The Booklovers' Guide To Wine

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#1 Best Seller in Wine & Spirits Buying Guides ─ Great Wines and Great Writers are a Wonderful Blend

A fact-filled, jargon free guide to wine, bursting with entertaining anecdotes, literary quotes and compelling humor that will teach you everything you always wanted to learn about wine but were too scared to ask.

Pure delight. "This book would be a highly recommendable primer on wine without the literary references as Alexander guides us through regions and grapes, plus how to truly appreciate this nectar. But the hefty chapter matching grapes with authors is pure delight: albariño and J.R.R. Tolkien, chardonnay and Jane Austen, and his personal favorite, gewürztraminer and Marcel Proust." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The pleasures of great wine and great writers. Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. He has raised his own children in many of the world’s great wine growing regions, from Bordeaux and Piedmont in Europe to the Santa Cruz mountains of California while researching and writing his definitive guide to the novels of Marcel Proust.

History of wine and some of the best wines. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklovers' Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck.

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Plant-Powered Cooking

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• Forks Over Knives has become a worldwide movement encouraging people to eat more plants and forego meat; the book selling over a million copies with a popular film viewed by over 20 million • Much more than a cookbook, Alvrez’s book offers readers insight into why we eat the way we do • Filled with tips, tricks and secrets for a sustainable lifestyle so readers can go green • Starter garden tips for readers at any level so ditch the high-maintenance lawn and grow veggies, fresh herbs and eat food with the highest nutrient levels

 

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Vegans Save the World

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Clean Eating Lifestyle

Plant based diet and nutrition: Millions of people have turned to a plant-based diet for the sake of both themselves and the planet. Now, tens of thousands of people have put down their knives in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet for weight loss or to control blood pressure and cholesterol.

Not-so-healthy carnivore to healthy clean eating vegan: Author Alice Mary Alvrez shares her journey from not-so-healthy carnivore to urban homesteader who turned her health around and contributes to a healthier planet as well. This utterly unique vegan cookbook offers over 100 easy-to-make vegan recipes and many basic woman eco-warrior and plant-powered cook recipes. Alvrez shares her green-living methods and cooking techniques as well as sage advice about food and nutrition. Eating your veggies is essential to good health, especially for families and children. Growing the organic veggies you eat is even better!

Living vegan and going green tips and tricks: As instructive as it is inspiring, this book is brimming with excellent information about avoiding unhealthy food additives and the importance of eating clean and getting educated about your diet. It is also packed with tips and tricks for living vegan and making sure your home and clothing are cruelty-free. Going green and vegan is easier than you think and this book offers a year's worth of ideas, yummy recipes and ways you can create a sustainable life. More than just a cookbook, Vegans Save the World is necessary

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Nourished

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How Can a Plant-Based Diet Impact My Life?

Plant-Based living is a lifestyle: It awakens your awareness to understanding that every choice you make has a greater impact. It's a choice that can transcend the collective mind with the idea of respecting every form of life. Are you ready for the benefits of an eating clean diet? Are you seeking a happy, health-filled life?

Welcome to nourishment through plant based eating: Nourished, the debut book by plant-based chef and holistic nutrition expert Pamela Wasabi, invites you to discover a new love for and understanding of your body, and the importance of nourishment through plant based eating. Pamela shows readers how learning to cook helped her overcome medical challenges and put her on the path to health through clean eating diet recipes and plant based nutrition.

Nourishment for the body and nourishment for the spirit: This eat-clean diet book is a delicious trip through the plant based eating experience from start to finish. The book is organized to mirror the life-cycle of a plant, from when the seed is sewn to when the flower blooms. Using this delightful convention for her eat-clean diet book, Wasabi prescribes what it takes for true body nourishment, and nourishment of the mind and spirit.

Life-enhancing insights that you will gain from reading Nourished include:

  • How to invite nourishment into your life to relax
  • How to find peace within and let go of strict forms of dieting, perfection, and restrictions
  • Understand that every symptom or food issue we deal with is an invitation to get to know ourselves better
  • Inspiration to be softer, more loving, and have unconditional acceptance for who we are
  • An appreciation for the joys of a plant based nutrition lifestyle
  • How to be mindful and present about our choices when it comes to food and health
  • How to embark on a path of health and happiness
  • Some favorite clean eating diet recipes

ENJOY!

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8 to Your Ideal Weight

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Reach Your Ideal Body Weight and Stay There

“Her powerful 8-step process offers a path for readers to not only release weight, but to follow their passion and discover their personal greatness.” —Dr. Francois Sauer, MD, author of Relearn, Evolve and Adapt

Heal the root cause of overeating and reshape your body, restore your energy, and reboot your life. The 8 to Your IdealWeight diet-free program is a tried-and-true sugar-free diet, based on an eight-step program that helps you reach your ideal body weight goal—and, most importantly, stay there.

Why do most diets fail? Because mental preparation is the most important first step—and most diets neglect this essential mind-body aspect. Because of this, MK Mueller’s journey to her ideal weight was forty years in the making with a trail of unsuccessful attempts in her wake.

The mind body connection. MK Mueller is a former binge eater and domestic violence survivor who at the age of 34 put together a program for her own recovery and began a support group in her home called “Taking Care of Me.” Almost overnight the group outgrew her living room, and she became an international trainer and TEDx speaker, working with schools, health care organizations, and Fortune 500 companies.

Find your ideal body weight and stay there. With her encouragement and gentle guidance, you can let go of the burden of living life as a weight number and reclaim your self-esteem and personal power. Her program is not about losing weight but “releasing” pounds that no longer serve you, that hold you back and drag you down, make you feel bad about yourself and leave you vulnerable to health risks. Adjust your attitude first, then adjust the way you eat.

Also read MJ Mueller's award-winning Taking Care of Me: The Habits of Happiness, and 8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change, which are the foundation for the acclaimed 8 to Great curriculum for schools as well as the life-changing 8 to Your IdealWeight program.

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Beer School

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July is a Picnic in the Park

An Insider's Guide to Craft Beer─the World's Greatest Drink

"Brad and Jonny make understanding beer easy and nearly as fun as drinking it." ―James Watt, founder of Brewdog.

#1 Best Seller in Beer

Beer has come a long way in the 6,000 years since the first taste. The legends of the craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of the perfect pint. But how do you get the right brew for you? And can you learn to make a beer that adds to the lager legacy?

Beers of the world. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of YouTube sensation the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, Jonny and Brad explain the intricacies of the finest artisan craft brews including: ales, lagers, porters, stouts, IPSs, and bitters.

How to make beer. The lads have the inside scoop on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware. Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and how to get the most out of every sip. Learn about grain, mash, water, hops, boil, yeast, fermentation, serving, storing, pouring, and tasting.

If you have read books such as The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein or The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth, you’ll love Beer School by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans.

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Tea-spiration

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Looking for unique gifts for women? Tea-spiration, may be just what you're looking for! The tea lovers book: Tea-spiration aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life. Tea drinkers know that tea, the wonderful drink, can help them slow down and savor life's moments. Unique gifts for women: In her debut book, Lu Ann Pannunzio (http://theteacupoflife.com/), uplifts and inspires readers in a way that does more than just telling them a story about tea and its history. As in life, tea is about the little things we need to experience (devotions, inspiration, reflection, comfort). Each page of Tea-spiration is filled with feelings and moments (big or small) that tea enhances; simple joys that not everyone may notice or take the time to savor. Sometimes all you really need is a cup, water and some leaves to create your own wonderful cup of tea experience. So, take pleasure in this tea lovers book, along with that special cup of tea, and stop and appreciate the simple joys of life!

 

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Farmsteads of the California Coast

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Explore the Coast of California, Map Local Farms, and Meet a Dozen Diverse Growers

“A terrific book about some of my favorite farms.” –Michael Pollan, author, activist, and professor

“A true celebration of meaningful work and beauty—the values that are at the heart of these farmsteads are the values we all must learn.” –Alice Waters, James Beard award-winning chef

Featuring some of the most scenic farm locations in the country, Farmsteads of the California Coast introduces readers to local growers and their dynamic agricultural ventures. Paired with dozens of farm-inspired food recipes from the Golden State, this beautiful California cookbook sets out to reveal the inherent beauty in daily farm routines.

The ultimate farm-to-table cookbook celebrating organic farmers and their products. From boutique row crop farmers and coffee growers, to ranch raised water buffalo gelato and perfectly-grown ripe berries, Farmsteads of the California Coast captures each independent farm’s essential nature and philosophy. Inside, award-winning duo, Sarah Henry and Erin Scott, profile innovative farmsteads, sustainable practices, flavorful products, and the unique individuals behind their thriving success.

For fans of local cookbooks and Michael Pollan books. You don’t have to embark on a homesteading expedition to have your own farm-to-table kitchen. Farmsteads of the California Coast invites readers to taste the harvest firsthand with twenty-four recipes inspired by local farm-grown ingredients. This visually-rich book celebrates the best of farmstead bounty, including “beyond organic” greens, briny oysters, and:

  • Creamy goat cheese
  • Crisp heirloom apples
  • Juicy u-pick strawberries
  • And more!

If you enjoy farm books, farming books, farm life books, or even homestead books—like the Magnolia Table cookbook, Malibu Farm, or the Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook—then you’ll love Farmsteads of the California Coast.

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Local Eats London

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A London Guide Book for the Traveler’s Palette

From the iconic afternoon tea party to the infamous late-night pub grub, Local Eats London is a beautifully illustrated pocket dictionary that translates the classic and sometimes-oddly-named cuisine of London to the hungry traveler.

Enjoy English food from England like a Londoner. What’s the difference between British biscuits and cookies? What is spotted dick? And what does Eton mess mean? This easy-to-carry, mini tome is all foodies need to enjoy the wide variety of unique and tasty English meals in London. Unlike typical travel books, Local Eats London replaces restaurant recommendations with delicious descriptions of traditional British fare found in markets, shops, pubs, and cafes.

For fans of British books and travel guides.  Whether embarking on a trip or binging on Jane Austen and Downtown Abbey at home, Local Eats London makes for delightful British gifts and travel gifts. Interweaving charming water colors with humorous culinary reminiscences, each featured dish creates a lyrical and witty chronicle of the delicious discoveries a foreigner will experience in the vibrant city. To help travelers and Anglophiles navigate the what’s what of the casual London food scene, you’ll find typical foods found in:

  • Morning brunch and cafes
  • Afternoon high tea and picnics
  • Midnight snack spots and pubs

If you’re looking for Downtown Abbey gifts for women, foodie books, or an England coffee table book—like Pretty City London, London's Afternoon Teas, Jane Was Here, or Secret London—then you’ll love Local Eats London.

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The Perfect Metabolism Plan

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Heal Your Metabolism to Improve Your Health and Reach Your Ideal Weight

"The answer to many of our health issues is right at the end of our forks." The real secret to reaching vibrant health and our optimal weight is to reset our metabolism. In The Perfect Metabolism Plan, nutritionist and foodie Sara Vance breaks it all down into the 10 keys you need in order to unlock your optimal metabolism. Sara started out as a picky eating kid who didn’t like veggies very much and ate way too much sugar. She paid the price with a long list of chronic symptoms─mood swings, insatiable hunger, digestion issues, allergies, and weight gain. It wasn’t until years later that she realized that the answer was staring her in the face the whole time. The answer was right at the end of her fork!

Reboot your metabolism and take control. Millions of us have counted calories until we're blue in the face. We've cut fat, eaten less, and exercised more─and we're still heavier than we want to be. Or we lose the weight, only to see it creep back. It's frustrating, discouraging, and unhealthy. In Sara Vance's The Perfect Metabolism Plan, you'll learn that this inability to stay at a healthy weight is not about willpower and it's not your fault! When your metabolism is out of whack, your willpower, hunger hormones, insulin, and cravings all work against you. And you not only can't lose weight, you tend to feel foggy, sluggish, or generally unwell. It’s time to take control. You need a plan to achieve metabolic renewal.

The Perfect Metabolism Plan will show you how to reset and reboot your metabolism through 10 keys, and you will also find:

  • A bonus chapter of metabolic hacks
  • Over 50 healthy recipes
  • And, a workable plan for putting it all into action

If you are a fan of books such as Happy GutBrain MakerThe Metabolism PlanThe Case Against Sugar, or Wired to Eat; you’ll love Sara Vance’s The Perfect Metabolism Plan.

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The Joy Factor

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Holistic Health for the Mind and Body

“This combination book/workbook is sure to be a welcome companion to anyone seeking to bring vitality and radiant health into their lives.”—Neal Barnard, founder and president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

The Joy Factor explores the mind-body connection of holistic health in a way that anyone can understand. With simple, easy-to-implement practices, you’ll be looking—and feeling—healthier in no time. 

Mind your mind to mind your body. Have you ever been physically fine but felt bad all the same? A pioneer of the mind-body-spirit approach to wellness, author Susan Smith Jones knows that health starts with your heart—and not your physical one. A positive mindset and a spirit of gratitude sets the groundwork for a more holistic healing of both the body and the mind. Illuminated through sacred practices like breathwork, visualizations, community work, and more, discover a sense of wonder and a youthful zest for life—no matter your age. 

Embrace holistic health in everyday life choices. Discover the benefits of eating a plant-based, whole food diet and how easily exercise becomes a part of your daily routine when you find activities you love to do. After all, it’s the simple things we do for ourselves and our community every day that make us glow with good health—it’s not "all about me"; it’s about how “me” meets the world.

Inside The Joy Factor, discover:

  • Recipes, tips, and tricks for healing with food through plant-based and whole foods
  • An herbal medicine guide with recipes and explanations of natural remedies
  • How to keep a healthy, vibrant, and youthful mindset through meditations, prayer practice, and more

If you like holistic health books like Radical Longevity, The Mindbody Prescription, or Eat to Beat Disease, you’ll love The Joy Factor.

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Romancing the Stove

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A lively and delectable tribute to the sensuous arts of cooking, loving, and living, Romancing the Stove is sure to stir the senses, and tickle the taste buds Combining crowdpleasing original recipes, mythology, and failsafe trade secrets, chef and culinary courtesan Margie Lapanja (famous for her Cowboy Cookie reciperevealed for the first time in this book) has concocted the most unique, engaging collection of mouthwatering menus and fun stories.

Romancing the Stove is a delicious read, filled with goddess tales, practical tips, fascinating food facts, divine dishes, and a fine seasoning of quotes. Lapanja reveals the pleasure of the table for everyone from skilled gourmets to the ultimate kitchen klutz. Recipes include dishes as diverse as classic Pain Perdu (known to the French as "Lost Bread")a resourceful resolution for those unloved loaves that were destined to go staleto Love Apple Linguine and Deepest, Darkest Devil's Food Cake.

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Food Men Love

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One of the best ways to enhance the quality of our lives is to treat ourselves to the foods we lovethe more often, the better Kitchen Goddess Margie Lapanja interviewed hundreds of men to compile this culinary collection of their favorite meals for a oneofakind cookbook filled with recipes, fascinating food trivia, and fun stories from the kitchen.

Whether a seasoned chef, a barbecuehappy bachelor, or a loving husband, men are taking up the tongs and giving the salad spinner a whirl in increasing numbers. Among the signature recipes of esteemed chefs and kitchen wizards, there are favorite feelgood feasts of superstars, sports heroes, luminaries, grill gurus, starving artists, burger kings, and every man in between. Included in Food Men Love is Tom Cruise's favorite Linguini dish, quarterback John Elway's Hamburger Soup, star chef Mario Batali's Bucatini all 'amatriciana, basketball legend Michael Jordan's 23 Peekytoe Crab Sandwich, and former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir's Peanut Satay Sauce. Dishes are organized by course in chapters including: Warming Up His Appetite/ Playing with Fire: Seeking Thrills with the Grrrill/ Fowl Play/ and How Sweet It Is: Treat Him to His Just Desserts.

Food Men Love provides the recipes for some alltime favorites that are sure to warm the heart of anyone.

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Wild Women in the Kitchen

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Not Your Typical Betty Crocker Cookbook

Feminism meets cooking in this addition to the Wild Woman series, pairing recipes by famous female chefs Lynett Rohrer and Nicole Alper with food trivia, stories, and quotes by women.

So you think a woman’s place is in the kitchen. With Betty Drapers and “make me a sandwich” mantras, it’s easy to forget that women have been cooking up a storm for quite some time. Catherine de’Medici was the Johnny Appleseed of Italian food. Nancy Hart shot a Royalist soldier for barging in and interrupting dinner. Turns out, these women really can take the heat. Maybe it’s best to stay out of their kitchen.

Unconventional females and unconditionally good food. Part cookbook, and part women’s history, Wild Women in the Kitchen features 101 recipes to complement the culinary contributions of famous females. With starter recipes curated specifically to these tough cookies, this book replaces female stereotypes with empowering, historical context. Inside, learn about Cleopatra's orgiastic oysters and:

  • Break bread with Golda Meir
  • Serve cucumber sandwiches in Natalie Barney’s Parisian salon
  • Bring over Canard a l’orange like Catherine de’Medici

If you’re in need of a feminist cookbook, and enjoyed reads like The Little House CookbookWomen's Libation!The Little Women Cookbook, or A Woman's Place; then you’ll savor Wild Women in the Kitchen.

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