Thursday, May 31, 2012

Now Cooking with Pure Steak

When three outstanding steak lovers get together to prepare their favorite steaks, it is not just the well-known classics that end up on the plate.

Star cook Stefan Marquard, meat expert Stephan Otto, and German grillmaster Steffen Eichhorn present 39 extraordinary steak recipes.

Pure Steak
by Steffen Eichorn, Stefan Marquard, and Stephan Otto
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Farm and Garden Book List Addition: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Seed Saving and Starting

Mouthwatering heirlooms, exciting hybrids, sensational herbs, colorful flowers - you dream of a garden overflowing with vibrant, healthy plants. Turn your dream garden into reality with seeds you save and start yourself.

With easy ideas on harvesting, storing, sowing, and nurturing your seeds into flourishing plants, this helpful guide gives you a sure path from start to success.

by Sheri Ann Richerson
Alpha, 2012
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Now Reading: The Aleppo Codex

As defined by the author, an Associated Press correspondent living in Jerusalem, the "Aleppo Codex" is the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible -- "the singluar and authoritative version, for believing Jews, of God's word as it was sent into the world of men in their language."

When he discovered a copy of The Aleppo Codex in Israel's national museum, Matti Friedman wrote a story about how the manuscript was "hidden for centuries in the great synagogue of Aleppo, Syria, where it became known as the Crown of Aleppo...

"It was damaged by a fire set by Arab rioters in 1947, concealed, smuggled to the new state of Israel by the Jews of Aleppo as their community disappeared, and entrusted in 1958 to the country's president...

"This bound volume of parchment folios - a codex - had been kept intact for many hundreds of years, but a large number of leaves had mysteriously gone missing at the time of the synagogue fire. This hindered a quest by scholars to re-create the perfect text of the Bible, as the Crown had never been photographed and there were no known copies."

Friedman spent four years and traveled across three continents seeking the truth about how the codex was smuggled into Israel and what happed to the missing pages.

The True Story of Obesession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible 
by Matti Friedman
Algonquin Books, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Good Old Books: Exploding the Computer Myth

Sophisticated computer systems are seen as a prescription for productivity, but they are frequently used as glorified typewriters.

Exploding the Computer Myth shows companies how mismatching technology with business needs wastes time and money. It explodes the myth that business computer systems automatically improve bottom-line productivity.

Discovering the Thirteen Realities of High Performing Business Systems
by Glenn E. Weadock
Oliver Wight Ltd Pub, 1995

Friday, May 4, 2012

History Book Review: Forging a Fur Empire

Largely the story of fur traders Donald Mackenzie and Alexander Ross, who led the earliest fur trapping expeditions into the Snake River Country of present-day Idaho and Montana on behalf of the North West Company in the 1820s, this history also analyzes the legal, institutional, and commerce-related forces driving the North American fur trade of the early 19th century.

Details about the expeditions was provided primarily by Ross, a conscientious chronicler, who recorded Mackenzie's trailblazing expeditions of 1821-23 as well as the difficult 1824 expedition that he led. "His journals provide the first account there is of daily happenings in the Snake country," historian John Phillip Reid points out. "The most compelling reason Ross and other leaders of the earliest Snake expedition kept journals was to furnish guidance to future trapping parties and inform them of problems, dangers, and places to avoid."

Continued... Out of the Past
Expeditions in the Snake River Country, 1809-1824
by John Phillip Reid
The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2011