How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time
by Will McCallum
What it is: An accessible guide to the changes we can all make--small and large--to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world's oceans.
HOW long?!: It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight.
The solutions: Greenpeace activist Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one, from carrying a reusable straw, to catching microfibers when you wash your clothes, to throwing plastic-free parties.
Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams... by Ken HaedrichWhat it is: a comprehensive, friendly guide for bakers of all levels that includes favorite tools and ingredients, 250 recipes (including for a variety of doughs), and an illustrated, step-by-step pie-making tutorial.
Recipes include: Two-Berry Mint Pie; Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie; Maple Pecan Pie; Amish Milk Pie; Peach Custard Pie; Fried Cherry Pies; Creamsicle Ice Cream Pie; Richard's Rice and Ricotta Pie.
East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera SodhaWhat's inside: inviting, uncomplicated meat-free recipes inspired by a wide variety of Asian cuisines and covering snacks, salads, noodles, curries, rice, tofu, salads, sides, sweets, and more. There are also tips, food history, resources, and vibrant photos and illustrations.
Recipes include: Mushroom Bao; Ben Ben Noodles; Mapo Tofu; Potato Dosa; Kimchi Fried Rice; Saag Paneer; Tomato Sambol; Tandoori Broccoli; Korean Egg Bread; Cardamom Kheer.
How to Write One Song by Jeff TweedyWhat it is: a personable, thoughtful, and fun guide to writing one song that takes the reader, bit-by-bit, through the process and also covers creativity and inspiration.
Want a taste? "Songs, to me, are much more like individual thoughts than other works of art are. They are hard to hold on to -- airlike and ephemeral."
About the author: Grammy Award winner Jeff Tweedy is a veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist, and a founding member of the band Wilco.
350+ Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jan EatonWhat it is: a highly informative book for crochet newcomers and old hands alike that provides guidance on tools and yarns, has detailed tutorials, and offers tips and techniques as well as information on color theory, design, dyeing yarn, and more.
Reviewers say: the book includes "color photographs illustrating just about everything involved in crocheting" (Booklist).
Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls with Veronica ChambersWhat it is: a delightful mix of recipes, musical musings, and tales from the author's childhood and his opera career, plus photos.
Recipes include: Deviled Eggs; Gullah Dirty Rice; Fried Catfish Plate; Buttermilk Mac and Cheese; Grits and Sage Sausage Gravy; Spicy Okra Shrimp Soup; Sweet Potato Biscuits; Blackberry Cobbler.
About the author: Chef Alexander Smalls is a James Beard Award winner and a former opera singer who won a Grammy and a Tony as a cast member of Porgy and Bess.
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish; photography by Alan WeinerWhat it is: a James Beard and IACP Award-winning book that offers an in-depth look at baking as well as recipes for amazing breads and pizzas you can bake at home.
Chapters include: Eight Details for Great Bread and Pizza; Equipment and Ingredients; Basic Bread Method; Levain Method; Pizza Doughs.
Recipes include: Pain au Bacon; Weeknight White Bread; Overnight Country Brown; Zucchini Focaccia; Iron-Skillet Meat Pie.
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