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The ultimate guide and companion to the New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series. Contains a new short Honorverse novel..., plus a compendium of tech, specs, and history to accompany the legendary series. An all-new David Weber Honorverse short novel, I Will Build a House of Steel, chronicling the early days of the Manticoran Star Kingdom when King Roger was a naval lieutenant. Have you ever finished the latest Honor Harrington novel from David Weber and wished you could linger in Weber s Honorverse just a bit longer? Now you can with this treasure trove of tech, specs, and insights on David Weber s mega best-selling Honor Harrington series. Orbital characteristics of key planets, regimental order of the Royal Navy, backstory on the history and drama of the Star Kingdom s birth and early days you ll find it all here, thoughtfully arranged by the Bureau 9 Weber research group, and overseen by David Weber himself. About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series: ?. . .everything you could want in a heroine?.excellent?plenty of action.??Science Fiction Age ?Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!??Anne McCaffrey ?Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.??Locus ?Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . .??Publishers Weekly read more

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David Drake s legendary Raj Whitehall/The General series, returns! In a world of muskets, bows and arrows, and reptile-riding noma...ds, a young warrior fights against an all-controlling computer devoted to stasis. ABEL DASHIAN S WORLD DOESN T NEED A HERO Duisberg is one of thousands of planets plunged into darkness and chaos by the collapse of the galactic republic, but where other worlds have begun to rebuild a star-travelling culture, Duisberg remains in an uneasy balance between mud-brick civilization and bloodthirsty barbarism. The people of Duisberg have a god: Zentrum, a supercomputer from the ancient past. Zentrum has decided to avoid another collapse by preventing civilization from rising from where it is. And because even a supercomputer and the powerful religion which it founded cannot block all progress, Zentrum has another tool: every few centuries the barbarians sweep in from the desert, slaughtering the educated classes and cowing the peasants back into submission. These are the Blood Winds, and the Blood Winds are about to blow again. This time, however, there s a difference: Abel Dashian, son of a military officer, has received into his mind the spirit of Raj Whitehall, the most successful general in the history of the planet Bellevue and of Center, the supercomputer which enabled Raj to shatter his planet s barbarians and permit the return of civilization. One hero can t stop the tide of barbarians unless he has his own culture supporting him. To save Duisberg, Abel must break the power of Zentrum. With the help of Raj and Center, Abel Dashian must become . . . THE HERETIC! About The Heretic: ?More than once, I envied Abel s gift. If you count having the voice of a computer and the recreation of a famous general in your head as a gift. . .An interesting relationship that elevates [the novel] to something unique. . .I loved the battles and I found Abel to be an engaging character. I adored Golitsin, his priest friend.? SF Crowsnest About the Raj Whitehall series: ?[T]old with knowledge of military tactics and hardware, and vividly described action. . .devotees of military SF should enjoy themselves.? Publishers Weekly ?[A] thoroughly engrossing military sf series . . . superb battle scenes, ingenious weaponry and tactics, homages to Kipling, and many other goodies. High fun.? Booklist About David Drake: ?[P]rose as cold and hard s the metal alloy of a tank ? rivals Crane and Remarque ?? ?Chicago Sun-Times ?Drake couldn t write a bad action scene at gunpoint.? ?Booklist About Tony Daniel: ?[D]azzling stuff.??New York Times Book Review ?[His work] teems with vivid characters and surprising action.??Publishers Weekly (starred review) ?Daniel proves that the Golden Age of science fiction is right here and now.??Greg Bear ?[A] large cast of utterly graspable humans, mostly military and political folks, of all ranks and capacities and temperments. Daniel has a keen eye for the kinds of in extremis thinking and behavior that such a wartime situation would engender. . . .Following in the footsteps of Poul Anderson and Greg Bear. . .? Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine on Daniel s Guardian of Night The General Series The Forge S. M. Stirling David Drake The Hammer S. M. Stirling David Drake The Anvil S. M. Stirling David Drake The Steel S. M. Stirling David Drake The Sword S. M. Stirling David Drake The Chosen S. M. Stirling David Drake The Reformer S. M. Stirling David Drake The Tyrant Eric Flint David Drake The Heretic Tony Daniel David Drake The Savior Tony Daniel David Drake Omnibus Editions Warlord David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Forge and The Hammer Conqueror David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Anvil and The Steel Hope Reborn David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Forge and The Hammer Hope Rearmed David Drake S. M. Stirling Contains The Anvil and The Steel read more

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Part military SF, part cyberpunk, part grand-scale space opera, and part techno-psychological thriller, the Cassandra Kresnov nove...ls transcend the recently narrow segmentation of the science fiction genre. In 23 Years on Fire, Cassandra discovered that the technology that created her has been misused in her former home and now threatens all humanity with catastrophe. Returning home to Callay, she finds that Federation member worlds, exhausted by the previous thirty-year-war against the League, are unwilling to risk the confrontation that a solution may require. Some of these forces will go to any lengths to avoid a new conflict, including taking a sledgehammer to the Federation Constitution and threatening the removal by force of Cassandra s own branch of the Federal Security Agency. More frighteningly for Sandy, she has brought back to Callay three young children, whom she met on the mean streets of Droze, discovering maternal feelings she had not known she possessed. Can she reconcile her duty as a soldier, including what she must do as a tactician, with the dangers that those decisions will place upon her family the one thing that has come to mean more to her than any cause she now believes in? read more

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Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck writing as James S. A. Corey make their Star Wars debut in this brand-...new epic adventure featuring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia Organa. The action begins after the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. When the Empire threatens the galaxy s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance? When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough. But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands. But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker s x-wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire s reign of darkness forever. Praise for Honor Among Thieves ?If you like Han Solo . . . you won t want to miss Honor Among Thieves. . . . A novel that flies by quicker than the Millennium Falcon on the Kessel Run.? Lightsaber Rattling ?Honor Among Thieves hits the mark. . . . A fun story with great dialog and [an] entertaining cast of characters.? Roqoo Depot ?A fast-paced romp.? Big Shiny Robot ?Honor Among Thieves felt very ?vintage. . . . It nailed the classic Star Wars vibe in a way I haven t experienced in a long time.? Making Star Wars ?One of the best Star Wars novels I ve ever read.? Knights Archive ?Absolutely [captures] the magic of Star Wars and the era it s aiming for.? Jedi News (UK) ?[The] most pleasurable ?Classic Trilogy Star Wars reading in a long time . . . With masterful pacing and witty, descriptive dialogue, [Honor Among Thieves is] fun to read from start to finish. Adding a complexity of thought and action to a classic character like Han will satisfy those looking to indulge a deeper side.? TheForce.net ?James S. A. Corey manages to tell a delightful tale filled with a fun plot, entertaining characters, and great descriptions that draw you in and bring the world to life. Fans of all sorts are sure to enjoy Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves.? EUCantina.net read more

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne makes his hardcover debut with the new novel in his epic urban fantasy ser...ies starring the unforgettable Atticus O Sullivan. For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth Atticus O Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he s got company. Atticus s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do. Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki or merely a pain in the arse. But Atticus isn t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat. As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they re hoping that this time, three s a charm. Praise for Shattered ?This series just gets bigger and better, and Shattered shows no signs of it slowing down.? Vampire Book Club ?Well and truly awesome.? Fangs for the Fantasy ?So much fun to read!? Hidden in Pages ?[With] clever writing and engrossing story-telling, it s impossible not to get completely absorbed into the world Kevin [Hearne] has created.? Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks Praise for Kevin Hearne and The Iron Druid Chronicles ?Clever, fast paced and a good escape.? Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing ?[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit. . . . Neil Gaiman s American Gods meets Jim Butcher s Harry Dresden.? SFFWorld ?Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.? Kelly Meding, author of Tempest ?[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the twenty-first century. . . . A snappy narrative voice.? Library Journal, on Hounded ?Outrageously fun.? The Plain Dealer, on Hounded ?Superb . . . plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.? Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Hounded ?An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology . . . [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre.? Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked read more

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The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began ?coming up Latent,? developing te...rrifying powers summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it… In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign ?Harlequin,? becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he s ever known. In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind. When Scylla s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil ISBN-13: 9780425256374 Publisher: Ace Publication date: 1/28/2014 Series:Shadow Ops Series , #3 Format: Mass Market Paperback Pages: 384 Sales rank: 632,167 Product dimensions: 4.35 (w) x 6.83 (h) x 1.07 (d) read more

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The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan s internationally bestselling fantasy series, has captured the imaginations of millions of reader...s worldwide. Now, Winter s Heart, will be available in trade paperback for the first time. This new edition will feature cover art from award-winning artist Scott M. Fischer. This stunning cover art debuted on the eBook and will now grace book shelves for the first time on this handsome new edition. read more

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Walter Mosley s talent knows no bounds. Stepping Stone and Love Machine are but two of six fragments in the Crosstown to Oblivion ...short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores life s cosmic questions. From life s meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers? Stepping Stone: Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go by?and waiting for something he can t quite put into words. A gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can see. Soon Truman s quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy. Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a startling revelation that will change his life forever?and transform the nature of humanity? Love Machine: The Datascriber was supposed to merely allow individuals to share sensory experiences via a neurological link, but its true potential is even more revolutionary. The brainchild of an eccentric, possibly deranged scientist, the ?Love Machine? can merge individual psyches and memories into a collective Co-Mind that transcends race, gender, species . . . and even death itself. Tricked into joining the Co-Mind, as part of a master plan to take over the world, Lois Kim struggles to adapt to her new reality and abilities. Is there any way back to the life that was stolen from her, or is she destined to lead humanity into a strange new era, despite the opposition of forces both human and otherwise? read more

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The trade paperback features a bonus full-page illustration unique to this edition! Widely acclaimed for his work completing Rober...t Jordan s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war. The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making. Speak again the ancient oaths, Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before Destination. and return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again. read more

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The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ...ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order. Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora s box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor s reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga s New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor. read more

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The sequel to Boundary and Threshold. New York Times Best-Selling Author and a Rising Star of SF and Fantasy Continue their Popula...r Space Adventure Series. The sequel to Threshold, Book Three in the Boundary series. HELL FROZEN OVER Madeline Fathom had miraculously landed the crippled Nebula Storm on Europa. She joined on that frozen moon of Jupiter the stranded crewmembers of the ill-fated EU vessel Odin. The Nebula Storm s reactor was ruined in the landing, the Odin s shuttle can t make the trip back home, and the only vessel that could have make the journey to save them has just been destroyed by a renegade crewman, bad luck, and the remorseless forces of nature. But Madeline, Helen Sutter, A.J. Baker and the team have one card left to play. All they have to do... is survive lethal radiation, vacuum, and ice as hard as steel while they figure out how to make Nebula Storm fly again. But even as they prepare to make the journey home, Europa has one more discovery waiting for them... a discovery that might be the deadliest trap in the Solar System! Praise for previous books in this series: ?. . . fast-paced sci-fi espionage thriller . . . light in tone and hard on science . . .? Publishers Weekly on Boundary ?The whole crew from Flint and Spoor s Boundary are back. . . . Tensions run high throughout the Ceres mission . . . a fine choice for any collection.? Publishers Weekly on Threshold ?[P]aleontology, engineering, and space flight, puzzles in linguistics, biology, physics, and evolution further the story, as well as wacky humor, academic rivalries, and even some sweet romances.? School Library Journal on Boundary read more

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A New York Times Best Seller! Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chr...onicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. This edition of WATCHMEN, the groundbreaking series from Alan Moore, the award-winning writer of V FOR VENDETTA and BATMN: THE KILLING JOKE, and Dave Gibbons, the artist of GREEN LANTERN, features the high-quality, recolored pages found in WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION with sketches, never-before-seen extra bonus materials and a new introduction by Dave Gibbons. Who watches the Watchmen. Someone does. Someone who s trying to kill them all, one by one. Time s running out for the Watchmen... . read more

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The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are on...ly two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price . . . and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums. The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi. read more

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Ninth novel in the popular Commissar Cain series. When the world of Quadravidia comes under attack by the insidious tau, only one ...man can defeat the aliens and save the planet in the Emperor s name: the legendary Hero of the Imperium, Commissar Ciaphas Cain. When the aliens call for a ceasefire, Cain expects the worst, and his fears are answered in the form of the dread menace of the tyranids. As a hive fleet approaches Quadravidia, Cain must try to forge an alliance between the Imperium and the tau ? but can he truly trust the inscrutable xenos? read more

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The quest for answers and ultimate survival hinges on finding the cosmic link between the Skin Map, the Shadow Lamp, and the Spiri...t Well. The search for the map of blue symbols began in a rainy alley in London but has since expanded through space and time and includes more seekers. Kit, Mina, Gianni, Cass, Haven, and Giles have gathered in Mina s 16th-century coffee house and are united in their determination to find a path back to the Spirit Well. Yet, with their shadow lamps destroyed and key pieces of the map still missing, the journey will be far more difficult than they imagine. And when one of their own disappears with Sir Henry s cryptic Green Book, they no longer know who to trust. At the same time, the Zetetic Society has uncovered a terrifying secret which, if proven, will rock the very foundations of Creation. The quest for answers is no longer limited to recovering an unknown treasure. The fate of the universe depends on unraveling the riddle of the Skin Map. ISBN-13: 9781595549389 Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc. Publication date: 6/3/2014 Series:Bright Empires , #4 Pages: 400 read more

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Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this DEBUT EPIC FANTASY novel for fans of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. S...ullivan, set in the world of the Eisner Award-nominated Artesia comic books. To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map. When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they ve struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place. Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin s sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, united by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books...or get them all killed. read more

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How far would you go to stay young and beautiful? A new novelization of the classic Hammer film, Countess Dracula. One can do anyt...hing in Hollywood and be forgiven, anything except grow old. It s the 1930s and cinema stands at the dawn of a new age the silent era is all but dead, talkies are here, and Technicolor is on its way. The whole world loves movie icons Frank Nayland and Elizabeth Sasdy, lapping up each new picture and following their romantic life story both on and off the screen; but all is not as perfect as it appears. Not only has the advent of talkies meant torturous sessions with a vocal coach to try and remove Sasdy s Hungarian accent, but she s starting to spot the first few grey hairs, and the lines on her face get deeper every day. If she loses her looks she ll lose everything, but even a woman as powerful as Elizabeth Sasdy can t fight nature can she? A chance accident reveals the solution. But just how far is the Queen of Hollywood prepared to go to stay beautiful forever? ISBN-13: 9780099553861 Publisher: Random House UK Publication date: 4/1/2014 Pages: 256 read more

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A new novelization of the cult classic Hammer film Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, with a new foreword by its writer and director B...rian Clemens What manner of monster can wreak such damage? I only hope you know how it can be stopped. The peace of an English village is shattered when a young girl withers before her friend s eyes, becoming but dust and bones. Witnessing this terrifying transformation, local physician Dr. Marcus fears the village has been cursed by the presence of evil. He immediately summons his old army friend, the mysterious but powerful vampire hunter, Kronos. Together with the help of his assistant Professor Grost, Kronos has dedicated his whole life to destroying vampires. He knows that with a vampire nothing is certain, especially how one might be able to kill it. As more and more villagers fall prey to this deadly curse, time is against him. And when it comes dangerously close to home, Kronos is faced with a terrible choice. ISBN-13: 9780099556244 Publisher: Random House UK Publication date: 4/1/2014 Pages: 288 read more

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Return to the dark fantasy world created for the award-winning, triple platinum game, Dragon Age?: Origins in this third tie-in no...vel! A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever. read more

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Sometimes a secret goes to the grave. Sometimes Secret puts you there. Secret McQueen, Book 5 It s been a hell of a year for Secre...t McQueen, and the last thing in the world she wants is to get caught up in werewolf drama. But when her former fiancé Lucas Rain shows up asking for her help, she knows there s no easy way out. After making it known she wants nothing to do with him, Secret agrees to help find Lucas s wayward sister Kellen. After all, how much trouble could one socialite get into in the city that never sleeps? Unless that socialite has been spirited away by fairies. Trying to track down a missing girl in an alternate reality is just the start of Secret s problems, though. Someone appears to be killing teenagers, and the MO looks eerily similar to something for which the half-fairy oracle, Calliope, might be responsible. Throw in a rogue wolf pack claiming allegiance to Secret s mother, Mercy, and she ll have miles to go before she rests. Warning: This book contains a promise fulfilled, sex that s out of this world, and more heartache than one hybrid assassin can handle. read more

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A new, updated novelization of a classic Hammer film In a quiet field in Buckinghamshire, a huge crack has appeared in the earth s... surface, and people are dying incinerated beyond recognition. At the same time, hospitals have noticed an increase in catastrophic deformities in fetuses, and cancer levels are soaring. Dr. Adam Royston, a scientist working at the nearby military base, thinks he knows what it is; a creature as old as the earth that slumbers for centuries, then wakes to feed on the energy and radiation produced by humans. But if he s right, and they can t find a way to destroy the creature roaming the countryside, then it s not just Buckinghamshire that could be in danger, but the whole world. ISBN-13: 9780099556220 Publisher: Random House UK Publication date: 5/1/2014 Pages: 368 read more

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Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with her novels Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass, which i...ntroduced Regency glamourists Jane and David Vincent. In Without a Summer, Jane and Vincent take a break from their international travels. But in a world where magic is real, nothing even the domestic sphere is quite what it seems. After a dramatic trip to Belgium, Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane s family, but quickly turn restless. The spring is unseasonably cold, and no one wants to be outside. Mr. Ellsworth is concerned by the harvest, since a poor one may imperil Melody s dowry. And Melody has concerns of her own, given an inadequate selection of eligible bachelors locally. When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent London family, they take it, and bring Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects and mood will be brighter in London. Talk here frequently turns to increased unemployment of coldmongers and riots in nearby villages by Luddites concerned that their way of life is becoming untenable. With each passing day, it s more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, which does not really help Melody s chances for romance. It doesn t take long for Jane to Vincent realize that in addition to arranging a wedding, they must take on one small task: solving a crisis of national proportions. ISBN-13: 9780765334176 Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC Publication date: 3/11/2014 Edition description: First Edition Pages: 384 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.93 (d) read more

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-u...p to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. It s kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy. Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul. Praise for Lockdown ?Schreiber . . . was a great choice for this novel, imbuing the story with a dark, foreboding tone while never quite stepping into the horror territories that Death Troopers and Red Harvest took us.? Jedi News ?Fans of the dark side should rejoice. Lockdown delivers a can t-put-this-down tale of scum and villainy.? Club Jade ?[Lockdown is] an action-packed ride that spins one entertaining chapter after another. The multiple layers of story keeps readers guessing what will happen next and just who will live and who will die. . . . It certainly adds to the character of Darth Maul while matching [Darth] Plagueis s complexity with sheer fun. . . . Five out of five metal bikinis.? Roqoo Depot ?Somehow, Schreiber is able to skate the line between hard-hitting prison story and the adventure and excitement I love from Star Wars in a way that doesn t betray either genre. It s really quite masterful.? Big Shiny Robot ?Lockdown is an exciting, engaging read. . . . It actually lines up beautifully for a sequel, which I, for one, would love to read.? Coffee with Kenobi ?The novel makes The Clone Wars better. It also illuminates The Phantom Menace. I think it s the hallmark of the best tie-in fiction to resonate throughout other parts of the expanded universe in that way.? Knights Archive ?By the fiftieth page, I was hooked. . . . Lockdown is a wonderful ?antihero novel, where it s just fine to root for the villain, because there are even worse things out there. This book was so fun and entertaining. I ll have to keep an eye out for more Star Wars books from Schreiber.? Seattle Geekly read more

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From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes the first stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series in almost t...wenty years the perfect place for new readers to begin. Paxon Leah never thought of the old family sword hanging above his living room hearth as anything other than an intriguing ornament until his sister is kidnapped by a sorceror. Following the dark mage with nothing but this piece of steel to protect him, Paxon stumbles into a plot to remake the world . . . and accidentally unlocks the powers of the ancient blade. PRAISE FOR TERRY BROOKS ?The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.? Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia! ?If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle.? Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear ?I can t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks s books I ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.? Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind ?Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading.? Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy ?The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks.? Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series read more

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Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle. Bumper Sticker Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to s...omeone like Reyes Farrow but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She s a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes childhood happens to land into her lap, she can t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed? Sixth Grave on the Edge is the sixth Charley Davidson novel from bestselling author Darynda Jones read more

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2012 IPPY Bronze Award in the Cookbook category (Independent Publisher Book Awards) ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Award F...inalist (TBA) 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Awards, Nominee Finalist Born from the principles of the local food movement, a growing number of people are returning to hunting and preparing fish and game for their home tables. Afield: A Chef s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish is at once a manifesto for this movement and a manual packed with everything the new hunter needs to know. Wild foods, when managed responsibly, are sustainable, ethical, and delicious, and author Jesse Griffiths combines traditional methods of hunting, butchering, and preparing fish and game with 85 mouthwatering recipes. Afield throws open the doors of field dressing for novice and experienced hunters alike, supplying the know-how for the next logical step in the local, sustainable food movement. Stemming from a commitment to locally grown vegetables and nose-to-tail cooking, Griffiths is an expert guide on this tour of tradition and taste, offering a combination of hunting lessons, butchery methods, recipes, including how to scale, clean, stuff, fillet, skin, braise, fry and more. Fellow hunting enthusiast and food photographer Jody Horton takes you into the field, follows Griffiths step-by-step along the way and then provides you with exquisite plate photograph of the finished feasts. Filled with descriptive stories and photographs, Afield takes the reader along for the hunt, from duck and dove to deer and wild hog. Game and fish include: Doves, Deer, Hogs, Squirrel, Rabbits, Ducks, Geese, Turkey, Flounder, White Bass, Crabs, Catfish, and more. ISBN-13: 9781599621142 Publisher: Welcome Enterprises Publication date: 9/18/2012 Pages: 272 Sales rank: 97,221 Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 1.15 (d) read more

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Fish celebrates the versatility, healthfulness, and ease of preparation of fish and shellfish in more than 120 delicious recipes. ...Five chapters are organized by flavor profile, including American, Bistro, Latin, East and South Asian, and North African/Mediterranean. Each recipe is grouped into a set matching a main course of fish or shellfish with a complementary grain, pasta, salad, or vegetable. Fish encompasses all of the best techniques for cooking seafood perfectly, including grilling, roasting, salt-crusting, and wok-braising, and all dishes feature sustainable seafood. These exciting recipes make the most of one of the world s healthiest proteins, demystifying it and suggesting a year s worth of meals for cooks of all skill levels. ISBN-13: 9781452109480 Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC Publication date: 9/17/2013 Pages: 228 Sales rank: 158,780 Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d) read more

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CALL IT THE BUDDY SYSTEM, because Baking with the Cake Boss is an education in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to ...rolling, fondant to flowers, taught by Buddy Valastro himself, the star of TLC s smash hit Cake Boss. With more than 100 of his most sought-after recipes, including birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs, this book is a master course that culminates in the showstopping cakes for which Carlo s Bake Shop is famous. Following the arc of Buddy s career from apprentice to master baker, Baking with the Cake Boss offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Carlo s Bake Shop, with some of Buddy s and the family s memories shared along the way. It builds organically from simple cookies and pastries to pies, flower-adorned cupcakes, and basic fondant cakes, to breathtaking cakes for every holiday and special occasion. And, as you progress from basics to bedazzlements like the safari cake complete with chocolate animals and a waterfall Buddy shares his inspiring enthusiasm and stories from the shop in his inimitable voice. He also provides the tools for creating your own personal trademark cakes, with a chart that lets you mix and match cake, frosting, and liqueur syrup for cakes the way you like them. And there are plenty of photos that illustrate artistic flourishes and decorations you can use to adorn your individual creations. With 650 gorgeous, step-by-step instructional photos that let you follow Buddy as if you were next to him in the bakery, Baking with the Cake Boss is an incomparable dessert education that will become an essential reference for aspiring and skilled bakers alike. Bursting with delicious, tried-and-true recipes, how-to boxes and sidebars, and numerous tricks of the trade, Baking with the Cake Boss is a rare treat a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package worthy of the Cake Boss s artistic vision. read more

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My New Orleans will change the way you look at New Orleans cooking and the way you see World-famous chef John Besh. It s 16 chapte...rs of culture, history, essay and insight, and pure goodness. Besh tells us the story of his New Orleans by the season and by the dish. Archival, four-color, location photography along with ingredient information make the Big Easy easy to tackle in home kitchens. Cooks will salivate over the 200 recipes that honor and celebrate everything New Orleans. Bite by bite John Besh brings us New Orleans cooking like we ve never tasted before. It s the perfect blend of contemporary French techniques with indigenous Southern Louisiana products and know-how. His amazing new offering is exclusively brought to fans and foodies everywhere by Andrews McMeel. From Mardi Gras, to the shrimp season, to the urban garden, to gumbo weather, boucherie (the season of the pig), and everything tasty in between, Besh gives a sampling of New Orleans that will have us all craving for more. The boy from the Bayou isn t just an acclaimed chef with an exceptional pallet. Besh is a chef with a heart. The ex-marine s passion for the Crescent City, its people, and its livelihood are main courses making him a leader of the city s culinary recovery and resilience after the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. What People Are Saying "John Besh is one of the best American chefs of his generation. His extensive knowledge of true Louisiana dishes and traditions adds tremendous credibility to his writing." --Paul Prudhomme, chef and owner of K-Paul s Louisiana Kitchen Magic Seasoning Blends "In his definitive tome, My New Orleans, John Besh captures the true, sweet, and honest voice of a clarinet playing the jazzy song of one of our most deliciously exclusive regional American kitchens." --Mario Batali, Iron Chef, restaurateur, author "This book is an act of soul. Maestro Besh lives the life he cooks; he doesn t just tell us how to prepare Louisiana favorites, he teaches us what these dishes mean, with an emphasis on how hospitality can enrich civilization." --Wynton Marsalis, musician "John will take you into the heartland of the South, rich with traditions, stories, and of course, its amazing cuisine!" --Daniel Boulud, chef, restaurateur, and author A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Cafe Reconcile, a New Orleans-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life and interpersonal skills, and operational training for successful entry into the hospitality and restaurant industries. ISBN-13: 9780740784132 Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Publication date: 9/29/2009 Pages: 384 Sales rank: 35,352 Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.60 (d) read more

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Writing a cookbook for people who love good food has been a lifelong dream for me and I m so happy to be sharing some of our famil...y s favorite recipes with you! In this book you ll find everything from Jase s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie to Phil s own special recipes, like his scrumptious Crawfish Fettuccine. There s ?girly? food for a gathering of your best girlfriends, like Aunt Judy s Cranberry Salad, as well as dishes straight from the hunt like Boiled Squirrel and Dumplings. In addition to more than one hundred specially chosen recipes, I ve included old family snapshots of the days before the Duck Dynasty® series on AandE® and stories of our family and how we live. The dinner table has long been one of our favorite places for telling stories, and there s always competition to see who can dish out the wildest story. We believe that food and cooking bring people together it s brought our family together for generations, and it can do the same for yours. Gather your family around the table and serve up delicious home-cooked meals with recipes like . . . ? Willie s Famous Chicken Strips ? Melt-in-Your-Mouth Biscuits ? Cheesy Corn Casserole ? Fresh Strawberry Pie ? Best Brisket Ever ? Crawfish Balls ? Creamy Green Grape Salad ? Papaw Phil s Homemade Ice Cream Join with our family as we create lasting family traditions that will warm the hearts and bellies of those you love. Let s do it together. ISBN-13: 9781476763200 Publisher: Howard Books Publication date: 11/5/2013 Edition description: Media Tie Pages: 256 Sales rank: 17,025 Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.92 (d) read more

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"That s when I saw him the cowboy across the smoky room." I ll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadw...ay musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn t looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I d been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely powerless to stop it. Read along as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife and manure than I ever could have expected. This isn t just my love story; it s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet. It s the story of a cowboy. And Wranglers. And chaps. And the girl who fell in love with them. ISBN-13: 9780061997167 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 2/1/2011 Pages: 341 Sales rank: 64,668 Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d) read more

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Winner of the 2007 IACP Cookbook of the Year Award Winner of the 2007 IACP Cookbook Award for Best Book on Wine, Beer or Spirits W...inner of the 2006 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award Winner of the 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award - U.S. for Best Book on Matching Food and Wine Prepared by a James Beard Award-winning author team, "What to Drink with What You Eat" provides the most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled complete with practical advice from the best wine stewards and chefs in America. 70 full-color photos. ISBN-13: 9780821257180 Publisher: Bulfinch Publication date: 10/2/2006 Pages: 368 Sales rank: 63,527 Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 1.12 (d) read more

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In the South, barbecue is king. Barbecue grills are ubiquitous fixtures in backyards across the region, and every Southerner looks... forward to the "firing-up" season. This book is a follow up to the best-selling Big Book of BBQ and is filled with expert techniques and know-how enables every cook to start grilling like an award-winning pit master in his own backyard. As a professional pit master, Troy Black has traveled the country competing in- and often willing-- professional barbecue contests and teaching the art and techniques of low and slow smoking. With full-color "how to grill" photos, this book shares Troy s secrets that are guaranteed to elevate basic backyard fare to gourmet grill status. Whether you prefer charcoal grilling or gas grilling, this book has it all. In addition to techniques, Troy also shares his top-secret, all time best, tried-and-true recipes that have won him countless awards nationwide. These include his favorite sauces and rubs that give his recipes uniquely scrumptious flavors not to be found in any barbecue joint-- anywhere! Special features throughout the book make it an indispensable grilling guide: Take it from Troy is a mini-forum for tips and insightful reflections gleaned from his years as a professional pit master; for busy weeknights when time is of the essence, cooks will appreciate Troy s Take a Shortcut suggestions; for make-ahead ideas, On Cue ensures a barbecue meal that s perfectly planned from start to finish. ISBN-13: 9780848736484 Publisher: Oxmoor House, Incorporated Publication date: 4/9/2013 Pages: 288 Sales rank: 58,994 Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d) read more

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The world knows Julia Child as the charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to America and became a TV sensation, but there s ...one aspect of her life that s not so familiar. Soon after the Childs arrived in Paris in 1948, a French cat appeared on their doorstep, and Julia recalled, ?Our domestic circle was completed.? Minette captured Julia s heart, igniting a lifelong passion for cats equaled only by her love of food and her husband, Paul. All the cherished feline companions who shared Julia s life in Paris, Provence, and finally California reminded her of that magical time in Paris when her life changed forever. From Julia s and Paul s letters and original interviews with those who knew her best, Patricia Barey and Therese Burson have gathered fresh stories and images that offer a delightfully intimate view of a beloved icon. Praise for Julia s Cats: ?A cat-centric biography of Julia Child? Why not? The back book jacket quotes Child herself as saying, ?Really, the more I cook, the more I like to cook. To think that it has taken me 40 yrs. to find my true creative hobby and passion (cat and husb. excepted). This book ably braids these three strands of Child s life. The many feline fanciers out there will surely enjoy the photographs of the cats, many taken by her husband, Paul Child.? Chicago Tribune ?It s clear that all the cats that passed through her life gave her joy and comfort, probably in ways that food and even Paul could not. Having that perspective of this grande dame makes her seem all the more human and wonderfully admirable to me.? Epicurious ?This compact, entertaining read is filled with personal photos and letters that document the role cats played in Julia s life as she moved from Paris to Provence, Cambridge to California.? Shelf Awareness ISBN-13: 9781419702754 Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc. Publication date: 8/1/2012 Pages: 144 Sales rank: 42,611 Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.72 (d) read more

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With The South Beach Diet, Dr. Arthur Agatston ended the low carb versus low fat debate and educated the country about healthy car...bs and fats. In The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, he cleared up the confusion surrounding gluten and helped people find their own gluten threshold (what he calls becoming gluten aware). Now he clarifies another matter: Gluten-free eating does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor or good nutrition. The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook makes creative use of gluten-free ingredients in 175 recipes that will please even the most discerning palates. Mouth-watering dishes like Bacon and Pecan Breakfast Biscuits, Vegetable Quiche with Spinach Crust, Johnnycake Chicken Sandwiches, Shrimp and Chicken Pad Thai, Summer Berry Tart, and Cashew-Butter Cookies will more than satisfy the heartiest (and healthiest) of appetites. And with more than half of the recipes taking 30 minutes or less from start to finish, this book is perfect for the busiest of cooks. Unlike the recipes found in many gluten-free cookbooks, those in The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook are free of highly refined flours, sugars, and artery-clogging saturated fats but are still packed with plenty of flavorful ingredients. Even readers who aren t gluten-free 100 percent of the time will enjoy reaping the health rewards of these diet-friendly and delicious dishes. read more

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For decades, low-fat and low-cholesterol diets have been touted as the way to prevent and reverse heart disease. In this groundbre...aking book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra debunked that assertion, arguing that fat--often curtailed on traditional low cholesterol "heart-healthy" diets--is not the enemy and may in fact be part of the solution. Now, in The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, the authors and nutrition expert and whole foods chef Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., put their findings into action with a detailed meal plan and 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that will prevent and reverse heart disease and give you back the foods you thought were gone forever. Learn how to live a life free of heart disease without the use of harmful statin drugs. Based on the latest studies, discover why sugar (not fat), inflammation, stress, and high-carb diets full of processed foods are the true culprits of heart disease. Combat heart disease with 100 mouthwatering recipes designed to satisfy your taste buds, provide key nutrients, and keep your heart healthy. Recipes included: Veal Scaloppini Supreme Luscious Lemon Yogurt Cake Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Turkey Burgers Soul Warming Tuna Lasagna Fortifying Flourless Chicken Flapjacks Hearty Mediterranean Frittata Energizing Thai Spice Chicken Salad Gluten-Free Mediterranean Veggie Pizza Protein-Packed Vegetarian Shepherd s Pie Sweet and Spicy Beef or Chicken Stir Fry read more

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CHALLENGE YOUR PALATE Move over sweet. Cocktail aficionados are mixing up creative concoctions that are herbaceous, smoky and stro...ng. These rims are anything but sugarcoated. Savory Cocktails shakes, stirs and strains nearly 100 hard-hitting distilled delights for a cornucopia of today s coolest drinks. Using everything from classic liqueurs to innovative new bitters, the recipes in this book offer a stylish, sophisticated approach to complex-flavored cocktails like: ?Yuzu Sour ?Green Tea Gimlet ?Off-White Negroni ?Pink Peppercorn Hot Gin Sling ?Greens Fee Fizz ?The Spice Trail Packed with carefully crafted cocktails as well as information on tools, ingredients and imbibing history, Savory Cocktails goes way beyond just recipes. The devilish twists in this barman s companion are taste tested and mixologist approved. ISBN-13: 9781612432229 Publisher: Ulysses Press Publication date: 9/10/2013 Pages: 144 Sales rank: 171,305 Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d) read more

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Rachel Laudan tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the world s great cuisines from the mastery of grain cooking some... twenty thousand years ago, to the present in this superbly researched book. Probing beneath the apparent confusion of dozens of cuisines to reveal the underlying simplicity of the culinary family tree, she shows how periodic seismic shifts in ?culinary philosophy? beliefs about health, the economy, politics, society and the gods prompted the construction of new cuisines, a handful of which, chosen as the cuisines of empires, came to dominate the globe. Cuisine and Empire shows how merchants, missionaries, and the military took cuisines over mountains, oceans, deserts, and across political frontiers. Laudan s innovative narrative treats cuisine, like language, clothing, or architecture, as something constructed by humans. By emphasizing how cooking turns farm products into food and by taking the globe rather than the nation as the stage, she challenges the agrarian, romantic, and nationalistic myths that underlie the contemporary food movement. Winner of the 2014 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary History read more

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Published in New York in 1862, this volume in the American Antiquarian Cookbook Collection was the first cocktail book published i...n the United States, and it was written by a ?celebrity bartender? famous throughout the country. This seminal work is probably the most famous bartender s guide and cocktail book of all time nostalgic and delicious homage to a drinking era that is gone but not forgotten. Containing hundreds of drink recipes, the book collected and codified the oral tradition of mixed drinks from the early days of cocktails and included Thomas s own creations as well. The guide laid down the principles for formulating mixed drinks in all categories, and it includes the first written directions for cocktails such as the Brandy Daisy, Fizz, Flip, Sour, and variations of the first form of mixed drink, Punch. There are also famous recipes like the Eye-Opener, the Locomotive, the Pick-Me-Up, the Corpse-Reviver, Chain-Lightning, and the Blue Blazer (Thomas s signature drink involving lighting whiskey on fire and passing it back and forth between two glasses creating an arc of flame). This edition of How to Drink was reproduced by permission from the volume in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War patriot and successful printer and publisher, the Society is a research library documenting the life of Americans from the colonial era through 1876. The Society collects, preserves, and makes available as complete a record as possible of the printed materials from the early American experience. The cookbook collection includes approximately 1,100 volumes. ISBN-13: 9781449437145 Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Publication date: 10/15/2013 Series:American Antiquarian Cookbook Collection Series Pages: 264 Sales rank: 155,096 Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d) read more

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Few writers have earned Dorothy Parker s reputation for drinking as much or as hard, and fewer still have achieved her notorious s...kill at wisecracking wit. Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society, gives us an intoxicating new look at the doyenne of the ripping riposte through the lens she most preferred: the bottom of a glass. A bar book for Parker enthusiasts and literary tipplers alike, Under the Table offers a unique take on Parker, the infamous Algonquin Round Table, and the Jazz Age by profiling and celebrating the drinks that she, her bitter friends, and sweetest enemies enjoyed and discussed. Each entry of this delicious compendium offers a fascinating and lively background of a period cocktail, its ingredients, and the characters associated with it. The book also features a special selection of twenty-first century speakeasy-style recipes from top mixologists from across the country. A complete recipe with detailed instructions forms the centerpiece of each entry, and topping it off are illuminating excerpts from Parker s poems, stories, and other writings that will allow you to enjoy her world from the speakeasies of New York City to the watering holes of Hollywood. read more

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Extraordinary global creations from the chef of Michelin-starred Junoon! Aliya LeeKong, one of New York City s top culinary innova...tors, has traveled the world to fulfill her passion to translate global flavors into accessible, delicious meals for you to cook at home. In this book, she transports you to faraway lands with more than 100 recipes inspired by both familiar and traditional Western recipes and the cultures she s visited during her culinary journeys. You will also learn the fascinating stories behind many of these globally inspired dishes and her simple techniques for mouthwatering recipes like: Harissa and cheese-stuffed fried olives Israeli couscous salad with lemon, fennel, and basil Kenyan coconut-coriander chicken Honey-braised lamb shanks with butternut squash and apples Mexican chocolate loaf cake Whether you re a culinary adventurer or a weeknight cook looking to spice up you repertoire, Exotic Table will take you on an unforgettable tour around the world without leaving your kitchen. read more

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Juicing has taken America by storm. And it s no wonder drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices helps you lose weight and easily ...absorb essential nutrients, giving you energy and making you look and feel healthier! With this book, you ll learn which fruits and vegetables are the best for juicing and how you can grow them in a small garden plot, in pots in a windowsill or on a porch, or even right in your kitchen. It takes a lot of produce to make a great drink, and that can get expensive. Growing your own is much more economical, and it also enables you to ensure you re not getting any pesticides or genetically modified ingredients you don t want to consume! In Grow and Juice you ll find straightforward instructions for growing beets, celery, spinach, kale, tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, sprouts, wheatgrass, and more! From there, you can choose from sixty recipes for juices, smoothies, sorbets, popsicles, and other treats all bursting with flavor and homegrown nutrition. You ll also find charts showing which vegetables contain which nutrients, and tips for storing and freezing your bumper crops for the best nutrition retention and taste. Whether you re new to juicing or already a stalwart supporter, you ll find tips and recipes here that the whole family will love. read more

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Come along on an artisan food journey with thirty of the top ?foodie? entrepreneurs in the industry. Chapter by chapter, you ll be... carried away with beautiful photography, delicious recipes, and inspiring stories from restaurant owners, farmers, beekeepers, bakers, and more. Get valuable advice for your own business along the way. This wonderful collection is sure to nourish your body and your soul with over thirty recipes that you will want to make again and again. ISBN-13: 9781592538942 Publisher: Quarry Books Publication date: 11/1/2013 Pages: 176 Sales rank: 693,965 Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d) read more

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Dani Klein s debut book Little Sweets and Bakes is a fun collection of delicious, easy-to-bake recipes that are comprised of acces...sible ingredients so you can get right to baking. Bright, charming full-color photographs take readers through each recipe step by step, allowing bakers of any skill level to create little works of art. Cake pops, cupcakes, whoopie pies, macrons, or lovely decorated cakes and cookies this book lacks nothing a sweet tooth desires. Try some of these colorful recipes: Pink velvet cake Homemade Snickers bars Apple cinnamon whoopie pies Blueberry crumble dream Mini lemon bundt cakes Donut-cake pops And many more! Many of the recipes come with notes on their versatility and tips for presentation, making them the perfect inspiration for your next party. An additional chapter includes instructions and tips for decoration and wrapping, with clever hints on how to reduce the mess for the younger set. read more

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?Entertaining and edifying. . . . [Steinberger] deftly shows how any and all of us can be savvier about wine.? Bill Ward, Minneapo...lis Star Tribune Today s dynamic wine culture calls for a different kind of wine book. The Wine Savant is just that: punchy, polemical, and brimming with insights to educate and entertain beginning wine drinkers and seasoned oenophiles alike. Never has the wine world had so much to offer, and never have smart decisions about value, quality, grape, and season been so difficult to make. In The Wine Savant, Michael Steinberger tramps through the world of contemporary wine from three-buck Chuck and bucket-list Bordeaux to bottle speculators and biodynamic wineries to give the inside scoop on the key concerns facing the new generation of wine lovers:? Why is California suddenly cool again? ? What s really the difference between a 95-point wine and a 94-point wine? ? Why is Burgundy ascendant and Bordeaux suddenly so passé? ? What s a biodynamic wine, what s a natural wine, and should you care? ? Do food and wine pairings still matter? Featuring expert buying guides including the New Kings of California and the World s Great $25-and-Under Bottles and tips on tough-to-pair cuisines like Indian and Japanese, The Wine Savant is the perfect guide to today s often-bewildering realm of choice: ferociously opinionated and committed body and soul to enjoying every glass. read more

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The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers is the first guide of its type, defining what makes certain craft beers ?extremely extrem...e,? featuring descriptions and ratings of more than a 100 of the most insane beers in the world broken down into a handful of specific categories. These are outrageous brews with unusual ingredients, ridiculously high alcohol by volume (ABV), bizarre names and sometimes unsettling flavors. Appealing to casual and serious beer drinkers alike, the book is the perfect gift for the adventurous guy (or girl) who s always looking for new experiences; the book is a reference guide and a challenge all at once. In addition to focusing on some of the most interesting and hardcore beers in the world, it also features profiles on craft-beer loving metal musicians and extreme craft beer brewers, making it a highly entertaining read. The book sets the scene for what an extreme beer is, drawing parallels and metaphors from the music scene. The author includes an explanation of extreme styles and what defines them. Each beer profiled receives an ?extreme? rating, tasting notes information about the beer and what makes it extreme, and a musical pairing selected by the author. There is also a resources section where readers can find recommendations on how and where to buy these brews. Working in partnership with Decibel Magazine, and created out of his Brewtal Truth column with Decibel, Adem Tepedelen opens up the fun and fascinating world of extreme beer. read more

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By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. The best-selling Fast Food Nation and other recent books hav...e alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it is time for answers, and Slow Food Nation steps up to the challenge. Here the charismatic leader of the Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini, outlines many different routes by which we may take back control of our food. The three central principles of the Slow Food plan are these: food must be sustainably produced in ways that are sensitive to the environment, those who produce the food must be fairly treated, and the food must be healthful and delicious. In his travels around the world as ambassador for Slow Food, Petrini has witnessed firsthand the many ways that native peoples are feeding themselves without making use of the harmful methods of the industrial complex. He relates the wisdom to be gleaned from local cultures in such varied places as Mongolia, Chiapas, Sri Lanka, and Puglia. Amidst our crisis, it is critical that Americans look for insight from other cultures around the world and begin to build a new and better way of eating in our communities here. ISBN-13: 9780847841301 Publisher: Rizzoli Publication date: 9/3/2013 Pages: 272 Sales rank: 468,266 Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d) read more

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This lavishly illustrated book gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare delicious meals that just happen to be vegetarian.... From brunch options like sweet figs on toast to hearty meals like meat-free stews and spicy curries, you ll find meal ideas for every occasion. read more

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Planning a cocktail party or a night in with your best friends? Looking to create tasty delights that are guaranteed to get everyo...ne talking? The Party Food Bible is the must-have guide to making easy and delicious edibles in miniature! Served up on everything from skewers to spoons, the 565 recipes in this unique cookbook offer bite-size delicacies, stylish drinks, and scrumptious desserts that are perfect for cocktail parties, baby or bridal showers, wedding receptions, birthdays, or any festive occasion. Drawing upon the flavors and cuisines of Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Asia, Mexico, and the United States, this indispensable kitchen companion offers novel variations on international classics and reproduces your favorite dishes on a small scale. Plus, practical tips help you master the basics of hosting only the best events. Master such elegant mini eats as: Prosciutto chips Sushi sliders Gazpacho shots Noodle baskets Deep fried spring rolls And that s just to whet your appetite! Featuring a mouthwatering photo to accompany every recipe, The Party Food Bible will be your go-to guide to creating beautiful, easy, and oh-so-fashionable dishes that will be the life of your party! read more

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A beautiful and definitive guide to the world s best champagne from the world s best champagne writer. The Champagne Guide celebra...tes the craft of champagne creation and the people behind making the wine in your glass smell, taste, and bubble like no other. More than 400 champagnes have been reviewed and rated, all of the latest, freshest releases, and all tasted recently, and each champagne is assessed independently with honest, eloquent descriptions. Almost 100 champagne producers have been rated and profiled, from the smallest growers to the largest houses, and a Champagne Hall of Honor ranks the best producers and acknowledges the most important wines in the book. Tyson has also written chapters on the current issues facing Champagne, from global warming and expanding boundaries to excessive yields and the antiquated cru system. Complete with details on how champagne is grown and made, and how to buy, open, serve, and store it, this is the most detailed and up-to-date commentary on champagne and the only book for champagne enthusiasts. read more

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