Duck Season

Author: David McAninch
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062309426
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Travel

A delicious memoir about the eight months food writer David McAninch spent in Gascony—a deeply rural region of France virtually untouched by mass tourism—meeting extraordinary characters and eating the best meals of his life. Though he’d been a card-carrying Francophile all of his life, David McAninch knew little about Gascony, an ancient region in Southwest France mostly overlooked by Americans. Then an assignment sent him to research a story on duck. After enjoying a string of rich meals—Armagnac-flambéed duck tenderloins; skewered duck hearts with chanterelles; a duck-confit shepherd’s pie strewn with shavings of foie gras—he soon realized what he’d been missing. McAninch decided he needed a more permanent fix. He’d fallen in love—not only with the food but with the people, and with the sheer unspoiled beauty of the place. So, along with his wife and young daughter, he moved to an old millhouse in the small village of Plaisance du Gers, where they would spend the next eight months living as Gascons. Duck Season is the delightful, mouthwatering chronicle of McAninch’s time in this tradition-bound corner of France. There he herds sheep in the Pyrenees, harvests grapes, attends a pig slaughter, hunts for pigeons, distills Armagnac, and, of course, makes and eats all manner of delicious duck specialties—learning to rewire his own thinking about cooking, eating, drinking, and the art of living a full and happy life. With wit and warmth, McAninch brings us deep into this enchanting world, where eating what makes you happy isn’t a sin but a commandment and where, to the eternal surprise of outsiders, locals’ life expectancy is higher than in any other region of France. Featuring a dozen choice recipes and beautiful line drawings, Duck Season is an irresistible treat for Francophiles and gourmands alike.

Duck Season

Author: David McAninch
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 0062309412
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Travel

A delicious memoir about the eight months food writer David McAninch spent in Gascony—a deeply rural region of France virtually untouched by mass tourism—meeting extraordinary characters and eating the best meals of his life. Though he’d been a card-carrying Francophile all of his life, David McAninch knew little about Gascony, an ancient region in Southwest France mostly overlooked by Americans. Then an assignment sent him to research a story on duck. After enjoying a string of rich meals—Armagnac-flambéed duck tenderloins; skewered duck hearts with chanterelles; a duck-confit shepherd’s pie strewn with shavings of foie gras—he soon realized what he’d been missing. McAninch decided he needed a more permanent fix. He’d fallen in love—not only with the food but with the people, and with the sheer unspoiled beauty of the place. So, along with his wife and young daughter, he moved to an old millhouse in the small village of Plaisance du Gers, where they would spend the next eight months living as Gascons. Duck Season is the delightful, mouthwatering chronicle of McAninch’s time in this tradition-bound corner of France. There he herds sheep in the Pyrenees, harvests grapes, attends a pig slaughter, hunts for pigeons, distills Armagnac, and, of course, makes and eats all manner of delicious duck specialties—learning to rewire his own thinking about cooking, eating, drinking, and the art of living a full and happy life. With wit and warmth, McAninch brings us deep into this enchanting world, where eating what makes you happy isn’t a sin but a commandment and where, to the eternal surprise of outsiders, locals’ life expectancy is higher than in any other region of France. Featuring a dozen choice recipes and beautiful line drawings, Duck Season is an irresistible treat for Francophiles and gourmands alike.

Memories of Gascony

Author: Pierre Koffmann
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
ISBN: 1784722235
Release Date: 2016-06-02
Genre:

Pierre Koffmann's Memories of Gascony is the story of how one of the most influential chefs of our time first learned to love food. With recipes and reminiscences from his grandparents' home in rural Gascony, this is an intimate account of school holidays spent on the farm helping his grandfather to harvest and hunt, and learning to treasure seasonality, simplicity and the best ingredients at his grandmother's side. The finest of Gascony produce is here, with a focus on simplicity. The recipes stand the test of time and speak to the food tastes and trends of today. While you read the charming stories of everyday life on the farm, you'll devour the cuisine as you go along - dandelion salad with bacon and poached egg, grilled chicken with shallots and vinaigrette, and greengages in armagnac in Spring; chicken liver pate with capers, Bayonne ham tart with garlic, oeufs a la neige in Summer; roast hare with mustard and beetroot, salt cod cassoulet and quince jelly in Autumn; and fried eggs with foie gras, potato and bacon pie and tarte aux pruneaux in Winter. This is a book to learn, love and live from.

Eating Eternity

Author: John Baxter
Publisher: Museyon Inc.
ISBN: 9781938450945
Release Date: 2017-07-10
Genre: Travel

"Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour," wrote Talleyrand. That Napoleon's most gifted advisor should speak so highly of eating says much about the importance of food in French culture. From the crumbs of a madeleine dipped in tisane that inspired Marcel Proust to the vast produce market where Emile Zola set one of his finest novels, the French have celebrated the relationship between art and food. Eating Eternity offers a seductive menu of those places in the French capital where art and food have intersected. Appendices guide you to the restaurant where Napoleon proposed to Josephine, the cafés patronized by Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Isadora Duncan and Man Ray, as well as those out-of-the-way sites that bring to life the culinary experience of Paris. Eating Eternity is an invaluable and unique guide to the art and food of Paris. Bon appetit!

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love

Author: Per J Andersson
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786070340
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Pradyumna Kumar, known as PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. All his life he has kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer’s prophecy: “You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not from the district, not even from our country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox.” But not until PK attends art school in New Delhi do his stars begin to align. One evening, while drawing portraits in a park, he meets a young Swedish woman, Lotta von Schendin — and this brief meeting will change the courses of their lives forever. This is the remarkable true story of how a young Indian man armed with nothing more than a handful of paintbrushes and a secondhand Raleigh bicycle made his way across Asia and Europe in search of the woman he loves.

Ask the Man Who Owns One

Author: Arthur W. Einstein, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786456611
Release Date: 2010-09-10
Genre: Transportation

"This book traces Packard's advertising history from 1900 through 1958, demonstrating how ads reflected the firm's business convictions, competitive pressures, and innovations. It includes images of 145 advertisements as well as information gained from extensive research and interviews with those who worked in Packard promotion"--Provided by publisher.

Real Food Fake Food

Author: Larry Olmsted
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616206529
Release Date: 2016-07-10
Genre: Business & Economics

“Olmsted makes you insanely hungry and steaming mad--a must-read for anyone who cares deeply about the safety of our food and the welfare of our planet.” —Steven Raichlen, author of the Barbecue! Bible series “The world is full of delicious, lovingly crafted foods that embody the terrain, weather, and culture of their origins. Unfortunately, it’s also full of brazen impostors. In this entertaining and important book, Olmsted helps us fall in love with the real stuff and steer clear of the fraudsters.” —Kirk Kardashian, author of Milk Money: Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm You’ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn’t. So many fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets that it’s hard to know what we’re eating anymore. In Real Food / Fake Food, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters and empowers consumers to make smarter choices. Olmsted brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing the shocking deception that extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It’s a massive bait and switch in which counterfeiting is rampant and in which the consumer ultimately pays the price. But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their craft. Part cautionary tale, part culinary crusade, Real Food / Fake Food is addictively readable, mouthwateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant.

I am the Smartest Man I Know

Author: Ivar Giaever
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9789813109209
Release Date: 2016-11-02
Genre: Science

'" A unique individual with a fascinating life story, Ivar Giaever is a scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Experimental Physics in 1973. In his own words, Giaever relates an absorbing tale of how important luck and good fortune have been in shaping his life. He narrates the story of an ordinary childhood in Norway and an unremarkable undergraduate career at university. After finishing his engineering degree, he served in the Norwegian army and married his childhood sweetheart, Inger Skramstad. His desire to make a better life for his new family led Ivar to Canada and then to the United States. Even without an advanced degree in a scientific field, Ivar was given the opportunity to work with cutting-edge scientific researchers at General Electric R&D in Schenectady, New York. While there, he completed his PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — one of the United States'' oldest technological universities. His work on superconductivity led to worldwide recognition and the Nobel Prize. This memoire is more than the story of an accomplished, world-renowned scientist: it is an engaging reminiscence of an independent, highly creative thinker and problem solver who loves games and puzzles, skiing and windsurfing, and time with friends and family. Dr Ivar Giaever''s fascinating story intertwines his views on the nature of science, scientific processes, contemporary issues such as global warming, and the great benefits the Nobel Prize has afforded him. Written with humor and often tongue-in-cheek, "I am the Smartest Man I know" is one man''s meditation on science, intellectual inquiry, and life itself. Readership: Students and the general public interested in science and entrepreneurship. "'

Cooking in Season

Author: Brigit Binns
Publisher: Weldon Owen
ISBN: 9781681883335
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: Cooking

Beautiful photos accompany refreshingly simple and wholesome recipes that showcase the best ingredients and flavors of each season. More than 90 recipes highlight the best of each season’s bounty. With four chapters – one for each season – recipes feature ingredients at the height of their flavor and freshness, inspiring light and flavorful cooking throughout the year. Lush, full-color photography beautifully illustrates the vibrancy of fresh, ripe ingredients. Special features explore seasonal approaches to easy classics such as toasts, bowls, puff pastry tarts, and cocktails. Cooking in Season is the ultimate handbook for utilizing the best of each season’s ingredients in a collection of simple, yet sublimely flavorful, recipes. From starters, soups and salads through main courses and desserts, freshness in flavor and preparation is effortlessly attained. Sample Recipes Spring Shaved Artichoke, Celery & Fennel Salad; Sesame Ginger Noodles with Sprouts, Leeks & New Potatoes; Grilled Lamb Chops with Spring Herb Salsa Verde; Pavlova with Meyer Lemon Curd & Strawberries. Summer Grilled Peach Flatbread with Mozzarella, Pickled Onion & Arugula; Summer Vegetable Ceviche: Grilled Salmon with Stone Fruit Mojo; Watermelon Mojito Ice Pops. Autumn Honeyed Fig, Blue Cheese & Walnut Crostini with Honey; Chopped Chard Salad with Wheat Berries, Persimmon & Pepitas; Cider-Braised Chicken with Acorn Squash Ragout; Apple Fritters with Cardamom Cream. Winter Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Brussels Sprout Hash; Mixed Citrus Salad with Mache & Fennel; Beef Tenderloin with Celery Root & Potato Puree; Grapefruit Sorbet with Candied Ginger.

A Culinary Journey in Gascony

Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Springer Science & Business
ISBN: 1580085679
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Cooking

In the heart of the Gascony region of France sits some of the country'¬?s richest farmland, the source of foie gras, juicy strawberries, wild game, and other delectables prized throughout Europe. Through the center of this productive land winds the Canal Lat?©ral ?† la Garonne, a picturesque waterway dotted with medieval villages, stone bridges and chapels, traditional p?¢tisseries, and lively farmers'¬? markets. The canal is also home to author and chef Kate Hill'¬?s popular culinary tours, which are conducted aboard an old Dutch canal boat. In A CULINARY JOURNEY IN GASCONY, Kate cruises and cooks along the canals of southwestern France, sharing 80 memorable recipes inspired by the region'¬?s farm-fresh ingredients. Home chefs and armchair travelers alike will cherish this collection of tales along with 80 recipes from the heart and soul of Gascony. Features full-color and black-and-white photographs of the picturesque Gascony region and full-color food photographs.Reviews"This enticingly illustrated little book . . . includes plenty of stories about the region and its people." -New York Times

Whitewash

Author: Carey Gillam
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610918329
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: Health & Fitness

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture. Gillam explores the global debate over the safety of a pesticide so pervasive that it is found in our cereals, snacks, and even in our urine. Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is sold as safe enough to drink, but Gillam's research shows that message has been carefully crafted to conceal a host of dangers. Whitewash is more than an expose about the hazards of one chemical. It's a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

A Florence Diary

Author: Diana Athill
Publisher: House of Anansi
ISBN: 9781487002213
Release Date: 2016-11-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In August 1947, Diana Athill travelled to Florence by the Golden Arrow train for a two-week holiday with her good friend Pen. In this playful diary of that trip, delightfully illustrated with photographs of the period, Athill recorded her observations and adventures — eating with (and paid for by) the hopeful men they meet on their travels, admiring architectural sights, sampling delicious pastries, eking out their budget, and getting into scrapes. Written with an arresting immediacy and infused with an exhilarating joie de vivre, A Florence Diary is a bright, colourful evocation of a time long lost and a vibrant portrait of a city that will be deliciously familiar to any contemporary traveller.

Umami

Author: Ole G. Mouritsen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231537582
Release Date: 2014-04-22
Genre: Cooking

In the West, we have identified only four basic tastes—sour, sweet, salty, and bitter—that, through skillful combination and technique, create delicious foods. Yet in many parts of East Asia over the past century, an additional flavor has entered the culinary lexicon: umami, a fifth taste impression that is savory, complex, and wholly distinct. Combining culinary history with recent research into the chemistry, preparation, nutrition, and culture of food, Mouritsen and Styrbæk encapsulate what we know to date about the concept of umami, from ancient times to today. Umami can be found in soup stocks, meat dishes, air-dried ham, shellfish, aged cheeses, mushrooms, and ripe tomatoes, and it can enhance other taste substances to produce a transformative gustatory experience. Researchers have also discovered which substances in foodstuffs bring out umami, a breakthrough that allows any casual cook to prepare delicious and more nutritious meals with less fat, salt, and sugar. The implications of harnessing umami are both sensuous and social, enabling us to become more intimate with the subtleties of human taste while making better food choices for ourselves and our families. This volume, the product of an ongoing collaboration between a chef and a scientist, won the Danish national Mad+Medier-Prisen (Food and Media Award) in the category of academic food communication.

Flight 116 Is Down

Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453295373
Release Date: 2013-01-22
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

The bestselling author of The Face on the Milk Carton captures the courage of the survivors and first responders of a 747 crash in this emotional thriller. Patrick knows he has what it takes to be a full-time EMT; all he wants is the opportunity to prove it. But in the face of tragedy, Patrick will need to rely on his experience and conviction. While Heidi has all the advantages money can buy, she doesn’t feel like she fits in. Not in school and not on her parents’ estate in upstate New York. But when a plane crashes in the woods, Heidi is surprised to discover a hidden strength. These teenagers have something to prove: to their parents, to their town, to themselves. And they’ll get the chance when Flight #116 goes down. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this captivating thriller from the multimillion-copy bestselling author of the Janie Johnson series will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Caroline B. Cooney including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.