May 27, 2015

From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read)...



Modernist Cuisine is an interdisciplinary team in Bellevue, Washington, founded and led by Nathan Myhrvold. The group includes scientists, research and development chefs, and a full editorial team all dedicated to advancing the state of culinary art through the creative application of scientific knowledge and experimental techniques.  

Change the way you think about food: Modernist Cuisine at Home opens up a new world of culinary possibility and innovation for passionate and curious home cooks. In this vibrantly illustrated 456-page volume you'll learn how to stock a modern kitchen, to master Modernist techniques, and to make hundreds of stunning new recipes, including pressure-cooked caramelized carrot soup, silky smooth mac and cheese, and sous vide, braised short ribs. You'll also learn about the science behind your favorite dishes, what's really happening when you roast a chicken, and why pressure cookers are perfect for making soup.

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"AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City" by Daniel Case
You don’t have to travel far from New York City to find some of the best day hikes in the Northeast. This guidebook from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes series takes you to 50 of the best excursions in New York, Connecticut, and northern New Jersey. Perfect for beginners, seasoned hikers, families, tourists, and local residents, AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near New York City unveils hidden gems of the New York City metro area.  

Hike the Palisades Interstate Park, explore the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, discover the Paugusett State Forest, trek the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt in Long Island, or even ramble through Central Park from end to end – no matter what your ability level, this guide is a must-have resource for an hour or day of adventure. Many hikes in the guide are accessible by public transportation, making it easy for you to get out on the trail.

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"Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs" by Henry Carroll
Photography is now more popular than ever thanks to the rapid development of digital cameras. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is for this new wave of DSLR dabblers and users of compact system, and bridge cameras. It contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy packed with hands-on tips.  

Split into five sections, the book covers composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing. Images taken by master photographers – including Henri Cartier- Bresson, SebastiĆ£o Salgado, Fay Godwin, and Martin Parr – serve to illustrate points and encourage readers to try out new ideas.  

Today's aspiring photographers want immediacy and see photography as an affordable way of expressing themselves quickly and creatively. This book answers that need, teaching readers how to take photographs using professional techniques.

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 "Off Track Planet's Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke"
This all-encompassing travel guide features approximately 100 exciting destinations like Buenos Aires, Brazil, Columbia, Greece, and Thailand, and everything college students, grads, and those in their twenties and thirties want to know about them, including: the cities with the craziest sex shops; the best places to get a tattoo; where to check out some amazing street art; why you should try fried bugs; the best clubs to party until dawn; and much more. Broken into three parts, the first section focuses on what to do and where: food, fashion, music, sports, sex and partying, and more. The second half of the book dives into practical tips and advice on budgeting, hostels, and transportation, and the third section offers great ideas about extending your stay. Entertaining and informative, this lively guide also includes fun charts and graphs and 100 to 150 full-color photos throughout.

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150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes that are inexpensive, toxin-free, and easy for readers to make themselves.  

Homemade Beauty is a beautifully packaged collection of 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes. From turning blueberries into a lush detoxifying mask to fresh lemongrass into a non-toxic bug repellent, Homemade Beauty takes the ubiquitous eat-local, farm-to-table concept and brings it to the beauty category.  

As reports on the dangers of chemicals in cosmetics become increasingly alarming and the aspiration to live a more natural life grows, many of us are eager to take beauty regimens into our own hands to ensure we are putting only the safest and most natural ingredients on our bodies. Commercially available organic beauty products are expensive, but they are easy and cheaper to make at home and most require 5 simple ingredients or less. Recipes like Almond Rose Body Lotion, Coconut Lavender Shampoo, and Brown Sugar Vanilla Scrub will enchant you with heady scents – and thrill you when you realize these pampering products take only 5 minutes to make!

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I absolutely loved "Abandoned NYC" by Will Ellis and thoroughly enjoyed learning about places I never knew existed and more abut places I have visited myself throughout my little adventures. Because of this book Phil and I have a handful of adventures planned for this summer.

It is a beautiful guide to tons of abandon locations in the New York City area. And if you love that sort of thing, you will love this book.

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