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“If You Could Only Read One Book In Your Entire Life, What Would It Be?”, The Quora Experts Gave Us A List of Best Books.

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“If You Could Only Read One Book In Your Entire Life, What Would It Be?”, The Quora Experts Gave Us A List of Best Books.

“If you could only read one book in your entire life, what would it be?” Someone proposed this question on Quora recently.

To answer this question, contributors from all across the world responded in details with the book they think is the best. They are content writers, published writers, bloggers, CEOs, students, and avid readers. They recommended a variety of books, from topics on self-motivation to interpersonal relationships, from classical to modern popular hits, from life stories to life philosophies.

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Who should use the list?

It doesn’t matter if you are a bookworm, or just a casual reader, I am 95% sure you have experienced the frustration of not finding a suitable book to read.

The most convenient path is to go with the majority. There must be a reason behind the popularity of a certain literature or publication, because it is a well-known classic, it must be good.

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But does the bestselling book or the most famous classical literature is the best for you? Ratings and sales should not be the only parameters you consider, reviews from others are equally helpful.

We’ve hand-picked the BEST 20 from the list:

  1. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter
  2. Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
  3. The Tirukkural – Thiruvalluvar
  4. The Prophet – Maxwell Maltz
  5. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  7. The Little Prince –  Antoine de Saint Exupery
  8. Mahabharata – Vyasa
  9. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  10. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  11. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. 7 habits of Highly Effective people – Steven Covey
  13. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  14. Meditation – Marcus Aurelius
  15. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  16. Best of Quora (2010–2012)
  17. Man’s search for meaning – Dr Viktor Frankl
  18. A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  19. 1984 – George Orwell
  20. Believe in Yourself, Dr. Murphy

 Find your perfect book here.

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    After all, this list is subjective, so don’t feel scammed if you couldn’t find a book that suits you in this list. Trust me, you have a decent amount of publications to skim through in this list on Quora. Choose the genre that you like or you want to read, then follow that direction and I’m sure you will find the one book you can’t live without. Click here to read the full list and start your book discovery journey!

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    5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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    5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

    Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

    “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

    Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

    Food is a universal necessity.

    It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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    Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

    Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

    Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

    Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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    The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

    Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

    This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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    Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

    Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

    Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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