Alfred Thayer Mahan was one of the world's most important naval writers in the 19th century. After the passage of more than a century, is his work still worth reading for his strategic insight and historical understanding?
This deliciously hearty ramen soup recipe features an eclectic mix of flavors ranging from ginger to garlic to citrus. It's perfect for warming up a cold night with its wonderful tomato-based stock.
This is a rich and decadent dessert of toasted almonds soaked in Grand Marnier to give notes of orange, wrapped in candied walnuts, and mixed with delicious cream cheese.
Red Dragons motorized is one of the most fun and flexible decks found in Wargame: Red Dragon, and this guide shows how to put its combination of aggressive wheeled firepower and infantry to work.
This chocolate, orange, and coffee soufflé recipe is based on Julia Child's chocolate soufflé. It is delightfully rich but also light, very elegant and pretty, with a wonderful fusion of flavors.
Nuclear Winter is Coming is one of the larger 1v1 maps in Wargame: Red Dragon, making it a more complex map than most.
Despite the proud and effective fighting legacy of the French navy, it ultimately was bested by the Royal Navy in the 18th century. Trying to find out why is a much more complex question than normally assumed.
This is a very easy to make roast chicken dish that features a rich mingling of a Moroccan tomato sauce with red wine and various delectable herbs. This is one of those rare dishes which is both a breeze to make and beautiful to look at.
Transforming Baltassat's book Le Divan de Staline into a movie did nothing to improve the mediocre novel, and added on a whole host of problems of its own to the movie.
This pie features a rare yet deliciously rich complex of flavors. The bursting tones of fruits and the heavenly richness of the pineapple filling combine into a splendidly satisfying dessert
This is a deliciously light and fluffy souffle-like cheesecake with delicate hints of orange.
Less inspirational than other works by Venner and lacking their brief eloquence, Histoire et Tradition des Européens can yield some different perspectives but is insufficient as a general history.
In popular culture the Saar offensive, when French troops futilely attacked into Germany during the attack on Poland, ranks as a great "what if" of the war. Sadly the offensive could not have worked.
Czechoslovakia is one of the few minor non-DLC nations in Wargame Red Dragon which can be seriously played on its own, and are surprisingly fun and quirky.
The Battle of France has had many books written upon it. What are the best ones to fully understand this momentous historical event?
Delightfully rich and gorgeously chocolatey, this recipe is one which calls out to be devoured and its lusciously seductive flavors enjoyed to the fullest.
Humans have an incredibly deep connection to the stars, driven by their hopes, their dreams, and their myths
Wargame: Red Dragon is a horrendously complex game, and this guide to one of its most common 1v1 maps - Paddy Field - aims to make it a bit easier to understand.
Like many crème brûlée recipes, this makes a delightfully decadent, rich, and luscious dessert that goes above and beyond. It passionately melds white chocolate and peach to create a taste that captures the fruitiness and luxury of summertime.
Deliciously sweet, fruity, rich, and spongy and soft madeleines which melt upon the tongue and beg to be eaten, these white chocolate and lemon madeleines are easy to make and even easier to eat.
In addition to being an entertaining, if perhaps dated, romantic comedy, Silk Stockings is an excellent view into the American mentality of the Cold War conflict between the United States and USSR.
In contemporary America masculinity takes many different forms, but five crucial and key ones are explored here.
Far from being a decade of radical transformation, the 1920s was actually a much more conservative and evolutionary time, which is far more similar to what preceded it than what succeeded it.
Deliciously rich and decadent, like chocolate but with a more earthy and complex flavor, red bean paste madeleines are one of those recipes that is sure to delight everyone.
In the late 19th century American life became increasingly standardized, regimented, homogenized, and scientific, in a great transformation which has largely persisted to the present.
The United States took control of its first overseas colonies more than a century ago, after the Spanish-American War, and has maintained most of them since. The origins of this colonial expansion are rooted in the expansion of the United States through Manifest Destiny.
In the United States there is a romantic myth of the Western frontier, which is often inaccurate or false. Why do we have our own vision of the West and what was it really like?
These beautiful, delicious, and wonderfully fruity madeleines are sure to delight you as well as any guest.
Although with some interesting segments, Transnational Encounters between Germany and Japan feels like it is stitched together from incompatible parts, and which doesn't convincingly demonstrate that much of a relationship at all existed between Germany and Japan
A deliciously elegant angel food cake recipe which utilizes a rich and complex flavor of orange, coffee, and chocolate, with decadent helpings of whipped cream, to produce a tantalizing and beautiful dessert.
Blue cheese grants an incredible richness and creaminess to steak, one that is unexpected but really has to be tried to believe how well they go together. Add on a red wine-balsamic vinegar sauce that functions as a sort of ersatz replacement for madeira, and pan fried steak, to make perfection!
These are deliciously fluffy, complexly flavored, and elegant cookies that combine chocolate, coffee, and orange. They are surprisingly easy to make, too.
An incredibly rich, decadent, beautiful, and glorious crêpe layer cake with complex and wonderfully tasty orange-chocolate-coffee cream inserted between the layers and a chocolate ganache covering it all, plus strawberries to complete the picture.
This is a rich and decadent cake with layers of walnut, chocolate-coffee, and a delicious whipped cream frosting. Light, fluffy, and elegant, the flavors are complex and deep.
A delicious, heavenly, superb, crême brulée composed of chocolate, orange, and coffee, with a lush interior as a perfect custard, and a crust of sugar which is caramelized on top, with a crunchy feeling as one punctures through it into the riches below.
"Supremacy 1914" is an endlessly frustrating and difficult game, but hopefully with some command of more advanced combat tactics in the game, one can win more often than lose..
A delicious mixture of lemon and chocolate, a difficult recipe to make but one which is sure to bring admiration for its combination of sweetness, fruitiness, and the rich and decadent nature of chocolate.
This flavorful sage-infused pot roast with chuck roast is accompanied by a rich sauce. A comforting and delicious meal with a beautiful character that is sure to suit any occasion.
Wonderfully thick and almost decadent, this stew combines the rich flavors of bacon, cabbage, onions, potatoes, and a host of other ingredients to produce a stunning and comforting meal.
A refreshing, light, elegant, and sweet biscotti recipe that marries together zesty lemon, fruity rose, and chocolate chips for a tantalizing dessert.
A far cry from the pasty ice cream from the supermarket, this ice cream boasts a flavor that is rich, decadent, and hedonistic. A wonderful mixture of chocolate, orange, and candied nuts.
An excellent book which provides a wide-ranging, detailed, convincing, and ambitious look into the French Air Force, showing its development over a great breadth of history and doing much to reveal why it was defeated in the skies over 1940 France.
A deliciously rich and heady biscotti recipe that combines coffee, orange, and decadent chocolate flavors in a vibrant and elegant dessert cookie.
With a wondrous combination of baked chicken with paprika, onions, and peppers, this recipe is simple but tasty and quite beautiful.
The delicious combination of lemon and cardamom produces a refined and elegant tea cake, one that is sweet enough to form an excellent dessert without being overpowering.
Rich, sophisticated, elegant, simple, hearty, filling—I could compose a panegyric about this recipe. Rest assured, however, that everything I say about this delightful pork roast is absolutely true.
When the Lights went out: A History of Blackouts in America is a fascinating cultural, technological, and institutional history of power failures and blackouts in the United States, showing their broader relevance and oft trans-formative spirit beyond merely the inconvenience of losing power.
An extremely rich, flavorful, and tender recipe that combines the wonders of bacon and prosciutto with tender rump/chuck roast to produce an incredibly appetizing meat dish.
Richly spiced meatballs in a yogurt broth with rice, butter, and cilantro produces a hearty and deliciously tantalizing soup.
An intriguing look into North Korea and its ideology and mentality, and to some extent Korea as a whole, this book also carries with itself weaknesses and potential stereotypes, but still forms an invaluable tool to better understand this mysterious country.
A simple and easy yet remarkably delicious recipe of sautéed chicken with garlic and walnuts. The flavor is nutty, strong, and vibrant, with the slightest harsh notes that impart depth and character.
In an otherwise pearly researched subject with little material available; this book does much to enable a better understanding of communism in Algeria with a focus on the relationship of communists to independence and the membership demographics of the party.
A fruity marinade provides a rich accent for grilled beef. This is particularly excellent when served with grilled vegetables.
An anthropological, in essence, study of the French Provencal village of Cadenet, La fin du village is a book which is remarkable to provide for an understanding of the transformative developments of modernity in rural France, if one which is somewhat utopian about the past.
An awe-inspiring mixture of tragedy, adventure, mirth, excitement, and misery which combines to produce what is assuredly one of the best historical fiction novels about the Great War.
Although from an exceptionally good author this book nevertheless does not manage to reflect either a good general summary nor in depth analysis of its topic, being a generally shallow and superficial volume.
Loaded with excellent amounts of details, sufficiently broad to cover its topic and sufficiently pointed to enable it to be looked at in depth, this is an excellent look into the Maginot Line and the broader nature of French fortifications in WW2.
Despite the extremely difficult nature of the text and some of the outdated factors from 80 years of age, L'Etrange defaite continues to be a critical cornerstone of understanding the Battle of France.
This baked chicken features an extremely tasty sauce with moist, flavor-infused meat. The recipe is easy to make and produces a delightful centerpiece for a meal.
A superb road trip book of discovery, adventure, identity, innocence, and the wounds of the past which pulls the reader in to the delectable story of two people travelling across the continent, Volkswagen Blues is a deeply enjoyable and oft profound book.
A decent summary of French military and political security planning in response to Germany in the 1920s, but with little new information and rather shallow, combined with a variety of shortcomings or incomplete information.
Short and to the point, this book may reflect some of the polemical positions of the author and not be capable of a truly exhaustive look at the French economy but does provide a good general picture.
Although magisterial in its detail, filled with impressive characterizations, stunning in its breadth, and easy to read, I remain fundamentally unconvinced by the Birth of the Modern and dismayed by its jingoistic British-centrism.
A simple and beautiful book, if lacking some of the panache of other works by Wei-Wei, the author.
The caramelized apples in this pie are deliciously rich, luxurious, and soft. To complete this perfection, we add a lovely vanilla golden cream filling.
Although the product of much work and labor, and with a fascinating title, Maintenir l'ordre aux confins de l'empire is overly specialized and lacking in broader relevance, which reduces the import of what could be a very good book.
A wonderfully rich and decadent lamb dish that brings together a host of seasonings, sauces, vegetables, and rice to form a thoroughly splendid final result.
A fascinating work of modern French literature, Vernon Subutex represents the believable, explosive, and expansive tale of a former rocker who has lost his job in a records store, and is now upon the streets of Paris, in a tale which combines a fascinating character with a look on French society.
A highly detailed and complex, if esoteric book, Professer l'Empire looks at the scientific and intellectual studies of French colonialism in a different way than normal.
As a highly detailed and exhaustive book, The Breaking Point is excellent for those who want a truly in depth and incredibly thorough look into the collapse of the French army at Sedan in 1940, although its intense specialization makes it somewhat less necessary for the amateur.
A highly complete and sophisticated analysis of the French relationship with Central America in 1820-1930, despite a lack of focus upon the "cultural" element extolled in the title, this book is an excellent tome for understanding French indirect imperialism in Latin America.
Providing a good and effective general overview, particularly strong on cultural and social transformations, Le Second Empire is not a book defined by flair and panache but rather as a reflection of contemporary orthodox academic understanding of the French Second Empire.
A short, narrow, and unambitious book, the Age of the Ship of the Line is at best only a decent introduction to the topic, and at worst a rather terribly poor and marginal history book for a subject so much covered that to simply produce a general overview is to do it a disservice.
A book which puts into spotlight the particularities of a different culture and world, impressing the reader with its beauty, scope, elegance, and relevance to today and the broader story of the nation of the author Hwang Sok-Yong who wrote it.
A delightful recipe based upon chocolate and caramel, producing a rich and heady mousse that is sure to delight anybody who has the pleasure to enjoy it.
Un roi sans divertissement when recounted to somebody else can seem simple, but its complex organization and plot makes for a frighteningly difficult and strange volume to read, despite the beauty of the pen which animates it.
Probably enough calories and fat in these delicious fried sweet cheese balls to kill you, but at least you'll die happy and sated!
L'agonie d'une monarchie, Autriche-Hongrie 1914-1920 provides for a good overall summary of the political developments of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but unfortunately is not quite as extensive about the rest of the subject.
Written with a brilliant prose and description, the real genius of My Absolute Darling is the incredibly vibrant characters and their voices, the magnificent sense of drama, excellent sense of emotion, and the superb presentation of the reactions of people in complicated morale situations.
More of a cross between psychology and a book on spirituality, Le chemin moins fréquenté forms a valuable guide to help one better understand oneself and the nature of love, compassion, and self-development.
Teaching abroad in France and being paid for it is a boon, but there are things you should be aware of to avoid pitfalls and improve your experience while doing it.
As a general overview of the intellectual response of Asia, particularly the Muslim, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese ones, to their confrontation with Western civilization, From the Ruins of Empire provides a solid grounding and overview of this pivotal philosophical evolution.
Although interesting as a general overview of the thoughts of Dominique Venner, Le Choc de l'Histoire lacks the same density and developed nature that is found in full books published by the author, reducing its power and effect.
Despite its occasional flashes of fascinating interest and its look into the lives of the North American Indians, Truth and Bright Water is to me a puzzling book which ultimately leads nowhere.
Despite its flaws and its weaknesses, a tremendously ambitious, fascinating, accurate, and powerful novel like the Years of Rice and Salt is an alternate history work which cannot simply be ignored.
Both for its intriguing look into the European far right's thoughts, and for its actual discussion and analysis of the history of the spiritual and intellectual underpinnings of European civilization, Un samouraï d'Occident is a vital read.
A breathtakingly vibrant and powerful mousse, this stunning combination of fruit, chocolate, and ginger has a great punch and a wonderful fruity chocolate taste.
A delicious combination of various vegetables with lardons produce a hearty and appetizing thick vegetable stew. This recipe is both simple to follow and splendid in its results.
A very short book which examines a very explosive, but also itself quite short affair, the Flamidien Affair provides a reasonably compelling, if limited, look into the interaction between gender, sex, and politics in a France under the shadow of the Dreyfus affair.
The age old story of first love is one which is done in all of its clichéd simplicity in this book, saved somewhat by the milieu and time in which it positions itself.
Although somewhat old by now, To Lose a Battle continues to be a defining look into the catastrophic defeat of France in 1940, brilliantly written, detailed, and sweeping in its scope.
With a delicious melding of the rich flavors of orange, chocolate, and coffee, this mousse is light, airy, and elegant. Sure to delight!
As a beautifully written and inspiring book, Sylvain Tesson's mixture of an autobiography, travel account, and tome of philosophy inspires the human soul with a sparkling vision of what it means to wander.
As a fascinating and unusual novel which examines the life of Japanese industrial fishermen in the 1920s, Le Bateau-usine is both an intriguing portrait on a distant past and an ever useful commentary upon the present.
Deliciously delicate flavors result from marinating the chicken in a complex mixture of seasonings—flavors that are enhanced by sauteeing the marinated chicken in garlic and crème fraîche. This recipe is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it.
As an incredible saga and tale of the life and existence of the Don Cossacks before, during, and after the Great World War, with incredible beauty of its details and writing, and a deeply human, moving, and tragic story which forms its centerpiece, Le Don paisible truly deserves being a masterpiece.
Delicious and strongly flavored with the brilliant mixture of tomatoes, mustard, tarragon, salt, pepper, garlic, capers, and sweet pickles, this dish is one that is filling and incredibly satisfying to eat as the waves of flavor caress your tongue!
A delicious concoction of different ingredients produces a banana mousse, lighter than a pudding, which has the incredible strength and vitality of the fruit complemented by a wide variety of different spices and seasonings.
In a film which time has occasioned to take a mirror view of our current image of war in Afghanistan, The Beast of War both is a very good and deep war film that falls into the rare genre of a good tank movie, and a surprisingly complex commentary on the Afghan experience.
The delicious flavor of pork, salted, peppered, seasoned with tarragon, breaded, and sautéd in butter and garlic, marries to the sensitive and pleasant flavor of a wine, prune, cream, and vegetable sauce.
With the delightful taste of rose, the sweet richness of chocolate, and a highly flavorful and penetrating Grand Marnier orange sauce, this panna cotta recipe is addictively good.
With an intricate and stunning array of flavors that meld together to produce a strong and vibrant zestiness to accompany this suatéed cod, this recipe is sure to delight any seafood lover.
La Rochelle has a huge number of shops and stores (which comes as no surprise in a touristy city), but one sector outshines them all—bookstores. La Rochelle's ample collection of "librairies" comes as an almost overwhelming (if certainly pleasant) surprise.
Through a combination of a delicious array of spices and seasonings that produce a headily addictive mix of fried deliciousness, this hamburger recipe is something that is sure to delight the taste buds, if perhaps also horrify the arteries.
I went to Bosnia with quite a lot of stereotypes and false notions of the country, showing the dangerous nature of half-formed opinions.
A delicious pasta recipe that is simple to make and boasts a heady mix of seasonings including shallots, garlic, olives and dried prunes.
In an incredibly comprehensive, detailed, and brilliant tome, Science and Polity in France reveals the complex development of science and its relationship to science in the tumultuous years of the French Revolution.
Although with occasional high points, the scattered and poorly jointed nature of this book on the Delmas-Vieljeux company limits its role as a historical exploration of the shipping firm.
The Nix is a superbly wonderful novel written with an incredible description, a fascinating plot, and a depiction of America and American life that qualifies it as a Great American Novel.
This is a simple and delicious meal with a combination of savory and vibrant flavors. It's easy to make and superbly filling.
A delicious combination of creamy sauce twinged with the sweetness of orange and the tanginess of crème fraîche, beef, and onions, this stew is a wonderful treat at any dinner.
Covering an impressive span of history and a huge geographic region with a cohesive and deeply compassionate pen, A History of Siberia and the Russian Far East helps to understand this mysterious frozen land.
Deliciously light and fluffy, these beignets burst with the flavor of rose and lemon, little starbursts of flavor in one's mouth.
A book principally devoted to analyzing the ideology of virtue and civic-mindedness in 17th-18th century Marseille, Between Crown & Commerce plumbs the depth of Early Mediterranean politics and civic mindset in a fascinating fashion.
As a highly detailed, sweeping, and carefully researched book, Franco and Hitler serves as an invaluable book to understand Spain's place and actions during the Second World War.
An in depth examination of how sugar became a highly industrialized commodity in Java, what enabled this, and the people who made up the industry, G. Roger Knight's book makes for an intriguing read.
A delicious mixture of cream and apple cider penetrates deep into the chicken, with bacon providing a rich, savory flavor, accompanied with sweet prunes and butter-fried apples.
A broad ranging and incisive book which pinpoints why the best laid plans of the most modern and powerful nation in the world failed to stabilize and control the small nation of Vietnam, and helped lead to a disastrous war which would consume the nation for another 10 years.
A rich and spicy Greek tomato soup recipe that transforms the normal bland and unoriginal fare into a piquant and energetic smorgasbord of tastes.
A superbly witty, clever, moving, tearful, and exciting piece of military fiction with an unlikely hero of an Austro-Hungarian naval captain during the First World War.
An extremely vibrant and flavorful recipe of pork chops simmered to a tender perfection in a rich and tasty sour cream-tomato sauce enriched with wine, onions, and various herbs.
Light, rich, sweet, chocolate, with the deep underlining flavor of red bean paste and combined with a twinge of coconut, these brownies are both easy to make and a wonderful treat.
Delicate raspberries combine with decadent chocolate to produce a delightful, delicious, and fruity pie.
A heavily economic-focused book, Expansion occidentale et dépendence mondiale provides a good reference and overview of European colonialism from an economic perspective, if mostly ignoring social and cultural elements.
An incredibly detailed, well researched, and lengthy book, German Orientalism in the Age of Empire is certainly no casual reading, but provides a peerless understanding of academic German Orientalism.
Although with important ideas concerning pan-Latinism, an intriguing argument concerning the collapse of the French Mexican intervention, and a strong grounding in Mexican politics, Shawcross' book also suffers from a variety of blindnesses and limitations.
An excellent book to look at the French side of the military conflict of the First World War, Pyrrhic Victory is a well done piece of military history.
Simple to make, this peach pie recipe combines a wonderfully flaky crust with peaches in a bath of a golden cream. Coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and blackberries complement this picture.
This recipe may take a long time to cook, but the crockpot does most of the work, and the flavorful results are well worth it.
A sophisticated cake composed of the contrasting flavors of banana, chocolate, and blackberries, which nevertheless combine together to a well-balanced whole.
Savory with the taste of onions, potatoes, and bacon, with a twinge of spice, these Polish-style dumplings are filled with Senegalese marinated onions, making for a tasty and comforting meal.
Deliciously sweet and fragrant, smooth, and with multiple layers of taste from the fruits, this elegant and pretty dessert is sure to be a hit.
Although excellent for its internal and military analysis of the French navy, the Jeune Ecole: The Strategy of the Weak has problems placing this into context, diminishing an otherwise illuminating analysis of an unfairly judged strain of naval thought.
Deliciously tender, moist, and succulent chicken combines with a well-seasoned yogurt-based sauce and an armada of uncut garlic cloves to produce an even better version of that traditional French classic.
A huge, filling, and appetizing pie, this savory dish combines rice, cheese, yogurt, and green onions inside a delicious pie crust. The end result is a comforting dish with a fascinating flavor and pleasant texture.
The Right in France is a useful read for those with a scholarly interest in the French political right which establishes new frameworks and ideas, but also daunting to read for those with troubles with names and acronyms and has several omissions.
Rich, creamy, and with a dazzling taste of chocolate marbled with the flavors of Grand Marnier and cardamon—plus little crackly pieces of caramel. This dessert recipe is sure to be a success, especially with whipped cream piled on it.
Although not quite matching its title, at least this book is somewhat more cosmopolitan in outlook than others on the same subject and does
Although it provides a decent look at upper class Greek escorts the work of Konstantinos Kapparis looks little beyond this section of society, and only Athenian society at that, harming the breadth of this book.
This is a deliciously rich ice cream in which sweet adzuki bean paste melds with chocolate, with the seductive flavor of coconut completing the picture.
A deliciously tender and flavorful beef dish with a fair degree of sweetness to delight the tongue.
This bread pudding recipe has a fascinating flavor because of the bread. It perfectly melds with a variety of spices and apples to make a very unique and satisfying dessert.
A unique subject with little else published on it, broader relevance, a host of details, and a well supported thesis makes The Language Question under Napoleon an invaluable book for anybody interested in the period and French history.
Rich, sumptuous, complexly flavored, this mushroom soup recipe is a filling and delicious meal for any season, especially when complemented with sour cream. Bead would also be a dazzling accompaniment!
As an introduction to modern Japanese history, or as something to tie together more specialized research, Andrew Gordon's book is a very useful tome and particularly good for Japanese social, economic, and political structural transformations.
Simple, quick, and with lots of garlic and pungent scallions: what's not to like for this easy and flexible vegetable recipe?
A beautifully flavored pork dish that has a lengthy marinating time in fruit juices, which is then roasted to produce a tender and delicious meal—especially when combined with orange zest and olives.
Beautifully elegant, refined, scrumptious and with the wonders of the combinations of flavors of vanilla, walnuts, cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate, this layer cake recipe can compete with the finest restaurant desserts.
Beautifully written, exquisitely filled with all-too-real and unique characters, hauntingly woven together, and impressive in its scope, Fleurs de Chine is certainly a novel which will delight, move, and impress any reader.
Sweet lemon underlined with a delicate hint of coconut; this smooth and creamy pie completes the picture with a crust of crunchy and buttery-sugary graham crackers.
Rich, creamy, luscious, and combining the flavors of sautéed chicken, sour cream, and a tinge of brandy's sweetness, this variant of the French Poulet vallée d'auge recipe from Normandie and Bretagne is sure to be a hit.
A hearty curry with a mild bit of sweetness that complements its spiciness and that goes superbly with rice because of the way that the sauce soaks into it.
Contesting Views conclusively and skillfully demonstrates its point of the post-colonial relationship between France and Algeria rendering the two interconnected, but can be excessively verbose and has a host of various shortcomings as well.
There aren't many desserts that are better than one with layers of caramel, pears, nuts, and a rum-and-ginger-laced cake batter. Well, they're all combined in this delicate and delicious upside-down cake.
For a book with such a promising title, The Royal Navy and the Capital Ship in the Interwar Period is uninspired, lacks detail or inspiration, provides little in the way of new information, and fails to focus on its chosen subject with sufficient energy.
Incredibly creamy and rich, this dish has a sophisticated flavor profile with elements of coconut, red bean paste, and chocolate. This cream dessert is a welcome treat for any sweet-lover, for the most sophisticated events to casual enjoyment.
This delicious vegetable pie is a hearty combination of various vegetables crowned with a not-quite-crunchy and definitely tasty, flaky crust.
A very fruity and flavorful ice cream recipe made from diverse tropical fruits—very refreshing and perfect for hot days.
A strong social history of the slave trade with a wide array of statistics and quotations, this book sometimes casts it in too positive of a light and focuses too much on the general, rather than Nantes-specific, history of the subject. Nevertheless still a useful tome.
Although it lacks much connection to the common people and certain elements of its thesis seem flawed, Neighborhood and Nation is still a useful book for politics and social welfare in Taisho Japan and early Showa.
Spicy fried noodles with beef marinated in a host of spices and red wine makes for a delicious and hearty meal.
Ling Zhang's book is a brilliant environmental history to start with, but is really so much more in an excellent history of unintended consequences, government action, human misery, and state organization and action in a forgotten chapter of China's Hebei province's history.
This is a beautifully refreshing, rich, smooth, and creamy citrus-style flan with a wonderful combination of orange liqueur and pineapple.
A comforting and filling—yet surprisingly light—soup recipe, this dish takes some of the traditional elements of a French bouillabaisse soup and modifies it, making chicken the principal ingredient.
If one is looking for statistics charts this book on Meiji modernization is an excellent source, but it is generally a strange mixture of being excessively narrow on its main topic and simultaneously diffuse in covering far too much else which is unrelated.
A rich and satisfying feast of pasta in a cream-based pesto sauce, complimented with a host of additions—a delicious and beautiful meal.
A very extensive and fascinating book which covers a host of French foreign policy initiatives in the Interwar period in a refreshingly even handed light through a wide variety of domains, although also limited in focus to a German or at most European context.
A sweet and delicious combination of Madeira, raspberries, sautéed chicken, and a host of different spices.
A light, yet also richly decadent, chocolate angel food cake, graced with the presence of cherries and whipped cream.
Although with some brilliant individual chapters, this book does not conclusively tie them together and presents isolated, scattered fragments of Barcelona rather than a unified volume.
This is a delicious and sophisticated coffee dessert—rich, deep, and with the pleasant taste of orange.
A deliciously savory dish of chicken with garlic, rosemary, thyme, wine, and stock. It's simple to prepare and beautiful when made.
A delicious and decadent apple pie recipe, markedly different than the average American one. Almost as elegant and beautiful as it is tasty!
A deliciously sweet and sticky date pie dessert, impressively elegant and terrifyingly addictive.
A delicious and hearty curry that looks beautiful festooned with hard-boiled eggs.
Ann Waswo produces a book which connects housing to the rest of society and history, although sometimes in a way which provides a somewhat narrow slice of life.
A fascinating book for its analysis of how rice has been visualized and shaped throughout Japanese history and its continuing relevance and influence today.
Although somewhat overly speculative in its later chapters, Ruins of Identity presents a book which is uniquely useful for a scientific and voluminous presentation of the origins of the Japanese people, rare in English language literature.
A delicious, rich, and hearty beef stew recipe that features hearty beef and a host of different vegetables.
Japan's association with the land and its peasant classes has been an element which has defined Japanese identity, but was constructed rather than organic to Japan.
Rather than seeing WW2 as a singular moment of change in Japanese economic history, it should be seen as part of a longer transformational process.
A delicious multi-layer torte, this light, airy, and fruity concoction is sure to please any dessert lover.
A fruity, tropical-style ice cream made from bissap (hibiscus) powder, which is perfect for a hot summer day because it's a cool, refreshing treat.
The modan garu, or the modern girl, was a phenomenon in Taisho Japan marked by gender, class, and national elements.
West African fisheries face grave challenges. This article proposes how to resolve them or at least mitigate their difficulties.
Machine translation is not a purely technical issue with European Union translation, but instead it is closely linked to political visions and strategies.
A deliciously sweet strawberry cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate buttercream. What's not to love for this beautiful layer torte?
Conducting work without university library access is difficult for scholars and researchers, and this provides a collection of free journals that can be accessed without it for those in need.
Although overly heavy on its extensive sociological background, Translating Institutions; An Ethnographic Study of EU Translation provides a look at European Union translation and translators where few other books exist.
A tropical, zesty, and deliciously sweet combination of pineapple, orange, yams, and coconut. Healthy, nutritious, reasonably easy, and yet still decadently good!
A wonderfully vibrant and strong tender lamb recipe soaked in a raspberry marinade for hours, grilled, and accompanied by a superb mint sauce.
A delicious and vibrant Georgian vegetable-beans dish with a tang of sweetness, strength of balsamic vinegar, and solidity of a host of different vegetables.
A deliciously juicy and tender recipe of chicken filets pounded flat and wrapped around an herb-butter center, then breaded and fried to produce a splendidly tasty meal.
A wonderful and rousing movie adaption of Shakespeare's play Henry V, the 1989 film Henry V is also a good symbol of emergent English nationalism as shown by Shakespeare.
Rudyard Kipling's famous book Kim is both a rollicking adventure story but also a picture into the history and life of British India at its self-satisfied peak.
Despite much furor about European language policy, there is inadequate information concerning its translation and actual functioning. Crossing Barriers and Bridging Cultures helps to correct such a defect.
This brilliantly light, airy, and sweet recipe comes from Lebanon, where it surely must have been a wonderfully refreshing treat upon insufferably hot days.
A delicious meal perfect for any season, with perfectly tender chicken, a panoply of vegetables accompanied by a variety of herbs and garlic, roasted together to perfection and then accompanied by a light green salad.
Meiji Japan defined a Japanese government which lasted from the 1870s to the 1930s. How did it change throughout this period, and why?
A brilliant sociological examination of Lin Village in Fujian Province in China, this book reads more like a richly characterized novel than a dry sociological work.