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The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America
4.06
This is a mediocre book about a really great experience. Mr. Ruhlman's writing is inconsistent, and a little hero-worship-y. This said, it is a book a ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Feb 28, 2012
 
Howard's End By E. M. Forster
3.84
I was urged to read Howard's End by my wife, who views this as her favorite novel. I'm very glad to have read it, as the quality of the writing was as ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
4.13
This is a spectacularly insightful book, even when it's wrong or weird -- nominally about the tech startup industry, but with really interesting thoug ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Sep 26, 2014
 
Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles
4.04
Like many autobiographies, that of Keith Black, MD is of someone who has done many fascinating things, but writing is not one of those things. Even wi ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Decline and Fall of IBM: End of an American Icon?
3.33
Although it's a bit of a one-sided hatchet-job, there was enough interesting in this take-down of recent IBM management to be worth reading, for those ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2014
 
Strange Itineraries
3.73
Strange Itineraries is a collection of Powers' published short stories, and as such it is extremely representative of his longer work. It is brilliant ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
4.51
This is an astonishing book. For at least three reasons. First, Robert Caro is a master of exhaustively-researched biographies, and this book is remar ...more
Oct 15, 2007
Feb 28, 2012
 
A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of French Cuisine, 1650-1800
3.67
An enlightening (hah!) and comprehensive history of how French cuisine changed radically from a sweet-and-sour melange of flavors, ala modern Indian o ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Feb 28, 2012
 
Flying
3.37
Flying is a novel in three parts and two eras, a high-school aged boy from Long Island on his cross-country adventure via aerocycle, and the middle-ag ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Feb 28, 2012
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.95
This is a tremendously inventive book, convincingly building a quasi-steampunk, quasi-alien urban setting and filing it with distinct, sympathetic, cr ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection
4.02
This book is almost impossible to review objectively. Like Making of a Chef, the book is aimed at foodies, people who know their French mother sauces ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Feb 28, 2012
 
Amsterdam
3.38
Amsterdam is the third of the McEwan novels I've read. I like Atonement quite a bit. Great feeling of place. I loved, loved Sunday, with its remarkabl ...more
Mar 02, 2008
Feb 28, 2012
 
A Short, Sharp Shock
3.32
This book, a quasi-magical quasi-SF novel about a man with no memory, finding his way on a bizarre planet, was totally enthralling and absorbing. Afte ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee
3.80
This is a terrifically researched, if only moderately well-written, story of the current cutting edge of American coffee importers and roasters. Follo ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China
4.11
This was great. I was a bit skeptical of this book, lent to me by a friend, thinking it'd be all Under the Tuscan Sun rose-colored travelogue, but it' ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
 
Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work
3.88
Aki and Alex have turned their immensely successful blog, catering business, and teaching experience into a book for ambitious professional and home c ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
4.41
I was a little disappointed in this classic work on charts and graphs. On the one hand, it was clearly a revolutionary kick in the pants to a field th ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life
3.70
An intruiging take at a biography of a very odd man. Aimed at, I would say, a freshman-in-college level audience, Rubin breaks up the story of Chruchi ...more
Jan 15, 2010
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
4.14
My third China Mieville book, after City & the City and Perdido Street Station, and so far my favorite. This is a terrific novel, with the spectac ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Far Side of the World (Aubrey/Maturin, #10)
4.42
This is the 2nd M&C book I've read, after the 1st in the series. I was disappointed in some ways. As before, the writing and the characters are gr ...more
Aug 21, 2008
Feb 28, 2012
 
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse
3.83
This is a very inconsistent book about a really interesting character. The first half of the biography, about how Waters got interested in food and th ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
3.98
Venkatesh studied the economics of the urban poor for his dissertation. In the course of his research, he spent an extraordinary amount of time among ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Feb 28, 2012
 
Three Days to Never
3.64
Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors, but this is not one of my favorite of his books. There are a few clever aspects -- he always starts his book ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Feb 28, 2012
 
Iron Council (Bas-Lag, #3)
3.67
Of what I've read so far, this was to me Mieville's most satisfying work, if slightly uneven. Mieville is remarkably good at coming up with creative i ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Feb 28, 2012
 
How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
3.84
What the funk? This is a brilliant concept for a book, turned into an unedited collection of incomprehensible (unless you already know a lot about fun ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Feb 28, 2012
 
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
4.28
This is an extraordinarily researched and well-written biography of how amazing intellect and dedication can overcome massive personal and personality ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life
3.22
This is not what it claims to be. The book is not about urban life and how to mathematically model and understand cities. It's not at all a distillati ...more
Jul 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
4.01
Although it's driven entirely by anecdote and case study (a few of which rang hollow), this marketing book for the enterprise tech industry was intere ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models
4.30
A good comprehensive survey of the topics. But, different sections assume different levels of background knowledge, from nearly nothing to grad-level ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Feb 28, 2012
 
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
3.92
While not as compelling as Omnivore's Dilemma, and with occasional mis-steps where Pollan tries to inject a bit too much artificial wit or deepness in ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
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