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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collaboration, May 22, 2001
Perhaps one expects the meeting of two musical geniuses to produce extraordinary fireworks and is disappointed when the results are merely wonderful as in this recording.
Coltrane and Ellington were both extraordinary innovators with different approaches to jazz. This recording shows how well the two men were able to find common ground and create something terrific. Coltrane's ability to play ballads and to be simultaneously both creative and simple make him an excellent Ellington sideman. Similarly, the Duke's deep understanding of jazz gives him the foundation to experiment as a peer with Coltrane.
What makes this recording so great is that neither player shows any need to upstage the other; instead they show generosity, sensitivity, and skill.


Tribal Thunder
Tribal Thunder
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable, May 22, 2001
This review is from: Tribal Thunder (Audio CD)
This is a phenomenally good CD. There are no weak tracks at all, just great hard driving Dick Dale music. The amazing thing is that for all the energy Dale puts into his playing, he's never out of control. Even if you don't know where he's going, just hang on he'll take you there in a hurry.
This CD is a must if you have to drive a long distance. You will definitely get there sooner, if you're assisted by this music. But if you're stuck in traffic, turn it off; bottling up this kind of energy could be dangerous.
Last, put this CD on at a party. Everyone who doesn't know goes "Who...is that? It's great!!" ...


FrancisFrancis! X1 Espresso Machine, Red
FrancisFrancis! X1 Espresso Machine, Red

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent machine, May 21, 2001
I've had mine for almost 3 years. Like another reviewer, my first one had a defect, but the replacement (which was a matter easily and quickly handled) has worked flawlessly. If it hadn't been for the original problem, I'd have given the product 5 stars.
Using the coffee pods is convenient, but you can get an even better result using coffee of your own choice. Make sure you get the adaptor for using grounds instead of pods. I get a nice cremat every time. The steam wand works just fine.
The bright orange version I have on my kitchen is a wake-up everytime I enter in the morning.


The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute
by Michael Ruhlman
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vicarious Thrill, May 11, 2001
Like many of the other reviewers of Ruhlman's excellent book, I also have a secret fantasy about being a chef and wanted to get a sense of what it takes to become one.
In addition to describing the experience in the labs or kitchens that make up the daily life of CIA students, he also provides insight about his fellow students and the faculty there. Ruhlman's descriptions of the people are terrific, and makes the varied group seem quite real.
It's unfortunate that Ruhlman did not go through the full training experience... his telling on the externship and how aspiring chefs develp would be lots of fun.
Last... the follow-up book, Soul of a Chef, is also excellent reading.


Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France
Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France
by Christian Jacq
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A modest, fun travel book, May 7, 2001
Not as good as the first book, "A Year in Provence." The charm that covered every page of the original is spread much too thinly in this one. The stories about local people and their unique culture are rare in "Encore." Nonetheless, it's a handy and amusing travel guide for someone planning a visit to the region.


It Ain't Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality
It Ain't Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality
by David Murray
Edition: Hardcover
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating information, May 7, 2001
Murray and co. do an excellent job of explaining how the results of scientic inquiry are reported in the mass media. The authors avoid the easy out of blaming things on politically motivated journalists, and take a more interesting path. Sometimes what we read in the press is the result of poor reporting; sometimes it's poor science; and, on occasion it may be the reflection of a writer's personal agenda. The book tells the kinds of errors that occur (confusing correlation with causation, poor sampling, etc.)
What makes the book compelling is the anecdotes used to make the points. The stories of contradictory reporting of scientific make for peculiarly amusing reading.
By understanding the types of reporting problems and their causes, people can be more intelligently skeptical about what they read or hear.


Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition Kitchen Scissors, Brown
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition Kitchen Scissors, Brown
Offered by HeltonTool
Price: $14.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works Well, Cheap, Easy to Clean, April 26, 2001
I've had mine for a while and use them frequently in the kitchen. Handles heavy work such as cutting up raw chickens. Is generally comforable to use. Separate pieces and throw them in the dishwasher to clean. The reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that the bottle opener and screwdriver are an unneeded add on, that sometimes get in the way.


Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining but...., April 17, 2001
It's a fun book to read, but Bourdain would have benefited greatly by a good editor. He refers often to his drug habits, and then -poof!- they're gone. After devoting several chapters to the strange degenerate life he and fellow cooks lead, the last chapters recognize that there is a more conventional side to a chef's life; Bourdain just chose not to take that route for reasons he never tells us. The flow of the book is rather choppy and doesn't hang together as a neat tale.
All that criticism aside, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the experiences Bourdain relates, and his colorful way of telling his story. Although he lead a seamy life, sometimes I wish I could have hung out with him for a while. Don't tell my kids.


Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection
Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection
by Michael Ruhlman
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining and Interesting Read, April 9, 2001
Ruhlman gives wonderful insight into the makings of a top tier chef and explains his point of view by approaching the subject from 3 perspectives - Technical Excellence via the discussion of the CMC exam; Passion/Personality through the coverage of a new wunderkind chef in Cleveland (perhaps the most enjoyable part of this book); and, Philosophy in the discussion of the remarkable chef at the French Laundry in California (fascinating, but the weakest section of book.)
I probably should have read his earlier book first, as I would probably have become more familiar with some of the kitchen terminology with which I was unfamiliar. Nonetheless, in addition to explaining his view on chefs, Ruhlman provides a terrific window on this unique world.


Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making
Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making
by James Peterson
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Readable, March 17, 2001
This book is excellent for anyone who enjoys cooking whether they're a merely competent cook or a highly skilled chef. Peterson infuses the book with his encyclopedic knowledge of all things epicurian and a subtle sense of humor in a way that makes it eminently readable and useful.
The real benefit is that it provides the fundamentals behind making sauces. Anyone looking to expand their repetoire by learning how to make new and creative sauces, or who just needs clear direction on how to make the classics will enjoy this book.
Some may find the amount of technical terminology (glaces, coulis, etc.) daunting at first, but Peterson presents the terms and concepts in a way that can be readily understood. "Sauces" is not a recipe book per se, but a first rate instruction manual that happens to include many good recipes. The recipes are clear, but require some grasp of cooking basics.


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