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International Food Security Assessment, 2011-21

International Food Security Assessment, 2011-21

by Shahla Shapouri
Paperback, 64 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437988796

This report shows that the number of food-insecure people in developing countries is estimated to decline by about 9 million, from 861 million in 2010 to 852 million in 2011 and the number is projected to decline by 16 percent, or nearly 140 million over the next decade.

Food security in Asia and the Latin America and the Caribbean region is projected to improve, whereas food security in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to deteriorate. Food-insecure people are defined as those consuming less than the nutritional target of roughly 2,100 calories per day per person.

Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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August 9, 2011 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Award-Winning Indian Cookbook: Emperor’s Table, The Art of Mughal Cuisine by Salma Husain

Weekly Book Special: August 18th-August 24th

India celebrated its Independence Day on August 15th. Learn more about the country’s rich food history with this week’s book special:

Emperor’s Table: The Art of Mughal Cuisine

Written by Salma Husain, Illustrated by Pavan K. Varma
(Hardcover, 2008, 144 pages)
List Price: $27.00, OUR PRICE: $5.95
Emperor's Table

For The Mughals transformed India’s cooking by intermingling Middle Eastern cuisine with Indian spices and ingredients to produce some of the most exquisite Mughlai food.

This book not only traces the history of the Mughal emperors through their fondness for food and contribution to the growth of recipes, but is an engaging read on the role of each ruler’s personal likes and dislikes as well as how this has shaped the course of food habits in India.

Offers a mouth-watering selection of dishes ranging from soups and breads to exotic meat dishes. Showcases the splendor of the Mughal table through full-color miniature paintings. The recipes were selected from the original Persian manuscripts and books. They are easy to follow, but are modified for modern times.

Deepika, our Indian-American intern, says her favorite recipe is for Orange Flavoured Chicken Pulao (click to enlarge: illustration / recipe):

This book won Gourmand’s 2008 World Cookbook Award for "Best Culinary History."

Writes Time Out Mumbai: "Her study of food from the Mughal era puts recipes second and the people who loved them first." Author Salma Husain, who spent six years on the cookbook, told the magazine, "I didn’t want to do just a collection of recipes. This book shows the journey of Mughal food in India.”

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August 18, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Terrorism in Southeast Asia (ISBN: 9781437925685)

Questioning Supreme Court Nominees About Their Views on Legal or Constitutional Issues: A Recurring Issue (ISBN: 9781437935899)
By Denis Steven Rutkus
(Paperback, 25 pages, 2010, $20.00)

Contents of this report: (I) The Rise of Islamist Militancy in Southeast Asia: Overview; The Rise of Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia; (II) The Jemaah Islamiyah Network: History of Jemaah Islamiyah; Jemaah Islamiyah’s Relationship to Al Qaeda; Jemaah Islamiyah’s Size and Structure; Major Plots; (III) Indonesia: Recent Events; Background; The Bali Bombings and Other JI attacks in Indonesia; The Trial and Release of Baasyir; U.S.-Indonesia Cooperation; (IV) The Philippines: Abu Sayyaf; The MILF; The Philippine Communist Party (CPP); U.S. Support for Philippine Military Operations; (V) Thailand: Southern Insurgency; Approaches of Recent Governments; Current Government’s Approach; Little Evidence of Transnational Elements; Leadership of Insurgency Unclear; U.S.-Thai Cooperation; (VI) Malaysia: Recent Events; A Muslim Voice of Moderation; Maritime Concerns; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Malaysia; Terrorist Groups in Malaysia; Malaysia’s Counter-Terrorism Efforts and Their Critics; U.S.-Malaysia Counter-Terrorism Cooperation; (VII) Singapore: U.S.-Singapore Cooperation; Enhanced Homeland Security. Maps.

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July 15, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

My Years in Nanking — Gripping Memoir of Republic of China’s Last Days by Nanking’s First Lady (ISBN: 978-1440122569)

Gripping Memoir of Republic of China’s Last Days
by Nanking’s First Lady

My Years in Nanking

“My Years in Nanking: Reminiscences of Inyeening Shen”
Edited by Jane Shen Schopf
(iUniverse, 2009, 192 pages, $19.95 paperback, ISBN: 978-1-4401-2256-9)

Sixty years after the fall of the Republic of China, join the former First Lady of Nanking, Inyeening Shen, as she tells her remarkable personal journey in “My Years in Nanking: Reminiscenes of Inyeening Shen.” She helped her husband Dr. Shen Yi, the Mayor of Nanking, lead the national capital through the turmoil of the country’s final days.

In the late 1940s, after the Sino-Japanese War and the Nanking Massacre, Mao Zedong’s Communist People’s Liberation Army surged toward Nanking. Amid a country plagued by corruption, inflation and backroom dealing, Shen overthrew gender roles as she struggled to maintain the mayoral household.

For more than 50 years, Shen (who died in 1999) safeguarded her handwritten memoirs from being published, fearful of criticizing her husband’s colleagues in Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government. Now the world is ready to learn how Shen navigated the country’s inner politics during its pivotal time.

“Mom had published books, essays and poems in Chinese, but this memoir was her only work in English,” says Shen’s daughter and editor Dr. Jane Shen Schopf.

Eleven gripping chapters chronicle how she forged friendships with diplomats, collaborated with Chiang Kai-shek’s wife Soong Mayling and organized relief for Nanking’s refugees.

This book includes a prologue, a foreword placing the work in context of China’s 20th century military and social history, and more than 150 transliterations of Chinese terms and phrases. More than 70 never-before-published historical photographs and an historical map complement the book.

“This moving, personal journey, set within a concrete historical framework,” writes Beverly Friend, the Executive Director of China Judaic Studies Association, “provides fascinating reading for students, scholars, history buffs, and anyone who wants to delve beneath factual details to experience the human struggles that lie within.

About Inyeening Shen and Dr. Jane Shen Schopf
Prof. Inyeening Shen (1907-1999) was the First Lady of Nanking, and authored books, essays and poetry. She was a university professor, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree. She was also a student of China’s grandmaster painter Chang Ta-Ch’ien.

Dr. Jane Shen Schopf, her daughter and editor, is an internationally-known plant biologist at UCLA.

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