Author: Biz India

Book Review: What Works on Wall Street

Author: James P. O’Shaughnessy Publisher: McGraw-Hill – 681 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani This large, bestselling book provides a lot of data, detailed analysis of that data, and some new knowledge that I think most readers did not have, no matter how much they know about investing, or think they already know. I know I picked about a lot of it. The main (and pleasantly surprising) conclusion is that investing in stocks – rightly representing shares in the balance sheet, earnings and earning potential of companies, rather than just some “trading chips”  – does work. A lot of readers would be skeptical with that conclusion. But if you see the long-term performance records of successful investors in public companies such as Warren Buffett and others, your skepticism will change to positive belief that investing can help you increase your wealth as well as your passive income. Like involvement in any endeavor, the amount of correct knowledge you acquire, the positive actions you take, the discipline you gain and the good investing habits you develop, determines the level of your outcome. I believe you can acquire all these changes in yourself with this unusual book. This book can help you raise the level of your successful outcome if you learn the numerous lessons it provides within its pages filled with information about what works and what does not work...

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Book Review: Vegan Pie in the Sky

Authors: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero Publisher: Da Capo Press–Lifelong Books (Member of Perseus Books Group), 223 pages Book Review by Laxmi Chaandi My mouth was watering as I started to browse through photos of the immense variety of delicious-looking cakes, cobblers, cookies, creams, fruits, nuts, pies, puddings and tarts on the front and back covers and within 220-plus pages of this colorful book filled with recipes of baked delights. And for vegetarians who love baked goods but do not eat anything with animal fat in it, this book is an unusual treasure trove of 75 recipes for delectable pies and other such goodies. You like chocolate? With more than 30 pages of delights made with chocolate – from Boston cream pie with a layer of chocolate to brownie bottom peanut butter cheesecake to chocolate mousse to Manhattan mud pie to salted chocolate caramel tart – this delightful book has the recipes you need to satisfy your craving for chocolate And if you are nuts about nuts and want to have them with chocolate, you will find delicacies made with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts and other dried fruit too. If you like creamy delights, try the banana kahlua cheesecake, the cappuccino mousse pie, the coconut cream pie, the key lime pie, the little lemon mousse or the luxury pistachio pudding pie and many other tasty treats. If...

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Book Review: Vegan for Life: Everything Yu Need to Know To Be Healthy and Fit Based on a Plant-Based Diet

Authors:  Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, RD, MPH Publisher:  Da Capo – Lifelong Press – 283 pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi Vegetarians avoid meats and sometimes seafood. Most do not eat eggs, but some do. Vegans go a few or a lot of steps further by not only avoiding all  meats, seafood and eggs but also milk, cheese, butter and all  products that contain anything from animals, such as  biscuits using eggs as ingredients. Some vegans also do not wear clothing and footwear made of leather, silk, wool and other materials that were parts of animals once. This book states that veganism began in the Western world in 1944 in England. In the east however, as is well-known, most Hindus are vegetarians. But it is not known among the 1.2 billion people in India how many are vegans. Vegans outside India, especially non-Hindus, have the desire to improve their health as the basis for eating plant-based food. Recent books, such as importantly, The China Study provide scientific proof that consumption of meats, is not only linked to, but is the cause of deadly ailments such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other maladies. Vegan for Life, written by nutrition experts Jack Norris and Virginia Messina, provides much value to those considering on turning to vegan foods and have questions on many topics, as well as to veteran...

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Book Review: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule

Authors: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero Publisher: Da Capo Press–Lifelong Books (Member of Perseus Books Group), 168 pages Book Review by Laxmi Chaandi Like their other book Vegan Pie in the Sky, Moskowitz and Romero have scored another big win with this one also, which has 75 yummy recipes for all of you vegans or vegetarians (and non-veg people too) out there. This book also has amazing close-up, crisp and clear photos of numerous delights. All the ingredients needed to make these cupcakes are commonly available and the directions are very easy to follow. For example, in the list of ingredients for the “dulce sin leche” cupcakes, even if you do not understand Spanish, all the items you need to make a batch of 12 of these cupcakes are easily obtainable from supermarkets. With my knowledge of Spanish, I understand that “dulce” means sweet, and “sin leche” means without milk. So coconut milk is being used instead. This is for those people who have trouble digesting foods containing milk. The book is simply organized into recipes for basic, classic, fancy and “frostins and fillins” cupcakes. But before it gets you into the collection and mixing of the ingredients, the book presents to you a very important page with metric conversions, so you don’t end up using too much or too little of any ingredient. It also prepares...

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Book Review: Vegan Cookies Invade the Cookie Jar

Authors: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero Publisher: Da Capo Press–Lifelong Books (Member of Perseus Books Group), 245 pages Book Review by Laxmi Chaandi The authors of this book demonstrate their baking creativity in a hundred ways in this book that I could hardly wait to browse through. Being a cookie and biscuit lover, I first looked at the back cover, found six photos and began to search of recipes for those six batches of cookies featured. The top left photo of cream-colored cookies with nuts topped on them caught my eye first and looked for the page that had those. These are Pignoli almond cookies, a holiday favorite at most Italian bakeries. The cookies require almond paste, almond milk and a bit of almond extract as core ingredients. The cookies are topped with Pinole or pine nuts. This book is divided into five sections and there are recipes for making regular, hard or chewy cookies, brownies or softies or others in between. The five sections contain recipes for drop cookies, wholesome cookies, bar cookies, fancy cookies, and sliced cookies. The drop cookies section has recipes for making basic cookies that use almond paste, chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter and other items as main ingredients. Then, a variety of with fillings and /or toppings are used to make great cookies. These are combinations of fruits such as apricots, bananas,...

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