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The Bar and Beverage Book
Costas Katsigris and Chris ThomasThe Bar and Beverage Book explains how to manage the beverage option of a restaurant, bar, hotel, country club—any place that serves beverages to customers.  It provides readers with the history of the beverage industry and appreciation of wine, beer, and spirits; information on equipping, staffing, managing, and marketing a bar; and the purchase and mixology of beverages.   New topics in this edition include changes to regulations regarding the service of alcohol, updated sanitation guidelines, updates to labor laws and the employment of staff, and how to make your operation more profitable. New trends in spirits, wine, and beer are also covered.
Prentice Hall Dictionary of Culinary Arts, The (Trade Version) (2nd Edition)
Gaye Ingram, Steven R. Labensky and Sarah R. LabenskyThis unique exceptionally comprehensive dictionary contains over 25,000 entries covering food identification, preparation and cooking methods, nutrition, sanitation, tools and equipment, wine, beer and spirits, cigars, international foods, food chemistry, historical and cultural terms, hospitality terms and prepared dishes. Authoritative yet concise entries Accurate use of capitalization and accent marks Simple, alphabetical listing for all entries, including abbreviations Extensive cross-references 285 line drawings Easy to read typeface and format Phonetic pronunciation guides Additionally, there are 14 appendices covering areas such as: metric conversions, measurement equivalents, commonly used international terms, sugar cooking temperatures, oversized wine bottles and more!  
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
Tom StandageFrom beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human historyThroughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.
The Practical Distiller An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c. &c. of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, than Produced by ... from the Produce of the United States
Samuel McHarry"The Practical Distiller," first published in 1809 when spirit distillation legal in the United States, describes the methods for making whiskey and other forms of liquor from the 1600's onward. "The Practical Distiller" has some unique stories about some of the old distilleries, and explains many things that were no doubt helpful to the brewers of that day. Section one discussed yeast, how to know when it is good or bad, how to renew it when it is sour, and the best yeast for daily use. A second section deals with hogsheads and how to sweeten them by scalding or burning. The third section covers how to mash and distill rye or corn, how to know when grain is scalded enough, and how to prevent hogsheads from "working over." Section four covers choosing the best rye and malt, how to grind Indian corn, hops, and building a malt kiln. Section five talks about singling, stalement, and distilling of different crops including buckwheat, potatoes, pumpions, peaches, turnips, and apples. Section six addresses the best methods of setting stills and preventing cracking, doubling stills, and heating more than one still with one fire or furnace. Section seven covers how to clarify whiskey and making Rye Whiskey, Apple Brandy, a Jamaica Spirit, Holland Gin, and country gin. It also discusses fining and coloring liquors, as well as a way to correct the taste of singed whiskey and gave an aged flavor to whiskey. The succeeding sections of "The Practical Distiller"discuss weather, ways to prevent a fire in the distillery, duties of hired distillers, and profitability for the owner. The book ends with a number of general "recipes" on how to make honey wine, elderberry wine, "and excellent American wine.". While "The Practical Distiller" is primarily a historical book, it is fascinating to hear how things used to be done, and also tempting to wish that potatoes could still be bought for thirty-three cents a bushel as they could when this book was published!
The Days of Wine and Software: Building a Business by Following the Principals of Nature
Dada E. BruttigBuilding a Business by Following the Principles of Nature This inspiring book about entrepreneurship invites you to look at business from a new perspective. Discover: -- Why vision and passion (like climate and soil) are the key ingredients to your success as an entrepreneur. -- How to select the right people (or "rootstock") to ensure your company's success. -- How to deal with venture capitalists and bankers (the irrigation) so necessary for growth.
The Profitable Hobby Farm, How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business
Sarah Beth AubreyTurn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper.The Profitable Hobby Farm provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture.A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foodsIncludes sample business plan, grant application, marketing and advertising plan, and other formsLengthy resources section directs you to additional readingAlso by Aubrey: Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm BusinessWhether it's growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens for their eggs, or making organic wine or cheese, this book shows you how to turn your hobby into a profit.
Service at Its Best: Waiter-Waitress Training
Edward E. Sanders, Paul C. Paz and Ronald C. Wilkinson Designed for results and accountability, this #1 competency-based training guide covers everything a waiter or waitress needs to know to be successful in the today's dynamic and competitive restaurant industry—all organized within self-contained chapters that flow in a logical sequence and establish a step-by-step procedure for understanding and learning appropriate server skills. Discusses the occupational advantages and disadvantages of the job, along with job qualifications and descriptions or advancement opportunities for servers. Explains basic table settings for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and includes 25 tips for proper table service, such as the correct procedures for loading and carrying trays and techniques of carrying multiple plates. Explains wine varietals, as well as other spirits, cocktails, and coffees, and presents step-by-step illustrations of correct serving procedures. Covers current technology applications and their benefits, including table service management, guest paging system, product management software, hand-held touch-system terminal, server paging system, two-way radio, restaurant web sites, and other software technology used in the business. Shares the successful experiences of ten servers from across the United States. Appendices offer a handy reference source for common menu terms, wine terminology, spirit brands and related cocktails, ales, lagers, and non-alcoholic beers. For restaurant food server training programs in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries; also a handy reference manual for specific service questions.
Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps
Josh ClarkSo you've got an idea for an iPhone app -- along with everyone else on the planet. Set your app apart with elegant design, efficient usability, and a healthy dose of personality. This accessible, well-written guide shows you how to design exceptional user experiences for the iPhone and iPod Touch through practical principles and a rich collection of visual examples. Whether you're a designer, programmer, manager, or marketer, Tapworthy teaches you to "think iPhone" and helps you ask the right questions -- and get the right answers -- throughout the design process. You'll explore how considerations of design, psychology, culture, ergonomics, and usability combine to create a tapworthy app. Along the way, you'll get behind-the-scenes insights from the designers of apps like Facebook, USA Today, Twitterrific, and many others. Develop your ideas from initial concept to finished design Build an effortless user experience that rewards every tap Explore the secrets of designing for touch Discover how and why people really use iPhone apps Learn to use iPhone controls the Apple way Create your own personality-packed visuals Ten Tips for Crafting Your App’s Visual Identity Choose a personality. Don’t let your app’s personality emerge by accident. Before you start designing, choose a personality for your app. The right personality for the right audience and features makes an app irresistible and creates a bonafide emotional connection. Tapworthy designs have the power to charm and beguile. Voices (left) has a Vaudeville personality appropriate to a funny-voices novelty app. iShots Irish Edition (right) creates a gritty dive-bar ambience for its collection of drink recipes. Favor standard controls. Because they’re commonplace, the standard set of controls is sometimes dismissed as visually dull. Not so fast: commonplace means familiarity and ease for your audience. Conventions are critical to instant and effortless communication. Before creating a brand new interface metaphor or inventing your own custom controls, ask whether it might be done better with the built-in gadgetry. A coat of paint. Standard controls don’t have to be dreary. Use custom colors and graphics to give them a fresh identity. This technique requires a light touch, however; don’t distract from the content itself or drain the meaning from otherwise familiar controls. Wine Steward uses standard lists (known as table views in iOS) but creates a vintage ambience by draping a backdrop image across the screen. The app adds a parchment graphic to the background of each table cell, making each entry appear to be written on an aged wine label. The burgundy-tinted navigation bar maintains the app’s wine flavor. • You stay classy. Luxurious textures applied with taste increase your app’s perceived value. • Keep it real. Realistic lighting effects and colors create elements that invite touch and create an emotional attachment. They also provide subtle guidance about what your audience can interact with. • Borrow interface metaphors from the physical world. Lean on users’ real- world experience to create intuitive experiences. People will try anything on a touchscreen, for example, that they’d logically try on a physical object or with a mouse-driven cursor. Besides these practical benefits, using an everyday object as an interface metaphor imbues an app with the same associations that folks might have with the real McCoy--a shelf of books, a retro alarm clock, a much-used chessboard, a toy robot. • Don’t be afraid to take risks. Make sure your interfaces are intuitive, sure, but don’t be afraid to try something completely new and different. Designers and developers are hatching fresh iPhone magic every day, and there’s still much to explore and invent. While you should look hard at whether you might accomplish what you need to do with standard controls, it’s also worth asking, Am I going far enough? The app icon is your business card. The icon carries disproportionate weight in the marketing of your app, and it’s important to give it disproportionate design attention, too. Be descriptive more than artistic. Make your app icon a literal description of your app’s function, interface, name, or brand. Use a dull launch image. Disguise your app’s launch image as the app background for a faster perceived launch. Always cultivate the illusion of suspended animation when switching in and out of your app. Be kind to new users. Provide simple welcome-mat pointers for first-timers. Beware of more complex help screens; they’re warning signs of an overcomplicated interface.
Experience And Education
John DeweyExperience and Education is the best concise statement on education ever published by John Dewey, the man acknowledged to be the pre-eminent educational theorist of the twentieth century. Written more than two decades after Democracy and Education (Dewey's most comprehensive statement of his position in educational philosophy), this book demonstrates how Dewey reformulated his ideas as a result of his intervening experience with the progressive schools and in the light of the criticisms his theories had received. Analyzing both "traditional" and "progressive" education, Dr. Dewey here insists that neither the old nor the new education is adequate and that each is miseducative because neither of them applies the principles of a carefully developed philosophy of experience. Many pages of this volume illustrate Dr. Dewey's ideas for a philosophy of experience and its relation to education. He particularly urges that all teachers and educators looking for a new movement in education should think in terms of the deeped and larger issues of education rather than in terms of some divisive "ism" about education, even such an "ism" as "progressivism." His philosophy, here expressed in its most essential, most readable form, predicates an American educational system that respects all sources of experience, on that offers a true learning situation that is both historical and social, both orderly and dynamic.
His Deep Submission
Kim ActonA Top 100 Seller in Kindle EroticaBy best-selling erotica author, Kim Acton, whose other novellas are also available on Kindle.A couple explores male submission and discovers a private world of discipline, punishment and pure pleasure. When Mike Harrow tells his wife Vicki that he fantasizes about her taking control of him with the aid of a belt, he gets more than he bargained for. And it's not just her new prison strap and rattan cane, it's what she makes him do for her pleasure and his deep submission. Excerpt from Chapter Two[After Vicki finds Mike's stash of hardcore BDSM porn on his computer.]Vicki smiled to reassure him, “Honey, I’m fine with it. I’m just wondering if you feel like something is missing in our relationship or in the bedroom. Is it? Do you have feelings you aren’t telling me about?”Mike took a gulp of his beer and exhaled deeply to relax, “I’d say something is missing, but I don’t know exactly what. We used to have exciting sex, remember? All the fun we had? There was more of a spark, right? Don’t you agree?”“Yeah, I agree. But I don’t think a couple can always have that excitement.” She laughed, “I mean, what are we going to do, go to my parent’s house and screw in my old bedroom in secret?” They both chuckled. “Those days are over. I’m fairly sure there is no way to get them back.”“I don’t know. I think that’s a big part of what I miss. There was anticipation, there was excitement and it was on our minds so much more. Maybe that’s what porn is for, to think about stuff that isn’t going to happen so you never lose the fun of it,” Mike said.“What if it did happen?” Vicki said with a sly smile.“If what happened?” asked Mike.“What if I did the things to you that are in those photos on your computer? What if I made you my personal sex toy and disciplined you with a belt?”Mike’s jaw dropped. “I … I … are you serious?”Vicki smiled and took a slow sip of her wine. “I’m just wondering if you got more of what you needed whether you’d pay better attention to what I need. I’m also wondering if a little discipline is exactly what you need when it comes to our marriage in general.” She gave him a steady look, “Is that what you need, Mike, some proper discipline?”Mike’s head was suddenly swimming. He had some pretty dark fantasies and suddenly his wife was calmly asking him if he wanted to regularly experience them? That was not where he thought the conversation was leading. Holy, fuck. She was offering to use a belt on him and make him her submissive sex toy. He didn’t even notice he was squirming in his seat or that his cock was now obviously pressing into his pants. “Are you serious?” he repeated.Vicki laughed and glanced at his crotch. “Well, I see your cock thinks I’m serious.”“Are you?” he asked a third time.“I guess you’ll find out tonight, won’t you?”This ebook in intended for audiences 18 years of age and older. It contains scenes and descriptions of an overtly sexual and explicit nature.

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