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The Stir-Fry Cookbook
The Stir-Fry Cookbook
by Gina Steer
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 11.81

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5.0 out of 5 stars WHO AMONG US DOESN'T LOVE A STIR FRY?, Dec 28 2001
This review is from: The Stir-Fry Cookbook (Paperback)
In this day and age with so much to do and so little time left to spare, who does not love a good stir fry? A well-prepared stir fry is quick, easy to prepare, nutritious and tasty. Chicken, beef, fish, entirely veggie - the choice is yours. With a little creativity and by varying the ingredients, one can have a whole new meal; the variations are endless. One originally associated the wok with strictly Chinese cooking, and this book quickly enlightens us on that thought. If you think one stir fry is the same as the next, wait until you read this book; it is one I would not want to be without. It is truly a cook's best friend. The recipes are quite different and each one I have tried has been absolutely flavourful and delicious. This book is a "must-have" for anyone who does not have the time, energy or desire to spend hours slaving over a hot stove!

Clients For Life: How Great Professionals Develop Breakthrough Relationships
Clients For Life: How Great Professionals Develop Breakthrough Relationships
by Andrew Sobel
Edition: Hardcover
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.28

4.0 out of 5 stars CLIENTS/ CUSTOMERS - THE BACKBONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!, Dec 28 2001
I have been a professional counsellor for over thirty years, both in business management and psychology, and the one constant that can always be depended upon is change. People change, times change, technology changes, and those who want to stay in the game and win, must be prepared to accept change, keep up with it, and run with it. "Clients for Life" is a well-documented, factual outlook at how to best serve the clients one has and how to hold on to them for however long it is feasible to do so. In my line of work, on the psychology side, there are no shortage of clients but some are short-term and continually change; others are long-term. Rather than become focused on the revenue that comes in each and every month, I found if one concentrates on the clients' needs and focuses on doing the best one possible can to fulfill that need, the revenue takes care of itself!
As the author quickly points out, not all existing clients/customers will last forever. Some die, some relocate, some will try the competition, and depending on the type of business, not everyone will continue to NEED your service or product on a regular basis. Most of the suggestions provided in this book are very general and apply to almost to any type of professional business; but in my opinion, other suggestions are targeted to more specific professions - it is not a one hundred percent, one-shoe-fits-all approach. For example in this province, doctors, psychologists, lawyers, accountants, etc. are prohibited by law from advertising their services, with the exception of business cards. In business management and training, however, one can freely advertise their services. Clients come through word-of-mouth and referrals from other professionals. Word-of-mouth goes a long way, and if existing clients are happy, they will indeed refer your services to others, who in turn will continue to refer your services. As a result, the client base continually escalates but, as this book indicates, a certain portion of your client base will definitely change.
In general, the book is well written and contains some sound and practical advice for developing trusting, professional realtionships. In any profession, one first must earn the respect and trust of the client before a win-win relationship can develop, and any information learned that will allow one to do that will be of great benefit down the road.

Sometime Lofty Towers: A Photographic Memorial of the World Trade Center
Sometime Lofty Towers: A Photographic Memorial of the World Trade Center
by George E. Pataki
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY, VERY SHORT BOOK, Dec 27 2001
There are currently many books available on the World Trade Centers, both before and after the tragedy of September 11th. This one, with photographs by Rajs, has more than forty breath-taking shots, along with some very technical information in regard to the planes which crashed into the trade centers. It is a mixture of both past and present. The photography was the book's strong point.
On the downside, I found the book to be extremely short, and the technical aspect as far as construction of the trade centers and physical dimensions of aircraft, personally, did not interest me to any great extent. There is a tribute in print published by Life Magazine that, in my opinion, far surpasses this one. While "Sometime Lofty Towers" contains beautiful photography and interesting facts, if I personally was purchasing a book as a memorial or keepsake, I would opt for the one by Life Magazine. It truly is magnificent, as are most publications by Life.

Forgiveness Is A Choice
Forgiveness Is A Choice
by Robert D. Enright
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.41
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ABILITY TO FORGIVE. - IT SETS THE SPIRIT FREE!, Dec 27 2001
Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves, at other times we need to forgive others. Easier said that done - yes! However, each of us does posses the inate ability to forgive if we choose to make use of that special blessing. As a counsellor, I have counselled many victims of domestic violence, child abuse and family tragedies. It is important to remember one is not forgiving simply for the benefit of the person who has committed an injustice; one is forgiving as part of the process of healing. Only by coming to terms with the demons of the past can one truly heal and build a future. The reasons and means of forgiving are contained in this wonderful book.
Enright is not a person talking in terms of one who has been there and done that, nor does he speak in a condescending tone which implies, "this worked for me, so this will work for everyone." "Forgiveness is a Choice" is written by a professional who is both a psychologist and professor. An unforgiving person can be a difficult, over-bearing, often impossible person do live with on a day-to-day basis. The biggest challenge may be to get them to read the book in the first place, but if you do, the excellent advice found here is bound to hit home and could well begin the healing process. The book is most deserving of a five-star rating and highly recommended.

Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
by Better Homes and Gardens
Edition: Ring-bound
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN OLD-TIME FAVOURITE!, Dec 24 2001
This book would make a perfect gift for someone who is not yet feeling quite "at home in the kitchen." It is a basic, straight-forward, simple to understand cookbook with lots of facts on planning menus and proper nutrition. We have often heard the saying of an inexperienced person in the kitchen, "He or she would not know how to boil water!" Well, this book will tell you how to do such simple things as boil an egg and have it come out the way you want it - softboiled or hardboiled. There is a section dealing with various cuts of meats that will help the reader to understand which ones make great stews and pot roasts, and which ones provide the more tender, lean oven roasts. If you have a sweet tooth, you will learn everything from how to make a pie crust (easier said than done the first time around) for that scrumptous apple pie, to how to make some of your favourite candies. This book comes highly recommended and is one you will likely keep in your kitchen even after you have gathered experience and progressed to more complex, detailed recipes.

If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs
If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs
by Valerie Shaff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 15.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR DOG LOVERS!, Dec 18 2001
Never heard of "Doggeral"? Well, you will after you read this fascinating book. You will understand it, speak it and remember it. Canine lovers everywhere will be captivated by the beautiful photographs and witty verses. Here you will find dogs, dogs and more dogs of every description. As you turn the pages, the reader will be deeply touched with warmth, sadness, joy and wonder for each page tells a different story. This book is delightful to own, a pleasure to read, and makes an excellent coffee table book. One could not possibly look at a playfully wagging tail, a wet nose or huge sad eyes and not be overcome with emotion. After all, dogs are more than pets, they are our canine family to love, respect and care for - just like children

Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives
Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives
by Elena Molokhovets
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 28.35
34 used & new from CDN$ 21.85

5.0 out of 5 stars NOT YOUR CONVENTIONAL COOKBOOK!, Dec 18 2001
My grandmother immigrated to Canada from Russia well over a century ago and lived to the age of 104. With her she brought many authentic Russian recipes, but alas, they remained in her head and not on paper. This cookbook comes very close to the recipes I, as a child, can remember her preparing. Yes, it is true, that some aspects of the recipes found here are lost in the translation, particularly when it comes to measurements; however, in reality, that is how my grandmother, and many Russian homemakers in her time, prepared a meal. There was no such thing as a teaspoon of this or a cup of that. Accurate meansurements would have meant nothing to my grandmother, for like many immigrants in the 1800's she had little scholastic education. Her education came from the "school of hard knocks" and life's experiences. Measurements included "a little of this a small handful of that." I can remember her placing three fingers in a small cup and when the liquid reached the top, that was how much one used. Confusing? Yes, for the traditional chef, it would be. However, as one becomes experienced with Russian cooking, the delicious recipes found here will not seem like such a challenge to prepare - trial and error is often the best way of learning.

Abba: The Book
Abba: The Book
by Jean-Marie Potiez
Edition: Hardcover
15 used & new from CDN$ 2.45

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY CAME, THEY SANG...AND THEY CONQUERED!, Dec 18 2001
This review is from: Abba: The Book (Hardcover)
Did you ever come across a favourite song and say, "I wonder whatever happened to....? Abba took the world by storm back in the 60's when a quarter bought you an afternoon matinee at the movies, and minimum wage in my home town was $1.00 per hour. If you earned $1.25 or more, you had it made!
Abba possessed a unique blend of charisma, talent, and originality. Who can forget the sentimental lyrics of ,"I Had A Dream", the gentle flow of "The Rivers of Babylon", the melancholy strains of "Fernando" or the upbeat dance-hit, "Dancing Queen"? The list of hits went on and on.
What I particularly liked about this book was the numerous photographs all depicting Abba at their finest. Many photographs are ones not often, if ever, published before, at least not on this continent. In addition, the book reveals a lot of factual, personal information about the individuals themselves. The road to fame and fortune is not an easy one as readers will discover through the pages of this book. Some facts have been printed before, but other aspects of their career are presented here in a more complete, in-depth light. Fans of Abba, will no longer need to wonder, "what ever happened to..." because the epilogue tells you just that. Of all the books on the group, this is one of the best in print.

The Beatles Encyclopedia
The Beatles Encyclopedia
by Bill Harry
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 3.12

5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE AND FACTUAL!, Dec 18 2001
Anyone who is a product of the 60's lived in an era where long hair was in, conformity was out, and the new wave of music from the Beatles was shaking the country from coast to coast. Boys copied the Beatles' music and hairstyle, while girls swooned, screamed and fainted as the world rocked to "I Wanna To Hold Your Hand." The Beatles had arrived! This book is a collector's item because it contains all sorts of trivia, facts and information on a group that will go down in the music hall of fame as one who spawned a new dawn in the music industry. It set the trend for many future pop singers. Paul, John, George and Ringo were names that sent shivers of anticipation up and down a teen-ager's spine.
I remember, as a teen, watching the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show on our new state-of-the-art, floor-model black and white Marconi television, and my father shaking his head in shocking amazement and lamenting , "What has the world come to?" Oddly enough, we are still asking that same question of our teen-aged children today.
Sadly, there are only two Beatles left now, but the music of the Beatles will ring on through the years, if only in the memories of those who loved them and grew up with their music. This book, and the nostalgia of the Beatles, takes us back to the carefree days of youth, when young love seemed like it would last forever, as we bopped and twisted our way to a beat almost unknown to this generation. If you are a Beatles' fan, and you do not already own this book, it is one you will want to add to your collection.

Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built
Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built
by Richard S. Tedlow
Edition: Hardcover
18 used & new from CDN$ 3.42

4.0 out of 5 stars DYNAMIC SUCCESS STORIES!, Dec 18 2001
There were two aspects which drew me to this book. The first was my thirty year background in business and psychology, and the second was the story on Andrew Carnegie. My family roots on my father's side can be traced back, through the centuries, to the Carnegie family, although in later years the spelling of the family name was slightly altered in my country. The stories presented in this book have at least one common factor: all the entrepreneurs listed had a tremendous self-belief and were not afraid of straying from the conventional and "doing their own thing," long before doing so was the fashionable thing to do. They also possessed an extraordinary intellect for business, were highly creative and did not punch a time clock. They clearly did not believe in the philosophy which said, "I'm out of here at five o'clock."
Business is a world one generally loves with a passion or hates with the same vehement emotion. "Giants of Enterprise" takes the reader behind the scenes to the core of these fine men and presents a better understanding of "what made them tick." It is a book which touches on history, philosophy and psychology. These successful entrepreneurs were driven by amazing vigor and passion for their work. When I decided to pursue a career in business, it was predominately a "man's world." The female gender had not yet made it's mark upon the business world. Times have since changed. However, the inspiration and success of these great men laid the foundation and opened the doors for future generations. We can learn well from their determination, commitment and success. This is a fascinating book to read and certainly an inspirational one.

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