Quantcast

What book is on your nightstand? Readers!

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

davidabcd

Detroit, Mi.
Joined
Jul 19, 2018
Messages
1,763
Reaction score
1,836
My most frightening worry about reading other authors is infringing on their material. I would be floored with stealing another persons work.
It''s not logical but it is who I am.
 

3 Dawg Night

Life is too short to drink crappy beer.
Lifetime Supporter HBT Supporter
Joined
Apr 14, 2020
Messages
1,008
Reaction score
710
Location
Huntsville, AL
I just started reading through the Aubrey-Maturin series again. I started and made it about 20% of the way through the 21-book series a couple of years ago, then set it down when I started grad school. It was a long enough break that I felt like I needed to start back at the beginning, but they're just as enjoyable the second time around!

220px-Master_&_Commander_cover_by_Geoff_Hunt.jpg
 

estricklin

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Apr 29, 2012
Messages
2,381
Reaction score
468
Location
Oppelo
I just started reading through the Aubrey-Maturin series again. I started and made it about 20% of the way through the 21-book series a couple of years ago, then set it down when I started grad school. It was a long enough break that I felt like I needed to start back at the beginning, but they're just as enjoyable the second time around!

View attachment 704473
I finished Mater and Commander a couple months back, great book but I haven't talked myself into the entire series yet.

Some honorable mentions I've read lately:

John Dies at the End (has a Hitch Hiker's Guide feel to it)
The Actor's Life by Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office)
The Hunger Games Prequel
The Institute by Stephen King

This book was amazing for me, I didn't want it to end.
 

JohnSand

Moderator
Staff member
Mod
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
May 13, 2013
Messages
4,842
Reaction score
2,162
Location
Long Island NY
In addition to some cruising sailboat literature, I've been reading histories of the American Auto industry.
CK Hyde wrote excellent books on Chrysler (Riding the Roller Coaster) and Dodge Brothers. These guys and others were smart, tough and innovative.
 

bleme

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2012
Messages
4,804
Reaction score
2,963
Location
Visalia
I started reading Aragon, and the main character seemed familiar but I didn't recognize any of the 'scenery'. I wondered if I read it in the 90's and just forgot it, or maybe I read some FanFiction derived from it. Finally I googled it and saw that they made a movie from it and it all clicked! It wasn't a great movie, and obviously not very memorable. The book isn't much better. It's pretty derivative (mash together Star Wars and The Dragon Riders of Pern) and feels more like a D&D Dungeon Master quest.
 

corkybstewart

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jun 29, 2011
Messages
2,927
Reaction score
3,276
Location
Silver City

Loudon is about15 miles from our house in France-there's a really great Belgian microbrewerry just outside of Loudun now. I have heard about the "Witches of Loudun" ever since I got married 40 years ago, but none of my inlaws really knew the story so this book has explained it for me. Cardinal Richelieu's walled town(now called Richelieu) is also right there, we got to their town market on Fridays for seafood and cheese.
 

kenmcchord

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Mar 18, 2013
Messages
439
Reaction score
241
Location
Kissimmee, FL
The Anarchist's Workbench by Christopher Schwarz.

If you dig through this page you'll see that Chris has offered this book up as a free PDF. I'm a woodworker and love building, planning a bench build to act as my base for an electric brewing I'm putting together. Chris has a few books on workbenches, always very detailed and informative.
The Anarchist's Workbench

edit: my cat walked on my keyboard...spelling
 

Tobor_8thMan

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Feb 15, 2013
Messages
2,866
Reaction score
1,495
Location
Go 97 miles and take a right...
The Anarchist's Workbench by Christopher Schwarz.

If you dig through this page you'll see that Chris has offered this book up as a free PDF. I'm a woodworker and love building, planning a bench build to act as my base for an electric brewing I'm putting together. Chris has a few books on workbenches, always very detailed and informative.
The Anarchist's Workbench

edit: my cat walked on my keyboard...spelling
Sounds like an interesting book for us woodworkers. I click the link to discover " We have run out of stock for this item. " Possible to post the link to the pdf?
 

bleme

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2012
Messages
4,804
Reaction score
2,963
Location
Visalia
I spent a couple hours skimming through it and really like his writing style - humorous but loaded with information!
 

kenmcchord

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Mar 18, 2013
Messages
439
Reaction score
241
Location
Kissimmee, FL
I spent a couple hours skimming through it and really like his writing style - humorous but loaded with information!
Chris has an excellent writing style, and he is very committed to the subject matter as well. There are a few other books in his "anarchist trilogy", all follow the same overall pattern/writing style. Glad you enjoyed it.
 

Gadjobrinus

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Aug 24, 2017
Messages
5,843
Reaction score
5,949
Bread, Jeffrey Hamilton. For the umpteenth time as I like it so much.

Haven't brewed since selling off my 20 gallon system, though I do have a few gallons of sake finishing fining and maturation now. Surprisingly good, though nowhere near the quality of the sakes I've enjoyed (to be expected, using unpolished rice, for one). And PITA/enjoyment ratio is way too high for me. And vastly nowhere near my earliest experiences brewing beer so many years ago. I was so completely blown away one could brew beer at home every bit as good as what you by. Probably what got me deep in.

So, no fermentation but baking, though really miss making the french alpine cheeses. Also picking up my knives and a slow return to cooking. Interesting experience when your body decides to go whack and tremor like a mother.🙃

Edited to add a ton just came in, all if which I've read several times and really enjoy:

Baking

Breads of the LaBrea Bakery. Never read but used to eat their bread constantly, and also have a lot of respect fir Nancy Silverton.

Breaking Bread:. A Baker's Journey Home. Martin Philip, Head Baker, King Arthur.

Flour, Salt, Water, Yeast, Ken Forkish

The Bread Baker's Apprentice, Peter Reinhardt. I am constantly returning to fundamental texts, a habit going all the way back when I was young, mid-70's when my mom bought me La Technique, the inimitable Jacques Pepin. I worked that book (and several of his others) ever since.

Crust and Crumb, Peter Reinhardt.

Whole Grain Breads:. New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavors. Reinhardt.

Butchery

If I can, I prefer to break whole animals, and constantly practicing both American and French butchery. In this vein, whole Beast Butchery:. The Complete Visual Guide to Beef, Lamb and Pork. Ryan Farr. Really like it.

Culinary Culture

Down and Out in Paris and London. Nails it. You want to know what it is to have been a plongeur, dish-washer in another culinary era, all while seeing what really goes on behind the swinging doors of posh houses, George Orwell is your man (this is the Paris section. Duh). In a similar vein to the late and so, so missed still, Anthony Bourdain.

The Fat and the Thin, Emile Zola. Most gorgeously sensual descriptions around life at the grand Parisian market Les Halles that I've ever read.

My pandemic doings, along with Ashtanga Yoga (new, but a boon for me. I can't do much else. With it, and foregoing lunch (and very easy on the suds, sniff), dropped 55 lbs and counting over the last several months). Also longtime zen practitioner. From my exchanges here, I know, one would never know I've practiced zen since living and training at a Japanese martial arts and zen buddhist temple a quarter century ago. I try, and fail. I sit.

Wine

Wine Bible,
Karen MacNeil. Because I treasure it, and it git lost somewhere over our peripatetic existence. Same with Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, so acquired a while back. Not a Robert Parker guy.

Not to be a pretentious dou$he, but several cookbooks and literature in French, if anyone would like some recommendations.
 
Last edited:

Gadjobrinus

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Aug 24, 2017
Messages
5,843
Reaction score
5,949
Yes, very good book. Amazing, how some people are able to overcome their bad circumstances.
Now streaming, withGlenn Close and Amy Adams, among others. Haven't seen it and I know it's sacrilegious to see a movie before the book.... still. Amy Adams. Glenn Close.
 

Gadjobrinus

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Aug 24, 2017
Messages
5,843
Reaction score
5,949

Loudon is about15 miles from our house in France-there's a really great Belgian microbrewerry just outside of Loudun now. I have heard about the "Witches of Loudun" ever since I got married 40 years ago, but none of my inlaws really knew the story so this book has explained it for me. Cardinal Richelieu's walled town(now called Richelieu) is also right there, we got to their town market on Fridays for seafood and cheese.
Loved the story, and the film with Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed. Yikes. Would love to see it from the vantage point now, instead of then!
 

corkybstewart

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jun 29, 2011
Messages
2,927
Reaction score
3,276
Location
Silver City
Loved the story, and the film with Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed. Yikes. Would love to see it from the vantage point now, instead of then!
I never knew there was a movie, but I'm not a movie person. My ADHD makes it almost impossible to sit still long enough to watch a movie. I think the last movie I saw in a theater was the last of the Lord of The Rings movie.
 

estricklin

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Apr 29, 2012
Messages
2,381
Reaction score
468
Location
Oppelo
Now streaming, withGlenn Close and Amy Adams, among others. Haven't seen it and I know it's sacrilegious to see a movie before the book.... still. Amy Adams. Glenn Close.
I actually had no idea until Thanksgiving day, my wife noticed it and asked me if it was the book I had read and spoke so highly of. The film was pretty true to the book as well, although many details were missing.
 
Top