August 1991. In a sweltering New York City apartment, a group of Russian migr s gathers round the deathbed of an artist named Alik, a charismatic character beloved by them all, especially the women who take turns nursing him as he fades from this world. Their reminiscences of the dying man and of their lives in Russia are punctuated by debates and squabbles: Whom did Alik love most? Should he be baptized before he dies, as his alcoholic wife, Nina, desperately wishes, or be reconciled to the faith of his birth by a rabbi who happens to be on hand? And what will be the meaning for them of the Yeltsin putsch, which is happening across the world in their long-lost Moscow but also right before their eyes on CNN?This marvelous group of individuals inhabits the first novel by Ludmila Ulitskaya to be published in English, a book that was shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize and has been praised wherever translated editions have appeared. Simultaneously funny and sad, lyrical in its Russian sorrow and devastatingly keen in its observation of character, The Funeral Party introduces to our shores a wonderful writer who captures, wryly and tenderly, our complex thoughts and emotions confronting life and death, love and loss, homeland and exile.
Even the most enthusiastic cooks and food lovers have jars of dusty powders inhabiting kitchen cabinets long past their expiration dates. We often don't know much about them, where they come from, or how to use them. And yet, spices can elevate the everyday act of making and consuming food to a higher plane of experience.
Spices have played an intrinsic part in the human story, running through history, geography, anthropology, politics, religion, culture, art, and design. From alligator pepper seeds, which in the Yoruba culture are given to newborn babies to taste a few minutes after birth, to charoli seeds, which are used in traditional Indian desserts eaten during the festival of Holi, and caraway seeds, which were added to medieval love potions, each spice has its own significance in the lives of the people who use it.
The Grammar of Spice is a practical resource for cooks that also changes the way we understand the role spices play in defining not only our food but also our place in the world. Featuring custom illustrations for each of the more than sixty spices featured here--inspired by the work of Owen Jones, one of the great designers and travelers of his time--this beautiful, informative book celebrates the world of flavors that spices open up to us.
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- Eating honey can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes--even help reduce body fat and unwanted weight --and increase longevity. - Pure, raw, unprocessed honey is a healthier sweetener than table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. It's chock-full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins--and only has 21 calories per teaspoon. - Honey can relieve a variety of ailments, including allergies, coughs, fatigue, digestive woes, skin problems, pain, and stress, as well as boost libido. Drawing on the latest honey buzz and interviews with medical doctors, beekeepers, and researchers, this enlightening book reveals 30 healing honey varieties, tells you how to incorporate honey into heart-healthy recipes such as Honey Custard French Toast and
Honey-Glazed Game Hen, and provides more than 50 home cures, plus beauty treatments and household uses--all made with the amazing honey bee's gifts
"This eye-opening book provides you with a delicious truth of the traditional Mediterranean diet: Honey is a sumptuous route to optimal health."
--Dr. Will Clower, author of The French Don't Diet Plan
"A practical, health-oriented book that everyone who wants to stay healthy and live longer should read." --Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D., author of Apple Cider Vinegar "The essential book on vinegar--the number-one superfood of all time " --Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., author of The Fat Flush Plan From Folk Medicine to 21st-Century Favorite--Discover the Amazing Powers of Vinegar
Revised and updated, this comprehensive book draws on the latest scientific studies and interviews with top health researchers to reveal how apple cider and red wine vinegars--as well as balsamic, fruit, rice, and herb-infused vinegars--can help you stay healthy. You'll also find proven home health cures, innovative cosmetic secrets, lively anecdotes, and environmentally friendly household hints--from making countertops sparkle to cleaning up kids and pets. *Take advantage of vinegar's natural therapeutic, antioxidant, and culinary virtues as this 5,000-year-old healer evolves in new uses and products--from sipping vinegars to home-cooked foods. * Learn how vinegar helps lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and bone loss. *Discover how vinegar's acetic acid kills bacteria, and may help prevent tuberculosis and combat antibiotic-resistant superbugs. * Create home cures to treat allergies, arthritis, toothaches, sunburn, swimmer's ear, sore throat, and other pesky ailments. ...and discover much more in this invaluable resource to help you slim down, shape up, and enhance longevity "Vinegar is right there in your cupboard--waiting for you to open its health properties for you and your family. Cal Orey's book can show you how." --Dr. Will Clower, CEO Mediterranean Wellness
Addicted, obsessed, devoted. No meal is safe from a hot sauce addict. They've got it everywhere--in their fridge, in their pantry, even in their bag, swag These 60 recipes are sure to satiate cravings at every mealtime. So, dive into this cookbook for fantastically fiery dishes including:
- Chili-fried eggs
- Hot Sauce Buffalo Wings
- Sriracha Buttered Shrimp
- Harissa Chicken Shawarma Wraps
- Crunchy Thai Salad
- Chili Chocolate Brownies
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
- And more
In a Nutshell is organized to reflect the way we eat meals today, with chapters like Nibbles, Dip It, Noodles and Nuts, and Family Style. Omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike will delight in dishes both simple and complex, from Almond-Crusted Mac-and-Cheese to Pistachio Biryiani. Culinary cheerleaders for the powerful team of sixteen nuts and seeds featured in the book, Tannenbaum and Tutunjian prove that nuts are so much more than a happy-hour snack.
Explore the fascinating history of maple sugaring in this informative guide to all things syrup. From the tap on the tree to the pancakes on your plate, Tim Herd explains every nuanced step of the sugaring process. Learn to identify different kinds of maple trees and get inspired to tap the sugar maples in your backyard. Herd also includes tempting recipes that use syrup in old-fashioned treats like maple nut bread, maple eggnog, and pecan pie.
McCance and Widdowsons's The Composition of Foods, Seventh Summary Edition provides a timely, authoritative and comprehensive update of the nutrient data for the most commonly consumed foods in the UK. Foods that are less commonly consumed but are important in the diets of sub-groups of the population are also included.
This Seventh Summary Edition contains data which has been reviewed and updated since the last edition was published in 2002 and incorporates data from previously published supplements plus new analytical data and additional data from manufacturers. New data includes updates on key foods in the UK diet including flours and grains, bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, biscuits, cakes, eggs, fat spreads, fruits, vegetables, fish and fish products. Values for a wide range of nutrients (e.g. proximates, inorganics, vitamins, fibre and fatty acids) are provided and additional tables provide data for carotenoid fractions, vitamin E fractions and vitamin K for selected foods. Values for specific nutrients, including sodium, sugars, saturated and trans fatty acids in processed foods have been updated to reflect changes resulting from health policy and recent industry initiatives on reformulations. AOAC fibre values have been included for a wide range of foods to enable energy calculations, including fibre for food labelling purposes.
Aimed at students and professionals in all food and health disciplines, this essential handbook should be on the bookshelf of everyone who needs to know the nutritional value of foods consumed in the UK.
For health-conscious cooks, clean eaters, and smart consumers, National Geographic introduces a science-based guide to healthy, everyday eating for your whole family -- and the planet. Featuring dozens of tips, food pairings, and sample menus, this attractive book is a culinary tour of the 148 foods that have huge nutritional value with the least environmental impact. This guide explores food and its place in cultures around the world; highlights what it adds to healthy menus today; and advises consumers on what to look for, how to choose, how to prepare and what to avoid in order to make best choices for the table and for the planet. Barton Seaver, acclaimed chef and author of For Cod and Country and Where There's Smoke, and nutritional scientist P.K. Newby, have created the ultimate shopping and cooking guide to help you nourish your family while you sustain the planet.
To some, chile might be considered a condiment, but in New Mexico it takes center stage. Going back four centuries, native tribes, Spanish missionaries, conquistadors and Anglos alike craved capsicum, and chile became infused in the state's cuisine, cultu