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    12.6 hrs • 3/8/2016 • Unabridged

    A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn. Long before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home—and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it. Shuttling between continents as a child, she lived a life of dislocation that would become habit as an adult, never quite at home in the world. And yet, through all her travels, her favorite food remained the simple rice she first ate sitting on the cool floor of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India. Poignant and surprising, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s extraordinary account of her journey from that humble kitchen, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, to the judges’ table of Top Chef and beyond. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the remarkable people who shaped her along the way, from her headstrong mother who flouted conservative Indian convention to make a life in New York, to her Brahmin grandfather—a brilliant engineer with an irrepressible sweet tooth—to the man seemingly wrong for her in every way who proved to be her truest ally. A memoir rich with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it is alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a life that spans complex geographies both internal and external. Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate and unexpected story of food and family—both the ones we are born to and the ones we create—and their enduring legacies.

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    Love, Loss, and What We Ate

    12.6 hrs • 3/8/16 • Unabridged
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    10.1 hrs • 7/28/2015 • Unabridged

    Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is the summer’s most hotly-anticipated debut. When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

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    Kitchens of the Great Midwest

    10.1 hrs • 7/28/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.0 hrs • 7/23/2015 • Unabridged

    Americans pride themselves in their knack for innovation, and nowhere has America’s can-do attitude been more apparent than at the supermarket. Need a cheese that is virtually indestructible? Want to find a way to stretch a pound of hamburger into a hearty main course for a family of five? Hard pressed for time to throw together a home-cooked meal? In the early decades of the twentieth century, and from the world wars to the cold wars, food producers and everyday dreamers met these challenges with the same ingenuity and resourcefulness that launched the country to the moon and back, with groundbreaking packaging, new technologies, and improvements on Mother Nature. Better Than Homemade is food biographer Carolyn Wyman’s freewheeling and entertaining cultural history of the innovative packaged foods that changed the way we eat. With dozens of archival ads and original product shots of Hamburger Helper, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Minute Rice, Coffee-mate, Green Giant Canned Peas, Lipton Cup-a-Soup, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls—and many more revolutionary products—Better Than Homemade highlights the fascinating stories behind the food inventions; the histories behind the brands and icons that have become synonymous with them; the jingles that have made them such a large part of our popular culture; and the recipes that have tutored generations of homemakers and comfort food master chefs.

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    Better Than Homemade

    5.0 hrs • 7/23/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.3 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    What is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? In How to Bake Pi, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen: we learn, for example, how the béchamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five and why making a good custard proves that math is easy, but life is hard. Of course, it’s not all about cooking; we’ll also run the New York and Chicago marathons, take a closer look at St. Paul’s Cathedral, pay visits to Cinderella and Lewis Carroll, and even get to the bottom of why we think of a tomato as a vegetable. At the heart of it all is Cheng’s work on category theory, a cutting-edge “mathematics of mathematics,” which is about figuring out how math works. This is not the math of our high school classes: seen through category theory, mathematics becomes less about numbers and formulas and more about how we know, believe, and understand anything, including whether our brother took too much cake. Many of us think that math is hard, but, as Cheng makes clear, math is actually designed to make difficult things easier. Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and a true zest for life, Cheng’s perspective on math becomes this singular book: a funny, lively, and clear journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before. How to Bake Pi offers a whole new way to think about a field all of us think we know; it will both dazzle the constant reader of popular mathematics and amuse and enlighten even the most hardened math-phobe. So, what is math? Let’s look for the answer in the kitchen.

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    How to Bake Pi

    8.3 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.3 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor. In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number-one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor—the tastes we crave—and the underlying nutrition. Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Those perfectly round, red tomatoes that grace our supermarket aisles today are mostly water, and the big breasted chickens on our dinner plates grow three times faster than they used to, leaving them dry and tasteless. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language—flavor—that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it. With in-depth historical and scientific research, The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a fascinating new light, weaving an enthralling tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. We’ve been telling ourselves that our addiction to flavor is the problem, but it is actually the solution. We are on the cusp of a new revolution in agriculture that will allow us to eat healthier and live longer by enjoying flavor the way nature intended.

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    The Dorito Effect

    8.3 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.4 hrs • 4/8/2015 • Abridged

    More than just a nutrition and cookery book, Detox Your Diet in Just 7 Days is a health food movement! This book is the perfect combination of effective lifestyle change: seven days to re-educate, reactivate, and realize a better you. Nutritional and life-coach expert Benjamin Bonetti questions fad diets while exploring the reasons why people should regain control of their life through food. Bonetti is renowned for his hard-hitting and direct approach to therapy and holistic health.

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  7. 8.4 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Sasha Martin set herself a rather ambitious goal: to cook—and eat—her way around the world with 196 recipes from 196 countries in 196 weeks. Enter Global Table Adventure, a project that proves to be more than just a culinary challenge as Sasha attempts to navigate the vicissitudes of marriage, motherhood, and life’s failures and successes, all inextricably linked to her troubled past. For Sasha, food and cooking unlock the memories of a difficult childhood and the loss and heartbreak that came with it. She and her brother lived with their mother in Boston before being placed in foster care with a family in Europe. Among the hard moments of her young life, the most difficult occurred when Sasha was just twelve years old—she witnessed her brother’s suicide. As she mines her past to make sense of her childhood, food allows Sasha to find her own place in the world—and create the home she has been craving her whole life. This is a story about food from around the globe but also about how food can transform us, about being a mother and a wife, about loving the world, and about learning to love ourselves.

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    Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin

    Life from Scratch

    8.4 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.3 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    For years The Coconut Oil Miracle has been a reliable guide for men and women alike. Now in its fifth edition, this revised and updated version has even more information on the benefits of coconut oil and shows listeners how to use it for maximum effect. Coconut oil is much more than just a fad. It is a uniquely curative elixir that has been shown to have countless health benefits. Dr. Bruce Fife is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the health benefits of coconut oil. This newest edition of The Coconut Oil Miracle is updated with crucial information, including the latest studies on links between coconut oil and benefits relating to heart function, Alzheimer’s prevention, bodily detoxification, weight loss, and many other hot topics.

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    The Coconut Oil Miracle

    7.3 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.7 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Lunch in Paris meets Adulting in this funny and poignant memoir about collapsing cakes and coming of age in your twenties and thirties. When Amelia Morris found a beautiful chocolate cake in Bon Appétit and took the recipe home to re-create it for a Christmas day brunch she was hosting, it collapsed into a terrible (but delicious) mess that had to be served in an oversize bowl. It also paralleled the interesting and never-quite-predictable situations she’s gotten herself into throughout her life, from her one-day career as a six-year-old lady wrestler to her ill-fated job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles. As she gets older, the kitchen is where she finds that even if some of her attempts fall short of the standard set by a food magazine, they can still bring satisfaction to her and to her family and friends. Full of hilarious observations about food, family, unemployment, romance, and the excesses of modern Los Angeles, Bon Appétempt is sure to resonate with anyone who has tried and failed, and been all the better for it.

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    Bon Appétempt

    8.7 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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    12.2 hrs • 5/13/2014 • Unabridged

    In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and the renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating book will satisfy any reader’s hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more. Like Ruhlman’s The Making of a Chef, this is an instant classic in food writing—one of the fastest growing and most popular subjects today.

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    The Soul of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

    The Soul of a Chef

    12.2 hrs • 5/13/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.1 hrs • 1/7/2014 • Unabridged

    The Pound a Day Diet is an accelerated program designed to help dieters lose up to five pounds every five days—without frustrating plateaus—while enjoying all their favorite foods. It rewrites every carb, fat, and calorie rule in the book! This delicious, easy-to-use, plan is specifically formulated as a Mediterranean-style diet that is carb and calorie corrected to turbocharge metabolism and weight loss. Complete with menus for twenty-eight days (four five-day plans and four weekend plans), dieters first follow the five-day plan, switch over to the weekend plan, return to the five-day plan for the second week, and continue with the weekend plan—alternating like this right down to their goal weight. To help listeners, Rocco has created fifty all-new lightning-quick five ingredient recipes, as well as ready-made suggestions for those who simply cannot find the time to cook. Also included is a primer on healthy and fast cooking techniques; calorie-calibrated menus and shopping lists; and a lifestyle plan for maintaining a lean, healthy body for life.

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    The Pound a Day Diet

    5.1 hrs • 1/7/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 11.2 hrs • 1/7/2014 • Unabridged

    The bestselling coauthor of Your Money or Your Life chronicles her quest to eat food produced within ten miles of her home.

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    Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

    11.2 hrs • 1/7/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.5 hrs • 11/14/2013 • Unabridged

    New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear combines the style of Mary Roach with the on-the-ground food savvy of Anthony Bourdain in a rollicking narrative look at the shocking extremes of the contemporary American food world.

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    Anything That Moves

    8.5 hrs • 11/14/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 13.2 hrs • 10/31/2013 • Unabridged

    Edward Behr, founder of the acclaimed magazine the Art of Eating, presents the definitive guide to the foods every food lover must know.

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    50 Foods

    13.2 hrs • 10/31/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.8 hrs • 10/22/2013 • Unabridged

    One of the most popular fasts in recent years has been the Daniel Fast, a twenty-one–day period of prayer and fasting based on the Old Testament prophet’s fasts recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, in which certain foods are restricted and others are consumed. This fast is similar to a “purified” vegan diet—no animal products, additives, preservatives, sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, white flour, or processed foods are allowed. With the Daniel Fast people can eat as much Daniel Fast–friendly food as they would like. Though most people begin the Daniel Fast for a spiritual purpose, many are amazed by the physical transformation that takes place. Many with high cholesterol experience a drop to healthy levels; people who have wrestled with weight issues are suddenly able to lose the pounds. The vast majority of participants following the Daniel Fast report a general sense of well-being and increased energy. Recent published scientific studies of the Daniel Fast have confirmed these findings, with additional benefits, such as a reduction in systemic inflammation, a reduction in blood pressure, and an improvement in antioxidant defenses. The Daniel Cure will help readers take the next step by focusing on the health benefits of the Daniel Fast. By following the advice in this book, readers will convert the Daniel Fast from a once-a-year spiritual discipline into a new way of life that can begin any time of the year. In a nation suffering an epidemic of obesity and its resulting ills, The Daniel Cure may be just what the great physician ordered. The Daniel Cure includes a daily devotional; four chapters detailing the lifestyle diseases; eleven chapters of recipes and meal planning advice; a recipe index; complete nutritional guidance; and an appendix detailing the science behind the Daniel Fast.

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    The Daniel Cure

    10.8 hrs • 10/22/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.0 hrs • 9/26/2013 • Unabridged

    When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post. Suddenly, Ann is alone and her vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down. So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city. Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths.

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    Mastering the Art of French Eating

    9.0 hrs • 9/26/13 • Unabridged
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