The Great Courses: Better Living

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Food: A Cultural Culinary History Publisher's Summary

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

In fact, civilization itself began in the quest for food. Humanity's transition to agriculture was not only the greatest social revolution in history, but it directly produced the structures and institutions we call "civilization."

In 36 fascinating lectures, award-winning Professor Albala puts this extraordinary subject on the table, taking you on an enthralling journey into the human relationship to food. With this innovative course, you'll travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras - as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today.

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    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

    • By Jessica on 12-28-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

    • By Mike on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Science of Natural Healing

    • By: Mimi Guarneri, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mimi Guarneri
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Uneven, several problems

    • By ViennaMom on 06-17-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Nutrition Made Clear

    • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be wary of other Reviewers

    • By Jason on 11-24-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Stress and Your Body

    • By: Robert Sapolsky, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Sapolsky
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress is an inherent aspect of life that can have tremendous negative effects on your mental and physical health. This makes coping with stress a critical part of how well we live.Once you understand the inner workings of your stress response system, you'll possess powerful knowledge that will help you understand and better deal with this common aspect of your busy life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Useful, insightful, and amusing.

    • By Kelid on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

    • By: Anthony A. Goodman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Anthony A. Goodman
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
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    We all want to discover the secret to a long and healthy life. But how do you incorporate the secrets of personal wellness into the unique demands of your own schedule? What information would a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician offer someone looking for a reference guide to healthy living? These 36 comprehensive lectures offer you practical and expert advice that allows you to make your own personalized choices about healthy living, as well as ways to apply that knowledge to your lifestyle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent. Intelligent.

    • By Janie on 08-14-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

    • By: Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
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    We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Loved some of the De-bunked Myths

    • By SamanthaG on 02-17-14

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Memory and the Human Lifespan

    • By: Steve Joordens, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steve Joordens
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
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    What if your memory suddenly vanished, so that you could no longer summon recollections of anything at all? What if you couldn't even remember yourself-not your name, your school, where you worked, or even the face of the total stranger staring back at you from the mirror? This intriguing series of 24 lectures by an honored researcher and teacher explains not only how the various aspects of your memory operate, but the impact memory has on your daily experience of life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging and interesting

    • By Kathy Yong on 05-06-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know

    • By: John E. Finn, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John E. Finn
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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    A mere 45 words, the First Amendment to the Constitution stands as a pillar of our democracy and has had an incalculable influence on the development of human freedom in the United States and the Western world. To study the First Amendment is to learn something about the meaning of America and who "We the People" are - and to see the significant and far-reaching cultural implications of this fundamental constitutional provisions. These 12 practical lectures offer a guide to understanding the protections and limitations implied by the First Amendment.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Important topic but hard to follow

    • By Garshom L. Arkoff on 05-28-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century

    • By: Jeffrey Rosen, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Rosen
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Original Recording
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    Although the courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement, the proliferation of intrusive new technologies puts many of our presumed freedoms in legal limbo. For instance, it's not hard to envision a day when websites such as Facebook or Google Maps introduce a feature that allows real-time tracking of anyone you want, based on face-recognition software and ubiquitous live video feeds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Useful overview of your rights. Good to know.

    • By Kelid on 01-23-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen for Anyone!

    • By Debbie on 06-09-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • By: C. Nathan DeWall, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: C. Nathan DeWall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Don't skimp on this one

    • By DaemonZeiro on 07-11-13

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive

    • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Valuable Information, But Lots of Citations

    • By Rich on 03-24-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Moral Decision Making

    • How to Approach Everyday Ethics
    • By: Clancy Martin, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Clancy Martin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Whether or not we're aware of them, we make important ethical decisions all the time - as professionals, consumers, citizens, parents, sons and daughters, and friends. These 24 thought-provoking lectures offer you the chance to reflect on some of the most powerful moral issues we face in our daily lives: Is it ever OK to lie? What are our moral obligations to others? What is the key to living the good life? From Plato to Kant to Bonhoeffer, you'll see how some of the world's greatest thinkers from across the ages have approached similar problems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Easy-followed down-to-earth relevant ethics course

    • By Jacobus on 03-19-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Mind-Body Medicine

    • The New Science of Optimal Health
    • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
    • Length: 19 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Cutting-edge research on the brain's interaction with the body shows that health is directly impacted by our social environments, socioeconomic status, culture, behaviors, relationships, psychological states, and habits of mind, among many factors. Mind-body medicine-working in partnership with traditional medical practice-uses a large range of psychological, physical, and behavioral treatments in a model of health care that aims to treat the whole human being.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth a read for anyone with interest in medical

    • By Srikant on 10-23-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • By: David Livermore, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David Livermore
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses

    • By Quaker on 09-17-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Discovering Your Roots

    • An Introduction to Genealogy
    • By: John Philip Colletta, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John Philip Colletta
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Colletta's At The Top of His Game!

    • By Kathy on 08-31-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Science of Mindfulness

    • A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
    • By: Ronald Siegel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ronald Siegel
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Even more worthwhile with these study aids

    • By Cluelass on 07-19-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids

    • By: Eileen Kennedy-Moore, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Eileen Kennedy-Moore
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Drawing from the her extensive clinical experience-as well as personal experience as a mother of four-these 12 lectures provide a deeper understanding of your child's development and ways to address common stumbling blocks with compassion.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a lot of new information

    • By Terrill on 06-23-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • An Introduction to Infectious Diseases

    • By: Barry C. Fox, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Barry C. Fox
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Cut through the medical myths and get a solidly scientific guide to keeping yourself and your loved ones as protected as possible from pathogens, including a no-nonsense guide to vaccinations, tips on keeping a healthier home environment, and valuable advice for world travelers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • easy to understand intro to infectious diseases

    • By Anthony on 05-27-15

    Regular price: $34.95

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