Sweet Nourish: 80+ Recipes to Nourish Your Body and Soul [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:29
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781925596984 | 231.75MB
Finally there is a book that gives us the best of both worlds. Made with less sugar and more whole foods, Louise Keats' recipes are both nourishing and delicious. They contain healthier fats and the least refined sugars, as well as eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. They have plenty of goodness, but they are still a treat that you will love to share with your friends and family.
Following the success of Cooking for your Baby and Toddler and Something for Everyone, as well as her popular 'Naughty and Nice' column in Taste Magazine, Louise has created over 80 recipes to nourish your body and soul. From cakes and pies to ice creams, biscuits and drinks – Louise's recipes allow you to have a healthy, nourishing diet, without missing out on dessert!
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook: Over 650 Recipes [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:28
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780241286128 | 445.52MB
Packed with over 650 everyday Mary Berry recipes, this is the biggest ever cookbook from Britain's best-loved cookery writer that no kitchen should be without.
This updated edition of Mary's million-selling cookbook is the only Mary Berry book that you need. Every delicious recipe is accompanied by beautiful photography to inspire your cooking, with an eclectic mix of traditional dishes, exotic flavours, and classic Mary Berry recipes. Learn to make every type of dish, including soups, poultry, game, pies, desserts, cakes, and vegetarian favourites. Every enticing chapter starts with a know-how section to get you ready to cook and shows you Mary's trusted tips and tricks.
These tried and tested Mary Berry recipes include mouth-watering dishes for family and friends no matter the occasion, including hummus, paella, dairy-free lasagne, prawn, tacos, chicken pot pie, English roast beef, croissants, cherry cheesecake, and her best-ever chocolate brownies!
Perfect for everyday cooks and Mary Berry fans alike, Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook is the crowning glory of every cook's shelf.
Sharing Plates: For Brunch, Lunch and Dinner with Friends [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:27
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781743369227 | 42.21MB
While traditional dining will always have its place, the shared plate is casual and intimate, friendly and laid-back, encouraging conversation and interaction around the table - and a more relaxed cook! Whether it's a lazy weekend brunch, casual supper for friends at the kitchen table, special-occasion lunch, or drinks with nibbles, Luke Mangan has all your options covered for the most delicious sharing plates.
Over 100 recipes take inspiration from around the world - Spain and Italy, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia - with a chapter of Luke's famously divine desserts to complete the feast.
A little taste of everything, for just about everyone, for just about any occasion.
Guilt-Free Nice Cream: Over 70 Amazing Dairy-Free Ice Creams [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:26
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781784880835 | 18.29MB
Move over ice cream, hello nice cream! With over 50 fresh and innovative recipes, Guilt-Free Nice Cream has everything you need to know about creating delicious and colorful dairy-free nice cream. Using bananas as the base, you simply add your main flavor of choice, churn and chill, and hey presto, you have your very own healthy treat! Flavors include classic favorites such as strawberry, chocolate, and butterscotch, as well as more luxurious combinations such as salted caramel, cookie dough, and matcha green tea. Margie also shows you how you can use your nice cream in more extravagant desserts including party favorites like a triple layer nice cream cake and nice cream sundaes.
Not just a dessert, nice cream can also make a perfect choice for breakfast - from smoothie bowls, nice cream granola pots, and waffles topped with nice cream, the possibilities are endless! Complete with recipes for toppings, edible baskets, nice cream cones, and even ways you can make your own nice cream mold, Guilt-Free Nice Cream is the only frozen treat you will need this summer: natural, nice, happy, and (just a little bit) bananas!
La Vie Rustic: Recipes, Tips & Tales for a Sustainable Life in the French Style [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:25
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781681881430 | 10.48MB
James Beard Award winning author Georgeanne Brennan shares a lifetime of French farmhouse cooking—combining ingredients from forest, field, sea, and stream—in casual meals for friends and family. Following an approach to daily cooking that’s rooted firmly in the French tradition, Brennan crafts recipes driven by the seasons and the outdoors. Paired with lovely lifestyle photography, this inspiring cookbook weaves together her personal experience, stories, and tips about how to create a sustainable life—one that celebrates the relationship between the land and the table, and among food, family, and friends—no matter where you reside.
The Potager: Year-Round Vegetables: green garlic and new potato soup; charred artichokes with fresh herb dipping sauce; zucchini and pine nut fritters; fennel and chicken braised with lemon; savory chard and raisin tart; sweet pepper and shelling bean Gratin; parsnip soup with toasted almonds; winter beignets with sauce verde
The Orchard: Fruits & Nuts: homecured olives, cherry and onion chutney for seared duck breast, chestnut and pork stew, pear, arugula and shaved parmesan salad, mulberry and pistachio tart, chestnut cream profiteroles
The Barnyard: Cows, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks & Rabbits: foie gras terrine, chicken liver pâté, shredded duck confit and cornichon buns, beef braised in red wine and bone marrow, roast chicken with potatoes and droppings, stuffed breast of lamb-Michoui style, frozen meringues and fruit cream
The Forest & Fields: Wild Things : snail stuffed mushroom, wild mushroom soup, foraged greens and prosciutto salad, quail with juniper glaze and shallots, fresh bay leaves skewered with lamb and peppers, Crème Brûlée with Black Truffles, lavender pepper goat cheese.
Water: Fish & Shellfish: smoked trout pate, thin sliced raw scallops with wild fennel pollen, pot de poisson, Moules Gratinée, sea bass with lemon verbenas buerre blanc, sea urchin sauce
With lovely recipes and tips to sustainable life, La Vie Rustic allows you to live the French lifestyle in your home!
Eat Better Not Less: 100 Healthy and Satisfying Recipes [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:24
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781784880927 | 30.17MB
Nadia Damaso loves food, but also loves to be healthy. In Eat Better Not Less she proves that healthy food isn't boring, and filling your body with the right ingredients can make you feel amazing. Instead of giving up on carbs and fats, Nadia will show that by choosing the right ones, you can still enjoy chocolate and pizza now and then too. Her philosophy is all about moderation, and making recipes easy for anyone with a busy life. With recipes for vegans, vegetarians, and meateaters alike, there really is something for everyone.
Try banana ice cream or sweet couscous for breakfast. For main meals, Nadia features real pizzas and spelt tagliatelle as well as a pulled-chicken burger, and lighter alternatives such as a cauliflower-crust pizza or salmon tacos. There's a whole chapter on creative salads, as well as over 20 desserts, proving healthy doesn't mean you have to go without treats! Eat Better Not Less is really a bible for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle, without having to go hungry, or giving up delicious food.
The Book of Matcha: A Superhero Tea - What It Is, How to Drink It, Recipes and Lots More [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:22
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781910254783 | 16.35MB
Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder that is fondly known by teapigs as ‘a superhero among teas’, thanks to its natural antioxidant qualities. It is widely consumed in both drink and food in Japan, but is becoming increasingly popular around the world as its health benefits and unique taste are embraced globally. Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby uncover the history behind this phenomenal green powder, looking at how matcha is specially grown, graded and ground.
They also examine the health benefits of this super tea, which has been used for centuries by Buddhist monks to keep them focused during meditation, and how it is used today to flavour everything from Kit Kats to Oreos, bread to ice cream. Matcha shots were served at New York Fashion Week in 2015, reflecting the growing popularity of this fascinating beverage, and many are predicting matcha will replace kale as the next big ‘superfood’. Detailing the history of matcha, how it’s produced, its immense health benefits and its varied culinary uses, The Book of Matcha also features over 40 recipes that show you how to use this versatile and antioxidant ingredient at home.
Kitchen Secrets [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 15:19
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781408816875 | 62.21MB
Raymond Blanc is revered as a culinary legend, whose love of delicious food is lifelong. Years of experience have given him a rich store of knowledge and the skill to create fantastic dishes that work time after time. With a range of achievable and inspirational recipes for cooks of all abilities, Kitchen Secrets is all about bringing Gallic passion and precision into the home kitchen. Raymond has done all the hard work, refining recipes over months and even years until they are quite perfect. Every recipe includes explanations and hints to ensure that your results are consistently brilliant.
Dishes that once seemed plain, or impossibly complex, suddenly become simple and elegant; the book's sixteen chapters include classics like watercress soup, chicory and Roquefort salad, cep ravioli, apricot cassoulet, chicken liver parfait, confit salmon, moules marnière, grilled dover sole, home cured ham, pot au feu, lambs liver persillade, roast wild duck, lamb cutlets, galette des Rois, cherry clafoutis and Maman Blanc's own chocolate mousse.
With scores of recipes from both series of Kitchen Secrets, this is guaranteed to be a must-have for anybody with a love of French cuisine and finesse.
Vegetables by Antonio Carluccio [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:39
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781849497527 | 31.15MB
Like most Italians, the great Antonio Carluccio loves vegetables. In this book he turns his attention to his favorites, and many others, adding up to over 100 different varieties. He researches the botanical family of each type of vegetable, its history, and describes in loving detail how to buy and prepare it. In a collection of over 120 recipes, Antonio instructs us how to make the most out of the humble vegetable, whether eaten raw, cooked, or preserved.
Spoon: Simple and Nourishing Breakfast Bowls that Can Be Enjoyed Any Time of Day [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:38
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781784880552 | 8.1MB
Over 50 delicious breakfast bowl recipes to start your day off on the right foot
Featuring a variety of granolas, mueslis, and porridges, Annie and Jonny share their tried and tested recipes that give you a reason to jump out of bed in the morning. Utilizing simple, good-quality ingredients, each recipe has a rich, luxurious flavor and is also packed full of antioxidants. These recipes require little preparation and are specifically designed for on-the-go mornings.
Woven throughout are interviews with chefs and owners of independent coffee shops all over the world who provide their own tips for the perfect start to any day.
Bread Bread Bread: Recipes, Techniques and Shortcuts [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:36
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781681881485 | 18.12MB
Bread Bread Bread offers an enticing collection of easy-to-follow recipes, as well as expert advice and shortcuts, for making fantastic bread at home. The more than 100 recipes include classics like focaccia and fougasse as well as more complex breads such as fig and hazelnut baguettes, naan, and thin multi-grain crisp bread.
From scones to baguettes, pizzas to quick breads, this comprehensive collection from a master baker demystifies expert baking for home cooks. The easy-to-follow recipes will appeal to first-time bakers as well as seasoned enthusiasts.
TOC and sample recipes:
LOAVES: walnut bread, whole grain spelt bread, gotland loaf, carrot loaf
BAGUETTES AND ROLLS: cellar French rolls, raisin rolls, overnight-rising baguettes
BREAD TO ACCOMPANY MEALS: chapatti, flour tortillas, pita bread, hamburger buns
PIZZAS: pizza dough, feta and eggplant pizza, chorizo pizza, garlic and arugula pizza
THIN BREADS: soft thin bread, honey crisp bread, sourdough crisp bread
QUICK BREADS: scones, apple scones, quick loaf with seeds and nuts
SOURDOUGH BREAD: coffee and cranberry bread, plum bread
SWEETBREAD: braids, cardamom rusks, saffron buns, croissants
From the simple pumpernickel and rye loaves, no-knead breakfast rolls to bagels, pancetta and portabella mushroom pizza to pain au chocolate, cinnamon buns to bread sticks, with over 100 recipes there’s something for every meal and every craving in Bread Bread Bread!
Gather: Simple, Seasonal Recipes from Gill Meller, Head Chef at River Cottage [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:35
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781849497138 | 22.59MB
Gill Meller, chef at River Cottage, showcases 120 recipes inspired by the landscapes in which he lives and works. Featuring chapters on foods from the Farm (pork, dairy, honey), Seashore (crab, seaweed, oysters), Garden (tomatoes, salads, soft fruits), Orchard (apples, pears, quince), Field (rye, barley, wheat, oats), Woodland (mushrooms, damsons, blackberries), Moor (venison and trout), and Harbour (fish and seafood), Gather is a true celebration of British seasonal cooking at its best.
Onions and Garlic: A Global History [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:34
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781780235875 | 12.25MB
Look at any recipe for a savory dish and chances are it will start with this step: fry onions in a pan over medium heat. Onions—and their allium family relatives, shallots, garlic, chives, and leeks—are one of the most heavily used ingredients in cuisines all over the world. You’ll rarely find them in the spotlight, though—except for when they are fried into rings or used to repel vampires. In this book, Martha Jay gives alliums their due, offering an illuminating history of these cherished plants that follows the trail of their aromas to every corner of the globe and from ancient times up to today.
Going back to the earliest recipes from ancient Mesopotamia, Jay traces the spread of alliums along trade routes through Central Asia and into ancient Greece and Rome. Likewise she follows their spread in East Asia, where they have become indispensable, and of course into Europe and the Americas, where the onion—and its odor—gave rise to the name “Chicago” and the leek became the national symbol of Wales. Celebrated, denigrated, prescribed, and proscribed, onions, garlic, and their relatives can be found—as Jay lavishly demonstrates—in the histories of peasants and kings, in cuisine and art, in tales of colonization and those of resistance, and in medicinal cures and magical potions alike. Her book is a welcome celebration of some of the most important ingredients in the world.
Plachutta: Classics of Viennese Cuisine [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:33
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9783710600739 | 8.88MB
One name stands for quintessential Viennese cuisine like no other: Plachutta. With more than one million sold books, with recipes simple to follow even for beginners, he brings the Viennese cuisine to people around the globe for years now. This book presents the most popular classics of Viennese cuisine, from apple strudel and goulash to Tafelspitz and Vanillekipferl. An exclusive special edition for all fans of this city and its food.
So French: A Lifetime In the Provincial Kitchen [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:15
2010 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781741964943 | 65.61MB
From Dany's childhood in post-war France, to her migration to Australia and rise to culinary success - this is truly a book to devour! Acclaimed restaurateur Dany Chouet helped shape French cuisine in Australia throughout the 1970s, 80's and 90's through her successful restaurants Upstairs, Au Chabrol, Glenella and Cleopatra. Now back in south-west France, she and her partner are wooing international customers with gourmet tours and Dany's quintessential country cooking.
In her first book, So French, Dany tells her fascinating life story which is interwoven with more than 60 timeless recipes and complemented by stunning images taken at her home in the south of France. From traditional garlic and onion soup to hearty salt cod and potato ragout and sweet nectarine and raspberry gratin, browsing through the pages of So French is sure to make your tastebuds tingle and your thoughts travel to provincial France.
Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:13
2008 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780740777431 | 53.01MB
Secrets of the Red Lantern is a bittersweet family saga in which treasured recipes form the threads that bind members together for life. It is both a moving memoir and a dazzling collection of sumptuous Vietnamese recipes, complete with beautiful food, location and personal photography.
Pauline Nguyen tells the honest, difficult story of her family, following the journey of her parents from their homeland in Vietnam on their escape to Thailand as refugees, and then on to their eventual resettlement in Australia. They moved to Sydney's most vibrant and notorious Vietnamese enclave where Pauline and her brother Luke grew up. Pauline, Luke and Pauline's husband Mark Jensen now run Red Lantern, an acclaimed, modern Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney's popular inner-city area of Surry Hills.
At the heart of this story is a love of food. It helped to placate homesickness, became central to the family's early success in Australia and was sometimes the only language the family could use to communicate with each other. In the end, it was this shared passion for food that reconciled the family and help create Red Lantern's success.
Twist: Creative Ideas to Reinvent Your Baking [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:12
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780008168261 | 19.54MB
Martha Collison amazed the judges and viewers alike as the youngest ever contestant in the 2014 series of The Great British Bake Off.
Martha shone with her Showstopper skills and extraordinary 'Technical Challenge' knowledge. Here in her first book, she offers a brilliant new approach to baking – a way to master baking, while adding 'twists' to recipes to make contemporary bakes that everyone will love.
With clever illustrations and know-how throughout, alongside beautiful photography, Martha demonstrates how to take basic recipes and alter them into something new. Whether it’s a cake, a biscuit or even a pastry recipe, she shows how to alter the method, the balance of ingredients or the mixture of flavours to ensure exciting, magical bakes every time. Transform her Never-Fail Vanilla Cupcakes into Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes, for example, or Caramel Macchiatos. Try Pink Grapefruit Drizzle Cake, instead of the usual Lemon, and then mix it up with Gin & Tonic flavours. Or take Macarons to a whole new level and try Peach Bellini Macarons or even a Macaron Shell Ice-Cream.
Fresh, innovative and genuinely exciting, Twist looks set to make adventurous bakers of us all.
Cakemoji: Recipes and Ideas for Sweet-Talking Treats [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:11
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 978-1849497909 | 27.79MB
Everyone speaks emoji, but with this book, Cakemoji, we can now all eat emoji too.
Over 50% of all sentences currently posted on Instagram contain an emoji; it is the world's fastest-growing language with the visual icons set to become the lead characters in an animated movie currently in production at Sony Pictures. Cakemoji will bring your favorite emojis to life, in cake or cookie form. This fun recipe book includes clear instructions for the basic recipes, as well as all the essential techniques and full step-by-step photographs, to guide you through decorating your cakes and cookies and giving them a personality.
Pregnancy: An Infographic Guide [PDF]
25 September 2017, 14:10
2017 | PDF | ISBN: 9781849538244 | 14.34MB
Your life is about to change forever, yet the amount of information out there can be overwhelming. But fear not: this pictorial guide, packed with accessible and stylish infographics, will help you to get up to speed and give you all the essential facts you need, as well as a healthy dose of quirky trivia along the way.
From finding out what’s going on inside a pregnant woman’s body to understanding the various cravings she might experience, this book offers both women and men a quick route to knowing exactly what to expect while you’re expecting.
Secrets of Macarons [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 14:09
2012 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781742661285 | 20.69MB
Now a worldwide symbol of sweet indulgence, macarons seduce the senses with their delicate crunch and velvet filling.
In this book, French chef Jose Marechal discloses the secrets of macarons, including the tips and techniques required to make these little treats. This book equips the reader with the skills to master nine classic flavors, and create their own signature macarons.
Onions Etcetera: The Essential Allium Cookbook [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 13:36
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780997211313 | 49.12MB
"In this gorgeous book, onions finally get their star turn. The recipes will surprise and seduce you; you will want to cook every single one." - Ruth Reichl
Whether you delight in the hunt for scapes, your favorite heirloom cipollini, the spice of raw garlic, or the sweetness of caramelized onions, you’ve come to the right place. This book is for us, the Allium lovers - those of us who can’t imagine cooking dinner without our onions. (After all, if there’s an onion in the house, we know we can make something good!) In these pages, we’ll explore the wonderful versatility of the humble onion, coaxing out flavors familiar and unknown. From classics and family favorites to more obscure recipes, you’ll find 130 onion-centric dishes including Za’atar Onion Petals with Beets and Labneh, Pearl Onion Tarte Tatin, Appalachian Chimichurri, Curried Onion Fritters with Mint Raita, Grilled Delicata Squash with Shallot Agrodolce, Cheese and Allium Toasties, Eggplant Salad with Black Garlic Tahini Dressing, Scallion Sesame Pancakes, Grilled Fish with Charred Garlic Scape Relish, and so much more.
Eat Yourself Fit: Make Your Workout Work Harder [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 13:35
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780717171552 | 40.27MB
The No1 best-selling author is back with over 100 recipes and tips to help you hit peak performance!
Following the success of her debut release, Eat Yourself Beautiful, Rosanna Davison is back to help you get fighting fit fast! With over 100 powerful recipes to complement and enhance your fitness routine and sample diet and exercise plans as well as mental tips and tricks to keep you motivated and build long-term healthy habits that stick, Eat Yourself Fit has everything you need to look and feel your very best.
Recipes are designed to give options that are muscle-building, mood-enhancing, sleep-enhancing, calorie-controlled or antioxidant-rich, depending on your fitness goals, and include rawnola parfait with raspberry and vanilla coconut whip, omega-3 gingerbread energy bars, coconut chickpea, spinach and sun-dried tomato stew, skinny cauliflower tabbouleh and treats such as pecan pie truffles.
Carneval: A Celebration of Meat Cookery in 100 Stunning Recipes [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 13:34
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780593069950 | 61.06MB
Packed full of delicious, satisfying recipes and loads of meat wisdom, Carneval promises to give you a better understanding of how to source, cook and appreciate the meat that you eat. Full of delicious meat recipes from around the world, popular family favourites, such as Swedish Meatballs and Ragu Bolognese, rub shoulders with more unusual dishes, like Middle Eastern Kibbeh and Chinese Kung Pao Chicken.
Whether you want to master the art of a perfectly cooked steak, or transform cheaper, tougher cuts into silky, melt-in-the-mouth delights, Harry Eastwood encourages you to honour the whole animal and eat meat with joy and moderation. The very best way to do that is to make sure that every meat meal is a Carneval.
Provence to Pondicherry: Recipes from France and faraway [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 13:33
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781849497237 | 44.65 MB
Tessa Kiros, renowned for her exquisite food and travel books, takes us on a fascinating journey across the globe to explore French culinary influences in far-flung destinations.
Her journey begins in Provence, where Tessa first fell in love with French food, and explores the Mediterranean region's links between the indigenous ingredients, flavors, materials, and traditions. She then follows the path of the early French explorers, traveling to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, Vietnam in South East Asia, Pondicherry in India, and the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, before finally returning to France, in the region of Normandy, whose cuisine is so different from the South of France.
In each destination, Tessa delves into the history and culinary traditions of the place, discovering how French cuisine has become entwined with local ingredients and traditions. The result is an intriguing collection of recipes that will appeal to anyone with an interest in food and culture.
Soups: Quick and Easy Soups for Every Season [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 13:31
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781784880385 | 40.95MB
Ladles of inspiration to create healthy, nutritious, and filling meals for the whole family
Not only are soups easy to make and great for using up leftovers, they are also sophisticated and delicious meals in themselves. This book is packed full of inventive and tasty recipes, perfect for all occasions and suited to all the seasons, with over 80 flavor combinations to try.
Chapters cover Puréed, Stock-Based, Chilled, and Hearty, with an introduction on essential soup know-how. From your classic carrot and cilantro or broccoli and stilton, to new combinations such as acorn squash and vanilla; staples such as miso; healthy options like the slimming watercress soup; and hearty meals such as shortcut bouillabaisse or coconut dhal, there is something for every appetite and taste. Soups also offers ideas for toasts and toppings, such as spicy oils, seeded cheesy croutons, chorizo crumbs, and citrus and herb crème fraîche.
You will never look at soup in the same way again!
Grain Bowls: Bulgur Wheat, Quinoa, Barley, Rice, Spelt and More [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 13:29
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781784880484 | 28.39MB
Master the techniques of making your perfect grain bowl
Ancient grains are making their way back into the modern-day diet, which is great news for health-inspired home cooks. They have always been around, but now you can find bulgur wheat, freekeh, buckwheat, quinoas, rices, barley, farro, kamut, wheatberries, and spelt at your local market.
Here are recipes for every appetite, including lighter fare such as salads, filling vegetarian (even vegan) meals, as well as heartier bowls with meat and seafood. There are one-pot recipes such as stews and risottos, as well as classic assembled grain bowls topped with dressings and sauces. All of them can be prepared in advance for quick, healthy weekday meals that are far from boring.
Many of the dishes use gluten-free grains, such as buckwheat and rice. And grain bowl additions, such as fruits, vegetables and proteins are so adaptable that it is easy to eliminate or add items based on any fussy eaters in the family.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong Illustrated [PDF]
25 September 2017, 07:19
2012 | PDF | ISBN: 9781615642106 | 168.14MB
Nearly 150 web videos support this new fourth edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong's richly detailed 300 illustrations, giving it a highly effective how-to focus. Tai Chi is a gentle extremely low-impact movement and meditation program that slows the aging process and enhances the body's natural healing powers. It is proven to lessen anxiety and depression, while burning calories, and building muscle and bone mass.
Medical research is proving Tai Chi can help with a host of physical and mental health issues, including: hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, boosting the immune system, chronic pain, and this book's author is the Tai Chi instructor for both the University of Kansas Hospital Turning Point program and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition (Idiot's Guides)
25 September 2017, 07:18
2014 | PDF | ISBN: 9781615646333 | 19.21MB
Millions of people suffer from various types of anxiety-related disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, PTSD, and others. Idiot's Guides: Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition helps readers pinpoint which type of panic disorder is affecting them and how to alleviate the symptoms and get to the cause of it. In it, readers get:
- Worksheets for self-evaluation, which also make it easier to communicate symptoms to others.
- Calming strategies for dealing with irrational fears and debilitating anxieties.
- Methods for interpreting the past and understanding the present to attain peace and perspective.
- Relaxation techniques to rely on when panic sets in.
- Practical steps to put a stop to the thoughts that make anxiety escalate.
- Natural ways to alleviate the physical symptoms that accompany the emotions, including exercise, rest, nutrition, yoga, and more.
- Guidance for selecting and working with a professional and considering medications.
Unstoppable: My Life So Far [Audiobook]
25 September 2017, 07:14
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 11 mins | 225.98MB
From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating - and candid - story of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.
In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the international stage. "Maria Mania" was born. Sharapova became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world.
And then - at perhaps the peak of her career - Sharapova came up against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016 Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITF's list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the professional courts for 15 months - a frighteningly long time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful.
But Sharapova's career has always been driven by her determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story doesn't begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but years before, in a small Russian town, where as a five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with precocious concentration. It begins when her father, convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies. It begins when the two arrived with only $700 and knowing only a few words of English. From that, Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential sports careers in history.
Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own words. Sharapova's is an unforgettable saga of dedication and fortune. In this new audiobook, she brings us inside her pivotal matches and illuminates the relationships that have shaped her - with coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach, manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship. She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished.
Sharapova's Unstoppable is a powerful audiobook memoir, resonant in its depiction of the will to win - whatever the odds.
How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal EPUB]
25 September 2017, 07:11
2011 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781581800449 | 22.01MB
Keep a sketchbook journal and explore your world, preserve your thoughts and celebrate life!
More than a diary of written words, a sketchbook journal allows you to indulge your imagination and exercise your artistic creativity. It is a personal, private place where you have unlimited freedom to express yourself, experiment, discover, dream and document your world. The possibilities are endless.
In How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal, Claudia Nice shows you samples from her own journals and provides you with advice and encouragement for keeping your own. She reviews types of journals, from theme and garden journals to travel journals and fantasy sketchbooks, as well as the basic techniques for using pencils, pens, brushes, inks and watercolors to capture your thoughts and impressions.
Exactly what goes in your journal is up to you. Sketch quickly to capture a thought or image before it vanishes. Draw or paint with care, to render an idea or vision as realistically as possible. Write about what you see. The choice is yours--and the memories you'll preserve will last a lifetime.
Forrest Mims’ Science Experiments: DIY Projects from the Pages of Make: [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 07:10
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781680451177 | 62.7MB
Forrest M. Mims is a revered contributor to Make: magazine, where his popular columns about science-related topics and projects for Makers are evergreen treasures. Collected together here for the first time, these columns range from such simple projects as building an LED tracker for hand-launched night rockets to such challenging builds as transforming strings of data into unique musical compositions.
A variety of photography and imaging projects are featured, including an ultra-sensitive twilight photometer that measures the elevation of layers of dust, smoke, and smog from around 3,000 feet to the top of the stratosphere at 31 miles! Most of the projects can be done with a collection of simple electronic components, such as LEDs, transistors, resistors, and batteries. To inspire and motivate readers, the book also includes profiles of such famous Makers as President Thomas Jefferson and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The Third Reich: A New History [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 07:09
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780330487573 | 3.91MB
In this riveting book, Michael Burleigh sets Nazi Germany in a European context, showing how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread in the Europe of the period. He shows how a radical, pseudo-religious movement, led by an oddity with dazzling demagogic talents, seemed to offer salvation to a German exhausted by war, depression and galloping inflation.
More Sales, Less Time: Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Today's Crazy-Busy Sellers [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 06:41
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781591847267 | 0.53MB
"I felt like time was taunting me: 'Behind again? You'll never get it all done.' I worked harder and longer hours, sacrificing my limited personal time to stay ahead of the game. Still, it wasn't sufficient. My work just kept expanding, demanding more of me. I could never seem to call it a day.
In my entire career, I'd never faced a sales problem of this magnitude."
Sound familiar? If so, you're probably an overwhelmed seller. Your clients expect more, with faster turnarounds. Your quota keeps going up. You need to leverage social media, keep up-to-date on your industry, figure out how to sell new products and services, and learn all the latest technologies. The demands are never-ending. You could work nonstop around the clock and still not get it all done. It's a huge problem faced by experienced sales pros, busy entrepreneurs, and sales rookies. If you don't stay on top of your time, it's tough to make your numbers, let alone blow them away.
Konrath, a globally recognized sales consultant and speaker, knew she needed help, but found that advice aimed at typical workers didn't work for her—or for others who needed to sell for a living. Salespeople need their own productivity guidelines adapted to the fast-paced, always-on sales world. So Konrath experimented relentlessly to discover the best time-savers and sales hacks in order to deliver the first productivity guide specifically for sales success.
In More Sales, Less Time, Konrath blends cutting-edge behavioral research with her own deep knowledge of sales to teach you how to succeed in this age of distraction. You'll discover how to:
- Reclaim a minimum of one hour per day by eliminating major time sucks and changing the way you tackle e-mail and social media.
- Free up time to focus on activities that have the highest impact on your sales results, such as preparing, researching, strategizing, and connecting with customers.
- Optimize your sales processes to eliminate redundancies and wasted time.
- Transform your mind-set to effortlessly incorporate new, more productive habits; leverage your best brainpower; and stay at the top of your sales game.
Konrath helps you develop strategies specifically tailored to your life in sales, using your strengths to cut through the feeling of being overwhelmed. All salespeople have the same number of hours in a day; it's up to you to rescue your time to sell smarter.
Web Copy That Sells: The Revolutionary Formula for Creating Killer Copy That Grabs Their Attention and Compels Them to Buy, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 06:40
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780814432518 | 4.11MB
With the rise of social networks, "Twitterized" attention spans, and new forms of video content, the techniques that worked in crafting attention-grabbing, clickable, and actionable online copy a few years ago are simply not as effective today. Thoroughly revised, the third edition of Web Copy That Sells gives readers proven methods for achieving phenomenal success with their online sales and marketing efforts. They will learn to:
- Use psychological tactics that compel Web surfers to buy
- Create effective, highly-targeted Facebook ads
- Test copy to maximize response
- Write online marketing video scripts that sell
- Craft compelling copy for interactive advertising banners
- Produce high-converting video sales letters
- And more
Proven and practical, Web Copy That Sells shows how to quickly turn lackluster sites into "perpetual money machines," streamline key messages down to irresistible "cyber bites..".and ensure that Web copy, e-mail, and marketing communications pack a fast, powerful--and sales generating--punch.
Ayurveda Primer: The A, B, C's of Ayurvedic Medicine [AZW3]
25 September 2017, 06:39
2017 | AZW3 | ISBN: 9780979744594 | 1.07MB
Originally this book was written exclusively for Swamiji's Ayurveda certification students. Now he is making it available for everyone: families, new Ayurveda students, researchers, and the medical community. The language is simple to understand and includes case studies and scientific research on Ayurveda. The most common questions asked to Swamiji over the decades are included so your questions are likely already answered. There is a chapter that includes which herbs are best for which conditions to quickly get answers.
Topics covered include Ayurveda history, theory, and analysis. Therapies discussed include herbs, food plans, yoga, color therapy, aromatherapy, massage, music, Vedic Astrology, Vastu Shastra (Indian Feng Shui), and exercise. There are even several easy step-by-step meditations for beginners. Finally there is a brief overview of modern energetic healing such as EEG brainwaves, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and Shamanic energy healing, expanding the definition of Ayurveda for the 21st century.
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 06:37
2012 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781609520663 | 2.62MB
With passion, humor, and helpful tips, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go inspires women to discover places that will appeal to their spirits, senses, and quests for adventure. Susan Van Allen has explored Italy up and down the boot for over 30 years and shares the intriguing details and secrets of her favorite places, along with those she’s gathered from her girlfriends, fellow writers, and savvy actresses. Each entry steers women to spots that will fulfill their Italian fantasies — whether it’s exploring the palace where Audrey Hepburn lived in Roman Holiday, making a Carnevale mask in Venice, or admiring Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus in Florence.
The cornucopia of choices is divided into categories, so whether a woman is in the mood for adventure, art history, or antipasto, Van Allen guides them to unforgettable pleasures. The book also includes recommendations for relaxing spas and beaches, splendid gardens, and places to taste Italy’s best gelato and chocolate and shop for treasured handicrafts.
The Nest Newlywed Handbook: An Owner's Manual for Modern Married Life [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 06:33
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780307340221 | 8.68MB
If only the answer to every marital question were as easy as “I do!”
For many couples the challenges of planning their nuptials are a piece of (wedding) cake compared to what comes after: How do we merge our finances—or do we? Do we need to spend every free minute together? And how do we decide where to spend our first Thanksgiving?
Online wedding community TheKnot.com was fielding so many questions like these from their newly married members that they were inspired to create an entirely new site—TheNest.com—dedicated to the unique issues that face people in the first few years of marriage. A 24/7 virtual married-best-friend-who’s-been-there-before, the site and its thousands of just-married members dish out advice on everything from how to get your permanent roommate to pick up his or her dirty socks, to how to inspect a property when you’re buying your first home, to foolproof guidelines for entertaining the in-laws. Unlike single friends (who don’t have the experience to give tried and true advice) or Mom (who has lots of experience but tends to give too much advice), Nesties share their experiences with no strings attached—and free of the worries that come with real-world friendship.
Now the editors of The Nest have brought together the very best of this hard-won knowledge, plus their own astute insights into the early years of marriage, to create a unique resource for navigating the sometimes bumpy road of marriage. Touching on everything from money to sex and starting a family, they go where no etiquette book or self-help manual has gone before, providing real-life solutions for the myriad problems even the happiest couple can encounter when two become one.
The first in a series of books for any couple who wants every day of their new lives together to be as fulfilling and meaningful as the day they walked down the aisle, The Nest Newlywed Handbook goes beyond platitudes and pep talks to explore the many rich rewards of married life.
An offshoot of the hugely popular wedding website The Knot, The Nest started out as an online community of girls grappling with the emotional issues—and enormous to-do lists—that come with the first years of marriage. The Nest has grown into a weekly webzine, a print magazine, and now a book series—all 100% committed to the phrase “happily ever after.”
Secrets every couple needs to know, from the website that put marriage on the map
Whether you’re about to tie the knot or are already well into your first years together, you are sure to have realized that this is not your parents’ marriage. Oh, how the rules—and roles—have changed. Who does the housework now that everyone works? If you want to keep your money separate—does it mean you’re not committed? Is it OK to order takeout when the in-laws come for dinner? The Nest Newlywed Handbook is your road map to modern married life, guiding you through the ins and outs of tackling life as a twosome.
Get tips and tricks on:
- Merging your money (or not)
- Building the family fortune
- Loving your in-laws
- Buying your first home
- Decorating as a duo
- Divvying up the chores
- Keeping the flame alive
- Fighting nicely
- Talking about kids
- Maintaining your single friends
- Hosting during the holidays
- Figuring out the future
This book is filled with advice, detailed to-dos, checklists, quizzes, and worksheets that are sure to spark conversations, fix problems, and get your new life together on track and off to a good start.
Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them [EPUB]
25 September 2017, 06:32
2009 | EPUB + PDF | ISBN: 9781592535613 | 51.81/20.34MB
In this expanded and updated edition of Forgotten Cocktails and Vintage Spirits, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail adds another 20 fine recipes to his hand-picked collection of 80 rare-and-worth-rediscovered drink recipes, shares revelations about the latest cocktail trends, provides new resources for uncommon ingredients, and profiles of many of the cocktail world's movers and shakers. Historic facts, expanded anecdotes, and full-color vintage images from extremely uncommon sources round out this must-have volume. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale.
Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture [TTC Video]
25 September 2017, 01:27
Course No 3822 | MP4, AVC, 2170 kbps, 1280x720 | English, AAC, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 12.55GB
With an astonishing 5,000 years of history, China is one of the world’s great civilizations, as well as a burgeoning superpower on the world stage. For a major portion of its existence—until as recently as the early 20th century—China was an empire, one of the greatest and most powerful the world has ever known.
It was during this long and diverse imperial era that the iconic features of Chinese civilization came into being: its art, architecture, literature, philosophy, spiritual traditions, social and bureaucratic structures, technological innovations, and more.
A knowledge of China’s imperial past is essential for any understanding of its present, as today’s China is linked in numerous ways to the remarkable culture of its empire. But a standard historical approach—looking at political, social, or economic events from a distance—is apt to leave us on the outside of China’s imperial experience, one of the most richly fascinating and revealing chapters in the story of civilization.
Here, then, is a brilliant and riveting alternate look at history, and a course unlike any other you’ll find on China. Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture takes you to the heart of life during China’s imperial dynasties, revealing the empire’s historical unfolding through the lives of individual people of all walks of life, spanning the centuries from the empire’s founding in 221 BCE to its dissolution in 1912. The inspired and detailed presentation of Professor Andrew R. Wilson of the U.S. Naval War College is vivid cultural history at its most compelling and insightful.
Journey to One of History’s Greatest Empires
In 24 extraordinary lectures, you’ll explore numerous vital facets of life in imperial China, such as these:
- Visit the Qin imperial necropolis in 211 BCE, where an army of masons, painters, and potters labored to assemble the 7,000 terra-cotta warriors, promising emperor Qinshi Huangdi martial dominance in the afterlife.
- Observe how a Chinese daughter became a guixiu or cultivated young lady, from mastering graceful behavior and household skills to the painful rite of foot binding— witness her marriage arrangements, wedding festivities, and her duties as wife.
- Grasp the deeply integral role and meaning of poetry in the Tang Dynasty; see how poetry of distinct genres such as court poetry, nature poetry, and occasional poetry was employed in specific social settings—even including verses scribbled on the flesh of courtesans.
- Travel to Xanadu, the bejeweled imperial seat of Kublai Khan, and witness the multiculturalism of the Mongol rulers of China through the eyes of Marco Polo, the missionary Giovanni de Montecorvino, and other Western observers.
Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture shows you how life was actually lived in the world-shaping times of China’s empire. Across the span of the course, you’ll discover what daily existence was like for government bureaucrats, scholars, and women of the court, as well as for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, and even for concubines, eunuchs, and imperial cooks. Drawing on decades of dedicated research, Professor Wilson uncovers how these people and many others lived, what they ate, and what their activities and concerns were—their world and their worldview—all set against the backdrop of the richness, the diversity, the genius, and the splendor of imperial China.
Through these intimate glimpses of individual lives—across the great dynastic eras of the Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing—you’ll gain an inside look at China’s empire, how its traditions developed, and how the Chinese civilization we know came to be.
Look Deeply into Chinese Dynastic Life
In these enthralling lectures, Professor Wilson introduces you to a stunning range of subject matter, revealing all strata of life and society within imperial China. Among core aspects of imperial life, you’ll delve into:
- Opulent Lifestyles of the Han Nobility: Through stunning tomb artifacts, visualize the sumptuous mansion and social existence of Xin Zhui, prominent Han noblewoman. Take account of her family’s luxurious household, silk garments, lavish banquets, and entertainments, as well as their concern for learning and scholarship during the empire’s first golden age.
- Life on the Imperial Grand Canal: Discover the ingenious engineering, the lore, and the vast historical role of the Grand Canal, as it linked and integrated the empire economically, culturally, and politically. Witness the operation of the canal by bargemen, merchants, shipping brokers, customs agents, and others, and learn how the fortunes of the canal reflected those of the empire itself.
- The Celebrated Song Literati: Take the measure of the cultured class of gentlemen-scholars known as literati. Follow the careers, writings, and societal roles of two exemplars of this tradition: Su Shi, public servant, poet, painter, raconteur, and style setter; and Zhu Xi, educator, moral philosopher and Neo-Confucian innovator.
- The Empire’s Peasant Heartland: Within two lectures on rural life, investigate agriculture in the empire and the daily lives of peasants—their work and gender roles, family composition, homes, diet, and clothing. Learn also how rural workers cultivated and harvested rice, grew and processed tea, and produced China’s iconic silk.
- Sophisticated Living under the Ming: In the 16th century, grasp how flourishing trade in luxury goods and the import of New World silver gave rise to a remarkable era of high living—seen in the appearance of dinner parties; palatial restaurants; high fashion; pleasure travel; how-to guides for cooking, painting, and other leisure activities; commercial sex; and more.
- Imperial Gastronomy—The Qing Emperor’s Kitchens: At emperor Qianlong’s spectacular summer retreat, observe the massive apparatus of the Imperial Buttery as it prepares a luxuriant banquet. See how imperial menus reflected the social rank of diners, and how an epic feast in 1793 served as the setting for a Sino-British diplomatic encounter.
Explore the Dazzling Spectrum of Imperial Culture
Throughout the course, Professor Wilson’s detailed knowledge of China’s empire makes this an endlessly intriguing and engrossing journey. Within the wealth of historical narratives covered, he demonstrates a flair for describing events from centuries past as if they’re unfolding in present time.
Join aspiring bureaucrats on the path to the harrowing civil service examinations. From the years of studious preparation to the heart-stopping ordeal of the exams, you witness the process that forged the jinshi, the “elevated men” who administered the empire. In another unique experience, enter the opium salons of the elite, where connoisseurs savor the drug in pipes fashioned of cloisonné, silver, or ivory.
Your travels within the empire include such memorable sights as the grand boulevards, splendorous palaces and imposing temples of Chang’an, the medieval world’s greatest city, and the Qingming Shanghetu, a 17-foot painted scroll that gloriously portrays Song Dynasty life. And you’ll meet unforgettable human beings, whose lives vividly reveal the world around them, such as Ban Zhao, Han-era woman of letters, poet, scholar, and teacher; Tao Yuanming, Daoist luminary and the empire’s first great poet; Zhu Yuanzhang, powerful warlord and founder of the Ming Dynasty; and Hong Xiuquan, visionary reformer and architect of the religiously-inspired Taiping Rebellion.
In Professor Wilson’s dynamic presentation, China’s great empire comes alive in all its brilliance, poignancy, and majesty. Enriched with extraordinary imagery—artworks, texts, photos, timelines, maps, and animations—Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture is your passport to this phenomenal, historic world.
The Ottoman Empire [TTC Video]
25 September 2017, 00:54
Course No 3160 | M4V, AVC, 600 kbps, 640x360 | AAC, 160 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 6.04GB
When confronting the future, nations and civilizations always look to the past for guidance, lessons, and a shared sense of purpose and meaning. For the peoples of the Middle East, that immediate past is the Ottoman Empire.
In the West, we often overlook the fact that the achievements of the Ottoman Empire at the zenith of its power matched those of contemporary Western Europe – as well as the other great Islamic states of Safavid Iran and Mughal India. According to Kenneth W. Harl, award-winning professor of Classical and Byzantine history at Tulane University, “the cultural achievements of Ottoman civilization still endure, and they speak of a wealthy and sophisticated Islamic civilization.”
It is by understanding the vast, dramatic story of the Ottoman Empire – from its early years as a collection of raiders and conquerors to its undeniable power in the 15th and 16th centuries to its catastrophic collapse in the wreckage of the First World War – that one can better grasp the current complexities of the Middle East, including geopolitical tensions between Turkey and its Balkan and Middle Eastern neighbors, the sustained political and cultural power of Islam, and the balancing act between religious tradition and cultural modernity.
What made the Ottoman Empire such a match with the empires of the early modern world? What, in fact, made this empire unlike any other in human history? What forces were responsible for shaping this brilliant civilization—and what forces led to its ultimate destruction? These are just some of the questions you’ll explore alongside Professor Harl in The Ottoman Empire. Over the course of 36 historically rich and enlightening lectures, you’ll investigate more than 600 years of history that cover the nature of Ottoman identity, the achievements and oddities of the Sultan’s court, and stories of confrontation and cooperation with the West. The result: a better appreciation for the ways in which the Ottomans created a unique way of life – and how that way of life echoes throughout Europe and across the Middle East.
From “Sublime Porte” to “Sick Man”
To the emissaries of King Francis I in 1536, the Ottoman Empire was called the “Sublime Porte,” referring to the magnificence of the high gate within the empire’s grand Topkapı palace complex. More than 200 years later, Tsar Nicholas I referred to the empire— beginning to lose territory and power—as “the Sick Man of Europe.” Less than 100 years after that, the empire disappeared.
The Ottoman Empire guides you through the rise, flourishing, and fall of one of the most powerful forces in history in a way that makes historical themes and ideas easy to understand. Working chronologically from the empire’s medieval roots to its rebirth as the modern republic of Turkey, Professor Harl groups the lectures around a series of historical moments and themes.
- An Empire is Born: You’ll get an in-depth look at how the Ottoman Empire was first created, and you’ll follow the learning journey it took up through 1632, during the reign of Sultan Murat IV. Along the way, you’ll meet rulers seldom equaled by any other dynasty, including Suleiman the Magnificent – who reigned from 1520 to 1566 and whose iconic rule is still hailed as the apex of Ottoman power.
- The High Ottoman Empire: The classical age of the Ottoman Empire is commonly held as the time between 1453 and 1699. What were its political and religious institutions like? What cultural advancements were made? You’ll dive into two centuries of vitality and originality, covering everything from the imperial economy to Islamic building programs to the development of miniature manuscript paintings.
- When East Met West: Central to the classical age of the Ottoman Empire was its complex relationship with its eastern and Western neighbors, from Safavid Iran to European traders, who both engaged with – and threatened – the traditional Ottoman order. You’ll consider how wars and treaties with the Holy Roman Empire, Venice, Russia and more shifted the balance of power that would pave the way for the empire’s ultimate decline.
- Reform, Collapse, Rebirth: Starting in the late 17th century, the Ottoman Empire began its slow decline, collapse, and partition. After which, a rebirth occurred in the form of the republic of Turkey. Professor Harl unpacks the various historical forces responsible for this, chief among them the First World War and the leadership of Mustafa Kemal.
People, Events, and Themes that Made an Empire
Befitting a story of such epic scope and grandeur, every lecture of The Ottoman Empire is a treasure trove of historical nuggets and fascinating insights into the people, events, themes, and locales responsible for shaping the story of this often overlooked empire.
Told with Professor Harl’s characteristic detail and insight, these and other topics are just a few of what you’ll find laid in these 36 lectures.
- Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes. One of the central figures in the early spiritual transformation of Anatolia was Jalal-ud-din Rumi who, along with his followers, the iconic “whirling dervishes,” used Sufism to create a folk Islam linked to the mores of Anatolian village life.
- Selim the Grim. An ambitious victor of a civil war in 1512, Selim earned his terrifying moniker, Yavuz (“the Grim”), after ordering the execution of all challenges to his rule, including his half-brother, his nephews, and his cousins.
- The Sultan’s Deputies. Something of the Turkish sultan’s right-hand man, the grand viziers, after the mid-16th century, began to assume the foreign policy and administrative power from sultans, who found themselves more involved with spiritual and ceremonial matters.
- Suleiman’s Wars. Not only was Suleiman I one of the Ottoman Empire’s most decisive, influential rulers, he also waged several fierce military campaigns against Safavid Iran (the empire’s main Eastern rival) that were less about territory and more about competing religious claims as to who would lead the Islamic world.
- The Committee of Union and Progress. Between 1909 and 1911, the CUP dominated the Ottoman parliament as something of a shadow government ruling through repression. This is a political model that, Professor Harl notes, would be transmitted to the empire’s successor states in southeastern Europe and the Middle East.
A Fascinating Story Told by a Great Storyteller
Over the years, Professor Harl has been acclaimed by lifelong learners for his ability to untangle historical complexities and recreate the thrill of making historical connections. As a seasoned member of The Great Courses faculty, his expertise in the Classical and Byzantine eras (including scholarly work on classical Anatolia) makes him the perfect guide through centuries of fascinating history.
The winner of numerous teaching awards, including Tulane University’s Sheldon Hackney Award for Excellence in Teaching (on two occasions), Professor Harl has a preternatural ability to make the intricate layers and interconnections of an entire civilization’s history graspable.
A visually rich course, the video editions of The Ottoman Empire come complete with helpful maps that show the historic expansion (and contraction) of the empire; portraits that put a face with some of the many people you encounter in these lectures; photographs and illustrations of Ottoman architecture, illuminated manuscripts, and historic landscapes; and much more.
Welcome to a fascinating story of the triumph and tragedy, war and peace, intellectual progress and civil insurrection of a great empire that, for all its glory and grandeur, has left an important legacy that will shape the future of the Balkan nation-states, the Turkish Republic, and the Arab world – and those of us in the West as well.
The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad [TTC Video]
25 September 2017, 00:37
Course No 8286 | M4V, AVC, 784 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 160 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 4.98GB
Spain has played a unique and pivotal role in Western civilization. It has historically stood at a critical crossroad—a crossroad of geography, of cultures, of religions, of ideas, of trade, and more. Spain’s strategic location, through the centuries, has made it a magnet for multiple different peoples, and it has participated in and witnessed numerous major shifts, trends, and historical moments.
Across 5000 years, from its prehistory and ancient Roman rule to the glory of Moorish al-Andalus, and from its empire building to its religious passions and kingly dynasties, Spain’s history has been extraordinarily dramatic, colorful, poignant, inspiring, and heartrending.
And yet, Spain’s remarkable role has not always been detailed in standard history curricula, at times overshadowed by the high profile of other European powers. But to understand the unfolding of Spain’s epic history is to come to terms with one of the West’s great civilizations, and to grasp its enduring presence and influence on the world stage. Consider these singular features of Spanish history:
- The Renaissance began in Spain 15 years before the rest of Europe;
- Spain was both the instigator and the catalyst for the opening of the New World, spanning North, Central, and South America—leaving Spanish as the world’s second most widely spoken language, following only Chinese;
- Spain was a primary player in the vast commercial revolution that changed the world in the 17th century;
- The collapse of Spain’s great empire both prefigured and sheds light upon the later disintegration of other European empires;
- Spain’s 20th century history reveals much about the rise and fall of fascism in Europe.
In The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad, Professor Emerita Joyce E. Salisbury of the University of Wisconsin unfurls a broad and fascinating panorama of Spanish history, spanning the centuries from the first Neolithic settlement of the peninsula to Spain’s 20th century Civil War.
Linking one extraordinary era with the next, the course begins with how early Spain drew a spectrum of peoples from ancient Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, who formed vibrant communities on the peninsula. From there, you’ll witness the subjugation of the peninsula by both Rome and Gothic peoples, leading to the breathtaking drama of Islamic Spain and the Reconquista, Catholic Spain and the Inquisition, and the conquest of the New World. In the final lectures, you’ll travel into the royal dynasties and dazzling artistic heritage of the Habsburg and Bourbon kings, and you’ll track Spain’s storied emergence into the modern world.
These 24 accessible and highly enjoyable lectures offer you a penetrating overview of the development of Spanish civilization. Designed for a wide audience, the course presents a comprehensive picture of Spanish life and culture, encompassing history, architecture and art, religion, science, and the humanities, as well as offering many pointers for travel in Spain, highlighting the country’s outstanding historical and cultural sights, and why they’re important.
A Thrilling Journey through Five Millennia of History
In the course’s opening, you’ll trace the melding of Neolithic peoples, Celts, Greeks, Phoenicians, and other immigrants who gave the Spanish peninsula its unique character. Across the centuries of history and the numerous seminal epochs the course illuminates, you’ll witness extraordinary historic moments such as:
- The Kingdom of the Visigoths–Following Rome’s imperial domination of the region, discover how the Visigoths wrested control of the peninsula, and contemplate the remarkable society they built–a culture that produced great art, codes of law, theology, and hugely influential scholarship in the intellectual centers of Toledo and Seville;
- The Golden Age of Islamic Spain–Take account of the nearly seven centuries of Islamic rule of Spain, and its zenith in the legendary Caliphate of Córdoba; grasp the underpinnings of Córdoba’s great wealth, and its astonishing achievements in art, science, aesthetics, and learning, that spread its fame across the known world;
- Spain’s Catholic Passion–Track the deeply integral presence of Catholicism in Spanish life over the centuries. Learn about Spain’s role in the establishment of the Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the Inquisition; trace Spain’s bloody wars against Protestants and Muslims, as well as its history and remarkable resurgence of religious tolerance;
- The New World: Treasure and Tragedy–Witness how Columbus’s voyages led to the carving out of vast Spanish possessions in the Americas; follow the huge commercial empire which transpired, and the exploits of conquistadors, missionaries, and pirates, against a backdrop of economic oppression, slavery, and the decimation of native populations;
- The Habsburgs: A Splendorous Era–In yet another illustrious epoch, learn how the Habsburg kings spent Spain’s New World treasure in the glorious architecture of Madrid and the El Escorial summer palace, and in fostering an artistic renaissance in the work of some of history’s greatest painters, composers, and literary artists;
- Spain in the Modern World–Following the disintegration of Spain’s empire, observe its adaptations and contributions to the modern era, from its great 20th century artistic and intellectual innovators to its trials under the dictator Francisco Franco and its place as a vibrant 21st century nation.
A Rich Tapestry of Spanish Culture
As a primary strength of this course, Professor Salisbury brings to the table a vast and extraordinarily detailed knowledge of the Iberian Peninsula; its history as well as its unique culture. Demonstrating a flair for historical narrative, she expertly conveys the monumental scope and movement of events while at the same time revealing details that make the story compellingly three-dimensional. In her descriptions of the ancient trade in garum (Roman fish sauce, a surprisingly valuable commodity), the glittering court culture of Islamic Spain, and the features of life aboard Columbus’s ships, these distant eras come vividly alive.
Intertwined with the unfolding of Spanish history, Professor Salisbury illuminates Spain’s iconic cultures, and its phenomenal contributions to art, architecture, literature, music, theology, and learning. In the lecture on Spain’s gypsy heritage, you’ll explore the origins and forms of flamenco music and dance, and their deep links to gypsy and Andalusian culture. You’ll learn how the ritual of bullfighting—held as an art form in Spain—evolved from its origins as an equestrian pastime of the nobility to its markedly altered modern form.
Across the centuries, you’ll explore jewels of Spanish architecture, from the resplendent Moorish Alhambra and Alcázar of Seville to the sublime Sagrada Familia cathedral of Catalan modernist Antoni Gaudí. Professor Salisbury also highlights the evolution and forms of Spanish music, spanning the eras from the music of Islamic Spain to the great Baroque composers Guerrero and de Victoria and the 19th century master Albeniz. And you’ll encounter Spain’s geniuses of the visual and written arts, encompassing such masters as the painters Velasquez, el Greco, Goya, and Picasso, and writers from the philosophers Averroes and Maimonides to literary greats Lope de Vega and Cervantes.
The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad takes you on a wide-ranging journey through the remarkable scope of Spanish civilization, life, and culture. Travel with us to this extraordinary land, and savor the majesty and the great human drama of the story of Spain.
The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America [TTC Video]
25 September 2017, 00:25
Course No 7782 | M4V, AVC, 687 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 157 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 5.45GB
Birds have often held a special fascination for humanity. Venerated as deities and powerful symbols in the mythology of ancient Egypt, China, the Maya, and other cultures, through the millennia birds have remained mysterious, magnetic, and irresistible. In the 18th and 19th centuries, naturalists traveled the earth in search of the most resplendent avian species, and the advent of science has only increased interest in the amazingly varied world of birds. Today this fascination continues in the modern activity of birding, a passionate and well organized pursuit for people around the world.
Birding is a pastime that enriches and challenges hobbyists on multiple levels. Going beyond basic bird identification, birding includes a far-reaching look into matters such as bird behavior, migration, habitats, conservation, and the science behind them. Ultimately, birding offers the opportunity to participate in the systematic study of birds, and to help science advance its understanding of them. As such, birding involves direct contact with one of our primary treasures of wildlife, and some of the most beautiful of all living creatures.
Now, The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America, taught by internationally respected birding expert James Currie, takes you deeply into this compelling, delightful, and multifaceted field, focusing on the astounding wealth of bird species found in North America.
Among the world’s top birding territories, North America–encompassing the United States, Canada, and Mexico–holds a special place. With its rich geographical diversity and wide range of wildlife habitats, North America is a paradise of bird species, and an inexhaustible field of interest for birders from around the globe. From iconic species such as the soaring California Condor, the fiery-pink American flamingo, and the magnificent frigatebird to the raptors, wading birds, forest and desert dwellers, seabirds, and the melodious songbirds that populate our own neighborhoods, North America offers one of the most outstanding spectrums of bird species in the world.
Discover the Remarkable Lives and Incredible Diversity of Birds
The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America introduces you to the joys of birding and bird identification in 24 engaging and richly enjoyable lectures, which cover the field in comprehensive detail. Across the span of the course, you’ll explore important components of birding, such as
- the essentials of bird anatomy and taxonomy, and how this knowledge helps you critically in the field;
- a thorough study of how to identify birds, plus related topics such as birding by ear, and birding at night;
- key optical equipment for birding, highlighting binoculars and spotting scopes, and how to use them; and
- the exciting activity of locating, approaching, and observing birds in the field.
You’ll also take a detailed look at the vast range of North American bird species, using the forthcoming 7th edition of the classic National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America as a foundation and reference, as well as learning about further important facets of birding, such as how to photograph birds, the best North American birding locations, and important elements of bird conservation.
In their remarkable scope and detail, these lectures are of great value not only for beginning birders, but for experienced enthusiasts who would like to extend and enrich their knowledge. Employing the vast resources of National Geographic, the renowned leader in wildlife and nature education, the course takes you into the field, using filmed demonstrations, location videos, and audio recordings of birdsong, as well as an abundance of visual images. With their substantial material on bird photography, these 24 content-rich lessons are a valuable reference for photographers and will deepen your appreciation of the wonders of the world around you, in the extraordinary lives of the birds which surround us yet often go unnoticed.
Learn the Many Enthralling Facets of Birding
Mr. Currie brings a lifetime of birding experience and a breathtaking knowledge of the avian world to this course, opening doors to every aspect of this world-spanning activity. A warm and inspiring lecturer, he devotes the course’s first half to a study of birding’s core elements, including:
- Bird Identification–In building bird identification skills, learn to recognize orders, families, and species of birds by specific physical characteristics, such as their shape or silhouette, size, color, and anatomical features; additionally, study many other factors which aid in the challenges of identification, encompassing birds’ flight patterns, habitats, geographic ranges, feeding habits, and more;
- The Roles and Dazzling Variety of Bird Plumage–Investigate the functions and different types of bird feathers and plumage variations; observe how many species pass through multiple plumage phases within their lifetime; how others undergo radical seasonal changes in plumage; and how evolution produces the shimmering colors of species such as the green jay, the eared quetzal, and the roseate spoonbill;
- The Extraordinary Phenomenon of Birdsong—Learn how to recognize bird calls, and about the astonishing ways birds vocalize to communicate; discover how many melodic bird songs are actually “boasts”; how some birds have a repertoire of different alarm calls; and how specific species actually develop regional “dialects”;
- Avian Migration—Study the remarkable story of migration, as it manifests in numerous bird species; investigate awe-inspiring examples, from the 25,000-mile seasonal flight of the arctic tern to the spring roosting in Nebraska of half a million sandhill cranes;
- The Marvel of Bird Behavior—Grasp how knowledge of bird behavior aids identification; take account of striking behavioral features such as the western grebe’s dramatic, synchronized mating ritual; the white pelican’s group “herding” of fish; and the mockingbird’s ability to learn over 200 different songs, mimicking other species and environmental sounds;
- Encountering Birds in the Field—Learn key field methods for observing birds; stealth techniques for tracking and approaching birds; ways to attract birds by mimicking bird calls and predators; and how to bring birds into your own yard or surroundings.
Explore North America’s Limitless Birding Opportunities
Spanning the North American continent, you’ll delve into the specifics of bird habitats, from forest and desert to wetlands, chaparral, and tundra, finding the unique avian species that make them their home, as well as how to observe birds in these types of terrain. You’ll also study the principle flyways of bird migration across North America, from east to west and north to south, and the spectacles of migrating species you can observe in each.
After you have learned the basics of birding, you’ll devote six lectures to a panoramic view of the bird species of North America, using vivid color images of our miraculous range of birdlife. Beginning with pelagic (ocean) birds, you’ll encounter waterfowl and shorebirds, raptors, and bird families containing the cuckoos, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, kingfishers, and many others, before taking a three-lecture tour of the Passerine order, the largest group, comprising the perching or songbirds. Finally, from the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge to Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park, you’ll investigate 23 of the top North American birding spots, locations which attract many hundreds of species.
Throughout the course, Mr. Currie speaks eloquently of the need for conservation of our precious bird species, and what we as individuals can do to protect endangered birds and their habitats. You’ll also learn about organizations that promote avian welfare, and how you can participate directly in their efforts, both at home and in the field.
The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America is your key to the extraordinary world of birds and birding–in your own backyard as well as across our majestic continent; an endlessly diverse and rewarding pursuit which offers you a lifetime of pleasure and discovery.