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Thyme in the Kitchen

Thyme in the Kitchen

Cooking with Fresh Herbs
edition:Paperback
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Baking With Bruno

Baking With Bruno

A French Baker's North American Love Story
edition:Hardcover
tagged : baking
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A blast of fiery heat transforms batter — an embryonic mess — into something completely different, something that gives pleasure and joy. That is the magic of baking. It's like the story of pastry chef Bruno Feldeisen's life and livelihood. Raised by a drug—addicted mother, his childhood in France was a baptism of fire. And yet here he is, a celebrated pastry chef who believes in the sweet, healing power of baking, his stretchy smile broadcasting a happy place in life. At 16, he endured the hard knocks of being a chocolatier's apprentice like his life depended on it. In retrospect, it did. It transformed him. I once interviewed him for a story for the Vancouver Sun and he shared how that apprenticeship was his salvation. "I was part of a family...That kitchen helped me become a man. The kitchen is a little society. It's life. The table is designed to bring people together. There is something primal, emotional and raw about it. Kitchens became an escape for me and when I was younger, the chefs I worked for were like father figures." Maybe you'll find that magic, going on this baking journey with him. Most people bake in anticipation of sharing or giving, and the process itself is therapeutic. There's nothing like pulling out the mixer to soothe the soul. For Bruno, this cookbook honours the kitchen and the craft that gave him a notable life, and he shares that "little society" that nurtured him as a 16—year—old.

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9000 Years of Wine

9000 Years of Wine

A World History
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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The Vancouver Island terrain is one of the toughest anywhere. The ground will be uneven rock. Thin cover will hide all manner of evils — thick moss over footfalls, rotting wood branches that will break when stepped on, and mercilessly barbed undergrowth. Never for a moment believe you can just muscle through. The worst mistake is to leave a trail to head through a clear forest area, then when the clearing runs out think you can just turn back. It sounds so easy to do — until that route you followed isn't visible from the opposite direction...

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Second Helpings, Please!

Second Helpings, Please!

The Iconic Jewish Cookbook
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
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