Vino Italiano

Author: Joseph Bastianich
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 9780770434267
Release Date: 2012-07-11
Genre: Cooking

At one time, Italian wines conjured images of cheap Chianti in straw-wrapped bottles. More recently, expensive “Super Tuscans” have been the rage. But between these extremes lay a bounty of delicious, moderately priced wines that belong in every wine drinker’s repertoire. Vino Italiano is the only comprehensive and authoritative American guide to the wines of Italy. It surveys the country’s wine-producing regions; identifies key wine styles, producers, and vintages; and offers delicious regional recipes. Extensive reference materials—on Italy’s 300 growing zones, 361 authorized grape varieties, and 200 of the top producers— provide essential information for restaurateurs and wine merchants, as well as for wine enthusiasts. Beautifully illustrated as well as informative, Vino Italiano is the perfect invitation to the Italian wine experience.

Vino Italiano Buying Guide Revised and Updated

Author: Joseph Bastianich
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 9780770434250
Release Date: 2012-07-11
Genre: Cooking

From the Barolos of Piedmont to the Brunellos of Tuscany, Italian wines offer an unparalleled range of tempting and unique choices. But how can you be sure to find the right bottle for your taste? In this completely revised and updated edition of the ever-popular pocketsize buying guide, Italian wine experts Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch show you the way. Vino Italiano Buying Guide—Revised and Updated is a carefully and lovingly considered A-to-Z listing of the best wines that Italy has to offer. In addition to profiles of more than 1,000 winemakers—with ratings, grape descriptions, and contact information for the vineyards—you’ll find: -Concrete and helpful bottle recommendations for every entry -At-a-glance symbols for rising stars, great values, and truly exceptional wineries -Coverage of noteworthy organic and biodynamic wines -Up-to-date, detailed information on everything from wine regions to wine labels and classifications. More than just a handy reference text of Italian wine producers, Vino Italiano Buying Guide—Revised and Updated is the ultimate buying guide for Italian wine lovers.

Vino Italiano Buying Guide Revised and Updated

Author: Joseph Bastianich
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 9780770434250
Release Date: 2012-07-11
Genre: Cooking

From the Barolos of Piedmont to the Brunellos of Tuscany, Italian wines offer an unparalleled range of tempting and unique choices. But how can you be sure to find the right bottle for your taste? In this completely revised and updated edition of the ever-popular pocketsize buying guide, Italian wine experts Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch show you the way. Vino Italiano Buying Guide—Revised and Updated is a carefully and lovingly considered A-to-Z listing of the best wines that Italy has to offer. In addition to profiles of more than 1,000 winemakers—with ratings, grape descriptions, and contact information for the vineyards—you’ll find: -Concrete and helpful bottle recommendations for every entry -At-a-glance symbols for rising stars, great values, and truly exceptional wineries -Coverage of noteworthy organic and biodynamic wines -Up-to-date, detailed information on everything from wine regions to wine labels and classifications. More than just a handy reference text of Italian wine producers, Vino Italiano Buying Guide—Revised and Updated is the ultimate buying guide for Italian wine lovers.

Grandi Vini

Author: Joseph Bastianich
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 9780307719768
Release Date: 2010-11-09
Genre: Cooking

Travel through the Italian countryside with Joseph Bastianich in search of the country’s eighty-nine finest wines. Joseph Bastianich is steeped in Italian wines like no one else. Not only is he the co-owner, with Mario Batali, of some of America’s premier Italian restaurants, but he also produces wine on four separate estates—three in Italy—and is responsible for bringing Eataly, the groundbreaking artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, to New York. His thoughtfully honed list of favorite wines makes for a fascinating journey that brings Italian wines to life. Grandi Vini introduces readers to the greatest wines in Italy by bringing them to the vineyards and introducing the winemakers behind the bottles. More than simply appealing to the palate, the wines on Joe’s list have made an impact on the industry. In Central Italy, he recommends a stunning Sangiovese in Emilia Romagna, produced at San Patrignano, the largest drug rehabilitation center in Europe. The island of Sicily is typically known for bulk commercial wine; but now, in the unique terroir of Mount Etna, wine lovers can discover the perfectly fresh, dry white Pietramarina, produced by the forward-thinking Benati family. And we can’t forget the great Barolos. Bastianich selects a specific list of wines from this legendary production region—some of which come from family outfits, like Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva of Paolo Scavino, by the son of the winery’s founder; and others that have emerged only recently, like the Barolo Cannubi Boschis made by Luciano Sandrone, a winemaker who only started producing great wine in the 1990s. Grandi Vini also includes a wine list in the back of the book that shares vinification, production, and website information for every wine. With lovely hand-illustrated maps locating the wineries in their various regions, Grandi Vini is a rich exploration of eighty-nine Italian wines that rank among the world’s best—a wonderful read for any wine enthusiast. From the Hardcover edition.

The World of the Shining Prince

Author: Ivan Morris
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780345803917
Release Date: 2013-05-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

Ivan Morris’s definitive and widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and melancholy world of ancient Japan. Using The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan’s Heian period as a frame of reference, The World of the Shining Prince recreates an era when women set the cultural tone. Focusing on the world of the emperor’s court—a world deeply admired by Virginia Woolf, among others—renowned scholar of Japanese history and literature Ivan Morris explores the politics, society, religious life, and superstitions of the period. Offering readers detailed portrayals of the daily lives of courtiers, the cult of beauty they espoused, and the intricate relations between the men and women of the age, The World of the Shining Prince has been a cornerstone text on ancient Japan for half a century

Chickenhawk

Author: Robert Mason
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110117515X
Release Date: 2005-03-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half a million copies of Chickenhawk have been sold since it was first published in 1983. Now with a new afterword by the author and photographs taken by him during the conflict, this straight-from-the-shoulder account tells the electrifying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam. This is Robert Mason’s astounding personal story of men at war. A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience: the fear and belligerence, the quiet insights and raging madness, the lasting friendships and sudden death—the extreme emotions of a "chickenhawk" in constant danger. "Very simply the best book so far about Vietnam." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt

Author: Rosalie David
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141941387
Release Date: 2002-10-03
Genre: Religion

The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.

Follow Me Down

Author: Shelby Foote
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307779281
Release Date: 2011-05-25
Genre: Fiction

A mesmerizing novel of faith, passion, and murder by the author of The Civil War: A Narrative. Drawing on themes as old as the Bible, Foote's novel compels us to inhabit lives obsessed with sin and starving for redemption. A work reminiscent of both Faulkner and O'Connor, yet utterly original. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Game of My Life

Author: Jason McElwain
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0451223012
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An inspirational memoir recounts one young man's lifelong battle to overcome a diagnosis of severe autism and the tough challenges he and his family confronted and describes the role of basketball in transforming his life.

Even Silence Has an End

Author: Ingrid Betancourt
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101442913
Release Date: 2010-09-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"Betancourt's riveting account...is an unforgettable epic of moral courage and human endurance." -Los Angeles Times In the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt traveled into a military-controlled region, where she was abducted by the FARC, a brutal terrorist guerrilla organization in conflict with the government. She would spend the next six and a half years captive in the depths of the Colombian jungle. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply moving and personal account of that time. The facts of her story are astounding, but it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very special narrative-an intensely intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate reflection on what it really means to be human.

Supreme Conflict

Author: Jan Crawford Greenburg
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594201013
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Political Science

Discusses recent ideological shifts within the Supreme Court, profiles controversial judges, and analyzes the changing role of judicial power in American government.

Dave Barry in Cyberspace

Author: Dave Barry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780307758682
Release Date: 2010-09-29
Genre: Humor

"RELENTLESSLY FUNNY . . . BARRY SHINES." --People A self-professed computer geek who actually does Windows 95, bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway--and into the very heart of cyberspace, asking the provocative question: If God had wanted us to be concise, why give us so many fonts? Inside you'll find juicy bytes on How to Buy and Set Up a Computer; Step One: Get Valium Nerdstock in the Desert; Or: Bill Gates Is Elvis Software: Making Your Computer Come Alive So It Can Attack You Word Processing: How to Press an Enormous Number of Keys Without Ever Actually Writing Anything Selected Web Sites, including Cursing in Swedish, Deformed Frog Pictures, and The Toilets of Melbourne, Australia And much, much more! "VERY FUNNY . . . After a day spent staring at a computer monitor, think of the book as a kind of screen saver for your brain." --New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Dreams

Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307806772
Release Date: 2011-10-05
Genre: Fiction

In his final years, Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz distilled his storyteller's art to its most essential level. Written with the compression and power of dreams, these poetic vignettes, originally collected in two books, The Dreams and Dreams of Departure, here combined in one volume for the first time. These stories telescope epic tales into tersely haunting miniatures. A man finds his neighborhood has turned into a circus, but his joy turns to anger when he cannot escape it. An obscure writer finally achieves fame-through the epitaph on his grave. A group of friends telling jokes in an alley face the murderous revenge of an ancient Egyptian queen. Figures from Mahfouz's past-women he loved, men who inspired him, even fictional characters from his own novels-float through tales dreamed by a mind too fertile ever to rest, even in sleep. Translated by Raymond Stock From the Trade Paperback edition.