Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Stall Review: The Kentucky Barbecue Book

Here's a guide to barbecuing Kentucky-style, describing the history and culture of barbecue in the state and profiling more than 100 of the state's restaurants, shacks, joints, festivals and even church picnics that are known for barbecue.

An English professor at Western Kentucky University as well as a small scale farmer, Wes Berry gave himself a sweet assignment: travel throughout the state of Kentucky, eat at every barbecue, talk to all the pitmasters, and write a book about what you see, learn and taste.

by Wes Berry
The University Press of Kentucky, 2013

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Reading the History: On Paper

A consideration of all things paper—its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers.

Nicholas Basbanes writes about paper, from its invention in China two
thousand years ago to its ideal means, recording the thoughts of Islamic scholars and mathematicians that made the Middle East a center of intellectual energy; from Europe, by way of Spain in the twelfth century and Italy in the thirteenth at the time of the Renaissance, to North America and the rest of the inhabited world.

The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
by Nicholas A. Basbanes
Knopf, 2013

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Five Seasons

"Indian summer, the fifth season, is energetically important because it provides the hub or center of balance for the other four... This 'middle country' of the mind, the fifth season, is the driving force behind all purposeful living.
from The Five Seasons: Tap Into Nature's Secrets for Health, Happiness, and Harmony by Joseph Cardillo

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys

First published in 1991, the third edition of this comprehensive reference includes new material on heritage breeds, on-farm processing, pastured feeding methods, and humane raising practices as well as updated organic certification standards.

"A renaissance is underway," says the author, "a renewed interest in keeping poultry in backyards, homesteads, and small diversified farms. Fueling this movement are concerns about food safety and a craving for better flavor and nutrition."

The contents of the book cover the health, breeds, protection and processing of turkeys as well as the equipment and feeds needed for raising the birds effectively. Illustrations, charts and a glossary of terms are included.

Breeds * Care * Marketing
by Don Schrider 
Storey Publishing, 2013

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

See the New Movie Books: William Wyler

In this book, Gabriel Miller explores the career of one of Hollywood's most unique and influential directors, examining the evolution of his cinematic style.

Wyler's films feature nuanced shots and multifaceted narratives that reflect his preoccupation with realism and story construction. The director's later works were deeply influenced by his time in the army air force during World War II, and the disconnect between the idealized version of the postwar experience and reality became a central theme of Wyler's masterpiece, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director
by Gabriel Miller
The University Press of Kentucky, 2013

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