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Small-scale home biodiesel production holds a singular attraction for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. While perhaps it can't save the world, this unique renewable fuel is economical, fun to make, better for the environment, and will help you reduce your dependence on Big Oil. And getting started is easier than you think.
Backyard Biodiesel is written by two recognized experts in the field of small-scale biofuels. This comprehensive hands-on, practical, DIY guide includes:
Making your own fuel is not only possible, it is rewarding. Designed to be accessible to everyone from readers with no prior technical expertise to alternative energy buffs, Backyard Biodiesel is a must-read for any aspiring brewer, packed with everything you need to get up and running quickly and safely.
Author: Lyle Estill & Bob Armantrout
Are you itching to start your own garden or grow more in the one you have, but feel that gardening is too challenging or time-consuming for your busy schedule? Would you like to enjoy fresh, home-grown produce every month of the year?
Backyard Bounty is like having your own Master Gardener to consult every step of the way. This encyclopedic reference demystifies gardening, bringing it back to the down-to-earth, environmentally practical activity that anyone can enjoy. Learn about:
Packed with a wealth of information specific to the Pacific Northwest, this complete guide emphasizes low-maintenance methods, exposes common gardening myths, includes a monthly garden schedule for year-round planting and harvesting and features plant profiles for everything from apples to zucchini. Perfect for novice and experienced gardeners alike, Backyard Bounty shows how even the smallest garden can produce a surprising amount of food 12 months of the year.
Author: Linda Gilkeson
Here is the best of backyard building: Popular building authors Jeanie and David Stiles (whose tree house once garnered a spread in Architectural Digest) have gathered dozens of original plans for tree houses, playhouses and sheds, as well as a summer house, tea house, garden arbor and functional workroom.
Backyard Building covers backyard accessories, the fundamentals of tools and materials, and useful tips based on real-life questions from the couple’s popular website. The book’s unique style, with hand-drawn illustrations to guide the reader through the building process in an easy-to-follow fashion, stands out from the crowd. The clear, detailed drawings are not only useful but a pleasure to look at; they are supplemented by irresistible color photographs.
Author: Jeanie & David Stiles
Keeping chickens isn't just for farms! The backyard chicken revolution has coops popping up in neighborhoods all over. Home-raised chickens provide a great source of superior, organic eggs that are as close as your backyard. Chickens also make good pets and provide free fertilizer-and lots of fun. Backyard Chickens Guide to Coops and Tractors offers plans and photos for 16 custom coops built by real chicken owners (including three portable designs known as "tractors"). Read their stories and learn from their experiences, then head out to the backyard to start your own flock.
Packed with nearly 300 color photographs and more than 120 herbal remedies that you can make yourself, Backyard Medicine will fascinate any readers wanting to improve their health in the same way humankind has done for centuries. This beautiful book provides a fascinating insight into the literary, historic and worldwide application of 50 common plants. It's the sort of work you can enjoy as an armchair reader or use to harvest and make your own herbal remedies from local wild plants and herbs.
Author: Julie Bruton-Seal
Backyard Pharmacy helps you choose the best "backyard" medicinal plants. All of the plants can be grown easily by home gardeners throughout North America … and used for their healing and natural-remedy properties! Author Elizabeth Millard shares her deep knowledge of what to add to your garden to grow your own medicine cabinet to enhance your health.
Each featured plant profile includes:
Author: Elizabeth Millard
With her years of experience from big-pot cooking for 140 teenage boys and her classic French culinary training to her work as a research biochemist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Shirley Corriher manages to put two and two together in unique and exciting ways. Some information is straight out of Corriher's wildly connecting brain cells. She describes useful techniques, such as brushing puff pastry with ice water—not just brushing off the flour—making the puff pastry easier to roll. The result? Higher, lighter and flakier pastry. And you won't find these recipes anywhere else, not even on the Internet. She can help you make moist cakes; flaky pie crusts; shrink-proof perfect meringues that won't leak but still cut like a dream; big, crisp cream puffs; amazing French pastries; light génoise; and crusty, incredibly flavorful, open-textured French breads, such as baguettes and fougasses.
There is simply no one like Corriher. People everywhere recognize her from her TV appearances on the Food Network and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with Snoop Dogg as her fry chef.
Restaurant chefs and culinary students know her from their grease-splattered copies of CookWise, an encyclopedic work that has saved them from many a cooking disaster. With numerous “At-a-Glance” charts, BakeWise gives busy people information for quick problem solving. BakeWise also includes Corriher's “What This Recipe Shows” in every recipe. This section is science and culinary information that can apply to hundreds of recipes, not just the one in which it appears.
For years, food editors and writers have kept CookWise, Corriher's previous book, right by their computers. Now that spot they've been holding for BakeWise can be filled.
BakeWise does not have just a single source of knowledge; Corriher loves reading the works of chefs and other good cooks and shares their information with you, too. She applies not only her expertise but that of the many artisans she admires, such as famous French pastry chefs Gaston Lenôtre and Chef Roland Mesnier, the White House executive pastry chef for 25 years; Bruce Healy, author of Mastering the Art of French Pastry; and Bonnie Wagner, Corriher 's daughter-in-law's mother. Corriher also retrieves “lost arts” from experts of the past such as Monroe Boston Strause, the pie master of 1930s America. For one dish, she may give you techniques from three or four different chefs plus her own touch of science—“better baking through chemistry.” She adds facts about the right temperature, the right mixing speed, and the right mixing time for the absolutely most stable egg foam, so you can create a light-as-air génoise every time.
BakeWise is for everyone. Some will read it for the adventure of problem solving with Corriher. Beginners can cook from it and know exactly what they are doing and why. Experienced bakers find out why the techniques they use work and also uncover amazing French pastries out of the past, such as Pont Neuf (a creation of puff pastry, pâte à choux, and pastry cream in honor of the Paris bridge) and Religieuses, adorable “little nuns” made of puff pastry filled with a satiny chocolate pastry cream and drizzled with mocha icing to form a nun's habit.
Some will want it simply for the recipes—incredibly moist whipped cream pound cake made with heavy cream whipped slightly beyond the soft-peak stage and folded into the batter; flourless fruit soufflés (puréed fruit and Italian meringue); Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, rolled first in granulated sugar and then in confectioners' sugar for a crunchy black-and-snow-white surface with a gooey, fudgy center. And Corriher's popovers are huge.
Author: Shirley Corriher
Author: Andy & Jackie King
During the California Gold Rush and later the Yukon Gold Rush, sourdough was so much a part of their diet that the prospectors were known as "sourdoughs." Most of us associate sourdough with this time period, but baking with sourdough is being rediscovered.
With the help of the e-handbook, you can learn the history of sourdough, how to get a sourdough starter and adapt standard recipes to sourdough. Recipes in this handy guide include:
Once you have a sourdough starter, the possibilities are endless — not to mention delicious! 36 pages.
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Baking with Whole Grains features more than 110 recipes and full-color photos of Baer in her wheat field, grinding grain and baking in her home kitchen, as well as photos of her irresistible breads and sweets.
Author: VALERIE BAER
A growing number of health practitioners (as well as restaurants and celebrities such as Sting, Madonna and Beyoncé) are espousing raw food or "living food" diets as a way to stave off disease, boost energy and lose weight. However, 100% raw diets are difficult to sustain and have come under fire recently for not being nutritionally optimal. Balanced Raw eschews the all-or-nothing approach of other books and contains a 4-phase, 30-day plan for making the raw food lifestyle livable for life. Start your balanced raw lifestyle today!
Author: Tina Leigh
Ball Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the bible of home preserving.
As nutrition and food quality has become more important, home canning and preserving have increased in popularity for the benefits they offer:
These 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickling, chutneys, relishes and, of course, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads, such as:
The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.
About the authors: Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine have between them 20 years of experience in the preserving industry. They are both employed by Jarden Home Brands.
Author: JUDI KINGRY & LAUREN DEVINE
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