This cookbook starts off with a brief history of cookbooks in the United States and then moves into Missouri written and published cookbooks. It shows how early cookbooks where a record of our cultural heritage. How the cooks of the day would move from recipes for a fine dinner on one page to recipes to keep ants out of the house and add color to a flowers bloom on the next then back to recipes for every day meals.
The authors used more than 150 publications to discuss Missouri’s cookbook heritage. They started with manuscript cookbooks from 1821 in St Louis including those from the William Clark family. Yes, that’s Clark from the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. They continue on to modern days including the popularity and fundraising efforts of community and civic group cookbooks and how the state’s beef council has put recipes on the Internet.
An informative, fun history of cooking, every day life and even politics in Missouri.
When you think of migration you think of birds flying south for the winter. I never really thought about the northern migrations for the summer months until I read this book. This is a beautifully illustrated sparse look at migration to and from the Arctic. It starts with those animals like polar bears who spend all year long in the Arctic. They travel over the frozen tundra during the winter months. But once spring begins and plants start to break through the ice they are joined by more and more animals from birds to whales to caribou to wolves. In all 180 species migrate to the Arctic each year. There isn’t a whole lot of text on these beautiful pages, but there is enough to tell the story. I really appreciated the end matter at the back that gives a little more information on the animals and northern migration.
As the title says, this is about all ghosts, past and present, good and bad, easily seen and hidden. They have been seen, heard, or felt by people of all ages, all over the world. Some have been returning because something in their lives was not finished. Some want to pass on information to the living. Some seem to just want to be noticed and perhaps frighten their audience. Most people have noticed unusual situations, but try to ignore them or are reluctant to mention them to others. The author brings up happenings from the Roman ages to the present that have been observed, smelled, or felt. Sometimes it is a scene or group happening, such as a battle or alignment of soldiers, a disaster taking place, or a sad or happy gathering of people. It seems that ghosts, or spirits, are all around us, noticed by some, but not all of us. The author even gives the steps to take to put yourself into a state of mind to be more aware of the spirits (if you choose to do so).
If you love wine you’ve probably gone to the store to buy a bottle and stood in front of the shelves and asked yourself these questions. Should I try something different, how much should I spend, why would I buy wine in a box and how did so many different wines from all over the world end up at my local store? Globalization is one answer. The author of Wine Wars, Mike Veseth, is a wine economist. Wine is a product and if you want to market it you have to keep up with the times. Global warming and the economy have a lot to do with wine. If you read the label of most bottles you might find that it doesn’t have one type of wine in it. The cheaper brands might have a mixture of various varieties. How it got to your store might surprise you. It could’ve been shipped in huge vats by cargo ship and then bottled here in the USA. It’s cheaper and there is less breakage. Most countries produce wine but the people who live there may not drink it. Germany produces white wines mostly because of the climate but the population prefers red wine. I learned a lot about wine and the world and you might find this book interesting if you enjoy wine.
It’s pretty rare that I read non-fiction, but when it’s packaged up all nice and comic-like, it’s much easier for me to be willing to pick it up. And this book is well-worth picking up. Brooke Gladstone of NPR takes the reader through an extensive investigation into journalism and the media. If you think you know the media, you likely don’t even know a fraction of the story. Gladstone not only tells us of the history of media, particularly American-style reporting, she also reveals the biases of both the media and the consumer. When all these pieces are put into context, we begin to realize just how ingrained our assumptions and biases are.
In spite of coming to the difficult conclusion that completely unbiased and transparent journalism is next to impossible, the book does end on a hopeful note. Gladstone’s aim is to help us all become better consumers of media and ends by noting “We get the media we deserve.” An important book that should become required reading for anyone who creates or consumes media, which is to say, all of us.
I’m always up for a good etymology book and this one had me laughing out loud. I was surprised at how many of the “old sayings” I grew up hearing in the country really were replacements for swear words. Of course some were obvious and as the author says any word can become a swear word using the right tone and body language just some won’t get you sent to the principal’s office or written up by your boss.
Our bodies can go through a lot when we are dead and Mary Roach discusses it all. This book takes a look at the life of the human cadaver. Roach tells us what happens when you donate your body to science (you are probably going to be used for surgery practice), how bodies are used for crash test dummies, head transplants, crucifixion studies, human composting and so much more. The life of the human cadaver is fascinating, often gross, but never boring. I can say the same thing about this book. Not the best thing to read while eating, although I did, but it will definitely keep you interested. I loved the chapters on ancient medicines made from human remains and human secretions and human excrement and a whole lot of other things you don’t want to think about. I found the crash test dummy chapter and the airplane crash chapter equally fascinating. But nothing can really top the human head transplant chapter. That was some seriously page turning stuff! This book will make you think about your remains and what you want done with them. Will you go for the traditional burial, cremation, human composting, or donate your body to science?
There is a town in Wales called Hay-on-Wye that has forty bookstores. Paul Collins and his family visited it and decided to move there from San Francisco. Paul is an author and is writing a book called Banvard’s Folly. This book, however, is about their experiences at the “Town of Books”. He and his wife think it’s the perfect place to raise their son and search for a house to buy. Sixpence House was a pub at one time but is now for sale and falling apart. Anyone who loves books would want to live in Hay-on-Wye. Right? Is too much of a good thing bad? Maybe so.
From Cover to Cover is an excellent resource for anyone who talks about, reviews or purchases children’s books. It has clear and concise chapters on every type of children’s book: nonfiction, poetry, chapter books, picture books, etc. While the subtitle states this book is about evaluating and review, the majority of the book is on evaluating books. Reviewing doesn’t come in until the final chapter. Not that it is a bad thing. The information in the evaluating chapters is great. Horning goes into the history of the literature, the different parts, what you should look at and how to evaluate it. She even gives examples of excellent books in each genre. Great resource and very helpful.
I love Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and thought I would check out this book to see if it had some of the recipes I have heard on the show. The book takes us throughout the country to place Fieri has visited on the show. The intros to each location are typical Guy Fieri and really remind me of the show. He does give us a lot of background and reminds us about what makes the place special. I really enjoyed the pictures and the guy asides. I didn’t try any of the recipes and some of them are definitely ones I would never make. There seemed to be a lot of recipes for coleslaw for example. Why? I am sure the restaurants got to submit whatever recipes they wanted but they often weren’t even the ones they are famous for. This is a fun book to peruse but reading it cover to cover isn’t really necessary.
Wonderful book on evolution for elementary age students. This book has clear and concise chapters on everything from DNA to continental drift to fossils to diseases. The illustrations are wonderfully clear and bright and really fit the text. Of course, there is so much covered by the book (basically everything that falls under evolution) that it only skims the surface on each topic. But there are a lot of wonderful tidbits of information in here that I wasn’t aware of. I never thought of the study of diseases and drug-resistant bacterias as evolution but it is. I didn’t realize there were 60 different kinds of honeycreepers in Hawaii and that they all came from finches. There is lots of good info in this book and all of it is a good jumping off place for the study of evolution.
I’m very proud of myself, I read a book that contained five thousand spells. Yes, it is a reference book but an important book if you are interested in the magical arts. The books give you all the spells and rituals. There is a formulary index, botanical classifications to help avoid any confusion. There is a warning saying this book is an overview and doesn’t mean someone should actually perform some of these spells. The really interesting part is how the spells come from different traditions, places and eras. Finally, each section the history and use of certain items, such as, candles.
Musicophilia – music as affliction and music as treatment – so the philia is like in hemophilia, (not as in Anglophilia lover of english stuff).
Dr Sacks writes about his experience with different neurology patients, particularly those with injuries that led to changes in their musicality.
I had thought I’d learn a lot more neurophysiology, but Sacks delved more into the patients lives and interactions. The synesthesia (cross-sensory perception) parts were really interesting.
“The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement” is just as scarey now as it was when written in the 1960s. Chemicals are partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world. Insecticides and weed sprays are still used everywhere there is a pest. When first tried, many birds, animals, good trees and plants, and humans died from the effects. They have supposedly been chemically changed to only harm the chosen items, but who knows what effects are still damaging others without recognition? The leader of the insecticides, DDT, was first synthesized by a German chemist in 1874, and won the Nobel Prize in 1939. Forms of it are still in many pesticides today. Carson noted that “since mid 1940′s over 200 basic chemicals have been created for use in killing insects, weeds, rodents, and other organisms described in modern vernacular as ‘pests’.” Many more have been invented now. Today we have many cancer-producing agents. What will be next? This is a very frightening story that is still being seen taking place around the world.
Has the internet become a replacement for personal memory? This and many more questions are discussed in this book about the impact the internet has on our daily lives. When we read a blog or article on-line we don’t seem to read every word. There are so many distractions like ads and links that take our attention away. Does that mean we aren’t getting all the facts. A lot of us multitask while on-line so we don’t miss out on anything going on in the world or our own personal lives. I personally didn’t understand a lot of what Nicholas Carr was referring to, especially how the brain works, but I agree the internet can be an addiction. Whether that’s a good thing or not is up to each person.
Wonderful little book full of recipes, crafts, and quotations from the garden. Arranged by the seasons, it is an inspirational and lovely book. My favorite quote in the book is from Luther Burbank ” A flower is an educated weed”
Great book for anyone who gardens or would like to start. A selection of 101 easy to grow plants with kid appeal. There are sections about house plants, annuals, perennials, fruits, and vegetables. Full of wonderful illustrations and project ideas.
This is a brief book mostly filled with proverbs, holy verses, on being grateful, on being thankful, for everything even the bad, awful things. Ok, so I can see where having a lame foot, is better than having no foot at all, and where one could express gratitude for that, but I’m opposed to being grateful for things like rape, war, bullying. Your bodily scars are NOT stronger places – they are weak points, your skin is less likely to heal from further injuries – an analogy (Alice Walker, I believe).
It had a little bit of research on gratitude studies – which I liked but they didn’t clearly explain all of the result outcomes.
I didn’t like the male dominated language (generic pronoun, as well as deity pronoun) – the social sciences don’t permit this type of discriminatory language any more (because of scientific research). Also, since it was cataloged as a 153, it should be predominantly a psychology, self-help book, but it had far more religious material/theology than I’d expected, probably should have been a 200.
Various political speeches and presentations by Jim Hightower. I really liked his quote I’m paraphrasing “an agitator in a washing-machine gets rid of the dirt, so being an agitator is a good thing”. He notes that we need both the bean-sprout eaters and the snuff-dippers working together ; and though the Christian Coalition and bean-sprout eaters may not have much in common on social issues, they do agree up and down on economic issues. He then goes on to dismiss the terms conservative and liberal, saying these are political ideologies, what is more useful in categorizing voters is by how much money you make. How many of you make more than $28,400? Michael Eisner head of Pixar makes $28,400, not in a year, not in a month, not in a week, no, he makes that much in an hour. Whew! Puts $71 million a year into perspective.
These are the sort of interesting things you learn on this Audiobook.
This book shows the houses both inside and out of various artists’ homes. The only artist I recognized was Paolo Soleri – I have actually toured Arcosanti an experimental city north of Phoenix that Soleri designed. I loved the place (the book features Cosanti which is in Phoenix) – it was bright, cool colorful, cheery, even though it uses lots and lots of concrete in its design (see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Arcosanti-Panorama-800.jpg). I can’t imagine that Cosanti looks so different. However, all of the pictures of homes in the book (including Cosanti), look cold, damp, faded, and dreary – I wondered if the photographer used a “drear” filter on the lens, or maybe someone sabotaged all the pictures so that the book wouldn’t be a hit – I checked it was published in 2011, so they couldbn’t have faded to these dull colors.
I was surprised at how many of these architect designers wind up NOT living in their own creations, supposedly it just happens to work out that way for some reason – if I designed a house that I liked, I’d be living there.
What I liked about the book, was the extensive photos of each artist’s house. Other books, show a few cramped photos. It would have been nice to see the layout or plan of individual houses, but what I’d really like is to see a version of this book that looks at Contemporary artists (like Laurel Burch, or Sherrill Kahn, or Tim Holtz, or Lynne Perella) instead of Modern Artists, with extensive photos, and good colored photos.