Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bobby Flay's Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge

Are you ready for a Throwdown? In his first ever direct Food Network tie-in cookbook, star chef Bobby Flay presents the sought-after recipes from his hit show. Bobby Flay's Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge.

Every week celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay goes head-to-head with cooks who have staked their claim as masters of an iconic dish--buffalo wings, chicken cacciatore, sticky buns, or coconut cake--even though he may never have cooked these things before. The results are always entertaining--and delicious. In his first-ever cookbook collaboration with Food Network, Bobby shares for the first time the recipes and the fun from his popular show.

Both Bobby's recipes and his challengers' are included, comprising a "best of" cross-country tour of regional specialties and good-hearted competitive spirit. Try dishes such as Bobby's winning Mac and Cheese Carbonara recipe, which just edged out Delilah Winder's 7-Cheese Mac and Cheese, made famous at her eponymous restaurant in Philadelphia, PA; or Joe and John Castro's Kentucky Hot Browns, served at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY--the recipe that served Bobby a major defeat. Home cooks can make both dishes and decide for themselves which one wins!

Color photos documenting favorite Throwdown! moments will fill the pages, as will beautiful, all-new color food photography created just for this book. Bobby Flay's Throwdown! is the ultimate companion cookbook to one of America's favorite food shows. As Bobby says at the end of each episode, "So to all you cooks out there, keep doing what you do. But ask yourself this: Are you ready for a Throwdown?"

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today’s songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more.

In The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, longtime New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits. Seabrook takes us into a strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making from its obscure origins in early 1990s Sweden to its dominance of today's Billboard charts.

Journeying from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with new "track-and-hook" techniques. The stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Stargate, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine shows what life is like in an industry that has been catastrophically disrupted―spurring innovation, competition, intense greed, and seductive new products.

Going beyond music to discuss money, business, marketing, and technology, The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, explores what the new hits may be doing to our brains and listening habits, especially as services like Spotify and Apple Music use streaming data to gather music into new genres invented by algorithms based on listener behavior.

Fascinating, revelatory, and original, The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, will change the way you listen to music.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, renowned author Clayton M. Christensen.

His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller, innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right—yet still lose market leadership. Read this international bestseller to avoid a similar fate.

Clay Christensen—who authored the award-winning Harvard Business Review article “How Will You Measure Your Life?”—explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says a successful company with established products WILL get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

Sharp, cogent, provocative, and one of the most influential business books of all time—The Innovator’s Dilemma is the book no manager or entrepreneur should be without.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Congrats to @Ascend_Amp on their LEED Gold Certification - Only outdoor amphitheater in nation to obtain sought after designation

Ascend Amphitheater is the only outdoor amphitheater in the nation to score a LEED Gold Certification. The announcement was made yesterday during a meeting of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and/or neighborhoods.

Sustainability highlights that led to the Gold Certification for the facility include:
• 2,800-square-foot green roof
• 400,000-gallon rain harvesting tank
• Geothermal heating and cooling system
• Geothermal ice machines
• 1,350 square feet of solar panels on the roof
• 267 trees representing over 38 different species and will achieve Level 1 arboretum status
• 48 bike parking spaces and a bike repair station
• 9,000 square feet of permeable paving
• 2,705,500 tons of recycled content through April
• 2,895 tons of crushed rock used onsite
• Solar-powered media charger

Ascend sits on the 11-acre addition on the west bank of Riverfront Park.  The open back of the amphitheater structure allows for views through the structure toward the downtown skyline and beyond. Additional pivoting windscreens allow for an even more open flow of visual sight lines. All of the amphitheater accessory buildings create a permeable front to the city streets with sliding gates that facilitate an ebb and flow into the site on a daily basis, with gates sliding closed only during ticketed events.

Over-scaled customized swings, which marry the regional precast material and the industrial steel references, are strategically located to provide focused views down the Cumberland River and toward the main flow of the greenway path for people walking through the park. A primary greenway path slips through the park, serving as a connection to city greenways and parks both north, south, east and west of this pivotal location.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a facility was designed and built to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.  Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to guide the building industry and provide sustainability standards for a variety of building projects.

Kim Hawkins with Kim Hawkins Partners led the design team. Dennis Georgatos of Skanska led construction and Larry Atema with the Commonwealth Development Group managed the project.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Billy Joel The Definitive Biography

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend, Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.

Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the seventies and eighties. He also explores Joel’s creative transformation in the nineties, his dream performance with Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium in 2008, and beyond.

Along the way, Schruers reveals the stories behind all the key events and relationships—including Joel’s high-profile marriages and legal battles—that defined his path to stardom and inspired his signature songs, such as “Piano Man,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “New York State of Mind,” and “She’s Always a Woman.” Throughout, he captures the spirit of a restless artist determined to break through by sharing, in his deeply personal lyrics, the dreams and heartbreaks of suburban American life.

Comprehensive, vibrantly written, and filled with Joel’s memories and reflections—as well as those of the family, friends, and band members who have formed his inner circle, including Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, Jon Small, and Steve Cohen—this is the definitive account of a beloved rock star’s epic American journey.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock's Greatest Legends

In 1968, rock promoter Bill Graham launched the Fillmore East in New York City and the Fillmore West in San Francisco, changing music forever. For three years, every major rock band played the Fillmores, performing legendary shows: Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Allman Brothers, and many more. Author John Glatt tells the story of the Fillmores through the lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, and an all-star supporting cast. Joplin opened the Fillmore East and delivered some of her greatest performances there and at its San Francisco twin. Carlos Santana grew up as a performer at the Fillmore West after being discovered by Graham on audition night. Always unpredicatable, Grace Slick’s electrifying Jefferson Airplane was the de facto resident band at both Fillmores. Chronicling the East and West Coast cultures of the late ’60s and early '70s—New York City with its speed, heroin, and the Velvet Underground versus San Francisco with the LSD-drenched Summer of Love—Glatt reveals how Graham the made it all possible . . . that is, until August 1969 when Woodstock changed everything and musicians suddenly realized their power.

But why did Bill Graham shutter both Fillmores within weeks of each other in 1971, during the height of their popularity? Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock's Greatest Legends, reveals how Graham’s claim that “The flowers wilted and the scene changed,” was not quite the whole story.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought @RandyOwenMusic Home

Randy Owen is the face of Alabama, the biggest country music group of all time. For legions of country music fans, Randy Owen is a household name.

Alabama has had 42 #1 hit singles and has sold more than 73 million records worldwide. In 1999 they were named the “Country Group of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America and inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Alabama is one of the 20 best-selling music acts of all time-in the U.S. alone, they have sold more albums than Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan.

Randy’s music comes from his heart and his small town roots. He was raised in rural Alabama and grew up working on a small share-cropper farm and today lives on this same land that his family worked for generations. Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home, which is also the title of one of the group’s first #1 hits, a country music classic--will weave in the Alabama story, Randy’s own experiences with temptation in the face of superstar status, and how he held on to his traditional, Christian values over time. An inspirational story about how a poor country boy became a country music hero to millions of fans, the book will reveal never before shared material about Randy’s close relationship with his father, his troubled teen years, and how his down-home country roots kept him grounded. Each chapter begins with Randy’s lyrics to an Alabama song that sets up the stories of his life, instantly connecting readers with their favorite songs and the man behind the music.

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