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1. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science|
by J. Kenji López-Alt
The New York Times bestselling winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award.
Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)―and use a foolproof method that works every time?
As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new―but simple―techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.Over 1000 color photographs ... Read more
1. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
2. The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)
3. Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health
4. Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health
5. The Professional Chef
6. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
7. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
8. Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals
9. How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition
10. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking .
2. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race|
by Margot Lee Shetterly
The #1 New York Times bestseller
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
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1. Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition
2. Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (A StoryCorps Book)
3. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
4. Hidden Figures
5. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
6. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
8. The Martian
9. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
10. Great Speeches by American Women (Dover Thrift Editions) .
3. A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution|
by Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
A trailblazing biologist grapples with her role in the biggest scientific discovery of our era: a cheap, easy way of rewriting genetic code, with nearly limitless promise and peril.... Read more
Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers, and will help address the world’s hunger crisis. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans.
Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg, Doudna shares the thrilling story of her discovery, and passionately argues that enormous responsibility comes with the ability to rewrite the code of life. With CRISPR, she shows, we have effectively taken control of evolution. What will we do with this unfathomable power?
1. Redesigning Life: How genome editing will transform the world
2. Modern Prometheus: Editing the Human Genome with Crispr-Cas9
3. The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides
4. The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
5. Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
6. Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder: A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science
7. Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created
8. The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have
9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
10. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst .
4. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work|
by Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
“A mind-blowing tour along the path from sex and drugs to R&D.” - Financial Times
It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.
New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.
Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.... Read more
1. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
2. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
3. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
4. Friction: Passion Brands in the Age of Disruption
5. Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America
6. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
7. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
8. Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
9. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
10. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance .
5. Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die|
by Garrett M. Graff
The eye-opening true story of the government’s secret plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on US soil—a narrative that span from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.
1. The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI and the War on Global Terror
2. Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History
3. The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror
4. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
5. Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956–1990
6. The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World
7. Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder: A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science
8. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
9. Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
10. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate .
6. Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling|
by Meathead Goldwyn, Greg Blonder
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For succulent results every time, nothing is more crucial than understanding the science behind the interaction of food, fire, heat, and smoke. This is the definitive guide to the concepts, methods, equipment, and accessories of barbecue and grilling. The founder and editor of the world's most popular BBQ and grilling website, AmazingRibs.com, Meathead applies the latest research to backyard cooking more than 100 thoroughly tested recipes.
With the help of physicist and food scientist Prof. Greg Blonder, PhD, of Boston University, he explains why dry brining is better than wet brining; how marinades really work; why rubs shouldn't have salt in them; the importance of digital thermometers; why searing doesn't seal in juices; how salt penetrates but spices don't; when charcoal beats gas and when gas beats charcoal; how to calibrate and tune a grill or smoker; how to keep fish from sticking; cooking with logs; the strengths and weaknesses of the new pellet cookers; tricks for rotisserie cooking; why cooking whole animals is a bad idea; which grill grates are best; and why beer-can chicken is a waste of good beer and nowhere close to the best way to cook a bird.
He shatters the myths that stand in the way of perfection. Among the many busted old husband's tales:
* Myth: Bring meat to room temperature before cooking.
* Myth: Soak wood before using it.
* Myth: Bone-in steaks taste better.
* Myth: You should sear first, then cook.
The book blends chemistry, physics, meat science, and humor. Lavishly designed with hundreds of full-color photos by the author, this book contains all the sure-fire recipes for traditional American favorites and many more outside-the-box creations. You'll get recipes for all the great regional barbecue sauces; rubs for meats and vegetables; Last Meal Ribs; Simon & Garfunkel Chicken; Schmancy Smoked Salmon; The Ultimate Turkey; Texas Brisket; Perfect Pulled Pork; Sweet & Sour Pork with Mumbo Sauce; Whole Hog; Steakhouse Steaks; Diner Burgers; Prime Rib; Brazilian Short Ribs; Rack Of Lamb Lollipops; Huli-Huli Chicken; Smoked Trout Florida Mullet -Style; Baja Fish Tacos; Grilled Lobster, and many more.
1. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
2. Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades--Bastes, Butters & Glazes, Too
3. Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint
4. Project Smoke
5. G & F 8115 Premium Grain Leather Gloves, BBQ gloves, Grill Gloves, Fireplace Gloves, Cotton lining with 14.5-Inch Extra Long Sleeve Heat Resistant Gloves
6. Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom
7. Peace, Love, & Barbecue: Recipes, Secrets, Tall Tales, and Outright Lies from the Legends of Barbecue
8. How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, A Barbecue Bible! Cookbook
9. The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit
10. ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ .
7. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone|
by Brian Merchant
"The One Device is a tour de force, with fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight." -Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk
"A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again." -Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted
The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.
Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device," as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.
How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.
This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories." It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets.
The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.... Read more
1. Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination
2. Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation
3. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
4. Steve Jobs
5. Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy
6. Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
7. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
8. The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World's Most Disruptive Company
9. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives .
8. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition|
by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.... Read more
1. The Elements of Style Workbook: Writing Strategies with Grammar Book (Writing Workbook Featuring New Lessons on Writing with Style)
2. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
3. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
4. The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment
5. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes
6. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
7. Advancing Your Career: Concepts in Professional Nursing
8. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
9. Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do
10. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer .
9. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words|
by Randall Munroe
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
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1. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
2. xkcd: volume 0
3. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
4. The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
5. The Gene: An Intimate History
7. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
8. The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
9. Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Updated with a New Preface
10. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind .
10. Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans|
by James Stavridis
From one of the most admired admirals of his generation—and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO—comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path.
1. The Leader's Bookshelf
2. Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?
3. The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO
4. All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power
5. Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
6. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
7. By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (A Nancy Bernkopf Tucker and Warren I. Cohen Book on American–East Asian Relations)
8. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
9. Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command
10. Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 .
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