Ashley English, author of the popular Homemade Living series, provides a primer to creating all-natural body-care and wellness products—complete with 40 accessible DIY recipes to try at home.
Ditch store-bought health- and body-care products with their synthetic ingredients! Instead, create your own natural versions with this accessible, carefully curated collection from Ashley English. It features simple, tried-and-true recipes that she and her family turn to again and again, including:
• A rosemary and apple-cider vinegar hair rinse for dry scalp
• A moisturizing hand salve of beeswax, olive oil, and coconut oil
• A gentle and refreshing rosewater toner
• An aloe vera-based sunburn soother
• A stress-relieving tincture of fresh lemon balm and roses
English also provides information on where to source high-quality materials (most of which are readily available), the benefits of her chosen ingredients, and safety tips. From skin-care classics to first-aid essentials, you’ll soon fill your cabinets with products that you’ll feel good about making and using.
This delectable tour of America’s craft chocolate movement is the ultimate fulfillment for your chocolate obsession.
Author Megan Giller traces the journey from harvesting cacao pods to transforming them into finished bars with distinctive and complex flavors (including fruity, floral, nutty, and smoky). You’ll then go behind the scenes to learn why artisanal chocolate from America’s hottest makers is so special.
Giller teaches the nuanced art of pairing chocolate with beer, spirits, bread, cheese, and more, while master chefs highlight those irresistible combinations with recipes for decadent treats such as Ceylon Tea Fudge Sauce and Pop Rocks Chocolate Bark.
Learn how to identify and gather wild mushrooms and other fungi!
An authoritative field guide to more than 450 species of wild mushrooms from around the world, Mushrooms shows the life cycle and features of a mushroom, what supplies are needed for mushroom foraging, and how to take a spore deposit.
A photographic field guide forms the heart of the book, providing information on size, range, and habitat. The clear images and illustrations of specimens, along with information on what's poisonous and what's edible, make this the ultimate guide to mushrooms.
If you struggle with focus and memory lapses, mental fog, or stress, or if you simply want to optimize your mental performance and protect your brain health, Smart Plants is a must-read. Written by New York Times bestselling author and natural-food chef Julie Morris (whose name has become synonymous with “superfoods” and “wellness”), this groundbreaking book reveals the dietary secrets to better brain performance.
Combining scientific research with the wisdom of ancient remedies, Smart Plants showcases an exciting array of cognition-enhancing plants, from everyday foods to natural nootropics (edibles that can improve memory, learning, and problem-solving). Morris’ 65 mouthwatering, beautifully illustrated recipes make it easy to incorporate these powerful foods into your daily diet. Feed your brain with such palate-pleasing dishes as Berry-Almond Amaranth Porridge, French Lentils with Roasted Radishes, Fig and Hazelnut Wild Rice Salad, Garlicky Butter Bean Soup with Kale, Matcha Custard with Wild Berries, and more!
You can keep gardening for life, you just need to make adjustments as you age. In The Lifelong Gardener, adaptive gardening expert Toni Gattone shares her proven methods for making your favorite hobby easier on your aging body. Her techniques will help you garden smarter, not harder! Eliminate the physical strain of gardening through this helpful guide’s dozens of tried-and-true methods (like buying ergonomic tools, using raised beds, and moving tools around in bins on wheels). The Lifelong Gardener celebrates the joy of gardening, and Gattone’s message of empowerment will stir you to find joy in your garden for years to come.
Flavored butters, also called compound butters, have a multitude of uses. They make a plain baguette or artisan loaf come alive with flavor; they complement a hearty breakfast muffin or delicate scone; they serve as quick-fix sauces for a piece of fish, meat, or a bowl of pasta; and they brighten an artichoke or a serving of green beans in surprising ways. We often see flavored butters as an elegant touch to bread service in restaurants, but there are plenty more varieties and uses that are easy for home cooks to use in their kitchens.
Lucy Vaserfirer's Flavored Butters provides the recipes and techniques for homemade flavored butters. In 50 recipes, she offers up ideas that are amazingly quick to execute in the kitchen and transformative in the flavor they impart. The recipes cover both sweet and savory applications, and each includes advice about what the butter is best used on. Plenty of photographs illustrate the recipes, and you’ll also find ample tips and tricks: Learn the perfect temperature at which to serve the butters, how to serve them, and the tools needed for making stunning presentations.
Bees need our love and attention! Bee colonies are fast declining, and it’s up to us to help our buzzing buddies recover and thrive.
In Love Bees: A Family Guide to Help Keep Bees Buzzing, Vanessa Amaral-Rogers focuses on how we can help our nectar-collecting buddies flourish. Through a whole swarm of engaging facts and fun activities, she reveals why these important insects are so awesome.
Teach your kids that conservation is cool, and show them what rules to follow to become a bee’s BFF (Best Friend Forever)! Find out together how to make a bee hotel or B-line nectar corridor, and play the Waggle Dance board game. Add exciting lessons in natural history and gardening, from planting pollinator-friendly flowers to the basics of urban beekeeping. This is a call to action with a positively sunny outlook.
Children as young as 2 have a blast pointing out recognizable things (a blue tricycle, a hungry dog, a piggyback ride), while older kids can follow the star characters from page to page, telling their stories along the way.
For ages 2-5.
Heatproof, transparent, and durable, the mason jar is a science lab just waiting to be discovered. Unlock its potential with 40 dynamic experiments for budding scientists ages 8 and up. Using just a jar and a few ordinary household items, children learn to create miniature clouds, tiny tornadoes, small stalactites, and, of course, great goo and super slime! With a little ingenuity, the jar can be converted into a lava lamp, a water prism, a balloon barometer, and a compass. Each fun-packed project offers small-scale ways to illustrate the big-picture principles of chemistry, botany, biology, physics, and more.
For ages 8-12.
What happens to the food we don’t eat …all those discarded apple cores and rejected Brussels sprouts? Did you know that there are as many living organisms in a teaspoon of soil as there are people in the whole world? And that wriggly worms are our cool, earthy friends?
For ages 4-8.
Get an up-close look at the buzzing, fluttering, and squirming life teeming in your garden. Bees, Bugs & Butterflies explores the world of pollinators: the bugs that help plants thrive. Discover ways to attract the fascinating creatures that pollinate your fruits and vegetables, control pests and diseases, and even get rid of your organic trash. Learn how to create an environment friendly to butterflies, bees, ants, and bats; build habitats for garden allies like ladybugs and lacewings; and gain an appreciation for the complex food web right outside your door.
For ages 4-8.
Fiber crafts, such as knitting, weaving, and crocheting, continue to surge in popularity, with sites like Ravelry (a social media community for the wool obsessed) gaining more than 6 million members. Artists are seeking quality, raw materials in greater numbers. The cottage industry of supplying not only raw fleece but handcrafted yarns is strong.
Janet Garman has a small fiber flock (including Pygora fiber goats) and shares her expertise, as well as interviews, tips, and advice from fiber farmers and craftspeople across the country.