Escoffier: The King of Chefs

Author: Kenneth James
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (May 2, 2003)
ISBN: 978-1-85-285396-9

Auguste Escoffier (1846 -1935) was the first modern celebrity chef.His clientele included royalty as well as leaders of society and fashion. This book traces his career from his humble origins on the French Riviera to Paris, London and New York. Acknowledged already during his lifetime as the greatest chef in the world, with the hotelier César Ritz, he changed the way we eat and the way food is presented. Together they established a tradition of superb cooking. They were also instrumental in making dining in public respectable for women. Escoffier popularised his repertoire in a series of hugely successful cookery books. He shows what made the cuisine at the Savoy and the Carlton so outstanding, as well as drawing a persona: a culinary portrait of a chef of genius. Escoffier: The King of Chefs also presents the dishes, from eggs to lobster, on which Escoffier had both lasting influence and strongly held views.

BURN

Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 29, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0-316-21104-8
Series: Detective Michael Bennett (#7)

At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good.

Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously–and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.

Confessions: The Paris Mysteries

Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 6, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0-316-37084-4
Series: Confessions (#3)

WHEN YOUR FAMILY IS ALL YOU HAVE…

Scarred by the deaths of their parents and accusations of murder, Tandy Angel and her siblings start a new life in Paris under the watchful eye of an uncle they hardly know.

BUT THEY’VE BETRAYED YOU TIME AND AGAIN…

A born detective, Tandy discovers a locked room in her grandmother’s house that holds ugly secrets about her family’s treacherous past.

WHO CAN YOU REALLY TRUST?

As Tandy delves deeper into the mysteries, the stakes get dangerously high when her family’s enemies seek the ultimate revenge for long-ago sins.

THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF PARIS ARE ABOUT TO GO DARK.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 24, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-316-20700-3
Series: Confessions (#1)

Tandy Angel is a whip-smart teenager, a magnificently wealthy heiress who was possibly the last person to see her parents alive. Is she also a murderer?

Harrison Angel is her artistic twin brother and a concert pianist but was always a disappointment to their parents. Is he also a murderer?

Hugo Angel is their ten-year-old sibling, a little boy with uncanny strength … and their parents pushed him as hard as the rest of them. Is he also a murderer?

Matthew Angel is their famous older brother, an all-American football star who has more than one very good reason to hate his parents. Is he also a murderer?

From the creator of the Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard series comes a brilliant teen heroine on a mission to bring her parents’ killer to justice, even if it means uncovering her family’s darkest secrets – and confessing some of her own.

Private Down Under

Author: James Patterson
Publisher:  Vision (March 31, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1455529759

“The world s most exclusive detective agency opens a new office in Australia!”

With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors

Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

Within days the agency s caseload is full. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the deputy commissioner of NSW Police, isn t the killer s first victim and as the bodies mount up she s clearly not the last.”

Give And Take

Author: Adam Grant 
Publisher: Penguin Books  (March 25, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0-143-12498-6

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron’s demise four years before the company collapsed-without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin-as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estee Lauder, Nike, and NASA-Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

Yes, Chef

Author: Marcus Samuelsson 
Publisher:  Random House Trade Paperbacks (May 21, 2013) 
ISBN: 978-0-385-34261-2

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of chasing flavors had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.