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Modernist Cuisine at Home
Modernist Cuisine at Home
by Nathan Myhrvold
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 76.59

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book for the home cook seeking to get the most out of equipment and ingredients., 22 Oct 2012
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Modernist Cusine at home is a fantastic book demonstrating how to use the science in a home environment. It is a practical guide to "how to get it done"; whereas the original Modernist Cuisine goes in details on why and takes no short cuts and makes no compromises. In short, it is the volume which pulls the first set together for those without an extensive professional kitchen and unlimited access to ingredients and equipment.

The focus of the book is on techniques and use of equipment which are new or recently had a renaissance. Favorite equipment includes pressure cooker, water bath / CVAP oven and vacuum sealer. As many do not have a water bath and vacuum sealer, makeshift alternative solutions are given. Common to the equipment is that their best use can often be explained by science, thus taking the guesswork out of the equation.

The sections focus on common dishes, such as pizza, burgers, steaks, roast chicken, salmon, vegetables and pies. Many of the recipes offer alternative variations, encouraging the cook to use the fundamental technique while creating their own dishes. By using the on common dishes, it becomes more clear how the techniques can then be applied to many other tried, tested and true recipes.

The book is not meant as an entry level cook book for someone who needs to learn some tricks to keep themselves fed. It is geared towards those who want to learn how to make the most out of available tools and characteristics of various foods, and raise the flavor to a new level. Although in no way necessary, it is my belief this book will inspire more to buy the first set, so as to gain a deeper understanding.

The book keeps the extremely high standard for food photography, a pure delight to look at, also making it a great book for the coffee table!


Dear Undercover Economist: The very best letters from the Dear Economist column: The Undercover Economist Solves Life's Everyday Mysteries and Problems
Dear Undercover Economist: The very best letters from the Dear Economist column: The Undercover Economist Solves Life's Everyday Mysteries and Problems
by Tim Harford
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bite sized chapters, fun read when time is limited., 31 Aug 2011
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The strength of this book is twofold: first, each letter I short and can be read when you have five minutes to spare. The second is as an illustration of the variety of issues it is possible to apply economic theory. For those who have never had theoretical economic training, or found it to be too abstract, this book presents many concepts with an entertaining twist. To enjoy the book, one has to accept the premise of the answers, namely that Harford will use economics to answer the question, regardless of how suited the framework may, or may not be.


Simon's Cat
Simon's Cat
by Simon Tofield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catches the essens of living with a cat, 31 Aug 2011
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Warm, charming and fun book for anyone who has ever had, or has a cat. Great as a gift, coffee table book or just for your own enjoyment.


Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
by Noah J. Goldstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to Cialdini's: "Influence", 31 Aug 2011
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"YES! 50 Secrets from the science of persuasion" should be seen as a companion to Cialdini's book: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, where he lays out the theoretical framework in an organized and easy to understand manner. YES! Has 50 examples, each of a few pages each, and thus is a great book to have in your bag, when traveling, and you only have time to read a few pages at a time. You are then left with a great thought for how to be more convincing.
Though for a great understanding of the concepts, one needs to read Influence.


Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun anecdotal book which gives pause for thought., 31 Aug 2011
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I enjoy reading Malcolm Gladwell, though find it important to take his writing for what it is: as an inspiration to think along his lines. His books tend to be somewhat drawn out, with long anecdotes to support his claims. Although somewhat tedious at times, they serve to help the reader remember his key points.
The book serves as a counterweight to popular media articles and books on how to achieve success fast and easily, by showing that the biggest successes have been a process of hard work and the ability to grasp opportunities.
Well worth the read, though look elsewhere for rigorous analysis and tests of his claims. That is not Gladwell's forte.


Fitness and Health
Fitness and Health
by Brian J. Sharkey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.11

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Introductory book without sufficient depth, 22 Sep 2010
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The book gives an introduction to several issues relating to physical exercise, but falls short on useful information. As an example, in the chapter: "Implementing an Aerobic Fitness Program" they give some work out schedules at different levels, but do not give any help as to how to build your own.

The book focuses on either those starting out with no background, or states that one should do exercises specific to your sport. It has no room for those who want to be generally fit.
The authors have explicitly chosen not to use heart rate as a guide to intensity, evidently as it is to rigid and, when the book was published, not common with such equipment.

In the section about strength, they have plenty of pictures of various exercises, but do not give advice as to what combination to use. It is a bit like walking round the gym looking at the pictures on the various machines.


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