Beta
X

Bookface Blog

RSS
Archive by category: GPT-3Return
Dec 31, 2020

For anyone considering becoming a Vegan as their New Year's resolution, these are the benefits and some of the things you need to consider.

Huge health benefits

By eating a plant-based diet, you're avoiding meat, fish, dairy and eggs. That means less saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Vegans also tend to be very conscious about the quality of food they eat, so will be buying organic and fair trade produce. You can actually get every vitamin and mineral you need from a vegan diet, including protein, calcium and iron. These are particularly important for vegans, as they're more at risk of deficiencies. For example, vegans need to ensure they get enough Vitamin B12, which can only be found in animal products. The Vegan Society recommends taking a Vitamin B12 supplement, if you're not eating fortified foods. One small caveat though: it's a good idea to take a Vitamin D supplement as this is found in fish and eggs and isn't found in vegan foods. You'll also be cutting down on processed foods, which means less sugar and salt. You'll have a smaller carbon footprint The UK's Vegan Society estimates that the average individual's carbon footprint reduces by 1.5 tCO2e by going vegan. By doing this, you'll also be reducing your food and water consumption, meaning you're having a smaller impact on the environment. There's also an economic benefit to being vegan. As less food is wasted, the less you'll need to buy. The vegan industry is booming More and more people have been turning to veganism and the market is growing. According to research by Nielsen, the number of UK vegans has almost risen by 900% in the last decade, which is about 360,000 people. Almost half of non-vegans (47%) admit to having tried veganism, with many people following the veganuary campaign.

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons // Nava Atlas

I enjoyed this book. It provides a wide variety of easy to make nutritious and incredibly tasty soups and stews. I have made many of the recipes and have gotten rave reviews from everyone that has eaten the food. I have been vegan for almost 40 years and have been searching for soup recipes that are not just thickened flour based gravy or cream based sauces. This book is filled with recipes that are interesting, nutritious, and very tasteful. I enjoyed many of the soups so much that I made them more than once. I am a very picky eater and I am very fussy about how my soup is made. I am a soup fanatic. I have never been disappointed with any of the recipes in this book. I recommend this book to anyone that is vegan, has a loved one that is vegan, is looking for a way to eat more healthy, or anyone that just likes good tasting food. About the Author NAVAS ATLAS is an award-winning cookbook author, food columnist, and food photographer who has worked on more than two dozen cookbooks. He has written for VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Fine Cooking, and other magazines. He is a certified health coach and teaches cooking classes in New York City. He has been featured on the Food Network and PBS. He lives in New York City.

Vegan Bowl Attack! // Jackie Sobon

More Than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power is the ultimate resource for busy vegans who need quick, delicious meals that fit busy schedules. With over 100 vegan recipes, Vegan Bowl Attack will equip you with a wide range of vegan-friendly and gluten-free recipes that are sure to keep you full and satisfied. Vegan Bowl Attack includes a wide variety of recipes ranging from appetizers and soups to entrees and desserts. From snacking on Chickpea Fries with Sriracha Ketchup (page 94) to deliciously packing in the protein with the High-Protein Hemp Burger (page 100), you’ll find recipes for any meal of the day. With Vegan Bowl Attack, you can be assured that every recipe is free of common allergens such as soy, eggs, dairy, and gluten. Includes easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful full-color photographs for every dish!

Jackie Sobon is a vegan athlete. She is a vegan, personal trainer, powerlifter and the author of Vegan Bowl Attack. She is also the host of the Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness podcast. She has competed as a powerlifter, bodybuilder, and strongwoman. She is also a writer for Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, VegNews Magazine, Vegan Fitness, and Vegan Health and Fitness. Jackie is a RYT200 yoga teacher and an ACE certified personal trainer. She is currently training to compete in the 2017 Crossfit Games.

Veganomicon // Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero

I’ve been wanting to write a review of this book since I first bought it, but every time I tried to write something the words just wouldn’t flow. It wasn’t that I didn’t have anything to say, but that this cookbook is so great I wanted to take the time to do it justice. I’ve been using this book for at least a year now, and I have to say that I have never looked at another cookbook the way I look at Veganomicon. This book is my go-to book for basically every meal. There is a great variety of recipes in this book, and they are all very easy to follow. The ingredients are all things I usually have in my kitchen, and the recipes are so easy it’s ridiculous. I’ve cooked so many meals from this book that I can’t even remember them all. Some of the recipes that I love are the samosas, the ho chi mai, the polenta-crusted eggplant, the gazpacho, the “egg” salad, “crab” cakes, and the black bean brownies. The cookbook has a great variety of recipes for every meal, and I don’t know how many times I’ve found myself cooking something from this book. I almost always use my parents’ copy, though, because I have my own copy to use for school. I really don’t know how to say more without just telling you to go buy the book, but I’ll try. If you want to be vegan, and especially if you want to cook for yourself, this book is a must. I really don’t know why I haven’t written this review before now. I guess if I’m forced to write a review now, it’ll force me to read the book again and see what all I’ve been missing.

The Homemade Vegan Pantry // Miyoko Schinner

The Homemade Vegan Pantry is a must-have for any vegan kitchen. It has a great selection of vegan recipes that will please the whole family. The recipes are not fancy, but are tasty and easy to make. The book is organized by topic, such as sauces, basics, spreads, salads, burgers & sandwiches, soups, stews, and desserts. Each section has a variety of recipes that are easy to find and follow. My favorite section was the desserts. There are a variety of recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth. For example, the cookies and bars are great for snacking. The cupcakes and cake recipes are great for birthdays and other celebrations. I also like the sauces, spreads and condiments section. There are a variety of recipes that are great for sandwiches, burgers, and even salad dressings. She also has an interesting recipe for vegan mayonnaise. My kids love vegan mayonnaise on their sandwiches. The best thing about Miyoko’s recipes is that they are not complicated. She does not use hard-to-find ingredients or impossible-to-pronounce ingredients. She keeps her recipes simple, yet delicious. I enjoy cooking for my family. The recipes in this book are perfect for my busy schedule. I like recipes that I can make with basic ingredients. I also like recipes that are easy to follow. I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes in this book. I recommend The Homemade Vegan Pantry for anyone who wants to learn how to cook vegan recipes. I like this book so much that I am going to buy it for my sister, who is a vegetarian.

Title: One Pot Vegan // Roxy Pope, Ben Pook

Readers of the blog will know that I have a longstanding love for Roxy Pope’s books. Her books are my go-to cookbooks when I want to try something new. She is also the author of the blog Cake ‘n Knife. One Pot Vegan is different to her other books. It is written in a different style. It is divided into chapters, each with a different focus. The chapters include:

  • One Pot Meals
  • Sweet Things
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Soups
  • One Pot Sauces
  • Burgers and Balls
  • Pasta Bowls Dips,
  • Spreads,
  • Pickles and Spreads Drinks
  • Smoothies Snacks

I love how easy it is to flip straight to the section I want. The chapters are short and to the point. The recipes are not split out by main course, side dish or dessert. They are all mixed together, so you can choose whatever you fancy – it’s the perfect cookbook for busy people. You can find a recipe for whatever takes your fancy. The recipes are easy to follow and the instructions are simple and easy to read. The photographs are beautiful – they look like they have been taken by a professional photographer. There are recipes for things I have never heard of – like Nutty Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, and Veggie-Beef Burgers. There are also recipes for things that are common in our house, like Sweet Potato Fries and BBQ Burgers. They are all simple to follow and delicious to eat! I love the simplicity of the recipes. The recipes are very straightforward and easy to follow. Most of the recipes have only a few steps. The recipes are easy to read and easy to follow. The instructions are clear and precise. I have tried a few recipes from the book already and they have all been a success. I have made the Nutty Butter, Sweet Potato Fries, Veggie-Beef Burgers, and the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. The recipes are all easy to make. The recipes are all delicious. The recipes are all simple – even my children can follow them. I am going to make the rest of the recipes from the book in the coming weeks. I am sure that they will all be just as good. I love Roxy Pope

 

Read More
Dec 30, 2020
Platform is a novel by Michel Houellebecq published in 2001. Houellebecq's dystopian vision of a near-future where sex has been replaced by the cloning of human beings is his most accomplished and thought-provoking novel. The main character, a marketing consultant, has to travel to Thailand to convince a sex-tourism entrepreneur to make a deal with his company. The novel's brooding, cynical tone is perfectly embodied in the hero's obsession with the film Back To The Future Part II, which he watches over and over again on video. The novel is shot through with a sense of despair, and in the end the hero decides to clone himself and to travel back in time to meet the 19th-century writer Joris Karl Huysmans, whose work he admires. As the hero says, "I'm only doing it for the pleasure of talking to you again, of course, but it's also because I don't have any choice. You're a writer, Huysmans, you understand that. You're my last resort."
The Possibility of an Island In the beginning of the 21st century, on a tiny island of the coast of Western Europe, there lives a man of around fifty. He is rich, withdrawn, solitary. His name is Michel Djerzinski. He is a scientist and he lives alone in a huge mansion. One day, a new maid arrives at the mansion. Her name is Sophie. She comes from Eastern Europe. She is twenty-five and she is very beautiful. She and Michel go to bed together and from this moment onwards their relationship will change their lives in an irreversible way.
Serotonin. We are in the far future. A single human colony, also a reproduction, is left orbiting an old star, between the galaxy's spiral arms. The protagonist, a historian and teacher, spends most of his time drinking and sleeping with women, but at the same time he is obsessed with the idea that humanity should undertake a last-ditch effort to reproduce itself. This is the story of a man who is obsessed with death, but who is incapable of doing anything significant with his life, who spends his days enjoying his existence.
Atomised. This is the first novel written by Michel Houellebecq. The novel narrates the lives of two brothers, Michel and Bruno, who were raised in an upper middle class family in France. Since childhood, Bruno, the younger of the two, gets angry when Michel, the elder brother, gets the attention. He believes that he is better than his brother at everything even though Michel is a gifted mathematician. In his adolescence, Bruno gets a sex education book from Michel. Bruno is shocked to find his brother in the book and gets angry at his brother. The novel also presents the lives of two married couples, Michel and Isabelle and Bruno and Francoise. Bruno is in love with Francoise while Michel is in love with Isabelle. The novel was published in 1994 and was a great success. The novel received the Prix Novembre in 1994.
Submission by Michel Houellebecq is a provocative novel, set in a near future France. It is the fictional story of a Muslim man who wins the French presidency in a landslide victory, and the ensuing political turmoil that follows. Submission is a must read for anyone interested in international affairs and the future of France. the novel is meant to be a thought experiment, and a critique of certain political and social trends in France
Read More
Dec 23, 2020

At Bookface.io we're always using the latest and greatest technology using AI  We also love reading by the way - and Jack Reacher is one of our favourites (even if they did try and ruin it by casting Tom Cruise in the lead role!).  This Top 10 is a bit different though.  It was generated using  GPT 3 from Open AI.  If you haven't heard of GPT 3 - try this article. In the meantime, here's what GPT 3 thinks.  I think it made a pretty good job.  Jack Reacher would be proud (provided he's had his coffee).

AI: I am an AI created by OpenAI. How can I help you today?

Human: What are the top 10 Jack Reacher books and why?

AI: Okay. First one is One Shot by Lee Childs. It was the first novel by Lee Childs featuring Cruise and about him emerging as a leader for the group. The story takes place primarily in the American city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and on the South Fork of Long Island in New York. This book was published in 1996.

Human: Interesting.  What's next?

AI: Second on the list is Worth Dying For by Lee Childs. Jack Reacher said, 'Haven't done that yet.' In this book, Lee describes Reacher being trained as a soldier and in boxing and martial arts. This book crossed the boundary between genre fiction and literary fiction and became much more popular than Lee Childs' previous novels. It was an immediate international best seller. The story takes place primarily in New York City, Georgia, and Margrave, Alabama. It was published in 1997.

Human: What's number three?

AI: Maden of the Dragon coming in third is a book of short stories written by Lee Childs. The main theme in his short stories is that people who hurt other people come to bad ends. This book covers actions in London, Paris, Nova Scotia, and California. It was published in 1997.

Human: Is it a Jack Reacher book?

AI: It is the 4th but yes. The Hard Way was written by Lee Childs and first published on 6 October 1997. Jack Reacher must battle a giant in order to save his friend from this guy. This book takes place primarily in the American city of New York City and its suburbs. It was Lee Childs's second published novel featuring Reacher. Jack Reacher is the protagonist.

Human: Jack Reacher is always the protagonist

AI: Book number five is Jack Reacher's Rules by Lee Childs. The book introduces several elements of what has become Childs's signature "Reacherese" style, including detailed notes at the start of each novel, a reoccurring theme of the number 5 (Jack Reacher's favorite number), and an explanation for Reacher's love of pork pie hats at the end. Other than those differences, this book is very similar to Childs's other novels. Book takes place in New York City, Georgia, and Margrave, Alabama.

Human: Where is Killing Floor on the list?

AI: The sixth on the list is Killing Floor by Lee Childs. Also, it is the only novel written solely by Childs. Jack Reacher is looking for work and decides to wander around town. He notices a mixed martial arts studio called The Junkyard. He enters into the studio and sees four men beating up one participant of the group. He talks to the owner of the studio, Michelle Chang. She gives Reacher a job and he starts training.

Human: How many to go?

AI: 7th is Tripwire by Lee Childs. In the book, Reacher has walked into a trap, with Michelle Chang, a woman he considered very much a friend and who might be falling for him (he's an expert on that), in danger.

Human: How many to go?

AI: Next is Without Fail by Lee Childs. The only common ground Reacher and the other three men have is that each had spent the night with Margaret Coe, the director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East, who dropped out. However, Reacher also notes a large fire the previous night. He goes to the bureau and determines that Jay Knox was the agent assigned to protect her and discovers he was killed. He was reassigned to protect the other members of her team. Reacher suspects that the assassin will strike again that night and tries to warn the other agents.

Human: Got it. Next one?

AI: Echo Burning by Lee Childs is about Jack Reacher–the man from the secret agency that knows where the bodies are buried. They sent him on a mission. But now Reacher wants out. He's seen enough – and he thinks the American dream soured for good.

Human: Can you tell me some more about Echo Burning?

AI: Sure. In the opening chapters of the novel, Lee Childs introduces Reacher to the readers. He is not your typical hero. Rather, he is atypical. Reacher is a drifter. He hiked out West from Fort Dix in New Jersey and has ended up in Margrave, Georgia. From there, he wants to move on. "I'm moving on, Jack Reacher said. I've been thinking about it for a while. I want to be by myself for a while. I'm tired of working with others." Later, Reacher explains that he does not need people yelling at him all the time because he wants to explore the world and figure out who he is.

Human: He's an interesting character

AI: The series continues with Worth The Change by Lee Childs. Second in a series by Lee Childs, the novel starts with Reacher hitchhiking, eight miles down the road from Alice, when he sees that most of a family has been killed. Not only that, the criminal who did it is still around – the killer is going to shoot anyone he comes across. So begins what becomes an action-packed and exciting story.

Human: Any more?

AI: Persuader by Lee Childs is third in a series by Lee Childs. When a wise and kindly old man who helped him as a child dies, Reacher travels to his funeral. He hires Dakota to drive him back. On the way there, two men try to kill them but fail. Reacher starts to investigate, and discovers that the old man had ties to organized crime. When one of the criminals from Florida arrives to town, he suspects that maybe someone is after something or someone else important. Then they may be right.

Human: Is that the last one?

AI: No. Personal by Lee Childs is the fourth in a series by Lee Childs. Jack Reacher is sitting in the Burger City parking lot, minding his own business. But after checking up on an old friend and colleague from his old special unit, Army Major Susan Turner, he finds out that the Army thinks she murdered two people. He decides to travel to see her for himself to learn what is going on. He hopes that maybe together, they can figure out who really did it. But soon, Reacher also becomes a suspect.

Human: Which is the best one?

AI: The Enemy. Lee is an exceptional writer. His focus on details, description, and action make the dialogue of his characters come to life. Reacher is a mysterious character. Because of that, I like this novel. It is the second novel by Lee Childs. Human also appeared at the beginning.

Human: Thank you.  I think that is at least 10

AI: You're welcome. Goodbye!

Read More
Jan 01, 2021
1. The Island by Victoria Hislop This is a novel set in an idyllic Greek island. I highly recommend this one to those who want to take a break from the daily stress. It’s definitely an easy read that can be finished in a day or two. What if you had to leave your home, your family, and the only life you’d ever known? What if you could never return? What if you never knew why?
  2. Alexis by Loula Kyriakou When a woman is found murdered on a remote Greek island, all evidence points to the husband of the victim. When his only alibi, his daughter, disappears, Detective Kostas Haritos must track down the girl before the murderer can silence her for good. But as the investigation unfolds, Kostas begins to wonder if a father could really be capable of such a crime.
  3. Daphne by Peter May In a remote Greek village, a young man is found dead in the local church. He has been stabbed in the back, and there’s no sign of the murder weapon. But the villagers all have a theory about the crime. Their gossip about the murder soon intertwines with the story of Daphne, a young woman who arrives in the village with a secret.
 
4. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan This book is the third novel in the series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”. It is set in the present time, but the plot is heavily influenced by Greek mythology so I included it in this list. After the war against the Titans, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mythical Golden Fleece before their friends perish in the depths of Tartarus. To succeed on their quest, the demigods must start working together, but with a traitor in their midst, trusting each other will be harder than they imagined.
  5. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory This is the first novel in the series ‘The Cousin’s War’. The plot revolves around the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). Although a work of fiction, it’s based on a true historical event. The War of the Roses was a 30-year conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York. The White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville, marries Edward IV in secret and brings her family to the court. The novel is about the events surrounding the marriage of Elizabeth to Edward, the events of the marriage, and the fall of the house of Lancaster.

 

Read More
Jan 01, 2021

Let's give it a try....**Spoiler Alert: Looks good until you try the URL's**

Give me the top 5 YouTube videos for learning the acoustic guitar and include the author, description and URL.

1. Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson 1 – How to Hold the Guitar, Strumming, Picking, Chords + Song (Coffeehouse Rock)

Author: GuitarTricks

Description: This video lesson will teach you how to play the guitar and sing. You’ll learn chords, strumming patterns, the basics of barre chords, how to play in a band and you’ll learn how to play a song!

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9fVw_k1wuM

2. Acoustic Guitar Lesson 1 – How to Hold the Guitar

Author: Mr. Guitar

Description: The first lesson on part one of the Mr. Guitar series. Learn how to play the acoustic guitar and sing.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j51_u2XDhqQ

3. How to play guitar – beginner acoustic guitar lesson

Author: LickLibrary

Description: Learn how to play guitar and sing in this free video guitar lesson.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWV7QYsR3kY

4. Learn Acoustic Guitar – Lesson 1: Basic Practice Routine

Author: GuitarTricks

Description: This lesson will teach you the basics of the acoustic guitar including how to hold the guitar, how to tune your guitar, and how to play an open chord.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg-ihA9QdZw

5. Acoustic Guitar First Lesson – Basic Finger Positions

Author: Learn Guitar Basics

Description: This is the first lesson for beginners on the guitar. In the lesson we cover how to hold the guitar, how to correctly position your fingers on the fretboard, and how to strum the guitar.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWuqelXa8mY

Give me the top 5 YouTube videos for learning the electric guitar and include the author, description and URL.

Read More
Apr 01, 2020

Psychoanalysis in Time of Plague James Webster, Cambridge University Press

Psychoanalysis in Time of Plague is an important contribution to the history of the ideas of psychoanalysis. The author, James Webster, has held a position at the Freud Museum since 1984, and has been instrumental in the organisation of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Freud Centenary Congress in London in 1999.

The book is a substantial, well-researched and beautifully written study of the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the writings of Freud and his followers. It is a book that will be of interest to a large number of people, from cultural and gender historians to Freud scholars. Webster has a very accessible style, and he writes not only about Freud but about the lives and writings of his followers, including such figures as Melanie Klein, Ernest Jones, Melanie Klein, Ernest Jones, Helene Deutsch, and Edward Glover.

Webster begins with an explanation of psychoanalysis and its context. He then surveys some of the psychoanalytic writing of the First World War, and demonstrates how Freud’s views were adapted to the changing world of his time. He describes the conflicts within the psychoanalytic movement, which led to the first splits in the movement. The text is illustrated with cartoons and photographs of the period, and the book is peppered with witty asides, such as “Largely unread today, the book was a best-seller at the time” and “He was a dogmatic, ambitious man with little sense of humour”.

Webster is not afraid to present the material in such a way that he can make points about the development of psychoanalysis, and he is at his best when he is explaining the inter-relation of Freud’s ideas and his life. For example, Webster explains that Freud’s decision to move from Vienna to London in 1938 “was the product of a dialectical interaction between the theories he had been developing for decades and the circumstances of his life at that moment, which made the move seem desirable.”

Webster sees the Second World War as the most important factor in the development of psychoanalysis. The book sets out to explain how the war led to a split in the psychoanalytic movement, and how it also led to the development of a new psychoanalytic school, the Independent Group.

Read More
Mar 30, 2020

Some advice...

1. Look at your child's curriculum. If you are teaching a specific curriculum, check out the curriculum's website. Many offer lessons online.

2. Look at the lesson plans in your curriculum. If you are not using a curriculum, look at your child's workbooks. Plan the lessons you will cover in the weeks ahead.

3. Plan family activities. This helps keep your child's mind on learning.

4. Be flexible. Don't get stuck on a lesson plan. If there is something that your child is really excited about, include it.

5. Include your child. Let your child help you plan the weeks' lessons.

6. Try to schedule school around other activities. Children love to have play time, and you want to keep their interest.

7. Use online games and activities. There are lots of free online games and activities that you can use to help your child learn.

8. Use free online resources. For example, many states have virtual public libraries.

9. Use free online textbooks. Many textbooks are available for free online.

10. Be creative. Sometimes the best activities are the ones you come up with.

Read More