Slow Fires

Mastering New Ways to Braise, Roast, and Grill

Author: Justin Smillie,Kitty Greenwald

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

ISBN: 0804186243

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

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A diligent crisping, a murmuring simmer, a slow roast, a ripping hot sear: mastery of the subtleties of heat and time is Justin Smillie's hallmark. In this book, the celebrated chef of Upland explores the fundamental techniques of braising, roasting, and grilling--and shows you how to see them in new ways, to learn the rules to break them. The chapters begin with thorough lessons on these basic methods. From there, the recipes evolve to feature variations on the techniques, altering ratios of moisture, intensities of heat, reversing expected processes. Sometimes the techniques are surprising, like braising chicken leggs in the juices created by overcrowding a pan of peppers. And sometimes the results are unbelievable, like tender peppercorn-crusted short ribs, made by first steaming the ribs before searing them to a spicy crisp. This is a book about delighting in the details, about cooking by hand, about learning to see and smell and touch like a modern master. It's a book you will keep, read, learn, and cook from for years to come.

Der Eckenknick

oder Wie die Bibliotheken sich an den Büchern versündigen

Author: Nicholson Baker

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644019517

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

View: 5022

Es begann damit, dass Nicholson Baker, erfolgreicher Autor von Romanen wie «Vox» und «Die Fermate», in der Zeitschrift «The New Yorker» einen Artikel darüber veröffentlichte, dass die Computerisierung der Kataloge einem Bibliotheksbesuch viel von seinem Charme und seiner Effizienz genommen habe. Dann erfuhr er, dass der Neubau der San Francisco Public Library zu klein geraten war für den vorhandenen Bestand und dass die Verwaltung daraufhin ein paar hunderttausend Bände auf eine Müllkippe bringen ließ – das Raumproblem war gelöst. Schließlich entdeckte er, dass die großen renommierten amerikanischen und englischen Bibliotheken ihre wertvollen Sammlungen von Tageszeitungen nach der Mikroverfilmung auflösen. Da fing er an, ernsthaft zu recherchieren. Und fand heraus, dass es eine Lobby vom Fortschrittswahn irregeleiteter und von Raumnot bedrängter Bibliothekare gibt, - die in die Welt gesetzt hat, auf säurehaltigem Papier Gedrucktes werde «zu Staub verfallen», - die Mikroverfilmungen herstellt, die fehlerhaft, benutzerunfreundlich und hässlich sind, - die nun als «scan gang» Bücher digitalisiert, obwohl weder Hardware noch Programme eine problemlose Archivierung zulassen, - die alle Warnungen der auf Bewahrung des Vorhandenen bedachten Kollegen in den Wind schlägt ... «‹Der Eckenknick› informiert, argumentiert und verliert dabei nie die Kraft eines ironischen Manifests, das in Amerika zu erregten Diskussionen Anlass gegeben hat ... Es liest sich wie ein gut recherchierter Krimi und ein brillanter Essay zugleich ... Bibliothekare sind auch als Mörder leise. Um festzustellen, ob gestorben werden muss, genügt es ihnen oft, eine Ecke einer Buch- oder Zeitungsseite einmal vorn, einmal zurück zu falten. Wenn die Seite bricht, dann ist die Zeitung, das Buch in Lebensgefahr.» Süddeutsche Zeitung

Endless Amusement

A Collection of Nearly 400 Entertaining Experiments in Various Branches of Science ...

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: 216

View: 9056

Minutes of the Meeting - Association of Research Libraries

Author: Association of Research Libraries,Association of Research Libraries. Meeting

Publisher: Association of Research Libr


Category: Library science

Page: N.A

View: 4055

V. 52 includes the proceedings of the conference on the Farmington Plan, 1959.

Slow fire

Jewish notes from Berlin

Author: Susan Neiman

Publisher: Schocken


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

View: 8169

The author, an American philosophy professor, recounts the six years she spent living and teaching in Berlin, and describes Germany's attempts to come to terms with its past

B & Me

A True Story of Literary Arousal

Author: J.C. Hallman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451682026

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 7746

“A love letter to the book as a physical object, a source of intellectual ardor, and a form of emotional salvation” (Salon)—and a nod to U and I, Nicholson Baker’s classic memoir about John Updike—from an award-winning author called “wonderfully bright” by The New York Times Book Review. Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker wrote U and I, the fretful and handwringing—but also groundbreaking—tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is writer out there in the world that you must read. B & Me is that story, the story of J.C. Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker…and discovering himself in the process. Our relationship to books in the digital age, the role of art in an increasingly commodified world, the power great writing has to change us, these are at the core of Hallman’s investigation of Baker—questions he’s grappled with, values he’s come to doubt. But in reading Baker’s work, Hallman discovers the key to overcoming the malaise that had been plaguing him, through the books themselves and what he finds and contemplates in his attempts to understand them and their enigmatic author. B & Me is literary self-archaeology: an irreverent, incisive story of one reader’s desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way. “A wide-ranging and idiosyncratic career survey for Nicholson Baker’s work, a love letter to the act of reading, and a commentary on the modern novel, this is a book that readers will absolutely adore” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Playing with Fire

Chemical companies, Big Tobacco and the toxic products in your home

Author: Chicago Tribune Staff

Publisher: Agate Publishing

ISBN: 1572844213

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 50

View: 1018

The average American baby is born with 10 fingers, 10 toes, and the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world. How could it possibly be in the US that children are already contaminated at birth with such disturbingly high levels of toxic chemicals? The truth lies in the greed and deception of two powerful industries—Big Tobacco and chemical manufacturers. In a groundbreaking piece of investigative journalism by the Chicago Tribune, Playing with Fire exposes the realities about the ineffectiveness and potential health risks caused by the flame retardants that are pervasive in American homes. Big Tobacco and large chemical companies used fear, exaggerated scientific claims, and shady deal-making to serve their own interests at the expense of consumer safety. Playing with Fire is an extremely significant, revelatory piece of watchdog journalism that is a must-read for anyone with small children and for citizens who demand responsibility of big businesses and their governments. The investigation, launched in May 2012, prompted two US Senate hearings, and the US Environmental Protection Agency announced it would launch an investigation of flame retardants. Also, California’s governor said the state would scrap the rule responsible for flame retardants’ presence in furniture.


A Brief History

Author: Stephen J. Pyne

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295803274

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

View: 1683

"The fate of humanity, like the fate of the earth, is tied to the fires that have made the world as we know it�the fires whose history is told as well in this book as it has ever been told before. If one wants to understand just how completely the story of the human past is also the story of fire on earth, there is no better place to start than this small book."�William Cronon Here, in one concise book, is the essential story of fire. Noted environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne describes the evolution of fire through prehistoric and historic times down to the present, examining contemporary attitudes from a long-range, informed perspective. Fire: A Brief History surveys the principles behind aboriginal and agricultural fire practices, the characteristics of urban fire, and the relationship between controlled combustion and technology. Pyne describes how fire�s role in cities, suburbs, exurbs, and wildlands has been shaped by an industrialized, urban way of thinking. Fire: A Brief History will be of value to readers interested in the environment from the standpoint of anthropology, geography, forestry, science and technology, history, or the humanities.

The Skinner

Author: Neal Asher

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330465406

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 8147

IS IMMORTALITY WORTH THE PRICE? The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who’s been dead for seven hundred years – but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay’s vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech’s target – the Skinner – runs wild. Keech pursues the Skinner for atrocities committed in a centuries-past war, fought with the alien Prador. But one of these Prador is fast approaching Spatterjay to exterminate witnesses to his own war crimes. And he won’t spare its visitors.

Freedom Colonies

Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow

Author: Thad Sitton,James H. Conrad

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292777811

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 6032

In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory—they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative sharecropping system, these independence-seeking individuals settled on pockets of unclaimed land that had been deemed too poor for farming and turned them into successful family farms. In these self-sufficient rural communities, often known as "freedom colonies," African Americans created a refuge from the discrimination and violence that routinely limited the opportunities of blacks in the Jim Crow South. Freedom Colonies is the first book to tell the story of these independent African American settlements. Thad Sitton and James Conrad focus on communities in Texas, where blacks achieved a higher percentage of land ownership than in any other state of the Deep South. The authors draw on a vast reservoir of ex-slave narratives, oral histories, written memoirs, and public records to describe how the freedom colonies formed and to recreate the lifeways of African Americans who made their living by farming or in skilled trades such as milling and blacksmithing. They also uncover the forces that led to the decline of the communities from the 1930s onward, including economic hard times and the greed of whites who found legal and illegal means of taking black-owned land. And they visit some of the remaining communities to discover how their independent way of life endures into the twenty-first century.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy

Author: Dennis William Hauck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636125

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

View: 1396

More than magic... Where else can one combine chemistry and philosophy to turn base metal into gold while discovering a magical elixir to prolong life? Here's a simple and straightforward guide to alchemy that explains its basic principles. Written by one of the world's few practicing alchemists, it's a concise reference guide that provides easy-to-follow information so that anybody can be a wizard-in-training.

The Passionate and the Proud

Author: Vanessa Royall

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1626814171

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4685

A headstrong young woman seeks her destiny on the American frontier—and soon discovers that the man she swore she would never love is the man she needs. Beautiful Emmalee Alden escapes an orphanage when a black-eyed rogue spirits her aboard a Missouri-bound riverboat. Blind to Garn Landar’s true nature and fearing for her life, Emmalee makes a fateful choice—she sells herself into servitude to a wagon train heading West. Obsessed with attaining independence and swept-up in the fever of land rush, she realizes too late that claiming land is only half the battle. There is farming, ranching, bone-deep toil, and constant vigilance against those who would seek to dispossess her. When Garn reappears in Emmalee’s life, she needs his help more than ever—but can she trust him? A spirited tale of romance, adventure, and the eternal mysteries of the human heart, The Passionate and the Proud brings two unforgettable characters together at a pivotal moment in American history.

Simple Food for the Good Life

Random Acts of Cooking and Pithy Quotations

Author: Helen Nearing

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603580549

Category: Cooking

Page: 309

View: 3325

Fifty years before the phrase "simple living" became fashionable, Helen and Scott Nearing were living their celebrated "Good Life" on homesteads first in Vermont, then in Maine. All the way to their ninth decades, the Nearings grew their own food, built their own buildings, and fought an eloquent combat against the silliness of America's infatuation with consumer goods and refined foods. They also wrote or co-wrote more than thirty books, many of which are now being brought back into print by the Good Life Center and Chelsea Green. Simple Food for the Good Life is a jovial collection of "quips, quotes, and one-of-a-kind recipes meant to amuse and intrigue all of those who find themselves in the kitchen, willingly or otherwise." Recipes such as Horse Chow, Scott's Emulsion, Crusty Carrot Croakers, Raw Beet Borscht, Creamy Blueberry Soup, and Super Salad for a Crowd should improve the mood as well as whet the appetite of any guest. Here is an antidote for the whole foods enthusiast who is "fed up" with the anxieties and drudgeries of preparing fancy meals with stylish, expensive, hard-to-find ingredients. This celebration of salads, leftovers, raw foods, and homegrown fruits and vegetables takes the straightest imaginable route from their stem or vine to your table. "The funniest, crankiest, most ambivalent cookbook you'll ever read," said Food & Wine magazine. "This is more than a mere cookbook," said Health Science magazine: "It belongs to the category of classics, destined to be remembered through the ages." Among Helen Nearing's numerous books is Chelsea Green's Loving and Leaving the Good Life, a memoir of her fifty-year marriage to Scott Nearing and the story of Scott's deliberate death at the age of one hundred. Helen and Scott Nearing's final homestead in Harborside, Maine, has been established in perpetuity as an educational progam under the name of The Good Life Center.

The Exotic Gardener

In which Management of the Hot-house, Green-house, and Conservatory, is Fully and Clearly Delineated, According to Modern Practice ; with an Appendix, Containing Observations on the Soils Suitable to Tender Exotics ; Together with a Table

Author: John Cushing

Publisher: N.A


Category: Exotic plants

Page: 236

View: 7222