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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<p><strong>"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."鈥擝ill Gates</strong></p><br />In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, <em>New York Review of Books</em>) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
by David Quammen

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English

Pages

591

Publication Date

October 01, 2012

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<p><strong>"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." 鈥擠wight Garner, <em>New York Times</em></strong></p><br /><p>The next big human pandemic鈥攖he next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza鈥攊s likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event 鈥渟pillover鈥?and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. <em>Spillover</em> reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?</p>
Ferment: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Culturing Foods, from Komb...
by Holly Davis

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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Celebrated the world over for their health benefits and dynamic flavors, cultured and fermented foods are becoming everyday meal mainstays. In this extensive collection, fermentation pioneer Holly Davis shares more than 120 recipes for familiar鈥攁nd lesser-known鈥攃ultured foods, including yogurt, pickles, kimchi, umeboshi, scrumpy, and more. This inspiring resource contains more than 100 photographs, plus plenty of helpful how-tos and informational charts offering guidance on incorporating fermented ingredients into the diet. With a luxe textured cover and brimming with engaging projects for cooks of all skill levels, this cookbook will be the cornerstone of every preserving kitchen.
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World
by Richard C. Francis

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English

Pages

495

Publication Date

May 25, 2015

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<p><strong>Without domestication, civilization as we know it would not exist.</strong></p><br /><p>Since that fateful day when the first wolf decided to stay close to human hunters, humans and their various animal companions have thrived far beyond nearly all wild species on earth. Tameness is the key trait in the domestication of cats, dogs, horses, cows, and other mammals, from rats to reindeer. Surprisingly, with selection for tameness comes a suite of seemingly unrelated alterations, including floppy ears, skeletal and coloration changes, and sex differences. It鈥檚 a package deal known as the domestication syndrome, elements of which are also found in humans. Our highly social nature鈥攐ne of the keys to our evolutionary success鈥攊s due to our own tameness. In <em>Domesticated</em>, Richard C. Francis weaves history and anthropology with cutting-edge ideas in genomics and evo devo to tell the story of how we domesticated the world, and ourselves in the process.</p>
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
by , J. Kenji L貿pez-Alt

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English

Pages

962

Publication Date

September 21, 2015

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />Winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award<br /><br /><br /><br />"The one book you must have, no matter what you鈥檙e planning to cook or where your skill level falls."鈥?lt;em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><br /><p>Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)鈥攁nd use a foolproof method that works every time?</p><br /><p>As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji L貿pez-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In <em>The Food Lab</em>, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don鈥檛 work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new鈥攂ut simple鈥攖echniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.</p>
The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
by Old Farmer's Almanac

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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It鈥檚 another new year celebrating everything under the Sun, including the Moon, with <i>The Old Farmer鈥檚 Almanac, </i>America鈥檚 oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively 鈥渦seful, with a pleasant degree of humor,鈥?the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life.<br /> 聽<br /> As the nation鈥檚 iconic calendar, the 2020 edition will forecast cultural, culinary, and other life-changing trends; preview notable astronomical events; provide time- and money-saving tips for gardeners of all varieties; set the hook for best fishing days; forecast traditionally 80 percent鈥揳ccurate weather; and cover a range of related topics, including anniversaries, folklore, husbandry, home remedies, recipes, amusement, contests, and more鈥攖oo much more to mention鈥攁ll in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.<br /> 聽
Waiting Season: a novel (Book 4)
by Melanie Lageschulte

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

December 01, 2018

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<b>A new year brings new challenges 鈥?and the chance to make a dream come true.</b> <br /><br />Melinda expects to spend January lounging by her farmhouse's fireplace, paging through the seed catalogs鈥?promises of spring. After all, the slower pace of rural life was one of the reasons she鈥檇 left the city behind. <br /><br />Instead, she must face her fears when the worst of winter鈥檚 threats arrive at her door. Braving blizzards to care for her animals, thawing her acreage鈥檚 water lines, and anxiously watching over the pregnant sheep in her barn fill her shorter days and longer nights. She trudges on because Horace鈥檚 offer stands firm: He鈥檒l sell her the farm in the spring if she still wants to stay.<br /><br />But as winter tightens its grip on the heartland, Melinda's biggest challenges are still to come. When a series of events threatens to break her heart and shatter her hopes, can she find the courage to see the season through?<br />
Growing Season: a novel (Book 1)
by Melanie Lageschulte

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

May 29, 2017

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<b>A faded farmhouse, a devoted dog. One special season.</b><br /><br />Melinda is already at a crossroads when the 鈥渇or rent鈥?sign beckons her down a dusty gravel lane. Facing forty, single and downsized from her stellar career at a big-city ad agency, she鈥檚 struggling to start over when a phone call brings her home to rural Iowa. <br /><br />It's not long before she moves to the country, takes on a rundown farm and its headstrong animals, and lands behind the counter of her family鈥檚 hardware store in the community of Prosper, whose motto is 鈥淭he Great Little Town That Didn鈥檛.鈥?And just like the sprawling garden she tends under the summer sun, Melinda begins to thrive. But when storm clouds arrive on her horizon, can she hold on to the new life she's worked so hard to create?<br /><br />Filled with memorable characters, from a big-hearted farm dog to the weather-obsessed owner of the local co-op, 鈥淕rowing Season鈥?celebrates the twists and turns of small-town life. Discover the heartwarming series that鈥檚 filled with new friends, fresh starts and second chances.<br />
We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
by Jonathan Safran Foer

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b>In <i>We Are the Weather</i>, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. </b></p><p>Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn鈥檛 believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?</p><p>The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves鈥攚ith our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat鈥攁nd don鈥檛 eat鈥攆or breakfast.</p>
The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the He...
by , Alex LaGory

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

March 17, 2016

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<b>2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner </b><br /><br /> Brew your own kombucha at home! With more than 400 recipes, including 268 unique flavor combinations, you can get exactly the taste you want 鈥?for a fraction of the store-bought price. This complete guide, from the proprietors of Kombucha Kamp, shows you how to do it from start to finish, with illustrated step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips. The book also includes information on the many health benefits of kombucha, fascinating details of the drink鈥檚 history, and recipes for delicious foods and drinks you can make with kombucha (including some irresistible cocktails!).<br /><br /> 鈥淭his is the one go-to resource for all things kombucha.鈥?lt;br /> 鈥?Andrew Zimmern, James Beard Award鈥搘inning author and host of Travel Channel鈥檚 <i>Bizarre Foods聽</i>

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