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100 Great Pasta Sauces
100 Great Pasta Sauces
Author: Sally Griffiths
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 8/20/2009


A book for commited pastaholics. Excellent.

great reviews from amazon customers: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Pasta-Sauces-Sally-Griffiths/dp/1841881686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252591600&sr=1-1

Editorial reviews (amazon):

Product Description

This irresistible book present 100 quick and easy recipes, so anyone can create a pasta masterpiece. Delectable ingredientsâProsciutto ham, toasted walnuts, blue cheese, seafood, even caviarâprovide the sophisticated flavors of these surprisingly simple-to-prepare sauces. From pestos or a classic Bolognese to more exotic creations, like Oyster and Champagne Sauce, this book is an essential companion for the pasta lover, an inspiration for the everyday chef, and an ideal source of delicious, fool-proof recipes.


From the Publisher
This irresistible book present a hundred quick and easy recipesâso anyone can create a pasta masterpiece. Delectable ingredientsâProsciutto ham, toasted walnuts, blue cheese, seafood, even caviarâprovide the sophisticated flavors of these surprisingly simpleâtoâprepare sauces. From pestos or a classic Bolognese to more exotic creations, like Oyster and Champagne Sauce, this book is an essential companion for the pasta lover, an inspiration for the everyday chef, and an ideal source of delicious, foolâproof recipes.


The 15-minute Gourmet : Chicken (15-Minute Gourmet)
Review Date: 3/5/2009


Nice book, more than 100 nice recipes, simple and appealing. Paperback, copyright 1999, oldie but goodie for those who love chicken or simply prefer chicken as their protein source. Healthy and good.


The 28 Day Plan
The 28 Day Plan
Author: Christine Green
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/10/2009
Helpful Score: 1


A great little book that offers a plan for fitness and improved health.


28 Days to Diabetes Control! : How to Lower Your Blood Sugar, Improve Your Health, and Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes Complications
Review Date: 9/10/2009


5 stars from customers at amazon. http://www.amazon.com/28-Days-Diabetes-Control-Complications/dp/1590770412/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252591449&sr=1-1

Editorial reiews (amazon):

Product Description
Provides diabetics with a practical, specific program to help them lower blood sugar, improve health and reduce risk of diabetes.

About the Author
Lance Porter is editor-in-chief and one of the founders of Diabetes Positive! a monthly magazine. He lives in the Tampa/St Petersburg, Florida, area.


30-minute meals (California Culinary Academy series)
30-minute meals (California Culinary Academy series)
Author: Susan E Mitchell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 10/31/2010


From Publishers Weekly
This is not standard frittata or stir-fried fare. The 50 menus here are divided into such categories as fish, poultry, veal, beef, lamb, pasta, soup and one-pot meals, all comprising a main course accompanied by one or two side dishes. And the meals are versatile enough to suit friendly lunchtime gatherings as well as more formal entertainment, with such offerings as sauteed dilled fillets of sole with cucumber, savory rice and zucchini saute; lemon-chicken breasts with fresh herb pasta and glazed carrots; and jambalaya with citrus salad and yogurt dressing. Each of the menus includes a wine suggestion as well as serving and garnishing tips. The straightforward introduction offers encouragement for the beginner and time-saving advice even experienced cooks will appreciate. Part of the California Culinary Academy series.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


365 Great Barbecue & Grilling Recipes
365 Great Barbecue & Grilling Recipes
Author: Lonnie Gandara
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 1/16/2009
Helpful Score: 1


BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!! BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!! BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!!

This is a terrific barbecue-lover's book. Just to read it makes my mouth water, and just thinking of reading it does too. I'm not kidding.

When I grill, I tend to use my same old two or three favorite recipes over and over, as tired as they may be.

But even I appreciate variety, and that's what I had and you can have if you select this books.

For the committed barbecue lover, here's an endless variety of recipes, enough for a lifetime of wowing friends, family, and competitors in the subdivision or Little League cookoff, or any cookoff. Of for heaven's sake, start a cookoff, use the book to win every year for 35 years (the book index is 12 pages long, tiny tiny 8 point type, gotta be far more than 35 years' worth of recipes for complete barbecue meals), and then you go to barbecue heaven.

Select one recipe or judiciously combine elements several recipes, they're all here waiting for you or your friend if you give the book as a gift. Barbecuers never had it so good.

BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!! BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!! BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!!

Amazon customer comments: http://www.amazon.com/review/product/0060186569/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?%5Fencoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R3T417L4JUH2OR

A superb book for BBQ enthusiasts I even buy for my friends
Easy and unique recipes, October 6, 1998
Fantastic flavors, August 19, 2002
When push comes to shove, I know I can turn here for a cookout solution if I want one May 28, 2001
Perfect for amateurs and experts alike!, July 16, 1999


BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!! BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!! BARBECUE SEASON IS COMING!!!


501 Recipes for a Low-Carb Life
501 Recipes for a Low-Carb Life
Author: Gregg R. Gillespie, Mary B. Johnson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 10/25/2009


Editorial Reviews
From Booklist
So many people find weight-loss success by pursuing a high-protein, low-carbohydrate regimen that dieters have become curious as to this diet's real nature. In 501 Recipes for a Low-Carb Life, Gregg R. Gillespie and Mary B. Johnson emphasize the importance of distinguishing "good" versus "bad" carbohydrates in achieving both sound nutrition and weight loss. The book's recipes arise from an all-American cuisine that borrows freely from many ethnic traditions. Turkish chicken phyllo triangles offer plenty of texture to alleviate hunger. A layered black-bean dip provides the fiber so often lacking in high-protein dieting. And Chinese pork dumplings reduce carbohydrates to a bare minimum. Sugars in desserts make this course a carbohydrate minefield, but Gillespie and Johnson find a few items that restrict carbohydrates when portions are carefully controlled. Recipes' nutritional analyses cover calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat grams. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


911 Beauty Secrets: An Emergency Guide to Looking Great at Every Age, Size and Budget
Review Date: 9/10/2009


Excellent customer reviews at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/911-Beauty-Secrets-Emergency-Looking/dp/1570714460/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252591844&sr=1-1

Editorial review and product description (amazon):

Review
"Diane Irons is the Real Deal!" -- Good Morning America

"From the unbelievable to the outrageous, Irons' advice comes from a woman on a mission." -- New York Post

Product Description
Look great no matter what!
911 Beauty Secrets exposes just how to mask even the most difficult beauty emergencies. From hiding a hangover to losing weight after pregnancy, beauty and fashion expert Diane Irons tells the secrets to looking our best even if we feel our worst.

Call up 911 Beauty Secrets for a wide range of remedies and tips for any cosmetic crisis, including how to: --apply a last-minute face lift --prevent stretch marks --pack for business trips --conceal the common cold


The Accidental Gourmet Weekends and Holidays : Festive Meals for Family and Friends
Review Date: 9/10/2009


From amazon:

From Publishers Weekly
Paired up again for their second Accidental Gourmet title, Sondheim and Sloan expand on their attempt to make home-cooked meals accessible to all, focusing on special dinners for weekends and holidays. This volume lays out 127 meals, each with at least three components: a main dish, sides and dessert. The dishes, which often have cutesy titles like Rambunctious Ravioli Soup, Rapscallion Salad, Boisterous Bread and Disorderly Dessert, employ familiar cooking techniques and ingredients available at mainstream grocery stores. Accessibility and ease are the strengths of this cookbook. Each meal is presented in step-by-step fashion with a shopping list and a checklist of staple foods, a list of necessary kitchen equipment and a countdown of ordered cooking steps to ensure that all the components of the meal will be ready and hot at the same time. According to the authors' introduction, all of their meals can be prepared in less than a few hours. The recipes are targeted to emulate the dishes that "used to take our grandmothers days to prepare" and, as such, are unassuming-no fusion cuisine here. Good ol' American cooking is emphasized: gelatin makes a frequent appearance in desserts, for example, and cheese and cream are often added to vegetable side dishes. That said, Sondheim and Sloan do integrate fresh fruits and vegetables into every meal and encourage lavish use of flavor enhancers such as fresh herbs, wine and liqueurs. While this cookbook may not push or inspire an advanced or curious cook, it does a terrific job of breaking down good home cooking into simple steps, making tasty dinners accessible to even the most hurried families.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Description

From the authors of The Accidental Gourmet Weeknights come 52 elegant Saturday company dinners, 52 comforting Sunday family suppers, and 23 holiday feasts.

In The Accidental Gourmet Weeknights, Sally Sondheim and Suzannah Sloan showed time-pressed cooks how to redefine their relationship with their kitchens and create stress-free, fuss-free family meals every weeknight of the year. But Sondheim and Sloan know that feeding family and friends on weekends and holidays, when expectations are higher, can be equally challenging. In The Accidental Gourmet Weekends and Holidays, they now complete the year by giving home cooks everywhere a foolproof way to put a delicious meal on the table every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday, even with limited time and resources. The secret? Sondheim and Sloan have redesigned old-fashioned home cooking to fit perfectly into today's often hectic, fragmented lifestyle in an easy-to-follow format that allows cooks of all levels to achieve spectacular results. The taste that used to take grandma days to prepare can now be on the table in a matter of hours.

Every meal is composed of main, side, and dessert dishes that have been carefully chosen to complement one another, take advantage of seasonal ingredients, minimize kitchen time, and maximize enjoyment. Each menu comes with a convenient, comprehensive, and organized shopping list and a step-by-step countdown to ensure that dinner gets to the table in the right order and at the right temperature.

Having a dinner party on Saturday night? Serve roast capon with a dark cherry sauce, accompanied by herbed asparagus; hearts of palm salad with tarragon dressing; and chocolate-glazed, custard-filled pound cake. Or how about salmon steaks crusted with pepper and served with orange sauce, accompanied by sherried carrots, a bean sprout salad, and a frosted chocolate-mint cake? A family gathering on Sunday evening might offer maple-glazed ham steaks with a creamy potato casserole, green beans in a tangy mustard sauce, and a strawberry-rhubarb crisp or a chicken and vegetable stew, sour cream muffins, and apple dumplings. There are also special, sumptuous meals for holidays and celebrations.

No matter the occasion, The Accidental Gourmet Weekends and Holidays is the one book that will guarantee a memorable meal every time.


The Age-Free Zone
The Age-Free Zone
Author: Barry Sears
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/20/2010


Product Description
Enter The Age-Free Zone...You have the power to reverse aging -- beginning with your next meal!

Ask yourself these life-changing questions:


Is it too late to reverse aging?
What type of diet will increase my sexual energy and desire?
Can I make my hormones work more effectively?
Do high-carbohydrate diets accelerate aging?
How can I reduce free-radical-induced aging?
How does stress reduce brain longevity?

No one wants to get old or show the signs of age. In this breakthrough book Dr. Barry Sears goes beyond looking at food simply as a source of calories and explains the incredibly powerful biological effects it has on your hormones. In addition to unraveling the mysteries of your hormones and their role in aging, Dr. Sears reveals the essential dietary information you need to start your own age-reversal journey.

Begin your age-free lifestyle today!

The Age-Free Zone includes:


A week of Age-Free Zone meals for men and women
Age-Free Zone meals for the business traveler
Age-Free Zone meals in fast-food restaurants
A simple, at-home Age-Free Zone exercise program


The Alice BRadley Menue-Cook-Book October-November-December
Review Date: 12/12/2010


This book was published in 1936. It is in excellent condition considering its age and has straight wire-spral spine beneath cloth-covered paerboard covers. At extreme the top and bottom of spine where the cloth-covered paperboard has taken pressure from the shelf over the years, there is slight damage from stress but it could be repaired easily.

If questions, contact me through pbs.


Allergy Baking Recipes
Allergy Baking Recipes
Author: Hanna Kroeger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/13/2012


Lovely baking recipes for people with allergies.
Not low carb, but gluten-free, wheat free, egg free, milk free, and yeast free. Not all recipes are free of all allergens. Some recipes do call for small amounts of rye and barley flour. Probably rice flour, potato flour, or some other could be substituted.
4+ stars


Almost Vegetarian
Almost Vegetarian
Author: Diana Shaw
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/21/2009


Nice recipes, big book, lots of choices.


Alone in Berlin
Alone in Berlin
Author: Hans Fallada
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/31/2010


one reviewer at amazon wrote:

Staggeringly written in 24 days and first published in German in 1947, Alone in Berlin is without doubt a modern classic. Inspired by the real-life activities of Elsie and Otto Hampel, the heart of the book relates the plight of two, decent, hard working Germans living in Berlin, who, on hearing of the death of their only son on the front line, begin a small scale campaign of anonymous postcards attacking Hitler and the Nazi regime throughout Berlin. The scale of the effort may be small, but the price to be paid for discovery is almost certain death.

But Alone in Berlin is much more than this story of the Otto's postcard campaign and the attempts of the Gestapo to discover his identity. There are a whole host of people to whom we are introduced, and Fallada poignantly portrays their plights in touching detail. This would be a terrific novel in any hands, but when you consider that Fallada remained in Germany throughout the war (unlike so many other writers) you realise how true to life some of these fictional events must have been.

The new translation by Michael Hofmann is totally convincing - with only the very occasional word that seems to jar, but with subtle changes of tense and styles, he ensures that the story is fast paced and gripping throughout.

Ir's very much in the `classic' style - I was particularly reminded of some of the great Russian classic novels in terms of style. It's a compelling read and takes you through a range of emotions - from uplifting one minute, to despair another. But it's about people holding onto their beliefs and values in the face of every opposition possible.

This edition also has an afterword about the author and copies of some of the original wartime documents from the original Hampel case. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you enjoy classic fiction, this is a `must read'


America's Favorites: Casseroles & One-Dish Meals
Review Date: 1/13/2009


This is a nicely-executed metal "O" ring bound edition that flips open and lies flat on the counter or will stand on its own when opened and placed upright. Nice firm plastic shield is the first "page" protecting the cover whose picture is a spiffy casserole with nicely-browned biscuits on top. Yum!

The book contains around 100 quick and easy recipes for easily prepared one dish meals. I baked a pork-chop dish the other night and my husband loved it. The ingredients were simple: 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, pork chops, vegetables, and topping. What could be easier, and it was certainly tasty and quick to prepare and bake. It tasted even better the second day after baking, which often is the case with casseroles.

This would be a nice book for a beginning cook. It's hard to fail with such simple and explicit recipes, which can be easily halved or doubled. When one is just starting to cook, sucesses are thrilling. And necessary.

I am offering this book because I have a similar but an expanded edition and do not want to keep both in my collection.


The Anatomy of Motive : The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals
Review Date: 6/20/2010


From Publishers Weekly
A volume of case studies by Douglas, the former chief profiler at the FBI's legendary behavioral sciences unit, and Olshaker has become an annual event, from 1995's Mind Hunter to last year's Obsession. Here, the duo exhume the victims of Andrew Cunanan, Charles Whitman, Theodore Kaczynski and many others for insight into the killers' minds. Douglas's formula is deceptively simple: "WHY? + HOW? = WHO." But since serial killers are rarely caught through profiling, the formula is better expressed as "WHO + HOW = WHY." Douglas is tops in the field. He was among the first to suggest that the Atlanta child murderer was African-American, and he delivered a dead-on profile of Scottish mass-murderer Thomas Watt Hamilton on live TV based on preliminary news accounts. Still, most of what's here will be familiar to readers of other profiling books: the lonely white male with an obsessive sense of his own failure who tortured animals, wet his bed and played with matches as a child. Though Douglas promises to explain the differences among bombers, arsonists, shooters, cutters and stranglers, his profiles too often cleave to predictable, reductive formulations. Both Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby are characterized as "paranoid losers"; Timothy McVeigh is "a scrawny, pissed-off young hick." As always, Douglas and Olshaker deliver an entertaining read, but fewer case studies presented with more depth would better inform and educate the amateur profiler. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


And Ladies of the Club
And Ladies of the Club
Author: Helen Hooven Santmyer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/4/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Ms. Santmyer wrote this book over a long period of time. The story encompasses basically one town -- her home town -- in the midwest but could have been almost anywhere in the United States. It is an autobiography, a history, and a charming fictional account of the families whose efforts built the community. I read it many years ago but it remains one of my favorites.


Animal Farm
Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/22/2009
Helpful Score: 1


What can one say?

American congress contemplating the nationalization of US banks...
US Constitution "over" as was declared by Democrats during the election...
Possee comitatus law suspended...
US military troops in action on US soil...

If you are dismayed and wonder what happened, this might be the book for you.
And then check out Orwell's other title, 1984.

Up is down, down is up, and if you don't think so, you'll be sent to re-education camp.
Remind anyone of the gulags, USSR, bad old days---in Eastern Europe.

Welcome to the New World Order.


Apple Connection (The Connection Cookbook Series)
Apple Connection (The Connection Cookbook Series)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 2/19/2012


quoting a five-star review at amazon:
I bought this book when it first came out in 1985 because I collect unusal cookbooks on apples. The author is from Nova Scotia her style is not the run of the mill.The recipes are hand written and more than just apple pie. There is a nice introduction,good index and a wide variety of recipes.Such as dried apple rings,Annapolis Valley ice cream,Santa Fe Slaw,Apple stuffings,Jams and Jellies and cakes, cookies and pies. The side comments and sketches make this a fun book to have on the shelf. B R Buszek also has written similar Connection books about Crannberries,Blueberries,Strawberries,and Maple syrup.


The Arabs: Journeys Beyond the Mirage
The Arabs: Journeys Beyond the Mirage
Author: David Lamb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/31/2010


May, 2011: I think that anyone, especially in the US government, who believes that the uprisings of common people in the Middle East that we've seen spring 2011 are about democracy should be ousted from office, and smarter, better informed people should be elected. The Middle East is not the US or Europe. They are as committed to their religion as Christians are to theirs, and that's a gulf that will never be crossed or bridged. I would hope that anyone reading this book would understand that from the reading of it. pbs member


One reviewer at amazon wrote:

Any book attempting to handle such an enourmous subject as this is going to have a large mountain to climb. There is so much to describe and many different ways of describing it. I admit I was a bit skeptical at first, I didn't think someone with a background in journalism was going to be able to cover this topic in a meaningful way. Thankfully I was wrong. This is not a scholarly book and Lamb states this upfront. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing as he is an excellent writer and the type of training he lacks as a political scientist is overcome by how approachable he makes the subject seem.

One of the biggest problems I have with books like these is that they tend to gloss over some of the more important details about U.S. actions in the region. Lamb does not fall into this trap and didn't sugarcoat the unsavory things that the U.S. and Israel have done. At the same time, he also makes no apologies for how most Arab rulers have used the Palestinian issue to benefit themselves while never really helping the Palestinians. This book is refreshing in that it doesn't seem to favor any one particular group or country over another.

There were only a few minor complaints I had with this book. This is an updated book and I felt that the newer sections Lamb added on were rushed and not much thought was put into them. There's a noticable difference between the quality of these additions and the bulk of the book that was originally published. Also, when Lamb ventures into analytical territory, like the section on terrorism for example, it becomes clear that this isn't the type of subject matter a journalist should really be writing on. After reading quite a bit of more scholarly literature on terrorism, Lamb's contributions aren't really that helpful. You'd do well to read authors like Graham Fuller for this material.

I think if you have an interest in the Middle East, but it isn't something you're going to devote a significant amount of time to, I would recommend this book. The author presents a nice mixture of material that would be very helpful for someone that is new to the topic. I've read quite a bit about the Middle East, and I still found this book to be a very enjoyable read.


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