Home, Garden, and DIY
Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily... by Jessi Bloom; photographs by Shawn LinehanWhat it is: a practical and inspirational book that clearly explains how to better connect with nature by creating a peaceful space in your own backyard that incorporates plants, benches, lanterns, and more.
Don't miss: profiles of 50 special plants, such as bee balm, including their medicinal properties and self-care uses.
Home Cheese Making: From Fresh and Soft to Firm, Blue, Goat's Milk, and More... by Ricki CarrollWhat it is: a thoroughly updated 4th edition of the bestselling classic by "Cheese Queen" Ricki Carroll that covers cheesemaking (ingredients, equipment, techniques, etc.), troubleshooting, cheese recipes (Farmhouse Cheddar, Cream Cheese, and more), and recipes that include cheese (like Goat Cheese and Honey Ice Cream).
Did you know? Two hundred years ago in the U.S., all cheese was homemade.
The C.H.A.O.S.* Cure: Clean Your House and Calm Your Soul in 15 Minutes by Marla Cilley (aka The FlyLady)Who it's for: Readers who are overwhelmed by C.H.A.O.S (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) and who'd like an upbeat guide to cleaning, tidying, and developing habits to make home life easier.
Sections include: "The Genius of Sticky Notes and Other Simple Systems;" "Perfection Is Like Quicksand;" "Extinguish Your Hot Spots;" "Laundering Lessons;" "Perfectly Imperfect Cooking;" and "Refresh Your Home, Refresh You."
My Greek Table: Authentic Flavors and Modern Home Cooking From my Kitchen to Yours by Diane KochilasWhat it is: a delightful companion book to the author's PBS cooking/travel show My Greek Table and a personal guide to delicious Greek home cooking, both classic and modern.
Recipes include: Baklava Oatmeal; Feta Cheese Sauce; Homemade Pita Chips; Crispy Leek Fritters; Skillet Pork with Honey and Spices; Spanakopita Grilled Cheese; Dark Chocolate Ouzo Orange Mousse.
Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: An Easy, Innovative Technique... by Melissa LeapmanWhat it is: a popular knit designer's innovative seven-step guide to creating a variety of customized shawl and wrap designs using the wedge shape as a starting point.
Who it's for: experienced knitters looking for unique ideas.
Reviewers say: "delightful" (Publishers Weekly); the author "knows her audience well" (Booklist).
Naturally Sweet: Bake All Your Favorites with 30% to 50% Less Sugar by America's Test KitchenWhat it is: a baking science-filled offering from the wonderful folks at America's Test Kitchen that includes 120 recipes for delicious baked goods (muffins, quick breads, cookies, bars, cakes, pies, puddings, frozen treats, and more) that -- amazingly -- contain less sugar than standard recipes and rely only on natural alternatives to white sugar.
Recipes include: Almond Biscotti; Blueberry Cheesecake; Chai Oat Scones; Honey Buns; Chocolate Pound Cake; and Peach Cobbler.
My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Breads, Pastries, Candies, Beverages... by Fany GersonWhat it is: a fun tour of Mexican sweets with authentic, traditional recipes as well as celebrated pastry chef Fany Gerson's interpretations of her home country's classics.
Recipes include: Vanilla Cordial; Milk Fudge; Three Kings Bread; Tres Leches Cake; Apricot Sorbet; Rice Pudding; and Pumpkin-Seed Candy.
Don't miss: the culinary histories at the beginning of each chapter.
Sweet Paper Crafts: 25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life by Mollie Greene; photographs by J. Aaron GreeneWhat it is: a charming how-to for crafting beginners who'd like to reuse paper while making amazing crafts.
What's inside: information about tools, tips, and materials (with an eye toward reusing) as well as a resource list and full-color photos.
Projects include: Percher Bird; Blooming Brooch; Tiny Star Garland; Alice in Wonderland Mobile; Flower Fancy Wreath; and Scratch Book.
Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh with Tara WigleyWhat it is: a beautiful cookbook showcasing 110 decadent treats, including cookies, mini-cakes, cakes, cheesecakes, tarts & pies, desserts, and confectionary, as well as baking tips.
Recipes include: Tahini and Halva Brownies; Rolled Pavlova with Peaches and Blackberries; Lime Meringue Cheesecake; Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies; Sesame Brittle; and Celebration Cake.
Did you know? Though Yotam Ottolenghi is now as famous for his award-winning cookbooks as his London delis and restaurant, he started his professional career whisking egg whites for vanilla soufflés.
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