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A look at learning how the four "ancient" elements change food, and how these changes have changed us as humans. I was skeptical after seeing a brief interview, but after listening to the book, getting the whole explanation instead of the 15-second sound bite, I have recommended this book to co-workers, family, and friends. Pollan does not write from a clinically detached place, he actually learned to bake bread from his own natural starter culture, braise with the best of them, brew at home, pickle and ferment veggies, make cheese, and barbeque. He shares the triumphs of the processes, as well as the failures, and his encounters with the true artists he met along the way. He has learned that cooking can bring the family together, especially when the interest and passion is shared with the other members of the family. I think the fact that he still continues to make bread, braise, and brew occasionally speaks volumes to the satisfaction that can come from food lovingly and artfully produced and appreciated. When you learn to appreciate the art and effort that go into the preparation, you are much more conscious and conscientious in the eating and drinking!
I would not listen to this in one marathon evening or even weekend, but it is worth the time to change your understanding and appreciation of cooking.
An order of Satanic nuns, charged with chattering nonstop, including a sister who manages to misplace the Son of Satan. A hound of hell in the form of a small, wiggly, yappy dog. The horsemen of the apocalypse on bicycles? What is the End of the World coming to?
An angel and a demon team up to stop the end of the world, because they rather enjoy the world, more or less as it is. They have to be a little underhanded (or over-ethical) in the way they go about it so that their respective bosses don't find out, but maybe humanity is worth saving.
In the course of the story, great mysteries of life are explained, like why certain motorways and highways wander around and make life miserable, why all audiotapes left in cars change to the same song, and the fact that many world leaders and most politicians have already been claimed by one side or the other.
I have read and re-read the book at least five times, and listened to the audiobook at least three or four more times. Give this one a try if you have a wicked sense of humor - I doubt you will be disappointed.
If you want a glowing biography that shows this icon in an unfailingly positive light, this is NOT the book for you.
If you want to know more about Julia AND Paul before The French Chef and after the peak of that series, this is a great book. If you want to know more about the darker side of Julia (and it seems she did have one), this is a great book. It can be easy to get lost in some of the details, and the lists of names can be confusing. I do wish that the narrator had made a firm decision - to warble or not to warble for Juli's voice - and stuck with it throughout the book. I fully intend to read the book soon to clarify some of the things that lost me, but this lets me wait until I can get it from the library.
I am torn about this book. Don't get me wrong, I have listened to "My Life in France" and "Julie and Julia" and watched just about every PBS special ever made about Julia Child, so I thought I was familiar with her life. This book showed that those other titles may have been skewed more than I knew. While it makes her less of a shining hero, this book makes her more real. I do intend to listen again.
What came after the initial infection, but before the undead took control? Not about mindless eating machines, but people who still have families and lives. I bought this after reading reviews, and I am so glad that I did. I am not a fan of really gory slasher movies or books packed with mayhem, but this had so much humor and real emotion that I keep wanting to tell everyone I know about it.
Great narration, a good pace without being rushed, and a new take on the living dead - or differently alive. A great book!
A new apartment always has challenges - meeting new people, getting used to the quirks of a different building, and finding your place in a new environment. Some places are harder than others to adapt to.
Nate hates his job, and his supervisor is straight out of "Office Space" (we've all had one like that), but maybe the new apartment will help. It's cheap and its closer to work, has a fabulous deck on the porch, an incredible view - so why would someone be so eager to move OUT? Why is apartment 14 vacant? It is not only vacant, there are multiple padlocks on the door, old enough to have been painted over. Even the doorknob has been painted over. Apartment 16 is empty too. And what about apartment 23? Where did the doorknob go? No two apartments are alike, the floor plans make no sense, and the occupants are as different as the apartments. As Nate meets his neighbors and starts to ask "Why?" he finds that there is more to the place and the people than is apparent at first glance.
Get lots of rest before you start this book - you will NOT want to stop to sleep, to eat, to work, or do anything else. Give in, embrace the building and its oddball cast, and you will be richly rewarded.
While I agree with other reviewers that there is not an enormous amount of plot advancement in this book, I enjoyed the descriptions of the time, the places, and the new takes on familiar names. I hope that the third book will make it clear what happened to some of the minor characters, like the children encountered in the past.
I do think that quite a bit of time was spent establishing the time and place so that it was easier to understand what makes Matthew tick - why and how he came to be who he is in the present. His friends in this time are the influential who are shaping the world, and he is quietly shaping them. There were characters I loved, and those I hated, as the author intended. I feel that I have a much better appreciation for the time.
I look forward to the next book, but that is because I trust the payoff will be there for the HEAVY investment in character and background found in this book rather than extensive advancement of the plot. This is not a book for the casual reader, just picking up a random book - it is clearly part of a series that will need to be read in order.
I have read Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples, and this is the companion that covers Ruth's time as the critic for the NY Times. It has lovely recipes that she made at home on the nights her job didn't take her out. I think her honest appraisal of the food, decor, and attitudes at some of the most famous restaurants was worth the read. I have listened to it several times, and always find something new. I will never eat at most of those restaurants, so this is my chance to experience them, even if it is second-hand. Ruth Reichl is a great food writer and lets you experience her ups and downs in the job of food critic.
For fans of PD James, Elizabeth George,Minette Walters, or Martha Grimes, give this one a try. A journey tale, a cycle of rags to riches to rags to perhaps redemption, this is not a typical mystery of the Met, but the style and spirit is very fitting of these authors.
I found this book through an online chat with an audible.com representative, and I loved it. I am now watching the TV movies made of the Dalziel and Pascoe books, and hope to begin reading them soon, as well.
The plot is well paced, and while some may seem over the top, I think it is meant to be a cautionary fairy tale - beware, know those around you as well as yourself! The characters were interesting types, and all-too human at the center of it all.
The narrator is clear, even in the accents. While he gives a sense of the tension of the story, he never rushes or pushes the listener too fast. I have already recommended this book to others, and I hope they find it as engrossing as I did
I like Stephen Briggs' characterization and voices. I am a fan of Britcoms, so I am familiar with the accents and British terminology. Having real all of the Discworld books helps, but is not necessary. I have now listened to this book at least six times - it is my go to when I am tired or stressed - it always makes me laugh out loud.
The other Discword books, early Xanth books - the same off-beat humor that loves to play with language and what words really mean.
I love Sam and young Sam - the interaction between the two is wonderful!
I laughed out loud several times, each time I listen to the book. Pratchett is a wizard with words.
The development of young Sam as he learns from his parents and the world he embraces is wonderful. The simple acceptance of children who have not yet been taught to judge, hate, fear, or avoid the
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