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Reap the benefits of all-natural hydrosols, and learn how to distill them yourself, with Harvest to Hydrosol. Learn the medicinal and therapeutic uses of flowers, herbs, and even weeds, and how valuable they can be to our bodies and spirits. Hydrosols are the condensate water produced during the distillation process. They can be ingested for medicinal purposes; used for aromatherapy; incorporated into cooking and drinking water; integrated into cleaning and purifying your home; used as a perfume, linen spray, facial mist, or nasal decongestant; and more. With this guide, author and botanist Ann Harman will teach you the act of hydro-distillation and the uses of hydrosols. Learn the technical process of hydro-distillation in detail, covering everything from equipment and safety to care and storage.
This guide includes a plant reference complete with plant information and photographs, so you can easily identify which plants to use for what ailment. Try distilling coriander for its detoxifying, digestive, and antimicrobial properties. Use fennel as an expectorant or carminative. Distill lavender for an antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory medicine. With 150 photos, diagrams, and tables, this book will walk you through the complete process of hydro-distillation. Live a healthy, organic life through these all-natural hydrosols with the help of Harvest to Hydrosol.
In Healing Foods, author Dale Pinnock explains how the healing power of foods stretches beyond the realm of vitamins and minerals to involve a far more complex and wondrous group of biological compounds: phytochemicals! Pinnock shows readers how many of these compounds, when properly delivered, can work as well as medicinal plants and even pharmaceutical drugs without the risk of side effects. Pinnock explains how to prepare dishes that are not only delicious, but also possess a powerful medicinal property. Think classic carrot and ginger soup, digestive tonic tea, dandelion salad, and more! Complete with an A–Z guide to common medicinal foods, Healing Foods is your one-stop reference for remedying health woes through the power of food.
Freshly blended herbal teas offer more healing power than do pre-packaged tea bags. In Healing Herbal Teas, master herbalist and author Sarah Farr serves up 101 original recipes that not only offer health advantages but also taste great. Formulations to benefit each body system and promote well-being include Daily Adrenal Support, Inflammation Reduction, and Digestive Tonic. Additional recipes that address seasonal needs such as allergy relief or immune support will attune you to the cycles of nature, while instruction on the art of tea blending will teach you how to develop your own signature mixtures to give your body exactly what it needs. This book is an enchanting and delectable guide to blending and brewing power-packed herbal teas at home.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to brew beer from an expert, look no further.
Award-winning homebrewer Chris Colby of Beer & Wine Journal offers recipes for every major style of beer to teach novice, intermediate, and advanced brewers more about the craft and science of brewing. From classic styles like pale ales, IPAs, stouts, and porters, to experimental beers such as oyster stouts, bacon-smoked porter, and jolly rancher watermelon wheat, brewers will learn more about brewing techniques and beer ingredients.
In the past decade, home coffee roasting has gone from a small but growing trend to an increasingly mainstream activity. Still, for many in the current generation of coffee lovers, roasting remains a mysterious process. In this completely revised, expanded edition of his classic Home Coffee Roasting, James Beard Award-nominated Kenneth Davids reveals the secrets to simple, quality home roasting.
Home Coffee Roasting provides insightful, easy-to-follow guidelines for every step in the process:
With Davids' charming blend of commentary on coffee, the history of roasting and connoisseurship, how-to instructions, copious illustrations, and an invaluable resource guide, this revised, expanded edition of Home Coffee Roasting is the one necessary book for every true coffee lover.
Andrew Schloss shows you the basic techniques for making a liqueur (typically as simple as combining fruit with liquor and sugar, letting the mixture sit for a week, straining, and enjoying) and then provides more than 150 recipes organized by types of flavoring (which include fruits, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, vegetables, coffee, tea, chocolate, cream, caramel, honey, and butterscotch).
Lost your zest for life? Feeling tired and sluggish? Need a health boost? Reach for a soothing cup of herbal tea and harness the extraordinary power of nature's most potent healing ingredients. With more than 70 expertly formulated recipes for tasty, soothing, caffeine-free infusions, this book will have you blending, brewing, and sipping your way to well-being. It also includes tips to help you get the most from your brew, as well as a comprehensive directory of herbal ingredients and their active properties and benefits.
Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog, opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor.
If you've been thinking of trying your hand at home winemaking, delay no longer! It’s easier than you think to make wonderful wine at home. Get started today with this practical guide to making your first bottle of perfect homemade wine.
Author Lori Stahl demystifies essential winemaking techniques with friendly, jargon-free instructions and gorgeous color photography. She begins by taking you step by step through making wine from a kit, and then shows you how to go beyond the kit with creative additions. Soon you’ll be making your own flavorful wine from fresh grapes, apples, berries, and even flowers and herbs.
This home winemaking companion offers a wide selection of seasonal winemaking recipes, new twists on traditional favorites, and sweet ways to enjoy and indulge in the wines you create. Even if you have never made wine before, Making Your Own Wine at Home will show you everything you need to master an intriguing and rewarding new hobby.
With this book, you’ll take your brewing skills from good to great, and expand your knowledge of the science and craft of brewing at home. Learn all of the modern homebrewing methods, from the basic techniques with malt extract to advanced all-grain procedures and tests for quality. Part scientist, part homebrewing wizard, Chris Colby is your guide.
Unlike other homebrewing books on the market, Methods of Modern Homebrewing combines the guidance and know-how of an expert’s many years of brewing with his extensive research. Complete with step-by-step instructions and helpful photos, this book also features useful charts for brewers to get information at a glance for every major homebrewing method. Each technique is paired with recipes to illustrate how the method works. Begin your brewing journey by learning to brew with malt extract or by partial mashing, or go all-grain. Then move on to master decoction mashing, high-gravity brewing, and more.
This guide to all modern brew styles is the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life.
The Guardian’s "Best Books on Drink” Pick
Most people know that wine is created by fermenting pressed grape juice and cider by pressing apples. But although it’s the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, few people know what beer is made of. In lively and witty fashion, Miracle Brew dives into traditional beer’s four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast, and water, each of which has an incredible story to tell.
From the Lambic breweries of Belgium, where beer is fermented with wild yeasts drawn down from the air around the brewery, to the aquifers below Burton-on-Trent, where the brewing water is rumored to contain life-giving qualities, Miracle Brew tells the full story behind the amazing role each of these fantastic four?a grass, a weed, a fungus, and water?has to play. Celebrated U.K. beer writer Pete Brown travels from the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic to Bamberg in the heart of Bavaria, where malt smoked over an open flame creates beer that tastes like liquid bacon. He explores the origins of fermentation, the lost age of hallucinogenic gruit beers, and the evolution of modern hop varieties that now challenge wine grapes in the extent to which they are discussed and revered.
Along the way, readers will meet and drink with a cast of characters who reveal the magic of beer and celebrate the joy of drinking it. And almost without noticing we’ll learn the naked truth about the world’s greatest beverage.