Home, Garden, and DIY
How to Grill Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food by Mark BittmanWhat it is: the latest in Mark Bittman's wonderfully versatile and detailed How to Cook Everything series. It has color photos, covers grilling basics, and offers 1,000 recipes for appetizers, snacks, seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables (including veggie mains), sauces, breads, and desserts.
Recipes include: Bruschetta, Smoky Guacamole, Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp, Tofu Steaks, Green Chile Cheeseburgers, Pulled Pork with Lexington BBQ Sauce, and Chocolate Panini.
Just Cook It! 145 Built-to-Be-Easy Recipes That Are Totally Delicious by Justin ChappleWhat it is: a collection of easily doable and delicious recipes by Justin Chapple, the Culinary Director at Food & Wine magazine and the star of their popular Mad Genius Tips video series.
Recipes include: Croque Madame Hot Dish, Green Curry with Halibut and Basil, Classic Meat Loaf Sandwiches and Tomato Jam, Chocolate-Cherry Peanut Butter Cookies, and Ice Cream Birthday Cake.
Tomoko Fuse's Origami Boxes: Beautiful Paper Gift Boxes from Japan's Leading Origami... by Tomoko FuseWhat it is: a well-illustrated guide to making a variety of lovely small boxes by a world-renowned Japanese origami artist who uses pictograms throughout her detailed instructions.
What's inside: thirty projects, such as traditional masu boxes, triangle boxes, flower boxes, dome boxes, hexagonal boxes, and barrel-shaped boxes, as well as variations and lids.
Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices up the Southern Kitchen by Eddie Hernandez and Susan PuckettWho it's for: fans of acclaimed chef Eddie Hernandez's Taqueria del Sol restaurants, as well as anyone who reckons that a mash-up of Southern and Mexican food is muy bueno.
Recipes include: Cajun Hash, Eddie's Breakfast Sausage, Cornmeal Waffles, Ham and Egg Torta, Pimento Cheese, Cheeseburger Tacos, Mexican Bread Pudding, and Sweet Potato Cheesecake.
Crafting a Patterned Home: Painting, Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room by Kristin NicholasWhat it is: an inspiring, eye-catching guide to patterns that addresses how to successfully combine them and choose complimentary colors. Also included are color photos and clear instructions for a variety of projects (including mosaic wallpaper, a geometric striped tablecloth, a ceramic tile fireplace surround, and a printed polka dot pillow).
Reviewers say: "a worthy successor and companion to the likes of Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett, and Tricia Guild" (Booklist).
Gardening with Less Water: Low-Tech, Low-Cost Techniques for Using Up to 90% Less... by David A. BainbridgeWhat it's about: Combining brevity, passion, and expertise with plenty of examples and illustrated instructions, ecology professor David Bainbridge presents several methods for delivering water directly to plants' roots. Best of all, these methods -- which include wicking systems, grow tubes, porous hoses, and clay pots -- can all be implemented using recycled or low-cost materials.
Who it's for: Gardening with Less Water is a must-read for gardeners concerned about drought or a limited water supply.
Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner and Make-Ahead Lunches... by the editors of Food52What it is: an all-salad cookbook by the editors of the culinary website Food52, who believe that "salads are a place to play." In that spirit, they offer tempting recipes for 60 creative, hearty salads (and lots of dressings, too) as well as tips and variations.
Recipes include: Hoppin' John Salad with Crispy Cornbread, Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad with Kale and Prosciutto, Lemony Greek Pasta Salad, and Steak and Tossed Salsa Verde Salad.
She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika KotiteWho it's for: Anyone dreaming of a tiny hideaway will find inspiration, tips, and tricks in this beautifully photographed book that encourages reusing items you have and provides information about materials and costs for over 20 spaces in the U.S., England, and Australia.
Chapters include: "What's Your Shed Style?"; "Sheds for Gardeners;" "The Artist's Studio;" "Old-Soul Sheds;" "Stylish Sheds;" "Backyard Getaways;" "Build a She Shed from a Kit;" "Gallery."
The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving: Over 350 of the Best... by the Ball Corporation; Meredith L. Butcher, editorWhat it is: a detailed guide to preserving that offers color photos, step-by-step instructions, and 350 recipes, from classics such as pickles and jams to international flavors like kimchi.
What's inside: details on water bath canning, fermenting, pressure canning, freezing, dehydrating, curing, and smoking, as well as information on picking the right jar and the importance of acidity.
Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat by Ellen ZachosWhat it is: a fascinating, practical book that explains how to safely find edible plants (greens, nuts, seeds, fungi, etc.) in your backyard and gives details on harvesting and preparing them for eating.
What's inside: foraging basics and etiquette; identification tools and color photos for 65 plants, including dandelion, mulberry, and hosta; and recipes for your bounty.
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