Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective [EPUB]

Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective [EPUB]
Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective by Toni Sepeda
2009 | EPUB | 8.67MB

Follow Commissario Guido Brunetti, star of Donna Leon’s internationally best-selling mystery series, on over a dozen walks that highlight Venice’s churches, markets, bars, cafes, and palazzos

In Brunetti’s Venice, tourists and armchair travelers follow in the footsteps of Brunetti as he traverses the city he knows and loves. With his acute eye for change in his native city, his fascination with the past, his ear for language and his passion for food and drink, and his familiarity with the dark realities of crime and corruption, Brunetti is the perfect companion for any walk across La Serenissima.

Over a dozen walks, encompassing all six regions of Venice as well as the lagoon, lead readers down calli, over canali, and through campi. Important locations from the best-selling novels are highlighted and major themes and characters are explored, all accompanied by poignant excerpts from the novels. This is a must-have companion book for any lover of Donna Leon’s wonderful mysteries.

The How of Happiness [EPUB]

The How of Happiness [EPUB]
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky
2007 | EPUB | 717.59KB

A groundbreaking, practical guide to attaining happiness based on innovative scientific research, The How of Happiness is a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands. Drawing upon years of her own pioneering research with thousands of men and women, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals that much of our capacity for happiness is within our power. Detailing an easy-to- follow plan, including exercises in new ways of thinking and understanding our individual obstacles, The How of Happiness offers a positive and empowering way to sustain a new level of joy in our lives.

First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth [EPUB]

First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth [EPUB]
First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth by Marc Kaufman
2011 | EPUB | 3.43MB

Are we alone in the universe? Almost certainly not.

In First Contact, Marc Kaufman provides a gripping tour of the magnificent new science of astrobiology that is closing in on the discovery of extraterrestrial life. In recent decades, scientists generally held that the genesis of life was unique to Earth: It was too delicate a process, and the conditions needed to support it too fragile, for it to exist anywhere else. But we are now on the verge of the biggest discovery since Copernicus and Galileo told us that Earth is not at the center of the universe. New scientific breakthroughs have revolutionized our assumptions about the building blocks of life and where it may be found. Scientists have hunted down and identified exoplanets, those mysterious balls in the universe that orbit distant suns not too different from our own. They have discovered extremophiles, the extraordinary microbes that thrive in environments of intense heat or cold that may mimic the inhospitable conditions of other planets. They have landed rovers on Mars and detected its methane, a possible signature of past life. And they have created sophisticated equipment to sweep the sky for distant radio signals and to explore the deep icebound lakes of Antarctica. Each of these developments has brought forth a new generation of out-of-the-box researchers, adventurers, and thinkers who are each part Carl Sagan, part Indiana Jones, part Watson and Crick—and part forensic specialists on CSI: Mars.

In this masterful book, Kaufman takes us to the frontiers of astrobiology’s quest for extraterrestrial life and shows how this quest is inextricably linked with the quest to understand life on Earth. He takes us deep under the glaciers of Antarctica, into the mouth of an Alaskan volcano, and beneath the Earth into the unbearable heat of a South African mine, and leads us to the world’s driest desert. For thousands of years, humans have wondered about who and what might be living beyond the confines of our planet. First Contact transports us into the cosmos to bring those musings back to Earth and recast our humanity.

Love Your Leftovers [EPUB]

Love Your Leftovers [EPUB]
Love Your Leftovers: Through Savvy Meal Planning Turn Classic Main Dishes Into More Than 100 Delicious Recipes by Nick Evans
2014 | EPUB | 58.68MB

Nick Evans' philosophy is that homemade food is best and he is passionate about teaching people the value of a basic dish. The meal planning method in this book features a foundation dish that can be transformed into numerous other dishes throughout the week, saving you time and money, and leaving you with an impressive array of weeknight meals. This book will introduce you to dozens of possibilities for making your leftovers last, always striking the perfect balance between high quality food and low cost and effort.

New Bathroom Ideas that Work [PDF]

New Bathroom Ideas that Work [PDF]
New Bathroom Ideas that Work (Taunton's Ideas That Work) by Scott Gibson
2012 | PDF | 36.09MB

A bathroom redo is one of the most popular remodeling projects. If homeowners aren’t thinking about an update, they’re considering a full-scale remodel. No matter what they’re planning, they’ll find plenty of inspiration in this up-to-date bathroom design sourcebook packed with innovative solutions and practical advice.

This revised edition features over 350 ideas covering a range of bathroom styles and sizes. All aspects are considered: choices for fixtures, lighting, and cabinetry; finishes for floors, walls, and ceilings, budget-conscious options for tubs, showers, and sinks; and ideas for heating and cooling, ventilation, storage, and finishing touches. The book also includes the latest information and design options for accessibility and water conservation. Homeowners, as well as designers and contractors, will have all they need to make smart and affordable buying choices as they transform an old bathroom into something totally new.

Masonry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish [PDF]

Masonry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish [PDF]
Masonry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton's Complete) by Cody Macfie
2012 | PDF | 42.14MB

Installing a beautiful walkway made of pavers, creating a dramatic brick-covered wall, or even repairing foundational cracks to preserve your home—projects like these are easier than ever for DIY-ers with Masonry Complete, today’s most comprehensive reference on masonry. Written for both beginner and advanced home improvers by a second-generation stonesman, this complete masonry guide delves deeply into everything, including buying the right tools, setting up safety precautions, digging a footing, pouring concrete, building a stone fireplace, repairing old masonry, and more.

With Cody MacFie’s step-by-step approach and you-can-do-it attitude, readers will feel empowered and confident to tackle any project, deal with challenges should they arise, and proudly net a finished product in less time than imagined.

All New Decorating Idea Book [PDF]

All New Decorating Idea Book [PDF]
All New Decorating Idea Book by Heather J Paper
2014 | PDF | 42.12MB

All new and totally updated! Our best-selling Decorating Idea Book has been completely revised and updated to reflect today’s most popular styles and the concerns of budget-conscious homeowners. Packed with more ideas than ever, the All New Decorating Idea Book features inspiring and practical design solutions for every room of the house, including new approaches to refreshing an outdated look, small-scale renovations, and major transformations.

House Proud. As the real estate market continues to flounder, why not make the home you already own your dream house? Richly illustrated with gorgeous, inspiring photographs throughout, this redesigned bestseller will help you fashion and refine your own design style in every room.

  • Practical design solutions
  • Updating a tired-looking room
  • Small-scale renovation
  • Total remodel
  • Simple solutions for renters
  • Ideas for decorating on a shoe-string or remodeling on a larger budget

A design pro answers all your questions. Sifting through interior design websites and blogs can be overwhelming, often leaving you perplexed. This must-have resource book by respected interior designer, Heather J. Paper, answers those nagging questions like: “Is this the best buy?” “What are the pros and cons?” “How do I put it all together?” and many more.

From DIY to total renovation. Whether you are an interior designer, contractor, renter, or weekend DIY-er, you will find all the design ideas you need for your home:

  • Color choice
  • Style
  • Furniture
  • Room arrangements
  • Window treatments
  • Wall and floor covering
  • Storage
  • Lighting
  • Decorative accessories
  • Finishing touches and more

Tiling: Planning, Layout & Installation (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]

Tiling: Planning, Layout & Installation (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]
Tiling: Planning, Layout & Installation (For Pros By Pros) by Editors of Fine Homebuilding
2011 | PDF | 19.23MB

Relatively affordable as DIY projects go, Tiling is also one of the most popular among homeowners. New tile can cover a multitude of sins and transform a space — from tiny entry to spacious kitchen — in a matter of hours, if it’s done properly.

This book presents all of the information needed to take on a tiling project from start to finish, including planning and layout, installation, and upkeep — from tiling a kitchen counter or outdoor patio, to installing glass block in a shower, on a curve. From the For Pros By Pros series, this book delivers pro-rated instruction guaranteed to get the job done right the first time.

Cabins & Cottages and Other Small Spaces [PDF]

Cabins & Cottages and Other Small Spaces [PDF]
Cabins & Cottages and Other Small Spaces by Editors of Fine Homebuilding
2014 | PDF | 31.01MB

Bigger doesn't always mean better. Especially when it comes to your mortgage payment. Unfortunately the recent real estate crisis taught us that important lesson. Cabins & Cottages: and Other Small Spaces will inspire you to think smaller and smarter.

Think small! With each turn of the page you'll be captivated by gorgeous photographs of inspiring, exciting small spaces. In this collection from Fine Homebuilding magazine, the featured authors focus on homes both new and remodeled, urban and rural, traditional and modern, and even a few truly quirky spaces like:

  • A Garden Cottage for Low-Impact Living
  • Watch Island Retreat
  • Do-It-Yourself Retreat
  • A Cottage Fit for a Hobbit
  • A New Floor Plan Saves an Old House
  • Carriage-House Comeback
  • A Better House Not a Bigger One
  • plus other small structures like Stylish Sheds, Studio, Storage and More

Smaller = Smarter. Smaller homes can serve all the purposes of a much larger home, you simply need careful planning and smart strategies. Since smaller homes are becoming more popular – due to economic factors, smaller family sizes, tighter building lots, and the desire to use fewer natural resources – builders and designers are getting creative and employing all their best tricks to help homeowners get the most out of their tight spaces.

Small in structure. Big in style. The petite, stylish homes featured throughout Cabins & Cottages are as big as they need to be and perfectly fit the lifestyles and aspirations of their homeowners. Get inspired and enjoy all design styles and construction types showcased here in hundreds of beautiful photographs.

All of the contributing authors are seasoned professionals whose articles have appeared in Fine Homebuilding magazine. With a circulation of more than 200,000, the magazine has been providing information and inspiration to everyone who cares about quality home improvement and construction. From the very first issue in 1981, Fine Homebuilding established itself as the best source of home improvement information, helping readers build projects better, faster and more efficiently.

Toward a Zero Energy Home [PDF]

Toward a Zero Energy Home [PDF]
Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home by David Johnston, Scott Gibson
2010 | PDF | 36.83MB

A Zero Energy Home (ZEH) -- a home that produces as much energy as it consumes -- is an idea whose time has come! Authors David Johnston and Scott Gibson (Green from the Ground Up) explore the design and construction of self-sufficient houses from start to finish.

They make the case for a ZEH; cite climate and geographic challenges; describe exactly how to go about building an energy-efficient home; and feature ten houses that were built for zero energy living. With unequaled knowledge and a passion for the subject, the authors walk readers through the process of building and living in a truly green home.

Plant Power [EPUB]

Plant Power [EPUB]
Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas
2014 | EPUB | 20.32MB

Acclaimed and bestselling vegan author, cook, and creator of VegKitchen.com, Nava Atlas, delivers a beautiful must-have guide to transform your plate, your kitchen and your life with the best nature has to offer, including 125 delicious and versatile plant-based recipes for every day of the year.

Eating vegan doesn’t have to be about sacrifice and substitutions. With Plant Power, Nava Atlas celebrates the bounty of natural foods and teaches everyone—from committed vegans to those who just want more plants in their diet—how to implement a plant-based approach to their lives—easily, practically, and joyfully, every day.

Illustrated with 75 gorgeous color photographs throughout, Plant Power focuses on the basics, from setting up a plant-powered pantry and fridge to choosing the best fresh foods for each season and streamlining daily meal preparation. Whether it’s a stir-fry using leftover veggies in the crisper, a fajita dinner to please different taste buds, yummy hummus wraps, or a pot of chili to savor on a cold winter evening, Plant Power takes the challenge out of meal-planning and makes it fun. Each of the fresh and flavor-packed recipes is easy to make and customizable, with tips on variations from turning up the heat and mixing up ingredients, to kid-friendly, gluten-free, and seasonal options.

“By savoring and being grateful for the abundance of whole foods, a powerful message is conveyed," Nava writes. “This is what we choose to eat; this is sustainable. And best of all, eating this way makes the world a better and more compassionate place.”

The New Indian Slow Cooker [EPUB]

The New Indian Slow Cooker [EPUB]
The New Indian Slow Cooker: Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani, and More by Neela Paniz
2014 | EPUB | 13.68MB

The newest book in Ten Speed's best-selling slow cooker series, featuring more than 60 fix-it-and-forget-it recipes for Indian favorites.

The rich and complex flavors of classic Indian dishes like Lamb Biryani, Palak Paneer, and chicken in a creamy tomato-butter sauce can take hours to develop through such techniques as extended braising and low simmering. In The New Indian Slow Cooker, veteran cooking teacher and chef Neela Paniz revolutionizes the long, slow approach to making Indian cuisine by rethinking its traditional recipes for the slow cooker.

She showcases the best regional curries, dals made with lentils and beans, vegetable and rice sides, as well as key accompaniments like chutneys, flatbreads, raita, and fresh Indian cheese. Using this fix-it-and-forget-it approach, you can produce complete and authentic Indian meals that taste like they came from Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore, or your favorite Indian restaurant.

Featuring both classic and innovative recipes such as Pork Vindaloo, Kashmiri Potato Curry, Date and Tamarind Chutney, and Curried Chickpeas, these full-flavor, no-fuss dishes are perfect for busy cooks any day of the week.

The Drunken Cookbook [EPUB]

The Drunken Cookbook [EPUB]
The Drunken Cookbook by Milton Crawford
2014 | EPUB | 5.5MB

Whether it's a quiet glass of Chardonnay in a well-heeled wine bar or tequila shots at 2 a.m., drinking has a way of leading to hunger. All too often, we cave in to the booze munchies and settle for 7-Eleven fare or a dreadful diner. But there is another way. A better way. A Quick Couscous Chicken Biryani, Authentic Smoky Chicken Burritos, and even Spicy Thai-style Pork Burgers can be delectable and, more importantly, achievable with The Drunken Cookbook.

Replete with satirical commentary on the vicissitudes of inebriation, The Drunken Cookbook also includes a series of tests to help the reader determine how drunk he or she is. Blessedly, The Drunken Cookbook takes into account the reader's intoxicated state and limited capacity to understand directions; safety warnings are a feature of each recipe, and risky techniques (like deep-fat frying) are excluded from the text.

Savory Pies [EPUB]

Savory Pies [EPUB]
Savory Pies: Delicious Recipes for Seasoned Meats, Vegetables and Cheeses Baked in Perfectly Flaky Pie Crusts by Greg Henry
2013 | EPUB | 3.34MB

MAKE IT AMAZING! MAKE IT PIE!

Start with your favorite foods. Add zesty spices. Bake inside a buttery, flaky crust. Serve and enjoy your creative, delicious dish, including:

  • Tomato Caprese Tart
  • Braised Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Asiago Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pie
  • Duck Confit Taquito Pies
  • Jerk-Spiced Caribbean Meat Patties
  • Bite-Size Beef Wellingtons
  • Chickpea Samosas with Spicy Mint Sauce
  • Sweet Potato Tarte Tatin
  • Crawfish & Corn Turnovers
  • Chicken & Pistachio Phyllo Triangles
  • Garlic and Rosemary Pizzettes
  • Sausage and Red Pepper Polenta Cobbler
  • Panang Vegetable Curry Pot Pies

Rustic or elegant, pies draw people to the table. Savory Pies is a diverse collection, packed with flavors from around the world. . From comforting classics and innovative pastries to delectable hand pies and eye-popping creations this book presents a treasure-trove of gourmet recipes. Featuring stunning full-color photos, complete step-by-step directions, and techniques for the perfect crust every time, Savory Pies shows that making mouthwatering meals sure to please any palate is as easy as pie.

The Gourmet Toaster Oven [EPUB]

The Gourmet Toaster Oven [EPUB]
The Gourmet Toaster Oven: Simple and Sophisticated Meals for the Busy Cook by Lynn Alley, Joyce Oudkerk Pool
2005 | EPUB | 6.3MB

Simple and Sophisticated Meals for the Busy Cook

In Lynn Alley's kitchen, toaster ovens aren't just for browning bagels or warming up frozen pizzas. The best-selling author of The Gourmet Slow Cooker has discovered yet another unconventional and imaginative way to prepare gourmet meals at home. In The Gourmet Toaster Oven, Alley reveals why the toaster oven is an ideal tool to create mouthwatering meals with minimum effort. Toaster ovens are quick and energy-efficient, and provide additional oven space for side dishes when preparing large meals.

In this beautifully photographed book, Alley offers fifty gourmet breakfast, lunch, appetizer, side dish, dinner, and goodie recipes. Dishes include Coffee Cake Muffins, Southwestern Jalapeño and Red Pepper Scones, Macaroni and Cheese with Tapenade, Yogurt Baked Chicken, Beef and Vegetable Samosas, and Chocolate Lava Cake. This handy book also offers numerous surprising entrées--who knew you could grill a steak in a toaster oven?--sized for one or two portions. To complete the gourmet experience, Alley offers wine and beer suggestions for many of the dishes.

Tips on buying and caring for a toaster oven take the guesswork out of acquiring this useful gadget. Using fresh, high-quality ingredients and influences from global cuisine, Alley crafts sophisticated recipes that, with the help of your toaster oven, are simple to prepare and divine to experience.

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats [EPUB]

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats [EPUB]
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats
2013 | EPUB | 27.47MB

Look what The New Yorker dragged in! It’s the purr-fect gathering of talent celebrating our feline companions. This bountiful collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s archives. Among the contributors are Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Roald Dahl, Wolcott Gibbs, Robert Graves, Emily Hahn, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, Amy Ozols, Robert Pinsky, Jean Rhys, James Thurber, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and E. B. White. Including a Foreword by Anthony Lane, this gorgeous keepsake will be a treasured gift for all cat lovers.