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As part of my vocation, I go through about five self-help and management process books a week (it's ridiculous how fast they're being written). Even though they're nonfiction, there are very few that are worth keeping. Usually I take a single action item or maybe copy a page at the most, otherwise it's just a matter of assimilating the message and moving on. Then there's the nonfiction that's just there for casual enjoyment, like the recent bestseller about a WWII plane crash in New Guinea - Shangri-La. Fascinating read, no need to ever revisit. Wouldn't want that cluttering the shelves.

You guys here are the only ones who've acknowledged the existence of libraries. I just find that everyone else I talk to in the US equates book acquisition with Amazon. Many of them say, "Oh, but I use Kindle, it's so much cheaper." Uh-huh, but their $0.99 per unit is still more than my $0.00. And they're invariably smug about their Kindle smartness.

Might be a California thing too, the people I talk to are mostly in L.A.. Although I did recall the Glendale Central Library as being quite good when I was there. But I bring up the idea of the library and they look at me like I'm speaking in tongues.


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Dittoes--I go to the library every four weeks (That's check-out time here. It was only two weeks when I was a kid, are people slower now? :lol:) with my son and check out an armload of books for each of us. Mostly, history, biography and "self-help" for me. Like Peter says, extract the knowledge, free! It's a beautiful thing.

The Kindle is interesting; I got a Fire for Christmas last year and have only purchased three books on it, and almost zero movies (a couple for airplane trips). I mostly use it for internet and email. Amazon has not made their money back on me, yet.

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Yes, this set of books, rather like the Heinlein biography, are of the category that you would want them on your shelf, for life. And listed in your will so that the heirs don't fight over it.


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Okay, I have now finished volume 2, and, um, Holy Cow. After the painstaking explanations of the physics and chemistry of every way of heating, chilling, drying, and concentrating food known to man, it rapidly segues into some methods not known to most men. This is the 'modernist' part; the intersection of cooking with rocket science. They consider vacuum pumps essential equipment. They wax rhapsodic about a machine that combines a centrifuge, vacuum, and freeze drier - saves counter space. They devote many pages to Mission Impossible-type food preparation methods, like making powdered mushroom. Several recipes call for liquid nitrogen.

Yet, I wish I had access to some of this equipment. The book makes a compelling case for how some of its techniques will result in flavors simply unachievable through conventional means, and I would like to try the results of, say, cooking sous vide or vacuum concentrating.


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