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      81.

      LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF FOOD RIGHTS

      David Gumpert
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do?

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      Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do?

      Yes, say a growing number of people increasingly afraid that the mass-produced food sold at supermarkets is excessively processed, tainted with antibiotic residues and hormones, and lacking in important nutrients. These people, a million or more, are seeking foods outside the regulatory system, like raw milk, custom-slaughtered beef, and pastured eggs from chickens raised without soy, purchased directly from private membership-only food clubs that contract with Amish and other farmers.

      Public-health and agriculture regulators, however, say no: Americans have no inherent right to eat what they want. In today's ever-more-dangerous food-safety environment, they argue, all food, no matter the source, must be closely regulated, and even barred, if it fails to meet certain standards. These regulators, headed up by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with help from state agriculture departments, police, and district-attorney detectives, are mounting intense and sophisticated investigative campaigns against farms and food clubs supplying privately exchanged food—even handcuffing and hauling off to jail, under threat of lengthy prison terms, those deemed in violation of food laws.

      Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights takes readers on a disturbing cross-country journey from Maine to California through a netherworld of Amish farmers paying big fees to questionable advisers to avoid the quagmire of America’s legal system, secret food police lurking in vans at farmers markets, cultish activists preaching the benefits of pathogens, U.S. Justice Department lawyers clashing with local sheriffs, small Maine towns passing ordinances to ban regulation, and suburban moms worried enough about the dangers of supermarket food that they’ll risk fines and jail to feed their children unprocessed, and unregulated, foods of their choosing.

      Out of the intensity of this unprecedented crackdown, and the creative and spirited opposition that is rising to meet it, a new rallying cry for food rights is emerging.

      82.

      HOME MADE SUMMER

      Yvette Van Boven
      Hardcover

      Price: $35.00

      Home Made and Home Made Winter blew readers away with their stunning packages, delicious recipes, beautiful photos, step-by-step instructions, and hand-drawn artwork throughout. Now, in Home Made Summ…

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      Home Made and Home Made Winter blew readers away with their stunning packages, delicious recipes, beautiful photos, step-by-step instructions, and hand-drawn artwork throughout. Now, in Home Made Summer, Yvette van Boven takes the same signature approach and presents her absolute favorite recipes for spring and summer. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and her frequent sojourns in France, van Boven has created a collection of recipes that will truly inspire you to step into the kitchen. Using seasonal ingredients, such as freshly picked apples and berries, delicate summer lettuces and fresh herbs, she presents recipes for breakfast, brunch and lunch; snacks; beverages; appetizers; main courses; and dessert.

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      THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BREWING BEER

      Matthew Schaefer
      Paperback

      Price: $14.95

      If you've ever complained about a watery-tasting lager, wondered just what was causing that certain flavor in your favorite porter, or lamented the price of quality craft ale, then it might be time to…

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      If you've ever complained about a watery-tasting lager, wondered just what was causing that certain flavor in your favorite porter, or lamented the price of quality craft ale, then it might be time to try perfecting your own brew at home. Whether you're an established beer snob or just want to try your hand at homebrewing, The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer will show you everything you need to know to get started in this increasingly popular hobby. Teaching you all about beer and the few very simple components required to make it -- malt, hops, yeast and water -- author Matthew Schaefer's comprehensive guide includes:

      • An overview of the brewing process
      • Detailed procedures for extract, partial-mash, and all-grain brewing
      • Explanations of the equipment needed for each process and methods for cleaning and sanitizing
      • Causes of off-flavors and aromas and how to correct them
      • How to make bottling your beer easy
      • A full glossary
      • And much more!

      84.

      THE SUGARMAKER'S COMPANION

      Michael Farrell
      Paperback

      Price: $39.95

      The Sugarmaker's Companion is the comprehensive guide that small-and large-scale syrup producers have been waiting for in their quest to create a profitable business model. Author Michael Farrell documents the untapped potential of American forests and shows how sugaring can turn a substantial profit for farmers while providing tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction.

      Farrell, sugarmaker and director of the Uihlein Forest at Cornell University, incorporates the wisdom of traditional sugarmaking with the value of modern technology (such as reverse-osmosis machines and vacuum tubing). His balanced view of the industry offers a realistic picture of how modern technology can be beneficial-economically and environmentally.

      The first book of its kind, The Sugarmaker's Companion includes:

    • A focus on maple syrup as a healthy, local, sustainably produced alternative to corn syrup and other highly processed artificial sweeteners
    • Discussions about organic certification, sugarhouse registration, and the new international grading system
    • Information on marketing to create a profitable business model based on scale, interest, access and more
    • Detailed analyses of the economics of buying and selling sap
    • Information on ways to process and market other tree saps, including birch and walnut
    • Ways to enhance diversity in the sugarbush and interplant understory crops for value-added products, such as ginseng, goldenseal and mushrooms
    • An economic analysis of utilizing maple trees for syrup or sawtimber production.
    • In addition, readers and sugarmakers will learn plenty of practical, how-to skills, such as:
      • If, and on what scale, syrup production is right for them
      • How to find trees for tapping
      • The essentials of sap collection
      • The art and science of sugarmaking
      • How to build community through syrup production
      • Valuable information on ecological forest management and value-added products
      Appealing to foresters, organic farmers with woodlands, homesteaders, preppers, permaculture enthusiasts, and, of course, sugarmakers, this book is applicable to a wide range of climates and regions, and is sure to change the conversation around syrup production and prove invaluable for both home-scale and commercial sugarmakers alike. This is a unique guide to making an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland and community.

      85.

      EAT UP: THE INSIDE SCOOP ON ROOFTOP AGRICULTURE

      Lauren Mandel
      Paperback

      Price: $29.95

      Soaring prices and concerns about chemical-laden fruits and vegetables increasingly drive us to grow our own healthy food close to home. In cities, however, vanishing ground space and contaminated soi…

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      Soaring prices and concerns about chemical-laden fruits and vegetables increasingly drive us to grow our own healthy food close to home. In cities, however, vanishing ground space and contaminated soils spur farmers, activists and restaurateurs to look to the skyline for a solution. The hunger for local food has reached new heights, and rooftops can provide the space that cities need to bring fresh, organic produce to tables across North America.

      The first full-length book to focus entirely on rooftop agriculture, Eat Up views this growing movement through a practitioner's lens, explaining:

      • Structural, access and infrastructural considerations
      • Zoning and building codes
      • Proven growing techniques
      • Business and marketing strategies
      This graphically rich guide provides inspiration and advice to aspiring growers through photographs of successful rooftop farms and gardens, as well as interviews with industry professionals. Easy-to-use checklists and a decision tree are included to help gauge the viability of each unique rooftop opportunity. Essential reading for home gardeners, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, policy makers, academics and designers, Eat Up takes urban agriculture to a whole new level, proving that rooftop farming is not just a pie-in-the-sky idea - it is the future of urban food.

      86.

      THE KITCHEN PANTRY COOKBOOK

      Erin Coopey
      Paperback

      Price: $24.99

      You work hard to make dinner-choosing the best food, mastering preparation techniques, and picking the perfect recipes. But what about the unsung staples, the ingredients and condiments that build and…

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      You work hard to make dinner-choosing the best food, mastering preparation techniques, and picking the perfect recipes. But what about the unsung staples, the ingredients and condiments that build and accompany your meal? Too often, the store-bought versions are loaded with extra salt, sugar, allergens and preservatives, and they end up bland and uninspiring. But you don't have to limit yourself to the same tastes and the same plastic bottles. With The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook you can create your own staples-fresh, delicious and just the way you like them. Chef Erin Coopey shows you more than 90 recipes and variations to personalize your pantry. You'll never go back to the bottles.

      Stock your kitchen pantry with:

      • Condiments: Everything you need-mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, ketchup, steak sauce, and more
      • Nut butters and spreads: The classics and the creative-homemade peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut butter, vanilla chai pear butter, and more
      • Salad dressings: All your favorites, from balsamic vinaigrette to honey mustard to sesame tahini
      • Stocks: The basics to have on hand, including chicken stock, vegetable stock, and court bouillon
      • Relishes and refrigerator pickles: Delicious and easy-bread and butter pickles, pickled peppers, sauerkraut, and more
      • Chips, dips and dunks: Snacks that hit the spot, from homemade potato chips with French onion dip to tortilla chips with tomatillo salsa

      87.

      GRIT GUIDE TO HOMEMADE BREAD, 4TH EDITION


      Paperback

      Price: $6.99

      One of the most comforting sensations is walking into your home and smelling the delicious aroma of homemade bread in the oven. Whether it's being made on a cold winter day to dunk in your soup, or du…

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      One of the most comforting sensations is walking into your home and smelling the delicious aroma of homemade bread in the oven. Whether it's being made on a cold winter day to dunk in your soup, or during the summer for those refreshing sandwiches at lunchtime, homemade breads of all types and varieties offer something everyone should enjoy. GRIT Guide to Homemade Bread, 4th Edition provides more than 57 keys to successfully making bread, from sourdough bread to pizza crust, from bagels to pretzels and more. With the 111 recipes inside this 100-page guide, you and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of homemade bread.

      Discover how bread works and the secrets to cultivating yeast and developing gluten. Read how you can go gluten-free and learn seven easy steps for an easy transition. Don't throw away your dry, brittle bread; follow these fresh recipes to give it new life. Learn how you can go completely homemade by choosing a grain mill and grinding your own flour. Follow step-by-step instructions to build an easy adobe cooker in one weekend, and so much more.

      More articles include:

      • Break Your Fast With Bread: A hearty breakfast keeps you going all morning, and what better way to start the day than with homemade bread?
      • Baking Bread in Five Minutes a Day: How one wife, mother, farmer, freelance designer and writer puts fresh homemade bread on the dinner table daily.
      • Pizza Perfection: Forget takeout and turn your kitchen into a pizzeria.
      • Begging for Bagels: Boiled breads - like bagels, pretzels and dumplings - turn out soft and chewy.
      • Cornmeal to Cornbread: A chunk of this savory yet sweet concoction makes a meal all by itself.
      • Something Sweet: A touch of sugar adds a touch of home to delicious breads.
      • Flatbread Fiesta!: Whether you call it tortilla, naan, matzo or Yorkshire pudding, there's a version in every culture.

      88.

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO FRESH FOOD ALL YEAR

      Mother Earth News
      Paperback

      Price: $6.99

      There is nothing better in the winter than cooking a homemade soup or stew with vegetables you grew and preserved from your own garden. Having access to delicious, homegrown food all year around not o…

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      There is nothing better in the winter than cooking a homemade soup or stew with vegetables you grew and preserved from your own garden. Having access to delicious, homegrown food all year around not only helps keep you happy and healthy, it also saves you some money.

      This 100-page guide is filled with articles with instructions for preserving food, whether it's canning, freezing or dehydrating. Plus, you can read about backyard chickens, the best ways to store fresh vegetables, how to make cheap garden beds and so much more.

      Read about how composting will help you turn food and yard waste into garden gold. Discover what you can do in your winter garden and six top crops for winter harvest. Learn how to raise backyard chickens so you can fresh eggs each morning. Follow step-by-step instructions for making your own perfect pie crust. Enjoy fall's sweetest harvest by making and trying homemade apple cider.

      More articles include:

      • Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Food: Your guide to canning, freezing, dehydrating and other simple, seasonal storage methods.
      • Expert Advice for Greenhouse Growing: Build a greenhouse in your backyard and you'll be amazed at its many uses.
      • Save Money on Groceries: Buying in bulk and freezing or canning fruits and veggies are great ways to enjoy better food and cut your costs by up to 85 percent.
      • Homemade Butter: Whether you want it creamy or cultured, learn the secrets of fresh, sweet, homemade butter.
      • 6 Easy Ways to Use Peanuts: Peanuts are rich, healthful and versatile. Discover several classic ways to prepare them, and find inspiration for new nutty creations.

      89.

      THE NEW CIDER MAKER'S HANDBOOK

      Claude Jolicoeur
      Hardcover

      Price: $44.95

      All around the world, the public's taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, m…

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      All around the world, the public's taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, many new cideries are springing up all over North America, often started up by passionate amateurs who want to take their cider to the next level as small-scale craft producers.

      To make the very best cider-whether for yourself, your family, and friends or for market-you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved, and the art and science behind them. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is here to help. Author Claude Jolicoeur is an internationally known, award-winning cider maker with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge and techniques with up-to-date, scientifically based practices to provide today's cider makers with all the tools they need to produce high-quality ciders.

      The New Cider Maker's Handbook is divided into five parts containing:

      • An accessible overview of the cider-making process for beginners
      • Recommendations for selecting and growing cider-appropriate apples
      • Information on juice-extraction equipment and directions on how to build your own grater mill and cider press
      • A discussion of the most important components of apple juice and how these may influence the quality of the cider
      • An examination of the fermentation process and a description of methods used to produce either dry or naturally sweet cider, still or sparkling cider, and even ice cider
      This book will appeal to both serious amateurs and professional cider makers who want to increase their knowledge, as well as to orchardists who want to grow cider apples for local or regional producers. Novices will appreciate the overview of the cider-making process, and, as they develop skills and confidence, the more in-depth technical information will serve as an invaluable reference that will be consulted again and again. This book is sure to become the definitive modern work on cider making.

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      HOMEGROWN PORK

      Sue Weaver
      Paperback

      Price: $18.95

      Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tender…

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      Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tenderloin, ham, ribs, bacon, sausage, and more. For anyone who wants to raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm, Homegrown Pork explains exactly how to do it, humanely and safely. Livestock expert Sue Weaver covers everything from selecting a breed with great flavor and bringing your shoat home to feeding, housing, fencing, health care, and humane processing.

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