Inside Barn Again, over 240 beautiful color photos and informative text explore possibilities for transforming barns to living and working space featuring unique sight lines and vaulting open spaces. This book will be a treasured reference and source of ideas for homeowners, architects, and designers alike.
By preserving barns – whether by reusing original wooden pegs or by recalling the architectural forms in contemporary design – Living Barns shows how we can reclaim a part of our country’s heritage and, at the same time, share and honor the spirit that led our ancestors to build with care and pride these unique and splendid structures. Originally published in the 1970s, this classic book has been updated with color photographs, sure to be treasured by architects and preservationists for generations to come.
With a small, 0.5-liter distiller, you can easily create fine brandies, whiskies, and even essential oils in your own kitchen. In this detailed how-to book, learn the tools, techniques, and safe procedures to distill raw natural materials for a variety of applications. Also included is a useful guide that explains what plants to use for different purposes; a look at the various types of stills; and a detailed, step-by-step treatment of mashing, fermenting, distilling, and refining spirits. Complete with a guide to distilling essential oils and their benefits and tips and tricks for troubleshooting and avoiding common pitfalls, this is the ideal companion for the home distiller.
This book is for anyone wishing to learn the no dig method from the beginning, or to consolidate what they already know: it helps readers to see the simplicity of no dig, why it works so well, and how much time they can save. The course has six modules and totals 18 lessons, each one packed with easy-to-understand theory and practical advice. The lessons are beautifully illustrated with fully explained photos from Charles’s no dig gardens. At the end of each lesson there is a multiple-choice quiz to consolidate learning, with answers in the appendix. This book will have a sequel, based on Charles’s second online course.
Have you ever seen a bee buzzing about and wondered what its life in and outside of a beehive is like? Now, you can! This charming picture board book teaches children what it would be like to be a bee living in a beehive by starting with the outside of the hive and working their way further in with each turn of the page! Providing a secret look inside of a hive, this board book also features dozens of adorable illustrations, vocabulary words, educational captions, cut-out accents, and hidden chambers to be revealed. Learn all about these busy bees and all of their important roles in nature!
In 2012, Sandor Ellix Katz published The Art of Fermentation, which quickly became the bible for foodies around the world, a runaway bestseller, and a James Beard Book Award winner. Since then his work has gone on to inspire countless professionals and home cooks worldwide, bringing fermentation into the mainstream.
In Fermentation as Metaphor, stemming from his personal obsession with all things fermented, Katz meditates on his art and work, drawing connections between microbial communities and aspects of human culture: politics, religion, social and cultural movements, art, music, sexuality, identity, and even our individual thoughts and feelings. He informs his arguments with his vast knowledge of the fermentation process, which he describes as a slow, gentle, steady, yet unstoppable force for change.
With its innovative recipes, practical tips, conversion charts, historical and scientific facts, information on nutritional value, suggestions for storage and sourcing, and above all Mette Nielsen’s remarkable photographs, Sweet Nature invites us to fully enjoy these two iconic ingredients from nature’s pantry.
Ashley English, author of the popular Homemade Living series, provides a primer to creating all-natural body-care and wellness products—complete with 40 accessible DIY recipes to try at home.
Ditch store-bought health- and body-care products with their synthetic ingredients! Instead, create your own natural versions with this accessible, carefully curated collection from Ashley English. It features simple, tried-and-true recipes that she and her family turn to again and again, including:
• A rosemary and apple-cider vinegar hair rinse for dry scalp
• A moisturizing hand salve of beeswax, olive oil, and coconut oil
• A gentle and refreshing rosewater toner
• An aloe vera-based sunburn soother
• A stress-relieving tincture of fresh lemon balm and roses
English also provides information on where to source high-quality materials (most of which are readily available), the benefits of her chosen ingredients, and safety tips. From skin-care classics to first-aid essentials, you’ll soon fill your cabinets with products that you’ll feel good about making and using.
This delectable tour of America’s craft chocolate movement is the ultimate fulfillment for your chocolate obsession.
Author Megan Giller traces the journey from harvesting cacao pods to transforming them into finished bars with distinctive and complex flavors (including fruity, floral, nutty, and smoky). You’ll then go behind the scenes to learn why artisanal chocolate from America’s hottest makers is so special.
Giller teaches the nuanced art of pairing chocolate with beer, spirits, bread, cheese, and more, while master chefs highlight those irresistible combinations with recipes for decadent treats such as Ceylon Tea Fudge Sauce and Pop Rocks Chocolate Bark.
Learn how to identify and gather wild mushrooms and other fungi!
An authoritative field guide to more than 450 species of wild mushrooms from around the world, Mushrooms shows the life cycle and features of a mushroom, what supplies are needed for mushroom foraging, and how to take a spore deposit.
A photographic field guide forms the heart of the book, providing information on size, range, and habitat. The clear images and illustrations of specimens, along with information on what's poisonous and what's edible, make this the ultimate guide to mushrooms.
If you struggle with focus and memory lapses, mental fog, or stress, or if you simply want to optimize your mental performance and protect your brain health, Smart Plants is a must-read. Written by New York Times bestselling author and natural-food chef Julie Morris (whose name has become synonymous with “superfoods” and “wellness”), this groundbreaking book reveals the dietary secrets to better brain performance.
Combining scientific research with the wisdom of ancient remedies, Smart Plants showcases an exciting array of cognition-enhancing plants, from everyday foods to natural nootropics (edibles that can improve memory, learning, and problem-solving). Morris’ 65 mouthwatering, beautifully illustrated recipes make it easy to incorporate these powerful foods into your daily diet. Feed your brain with such palate-pleasing dishes as Berry-Almond Amaranth Porridge, French Lentils with Roasted Radishes, Fig and Hazelnut Wild Rice Salad, Garlicky Butter Bean Soup with Kale, Matcha Custard with Wild Berries, and more!
Flavored butters, also called compound butters, have a multitude of uses. They make a plain baguette or artisan loaf come alive with flavor; they complement a hearty breakfast muffin or delicate scone; they serve as quick-fix sauces for a piece of fish, meat, or a bowl of pasta; and they brighten an artichoke or a serving of green beans in surprising ways. We often see flavored butters as an elegant touch to bread service in restaurants, but there are plenty more varieties and uses that are easy for home cooks to use in their kitchens.
Lucy Vaserfirer's Flavored Butters provides the recipes and techniques for homemade flavored butters. In 50 recipes, she offers up ideas that are amazingly quick to execute in the kitchen and transformative in the flavor they impart. The recipes cover both sweet and savory applications, and each includes advice about what the butter is best used on. Plenty of photographs illustrate the recipes, and you’ll also find ample tips and tricks: Learn the perfect temperature at which to serve the butters, how to serve them, and the tools needed for making stunning presentations.
In Food from the Radical Center, Gary Nabhan tells the stories of diverse communities who are getting their hands dirty and bringing back North America's unique fare: bison, sturgeon, camas lilies, ancient grains, turkeys, and more. These efforts have united people in game-changing collaborations: folks from the left and right, from rural and urban communities, with faith-based and science-based backgrounds. Their successes are extraordinary by any measure, whether economic, ecological, or social. The restoration of land and rare species has provided, dollar for dollar, one of the best returns on investment of any conservation initiative.
You can keep gardening for life, you just need to make adjustments as you age. In The Lifelong Gardener, adaptive gardening expert Toni Gattone shares her proven methods for making your favorite hobby easier on your aging body. Her techniques will help you garden smarter, not harder! Eliminate the physical strain of gardening through this helpful guide’s dozens of tried-and-true methods (like buying ergonomic tools, using raised beds, and moving tools around in bins on wheels). The Lifelong Gardener celebrates the joy of gardening, and Gattone’s message of empowerment will stir you to find joy in your garden for years to come.
Bees need our love and attention! Bee colonies are fast declining, and it’s up to us to help our buzzing buddies recover and thrive.
In Love Bees: A Family Guide to Help Keep Bees Buzzing, Vanessa Amaral-Rogers focuses on how we can help our nectar-collecting buddies flourish. Through a whole swarm of engaging facts and fun activities, she reveals why these important insects are so awesome.
Teach your kids that conservation is cool, and show them what rules to follow to become a bee’s BFF (Best Friend Forever)! Find out together how to make a bee hotel or B-line nectar corridor, and play the Waggle Dance board game. Add exciting lessons in natural history and gardening, from planting pollinator-friendly flowers to the basics of urban beekeeping. This is a call to action with a positively sunny outlook.
Fiber crafts, such as knitting, weaving, and crocheting, continue to surge in popularity, with sites like Ravelry (a social media community for the wool obsessed) gaining more than 6 million members. Artists are seeking quality, raw materials in greater numbers. The cottage industry of supplying not only raw fleece but handcrafted yarns is strong.
Janet Garman has a small fiber flock (including Pygora fiber goats) and shares her expertise, as well as interviews, tips, and advice from fiber farmers and craftspeople across the country.
She offers the basics of properly raising sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, and rabbits, with tips on selecting animals, feeding, housing, breeding, and health care. From there, instructions are provided for shearing, sorting, skirting, washing, picking, carding, combing, and spinning the wool. Enthusiasts will also find recipes and instructions for natural, plant-based dyes and advice for selling your finished yarn.
You might be surprised to discover exactly how difficult it is to reach nutrient sufficiency eating a modern diet. While our food system is flooded with high-energy foods, these products only serve to fill us up and offer close to nothing in the way of true nourishment. An adequate supply of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fatty acids, and fibers, to name a few) are needed by the body to perform countless functions and provide essential structure. Nutrient density in the diet impacts both the outcome of chronic illness and the prevention of future disease.
In The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen, Mickey Trescott teaches you everything you need to know about eating like a “nutrivore.” You’ll start with a comprehensive tour of nutrients that are essential for both optimal health and deep healing, with handy charts to help you identify which foods contain them in varying amounts. You’ll also get an overview of autoimmune protocol diet details, some creative ideas for affordably sourcing the highest-quality and most nutrient-dense ingredients, and tips for setting up your kitchen to cook whole foods.
The centerpiece of the book is Trescott’s impressive collection of flavorful, approachable recipes that comply with the strictest phase of the autoimmune protocol: no grains, legumes, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, or nightshades. If you have further eating restrictions, a handy chart helps you locate the recipes that are low-FODMAP, coconut-free, or low-carb/ketogenic. If you are pressed for time, the same chart will help you identify recipes that take 45-minutes or less to prepare, can be made in your Instant Pot, or only use one cooking vessel (for easy cleanup).
In addition to the recipes, you’ll find five sets of meal plans and shopping lists to quick-start your approach to eating for nutrient density. The seasonal meal plans focus on ingredients that are at their peak ripeness and availability in the spring or fall seasons, while the budget meal plan incorporates recipes with an eye for affordability. For those who are interested in deep healing, the “nutrivore” meal plan incorporates only recipes that sit at the top of the nutrient density spectrum. Lastly, for those embarking on this journey as a couple, the two-person meal plan accounts for larger servings (while still only requiring one cooking session per day).
If you are looking for a practical, approachable resource for the autoimmune protocol that places nutrient density at the core, look no further than The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. Trescott’s recipes and guidance help you set yourself up for success without sacrificing time or flavor!
Autoimmune diseases are now epidemic, with modern science offering those who are diagnosed limited solutions. Given this, many people suffering from these conditions have searched for alternatives using nutrition and lifestyle changes. In The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey Trescott provides a resource for those looking to embark on the autoimmune protocol (a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers as well as healing the gut). Research shows a clear connection between diet and autoimmune disease, and many (including Trescott) have used these principles to heal their bodies from these debilitating conditions and their accompanying symptoms. With the information and recipes in this book, you can embark on this process yourself ... without suffering through bland and tasteless “allergen-free” meals. Instead, with all of the incredible food you’ll be enjoying, you may forget that you’re achieving better wellness!
With The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook as your guide, you’ll be inspired to take your health into your own hands. Find better health in the face of autoimmunity, while thoroughly enjoying every last bite!
The health benefits of probiotics are no secret. Doctors from both the Western and Eastern medicine camps sing the praises of probiotics for their positive effects on digestion, metabolism, and the immune system. Enthusiasts of kombucha point to its high levels of B vitamins and amino acids, improving mood, energy levels, joint function, ligament health, and skin health. Now you can learn to make kombucha, as well as numerous other probiotic drinks, at home!
With clear step-by-step directions, beautiful photographs, and more than 75 recipes, this is the ultimate guide to homemade probiotic drinks. You’ll find numerous recipes for:
• Lacto-fermented lemonade
• Ginger beer
• Cultured vegetable juices
• And more!
In addition, you’ll find recipes for making yogurt, smoothies, and kefir ice cream. Fermenting drinks may seem daunting, but Julia Mueller shows how it can be fun, much more cost-effective than buying ready-made drinks from the store, and delicious!