Books about Perfection

  1. Shibumi

    by Trevanian
    A master strategist must outwit a powerful secret society in a battle for the future of the world.

    Nicholai Hel is an assassin, born in Shanghai in 1925 and raised in a cosmopolitan fashion by his mother, a deposed member of the Russian aristocracy. A general in the Japanese Imperial Army was ... (Wikipedia)

  2. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    by Ross King
    An exploration of the artistic genius of Michelangelo, and the turbulent politics behind the Sistine Chapel.

    In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. With little experience as a painter ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Art of Fielding

    by Chad Harbach
    A college baseball team's success and failures are intertwined with the lives of five individuals.

    Henry Skrimshander begins the novel as a 17-year-old playing on a Legion baseball team in Lankton, South Dakota. Although physically short and not muscular, Henry has an unusual gift for fielding, ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

    by Joshua Foer
    An exploration of the science of memory and its potential to unlock hidden abilities in the human mind.

    The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein ... (Goodreads)

  5. Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook

    by Martha Stewart
    Comprehensive guide to baking, including recipes, techniques, and tips from the domestic goddess herself.

    Every new book from Martha Stewart is cause for celebration, and with Martha Stewart s Baking Handbook , she returns to bring the pleasures of baking to readers at every level, from beginner to ... (Goodreads)

  6. Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

    by Martha Stewart
    A comprehensive guide to baking cookies with over 175 recipes, tips, and techniques from the queen of home cooking.

    A perfect Mother’s Day gift! Cookies are the treat that never disappoints. Whether you’re baking for a party or a picnic, a formal dinner or a family supper– or if you simply want something on hand ... (Goodreads)

  7. The Art Forger

    by Barbara A. Shapiro
    An aspiring artist embarks on a daring mission to forge a stolen masterpiece.

    A Barbara A. Shapiro tour de force. On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest ... (Goodreads)

  8. Hikaru no Go, Vol. 1: Descent of the Go Master

    by Yumi Hotta
    A young boy, Hikaru, discovers a ghost in his grandfather's attic who teaches him the ancient game of Go, leading him on a journey of self-discovery and competition.

    DESCENT OF THE GO MASTER Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal school boy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go ... (Goodreads)

  9. The Pie and Pastry Bible

    by Rose Levy Beranbaum
    Comprehensive guide to baking pies and pastries with detailed recipes and techniques for perfect results every time.

    The Pie and Pastry Bible, is your magic wand for baking the pies, tarts, and pastries of your dreams—the definitive work by the country's top baker. -More than 300 recipes, 200 drawings of techniques ... (Barnes & Noble)

  10. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

    by King Arthur Flour
    Comprehensive guide to baking, including recipes, techniques, and troubleshooting tips. Perfect for novice and experienced bakers alike.

    The trusted companion of scores of home bakers is finally available in paperback!, Originally Published ten years ago - and shortly thereafter honored as the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook of the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  11. The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection

    by Michael Ruhlman
    Follow three chefs on their journey towards culinary perfection, exploring the art and science of cooking.

    In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary ... (Goodreads)

  12. The French Laundry Cookbook

    by Thomas Keller
    A cookbook featuring recipes from the renowned French Laundry restaurant, with detailed instructions and beautiful photography.

    2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—“the most exciting place to eat in the United States” ( The New York Times ). The most ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef

    by Marco Pierre White
    Memoir of Marco Pierre White's journey to becoming the youngest chef to earn three Michelin stars, including his struggles with mental health and relationships.

    An exhilirating memoir from the legendary Godfather of Bad Boy cookimg and a thrilling look behind the doors of a 3-star kitchen. Without question, the original rock-star chef is Marco Pierre White. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  14. The Bread Bible

    by Rose Levy Beranbaum
    A comprehensive guide to baking bread, covering techniques, ingredients, and recipes for a variety of breads.

    Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award, Best Bread Book, The Bread Bible, gives bread bakers 150 of the meticulous, foolproof recipes that are Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark. Her knowledge of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  15. The Animator's Survival Kit

    by Richard Williams
    Comprehensive guide to animation techniques, from basic principles to advanced methods. A must-read for aspiring animators.

    The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today–and the master animator who ... (Goodreads)

  16. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

    by Yukio Mishima
    A young Buddhist monk's descent into obsession and tragedy, in a search for beauty and perfection.

    The protagonist, Mizoguchi, is the son of a consumptive Buddhist priest who lives and works on the remote Cape Nariu on the north coast of Honshū . As a child, the narrator lives with his uncle at ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

    by Renni Browne
    A guide for writers to improve their own writing by learning the art of self-editing.

    Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into ... (Barnes & Noble)

  18. J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator

    by Wayne G. Hammond
    A comprehensive collection of Tolkien's artwork, from sketches to finished paintings, with commentary and analysis.

    J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) renowned author of THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE SILMARILLION, was an artist in pictures as well as in words. Though he often remarked that he had no talent for ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

    by Michael Ruhlman
    Follow a journalist's journey as he trains to become a chef at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

    Now in paperback, the eye-opening book that was nominated for a 1998 James Beard Foundation award in the Writing on Food category. In the winter of 1996, Michael Ruhlman donned hounds-tooth-check ... (Goodreads)

  20. The Agony and the Ecstasy

    by Irving Stone
    An epic tale of Michelangelo's life and art, the struggles and triumphs of his creative genius.

    Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s David, New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel—in which both the artist and the man are ... (Goodreads)

  21. Blow Fly

    by Patricia Cornwell
    A gripping murder-mystery, where an expert investigator must use her forensic skills to solve the case.

    In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would ... (Goodreads)

  22. Utopia

    by Thomas More
    A fictional account of a perfect society, exploring the ideal of an ordered and just world.

    In his most famous and controversial book, Utopia , Thomas More imagines a perfect island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and all property is ... (Goodreads)

  23. The Just City

    by Jo Walton
    Athena gathers philosophers and children from different eras to create a utopian society based on Plato's Republic, but things don't go as planned.

    "Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent." Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a ... (Goodreads)

  24. The Elements of Typographic Style

    by Robert Bringhurst
    A comprehensive guide to typography, exploring the art and science of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing.

    Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining practical, theoretical, and historical, this book is a must for ... (Goodreads)

  25. Rafa

    by Rafael Nadal
    Autobiography of Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, detailing his journey to success and the challenges he faced.

    What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport? Rafael Nadal has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the ... (Goodreads)

  26. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

    by Ken Forkish
    A guide to making artisan bread and pizza at home, with detailed instructions and recipes for perfect results.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER • From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited ... (Barnes & Noble)

  27. The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

    by Mark Forsyth
    A witty and informative guide to the art of rhetoric, exploring the techniques used by great writers and speakers throughout history.

    The idiosyncratic, erudite and brilliantly funny new book from Mark Forsyth, bestselling author of, The Etymologicon, and, The Horologicon, . In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a ... (Goodreads)

  28. Shine Shine Shine

    by Lydia Netzer
    A story of a roboticist's wife, Sunny, who struggles with her own identity and the challenges of motherhood.

    A debut unlike any other, Shine, Shine, Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be ... (Goodreads)

  29. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

    by Stefan Fatsis
    A journalist immerses himself in the world of competitive Scrabble, exploring the lives and obsessions of its players.

    SCRABBLE may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those ... (Goodreads)

  30. Ad Hoc at Home (The Thomas Keller Library)

    by Thomas Keller
    A cookbook featuring recipes for home cooking with a focus on fresh ingredients and simple techniques.

    New York Times, bestseller, IACP and James Beard Award Winner, “Spectacular is the word for Keller’s latest . . . don’t miss it.”,—People, , “A book of approachable dishes made really, really ... (Barnes & Noble)

  31. Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

    by Grant Achatz
    A memoir of a chef's journey to culinary greatness, overcoming cancer, and revolutionizing the dining experience with molecular gastronomy.

    "One of America's great chefs" (,Vogue,), Grant Achatz, shares how his drive to cook immaculate food fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer. By 2007 chef Grant Achatz had been named one of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  32. Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

    by Andrew Loomis
    Comprehensive guide to figure drawing, covering anatomy, proportion, movement, and expression. A must-have for aspiring artists.

    Hardback book. 204 pages. ... (Goodreads)

  33. Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia

    by Larousse
    Comprehensive culinary encyclopedia covering ingredients, techniques, recipes, and history of French cuisine and beyond.

    Since its first publication in 1938, Larousse Gastronomique has been an unparalleled resource. In one volume, it presents the history of foods, eating, and restaurants; cooking terms; techniques from ... (Goodreads)

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