• meat

    Eating healthier food and saving money

     Meat on the Side: Delicious Vegetable-Focused Recipes for Every Day by Nikki Dinki, US $27.99,    Pp 288, St. Martin’s Griffin (Macmillan Publishers), June 2016, ISBN 978-1250067166

    Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha, Ten Speed Press (Penguin Random House), US$19.99, Pp 176, July 2016, ISBN 978-1607748878

    If you are not a vegetarian or do not want to become one but still want to cut down on meat, Meat on the Side is a good start. It will …

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  • armageddon

    Why Hillary should not be our next president

    Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Humanix Books, US $24.99, Pp 224, June 2016, ISBN 978-1630060589

     The United States is undergoing some sort of political turmoil. Stakes seem to be higher in the November presidential elections than in past elections. The voters of both major parties supported anti-establishment candidates. Republican presidential candidate Trump won the Republican nomination in spite of the Republican establishment’s opposition, while anti-establishment Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders was stopped with the …

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  • CRAFT

    The Mecca of beer

    Ohio’s Craft Beers: Discovering the Variety, Enjoying the Quality, Relishing the Experience by Paul L. Gaston, Black Squirrel Books (Kent State University Press), US $25.00, Pp 264, March 2016, ISBN 978-1606352755

    A first time visitor to a taproom or brewpub should order the sampler, a judicious selection of taster glasses that represents the range of what the brewery offers. A sampler is not comprehensive or definitive. It does not rank the beers according to their quality. Paul L. Gaston says …

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  • pure-food

    Food without additives

    Pure Food: A Chef’s Handbook for Eating Clean, with Healthy, Delicious Recipes by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, BenBella Books, US $34.95, Pp 300, July 2016, ISBN 978-1942952176

      Wisconsin Supper Clubs:  Another Round  by  Ron Faiola,  Agate Midway  Agate Publishing),   US $35.00, Pp 224, May 2016, ISBN 978-1572841932

    In 1998, Kurt Beecher Dammeier’s family sold their printing business and he was forced to start looking for his next act in life. He loved food and was obsessed with pure food. So he …

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  • wisconsin

    Wisconsin supper clubs and home-style recipes

      Wisconsin Supper Clubs:  Another Round  by  Ron Faiola, Agate Midway  (Agate Publishing),   US $35.00, Pp 224, May 2016, ISBN 978-1572841932

    Pure Food: A Chef’s Handbook for Eating Clean, with Healthy, Delicious Recipes by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, BenBella Books, US $34.95, Pp 300, July 2016, ISBN 978-1942952176

    The supper club originated more than eighty years ago in dance halls, roadhouses, and taverns across the country. After World War II, the supper clubs underwent a makeover, becoming a more family-oriented destination for …

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  • polish

    Hearty and authentic Polish recipes

    Authentic Polish Cooking: 120 Mouthwatering Recipes, from Old-Country Staples to Exquisite Modern Cuisine by Marianna  Dworak, Skyhorse Publishing,  US $15.99,  Pp 176,  May 2016, ISBN 978-1510702196

    Polish cuisine is not all meat and potatoes as some may think. It is hearty, filling, and it has a long history. Many dishes found on the traditional Polish table have an interesting history behind them and include a fusion of cultural influences – both foreign and regional. Polish meals contain an array of …

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  • maritime

    The role navies play in war and peace

    Maritime  Strategy  and  Global Order:  Markets,  Resources,  Security  edited  by Daniel Moran and  James A. Russell,  Georgetown  University  Press,  US  $40.00,  Pp  368,  March  2016,  ISBN 978-1626160729

    Maritime strategy has long been recognized as having a dual nature. Traditionally, the term has been used to describe ‘the employment of naval forces to achieve political ends by their impact on international trade.’ Trade is, in itself, a crucial source of political power, and of explicit or implicit strategic leverage, as Maritime

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  • cyber

    Kathleen Marion Lewis – The first computer was also a spy computer

    Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage by Gordon Corera, Pegasus Books, US $29.95, Pp 448, July 2016, ISBN 978-1681771540

    In 1929, a new employee named Kathleen Marion Lewis arrived at Britain’s War Office. She could do what others could not because she was not a human, but rather a computer. The official description read, ‘The work of a computer, Class II, is mainly in connection with calculation of the trajectories of projectiles in artillery fire.’ In …

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  • cuba

    A fascinating study of the life and art of the national poet of Cuba

    Uniting Blacks in a Raceless Nation: Blackness, Afro-Cuban Culture, and Mestizaje in the Prose and Poetry of Nicolás Guillén by Miguel Arnedo-Gómez, Bucknell University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, US $90.00, Pp 238, May 2016, ISBN 978-1611487589

    The solution to the national problems poet Guillén denounced in his poetry materialized in 1959 with the triumph of the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro. The poet returned to Cuba that same year and became a prominent member of the revolutionary cultural establishment. In …

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  • indeh

    Understanding Apache culture the right way

    Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars by Ethan Hawke, Greg Ruth (Illustrator), Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group), US $25.00, Pp 240, June 2016, ISBN 978-1401310998

    American popular culture has been speaking for Apache culture via films, television, and books for a long time. Our knowledge of Apache culture and history is limited to what American films, television, and books tell us. In Indeh, Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth say the American culture hardly understands the Apache culture. …

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