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191.

GROWING TASTY TROPICAL PLANTS IN ANY HOME, ANYWHERE

L. Martin and B. Martin
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Harvest tropical fruits and berries from your own houseplants! Enjoy fresh coffee brewed from beans grown in the kitchen, juice from an orange picked in the living room, or pomegranate seeds from a tr…

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Harvest tropical fruits and berries from your own houseplants! Enjoy fresh coffee brewed from beans grown in the kitchen, juice from an orange picked in the living room, or pomegranate seeds from a tree in the dining room. It’s now possible in any climate. This book, from the co-owners of Logee’s Tropical Plants, gives you everything you need to successfully plant, grow and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants—from chocolate to cherries, papaya to passion fruit, grapefruit to guava, pepper to pineapple. It’s easy, fun and rewarding—and local food has never been more exotic.

192.

HERB MIXTURES AND SPICY BLENDS

Maggie Oster
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Spice rubs and herb blends are some of the hottest elements of today's healthful cooking. Here are more than 100 tasty recipes from herb shops and herb farms across North America.

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Spice rubs and herb blends are some of the hottest elements of today's healthful cooking. Here are more than 100 tasty recipes from herb shops and herb farms across North America.

Why not add Kate's Savory Seasoning, Taos Lightning Chili Powder, and Fanny Couch's Pungent Curry Powder to the oregano and basil already on your herbal spice rack? Jazz up your family's favorite soups, salads, meats, vegetables and desserts with one of these homemade blends developed by specialty herb shops.

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HERBAL VINEGAR

Maggie Oster
Paperback

Price: $14.95

First make dozens of vinegars with recipes that feature various herbs, spices, vegetables and flowers. Then put your vinegars to flavorful use in more than 100 recipes for everything from appetizers t…

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First make dozens of vinegars with recipes that feature various herbs, spices, vegetables and flowers. Then put your vinegars to flavorful use in more than 100 recipes for everything from appetizers to entrees.

This book covers it all, including directions for buying, making and flavoring inexpensive, easy-to-make vinegars. There are recipes for using flavored vinegars and step-by-step instructions for growing flavorful herbs indoor and out. Also, gift packaging ideas and customized labels and household uses and hints for more than 100 home uses for vinegar.

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THE COMPLETE HERB BOOK

Jekka McVicar
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The Complete Herb Book is a comprehensive A-Z guide to the fascinating world of herbs, providing practical information on each herb's organic growing requirements, use, mythical properties and histori…

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The Complete Herb Book is a comprehensive A-Z guide to the fascinating world of herbs, providing practical information on each herb's organic growing requirements, use, mythical properties and historical background. This new edition is updated and revised to include complete entries for 40 additional herbs.

The directory features a full double-page spread for each herb, with details that include:

  • Natural habitat
  • Species and related plants
  • Soil properties
  • Watering requirements
  • Weather protection
  • Container growing
  • Strategies to eliminate pests
  • Best harvesting times
  • Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and other uses
  • Recipes
The how-to section features step-by-step instructions and best practices for herb gardening. Included are sample plans; month-by-month checklists; drying, freezing and storing guides; tips for making oils, vinegars and preserves; and information on propagation.

The Complete Herb Book is the ideal handbook for growing herbs and provides hours of browsing pleasure for gardeners, cooks and natural-healing practitioners.

About the author
Jekka McVicar has been growing organic herbs for 20 years. Her world-famous herb nursery, Jekka's Herb Farm, has won 59 Royal Horticultural Society gold medals. She is a co-author of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit.

195.

JEKKA'S HERB COOKBOOK

Jekka McVicar
Hardcover

Price: $18.06

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Jekka McVicar — whom Jamie Oliver dubbed the "queen of herbs" — has assembled a special collection of her top-50 fav…

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Jekka McVicar — whom Jamie Oliver dubbed the "queen of herbs" — has assembled a special collection of her top-50 favorite herbs. Each herb is described in detail, including its Latin and common names as well as:

  • Its botanical features and varieties
  • A history of the herb in cooking
  • How to harvest and use the herb
  • Non-culinary uses
  • The most important and useful varieties of that herb
  • Suggestions for using excess harvest
Jekka's Herb Cookbook also features 250 original recipes that use her top-50 garden herbs. The recipes include:
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Stews
  • Beverages
  • Desserts
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood dishes
  • Condiments and sauces
There are international recipes, such as salsa verde, and familiar favorites, such as caraway seed cake. Extraordinary color illustrations highlight McVicar's knowledgeable and enthusiastic descriptions.

For cooks and herb gardeners, Jekka's Herb Cookbook is a fascinating guide to using herbs in practical and inspiring recipes.

About the author
Jekka McVicar has been growing organic culinary, aromatic, decorative and medicinal herbs for more than 20 years. She owns Jekka's Herb Farm, which has won 59 Royal Horticultural Society gold medals, including 12 Chelsea golds.

196.

SWEDISH CAKES AND COOKIES

Melody Favish
Hardcover

Price: $9.88

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Swedish Cakes and Cookies has become a modern classic since it was first published in 1945. Modernized and improved …

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Swedish Cakes and Cookies has become a modern classic since it was first published in 1945. Modernized and improved over the years, today's full-color edition, with beautiful photographs of each recipe, contains nearly 300 recipes. Some, such as Berry Muffins, Coconut Macaroons, Linzer Torte and Jelly Doughnuts, may be familiar, while others, such as German Lemon Cake, Almond Meringues, Truffle Tarts and Toffee Crunch Torte, are deliciously unique.

Gluten-free, egg-free and sugar-free recipes ensure that this book is accessible to all dessert lovers. Beginners and experts will be reminded that baking is both easy and enjoyable when they read the practical advice and step-by-step instructions in each section. Swedish Cakes and Cookies is an essential resource for any home baker, and for anyone who loves to meet with friends for coffee and cake.

197.

SUGAR SNAPS AND STRAWBERRIES

Andrea Bellamy
Paperback

Price: $8.77

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quart…

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sauteing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: You don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with little square footage. Simple, straightforward advice for designing your space and growing your harvest will help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes and scarlet runner beans.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

198.

GARDEN WITCH'S HERBAL

Ellen Dugan
Paperback

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Every Witch needs a little corner of the world to tend. Deepen your connection to the earth and watch your magical s…

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Every Witch needs a little corner of the world to tend. Deepen your connection to the earth and watch your magical skills blossom. Author Ellen Dugan presents a variety of ways to honor and work with the plant kingdom in this charming hands-on guide to green magick and spirituality. Designed to enhance any tradition or style of the Craft, this handy herbal reference provides the physical description, folklore, magickal qualities, and spellwork correspondences for a wealth of flowers, trees and herbs, and features 47 botanical drawings.

About the author
Ellen Dugan, the "Garden Witch," is an award-winning author, psychic-clairvoyant and regular contributor to Llewellyn's almanacs, datebooks and calendars. A practicing Witch for more than 25 years, she is also a certified Master Gardener.

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SUPERFOODS: HEALTHIEST FOODS ON THE PLANET

Tonia Reinhard
Paperback

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Superfoods is a comprehensive reference to the world's healthiest foods. It cuts through the marketing hype and contradictory reporting in the mainstream media to expose the truth. Registered dietician Tonia Reinhard gives expert advice on the very best high-powered, super-healthy foods and how to get the most out of them.

Superfoods is organized by food type and covers:

  • Fruits and berries
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes, nuts and oils
  • Grains
  • Cereals
  • Herbs and spices
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Beverages
  • Confections
Each entry details a food's nutritional content and value, seasonal variances and varietal information. Reinhard provides essential tips on how to maximize each food's beneficial effects as well as culinary tips. She also suggests food combinations that enhance the benefits.

Is soy really a miracle food? What is the best source of omega-3? Is the pomegranate craze supported by fact or is it just savvy marketing? This book answers these and hundreds of other important questions about the foods we eat, providing expert guidance on the best choices.

With Superfoods, readers will get the most nutritional bang for their buck.

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MEAT: A BENIGN EXTRAVAGANCE

Simon Fairlie
Paperback

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Meat is a groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and social issues surrounding the human consumption of animals, and the future of livestock in sustainable agriculture. Garnering huge praise in the U.K., this book answers the question: Should we be farming animals, or not? The answer is not simple; indeed, we must decrease the amount of meat we eat (both for the planet and for ourselves), and the industrial meat system is hugely problematic. Even so, author Simon Fairlie presents in-depth research in favor of small-scale, holistic, and integrated farming systems that include pastured, free-range livestock as the answer to the pro-meat or no-meat debate. George Monbiot, for example, a well-known environmental activist and supporter of veganism, has retracted his support for veganism after reading Meat. This is a life-changing book.

The issues this book addresses — food security, first and foremost — are being undermined by entities demanding rules and regulations in food matters without enough knowledge. Meat fills these gaps, and Fairlie’s data proves the solution is neither veganism nor our current model. In fact, Fairlie, a farmer in his own right, presents an agricultural and environmental theory that takes off where other work on vegetarianism and veganism have fallen short in their global scope. His research is based in deep permacultural theory, and a respect for natural systems that flourished long before corporate agriculture and animal factory farms. Most importantly, in the end, Fairlie shows humility in the face of unanswered questions — a rare and wonderful asset that has already invited global discussion among those who might otherwise sheer away from the topic. Meat is a crucial addition to the agricultural canon.

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