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JEKKA'S HERB COOKBOOK

Jekka McVicar
Hardcover

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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.

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SWEDISH CAKES AND COOKIES

Melody Favish
Hardcover

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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.

193.

SUGAR SNAPS AND STRAWBERRIES

Andrea Bellamy
Paperback

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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.

194.

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.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books and products to readers. For more than 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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BIOSHELTER MARKET GARDEN

Darrell Frey
Paperback

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To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permac…

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To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania’s Three Sisters Farm.

At the heart of Three Sisters is its bioshelter — a solar greenhouse which integrates growing facilities, poultry housing, a potting room, storage, kitchen facilities, compost bins, a reference library and classroom area. Bioshelter Market Garden examines how the bioshelter promotes greater biodiversity and is an energy-efficient method of extending crop production through Pennsylvania's cold winter months.

Both visionary and practical, this fully illustrated book contains a wealth of information on the application of permaculture principles. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Design and management of an intensive market garden farm
  • Energy systems and bio-thermal resources
  • Ecological soil management and pest control
  • Wetlands usage
  • Solar greenhouse design and management.
Whatever your gardening experience and ambitions, this comprehensive manual is sure to inform and inspire.

198.

HEALING SPICES

B. Aggarwal, D. Yost
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices -- even more than herbs, fruits and vegetables -- are loaded with antioxidants and other unique health-enhancing compounds. Studies of dietary p…

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Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices -- even more than herbs, fruits and vegetables -- are loaded with antioxidants and other unique health-enhancing compounds. Studies of dietary patterns around the world confirm that spice-consuming populations have the lowest incidence of such life-threatening illnesses as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's. Author Bharat B. Aggarwal, the world's foremost expert on the therapeutic use of culinary spices, takes an in-depth look at 50 different spices and their curative qualities and offers spice “prescriptions” -- categorized by health condition -- to match the right spice to a specific ailment. Included is an A-Z guide to spices shown to have preventive or healing potential for 150 health conditions.

About the author:
Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of experimental therapeutics in the division of cancer medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has conducted groundbreaking research in the therapeutic uses of spices and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Fitness and Family Circle, among many other magazines and scientific journals. Dr. Aggarwal has been interviewed on ABC and NBC radio affiliates and has delivered more than 300 lectures in 30 countries. He lives in Houston.

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GREEN MARKET BAKING BOOK: NATURALLY SWEET AND SAVORY TREATS

Laura Martin
Hardcover

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Lose the sugar with recipes for sweet and savory treats that use only natural sweeteners and seasonal products: no white sugar, corn syrup or chemical substitutes allowed. Bake everything from cookies and cakes to pies and pastries in innovative and delicious ways, using only healthy sweeteners. Locally produced sustainable whole foods, natural sweeteners, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and nuts and grains make these treats as good for you as they are for the planet.

Celebrity chefs from across America contribute their favorite recipes to this unique collection, which offers suggestions for delicious dairy- and gluten-free treats, along with vegan and low-fat variations. And every recipe (more than 100 in all!) has been tested and re-tested to perfection.

Plus, author Laura Martin demystifies the art of substituting natural sweeteners for refined products, so readers can use these sure-fire alternatives in their own favorite dishes!

About the author
Laura Martin has published 24 books over the last 30 years and written many articles for various periodicals and newspapers, including a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Martin has appeared on TV and radio and has lectured and conducted workshops on various themes, including gardening and baking. She lives in Atlanta, Ga.

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THE BIG BOOK OF BACKYARD PROJECTS

Paige Gilchrist
Paperback

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Here's a mammoth resource that belongs in the library of everyone who owns a garden. It's a colorful treasure trove …

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Here's a mammoth resource that belongs in the library of everyone who owns a garden. It's a colorful treasure trove of the best backyard projects ever, from decorative to functional, from walls to walkways. Providing solutions to every possible garden problem, this book furnishes comprehensive coverage of all planning stages: design, technical considerations, tools and materials.

Transform your yard into a beautiful oasis by making attractive and practical garden features using a wide range of materials. Whether you need more rustic seating or want to accent your perennial beds with a flagstone walkway, there's a perfect design here to fulfill your needs.

Need to enliven an ordinary setting? A garden floor can do the trick. Follow the instructions for making one of brick, ornamental gravel, stone or concrete. Want to define a space? Add a beautiful pathway. Find out how to put up a fence for extra flair, or choose one of 30 garden seating ideas, including a trestle swing. How-tos, photos, drawings, and patterns make construction easy.

Complete with hundreds of stunning color photographs, The Big Book of Backyard Projects will enable you to add function and style to your outdoor areas.

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