Healthy Home
Make your home a safe haven with efficient design, chemical-free cleaning methods and home organization tips.

The Dangers of Plastics: 25 Ways to Eliminate Plastic in Your Home

Plastics are ubiquitous, yet the dangers of plastics are well-documented. Use these tips to reduce the plastic in your home and life.

Well-Crafted: A Family Heirloom Homestead in Rural Oregon

A pair of artists and entrepreneurs lives a handcrafted life on a family heirloom homestead in rural Oregon.

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8 Household Uses for Cloves
Beyond baking and pomander balls, learn the many ways to use cloves in your home.

How to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle when Building a Home
Houzz shares the future of home building and provides ideas for reducing the impact your home has on the environment.

Try This at Home: Catch a Star (Anise)
Discover a few fun uses for star Anise.






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What is the Best Natural Disinfectant for the Kitchen?

Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner answers the question "What is the best natural disinfectant for hard-to-kill kitchen germs such as salmonella and E. coli?"

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BI-RITE MARKET'S EAT GOOD FOOD

Get the most out of your grocery shopping with this innovative shopper’s guide and cookbook rolled into one. In Eat Good Food, former chef Sam Mogannam, owner of San Francisco’s popular Bi-Rite Market, guides you through the grocery store one department at a time, and explains how to identify incredible ingredients, decipher labels and terms, build a great pantry, and reconnect with the people and places that feed us.

Eat Good Food gives you a new way to look at food, not only the ingredients you buy but also how to prepare them. Featuring 90 recipes for the dishes that have made Bi-Rite Market’s in-house kitchen a destination for food lovers, combined with Mogannam’s favorite recipes, you’ll discover exactly how to get the best flavor from each ingredient. Dishes such as Summer Corn and Tomato Salad, Spicy String Beans with Sesame Seeds, Roasted Beet Salad with Pickled Onions and Feta, Ginger-Lemongrass Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, Apricot-Ginger Scones, and Chocolate Pots de Crème will delight throughout the year.

No matter where you live or shop, Mogannam provides new insight on ingredients familiar as well unique, including:

  • Why spinach from open bins is better than prepackaged greens
  • What the material used to wrap cheese can tell you about the quality of the cheese itself
  • How to tell where an olive oil is really from … and why it matters
  • What “never ever” programs are, and why you should look for them when buying meat
With primers on cooking techniques and anecdotes that entertain, enlighten and inspire, Eat Good Food will revolutionize the way you shop and eat.

$32.50

HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have proved that people want to bake fresh, homemade bread with their groundbreaking, hugely popular first cookbook, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Now, the Artisan revolution continues for those who are changing the way they eat and bake because of health concerns or lifestyle choices. Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day takes Hertzberg and François’ established methods and applies them to breads rich in nutrition and flavor.

Packed with 100 new healthy bread recipes featuring whole grains, fruits, vegetables and gluten-free ingredients, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day will show you how the "secret" to gourmet, homemade bread in five minutes a day works with super-healthy ingredients, too. This book covers everything you need to know about baking healthy breads, including chapters outlining the techniques behind delicious, nutritional bread as well as detailed descriptions of the ingredients and equipment you need to turn your kitchen into an artisan bakery. This book is guaranteed to rise … to the top!

About the authors:

Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., is a physician with 20 years of experience as a practitioner, consultant and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His interests in baking and preventative health sparked a quest to adapt the techniques of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for healthier ingredients. Zoë François is a pastry chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America who teaches baking and pastry courses nationally and consults to the food industry.

$27.99

COOKWISE

In CookWise, food sleuth Shirley Corriher tells you how and why things happen in cooking. When you know how to estimate the right amount of baking powder, you can tell by looking at the recipe that a cake is overleavened and may fall. When you know that too little liquid for the amount of chocolate in a recipe can cause the chocolate to seize and become a solid grainy mass, you can spot chocolate truffle recipes that will be a disaster. And, in both cases, you know exactly how to "fix" the recipe. Knowing how ingredients work, individually and in combination, will not only make you more aware of the cooking process, it will transform you into a confident and exceptional cook—a cook who is in control.

CookWise is a different kind of cookbook. There are more than 230 outstanding recipes—from Snapper Fingers with Smoked Pepper Tartar Sauce to Chocolate Stonehenge Slabs with Cappuccino Mousse—but here each recipe serves not only to please the palate but to demonstrate the roles of ingredients and techniques. The What This Recipe Shows section summarizes the special cooking points being demonstrated in each recipe. This little bit of science in everyday language indicates which steps or ingredients are vital and cannot be omitted without consequences. No matter what your cooking level, you'll find CookWise a revelation.

$24.99