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Taking the heat
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Taking the heat

Taking The Heat is the first scholarly book examining the reasons for female chefs’ relative absence from prominence and promotion to becoming leaders of big kitchen brigades. Both authors are sociologists at the Texas State University and approached their research on content analysis of the food media to understand more […]

The girl in the garden
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The girl in the garden

The Girl in The Garden is an unforgettable novel about a young girl and her newborn son, abandoned at a seaside motel, located in a small fishing town in New England. June leads into the novel with the father of her newborn child. Soon the man disappears leaving her destitute. […]

Istanbul
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Istanbul

Istanbul begins with the foundation of the city in 667 BCE, and proceeds across centuries telling the internecine fighting, commerce, political, and evolution during the Byzantine epoch, and since 1453, Ottoman rule. During the prosperous Byzantine times, emperors sought to embellish the city with public places, palaces, and works of […]

Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course
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Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course

Andrew Jefford is a regular contributor to the Decanter wine magazine. He is considered a wine authority in literary circles, and resides in southern France. This book consists of three parts – the first part deals with the mechanics of tasting, knowledgeable drinking, and continuous learning. There is no end […]

The Complete Sous Vide Cook Book
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The Complete Sous Vide Cook Book

Sous vide translates to “in vacuum” in French. Chef-consultant (Prelus) introduced it to minimize the cooking loss of foie gras by traditional techniques. Over the years, sous vide has gained traction in restaurant and banquet kitchens, as the technique allows mise-en-place for peak periods in restaurants and comes in handy […]

VENICE A New History
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VENICE A New History

In this sweeping, majestic oeuvre of Venice, the author traces the history of this city’s humble beginnings as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicentre to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub. Thomas madden is a talented and serious scholar who tells […]

Moscow
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Moscow

First published in August 2000, this edition of Moscow is the sixth and most up-to-date. It deals with how Moscow evolved into a metropolis with a population of twelve million and became the political centre of Russia, after the collapse of the Soviet Socialist Republics on the watch of Mikhail […]

Best Food Writing
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Best Food Writing

Holly Hughes started the series in 2000, and has continued to date. Each edition seems to get more interesting. The 16th edition has been categorized into – The Way We Eat Now (seven articles), “Down The Hatch” (5), Cooking The Books (6), The Family Table (6), Foodways (6), Dining Around […]