Good Clean Fun

Author: Nick Offerman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101985984
Size: 67.80 MB
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After two New York Times bestsellers, Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he's known best—his incredible real-life woodshop. Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day’s work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff—kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes. Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves. In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, easy-to-follow instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what’s more, this tutelage is augmented by mouth-watering color photos (Nick calls it "wood porn"). You will also find writings by Nick, offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to his own woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery. Whether you’ve been working in your own shop for years, or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you’ve ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman’s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information. From the Hardcover edition.

Know That What You Eat You Are

Author: Ellen Rosebush
Publisher: American Retrospective
ISBN: 9781879957602
Size: 45.87 MB
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"There is nothing new under the sun--or on the stove, kitchen table, or in the refrigerator, either. This collection of food writing from the archives of Harper's Magazine demonstrates that Americans have been thinking and caring about what and how they eat for more than a century and a half. The essays in Know That What You Eat You Are have been selected from Harper's Magazine's 167-year history and feature such celebrated writers as M.F.K. Fisher, Upton Sinclair, Ford Maddox Ford, Wendell Berry, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Pollan. Learn how a proper meal was served in 1875, the secrets of Jackie Kennedy's seafood and potato chip casserole, and how to forage for wild mushrooms and survive. There are chilling accounts of efforts to innovate new foods (Fritos, for instance) and preserve them for the late 20th century's burgeoning consumer culture. There are stories of foods coldly regarded as mere commodities (hello, Quinoa) and others that expound on how ensuring that what we eat is actually good is a responsibility we all share. The latest piece in the book is a hilarious crawl though the excess and absurdity of early 21st century dining in New York City that will have readers laughing deeply from their bellies while wondering if they might wish to fill it with an inflated pig's bladder. As the actor (Parks and Recreation), writer, documentarian and woodworker Nick Offerman states in his introduction, this satisfying spread of essays, while an excellent tasting menu of the many-faceted relations between Americans and their foodstuffs, serves as a clear journal of ways in which we have done our eating right, and of course, how we have burnt the toast to a crisp."--Publisher's description.