• CHEDDAR

    One of the oldest, most ubiquitous and beloved cheeses in the world, cheddar has a fascinating history. Over the years it has been transformed from a painstakingly handmade wheel to a rindless, mass-produced block, to a liquefied and emulsified plastic mass untouched by human hands. The Henry Fordism of cheddar production in many ways anticipated the advent of industrial agriculture. They don’t call it “American Cheese” for nothing.

    Cheddar is one man’s picaresque journey to find out what a familiar food can tell us about ourselves. Cheddar may be appreciated in almost all American homes, but the advocates of the traditional wheel versus the processed slice often have very different ideas about food. Since cheddar—with its diversity of manufacturing processes and tastes—is such a large umbrella, it is the perfect food through which to discuss many big food issues that face our society.

    More than that, though, cheddar holds a key to understanding not only issues surrounding food politics, but also some of the ways we think of our cultural identity. Cheddar, and its offshoots, has something to tell us about this country: the way people rally to certain cheddars but not others; the way they extol or denounce the way others eat it; the role of the commodification of a once-artisan cheese and the effect that has on rural communities. The fact that cheddar is so common that it is often taken for granted means that examining it can lead us to the discovery of usually unspoken truths.

    Author Gordon Edgar (Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge) is well-equipped to take readers on a tour through the world of cheddar. For more than 15 years he has worked as an iconoclastic cheesemonger in San Francisco, but his sharp talent for observation and social critique were honed long before then, in the world of ’zines, punk rock and progressive politics. His fresh perspectives on such a seemingly common topic are as thought-provoking as they are entertaining.

    Item: 7744
  • 100 ORGANIC SKIN CARE RECIPES

    Discover all-natural beauty product recipes for healthy, glowing skin and a happier you!

    Stimulate your senses with Lemon Poppy Seed Scrub. Rejuvenate your skin with a Glowing Goddess Face and Body Mask. Wash away your worries with a Fizzy Mojito Foot Spa.

    Filled with all-natural ingredients like shea butter, essential oils and brown sugar, each recipe in 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes gives you the opportunity to mix up your own beauty products …without any of the hazardous chemicals you'd find in store-bought brands. Whether you have sensitive skin or just want to switch to a natural beauty routine, these step-by-step instructions will teach you how to use oils, herbs and other easy-to-find ingredients to make amazingly effective organic skin care recipes. You will enjoy creating your own one-of-a-kind home spa products, such as Invigorating Ginger Citrus Body Wash, Carrot-Coconut NutraMoist Mask, and Chocolate Lip Scrub.

    With the beautiful, soothing products in 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes, you'll always be just a few moments away from the luxury of your very own home spa experience, and an easy escape into tranquility, relaxation and indulgence.

    Item: 7071
  • 100 PLANTS TO FEED THE BEES

    The international bee crisis is threatening our global food supply, but this user-friendly field guide shows what you can do to help protect our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers browsable profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: sow seeds for some plants — such as basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and simply don’t mow down abundant native species, including aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 Plants to Feed the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers — anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box — to protect our pollinators.

    Item: 8142
  • 101 EASY HOMEMADE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR SKIN, HEALTH & HOME

    Kick toxic, synthetic skin-care products and cleaners out the door and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with the simple, versatile projects in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. With this book, you can use local, natural ingredients to make something beautiful, effective, and good for you and your family.

    Item: 7985
  • 101 ONE-DISH DINNERS

    One-dish is a winning formula for today’s busy families. In 101 One-Dish Dinners, Andrea Chesman shows off the versatility of Dutch ovens, skillets, and casserole pans. Classic baked dishes like ham and potato gratin, chicken potpie, and vegetable lasagne go head-to-head with diverse stovetop suppers like jambalaya, seafood paella, and pad Thai. For those looking for something a little lighter but still filling, there are plenty of meal-in-a-bowl salads and timeless soups. Serve up a nourishing meal tonight with little fuss and fewer dishes!

    Item: 8032
  • 101 ORGANIC GARDENING HACKS

    In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you'll find the top tips, tricks, and solutions Coronado has dreamed up in her career as one of America's most creative gardeners. Some are practical time-savers; others offer clever ways to "upcycle" everyday items in your garden. One characteristic every hack shares is that they are completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly. Divided into a dozen different categories for easy reference, each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it. If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green living values right at home, you'll love paging through this fascinating, eye-catching book.

    Item: 8190
  • 101 SKILLS YOU NEED TO SURVIVE IN THE WOODS

    “Feeder” mind-set means being in control of a situation, proactive rather than reactive. It is an optimistic outlook that reframes any situation as a learning experience. Kevin Estela teaches survival skills from this feeder-based perspective, which is what separates his teaching style from other wilderness instructors.

    Kevin has written the quintessential guide for an outdoor enthusiast’s “bucket list” of skills—how to make a fire, build a shelter, gather food, find water, use a knife correctly, and make cordage. These skills will keep you safe and better prepare you to deal with emergencies in the field, when you’ll need the additional skills of signaling and communication. Each chapter concludes with more advanced techniques to build your skills in various challenging situations, with tips that even seasoned survival enthusiasts haven’t thought of.

    101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods is not a onetime read but a lifetime reference you will turn to over and over again. It will become the first thing you pack for any adventure and might just save your—or someone else’s—life.

    Item: 9666
  • 111 MODERN HOMESTEADING ARTICLES CD-ROM

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.95.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of 111 Modern Homesteading Artciles CD triggers a security breech when updating to version 7 or higher of Java. While an internet connection is not required to access the content on this CD, it does require an internet browser with Java for viewing the files. As a result of the security breech, the files on this CD cannot be viewed once Java has been updated to version 7 or higher.

    We've assembled our best homesteading articles and packaged them in one easy-to-use CD-ROM format, just like our popular Mother Earth News Archives on CD-ROM.

    Selected from more than 40 years of material, this collection includes a wide selection of do-it-yourself projects for your house, farm or homestead. You'll find tips on raising chickens and other livestock, as well as detailed information on preserving food, making cheese and other skills that can help you live a more self-reliant, frugal life.

    You'll find articles about:

    • Root cellars
    • Raising a backyard dairy cow
    • Earth-sheltered homes
    • Making soap
    • Building and installing fences
    • Home insulation
    • Composting
    • Solar energy
    • Pest control
    • Making preserves
    • Plumbing
    • Training a guard dog
    • Growing vegetables and fruit trees
    • Beekeeping

    This CD has all the information you need for your successful modern homestead.

    This premium collection is delivered in a simple, searchable CD-ROM format, with image galleries and fully printable articles. No Internet connection required.

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms.

    You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:

    • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
    • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
    • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5. (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
    • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).

    This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.

    Item: 4225
  • 20-30 SOMETHING GARDEN GUIDE

    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide gives this busy demographic a fun, nonintimidating introduction to the basics of gardening. These are the folks who want to know where their food comes from, and they’re hip to the importance of good health and the environment.

    Item: 7884
  • 30-MINUTE ONE-POT MEALS

    Soon to become a staple in your kitchen, 30-Minute One-Pot Meals provides practical and ingenious secrets to simple, fast, delicious, and minimal-mess recipes. Endless possibilities for breakfast, lunch, and dessert are all included as well. One pot and 30 minutes is all it takes, and, in this book, Joanna Cismaru shows you how.

    Item: 8005
  • 365 ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Survival situations can happen when least expected. The best defense is knowledge and confidence in the skills that will keep you alive, whether it's for a few hours, days, or long term.

    365 Essential Survival Skills comprises the best knowledge, tips, and tricks available in the world today, and each skill is explained in fun, easy-to-learn ways that any student (greenhorn or seasoned) will pick up with a little practice. With 365 skills inside this book, there's plenty of practice to keep you busy year-round.

    The book features:

    • Skills relevant to all four seasons of the year and desert, woodland, prairie, mountain, and urban environments
    • Vital insights on the four core survival needs: shelter, fire, water, and food
    • Other topics, such as navigation, first aid, tools, signaling, self-defense, and more
    • Practical applications for campers, hunters, anglers, hikers, climbers, skiers, and all who venture outdoors
    • Links to thorough, in-depth video demonstrations

    Item: 8249
  • 50 DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS FOR KEEPING CHICKENS

    Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your flock needs for their health and safety.

    Item: 9145

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