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  1. 13.1 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie’s palate, Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco’s fabled the Mandarin, evoking the richness of Italian food through Mamma Leone’s, or chronicling the rise and fall of French haute cuisine through Henri Soulé’s Le Pavillon, food historian Paul Freedman uses each restaurant to tell a wider story of race and class, immigration and assimilation. Freedman also treats us to a scintillating history of the then-revolutionary Schrafft’s, a chain of convivial lunch spots that catered to women, and that bygone favorite, Howard Johnson’s, which pioneered on-the-road dining, only to be swept aside by McDonald’s. Ten Restaurants That Changed America is a significant and highly entertaining social history.

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    Ten Restaurants That Changed America by Paul Freedman

    Ten Restaurants That Changed America

    Introduction by Danny Meyer
    13.1 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Inside what life is really like for the new generation of professional cooks—a captivating tale of the make-or-break first year at a young chef’s new restaurant. For many young people, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. Skill and creativity in the kitchen are more profitable than ever before, as cooks scramble to reach the top—but talent isn’t enough. Today’s chef needs the business savvy of a high-risk entrepreneur, determination, and big dose of luck. The heart of Generation Chef is the story of Jonah Miller, who at age twenty-four attempts to fulfill a lifelong dream by opening the Basque restaurant Huertas in New York City, still the high-stakes center of the restaurant business for an ambitious young chef. Miller, a rising star who has been named to the 30-Under-30 list of both Forbes and Zagat, quits his job as a sous chef, creates a business plan, lines up investors, leases a space, hires a staff, and gets ready to put his reputation and his future on the line.Journalist and food writer Karen Stabiner takes us inside Huertas’s roller-coaster first year, but also provides insight into the challenging world a young chef faces today—the intense financial pressures, the overcrowded field of aspiring cooks, and the impact of reviews and social media, which can dictate who survives.A fast-paced narrative filled with suspense, Generation Chef is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at drive and passion in one of today’s hottest professions.

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    Generation Chef

    11.1 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.4 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Kathryn and Craig Hall launched themselves head-first into Napa Valley twenty years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. Since the couple's purchase of that debut winery, their critically acclaimed HALL Wines and WALT Wines have become fixtures of the California wine industry. Readers who love a good glass of wine will find much to savor in the Halls' expert account of the art, soul, and business of a modern winery. A Perfect Score weaves a vibrant tale of the HALL brand's meteoric rise to success, Napa Valley's tug-of-war between localism and tourism, and the evolving nature of the wine industry as a whole.

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    A Perfect Score

    5.4 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.2 hrs • 8/17/2016 • Unabridged

    The quintessential bartender's guide, The Ideal Bartender contains the recipes that were composed and collected, tried and tested, in a quarter century of experience by Tom Bullock of the St. Louis Country Club. Learn all the classic drinks the kept the roaring twenties, roaring.

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    The Ideal Bartender

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    1.2 hrs • 8/17/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.9 hrs • 8/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Everything needed to brew beer right the first time. Presented in a light-hearted style without frivolous interruptions, this authoritative text introduces brewing in a easy step-by-step review. Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. It is available nearly everywhere, from gas stations to specialty liquor stores. A new brewery or brand pops up daily. For some, the choices are too many and it is hard to find that special beer with just the right tastes you are looking for. For these people, home brewing may be an option. Follow these easy instructions and find out how to get started.

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    Brewing

    2.9 hrs • 8/8/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.3 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    This new gift edition spin-off of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt looks at the favorite beers, liquors, and cocktail recipes of Democratic presidents and their first ladies. This election year, celebrate the Democratic Party by drinking like a Democrat! Organized by president, this fun audiobook is full of cocktail recipes, bar tips, and hysterical drinking anecdotes from all Democratic White House administrations. Which Southern man drank Snakebites? How did Jackie O. like her daiquiris? Drinking with the Democrats is the bar guide with a twist that all political buffs will enjoy.

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    Drinking with the Democrats by Mark Will-Weber

    Drinking with the Democrats

    4.3 hrs • 7/11/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.2 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    This election year, celebrate the Republican Party by drinking like a Republican! Organized by president, this fun audiobook is full of cocktail recipes, bar tips, and hysterical drinking anecdotes from all Republican White House administrations. Which president liked to mix whiskey, vodka, and orange juice? Who had a trick for hiding the labels of cheap wine? Drinking with the Republicans is the bar guide with a twist that all political buffs will enjoy!

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    Drinking with the Republicans by Mark Will-Weber

    Drinking with the Republicans

    5.2 hrs • 7/11/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.8 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    From the author of Bourbon, “the definitive history” (Sacramento Bee), comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America, in the spirit of Salt or Cod. In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge, the author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit—a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller—charts the surprisingly fascinating history of Americans’ relationship with their most popular alcoholic beverage. Huckelbridge shows how beer has evolved along with the country—from a local and regional product (once upon a time every American city has its own brewery and iconic beer brand) to the rise of global mega-brands like Budweiser and Miller that are synonymous with US capitalism. We learn of George Washington’s failed attempt to brew beer at Mount Vernon with molasses instead of barley, of the nineteenth-century “Beer Barons” like Captain Frederick Pabst, Adolphus Busch, and Joseph Schlitz who revolutionized commercial brewing and built lucrative empires—and the American immigrant experience—and of the advances in brewing and bottling technology that allowed beer to flow in the saloons of the Wild West. Throughout, Huckelbridge draws connections between seemingly remote fragments of the American past and shares his reports from the front lines of today’s craft-brewing revolution.

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    The United States of Beer by Dane Huckelbridge

    The United States of Beer

    6.8 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.7 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    When Paul Graham was suddenly diagnosed with a serious wheat allergy at the age of thirty-six, he was forced to say goodbye to traditional pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Gone, too, were some of his favorite hobbies, including brewing beer with a buddy and gorging on his wife’s homemade breads. Struggling to understand why he and so many others had become allergic to wheat, barley, rye, oats, and other dietary staples, Graham researched the production of modern wheat and learned that not only has the grain been altered from ancestral varieties but it’s also commonly added to thousands of processed foods.      In writing that is effortless and engaging, Paul explores why incidence of the disease is on the rise while also grappling with an identity crisis—given that all his favorite pastimes involved wheat in some form. His honest, unflinching, and at times humorous journey towards health and acceptance makes an inspiring read.

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    In Memory of Bread

    7.7 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.4 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    From the writers of acclaimed blog Pen & Palate, a humorous coming-of-age (and mastering-the-art-of-home-cooking) memoir of friendship, told through stories, recipes, and beautiful illustrations. Getting through life in your twenties isn’t easy—especially if you’re broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment. For best friends Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen, cooking was an escape from the daily humiliation that is being a twenty-something woman in a big city. Pen & Palate traces the course of Lucy and Tram’s devoted friendship through miserable jobs and tiny apartments, first loves and ill-advised flings, successes and setbacks—always with a shared love of food at the center of the narrative. A modern take on Laurie Colwin’s classic Home Cooking, this coming-of-age memoir for the Girls set weaves together comical (mis)adventures and recipes meant to be shared with a best friend and bottle of wine.

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    Pen & Palate

    6.4 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.7 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Unlikely pig owners Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micro piglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow! In the bestselling tradition of pet memoirs such as Oogy, Dewey, and Giant George, Esther the Wonder Pig the story of shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes. In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek’s lives forever. It turned out there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, Tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need. Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther the Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek’s adventure—from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.

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    Esther the Wonder Pig

    4.7 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.4 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    For readers of Jacques Pépin’s The Apprentice and Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef, here is the coming-of-age story of a true French chef and international culinary icon. Before he earned three Michelin stars at Le Bernardin, won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, or became a regular guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, and even before he knew how to make a proper omelet, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the south of France who felt that his world had come to an end. The only place Eric felt at home was in the kitchen. His desire to not only cook, but to become the best would lead him into some of the most celebrated and demanding restaurants in Paris, serving under such legendary chefs as Joël Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet, and trying to survive the brutal, exacting environment of their kitchens.

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    32 Yolks

    7.4 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.5 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Fresh, charming, and wholly irresistible, Champagne Baby turns a familiar tale on its head: instead of yet another American seeking the French secret to good living, a Frenchwoman finds her purpose—much to her surprise—in America. Laure Dugas is a champagne baby, born into a family of winemakers from two storied regions of France: Champagne and the Rhône Valley. When Laure was an infant, her mother would dip a finger in wine and dab it on Laure’s lips to acclimate her to the taste and aroma. But Laure wants little to do with the family business. It is only at age twenty-three, when her uncle offers to send her to New York City to learn English and represent his wines to the American market, that Laure bids adieu to her boyfriend and begins her journey of discovery. The job, it turns out, is both harder and easier than expected. Laure must speak in a new language about a subject in which she has no expertise. But an experienced wine saleswoman shares the secret for faking it: “Always. Be. French.” After all, who could claim to know more about wine than a Frenchwoman? With the pedigree of an expert, even as she feels like a fraud, Laure dives into an industry still dominated by men, winning over restaurateurs and sommeliers, diligently developing her palate, and traveling across the vast country that is her new home. For the first time, Laure is able to distinguish among the famous wines of her native land. She learns to greet a wine by the nose and judge a bottle not by its industry rating but by the balance of its flavors. Overcoming homesickness, culture shock, and the trials of a long-distance relationship, Laure manages to settle into her new milieu, her wine-glass-half-full attitude turning an eight-month stint into a three-year adventure. Part coming-of-age memoir, part travelogue, sprinkled throughout with regional maps and wine recommendations, Champagne Baby imparts the critical lessons that pair with both wine and life: “you’re better than the cheapest bottle,” “there’s always occasion for champagne,” and “trust your palate.” It encourages listeners to view themselves and their surroundings with newfound appreciation, and to raise their glasses with open-mindedness and joy.

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    Champagne Baby by Laure Dugas

    Champagne Baby

    9.5 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 12.4 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    A provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why—a flavorful blend of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics that reveals how the way we live shapes the way we eat. Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great. Egan raises a host of intriguing questions: Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soulless meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal? The search for answers takes her across the culinary landscape, from the prioritization of convenience over health to the unintended consequences of “perks” like free meals for employees; from the American obsession with “having it our way” to the surge of Starbucks, Chipotle, and other chains individualizing the eating experience; from high culture—artisan and organic and what exactly “natural” means—to low culture—the sale of 100 million Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos in ten weeks. She also looks at how America’s cuisine—like the nation itself—has been shaped by diverse influences from across the globe. Devoured weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavioral economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America.

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    Devoured by Sophie Egan

    Devoured

    12.4 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.6 hrs • 4/25/2016 • Unabridged

    Are you stuck in yoyo diet hell all because of sugar? All self-limiting beliefs, phobias and bad habits are simply bad programs buried in the subconscious area of the mind. Willpower is entirely ineffective in dealing with these issues because you are prevented from accessing the source of the problem. Craig Beck is a master hypnotist of twenty years standing and is also a respected timeline therapist and NLP master practitioner. He understands what makes people tick and more importantly how to access and remove the erroneous programs that cause us problems in everyday life. Designed to quickly help you reduce and remove sweetened food from your lifestyle; Use this powerful and proven MP3 hypnosis download to help with Sugar Addiction. • Unique speed hypnosis technique for rapid results • Instill unshakable inner peace & security • Easy to use on any device including smartphones • Rapidly reduce cravings for sugar and sweeteners • Break the yo-yo diet loop once and for all • Replace your self doubt with a new constructive habit This kindle book includes a free MP3 download link for the accompanying hypnosis track.

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    Quit Sugar: Hypnosis Downloads

    0.6 hrs • 4/25/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.2 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher and Peter Mayle, this enchantingly warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad, where a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean. It is all thanks to a surprising romance, a new passion for food, and a spirited woman who will become her mother-in-law—and teach her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love.

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    Only in Naples

    8.2 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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