Oona Chanel creates new Luxury Book Series “AUTHOR”

The new book by Oona Chanel, AUTHOR, is lavishly produced, richly illustrated, and thoughtful content makes this a valued edition to any set of collectible books.

Cookbook: Chef Nathan Lyon’s Great Food Starts Fresh

Chef Nathan Lyon, also known as “A Lyon in the Kitchen” on FitTV, and on PBS, shows his latest green cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh.

Discovering The New York Craft Spirits Boom with Heather Dolland

Heather Dolland has been very busy lately, especially in her new book uncovering the trends and stories behind the emerging New York cocktail and spirits scene.

Cookbook Review: The Kosher Baker

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The Kosher Baker cookbook is a delightful discovery for the home baker, published by Brandeis University Press.

The Kosher Baker Book CoverThere may be a lot of cookbooks out there that are dairy free, but none showed up on our doorstep right about the time 30% of our tasters declared they were now vegetarian and/or vegan.

Not to mention said book has over 160 recipes from traditional to trendy.

Author Paula Shoyer has divided the book into interesting and practical categories, which are based on how complicated the recipes are.

For example, Section 1 is “Quick and Elegant Desserts: 15 minutes preparation time.” Section 2 is “Two-Step Desserts, 15 to 30 minutes preparation time.” The concept continues throughout the book.

The 160 recipes include cookies, tarts, cakes, breads, cupcakes, cobbler, Key lime pie, and even fruit soups. Essentially any recipe that you may want to make but usually add milk or cheese you can probably find a version here without those ingredients.

We recommend this as a must-have cookbook for any home chef or baker, because you never know when you’re going to go vegetarian, vegan, or even all the way Kosher.

The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy
By Paula Shoyer
348 pages
Hardcover, $35.00
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Teens Can Beat Stress with these Skills

ForeverChanged-bookTeens are stressed, everyone knows that. But there are ways to manage the stress and overcome it so you can enjoy life and look forward to the future.
Says Linda Mornell, founder of the highly effective nonprofit organization Summer Search (www.summersearch.org),”“During the physical, emotional and intellectual explosions of the adolescent years, it’s critical that teenagers develop a belief in their own ability to succeed,”

Mornell, who is also is author of the book Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives, adds that “People who truly believe they can perform well are more likely to view difficult tasks as something to be mastered rather than something to be avoided.”
Here are just five of the many skills Mornell says can make a difference.

Learn to listen. The willingness to listen is a direct reflection of how much we value each other, Mornell says, and being listened to reduces stress. “Nothing teaches young people more about how to become good listeners than having a mentor or other adult who consistently and intently listens to them,” she says. “The ability to listen with intention and compassion creates and enhances qualities like curiosity, empathy and altruism.”

Understand and manage stress. Recent research indicates that the adolescent brain is highly sensitive to stress. It is essential that young people understand the role stress plays in their lives and the difference between healthy and unhealthy outlets for handling that stress. Healthy outlets for stress include exercise, talking, crying, creative pursuits and venting anger through words and exercise in safe environments. Unhealthy outlets include withdrawing and bottling up feelings, overeating or restricting food, inappropriate aggressive behavior, relying on passive activities like TV and video games, alcohol and drug use, premature sexual activity, and blaming others.

Embrace anger. Young people (and perhaps adults as well) who want to achieve success often try to keep a lid on negative emotions, Mornell says. Yet Mornell, who worked as a psychiatric nurse, has seen despondent patients find relief when they are given permission to appropriately vent their anger and frustration. “We definitely see that with Summer Search students as well,” Mornell says. “They consistently feel better when their mentors help them talk about rather than swallow their frustrations.”

Reject the victim mentality. Many young people struggle at times with feeling like victims. That especially can be the case for those growing up in poverty. “In truth, they often are victimized,” Mornell says. “They may live in a dangerous neighborhood with highly stressed and single-parent families, and every day they are confronted with the harsh realities of poverty.” The challenge, she says, is for young people to separate their experience of literally being a victim from the tendency to develop a victim mentality. They can’t control the former, but they can control the latter.

Value humor. Adolescents are turned off by sarcasm from adults, but they have a great appreciation for humor. “If a mentor and a student can start poking fun at each other, the friendly teasing can lead to a closer and more trusting relationship,” Mornell says. “Learning to laugh at oneself is an important skill for us all.”


Navigate Today’s Entrepreneurial Landmines Without An MBA

We definitely believe in the value of a good education, and an MBA is a good part of that toolbox. But if you do not have one, and one is not on the horizon, then you can still survive and thrive in today’s business environment.

Basler-BusinessSurvivalSays says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur and CEO of E.J. Basler Co, “Hard work, working smart, listening and abiding in the examples of those who’ve been successful are the keys to success in business.”

According to Basler, author of The Meat & Potatoes Guide to Business Survival: A Handbook for Non-MBA’s & College Dropouts, “these are some business strategies that can be employed regardless of education:

• Respect the power of your vision. It may sound hokey to some, but not to dreamers like Walt Disney – another giant who succeeded without a degree. In fact, those who criticize the dreams of visionaries are those who’ve either failed or never dared to dream in the first place. To put it simply, big vision = big results; small vision = small results; no vision = no results. Never mind the naysayers. Listen to those who have something to say, including those who fully support your dream, and those who offer constructive criticism. Talk it out with anyone who’ll listen. Be open to improvement.

• Fly with eagles. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Join your industry’s trade association. It is a wealth of ideas, information and networking opportunities. Meet the leaders in your fields. Join your local Chamber of Commerce and find a seasoned experienced mentor. They can be found.

EdBasler• Never pay retail. In some ways, a college degree is retail. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the expected result, such as a good job, but you certainly pay a financial price. In business, frugality pays. The easiest and most frequently cited price is usually one that can be improved. You can buy office furniture at a store, or you can cut those prices by half or more by going to an auction. Always be on the lookout for a more cost-efficient way.

• Use a checklist. No, this is not an app or a new way of thinking about business. Instead, it’s an old, tried, tested and true way of accounting for the most important things that need to be done. As the leader of your business, you need it, but you should also encourage everyone under you to keep a list, too. If something is worth doing at work, then it’s worth the extra daily reminder. Put the most important item at the top and then check it off once done. This lets you know with certainty that the task has been accomplished and clearly indicates what’s needed next.

• Deadlines orient your attention to goals with each passing hour. What if President John F. Kennedy did not announce his ambitious deadline on May 25, 1961, to safely send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s? We may never have made it. Ambitious deadlines foster excitement for accomplishment. Our attention as human beings is prone to wandering. Deadlines guide us back to our ambition.

• There’s no end to improvement. There’s no end to improvement. Everything you are currently doing can be improved. Ignore this at your own peril. Your competition believes this and is ready to pass you up the moment you become complacent and settle for the status quo. If you are not growing in innovation, quality, and customer service, you may soon find yourself out of business.