This is an excellent book filled with helpful tips, contextual insights and easy to follow directions too. I picked this up as a 'Daily Find' from B&aThis is an excellent book filled with helpful tips, contextual insights and easy to follow directions too. I picked this up as a 'Daily Find' from B&N for $1.99. What a bargain.
I noted quite a few complaints about the e-book version, but they turned out to be unfounded - at least on my nook tablet - however, there are a couple of glitches that are easy to get around. This book is well worth the investment.
The Sicilian White Cookies (Pastine Bianche)are delicious and easy to make. ...more
This is an awesome little book fraught with tidbits and cooking tips. It offers recipes that are truly representative of New Mexico cooking. You can'tThis is an awesome little book fraught with tidbits and cooking tips. It offers recipes that are truly representative of New Mexico cooking. You can't go wrong with this one....more
This is an easy-to-follow cookbook that is utilitarian and fun to work from. I didn't really get into the stories so much. I don't have an abiding appThis is an easy-to-follow cookbook that is utilitarian and fun to work from. I didn't really get into the stories so much. I don't have an abiding appreciation for 'Marlboro' men. Go figure. But Ree Drummond sure knows how to make delicious food....more
This nook book is a waste of money. Saving on coy editors really hurt this book. I couldn't get though it because of all the spelling and punctuationThis nook book is a waste of money. Saving on coy editors really hurt this book. I couldn't get though it because of all the spelling and punctuation errors.
The material is dated, but it is still forward thinking. I would say its pretty much the blue print for contemporary cutting edge thinking in 2012 - nThe material is dated, but it is still forward thinking. I would say its pretty much the blue print for contemporary cutting edge thinking in 2012 - not bad considering Postman wrote this in 1968....more
I think people are investing far too much energy trying to categorize this book. Georgeanne Brennan has a unique talent for bringing her recipes to liI think people are investing far too much energy trying to categorize this book. Georgeanne Brennan has a unique talent for bringing her recipes to life by offering little vignettes.
This book is a memoir, not a biography. Consequently, the standards I have seen other reviewers attempt to impose on this little book. For my part, the author enriched her recipes with her stories and vice versa.
To that end, for people who love food and enjoy having a story behind the recipe, this is the book for you. More compellingly, I appreciate the author's ability to honor a by-gone era with such an intimate and personal story-telling style.
Foe me, food is love and life is about having good stories to tell. Brennan hit the mark with this book. I feel priveleged for having read it....more
**spoiler alert** I'm not at all clear on what to think about this book, but I know I don't like it.
It seems as though Aleph is a memoir and yet, it**spoiler alert** I'm not at all clear on what to think about this book, but I know I don't like it.
It seems as though Aleph is a memoir and yet, it has a fantastic injection of what can be best described as, 'paranormal.'
Doubtless, Coelho is an accomplished writer, but I wonder how much of this book is flight of fancy, and how much is 'real.' Perhaps my skepticism comes from the notions such as one put forth by Joan Rivers in a comedy routine she performed some years back. She wickedly posited, "Why is it that aliens always appear to rednecks?... 'I saw it, I saw it! I was skinning raaaabbits!'..." While I am paraphrasing her, I'm certain my rendition of Rivers' joke accurately conveys the spirit of her query.
I also vaguely recall the comedian, Eddie Murphy once noted that, when people refer back to past lives, they invariably had some kind of royalty, celebrity or status attached. I tend to agree; there were far more,'uninteresting' lives to be lived, and yet, as Murphy rightly pointed out, few - if any - reincarnation adherents ever recollect being,'the royal a**-wiper." In short, the odds simply don't support their claims.
Maybe it wasn't Eddie Murphy at all who said it, and maybe what I have just written is just some fantastic confabulation I am resurrecting as a means of lending support to my skepticism about those who claim to having lived past lives. Maybe it was something I heard in a past life or something like that.
Well, Coelho claims to have been a Dominican Monk during the Spanish Inquisition. His, is a pretty interesting story and yet, the famous 'bullshit' meter that Hemingway once referred to is zinging away for me - in the red zone. Oh hell, who am I kidding, it is pegged.
I suppose my difficulty with, "Aleph" is trying to figure out whether this is fiction, or some altered reality. Hey, I'm an 'inquiring mind'- I need to know, because I like fiction. Go figure.
I am not an ardent fan of crystals, or navel gazing. Thus, I am a little bit miffed that some kind of bait-and-switch might be going on here by an author who is exploiting his fame to pull a fast one. Moreover, if this is fantasy fiction, then it ought to be labelled as such - to keep skeptical nincompoops like me from wandering in and getting flummoxed by unwritten rules of the 'other' dimension.
I guess all I am asking here is, how about a caveat - kind of like Dante's famous warning posted at the gates of hell - at the proverbial door? What I mean, is if an aging writer is going to get into one of his psychologically damaged groupie's pants, this is one a hell of a story to put together in order to accomplish that end - especially when all he claims to have done is fondle her breast when they were both naked. hmmm... He doesn't strike me as the, 'I never inhaled'- type.
If this story actually rings true, I have a few questions like; How do you prove this? or, Where is there something that might corroborate such fantastic claim? or, Why do you, Paul Coelho, get to be a famous writer in this life, and a Dominican monk from the past who had a chance to save someone's life, but forsook such an opportunity and were still rewarded the opportunity to 'come back' and become a famous writer who gets to cop a feel from the very same groupie whom you condemned to burn at the stake in your past life - this time around? Talk about misogyny!
If you ask me - and nobody from either world has - it seems to me that the reincarnation gate-keeper kind of messed up; weren't you supposed to come back as a bug, or a slug or something like that? What happened to good old-fashioned karma?
Now symbolically speaking; is anyone else kind of upset that this poor young female re-incarnate was burned at the inquisition is also left to suffer being left hot, and unfulfilled for a second time in this life by an aloof, brooding man? Is that what carries over from one dimension to another? Well, Coelho the lover sure leaves them smoking. Please pardon the pun. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Perhaps more troubling is that, once a groupie, always a groupie... In other words, its not that some people never learn, they are doomed to repeat the same karmic mistakes ad infinitum. That sucks.
You see how this goes? This story has me all twitterpated because it violates my sense of justice. It flies in the face of how the universe ought to be. At this rate, George Dubya Bush is going to come back as Mitt Romney - or some such silliness like that. Horrors.
The more I think about it, the more discouraged I become, because if Coelho's story carries even a shred of credibility, it means that those of us with the shitty seats in this life have nothing to look forward to in the next. Major bummer here folks. Major... Here's hoping male pattern baldness isn't repetitive across dimensions of time and space.
On second thought, maybe this fantastic story serves as a potent reminder that ordinarily rational beings - famous people included - can still believe in a vengeful, wrath-stricken, angry sky god who can simultaneously be compassionate while encouraging his followers to strap on bombs and kill non-believers whom this omnipotent being, in his infinite wisdom, also created.
The more I think about it, the more I think William of Ockham's call for simplification makes more sense than ever.
The writing in this book deserves a, "B-" and the story deserves a, "D" - on balance this is a solid 0.5 star book, so I'm rounding up
**This review, of course, comes with a caveat emptor of my own; I am most likely the guy who was, in his past life, the royal a**-wiper, and this review is little more than karmic sour grapes. Well, at least I'm not a groupie.
Because of this book, I have created another category; "Navel-Gazer deja-Hooey."
Thus isn't a book for popular consumption. The author gets mired in statistical references and his frame of reference is heavily dosed with measures oThus isn't a book for popular consumption. The author gets mired in statistical references and his frame of reference is heavily dosed with measures of standard deviations used to back up the author's arguments.
My thought is that Nisbett could have said a lot more without cluttering up his message so much. ...more
This is the third of Shelby Foote's three-volume coverage of the American Civil War. While he was not trained as an historian, his twelve years of resThis is the third of Shelby Foote's three-volume coverage of the American Civil War. While he was not trained as an historian, his twelve years of research place his work in the realm of scholars. More than that, his beautiful prose, poignant observations and thoughtful coverage of the war yields a comprehensive understanding, not only of what happened, but how devastating the rift turned out to be. Regardless of the war's outcome, it would have lasting repercussions which we, as a nation have still not yet overcome. ...more