• Business & Economics

The Underground Culinary Tour

How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats
Author: Damian Mogavero,Joseph D'Agnese
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 1101903317
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
View: 2934
The Underground Culinary Tour is a high-octane, behind-the-scenes narrative about how the restaurant industry, historically run by gut and intuition, is being transformed by the use of data. Sixteen years ago, entrepreneur Damian Mogavero brought together an unlikely mix of experts—chefs and code writers—to create a pioneering software company whose goal was to empower restaurateurs, through the use of data, to elevate and enhance the guest experience. Today, his data gathering programs are used by such renown chefs as Danny Meyer, Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, and countless others. Mogavero describes such restaurateurs as the New Guard, and their approach to their art and craft is radically different from that of their predecessors. By embracing data and adapting to the new trends of today’s demanding consumers, these innovative chefs and owners do everything more nimbly and efficiently—from the recipes they create to the wines and craft beers they stock, from the presentations they choreograph to the customized training they give their servers, making restaurants more popular and profitable than ever before. Finally, Damian takes readers behind the scenes of his annual, invitation-only culinary tour for top chefs and industry CEOs, showing us how today’s elite restaurants embrace new trends to create unforgettable meals and transform how we eat. From the glittering nightclubs of Las Vegas to a packed seasonal restaurant on the Long Island Sound, from Brennan’s storied, family-run New Orleans dynasty to today’s high-stakes celebrity chef palaces, The Underground Culinary Tour takes readers on an epicurean adventure they won’t soon forget.

    • Business & Economics

The Underground Culinary Tour

How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats
Author: Damian Mogavero,Joseph D'Agnese
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1101903309
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
View: 9591
Explores how the restaurant business is transitioning away from intuitive methods toward data-driven practices, citing the examples of successful celebrity-run restaurants and culinary trendsetters to explain how modern eateries are pioneering effective new approaches.

    • Social Science

At the Chef's Table

Culinary Creativity in Elite Restaurants
Author: Vanina Leschziner
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804795495
Category: Social Science
Page: 272
View: 1242
This book is about the creative work of chefs at top restaurants in New York and San Francisco. Based on interviews with chefs and observation in restaurant kitchens, the book explores the question of how and why chefs make choices about the dishes they put on their menus. It answers this question by examining a whole range of areas, including chefs' careers, restaurant ratings and reviews, social networks, how chefs think about food and go about creating new dishes, and how status influences their work and careers. Chefs at top restaurants face competing pressures to deliver complex and creative dishes, and navigate market forces to run a profitable business in an industry with exceptionally high costs and low profit margins. Creating a distinctive and original culinary style allows them to stand out in the market, but making the familiar food that many customers want ensures that they can stay in business. Chefs must make choices between these competing pressures. In explaining how they do so, this book uses the case study of high cuisine to analyze, more generally, how people in creative occupations navigate a context that is rife with uncertainty, high pressures, and contradicting forces.

    • Business & Economics

The Cultivation of Taste

Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining
Author: Christel Lane
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191631477
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 392
View: 8811
After many decades, if not centuries, of neglect of fine food and high-level restaurants in Britain, we are seeing a massive explosion of interest in food, cooking, and dining out. Christel Lane's book charts the process of this transformation and examines top contemporary restaurants and their chefs. The Cultivation of Taste presents a comparative study of Michelin-starred restaurants in Britain and Germany, focusing on two countries without an indigenous haute cuisine but which nevertheless have developed internationally reputed fine-dining sectors, and comparing their development to the fine-dining culture in France. Written from a sociological perspective, chefs are portrayed as part of a complex network, in their relationships with their employees, their customers, gastronomic critics, suppliers of food, and even their financiers. It will appeal to academics in the areas of economic and cultural sociology, and those with an interest in small entrepreneurial firms and their work relations, but also to all those who have an interest in fine-dining restaurants and the chef patrons at the centre of them. The book draws on a large number of interviews with renowned chefs, diners, and Michelin inspectors to provide an unprecedented insight into what goes on in Michelin-starred restaurants—what makes their chefs tick, intrigues their critics, and beguiles or annoys their customers. Restaurants are viewed not simply as businesses but as cultural enterprises that shape our taste in food, ambience, and sociality.

    • Fiction

The Event That Changed Everything

A Novel About Cooks, Chef's, Restaurant Life, Farming, Relationships and Environmental Consciousness
Author: Paul Sorgule
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491755091
Category: Fiction
Page: 252
View: 9348
It is fall of 2015, and Jake is a line cook—or at least he was, until he and his entire team were let go from their jobs following a suspected E.coli outbreak traced to their restaurant. Jake—who has always been a stickler for food safety—suspects that the outbreak is actually part of a larger problem that the news has been referring to as The Event, a series of changes encompassing dramatic shifts in weather and decline in the integrity of the nation’s food supply. The deaths were in fact caused by a new deadly strain of bacteria, and its reach is expanding, affecting people all over the United States. As the Event sweeps the country, killing first thousand and then tens of thousands, Jake recalls his culinary career—particularly his life with fellow chef, Carla—and struggles desperately to determine how he can make a difference. A novel based on the reality of our food supply’s truly fragile nature, The Event That Changed Everything explores environmental issues, farming, and restaurant life through the eyes of two chefs doing their best to meet the challenges of a changing world.

    • Social Science

Appetite for Innovation

Creativity and Change at elBulli
Author: M. Pilar Opazo
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231541635
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 6804
The name elBulli is synonymous with creativity and innovation. Located in Catalonia, Spain, the three-star Michelin restaurant led the world to "molecular" or "techno-emotional" cooking and made creations, such as pine-nut marshmallows, rose-scented mozzarella, liquid olives, and melon caviar, into sensational reality. People traveled from all over the world—if they could secure a reservation during its six months of operation—to experience the wonder that chef Ferran Adrià and his team concocted in their test kitchen, never offering the same dish twice. Yet elBulli's business model proved unsustainable. The restaurant converted to a foundation in 2011, and is working hard on its next revolution. Will elBulli continue to innovate? What must an organization do to create something new? Appetite for Innovation is an organizational analysis of elBulli and the nature of innovation. Pilar Opazo joined elBulli's inner circle as the restaurant transitioned from a for-profit business to its new organizational model. In this book, she compares this moment to the culture of change that first made elBulli famous, and then describes the novel forms of communication, idea mobilization, and embeddedness that continue to encourage the staff to focus and invent as a whole. She finds that the successful strategies employed by elBulli are similar to those required for innovation in art, music, business, and technology, proving the value of the elBulli model across organizations and industries.

    • Political Science

The Measure of a Nation

How to Regain America's Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing
Author: Howard Steven Friedman
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616145692
Category: Political Science
Page: 269
View: 9494
Compares the United States with other affluent democracies in such areas as health, crime and violence, education, democracy, and equality, and suggests ways the country might improve its standing in these areas.

    • Business & Economics

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-timers, and the Self-employed

The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-so-regular Jobs
Author: Joseph D'Agnese,Denise Kiernan
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0307453669
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 306
View: 3200
Shares strategies for accumulating real-world wealth while staying independently employed, distilling lessons from a variety of sources effectively used by the authors during the recent financial crisis.

    • Business & Economics

Successful Project Management


Author: Jack Gido,Jim Clements,Rose Baker
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1337517356
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 50
View: 4477
Master the skills and knowledge needed to work successfully in today's project management environment with Gido/Clements/Baker's SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E. This best-selling book details how to organize and manage project teams -- from planning and scheduling to cost management. Each chapter aligns with PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) to ensure familiarity with today's best practices. Coverage of the latest business challenges addresses project constraints, stakeholder issues, the project charter, and how projects relate to the organization's strategic plan. Reader practice effective communication and examine how professionals apply project management in the workplace with new and revised cases and real-world vignettes. End-of-chapter practice and Internet exercises review the concepts most critical to project management success. Future and current professionals find the insights and specifics needed to manage projects most effectively in business today. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Measure of My Powers

A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris
Author: Jackie Kai Ellis
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
ISBN: 0147530407
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 8070
For fans of Eat Pray Love, Wild, and H is for Hawk, The Measure of My Powers is the story of one woman's search for self-love, experienced through food and travel. "With searing vulnerability and unflinching honesty, Jackie Kai Ellis takes us on an intense and immersive journey from her darkest moments to the redemption she finds through her love of food, Paris, and ultimately, herself." --Jen Waite, bestselling author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing On the surface, Jackie Kai Ellis's life was the one that every woman--herself included--wanted. She was in her late twenties and married to a handsome man, she had a successful career as a designer, and a home that she shared with her husband. But instead of feeling fulfilled, happy, and loved, each morning she'd wake up dreading the day ahead, searching for a way out. Depression clouded every moment, the feelings of inadequacy that had begun in childhood now consumed her, and her marriage was slowly transforming into one between two strangers--unfamiliar, childless, and empty. In this darkness, she could only find one source of light: the kitchen. It was the place where Jackie escaped, finding peace, comfort, and acceptance. This is the story of how, armed with nothing but a love of food and the words of the great 20th century food writer M.F.K. Fisher, one woman begins a journey--from France to Italy, then the Congo and back again--to find herself. Along the way, she goes to pastry school in Paris, eats the most perfect apricots over the Tuscan hills, watches a family of gorillas grazing deep in the Congolese brush, has her heart broken one last time on a bridge in Lyon, and, ultimately, finds a path to life and joy. Told with insight and intimacy, and radiating with warmth and humor, The Measure of My Powers is an unforgettable experience of the senses.

The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating

Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Bineing and Disordered Eating
Author: Ken Goss
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459624211
Category:
Page: 492
View: 5662
You know the cycle: you have a stressful day and find yourself snacking or overeating at dinner to make yourself feel better. The ritual of eating becomes so calming, you can't stop-and the guilt and self-criticism you feel can lead you to overeat even more the next day. What you may not know is that simply replacing your negative feelings with compassion for yourself can interrupt this cycle so that you can meet your emotional needs without resorting to overeating. The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating presents an evidence-based program designed to help you grow a deep and abiding love for your body and health that transcends your emotional connection with food. As you work through the worksheets and evaluations in this book, you'll discover the specific reasons for your overeating, find out which foods trigger you to overeat, and then develop satisfying meal plans for getting your eating back on track. You'll also build compassionate-mind skills for dealing with stress, self-criticism, and shame, and establish a balanced eating pattern that will free you from the overeating cycle.

    • Business & Economics

Tap

Unlocking the Mobile Economy
Author: Anindya Ghose
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262340410
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
View: 3774
Consumers create a data trail by tapping their phones; businesses can tap into this trail to harness the power of the more than three trillion dollar mobile economy. According to Anindya Ghose, a global authority on the mobile economy, this two-way exchange can benefit both customers and businesses. In Tap, Ghose welcomes us to the mobile economy of smartphones, smarter companies, and value-seeking consumers. Drawing on his extensive research in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and on a variety of real-world examples from companies including Alibaba, China Mobile, Coke, Facebook, SK Telecom, Telefónica, and Travelocity, Ghose describes some intriguingly contradictory consumer behavior: people seek spontaneity, but they are predictable; they find advertising annoying, but they fear missing out; they value their privacy, but they increasingly use personal data as currency. When mobile advertising is done well, Ghose argues, the smartphone plays the role of a personal concierge -- a butler, not a stalker. Ghose identifies nine forces that shape consumer behavior, including time, crowdedness, trajectory, and weather, and he examines these how these forces operate, separately and in combination. With Tap, he highlights the true influence mobile wields over shoppers, the behavioral and economic motivations behind that influence, and the lucrative opportunities it represents. In a world of artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, wearable technologies, smart homes, and the Internet of Things, the future of the mobile economy seems limitless.

    • Business & Economics

Makers and Takers

How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street
Author: Rana Foroohar
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0553447254
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 400
View: 2992
Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned-and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever. Many of us know that our government failed to fix the banking system after the subprime mortgage crisis. But what few of us realize is how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have come to infiltrate ALL American businesses,a putting us on a collision course for another cataclysmic meltdown. Drawing on in-depth reporting and exclusive interviews at the highest rungs of Wall Street and Washington, Timeassistant managing editor and economic columnist Rana Foroohar shows how the ofinancialization of Americao - the trend by which finance and its way of thinking have come to reign supreme - is perpetuating Wall Street's reign over Main Street, widening the gap between rich and poor, and threatening the future of the American Dream. Policy makers get caught up in the details of regulating oToo Big To Failo banks, but the problems in our market system go much broader and deeper than that. Consider that- A Thanks to 40 years of policy changes and bad decisions, only about 15 % of all the money in our market system actually ends up in the real economy - the rest stays within the closed loop of finance itself. A The financial sector takes a quarter of all corporate profits in this country while creating only 4 % of American jobs. A The tax code continues to favor debt over equity, making it easier for companies to hoard cash overseas rather than reinvest it on our shores. A Our biggest and most profitable corporations are investing more money in stock buybacks than in research and innovation. A And, still, the majority of the financial regulations promised after the 2008 meltdown have yet come to pass, thanks to cozy relationship between our lawmakers and the country's wealthiest financiers.a a a a Exploring these forces, which have have led American businesses to favor balancing-sheet engineering over the actual kind and the pursuit of short-term corporate profits over job creation, Foroohar shows how financialization has so gravely harmed our society, and why reversing this trend is of grave importance to us all. Through colorful stories of both "Takerso and "Makers,o she'll reveal how we change the system for a better and more sustainable shared economic future.a - Financial Times - Best Books of 2016- Economics - Bloomberg Businessweek- Best Books of the Year

    • Business & Economics

Friction

Passion Brands in the Age of Distruption
Author: Jeff Rosenblum,Jordan Berg
Publisher: powerHouse Books
ISBN: 157687883X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
View: 2497
Every industry around the globe is being completely disrupted. Stalwart brands are losing market share to upstarts that capture our collective consciousness. Trillions of dollars are at stake. Brands know a new approach is needed. But most don’t realize the strategic underpinnings need to change. Great brands are no longer built through interruptive advertisements. Friction argues that brands don't simply need clever messages or new, shiny technologies. They need a fundamental change in strategy. Friction provides a system for embracing transparency, engaging audiences, creating evangelists, and unleashing unprecedented growth. The authors of Friction have worked on some of the industry's most innovative assignments for the world’s most successful brands. This groundbreaking book reveals how corporations can divorce themselves from legacy business models to create a passion brand. A brand that breaks its addiction to traditional advertising. A brand that empowers its customers. A brand that dominates the competition.

    • Religion

Doing Good Is Simple

Making a Difference Right Where You Are
Author: Chris Marlow
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310343615
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 6041
What if you could become a powerful force for good in the world without moving overseas, burdening your overwhelmed family, or giving up the comforts of modern life? Chris Marlow, founder of the global advocacy organization Help One Now, once felt paralyzed in the face of global problems. They seemed too numerous, too complicated, too big—and after all, how much can one person really do? But a wake-up call in Zimbabwe and a closer study of Scripture soon showed Chris that maybe Christians are overcomplicating how to do act justly in a broken world. Maybe all God is calling us to do is set up a lemonade stand for a good cause. Doing Good is Simple is your practical guide to world change wherever you are. Through Chris’ own journey of an ordinary person seeking God’s good in the world, this book will: Empower you to make a difference where you are Redefine good according to God’s metrics of small, simple things with great love Bring global concepts down to earth for you to find your place in the area where God is calling you Disband the top myths we tell ourselves when it comes to world change and why we aren’t “enough” Free you from your first world guilt complex that drags you down Provide practical, accessible guidelines for getting started today

    • Business & Economics

The Airbnb Story

How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy
Author: Leigh Gallagher
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544953878
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
View: 4271
“An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism and big-industry disruption, [this] is a tale for our times.” — Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better An investigative look into a beloved, disruptive, notorious start-up This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that is now the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has become indispensable to millions of hosts and travelers around the world. Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher presents the first nuanced, in-depth look at the Airbnb phenomenon — the successes and controversies alike — and takes us behind the scenes as the company’s young CEO steers into increasingly uncharted waters. “A fast-paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time; through the tale of Airbnb, Leigh Gallagher shows us how the sharing economy can be a force for emotional connection — as well as for social and business disruption.” — Rana Foroohar, Financial Times columnist and CNN global economic analyst

    • Cooking

Food Matters

A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
Author: Mark Bittman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416578970
Category: Cooking
Page: 288
View: 7416
From the award-winning champion of culinary simplicity who gave us the bestselling How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian comes Food Matters, a plan for responsible eating that's as good for the planet as it is for your weight and your health. We are finally starting to acknowledge the threat carbon emissions pose to our ozone layer, but few people have focused on the extent to which our consumption of meat contributes to global warming. Think about it this way: In terms of energy consumption, serving a typical family-of-four steak dinner is the rough equivalent of driving around in an SUV for three hours while leaving all the lights on at home. Bittman offers a no-nonsense rundown on how government policy, big business marketing, and global economics influence what we choose to put on the table each evening. He demystifies buzzwords like "organic," "sustainable," and "local" and offers straightforward, budget-conscious advice that will help you make small changes that will shrink your carbon footprint -- and your waistline. Flexible, simple, and non-doctrinaire, the plan is based on hard science but gives you plenty of leeway to tailor your food choices to your lifestyle, schedule, and level of commitment. Bittman, a food writer who loves to eat and eats out frequently, lost thirty-five pounds and saw marked improvement in his blood levels by simply cutting meat and processed foods out of two of his three daily meals. But the simple truth, as he points out, is that as long as you eat more vegetables and whole grains, the result will be better health for you and for the world in which we live. Unlike most things that are virtuous and healthful, Bittman's plan doesn't involve sacrifice. From Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing to Breakfast Bread Pudding, the recipes in Food Matters are flavorful and sophisticated. A month's worth of meal plans shows you how Bittman chooses to eat and offers proof of how satisfying a mindful and responsible diet can be. Cheaper, healthier, and socially sound, Food Matters represents the future of American eating.

    • Business & Economics

Transforming Wall Street

A Conscious Path for a New Future
Author: Kim Ann Curtin
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1943164142
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 470
View: 306
Conscious Capitalists from Wall Street to Main Street are revolutionizing wealth creation — are you among them? Would you like to be? When did capitalism and making money become bad things? Where do you draw the line between making a living and greed? Can you work on Wall Street without selling your soul? Is it possible there are more decent people working on Wall Street than there are wolves? In this book, Kim Ann Curtin challenges the established narrative of self-interest and greed that has informed so much of the coverage around Wall Street, and sets out an optimistic and positive vision for the future of America’s financial heart. The book combines fresh insight, intelligence, and experience from fifty leading Wall Street luminaries, a panel of academic experts, and a wide-ranging group of Teachers of Consciousness — offering an eye-opening and soul-inspiring insight into the way that Conscious Capitalism is transforming America’s financial industry. Whether you’re avidly capitalistic, angry at Wall Street, or simply seeking to balance wealth with meaning, Transforming Wall Street provides a roadmap to a more conscious existence. And with supporting evidence from The Wall Street 50, you’ll see that integrity really does breed success. The Wall Street 50 include: Bill Ackman, Dara Albright, John Allison, John Bogle, Josh Brown, Frank R. Casey, Susan Davis, Amy Domini, Joseph Grano, Oswald Grubel, Janet Hanson, Carla Harris, Hazel Henderson, Erika Karp, Brad Katsuyama, Henry Kaufman, Dr Andrew Kuper, Robert Monks, Joe Perella, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Don Seymour, John Whitehead, Fred Wilson... and 25 more.

    • Science

The Ghosts Of Evolution

Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, and Other Ecological Anachronisms
Author: Connie Barlow
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786724895
Category: Science
Page: 352
View: 2312
A new vision is sweeping through ecological science: The dense web of dependencies that makes up an ecosystem has gained an added dimension-the dimension of time. Every field, forest, and park is full of living organisms adapted for relationships with creatures that are now extinct. In a vivid narrative, Connie Barlow shows how the idea of "missing partners" in nature evolved from isolated, curious examples into an idea that is transforming how ecologists understand the entire flora and fauna of the Americas. This fascinating book will enrich the experience of any amateur naturalist, as well as teach us that the ripples of biodiversity loss around us are just the leading edge of what may well become perilous cascades of extinction.

    • Cooking

The Tastemakers

Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue
Author: David Sax
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610393163
Category: Cooking
Page: 336
View: 4620
Tastemaker, n. Anyone with the power to make you eat quinoa. Kale. Spicy sriracha sauce. Honeycrisp apples. Cupcakes. These days, it seems we are constantly discovering a new food that will make us healthier, happier, or even somehow cooler. Chia seeds, after a brief life as a novelty houseplant and I Love the '80s punchline, are suddenly a superfood. Not long ago, that same distinction was held by pomegranate seeds, açai berries, and the fermented drink known as kombucha. So what happened? Did these foods suddenly cease to be healthy a few years ago? And by the way, what exactly is a “superfood” again? In this eye-opening, witty work of reportage, David Sax uncovers the world of food trends: Where they come from, how they grow, and where they end up. Traveling from the South Carolina rice plot of America's premier grain guru to Chicago's gluttonous Baconfest, Sax reveals a world of influence, money, and activism that helps decide what goes on your plate. On his journey, he meets entrepreneurs, chefs, and even data analysts who have made food trends a mission and a business. The Tastemakers is full of entertaining stories and surprising truths about what we eat, how we eat it, and why.