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Braiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Aug 11, 2015)
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Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmere...
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Sarah Taber
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
by Samin Nosrat (Apr 25, 2017)
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A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared “America’s next great cooking teacher” by Alice Waters.In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new cul...
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Ben Silbermann
How Not to Die
Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM (Dec 08, 2015)
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From the physician behind the wildly popular website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, D...
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Amy Tan
The Food Lab
Better Home Cooking Through Science
by J. Kenji López-Alt (Sep 21, 2015)
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Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)—and use a foolproof...
On Food and Cooking
The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
by Harold McGee (Nov 23, 2004)
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Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is a kitchen classic. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into so...
The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
by Angela Liddon (Mar 04, 2014)
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After a decade of struggling with an eating disorder and subsisting on diet, low-calorie processed foods, Angela Liddon vowed to get healthy once and for all. Done with feeling sick and tired, she threw out her fat-free butter spray and low-calorie frozen dinners. Instead, Angela embraced whole foods that made her glow from the inside out. But firs...
The Shadow of the Sun
by Ryszard Kapuscinski (Apr 09, 2002)
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In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that foll...
Magnolia Table
A Collection of Recipes for Gathering
by Joanna Gaines (Apr 24, 2018)
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Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines' warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and classic comfort selections from the couple's new Waco restaurant, Magnolia Table.Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and fri...
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Dinnertime - Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper
by Ree Drummond (Oct 20, 2015)
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THERE’S NO TIME LIKE DINNERTIME!Oh, don’t get me wrong. I adore breakfast. I love lunch! But dinnertime definitely tops them all. It’s the time of day when we reunite with our sweeties, our kids, our friends, our parents . . . and catch up on the events of the day over something mouthwatering and delicious. Dinnertime anchors us, nourishes us, and ...
The Invention of Nature
Alexander von Humboldt's New World
by Andrea Wulf (Oct 04, 2016)
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North Ame...
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2
A Classic Continued
by Julia Child (Sep 12, 1983)
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The sequel to the classic Mastering the Art of French CookingHere, from Julia Child and Simone Beck, is the sequel to the cooking classic that has inspired a whole American generation to new standards of culinary taste and artistry. On the principle that “mastering any art is a continuing process,” they continued, during the years since the publica...
Flour Water Salt Yeast
The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]
by Ken Forkish (Sep 18, 2012)
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From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker.There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Po...
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1
A Cookbook
by Julia Child (Sep 12, 1983)
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For over fifty years, New York Times bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking has been the definitive book on the subject for American readers. Featuring 524 delicious recipes, in its pages home cooks will find something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cui...
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
by Gary Taubes (Sep 23, 2008)
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Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight, and DiseaseIn this groundbreaking book, the result of seven years of research in every science connected with the impact of nutrition on health, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.For decades we have been...
Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
by Yotam Ottolenghi (Mar 23, 2011)
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With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the world of cookery and food writing. This exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from his column 'The New Vegetarian' for the Guardian's Weekend magazine, and features both brand-new recip...
Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan (Apr 26, 2016)
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“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.” —Sports IllustratedBarbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing ...
Last Chance to See
by Douglas Adams (Oct 13, 1992)
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Join author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures....
American Wolf
A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
by Nate Blakeslee (Jul 31, 2018)
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ASIN moved from this editionThe enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Before humans ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decad...
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
by Judi Kingry (May 01, 2020)
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Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving contains over 400 delicious and creative recipes. Home canning puts the pleasures of eating natural, delicious produce at your fingertips year round. Preserving food is as modern and practical as the latest food trend, and its really quite simple. Easy-to-understand detailed instructions provide all the informa...
The Skinnytaste Cookbook
Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
by Gina Homolka (Sep 30, 2014)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERGet the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-...
A Cookbook
by Yotam Ottolenghi (Oct 16, 2012)
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With Jerusalem, Ottolenghi re-teams with his friend and co-owner of his restaurants, Sami Tamimi. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year: Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. In this book they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city together, and present an authentic collection of recipes that reflects th...
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Sam Kass
The Way to Cook
by Julia Child (Sep 18, 1989)
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In this magnificent new cookbook, illustrated with full color throughout, Julia Child give us her magnum opus the distillation of a lifetime of cooking. And she has an important message for Americans today. . .to the health-conscious: make a habit of good home cooking so that you know you are working with the best and freshest ingredients and you c...
A Novel
by Gregory David Roberts (Oct 01, 2005)
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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by ...
The Bread Baker's Apprentice
Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
by Peter Reinhart (Nov 14, 2001)
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Co-founder of the legendary Brother Juniper’s Bakery, author of the landmark books Brother Juniper’s Bread Book and Crust & Crumb, and distinguished instructor at the world’s largest culinary academy, Peter Reinhart has been a leader in America’s artisanal bread movement for over fifteen years. Never one to be content with yesterday’s baking triump...
A Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold (Dec 12, 1986)
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"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir." San Francisco ChronicleThese astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape -- the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. A stunning tribute to our land and a bold challenge ...
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Mike Phillips
The French Laundry Cookbook
by Thomas Keller (Nov 01, 1999)
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2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—“the most exciting place to eat in the United States” (The New York Times). The most transformative cookbook of the century celebrates this milestone by showcasing the genius of chef/proprietor Thomas Keller himself. Keller is a wizard, a purist, a ma...
5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food
by Jamie Oliver (Oct 24, 2017)
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Jamie keeps it super-simpleCooking doesn't have to be complicated - that's why Jamie's 5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food is sure to become your new best friend in the kitchen.It's all about making the journey to good food very, very simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a meal together fast, whether it's finished...
Nom Nom Paleo
Food for Humans (Volume 1)
by Michelle Tam (Dec 17, 2013)
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By the creators of the critically-acclaimed leading Paleo food blog, ...
The Return of Nature to a British Farm
by Isabella Tree (Mar 21, 2019)
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Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp in West Sussex was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the ...
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Ben Goldsmith
The China Study
Revised and Expanded Edition
by T. Colin Campbell (Dec 27, 2016)
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The revised and expanded edition of the bestseller that changed millions of livesThe science is clear. The results are unmistakable.You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet.More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams ...
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James Cameron
Hungry for More
by Chrissy Teigen (Sep 18, 2018)
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After the extraordinary success of Cravings, Chrissy Teigen comes back with more of her signature wit and take-no-prisoners flavor bombs.Cravings: Hungry for More takes us further into Chrissy’s kitchen…and life. It’s a life of pancakes that remind you of blueberry pie, eating onion dip with your glam squad, banana bread that breaks the internet, a...
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Mindy Kaling
The One-Straw Revolution
An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics)
by Masanobu Fukuoka (Jun 02, 2009)
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Fukuoka demonstrates how the way we look at farming influences the way we look at health, the school, nature, nutrition, spiritual health and life itself. He joins the healing of the land to the process of purifying the human spirit and proposes a way of life and a way of farming in which such healing can take place....
Bread and Wine
A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes
by Shauna Niequist (Sep 05, 2017)
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This book is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger, Shauna Niequist, this mix of Girl Meets God and the Food Network is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared and life around the table, and...
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs
A Beginner's Guide
by Rosemary Gladstar (Apr 10, 2012)
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Widely recognized as the godmother of modern herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar is renowned worldwide for her inspired teaching and trustworthy knowledge of healing herbs. With Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, Gladstar offers a fresh introduction for a new generation of gardeners and natural health and self-sufficiency enthusiasts.Thirty-three of the...
Atlas Obscura
An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
by Joshua Foer (Sep 20, 2016)
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Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.Here are natural wondersthe dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa thats so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. ...
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Adam Savage
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Food from My Frontier
by Ree Drummond (Mar 13, 2012)
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I'm Pioneer Woman.And I love to cook.Once upon a time, I fell in love with a cowboy. A strapping, rugged, chaps-wearing cowboy. Then I married him, moved to his ranch, had his babies . . . and wound up loving it. Except the manure. Living in the country for more than fifteen years has taught me a handful of eternal truths: every new day is a blessi...
Wild Fermentation
The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
by Sandor Ellix Katz (Sep 01, 2003)
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Bread. Cheese. Wine. Beer. Coffee. Chocolate. Most people consume fermented foods and drinks every day. For thousands of years, humans have enjoyed the distinctive flavors and nutrition resulting from the transformative power of microscopic bacteria and fungi. Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods is the first co...
Tartine Bread
by Chad Robertson (Sep 29, 2010)
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The Tartine Way - Not all bread is created equal"...The most beautiful bread book yet published..." – The New York TimesTartine - A bread bible for the home baker or professional bread-maker! It comes from Chad Robertson, a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States, and co-owner with Elizabeth Prueitt of San Francisco's Tart...
The Lost Words
by Macfarlane (Jan 01, 2017)
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From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural worldAll over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is...
Practical Paleo
A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
by Diane Sanfilippo (Sep 06, 2016)
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Our great-grandmothers didn't need nutrition lessons—then again, they weren't forced to wade through aisle after aisle of packaged foods touting outlandish health claims and confusing marketing jargon. Over the last few decades, we've forgotten what "real food" is—and we're left desperately seeking foods that will truly nourish our bodies. We're di...
Good Eats
Volume 1, The Early Years
by Alton Brown (Oct 01, 2009)
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Alton Brown is a foodie phenomenon: a great cook, a very funny guy, and—underneath it all—a science geek who’s as interested in the chemistry of cooking as he is in eating. (Well, almost.) Here, finally, are the books that Brown’s legion of fans have been salivating for—two volumes that together will provide an unexpurgated record of his long-runni...
The Rings of Saturn
by W. G. Sebald (Nov 08, 2016)
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The Rings of Saturn — with its curious archive of photographs — records a walking tour along the east coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne's skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded...
The Cheese Trap
How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy
by Neal D Barnard MD FACC (Feb 28, 2017)
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New York Times bestselling author Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the shocking truth about cheese-the dangerous addiction that is harming your health-and presents a radical program to lose weight and feel great. We've been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese ca...
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
by Dan Egan (Mar 07, 2017)
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The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-win...
The Third Plate
Field Notes on the Future of Food
by Dan Barber (Apr 07, 2015)
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Not since Michael Pollan has such a powerful storyteller emerged to reform American food. The Washington PostTodays optimistic farm-to-table food culture has a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. In his visionary New York Timesbestselling book, chef Dan Ba...
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Thomas Zacharias
Desert Solitaire
A Season in the Wilderness
by Edward Abbey (Jan 01, 1971)
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First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.Throu...
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Maria Popova
Setting the Table
The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
by Danny Meyer (Jan 10, 2008)
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The bestselling business book from award-winning restauranteur Danny Meyer, of Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake ShackSeventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is no...
The Overstory
A Novel
by Richard Powers (Apr 02, 2019)
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The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wa...
The Sibley Guide to Birds
by David Allen Sibley (Oct 03, 2000)
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The entire birding world, from expert ornithologists to backyard enthusiasts, has been waiting for Sibley's work to be made available in a field-usable form. Containing the renowned artist's superbly lucid and comprehensive text, this guide features more than 6,500 of his detailed paintings. Full color....
American Buffalo
In Search of a Lost Icon
by Steven Rinella (Sep 15, 2009)
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From the host of the Travel Channel’s “The Wild Within.”A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination. In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds—there’s only a 2 percent chanc...
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Joe Rogan
The How Not to Die Cookbook
100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease
by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM (Dec 05, 2017)
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From Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, the physician behind the trusted and wildly popular website, and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Not to Die, comes a beautifully-designed, comprehensive cookbook complete with more than 120 recipes for delicious, life-saving, plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages.Dr. Michael ...
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Amy Tan
The Art of Fermentation
An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World
by Sandor Ellix Katz (May 14, 2012)
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Winner of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship, and a New York Times bestseller, The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through ...
A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane (Jun 04, 2019)
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From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planets past and future.Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his mas...
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Jonathan Green
River Town
Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler (Apr 25, 2006)
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In the heart of China's Sichuan province lies the small city of Fuling. Surrounded by the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, Fuling has long been a place of continuity, far from the bustling political centers of Beijing and Shanghai. But now Fuling is heading down a new path, and gradually, along with scores of other towns in this vast and...
The Art of Eating
50th Anniversary Edition
by M.F.K. Fisher (Feb 20, 2004)
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This book is the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she composed them. Why did she choose food and hunger she was asked, and she replied, 'When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the h...
The Professional Chef
by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) (Sep 13, 2011)
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The Professional Chef, the official text of The Culinary Institute of America's culinary degree program, has taught tens of thousands of chefs the techniques and fundamentals that have launched their careers. Now in a revolutionary revision, The Professional Chef, Seventh Edition not only teaches the reader how, but is designed to reflect why the C...
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
by Marcella Hazan (Jan 01, 2012)
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Title: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: MarcellaHazan <>Publisher: AlfredA.Knopf...
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Mark Bittman
The Big Fat Surprise
Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
by Nina Teicholz (Jan 06, 2015)
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In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.For decade...
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
by Laurie Lee (Sep 01, 1985)
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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, by Lee, Laurie...
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Alastair Humphreys
The Cake Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum (Sep 20, 1988)
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2017 inductee into the IACP Culinary Classics Hall of Fame."If you ever bake a cake, this book will become your partner in the kitchen." -- from the foreword by Maida HeatterThis is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women's magazines, and newspapers, including The New Y...
Fifty Shades of Chicken
A Parody in a Cookbook
by F.L. Fowler (Nov 13, 2012)
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Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more! Fifty chicken recipes, each more seductive than the last, in a book that makes every dinner a turn-on.   “I want you to see this. Then ...
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Shaun White
Nourishing Traditions
The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats
by Sally Fallon (Jan 01, 2001)
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The Diet Dictocrats don't want you to know that...- Your body needs old-fashioned animal fats- New-fangled polyunsaturated oils can be bad for you- Modern whole grain products can cause health problems- Traditional sauces promote digestion and assimilation- Modern food processing denatures our foods but- Ancient preservation methods actually increa...
The Flavor Bible
The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
by Andrew Dornenburg (Sep 16, 2008)
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Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book: Reference and ScholarshipGreat cooking goes beyond following a recipe--it's knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs' combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present...
Well Fed
Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
by Melissa Joulwan (Dec 12, 2011)
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Preparing quality food is among the most caring things we can do for ourselves and the people we love. That's why Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is packed with recipes for food that you can eat every day, along with easy tips to make sure it takes as little time as possible to get healthy, delicious food into your well-deserving...
Deep Nutrition
Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
by Catherine Shanahan M.D. (May 29, 2018)
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One of the Best Health and Wellness Books of 2017 -- Sports Illustrated A self-published phenomenon examining the habits that kept our ancestors disease-free--now with a prescriptive plan for "The Human Diet" to help us all live long, vital, healthy lives.Physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan, M.D. examined diets around the world known to help peo...
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Dilip Cherian
Wind, Sand, and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (May 23, 2019)
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Exupery was a prize-winning novelist, professional mail pilot, airborne adventurer, war correspondent, commercial test pilot, and the author of a popular children's book The Little Prince. Wind, Sand, and Stars more than all the others is a synthesis of his skill as a writer and his life as a flier. It is a collage of anecdotes, speculations and pe...
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Naval Ravikant
Wind, Sand and Stars
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Oct 14, 1992)
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Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit of a philosopher, makes it one of the most popular works ever written about flying. Translated by Lewis Galantière....
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Edward Norton
Healing With Whole Foods
Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (3rd Edition)
by Paul Pitchford (Nov 05, 2002)
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Used as a reference by students of acupuncture, this is a hefty, truly comprehensive guide to the theory and healing power of Chinese medicine. It's also a primer on nutrition--including facts about green foods, such as spirulina and blue-green algae, and the "regeneration diets" used by cancer patients and arthritics--along with an inspiring cookb...
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition
The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
by Carla Emery (Oct 30, 2012)
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The bible of sustainable living, food gardening, and living green, no home is complete without this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia! For more than thirty years, people have relied on the thousands of recipes, detailed how-to instructions, and personal advice provided in this definitive classic. It is the most complete source of step-by-step information ...
Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
A Cookbook
by Julia Child (Sep 14, 1999)
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In Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, two legendary cooks invite us into their kitchen and show us the basics of good home cooking. Julia Child and Jacques P�pin are synonymous with good food, and in these pages they demonstrate techniques (on which they don't always agree), discuss ingredients, improvise, balance flavors to round out a meal, and c...
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Adam Savage
Gathering Moss
A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Feb 28, 2003)
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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is...
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Maria Popova
The Travel Book
A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)
by Lonely Planet (Sep 01, 2011)
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This book is the definitive pictorial dedicated to travel and the world, capturing every country on the planet with photographs and atmospheric text. Inspirational, inviting, and beautiful, it combines stunning images with entertaining and informative text that captures the essence of being there....
Ottolenghi Simple
A Cookbook
by Yotam Ottolenghi (Oct 16, 2018)
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A collection of 130 easy, flavor-forward recipes from beloved chef Yotam Ottolenghi.In Ottolenghi Simple, powerhouse author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern-inspired flavors. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry sta...
Encounters with the Archdruid
Narratives About a Conservationist and Three of His Natural Enemies
by John McPhee (Jan 01, 1980)
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The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, some...
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Eat Happy
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes Made from Real Foods For A Joyful Life
by Anna Vocino (Oct 04, 2016)
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Eat Happy has 154 delicious grain-free, gluten-free recipes that are also free of any processed sugars. There are meats, fish, sides, soups, starters, casseroles, slow cooker recipes, breakfast dishes, and even desserts to satisfy any sweets craving you might have, all with virtually no sugar. If you are low carb, paleo, are wanting to keep autoimm...
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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike (Unofficial Cookbook)
by Dinah Bucholz (Sep 18, 2010)
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Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall. A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's hut. Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express. With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly ...
The Control of Nature
by John McPhee (Sep 01, 1990)
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While John McPhee was working on his previous book, Rising from the Plains, he happened to walk by the engineering building at the University of Wyoming, where words etched in limestone said: "Strive on--the control of Nature is won, not given." In the morning sunlight, that central phrase--"the control of nature"--seemed to sparkle with unintended...
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Forks Over Knives―The Cookbook
Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
by Del Sroufe (Aug 14, 2012)
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"Forks Over Knives," both the documentary and companion book, appeared on the scene in 2011 with an astonishing but simple claim: Following a fully plant-based diet can save your life. By avoiding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and emphasizing whole, unrefined plant foods, millions of people have begun to notice staggering improvements to their physical ...
Barefoot Contessa Family Style
Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family
by Ina Garten (Oct 29, 2002)
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Ina Garten, who shared her gift for casual entertaining in the bestselling Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties!, is back with her most enticing recipes yet—a collection of her favorite dishes for everyday cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina explains that sharing our lives and tables with those we love is too essenti...
Never Cry Wolf
Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves
by Farley Mowat (Sep 12, 2001)
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More than a half-century ago the naturalist Farley Mowat was sent to investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou. Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone—studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for the wolves (who were of no threat to caribou or man)—is today celebrated as a classic of nature wr...
Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer (Sep 01, 2010)
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Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. Once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating tradition...
The Unsettling of America
Culture & Agriculture
by Wendell Berry (Feb 29, 1996)
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Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a na...
The Cookbook
by Yotam Ottolenghi (Sep 03, 2013)
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Available for the first time in an American edition, this debut cookbook, from bestselling authors Yotam Ottolenghi  and Sami Tamimi of Plenty and Jerusalem, features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.Yotam Ottolenghi’s four eponymous restaurants—each a pa...
Ad Hoc at Home
by Thomas Keller (Nov 06, 2009)
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New York Times bestseller James Beard Award Winner IACP Award Winner Thomas Keller shares family-style recipes that you can make any or every day. In the book every home cook has been waiting for, the revered Thomas Keller turns his imagination to the American comfort foods closest to his heart—flaky biscuits, chicken pot pies, New England clam bak...
Awake in the Wild
Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery
by Mark Coleman (Nov 01, 2006)
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Nature deficit disorder has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hyper modern world. In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the...
CHARCUTERIE—a culinary specialty that originally referred to the creation of pork products such as salami, sausages, and prosciutto—is true food craftsmanship, the art of turning preserved food into items of beauty and taste. Today the term encompasses a vast range of preparations, most of which involve salting, cooking, smoking, and drying. In add...
The Whole Beast
Nose to Tail Eating
by Fergus Henderson (Mar 01, 2004)
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The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating is a certified "foodie" classic. In it, Fergus Henderson -- whose London restaurant, St. John, is a world-renowned destination for people who love to eat "on the wild side" -- presents the recipes that have marked him out as one of the most innovative, yet traditional, chefs. Here are recipes that hark back to a...
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The Perfect Scoop
Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments
by David Lebovitz (May 04, 2010)
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Ripe seasonal fruits. Fragrant vanilla, toasted nuts, and spices. Heavy cream and bright liqueurs. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Every luscious flavor imaginable is grist for the chill in The Perfect Scoop, pastry chef David Lebovitz’s gorgeous guide to the pleasures of homemade ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and more. With an emphasis ...
Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer (Oct 19, 1999)
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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also pro...
From My Home to Yours
by Dorie Greenspan (Sep 25, 2006)
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Dorie Greenspan has written recipes for the most eminent chefs in the world: Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and arguably the greatest of them all, Julia Child, who once told Dorie, "You write recipes just the way I do.” Her recipe writing has won widespread praise for its literate curiosity and "patient but exuberant style.” (One hard-boiled critic c...
The Taste of Country Cooking
The 30th Anniversary Edition of a Great Southern Classic Cookbook
by Edna Lewis (Aug 01, 2006)
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In recipes and reminiscences equally delicious, Edna Lewis celebrates the uniquely American country cooking she grew up with some fifty years ago in a small Virginia Piedmont farming community that had been settled by freed slaves. With menus for the four seasons, she shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food, savoring the delights of ea...
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Country Driving
A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler (Feb 08, 2011)
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From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy, on the human side of the economic revolution in China. In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tr...
The Atlas of Beauty
Women of the World in 500 Portraits
by Mihaela Noroc (Sep 26, 2017)
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Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from f...
A Cookbook
by David Chang (Oct 27, 2009)
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Never before has there been a phenomenon like Momofuku. A once-unrecognizable word, it's now synonymous with the award-winning restaurants of the same name in New York City: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Ko, and Milk Bar. Chef David Chang has single-handedly revolutionized cooking in America with his use of bold Asian flavors and impeccable ingred...
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Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi [A Cookbook]
by Yotam Ottolenghi (Oct 14, 2014)
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The hotly anticipated follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghis bestselling and award-winning cookbook Plenty, featuring more than 150 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method. Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the worlds most beloved culinary talents. In this follow-up to his bestselling Plenty, he continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetari...
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Mycelium Running
How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
by Paul Stamets (Oct 01, 2005)
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Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how. The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mus...
The Starch Solution
Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
by John McDougall (Jun 04, 2013)
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A bestselling author’s groundbreaking eating plan that challenges the notion that starch is unhealthyFrom Atkins to Dukan, the fear-mongering about carbs over the past few decades has reached a fever pitch; the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger a cavalcade of shame and longing.In The Starch Solution, bestselling diet doctor a...
This fully revised edition of the best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market. Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, it is the only book organized to match the latest American Ornithological Society taxonomy.With more than 2.75 million copies in print, this perennial bestseller is the most frequently...
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The Forks Over Knives Plan
How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet
by Alona Pulde M.D. (Jan 17, 2017)
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From the creators of the groundbreaking documentary comes the New York Times bestselling diet plan Sanjay Gupta called “the prescription you need to live a long, healthy life”—a plan to transition to a delicious whole-foods, plant-based diet in just twenty-eight days.The trailblazing film Forks Over Knives helped spark a medical and nutritional rev...
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Rice, Noodle, Fish
Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture
by Matt Goulding (Oct 27, 2015)
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2016 Travel Book of the Year by the Society of American Travel WritersFinalist for the 2016 IACP Awards: Literary Food WritingNamed one of the Financial Times' "Best Books of 2016"An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along ...
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