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.

This is the Diary of a Mad Diva. For the first time in a century, a diary by someone that’s actually worth reading.

Suggs: That Close [EPUB]

Suggs: That Close [EPUB]
That Close by Suggs
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.62/6.46MB

The amazing life of Madness frontman Suggs

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colorful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the 1980s, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells you what it's like to go globetrotting with your best friends, to sign away your entire song rights "in perpetuity," and to cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.

Spartan Up [EPUB]

Spartan Up [EPUB]
Spartan Up: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life by Joe De Sena
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 665.84/874.13KB

Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, as played out first in his own life and now for millions across trails, through mud, and up mountainsides, Spartan Race was born.

Now in Spartan Up! De Sena gives you a life strategy guide that takes you out of your comfort zone and into a combat zone. As he breaks down obstacles from his many races, detailing how each parallels real life experiences, you will learn how to:

  • conquer your greatest obstacle—your will
  • embrace your greatest friend—discipline
  • make limitations vanish and establish a new normal
  • achieve the ultimate: obstacle immunity

Other events breed sheep; Spartan Race breeds wolves. Filled with unforgettable stories of Spartan racers as well as hard-won truths learned along the course, Spartan Up! will help anyone reach their full potential—in life, business, relationships, indeed anything one sets out to do. It is the blueprint that takes you right past Go to your finish line.

Invisibles by David Zweig [EPUB]

Invisibles by David Zweig [EPUB]
Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion by David Zweig
2014 | EPUB | 512.33KB

What do fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, and structural engineers have in common? When they do their jobs poorly, the consequences can be catastrophic for their organizations. But when they do their jobs perfectly . . . they're invisible.

For most of us, the better we perform the more attention we receive. Yet for many “Invisibles”—skilled professionals whose role is critical to whatever enterprise they’re a part of—it’s the opposite: the better they do their jobs the more they disappear. In fact, often it’s only when something goes wrong that they are noticed at all.

Millions of these Invisibles are hidden in every industry. You may be one yourself. And despite our culture’s increasing celebration of fame in our era of superstar CEOs and assorted varieties of “genius”—they’re fine with remaining anonymous.

David Zweig takes us into the behind-the-scenes worlds that Invisibles inhabit. He interviews top experts in unusual fields to reveal the quiet workers behind public successes. Combining in-depth profiles with insights from psychology, sociology, and business, Zweig uncovers how these hidden professionals reap deep fulfillment by relishing the challenges their work presents.

Zweig bypasses diplomats and joins an elite interpreter in a closed-door meeting at the U.N., where the media and public are never allowed. He ascends China’s tallest skyscraper while it’s still under construction, without the architect, guided instead by the project’s lead structural engineer. He even brings us on stage during a Radiohead concert, escorted not by a member of the band, but by their chief guitar technician.

Along the way, Zweig reveals that Invisibles have a lot to teach the rest of society about satisfaction and achievement. What has been lost amid the noise of self-promotion today is that not everyone can, or should, or even wants to be in the spotlight. This inspiring and illuminating book shows that recognition isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and invisibility can be viewed as a mark of honor and a source of a truly rich life.

And the Band Played On The Titanic Violinist and the Glovemaker [EPUB]

And the Band Played On The Titanic Violinist and the Glovemaker [EPUB]
And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist and the Glovemaker: A True Story of Love, Loss and Betrayal by Christopher Ward
2012 | EPUB | 6.13MB

The amazing true story of one of the band members who famously played as the Titanic sank, written by his grandson

On 14th April 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives. As the order to abandon ship was given, the orchestra took their instruments on deck and continued to play as the ship went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancée, Mary, was expecting their first child, the author's mother. A century later, Christopher Ward reveals a dramatic story of love, loss, and betrayal, and the catastrophic impact of Jock's death on two very different Scottish families. He paints a vivid portrait of an age in which class determined the way you lived—and died.

This outstanding piece of historical detective work is also a moving account of how the author's quest to learn more about his grandfather revealed the shocking truth about a family he thought he knew, a truth that had been hidden for nearly 100 years.

Game Plan [Audiobook]

Game Plan [Audiobook]
Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack [Audiobook] by Kevin D Freeman, read by Lars Mikaelson
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 29 mins | 470.65MB

Game Plan is the first "how to" investment handbook of its type. It will explain the emerging risks and provide a complete game plan of response for investors at all levels. Freeman will explain that there is no "one size fits all" solution as events are happening quickly and the challenges can morph suddenly. Just as a football team must plan for a variety of offensive strategies and attacks, investors must be prepared to strategically adjust. This book provides the game plan to respond and succeed.

In Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack you'll learn…

  • The proper use of gold in your investment strategy
  • How stocks should be deployed in your investment portfolio
  • The smart way to diversify your portfolio
  • How to decrease your bond holding vulnerability
  • How to judge a guarantor in guaranteed investments
  • How to avoid falling into the marketing hype for Hedge Fund scams
  • How to find a properly trained investment advisor
  • How to advance wealth at the individual level
  • How to win the global economic war

Secret Weapon by Kevin D Freeman [EPUB]

Secret Weapon by Kevin D Freeman [EPUB]
Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the US Stock Market and Why It can Happen Again by Kevin D Freeman
2012 | EPUB | 463.17KB

Who’s really to blame for America’s catastrophic financial meltdown and devastating national recession? Contrary to what the “Occupy Movement” might tell you, it’s not just greedy Wall Street executives (though they certainly earned their share of scorn). It’s not just failed regulation (even though Washington has failed miserably, both Republicans and Democrats, to protect us). As one of America’s top financial professionals reveals in this shocking new book, the failures of Wall Street and Washington have opened us up to economic warfare, with our foreign enemies exploiting our lurking financial weaknesses.

In Secret Weapon, Kevin D. Freeman unveils how all the evidence—including motive, means, and opportunity—points to America’s foreign enemies as deliberately pushing our economy over the brink.
In this stunning exposé, Freeman reveals:

  • The evidence linking Communist China and Islamic finance to economic warfare against the United States
  • Why initial reports linked the 2008 stock market crash to economic terrorism—and why the Obama administration continues to look the other way
  • How the financial attack unfolded—and how the perpetrators tried to cover their tracks
  • Why you should expect another financial attack even more devastating than the last one—and how you can protect yourself from it

In Secret Weapon you’ll learn what our enemies know and what the Obama administration has chosen to ignore—that our financial system is profoundly vulnerable to financial terrorism, and that we are being targeted for further and even more destructive attacks by our enemies, who want to cripple America as the world’s leading economy. If you want to protect yourself and protect our country, then you need to read Secret Weapon to understand how we have entered a new age of warfare—an age our enemies want to make the Dark Ages of the United States.

Paradise Lost [Audiobook, Unabridged]

Paradise Lost [Audiobook, Unabridged]
Paradise Lost [Audiobook, Unabridged] by John Milton, read by Ralph Cosham
2008 | MP3@73 kbps | 9 hrs 04 mins | 286.05MB

Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden. It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.

The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.

Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth.

Milton's stated objective in writing Paradise Lost was to "justify the ways of God to men"; yet a controversy has developed among the literary community as to the epic's merit. "Poetry", said Dr. Johnson in his life of Milton, "is the art of uniting pleasure with truth, by calling imagination to the help of reason." If Paradise Lost does not fulfill this definition, what does?

See also: Paradise Lost read by Anton Lesser and six vinyl records of Paradise Lost produced by Argo Records between 1960 and 1970.

1984: New Classic Edition [Audiobook]

1984: New Classic Edition [Audiobook]
1984: New Classic Edition [Audiobook] by George Orwell, read by Simon Prebble
2007 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 11 hrs 26 mins | 781.52MB

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's nightmare vision of the world we were becoming in 1949 is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.

Unspeak by Steven Poole [EPUB]

Unspeak by Steven Poole [EPUB]
Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How That Message Becomes Reality by Steven Poole
EPUB | 1.92MB

What do the phrases “pro-life,” “intelligent design,” and “the war on terror” have in common? Each of them is a name for something that smuggles in a highly charged political opinion. Words and phrases that function in this special way go by many names. Some writers call them “evaluative-descriptive terms.” Others talk of “terministic screens” or discuss the way debates are “framed.” Author Steven Poole calls them Unspeak.

Unspeak represents an attempt by politicians, interest groups, and business corporations to say something without saying it, without getting into an argument and so having to justify itself. At the same time, it tries to unspeak — in the sense of erasing or silencing — any possible opposing point of view by laying a claim right at the start to only one way of looking at a problem.

Recalling the vocabulary of George Orwell’s 1984, as an Unspeak phrase becomes a widely used term of public debate, it saturates the mind with one viewpoint while simultaneously makes an opposing view ever more difficult to enunciate. In this fascinating book, Poole traces modern Unspeak and reveals how the evolution of language changes the way we think.

Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog [EPUB]

Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog [EPUB]
Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences by Kitty Burns Florey
2006 | EPUB | 4.96MB

Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method?

Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including its invention by a mustachioed man named Brainerd “Brainy” Kellogg and his wealthy accomplice Alonzo Reed ... the inferior “balloon diagram” predecessor ... and what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them.

Florey also offers up her own common-sense approach to learning and using good grammar. And she answers some of literature’s most pressing questions: Was Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper a better grammarian? What are the silliest grammar rules? And what’s Gertude Stein got to do with any of it?

Curry: A Global History [EPUB]

Curry: A Global History [EPUB]
Curry: A Global History by Colleen Taylor Sen
2009 | EPUB | 10.31MB

Curry is one of the most widely used—and misused—terms in the culinary lexicon. Outside of India, the word curry is often used as a catchall to describe any Indian dish or Indian food in general, yet Indians rarely use it to describe their own cuisine. Curry: A Global History answers the question, “What is curry?” by giving a lively historical and descriptive account of a dish that has many incarnations.

In this global history, food writer Colleen Taylor Sen describes in detail the Anglo-Indian origins of curry and how this widely used spice has been adapted throughout the world. Exploring the curry universe beyond India and Great Britain, her chronicles include the elegant, complex curries of Thailand; the exuberant curry/rotis of the Caribbean; kari/raisu, Japan’s favorite comfort food; Indonesian gulais and rendang; Malaysia’s delicious Nonya cuisine; and exotic Western hybrids such as American curried chicken salad, German currywurst, and Punjabi-Mexican-Hindu pizza. Along the way, Sen unravels common myths about curry and Indian food and illuminates the world of curry with excerpts from popular songs, literary works, historical and modern recipes, and illustrations depicting curry dishes and their preparations.

A vibrant, flavorful book about an increasingly popular food, Curry: A Global History will find a wide audience of cooking enthusiasts and hungry fans of Indian food.

Carina Contini's Kitchen Garden Cookbook [EPUB]

Carina Contini's Kitchen Garden Cookbook [EPUB]
Carina Contini's Kitchen Garden Cookbook: A Year of Italian Scots Recipes by Carina Contini
2014 | EPUB | 30.23MB

Carina Contini's Kitchen Garden Cookbook is a collection of over 120 seasonal recipes that bring together Carina's Italian family heritage and her Scottish roots.

Twelve months of recipes celebrate the best seasonal produce, with added ingrediants from Carina's favourite atisan food producers. Carina tells the story of how she and her husband. Victor, restored a large Victorian garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh, making it into an established kitchen garden that now serves their award-winning restaurants in Edinburgh.

This warm and generous book includes seasonal growing notes provided by their expert head gardener, as well as Carina's personal recollections of Italian Scots family life.

Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden [EPUB]

Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden [EPUB]
Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden by Todd Porter, Diane Cu
2013 | EPUB | 32.6MB

Todd Porter and Diane Cu are photographers who publish the immensely popular food, gardening, and lifestyle blog WhiteonRiceCouple.com. Inspired by their love of cooking, growing vegetables and over 38 fruit trees in their suburban garden, Todd and Diane love sharing recipes that are fresh and seasonally simple. Their cookbook, Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden ,offers 100 seasonal, flavorful, and approachable recipes, 90 of which have not been seen on the blog, each featuring a vegetable or fruit as the star of the meal. Blueberry Frangipane Tarts, Wilted Mizuna Shrimp Salad, Blood Orange Bars and Gin Cocktail with Pomegranate & Grapefruit are just a few examples of recipes that are inspired from their garden bounty.

Peppered with personal stories from Todd's childhood on a cattle ranch in Oregon and Diane's journey from Vietnam to the United States, this cookbook shares the couples' beautiful love story as well as their diverse recipes that reflects their love of fresh and healthy produce, seasonally ripe fruit and sharing a home cooked meal with those you love.

Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks [EPUB]

Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks [EPUB]
Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks: Create Extraordinary Dishes from the Ordinary Ingredients in Your College Meal Plan by Priya Krishna
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 7.33/9.3MB

Transform your dining hall meals into gourmet feasts! Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks offers 75 amazing and creative recipe ideas that use items readily available in your college dining hall. Any night of the week, you can dine on tzatziki chicken salad, quesadillas, sloppy joes, lemon-pepper pasta, fried rice, scalloped tomatoes, chicken and waffles, Asian nachos, or bruschetta.

You'll also discover how to create mouthwatering custom desserts, from peach cobbler and chocolate bread pudding to peanut butter mousse and sweet potato pie. And don't skip breakfast, when you can savor chilaquiles, avocado toast, eggs carbonara, or mango parfait. Make the most of your college meal plan with Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks!

Sustainable Homebrewing [EPUB]

Sustainable Homebrewing [EPUB]
Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer by Amelia Slayton Loftus
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 6.77/8.37MB

Brew It Green!

Whether you know your way around a mash tun or you’re a first-timer intrigued by the prospect of brewing great beer that’s also organic, you can make homebrewing part of your eco-friendly lifestyle. From sanitizing your equipment to sourcing organic ingredients, this comprehensive primer guides you through the entire process.

With Sustainable Homebrewing you'll learn:

  • Choose efficient, environmentally sound equipment
  • Recycle your wort-chilling water for cleaning or irrigation
  • Brew more than 30 all-grain organic beers from scratch
  • Put spent grain to good use in baked goods or a compost pile
  • Create original beer recipes using organic ingredients
  • Grow your own organic ingredients
  • Reduce waste in your homebrewing

Salad Samurai [EPUB]

Salad Samurai [EPUB]
Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Love by Terry Hope Romero
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 11.28/46.75MB

Discover the Way of the Salad

Award-winning chef and Veganomicon coauthor Terry Hope Romero knows her veggies. In Salad Samurai, she's back to teach you the way of the veggie warrior, rescuing salads from their bland, boring reputation and "side" status with more than 100 vibrant, filling entrees. This is your guide to real salad bushido: a hearty base, a zesty dressing, and loads of seriously tasty toppings. Based on whole food ingredients and seasonal produce, these versatile meatless, dairy-free dishes are organized by season for a full year of memorable meals (yes, salad can rock even the coldest days of winter). Dig in to:

  • Spring Herb Salad with Maple Orange Tempeh
  • Deviled Kale Caesar Salad
  • Seared Garlic Chickpeas, Spinach, and Farro
  • Seitan Steak Salad with Green Peppercorn Dressing
  • Herbed Pea Ricotta, Tomatoes, and Basil
  • Mushroom, Barley, and Brussels Harvest Bowl
  • Tempeh Rubenesque Salad
  • Pomegranate Quinoa Holiday Tabouli
  • Seitan Bacon Wedge Salad
  • and many more!

With designations for gluten-free and raw-ready options and recipes that are work-friendly, weeknight-ready, high-protein, and loaded with superfoods, Salad Samurai shows you the way of the salad: killer dishes that are satisfying, healthy, and scrumptious.

The Loving Kitchen [EPUB]

The Loving Kitchen [EPUB]
The Loving Kitchen: Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors by LeAnn Rice
2014 | EPUB | 33.48MB

The Loving Kitchen is a collection of comforting recipes straight from the kitchen of popular food blogger LeAnn Rice.

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.

Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.

Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design [EPUB]

Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design [EPUB]
Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design: Delicious Designs from the Ground Up by Jamie Durie
2014 | EPUB | 41.46MB

America’s favorite design expert, Jamie Durie, shares his ideas for sustainable, healthy living, showing how to create a beautifully designed, completely edible garden, whether you live in an apartment or a house.

Jamie Durie believes outdoor spaces, including gardens, should be an extension of your home and how you live. But a garden isn’t only about aesthetics. It’s also about functionality. In this lush, gorgeously designed, full-color guide, Jamie offers advice for utilizing outdoor spaces to grow and enjoy delicious foods—healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs—and to create a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

A garden should be as carefully considered and cared for as a room in your home, Jamie advises; no matter if the garden is in your backyard or on a balcony or shared rooftop. With Jamie Durie’s Edible Garden, Jamie presents a cornucopia of ideas and advice to help you design, plant, and maintain an edible garden. Instructional and inspiring, the book is also a complete gardening reference guide packed with information on things like soil and nutrients, light exposure, and tools of the trade.

Growing your own edibles allows you to experience fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at all stages, will save you money, and provides the satisfaction of knowing your food is free of pesticides and unwanted chemicals. A blend of a gardening handbook, family-friendly activity manual, decorating guide, and cookbook, this exciting volume is sure to become an essential classic for every generation.

Healing Spices [EPUB]

Healing Spices [EPUB]
Healing Spices: How Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper, and Other Spices Can Improve Your Health, Life, and Well-Being edited by by Instructables.com, Nicole Smith
2014 | EPUB | 17.09MB

Spices not only add a flavorful kick to meals, they also have some amazing benefits to improve certain ailments and improve overall health. Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, spices and herbs like turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cloves, coriander, and sage can fight inflammation, protect against chronic conditions, and can even help with losing weight.

Featuring dozens of recipes for meals and beauty remedies, Healing Spices is a great tool for anyone looking to add more flavor to their diet and cut out unhealthy seasonings like salt, sugar, and fatty oils. You’ll find great recipes like:

  • Chickpea and carrot tangine
  • Sweet potato and coconut soup
  • Probiotic ginger beer
  • Chicken tikka masala with turmeric rice
  • Lemon-garlic sorbet
  • Cayenne toasts
  • Orange, fig, and sage chutney
  • Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes
  • And much more

There are also remedies for burns, problem skin and hair, losing your voice, toothaches, and a guide detailing the benefits of each spice and herb. Healing Spices is the ultimate compendium for anyone wishing to cook with healthier seasonings.

Twinkie, Deconstructed [Audiobook]

Twinkie, Deconstructed [Audiobook]
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats [Audiobook] by Steve Ettlinger, read by Mark Lund
2007 | MP3@90 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 53 mins | 208.93MB

A pop-science journey into the surprising ingredients found in most common packaged foods

Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he didn't have a clue as to what most of the ingredients on the labels mean. So when his young daughter asked, Daddy, what's polysorbate 60?, he was at a loss and determined to find out.

From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China to the Hostess factories and their practices, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients, where they come from, how they are made, how they are used, and why. Beginning at the source (hint: they're often more closely linked to rock and petroleum than any of the four food groups), we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder, all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake.

An insightful exploration of the modern food industry, if you've ever wondered what you're eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter a food-grade equivalent of plaster of paris), this book is for you. Consequently, as Hostess plans to permanently close its doors in 2012, this book will provide a relevant guide into the practices of one of the biggest companies of all time.

The Compleat Gentleman [Audiobook]

The Compleat Gentleman [Audiobook]
The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry [Audiobook] by Brad Miner, read by Christopher Lane
2004 | MP3@90 kbps | 8 hrs 23 mins | 334.96MB

At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for 21st-century masculinity.

Despite our confusion, real manhood is not complicated. It is an ancient ideal based on service to one's God, country, family, and friends, a simple but arduous ideal worthy of a lifetime of struggle.

Miner's gentleman stands out for his dignity, restraint, and discernment. He rejects the notion that one way of behaving is as good as another. He belongs to an aristocracy of virtue, not of wealth or birth. Proposing neither a club nor a movement, Miner describes a lofty code of manly conduct, which, far from threatening democracy, is necessary for its survival.

Miner traces the concept of manliness from the jousting fields of the 12th century to the decks of the Titanic. The three masculine archetypes that emerge, the warrior, the lover, and the monk, combine in the character of the "compleat gentleman". This modern knight cultivates a martial spirit in defense of the true and the beautiful. He treats the opposite sex with the passionate respect required by courtly love. And he values learning in the pursuit of truth, all with the discretion, decorum, and nonchalance that the Renaissance called sprezzatura.

The Compleat Gentleman is filled with examples from the past and the present of the man our increasingly uncivilized age demands.

The Hermetic Code in DNA [EPUB]

The Hermetic Code in DNA [EPUB]
The Hermetic Code in DNA: The Sacred Principles in the Ordering of the Universe by Michael Hayes
2008 | EPUB | 982.58KB

An examination of the precise code that connects ancient spirituality with modern science

  • Shows how the numerical patterns in ancient philosophies are evident in both the structure of the universe and the helical structure of DNA
  • Reveals that music theory comes from an intuitive understanding of the resonant harmony of the cosmos

Many have observed the distinct numerical patterns embedded in ancient philosophies and religions from all over the world; others have noted that these same patterns are apparent in many of the theories of groundbreaking science. Michael Hayes reveals that there is a precise code, the Hermetic Code, that connects these patterns--information once known to ancient cultures but apparently lost over time. Mirrored in the structure of this code are the ordering principles of the universe and, intriguingly, also the harmonic ratios of music. Our notions of what is harmonious in music may therefore arise not from an abstract aesthetic sense but as a response to an intuition of a fundamental cosmic harmony.

The resonance between biology and cosmology shows that life is music, complete with “overtones”--nowhere more strikingly present than in the helical structure of life itself: DNA.

Holistic Pain Relief [EPUB]

Holistic Pain Relief [EPUB]
Holistic Pain Relief: How to Ease Muscles, Joints and Other Painful Conditions by Leon Chaitow
2014 | EPUB | 1.97MB

Pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs are effective, but can cause long-term problems. What are the alternatives?

In this empowering book you will find drug-free ways to ease muscles and joints and to combat a range of other painful conditions. From manipulative techniques and therapeutic touch to the role of relaxation and stress reduction, all manner of complementary therapies are discussed, enabling sufferers of pain to take control.

When Technology Fails, 2nd Edition

When Technology Fails, 2nd Edition
When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition by Matthew Stein
2008 | EPUB | 12.36MB

There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.

When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You’ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You’ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad.

Fully revised and expanded—the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously—When Technology Fails, 2nd Edition ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.

The Chemistry of Alchemy [EPUB]

The Chemistry of Alchemy [EPUB]
The Chemistry of Alchemy: From Dragon's Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged by Cathy Cobb, Monty Fetterolf, Harold Goldwhite
2014 | EPUB | 9.41MB

A unique approach to the history of science using do-it-yourself experiments along with brief historical profiles to demonstrate how the ancient alchemists stumbled upon the science of chemistry.

Be the alchemist! Explore the legend of alchemy with the science of chemistry. Enjoy over twenty hands-on demonstrations of alchemical reactions.

In this exploration of the ancient art of alchemy, three veteran chemists show that the alchemists' quest involved real science and they recount fascinating stories of the sages who performed these strange experiments.

Why waste more words on this weird deviation in the evolution of chemistry? As the authors show, the writings of medieval alchemists may seem like the ravings of brain-addled fools, but there is more to the story than that.

Recent scholarship has shown that some seemingly nonsensical mysticism is, in fact, decipherable code, and Western European alchemists functioned from a firmer theoretical foundation than previously thought. They had a guiding principle, based on experience: separate and purify materials by fire and reconstitute them into products, including, of course, gold and the universal elixir, the Philosophers' stone.

Their efforts were not in vain: by trial, by error, by design, and by persistence, the alchemists discovered acids, alkalis, alcohols, salts, and exquisite, powerful, and vibrant reactions--which can be reproduced using common products, minerals, metals, and salts.

So gather your vats and stoke your fires! Get ready to make burning waters, peacocks' tails, Philosophers' stone, and, of course, gold!

Seymour Simon's Extreme Oceans [EPUB]

Seymour Simon's Extreme Oceans [EPUB]
Seymour Simon's Extreme Oceans by Seymour Simon
2013 | EPUB | 5.67MB

Join Seymour Simon, the "dean" of children's science nonfiction, as he investigates the most extreme environments, animals, plants, and weather in the ocean. Imagine exploring the most extreme parts of our amazing oceans—riding the tallest waves, diving to the darkest depths, and encountering the largest and most dangerous sea creatures on Earth. These mind-bending facts and stunning photographs make for an exciting, and sometimes unbelievable, underwater expedition!