By Wallace J. Nichols
Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Grounded in cutting-edge studies in neurobiology, cognitive psychology, economics, and medicine, and made real by stories of innovative scientists, doctors, athletes, artists, environmentalists, businesspeople and lovers of nature - stories that fascinate the mind and touch the heart - Blue Mind will awaken readers to the vital importance of water to the health and happiness of us all.
By Lucy Maddox
From birth to adulthood, Blueprint tells you what you need to know about how you became who you areHave you ever wondered how your early life shaped you? From beginning to say simple words like 'mama' and learning how to walk around unaided, to the first day of school and forming new friendships, everyone has been a child. The roots of our adult selves go right back to our first experiences. How we think, act and interact is influenced by our early years, yet most people don't know the key findings from the juiciest child development studies that can give us insight into our adult selves. Weaving together cutting edge research, everyday experience and clinical examples, Dr Lucy Maddox explains how we develop from an unconscious bundle of cells floating about in the dark of the in uterine environment to to a fully grown complex adult, revealing fascinating insights about our personality, relationships and daily lives along the way.
By Melissa Lenhardt
Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past.
The Bloody Mary Book
By Ellen Brown
The stalwart cocktail classic has been around for almost a century and continues to be the go-to drink for weekend brunches, parties, and game-day tailgating. The Bloody Mary Book features 65 new and innovative recipes to surprise any party guest.A basic Bloody Mary requires no more skill than simply pouring, but this book makes use of all possible flavors, different liquors, and a rainbow of garnishes that can be purely decorative or practically serve as a main course. The drinks are a dizzying array of creativity, from the Vegan Mary, which is packed with umami, to a Middle Eastern Mary, adding cumin, coriander and harissa for an extra bit of spice, as well as a Gazpacho Mary, pureed with onion, garlic, peppers and cucumber to yield a veritable meal in a glass. The bar food complements the beverages nicely, with Scotch Eggs, Tuna Poke with Mango and Avocado, Smoked Salmon Spread, and Spiced Mixed Nuts, and the garnishes start with homemade Dilly Beans and pickles and ramp up to Beef Jerky and even Ceviche! Whatever your fancy, the Bloody Mary is the perfect weekend drink.
By Bryan Calvert
Brooklyn is the red-hot center of American food, and Bryan Calvert was one of its first culinary pioneers. Now, in 125 surefire, imaginative recipes, he brings the best of the borough to your table: food that mixes country appeal with urban complexity. This is food at its most elemental and most delicious, infusing fresh flavor into comforting favorites with dishes like Melted Romaine Lettuce; Heirloom Tomatoes with Gin, Feta, and Dill; Stuffed Skillet Chicken with Lemon-Miso Sauce; and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Sea Salt and Caramelized Apples. Calvert's recipes build on staples that are available nationally and include flair with ingredients that are ready to be discovered at most markets. Brooklyn Rustic shows how the simplest tricks can make the difference between an average meal and a great one.
The Brooklyn Bartender
By Carey Jones
Brooklyn is one of the top trendsetting places today anywhere. Its neighborhoods, artists, writers, restaurants, and, yes, drinking establishments set the pace for the rest of the nation. The Brooklyn Bartender collects 300 of the best of these drink recipes in one place, from twists on the classics to new libations made from local ingredients. Organized by spirit, the recipes will allow readers to replicate bartender's signature drinks, including Pork Slope's Brooklyn Sling, Hotel's Delmano's San Francisco Handshake, and The Richardson's Sun Kiss'd. Sidebars will include "5 Takes on the Margarita" and other classic drinks, as well as bartender's recommendations for events, such "3 Simple Make-Ahead Party Drinks."Profiles of 25-30 bars, including the Clover Club, Tooker Alley, Bushwick Country Club, and Maison Premiere, are spotlighted with sage advice from their quotable bartenders. Carey also details essentials readers need to tackle the recipes, including equipment, techniques, staples, as well as advice on 10 Steps to Instantly Make Better Cocktails. Designed to be the perfect bar-side companion, the sophisticated compilation will be enhanced by more than 200 illustrations and 75 photos.
A Banquet on a Budget
By Judy Ridgway
Catering for any large scale celebration can be daunting. Where will you hold the event? How much food will you need? When should you start the preparation? This book passes on the secrets of the trade to ensure that the preparation goes smoothly and that the food is just as good as the professionals can offer. It includes a master checklist for the preparations with general advice on choosing the food and drinks, buying in ready-made items, estimating quantities, hiring staff and equipment and other practical considerations. There are five complete menus and drinks suggestions for each type of event: a drinks party with canapes, a fork buffet, a finger buffet and a sit-down meal, with guests varying in number from twenty to sixty. Menus include full preparation plans and recipes. In total there are 120 plus recipes, some with variations.
Because of Miss Bridgerton
By Julia Quinn
There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In this first of a new prequel series, we go back to where it all began. . . from New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn. Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places... This is not one of those times. Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbours for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband . . . someday. Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should . . . Or not.There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either. But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humour . . . Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without . . .
By Joseph Ogrodnek
Serve sophisticated, satisfying food--regardless of kitchen's size or scope--with recipes and advice from award-winning chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern of Brooklyn's Battersby and Dover fame.Ogrodnek and Stern cook stellar meals in their restaurant Battersby's small (4 x 6') open kitchen where they break boundaries with taste combinations and levels of flavor. To pull off world-class food in such tight quarters, they have developed systems of organization founded on a roster of dishes that are largely prepared in advance (sometimes days in advance) and finished just before serving. And that is how they have organized their first cookbook: each recipe is divided into "to prep" and "to serve" instructions. With over 140 recipes--from Crispy Kale Salad with Brussels Sprouts and Kohlrabi to Duck Breast with Quince and Radishes, from Corn Soup with Shrimp to Apricots with Honey and Sweet Ricotta--Battersby will make your meals memorable!
Best Food Writing 2015
By Holly Hughes
Anthony Bourdain, John T. Edge, Jonathan Gold, Francis Lam, Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin, Alice Waters. These are just some of the celebrated writers and foodies whose work has appeared in Best Food Writing over the past fifteen years. Whether written by an established journalist or an up-and-coming blogger, the essays offered in each edition represent the cream of that year's crop in food writing. And 2015 promises to uphold the same high standards with a dynamic mix of writers offering provocative journalism, intriguing profiles, moving memoir, and more.
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook
By Chris Fischer, Gabriela Herman
THE BEETLEBUNG FARM COOKBOOK celebrates the seasonal farm- and ocean-to-table fare that has won accolades for chef Chris Fischer. After working at top restaurants in New York and London, Fischer returned to his family farm on Martha's Vineyard to grow the freshest produce, raise organic livestock, fish the surrounding waters, and gather friends for unforgettable meals, often served in the farm's greenhouse under the stars. The book includes more than 100 recipes, organized seasonally and presented on hand-printed letterpress menus with dishes like Lobster Pan Roast, Fennel Sausage with Oysters, and Roast Leg of Lamb. Whether raking for clams in winter or planting rows of asparagus, Fischer shares a love of family, farming, and food that will captivate readers. Gorgeous color photography by Gabriela Herman accompany the stories and recipes throughout.
By Judith Fertig
colourful, flavorful home-baked treats just say happy," and Bake Happy is all about adding a bit of joy back into your kitchen. A sweet baking book that will bring a smile to the dessert table, Bake Happy includes 100 recipes for cheerful cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes that are speckled, marbled, and striped. This cookbook can be used year-round and will satisfy your sweet tooth and your soul. Whether you're in the mood for creamy chocolate, colourful cake layers, tasty cake batter, or special occasion desserts, you'll find recipes for Citrus Glazed Sunset Cake, Rustic Cherry Pudding, Secret Filling Devil's Food Cupcakes, and more. There are also various options for colour and flavor combinations, and 30+ full-colour photos throughout.
By Michael Ruhlman
According to James Beard-award winning cookbook author Michael Ruhlman, "Braising is what cooking is truly about--transformation. You start with a tough, often inexpensive, cut of meat, and through your care and knowledge as a cook, you turn it into something tender and succulent and exquisite. That is true cooking, cooking that engages both mind and soul." Among the recipes featured in this second book in Ruhlmans's new "how-to" series are Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Classic Yankee Pot Roast, Mexican Pork and Posole Stew with Dried Chilis, Braised Fennel, and a Corned Beef and Cabbage Braise. As with the other books in this line, practical information about essential tools and staple pantry items will be outlined,along with straightforward and clearly presented advice and dozens of color photographs by Donna Turner Ruhlman showcasing both finished dishes and step-by-step cooking techniques.
A Brief History of Mathematical Thought
By Luke Heaton
Mathematics is a product of human culture which has developed along with our attempts to comprehend the world around us. In A Brief History of Mathematical Thought, Luke Heaton explores how the language of mathematics has evolved over time, enabling new technologies and shaping the way people think. From stone-age rituals to algebra, calculus, and the concept of computation, Heaton shows the enormous influence of mathematics on science, philosophy and the broader human story.The book traces the fascinating history of mathematical practice, focusing on the impact of key conceptual innovations. Its structure of thirteen chapters split between four sections is dictated by a combination of historical and thematic considerations. In the first section, Heaton illuminates the fundamental concept of number. He begins with a speculative and rhetorical account of prehistoric rituals, before describing the practice of mathematics in Ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. He then examines the relationship between counting and the continuum of measurement, and explains how the rise of algebra has dramatically transformed our world. In the second section, he explores the origins of calculus and the conceptual shift that accompanied the birth of non-Euclidean geometries. In the third section, he examines the concept of the infinite and the fundamentals of formal logic. Finally, in section four, he considers the limits of formal proof, and the critical role of mathematics in our ongoing attempts to comprehend the world around us. The story of mathematics is fascinating in its own right, but Heaton does more than simply outline a history of mathematical ideas. More importantly, he shows clearly how the history and philosophy of maths provides an invaluable perspective on human nature.
Best Food Writing 2014
By Holly Hughes
For fourteen years, Best Food Writing has served up the creme de la creme of the year's food writing. The 2014 edition once again offers the tastiest prose of the year, from a range of voices: food writing stars, James Beard Award winners, writer-chefs, bestselling authors, and up-and-coming bloggers alike. With new sections devoted to "A Table for Everyone" and "Back to Basics," you'll find a topic and a flavor for every appetite,the cutting-edge, the thoughtful, the provocative, and the hilarious,a smorgasbord of treats for the foodie in all of us.Contributors include: Elissa Altman, Dan Barber, Monica Bhide, Sara Bir, John Birdsall, Jane Black, Frank Bruni, Albert Burneko, Tom Carson, Brent Cunningham, John T. Edge, Barry Estabrook, Amy Gentry, Adam Gopnik, Matt Goulding, John Gravois, Alex Halberstadt, Sarah Henry, Jack Hitt, Steve Hoffman, Ann Hood, Silas House, Rowan Jacobsen, John Kessler, Kate Krader, Francis Lam, David Leite, Irvin Lin, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Daniella Martin, Dave Mondy, Erin Byers Murray, Rick Nichols, Kim O'Donnel, Josh Ozersky, Kevin Pang, Ben Paynter, Michael Procopio, Jay Rayner, Besha Rodell, Anna Roth, Adam Sachs, Eli Saslow, David Sax, Oliver Strand, Laura Taxel, JT Torres, Molly Watson, Joe Yonan, Eagranie Yuh
The Boleyn Bride
By Emily Purdy
Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne - while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne . . . When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances - and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband's machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one - and the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning...Praise for Emily Purdy:'[Purdy] succeeds in rendering Elizabeth both unforgettable and undeniably real.' Historical Novel Society 'It has been some time since I've been so captivated by a Tudor based historical novel. I have to admit to being somewhat burned out by the over saturation of the Tudors . . . however, The Boleyn Bride has renewed my interest. I highly recommend it.' The True Book Addict'Classic story of a woman scorned, who is after revenge of the most bloody kind.' Closer Magazine'A rollercoaster tale which gives a new and fascinating perspective on three young women who became hostages to fortune in a perilous and turbulent age.' Lancashire Evening Post'Nicely written, and full of lust, greed and intrigue, this is a book sure to earn Emily Purdy many new fans.'Bookwormink.co.uk
Better Made At Home
By Estérelle Payany
Instead of buying mass-produced, often unhealthy food products, why not make your own? From crisp sesame crackers to Greek yogurt to tapenade, let the more than 80 simple and delicious recipes in Better Made at Home stock your pantry with staples that are better tasting and better for you.In Better Made at Home, French cookbook author Est?relle Payany shows us how to make delicious food we can feel good about eating. She takes more than 80 packaged foods normally found in delis or gourmet food shops?from chips to chocolate pudding?and replaces them with recipes for healthier, better-tasting alternatives that can be made quickly and easily right in our own kitchens. For breakfast, make your own muesli or crostinis with homemade strawberry jam. For lunch, try your hand at grinding meat for hotdogs topped with homemade ketchup or batter up some homemade, crispy fish nuggets for dinner. Recipes for treats include candies (lollipops, marshmallows, and caramels), snacks (barbecue popcorn, tortilla chips, and pretzel sticks), and desserts (buttery shortbread and chocolate sandwich cookies).Beautiful photography combined with vintage illustrations make for a book that is both timely and timeless.
The Baron's Honourable Daughter
By Lynn Morris
Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail. The Honourable Miss Valeria Segrave is truly the unwanted stepchild. When her mother married the Earl of Maledon, he took Valeria into his home, but he never accepted her. When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria must take charge of her gentle, distraught mother and the vast estate that now belongs to her six-year-old half-brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Valeria finds every day a struggle as she tries to establish authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors--all men. The only person that can help her is a distant kinsman of the Earls of Maledon, Alastair, Lord Hylton. Handsome and noble, she senses under the veneer of his flawless and gentlemanly behavior that she does not quite measure up to Lord Hylton's expectations of a refined lady. In light of that, accepting his help and feeling under a burden of gratitude to him is almost unbearable. When at last Valeria goes to London for the glittering Season, she gets into a series of escapades. To her chagrin, it seems that Lord Hylton is always there to witness, criticize, and correct her behavior. But if she must engage in this battle of wits and wills with Alastair, Valeria vows she's going to win--one way or another.
By Molly Lefebure
War would change them forever . . . When World War II broke out, no one could predict the impact it would have on their lives. As the conflict begins to take its toll, the lives of four families become entwined. The Duchamps, the Spurgeons, the Sowersbys and the Tooleys are all faced with personal struggles while the world around them is torn apart. Families become fragmented, love is found and the young are forced to grow up too quickly - but all are determined to remain defiant and united against the upheaval.An emotive and heartwarming novel, Blitz creates a vivid portrait of a courageous Britain under fire - strong, brave and in the end triumphantly alive.
By Eric Jager
A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer--and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.