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121. Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations
by Amanda Carestio
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Isbn: 1600596150
Publisher: Lark Books
Sales Rank: 3376
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'Tis the season to make felt crafts-fa, la la la la! These 45+ festive Christmas projects will bring joy to crafters everywhere. Created by successful online designers from around the world, the adorable items range from a sweet garland of little birds to super-cute matryoshka doll ornaments. All can be made with simple sewing techniques, and there are both no-sew and eco-smart options, too.
Both indie and mainstream crafters will love these fresh new ideas!
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122. The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist
by Emily Martin
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Isbn: 0307586561
Publisher: Potter Craft
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Join the creator of The Black Apple, Emily Martin, on a trip through her magical world of paper dolls, imaginary places, and clever craft projects.

 

Inside this book you’ll find 21 sweet, mysterious characters with clothes and accessories all their own—from a busy beekeeper’s daughter to a bird-loving librarian. You’ll also find 16 dolls ready to be designed and brought to life by you! Emily will show you how to draw, paint, and personalize your way to a little paper replica of anyone you’d like.

 

With basic art supplies and the instructions in the book, you’ll also learn to:

 



   • Make a custom wedding invitation or holiday card
   • Color, cut, paste, and frame a unique family portrait
   • Design your own paper clothes, shoes, glasses, and the like
   • Cut and fold an armoire for doll-sized clothes
   • Build a paper theater using one of the TK illustrated backdrops
   • Direct a stop-motion film with jointed paper doll actors
   • And so much more!

 

So sharpen your scissors and get ready for a unique and wonderful adventure.

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123. The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
by Garrett Oliver
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Isbn: 0060005718
Publisher: Ecco
Sales Rank: 1888
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Traditional craft-brewed beer can transform a meal from everyday to extraordinary. It's an affordable, accessible luxury. Yet most people are only familiar with the mass-market variety. Have you tasted the real thing?

In The Brewmaster's Table, Garrett Oliver, America's foremost authority on beer and brewmaster of the acclaimed Brooklyn Brewery, reveals why real beer is the perfect partner to any dining experience. He explains how beer is made, relays its fascinating history, and, accompanied by Denny Tillman's exquisite photographs, conducts an insider's tour through the amazing range of flavors displayed by distinct styles of beer from around the world. Most important, he shows how real beer, which is far more versatile than wine, intensifies flavors when it's appropriately paired with foods, creating brilliant matches most people have never imagined: a brightly citric Belgian wheat beer with a goat cheese salad, a sharply aromatic pale ale to complement spicy tacos, an earthy German bock beer to match a porcini risotto, even a fruity framboise to accompany a slice of chocolate truffle cake. Whether you're a beer aficionado, a passionate cook, or just someone who loves a great dinner, this book will indeed be a revelation.

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Reviews

5-0 out of 5 stars Dispelling the Image of Beer as "Cheap Fizz", March 16, 2004
Before Garrett Oliver visited our wine/beer shop, I hadn't read a word of this book. Now, I can't put it down.

It was obvious, during his hour-and-a-half visit/tasting that he was a wizard. Grabbing various cheeses and beers from our shelves, seemingly on a whim, I wondered what he was up to. But tasting Ommegang's Three Philosophers Quadrupel alongside the ubiquitous Humboldt Fog; tasting Dupont's Miel with a sheepsmilk beauty; tasting Garrett's own Brooklyn Monster Barleywine alongside a stinky Stilton, it made us all realize that this guy was the brew master.

After that, I opened his book, and my world was changed forever. Food, which I had always tried to pair with wine, was transformed into a whole new experience. And the rows of weird-looking bottles that I used to simply stare at for hours during a slow shift at the store, now made sense. Who knew that the $5.50 Le Coq Imperial Double Stout was a "world classic"? Garrett did. Who knew that the $3.79 Schneider Wiess was a "tour de force"? Garrett did.

His book is at once a recipe for a culinary celebration, and an encylopedia of beer styles and producers. The simple organization of the book is perfect! He starts with the chapter: Wheat Beer, for example. Then, within that chapter, he addresses different styles and regions-for example, German weissbeer. That section is then divided into 3 parts: a history of the style and an explanation of the beer itself; pairing that beer with food; and, notable producers of that style. This simple yet intelligent organization lends to a broad base of interest and knowledge within each chapter.

Garrett doesn't get too technical, but he doesn't dumb it down either. There always seems to be a real passion flowing over the pages, and he is not shy about letting this passion show like a neon sign. Of course, he harbors a bit of arrogance over wine when it comes to pairing beer with food. However, the more I test out his suggested pairings, the more I realize that his arrogance is pure genius. The extent to which he has "researched" food pairings (groaning work, to be sure...) is simply amazing. With any given beer style, he will list ten or twenty different dishes or styles with which to pair that beer. I also enjoy his ability to invoke the essence of "place", as it relates to the beer experience. He writes of an experience in amsterdam, watching the barges, drinking beer with his salmon, and enjoying the moment. He recalls the homely atmosphere of London beerpubs with fondness. He describes the musty, cobweb-filled Belgium lambic houses in great detail.

And somehow, he manages to never drift too far on a tangent, and always pulls whatever experiences he has had back to history and the beer itself. The amount of knowledge in this book is astounding. His food pairings are exquisite (though sometimes, I think he is a bit too generous). The historical information is both interesting and helpful in understanding the beer and its roots. And his introduction and description of each style is impeccable. If you walk into a store like ours, and the sheer selection of beer scares you, just thumb to the index of The Brewmaster's Table, and you'll probably see a reference to whatever bottle you're holding in your hands.

Warning: this book will drastically change your culinary world! It will consume you, and turn every meal into a new opportunity to turn a good beer into a magical experience. As you pore over each chapter, you'll want to run down to the store and hunt down that particular style, just to see what Garrett's making such a racket about. The pages, with the absolutely beautiful photography and descriptions, will consume you to the point that you've just gotta have that Imperial Stout, right now! And if it hasn't happened already, this book will certainly make sure that you will never again let the likes of Budweiser fizzy water pass your lips.

5-0 out of 5 stars Serious writing about beer, May 15, 2003
As a fan of beer it is disappointing to go into a book store and see dozens of intelligent books about wine and then look at the beer books. There are several good books on homebrewing, recipes, and styles. However, this book looks seriously at beer and food. Sure there is some background information and history of beer. Mostly it lists many of the beers and what they pair well with. It is the kind of book needed to take beer more seriously.

Part One: The Basics
1. What is Beer?
2. A Brief History of Beer
3. Principles of Matching Beer with Food

Part Two: Brewing Traditions
4. Lambic
5. Wheat Beer
6. The British Ale Tradition
7. The Belgian Ale Tradition
8. The Czech-German Lager Tradition
9. New Traditions - American Craft Brewing
10. Unique Specialties

Part Three: The Last Word
Glassware, Temperature, Storage, and Service
Beer with Food: A Reference Chart
Index

Typically each style is talked about in general then a bunch of brewers are covered including food pairings. Garrett mentions in his foreward that a bunch of recipes from a who's who listing of chefs were left out of this edition. I look forward to another book with recipes. There are nice color pictures in this book too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with wide appeal, March 3, 2004
This book is a good introduction to craft beer for newbies, and a good source of information for connoisseurs as well. It surveys the major beer styles, and discusses the best food pairings for each, teaching skills that help the reader decide what beer to pair with which food.

Wisely, Oliver omits the technical descriptions of beer styles and focuses on what they taste like. For homebrewers and beer geeks (hey, I'm one myself), discussions of IBUs and original gravities are great, but they can turn off people who are just interested in drinking good beer and in expanding their beer horizons. And this book is as much about spreading the good word about craft beer as it is about appealing to those who already love it. However, there is enough information about history and brewing to appeal to the most advanced brewer. Indeed, Oliver does a good job at keeping it breezy and accessible without being pedantic or "dumbing down" the material.

The appendix at the end provides a list of suggested beer and food pairings. It is useful and provides a quick reference that you can consult before heading out to the store.

If you have any interest in craft beer and good food, you will enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book !, October 10, 2005
The content of the book deserves all the accolades that other reviewers have heaped upon it, so I won't repeat what has already been said.

Garret Oliver's passion for beer and food is evident from the first paragraph. The prose is at once zealous, lighthearted, and entertaining, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Once opening the book, one can't help but consider what beer to accompany the next meal or snack, to the point of planning menus for the whole week. A delightful must-read for anyone looking to improve their culinary life; also an invaluable resource to any restauranteur, chef, sommelier, caterer, gourmet food or beer retailer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Beer Book, July 15, 2007
I read alot, and use Amazon alot, and have read many beer books, but this is the first time I've been prompted to write a review. This is by far the best book on beer I've read. Comprehensive, delightful, and informative, it would be enjoyable even for someone who was not a beer enthusiast. I don't particularly care about pairing beer with food, and so might have overlooked this volume. However, even passing lightly over the sections about beer-food combinations, it remains the best book on beer I've seen! It's my beer bible!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for discovering new beers and food pairings!, February 28, 2007
I take this book with me whenever I enter any store with a good selection of beer. It has proven to be an invaluable source of advice as i peruse the shelves of imported and craft beers. i never appreciated how good beer and foods could go together before i tried some of the combinations in this book. The discussions of various Belgian styles, particularly the Saisons, has been eye opening for me.

I recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to expand their beer experiences and more importantly, to anyone who wants to experience how different beers and different foods can come together in some wondrous ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Bible for the beer foodie, January 20, 2008
Between 1850 and 1880, "Brewers Row" in Brooklyn became home to eleven breweries, due to a massive influx of immigrants from Germany. By the end of the century, Brooklyn had become a major center for brewing, boasting 48 brewing establishments.

In the spirit of this brewing tradition, Garrett Oliver emerges. As Brewmaster and a partner of Brooklyn Brewery, he imparts his knowledge like flakes of gold, creating traditional styles of beer with classic depth. An avid lecturer, he articulates the connection between fine food and beer with the passion of a master.

THE BREWMASTER'S TABLE - DISCOVERING THE PLEASURES OF REAL BEER WITH REAL FOOD is a bible for the beer foodie. Mr. Oliver entices you into his world, using colorful words to tease you into submission. Once captured, he takes you on a grand journey, matching food tastes with beer styles, introducing you to fine European traditions, and creating a burning desire for more.

The reader travels with him throughout Europe, to the Payottenland district west of central Brussels, home to lambic beer. Discover the Bavarian Weissbiers, with their strong spices and malt sweetness, merging seamlessly with Thai, Indian, Mexican and Chinese foods. Visit the pubs of London, with their English Bitters and Imperial Stouts. Enter the fascinating world of Trappist and Abbey Ales - Chimay from Abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont and Westmalle from Abdij Trappisten van Westmalle - and onward, through the Czech Republic and returning to America, where traditions are merged by the artisans of beer.

Whether you are a connoisseur of beer, a gourmet cook - captivated with the art of pairing food with beer, or an individual with a passion for palatable treats, THE BREWMASTER'S TABLE leads you into the pleasures of real beer with real food.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the guide to beer!, August 22, 2007
I've had this book for 2 years and just bought it for a friend because I've loved it so much. I've reread this book twice because there is so much great information. This book changed the way I look at, buy and drink beer. I'm also a home brewer and this book gave me a whole new perspective on what I was trying to make and what I wanted from my beer.
There are few books that talk about pairing beer with food and I think this is THE book on the subject.
If you want to broaden your beer horizons, this book will do it. You will never look back.
Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Garrett makes it fun!, June 13, 2003
There are lots of books on beer craftsmanship, beer history and even beer styles; but through all the beer books I've read, none can touch Garrett's handling of pairing beer styles and food. Garrett approaches his task from a standpoint of making it fun and enjoyable. He writes in a very friendly, light-hearted (but serious) and easy-going style and pulls from vast experiences to help the reader along.
If you're looking to take your enjoyment of beer (and food) to another level, I would recommend this book highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best in the genre., June 7, 2009
This book started my journey into beer and food matching. Definitive and inspiring. Great insight into a developing market. ... Read more


124. The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion
by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
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Isbn: 1592333745
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Sales Rank: 2126
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Entertain in Style—Vegan Style

 

The Vegan Table is your one-stop source for creating the perfect meal for your friends and family. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering of friends or a large party with an open guest list, author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, crowned the “Vegan Martha Stewart” by VegNews magazine, will answer your every entertaining need.

Inside you’ll be treated to practically limitless recipe and menu ideas, making it easy to satisfy any and all palates and preferences. From romantic meals for two to formal dinners, casual gatherings, children’s parties, and holiday feasts, you can keep the party going through every occasion and season.

 

Recipes include:

Pumpkin Curry

Roasted Red Pepper, Artichoke, and Pesto Sandwiches

Creamy Macaroni and Cashew Cheese

Elegantly Simple Stuffed Bell Peppers

Pasta Primavera with Fresh Veggies and Herbs

Tempeh and Eggplant Pot Pies

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Onions
Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
South of the Border Pizza

Tofu Spinach Lasagna
Blackberry Pecan Crisp
Flourless Chocolate Tart

Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Celebrate the joy of plant-based cuisine with The Vegan Table, your ultimate at-home dining and entertaining guide.
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Reviews

5-0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt thank you to Colleen from Sacramento, CA, May 19, 2009
Some background - This past mid-April, my husband and I attended the 5-Day McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, CA. Colleen was there as one of the chefs giving a cooking demo/lesson to help us learn how to cook food for our new healthy diet. My husband has always been an omnivore and swore he would never give up meat (but he was willing to attend the 5-day session with me). I have been what I call a fat 'imperfect vegan' for over 20 years (cheese, butter and oil were my vices). Enter Colleen. She prepared a few dishes out of this new book and passed around servings for us to eat. My hubby said: Babe, if we can eat like this all the time, I'll never miss the meat. And I agreed. We adopted a lowfat vegan diet that week, and have not looked back. I have cooked several of the recipes that Colleen gave us that week (all from the book) and they are all yummy. I have ordered the book because I want more. Colleen, I hope you are reading this: You are a wonderful, witty, talented chef. My husband and I loved your your cooking, and your wonderful sense of humor. Dr McDougall, Mary, Jeff, and Doug helped us adopt this new healthy diet, but you definitely sealed the deal. The 'No-queso Quesadillas' have been our go-to snack when we need a little something-something, now! Since April 15, I have effortlessly lost 15 lbs and my hubby has lost 12. Thank you SO much! We hope to see you again!

5-0 out of 5 stars My new favorite cookbook, April 29, 2009
I have a pretty big cookbook collection, but this is the first one I've seen that I actually want to try EVERYTHING! Even if you aren't vegan, you will find many delicious additions to your menus here. There are great tips for people new (or even not-so-new) to vegan cooking, and interesting information on subjects like edible flowers, high tea, and what they *really* ate at the first Thanksgiving. I've been looking forward to this book's arrival for a long time, and I agree with another reviewer who said it exceeded expectations. (I've already tried 3 recipes & all were delicious!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Colleen has done it again!, April 29, 2009
First came The Joy of Vegan Baking, which elevated baking without dairy or eggs to new heights! With The Vegan Table, Colleen expands our repertoire to everything from salads, to pizza, to kugle! Peppered with insightful pieces on vegan philosophy, this is not just a cookbook, it's a tome on how you can live your life compassionately and joyfully and share that spirit with your friends and family. Absolutely amazing recipes and exquisite photography, this is one of the best cookbooks I've bought!

4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, but..., August 29, 2009
Like most people I was eager to get my hands on Patrick-Goudreau's second book. One cannot live on sweets alone, and her first book on baking is one of my go-to titles. The Vegan Table is a far more attractive book, full color, beautiful photography, and all the tidbits on vegan food and living we've grown to expect. The recipes I haven't tried look very good, and the ones I have tried turned out well, with the exception of the chocolate espresso ganache cake FAIL. (To be accurate, the cake was delicious, but the topping and glaze were a miserable failure.)

However, I absolutely loathe the organization of this book. As cookbooks go, and I have dozens, I feel it was an experiment gone awry. The book is divided into meals for two, four to six, six to ten, and so on. If I'm interested in finding an entree, I have to flip through five chapters. The chapters are further divided by the four seasons. I appreciate eating seasonally, but this goes too far. At the very least a master list or index of apps, soups, salads, entrees, etc. would have made sense. If I want to make cornmeal-crusted tempeh for just my husband and me, I have to adjust the quantities since it's under "formal dining for six to ten." Granted, one would probably adjust for servings with any cookbook depending on your family size, but this system feels much more complex and unwieldy. I can think of several more effective ways this book could have been organized with respect to seasons and the appropriateness of each recipe for various styles of entertaining. As is is, I find it very difficult to use in the way one normally uses a cookbook. ("I need a main dish with beans," or "what can I do with all this zucchini?")

All that aside, the book is very well written and the recipes are mostly rather simple, with some sophisticated 'touches' and seasonings to make them feel more special. There are no ingredients that a well-stocked pantry wouldn't have on hand already, or that would be difficult to find in most large grocery stores. Even when an unusual ingredient is listed - kudzu root comes to mind - the author suggests a far more accessible substitute (arrowroot, in that case).

Perhaps the best thing to be said about the book is that it doesn't waste the cook's time with an abundance of "veganized" versions of foods omnivores typically like to eat. Most vegans who cook already have a favorite tofu scramble or lentil loaf recipe, and while these are included, by far the majority of the dishes are just good, original, vegan food. So I give Patrick-Goudreau credit for developing and marketing her own style of dining and entertaining, instead of writing "The Joy of Cooking...Vegan Style."

Despite the challenges in the book's structure, I absolutely recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect cookbook, vegan or otherwise!, May 8, 2009
Like many other reviewers on Amazon, I am a cookbook fiend. I often wonder if I like purchasing new cookbooks more than I like actually using them because sometimes I will buy one, and after the initial look-through where I drool over the recipes, it sits on my shelf collecting dust for too long before I finally use it.

This is so not the case with Colleen's first cookbook, "The Joy of Vegan Baking," or thankfully, her newest, "The Vegan Table." "The Vegan Table" is the perfect follow-up to "TJoVB," and every single recipe begs to be made. The recipes are healthy, delicious, and beautiful. Gorgeous photos of MANY of the dishes are scattered throughout the book, which I love because that inspires me that much more to get cooking!

I was lucky enough to be a recipe tester for this book, so in addition to the several recipes I've made since receiving the book this week, I knew I already had some favorites. The Matzoh Ball Soup is perfect, as is the Panini with Lemon-Basil Pesto. The Tempeh Pate melts in your mouth, and the Warm Spinach Salad is amazingly healthful & delicious. I recently impressed company with the Blackberry Pecan Crisp, which took literally less than five minutes to assemble. The Portobello Mushrooms with Herb-Infused Marinade are on the menu for tonight, and I think I'll serve them alongside the Scalloped Potatoes.

Each dish is simple, yet upscale (but that does not mean expensive!). Most things could be served for a simple weeknight dinner, yet they're impressive enough to share with company. I love that Colleen split the book into chapters based not only on the group size (meals to serve from two to ten, and everywhere in-between) - but also by season. The index is also terrific, and makes everything SO easy to find. Of course, Colleen's compassion for all living beings shines throughout the book, and I LOVE her explanations of different holidays & how we can (and should) celebrate the essence of them without harming animals in the process - like Easter without eggs, for instance, and Thanksgiving without turkey.

"The Vegan Table" is a must-have addition to every kitchen out there, vegan or not!

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeded expectations, April 28, 2009
Colleen set the bar for new Vegan cookbooks pretty high with her "Joy of Vegan Baking" so, I knew I would not be disappointed with "The Vegan Table" when I ordered it. What I did not expect was to be impressed again but, I am. It is a very attractive, nicely designed book. There are plenty of photographs (something missing from most Vegan cookbooks) and there are sidenotes and tips everywhere. This is a cookbook that would be a good read even without any recipes. The one recipe I have had a chance to make so far (savory tofu spread) was superb.

Excellent book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vegan Amazin', May 11, 2009
The first night I received my new Vegan Table cookbook, I poured through it and put sticky notes on about 50 pages of recipes that I wanted to try right away. So far I have made Tempeh Pate, Lavender Lemonade, and Creamy Macaroni and Cashew Cheese. Every single non-veg person who has eaten the pate has loved it, and the macaroni dish was a big hit today at work. Get used to hearing, "I never would have known it was vegan." The recipes are incredible, the pictures are beautiful, and the design is fantastic. Even the pages smell good (well, maybe I'm weird, but they do!). The Compassionate Cooks' Tips and Did You Know? boxes are cool features and give you additional information on recipe items and food lore. Get this book. You will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cookbooks Don't Get Better Than This!, May 12, 2009
Is your stomach growling? Are you planning to grab this cookbook, slip comfortably into bed, and do a little meal planning before you doze off to sleep?

Don't. Even. Think. About. It.

The Vegan Table is chock-full of so many tantalizing recipes, interesting tidbits, and gorgeous photos that you'll be up into the wee hours of the night, contemplating whether to make the Peach and Pecan Muffins or the Home-Fried Potatoes when morning finally does arrive! (That's what happened to me, anyway!)

Not surprisingly, Colleen's new cookbook is amazingly well-organized. The recipes are laid out according to theme, season, occasion, and even party size. And, although I normally don't gravitate towards "meal-based" recipe organization in cookbooks (just a personal preference), this book does it in such an intuitive and helpful way that I can't help but love it! The "Food Lore," "Compassionate Cooks' Tips," and "Did You Know?" blurbs that accompany each recipe are also great, as they give the reader more insight into each recipe.

And, speaking of the recipes, here are just a few of the stand-outs:

*African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew
*Fruit Sushi with Strawberry Reduction Sauce
*Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting
*Purple Potatoes with Cashew Cream
*Spicy Black Bean Burgers
*Potato Salad in Radicchio Cups
*Chai-Spiced Almond Cookies

As if that weren't enough, even the intro/informational pages at the beginning of each chapter are captivating! They range from light topics (like how to prepare a romantic dinner for two) to heavier stuff (like "surviving the holidays" as a vegan, and confronting difficult food-ethics issues). If you're a fan of the author's podcasts, you'll probably recognize some of these discussions, although they fit perfectly into this cookbook as well.

Being one of many voracious readers/collectors of veg-based cookbooks, it takes an awful lot to impress me when it comes to products in this area. Happily, however, I can confidently say that The Vegan Table has already far exceeded my expectations. (Who can argue with heaps of creative recipes cloaked in a colorful, text-book-like package? I mean, really?) Just like Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Great Vegan Food for Special and Everyday Celebrations, The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets (also by this author!), and Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook that came before it, this book is destined to become the next big thing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Vegan Entertaining!, September 25, 2009
I have been cooking out of the vegan table for about a month now. I LOVE colleen's "vegetarian food for thought" podcast and I wanted to try her cookbook out. I own many vegan cookbooks and this is right up there with veganomicon and Vegan with a vengeance on my top vegan cookbook list. its hard sometimes to break up the dinners for 6 into dinners for two but i still love her ideas and would use them if i had a party.

good recipes:
moroccan stew- great. i was eating it for about a week it made so much! very flavorful and great to serve to non-vegans

chocolate truffles- gave them to friends as presents and they were eaten up very very quickly. easy to make with that special feel

beet/squash pizza- really interesting flavor. completely different from anything else i have tried. very good

tofu with orange ginger sauce- also very good. i am not crazy about most tofu but this was very edible

potatos with caramelized onions- AMAZING. could barely stop eating them

Lentil Loaf- the second one of these i have tried and this was very edible. great with potatoes.


BAD:
red velvet cake. made this for my BF because it was his favorite- the icing was good but he said the cake tasted like "cornbread". i agree. had to throw it out. :(

4-0 out of 5 stars Delicious, low-fat comfort food!, June 26, 2009
I own several vegan cookbooks and this is one of the best. I've owned this book for only a month, but have made several recipes already, all of them delicious. Furthermore, most of the recipes are low-fat - the author calls for sauteing in water for many recipes. I admit, I often sub oil, but I like knowing that I can make the recipe low-fat if I want to.
One of the best recipes in this book is the Creamy Macaroni and Cashew Cheese, it is the first vegan recipe for "mac n' cheese" that I've liked. And I like this one a lot, I couldn't believe how good it was! We had an omnivore friend over for dinner and he loved it as well.
The tempeh bacon recipe is also one of the best I've used.

I haven't tried any of the Indian-style recipes - which there are several - but I'm looking forward to trying them.

THE JOY OF VEGAN BAKING by the same author, was the very first vegan cookbook I bought, and I was so impressed with it, I felt I had to buy this one. The book has exceeded my expectations. Everything in the book sounds delicious and I can't wait to make all of the recipes. ... Read more


125. All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!
by Mel Bartholomew
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Isbn: 1591862027
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Sales Rank: 4052
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Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?

Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground.

But, the best feature is that "anyone," "anywhere" can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

But, let's get back to the ten improvements. You're going to love them.

1) New Location - Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just "twenty percent" of the space of a traditional garden.

2) New Direction - Locate your garden "on top" of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements.

3) New Soil - The new "Mel's Mix" is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even "buy" the different types of compost needed.

4) New Depth - You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It's true--the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth.

5) No Fertilizer - The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don't need to add fertilizer.

6) New Boxes - The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos).

7) New Aisles - The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest.

8)New Grids - Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.

9)New Seed Saving Idea - The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds--per planting hole.

10) Tabletop Gardens - The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable.

Of course, that's not all. We've also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You're going to love it! ... Read more

126. Origami Paper Pattern 6 3/4" 49 Sheets (Origami Paper Packs)
Paperback
list price: $5.95 -- our price: $5.95
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Isbn: 080483525X
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Sales Rank: 3284
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Expanding our line of popular paper packs, we are introducing a new pack in the small paper size full of geometric patterns based on traditional Japanese designs. Perfect for any folder who wants to add a distinctive flair to their origami projects, the new paper pack will have the same affordable LISTPRICE as our original Folding Paper for Origami.
The packaging for the new paper pack has been completely redesigned, with a colorful printed cardstock cover, and an 8-page insert with folding instructions so that folders can get started right away.
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Reviews

4-0 out of 5 stars Papers are good I expect some more better for the price., March 9, 2006
I was looking for double sided different colored paper. But I found only patterned papers in it. Those who want to buy this product kindly validate your need against what is inside. Here are some of the information.
1. All 49 sheets are single side (One side it is white and other side it is colored).
2. All 49 sheets got patterns like little flower outline or some pattern.

These are good fro beginners.

5-0 out of 5 stars Colorful & Good Quality Paper, October 18, 2004
This was a good origami pack of papers with variety of colors and patterns. Although, I wish that this pack would sell in other larger size.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good overall, June 11, 2007
Good basic one-sided origami paper with a nice selection of traditional patterns. Not as good as the Japanese paper, but perfectly fine for kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, June 25, 2009
Unlike a prior reviewer I thought the product information was pretty clear on what was included, one sided, patterned 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 paper. here's a nice touch tho, that I thought was unusual- the non-patterned side is colored the same as the background of the patterned side, not white, and I thought that was just SUPERB. I am very pleased with the patterns, I have never had good luck finding patterned paper in stores. It is just the size I want as I want to try making Origami jewelry. anyone looking for double sided larger paper can find it here, I bought a pack of that too, and was very surprised, I'd never seen patterned paper before. The little directions are a good starter, but there is also a beginning book offered on Amazon: Easy Origami by John Montroll that is a wonderful starter- gets you up and running with no frustration or heavy learning curve- marvelous for children or newbies.

5-0 out of 5 stars origami paper, January 9, 2007
this is high quality paper for all oragami projects. We have enjoyed using it and will be buying more!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good paper for beginners, April 25, 2010
I like this paper. It is thin yet durable and it has a little bit of a vellum feel to it similar to the outer wrapper on a chocolate bar. Not quite but similar.
It comes in a variety of colorful small print repeating patterns and on the opposite side of each sheet is the corresponding solid color. The picture on the cover shows patterned color on one side and blank white on the other but this isn't what I got.
Being almost seven inches square means it is a little bit easier to work with. It comes with a fold out booklet that gives you some introductory folding instructions and six different projects: Swan, Pig, Tortoise, Samurai Helmet, Rowboat, and Star Box.

One nice thing about these folds is that they have a Japanese Origami feel to them; The folds in the booklet would be a bit of a challenge for absolute beginners but if you have done a little origami you will get them. See my accompanying picture that shows some of the paper and the six projects in the booklet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, Easy to fold!, January 8, 2009
This paper pack is by Tuttle again and is of a real good quality. It is easy to fold, too. One can fold pretty Kusudamas with this paper and other Modular pieces. At least that's what I have used this particulr paper pack for. This again, as with most Tuttle origami paper packs, comes in 48 colors of patterned origami paper, single - sided. One gold foil sheet is also included in addition to this.

5-0 out of 5 stars ORAGAMI PAPER, March 26, 2008
MY SON HAD A PROJECT ON JAPAN AND HE USED THIS SUBJECT TO TALK ABOUT. IT WAS EASY AND FUN AND HE GOT AN A ON THE PROJECT.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gift, December 19, 2007
Since this was a gift, I cannot comment on the substance. I do not know how to do oragami, so make no judgement. ... Read more


127. Baking Illustrated
by Cook's Illustrated Magazine Editors
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Isbn: 0936184752
Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
Sales Rank: 2309
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Packed with 350 recipes and 500 illustrations, Baking Illustrated brings you inside America’s Test Kitchen, where the test cooks and editors have exhaustively examined every ingredient, technique, and piece of equipment that is critical to your baking success. Have you ever wondered how long you can keep that can of baking powder in your cabinet or what brand of chocolate will yield the best brownies or flourless chocolate cake? Or puzzled over the key to making pizza crust that is thin and crisp or cookies that bake evenly? The editors at Cook’s Illustrated have pulled back the curtain on the seemingly complex world of baking to give you the answers to these and thousands of other questions.

Recipes range from quick breads and yeast breads to pizza, cookies, cakes, pastry, crisps, and cobblers to all manner of pies and tarts. And they feature American home classics (including Southern Cornbread, Pecan Sandies, and Sour Cream Coffee-cake) as well as more contemporary favorites (such as Rosemary Focaccia, Orange-Almond Biscotti, and Chocolate Truffle Tart) and European baked goods (such as Brioche, Black Forest Cake, and Tarte Tatin). Every recipe has been exhaustively researched and tested to bring you the "best" recipe (we’ll let you be the judge), along with detailed and precise explanations from everything from why you should use unsalted butter to what is the best oven temperature and why it all matters. We’ve also tested every kind of baking equipment available, from mixers and food processors to the humblest spatulas and loaf pans, and the results of our experiments are described throughout so you can benefit from our trial and error.

And because we know that good baking depends on understanding basic techniques, Baking Illustrated features a 16-page, full-color insert that shows you how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls in baking, such as overmixed egg whites, cheesecakes that crack, and bread dough that has overproofed. (We know a lot about mistakes – we’ve made them all.) We don’t want you to take the time to bake a layer cake from scratch only to settle for the "homemade" look. The visuals in this insert show you how to do it right. Color photographs demonstrate good results as well as bad, and hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations help you to perfect your technique for fail-safe baking.

Baking Illustrated also gives you the handy tutorials on baking basics, including how to stock your pantry and how to store and measure ingredients, cream butter and roll out pie dough. A master baking class between two covers, Baking Illustrated takes the guesswork out of baking and will expand your repertoire without ever losing sight of your ultimate goal: making family favorites that taste better than ever. ... Read more

Reviews

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Baking Enthusiast, April 28, 2004
This volume, `Baking Illustrated' is a compilation of articles and recipes from `Cook's Illustrated' magazine. This is the same source as many other volumes presuming to provide the `best' recipe for various dishes. Overall, I find the recipes in this book very good, but with several reservations.

I am really happy to see the `America's Test Kitchen' crew turn their attention to baking. Unlike savory cooking, baking is highly dependent on accurate measurements of weight, volume, and temperature. Therefore, it is an area where a scientific approach of varying various quantities will have a more beneficial result than in the savory world.

This book is subtitled `The Practical Kitchen Companion for the Home Baker'. This means the book is directed at the amateur home baker. This facet does not really distinguish the book that much from dozens of other baking books I have reviewed. In fact, I would warn occasional bakers who simply want recipes that this book might just be a bit too wordy for you. You may be much better served by a general baking book by Maida Heatter, Nick Malgieri, or even Martha Stewart. On the other hand, if you love `Cooks Illustrated' or simply reading about cooking and baking technique, then this is a book for you!

My biggest reservation with the whole `best recipe' approach by `Cooks Illustrated' is that a recipe is best only by a certain set of criteria. What may be the best FAST recipe may fall flat on its face for ENTERTAINING or for MOST HEALTHY. The `Cooks Illustrated' team generally goes for a good compromise between fast and tasty. A corollary to this reservation is the presumption that the `Cooks Illustrated' approach has a unique insight into baking truth. This is simply not true. I just finished reviewing professional baker Sherry Yard's new book `The Secrets of Baking' an I believe it is unequivocally the best book you can get for understanding baking technique. She spends no time on discussing failed approaches. Everything in the book is right to the point. With only slightly less enthusiasm I would recommend the `Bible' series of baking books by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

One clue to my preference for Yard and Beranbaum is the way they treat brioche and challah. Both deal with these two recipes as two variations on a common `master' recipe. Thus, when you understand how to make one, it is clear that you are very close to knowing how to do the other. This `Baking Illustrated' volume gives the two recipes side by side, but gives little other clue that the recipes are related.

Another symptom of where the `Cooks Illustrated' method may be less than satisfactory is in their carrot cake recipe. Carrot cake is a really interesting product, made even more interesting to me by Sherry Yard's explanation of why it is so good and so versatile. I have been making a three layer carrot cake for birthdays from a Nick Malgieri recipe for over a year now, and I am very happy with the results. `Baking Illustrated' gives a passle of advice on what works and what doesn't work and ends with a recipe for a single layer sheet cake. This simply does not have enough WOW quotient for an important birthday.

Yet another weakness in the `Cooks Ilustrated' method is illustrated by a recent Jim Villas book which has over a hundred recipes for biscuits, with over twenty for simple, unflavored biscuits. Each of these twenty recipes has their own charms. The current volume has only one `best recipe'.

After all these reservations, I must still say that for the person who treats baking as a hobby, this book is a rich resource for all sorts of recipes. Some few baking books such as those by Yard and Beranbaum do a lot of explaining and offering alternatives, but most books do not. If you really want the straight scoop on what is the best ingredient to use, this is your book. It is also a rare source of excellent pictorials on technique based on line drawings that focus on the important aspects of a technique and do not distract as many photographs may do. The explanation of differences in types and results with butter you may not find anywhere else. The discussion of variations in flour is good, almost as good as the one you will find in Beranbaum's books.

I give the book five stars but there may be many potential buyers who may not want the extensive why and what ifs and just want the recipes. For those people, I suggest Nick Malgieri's `How to Bake'.

1-0 out of 5 stars Get "The New Best Recipe" Instead, January 5, 2006
I loved the Cooks Illustrated "The New Best Recipe: All-New Edition with 1,000 Recipes" so much I asked for this for Christmas based on the glowing reviews here. Big mistake- this book is just the baking chapters from that book with 1 or 2 recipes added in each chapter and a couple of pages of color photos. Buy "The New Best Recipe" instead. It is the same price and you get 90% of the recipes in this book, plus 600+ other recipes!

5-0 out of 5 stars The pefect tone for aspiring bakers, March 6, 2004
For somebody who already spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this book is a revelation. I own several good baking titles, but Baking Illustrated just runs circles around them. The book is literally packed with tips and information. Even the areas I thought I knew something about were covered in such exquisite detail and straightforward instruction that I have all but stopped making the usual dumb mistakes which torpedoed my many attempts at pies, tarts, cakes, brownies, etc. And as always, the folks at Cook's Illustrated have filled the book with clear, simple illustrations that show exactly how to do it--a difference between this and other titles that makes ALL the difference.

Baking Illustrated is a gem; it will find a prime spot on my bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, But there's an error, April 8, 2004
I like the way Cook's presents recipes. They tell you how they experiment which give you, the home baker, the skills to experiment on your own! This is great.

There are a lot of recipes here and they are all well-written. Please note, there is an error in their Basic Pie Crust recipe. It should be 1/2 cup of shortening rather than one cup. This was sent to me in an email from the America's Test Kitchen website.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome desserts when typos don't mess them up, November 22, 2005
The best general book on baked goods out there.

THE GOOD:

The recipes -- as with all Cooks Illustrated books, the people at America's Test Kitchens have tried every variation reasonably possible to come up with baked goods that taste the best to a majority of people and don't contain any wasted steps (such as macerating apples in sugar before baking them in a pie). For instance, for their cranberry nut bread, which is one of the most delicious baked goods I've ever tried, they experimented with different sweeteners (sugar, brown sugar, orange juice, etc.), different liquids (milk, buttermilk, yoghurt) and various leveners, all to come up with a moist, not-too-sweet, flavorful treat.

The organization -- the book is organized into types of baked goods: quick breads, yeast breads, cakes, pies and tarts, cookies, etc. Each section has an index that lists the recipes in that section plus the variations on each main recipe. For example, under apple pie, there are varations for apple-cranberry, apple-bluberry, apple-ginger and so on.

The pictures -- there aren't a lot of pictures, but the ones ther e are are gorgeous and inspiring.

The illustrations -- there are myriad illustrations showing how to do such things as line a baking pan to make removal of bar cookies clean and easy, how to roll out pie dough, how to toast nuts, etc. These illustrations help make the instructions particularly easy to follow and show how to simplify complicated baking steps. Easily the best thing about this book.

The instructions -- amounts are given in both volume (cups) and weight (ounces) so that bakers with scales can use the most precise measurements but that bakers without scales can use the recipes, too. Everything is crystal clear, including decriptions for how to tell when something is done by how the dessert looks and behaves, so that you don't have to worry so much about whether your oven is exactly the same as the ones the authors used. Instructions run from purchasing items all the way through to slicing.

The tips -- plenty of useful tips on ingredients, which equipment works the best for each task (down to brand names) and which is the best value, to how to prepare, shop, store and work with different pieces of equipment and ingredients.

The summaries -- some people don't care about all the things the authors tried, but there is a summary for each recipe if you're interested, and it helps to explain why to use certain ingredients and when you can substitute, which helps one to become a better baker all around and eventually lets you personalize the recipes to suit your taste, not to mention helping you learn to create your own. This eliminates a slew of baking errors as they tell you what not to do as well as what works. But you can just as easily ignore the summaries and follow the recipes alone.

THE BAD:

It would have been nice had they included some non-baked desserts , such as ice cream. The ice cream recipes in The New Best Recipe are fantastic, but they would make sense in a book that has so many desserts that go well with ice cream. Also, you won't find anything fancy here -- the recipes are for pretty basic items, although anything basic you want is probably in here, with the possible exception of an all-butter pie crust, which is inexplicably left out. You only get items that the authors think are the easiest and best all-around for the category. In any event, since other bakers aren't always as thorough in trying out recipes, when I want to make something fancy, I find it helpful to consult Baking Illustrated for techniques and ingredients so that I can intelligently change recipes from other cookbooks that don't quite work.

THE UGLY:

This book has a shocking number of significant typos and inconsistencies. Two examples: The recipe for basic pie dough calls for twice as much shortening as is correct. After making a gooey mess, I double-checked the recipe in The New Best Recipe and in Cooks Illustrated online, and found that Baking Illustrated indeed contains a typo -- the amount of shortening should be 1/2 cup, not 1 cup. In the recipe for Pecan Bars, the crust calls for 1/4 cup of pecans, and the filling for 2 cups, but in the instructions for the filling it says to add the remaing 1 3/4 cups. Thankfully I have a subscription to Cooks Illustrated online (a fantastic website), so I could confirm that the 1 3/4 cups was correct. (As an aside, the recipe online calls for the same ingredients as in the book, but with an entirely different technique).

In short, this is a great book other than the sloppy editing job and is highly recommended for both beginning and experienced bakers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reliable, but Very Irritating`, May 9, 2005
On the whole, I like this collection of baking and pastry recipes. When I have never baked something before and need a failsafe recipe, this is the first book I pick up. It is a good source of reliable, if fussy, recipes. Although I have serious reservations about much in this book, I do recommend it, but not for the kitchen neophyte. It is disturbing how many best-selling baking and pastry books published in the last few years with a famous chef on the cover are chock full of recipes that simply do not work; Baking Illustrated is a happy exception.

One myth about this book (produced by the same people who publish Cooks Illustrated magazine) should be dispelled from the beginning. It is not a collection of the best recipes of a particular baking or pastry item, nor is it an effort to take a classic, old fashioned recipe and do it correctly. Most of the recipes start out with a goal with a specific combination of texture, flavor, and appearance in mind (cf. brownies). The result very often is something that lacks the character you would normally expect from that dish. So, before you forge ahead with one of the recipes in this book assuming that it is the best of it's type, read the introductory material carefully to see the end result the authors were shooting for (as prime examples of a failure in this vein, I cite the recipes for Corn Muffins and Sacher Torte). In particular, I object to the dampness of many of the chemically leavened baked goods. I also find the flavors generally to be bland. Not enough spice is fixed by adding more, but other problems like not enough richness or not sweet enough, is not easily fixed unless you are willing to re-engineer the recipe.

This book has many shortcomings, but none of them fatal. The most vexing is side-bar mania: putting valuable information about ingredients, equipment or techniques in random places scattered throughout the book. Much of this information is generally applicable to many recipes and other books. This information is disorganized, making this potentially valuable book useless as a reference. It also suffers overlap from another ATK publication: The Dessert Bible. Both books plough similar ground, although the actual recipe overlap is not that substantial; however, you do not need both to them. The main difference being that the Baking Illustrated has breads (both quick and yeast), and the book other does not. Given a choice, pick Baking Illustrated. Note carefully that the recipes are generally more involved with more steps than a typical baking and pastry book. The emphasis here is on correct result, not easy and simplified recipe procedures and steps that will save you time. Some of the recipes are risible: expecting you to blind-bake a pie crust and make the filling, and have both recipes finish at exactly the same time (maybe after doing the recipe a half dozen times you can accomplish this); expecting you to have room in your refrigerator overnight for a sheet pan of dough. You should also read the recipes carefully, as some take several days to finish.

On the other hand, this book has many strengths. It is a team effort from a commercially viable test kitchen, meaning that it does not suffer from the prejudices or idiosyncrasies of one chef, famous or not. The authors are careful to point out which mixing method is best: standing mixer, food processor, or wooden spoon and strong arm. They are not wedded to one particular mixing method, nor do they blithely claim that all mixing methods will work with all recipes. They are also careful not to accept conventional wisdom or tradition for a recipe without thorough testing. This book has reliable versions of many recipes that are hard for the beginner to do correctly (cf. macaroons and meringue cookies). Many current baking and pastry books will quietly ignore those items that are staples but troublesome to do correctly (viz. pate a choux, angel food cake); this book merrily ploughs through each subject systematically, including those hard to do recipes. So, if you need a basic recipe, you will probably find it here done correctly.

The most valuable aspect of this book is as a learning tool. If you are ready to move beyond the recipes in the newspaper or the back of the chocolate chip bag, this book is for you. I found the chapter on yeast breads to be particularly interesting: they discover dough folding, yeast preferments, cold proofing, and autolyse. Note that all recipes are preceded by a rather detailed and long-winded narrative of how they came to the final version of each recipe. These narratives are interesting and valuable learning tools you will not find anywhere else, even in culinary school.

It has chapters on: quick breads, yeast breads, pizza, pies and tarts, pastry, fruit, cakes, and cookies.

5-0 out of 5 stars watch out for repeats, December 13, 2004
If you already own The New Best Recipe, this book isn't required. What I mean by that is that at least 80% of the recipes in Baking Illustrated is already in The New Best Recipe, if not more. I didn't do a thorough count-through but a lot of the recipes are repeats. Of course, I give 5 stars because I love the explanations and the layout of the book.

If you absolutely don't need the few extra recipes Baking Illustrated offers extra from The New Best Recipe (and you already have The New Best Recipe) then go for another cookbook.

Onto the cooking aspect, the explanations are a plus. The instructions are clear and I've made a couple of the recipes so far and they came out great (even with a mess up on my part)!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Bible for Bakers, January 3, 2006
This is, by far, the best cookbook purchase I have ever made. Not only does it have delicious, foolproof recipes, but it contains a wealth of baking knowledge that any amateur baker could ever need. In the year that I have owned the book, I have grown from an enthusiastic (but scared) beginner baker to a much more accomplished, knowledgable and skilled baker. Each recipe in the book is accompanied by a detailed explanation of their testing and how and why they arrived at a particular method and recipe. So not only do you have a foolproof recipe, but you also know WHY a recipe works. This is an invaluable tool for home bakers because these lessons can be applied to all aspects of baking--boosting expertise, knowledge and confidence in the kitchen. There are also many other general hints and illustrations scattered throughout the tome that are very useful, like how to properly frost a layer cake or the correct way to whip egg whites. Just about any information you need can be found in this book. It's like a baking course in book form. I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone who is serious (or wants to be serious) about baking.

Update: I disagree with the above reviewer. It is true that many of the baking recipes in this book can also be found in the New Best recipe, but in my opinion there are much too many great recipes found in Baking Illustrated that are left out of The New Best. Like the Sour Cream Fudge Layer Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, Classic White Layer Cake with Raspberry Almond Filling, Chocolate Truffle Tart, Black and White Cookies, Rugelach, etc, plus the entire chapter on Pastries. Not to mention the countless illustrations and helpful tips that can only be found in Baking Illustrated. (However The New Best does have a chapter on Custards and Puddings that BI sadly does not include). While I think the New Best is a wonderful book, I still think that if you are an avid baker (or aspire to be one) then Baking Illustrated should be on your cookbook shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cook's continues to amaze, February 28, 2004
Those people at Cook's Illustrated magazine have triumphed again! I've made 8 items so far, both sweet and savory, and each is delicious. The pie crust, though available in a few of their books, is absolute perfection. The NY Style cheesecake is the best I've ever eaten. This book is inspired, and it makes me anxious for the next book to come from Cook's!

5-0 out of 5 stars Let THEM make the mistakes so you don't have to!, August 16, 2005
I've been baking for a few years and there's nothing worse than working hard to assemble a recipe and have it turn out with too much of this and not enough of that. Unlike cooking, where you can adjust the water, salt or spices during the process, in baking you throw it together, put it in the oven and hope for the best. If a recipe falls apart, never comes together, proves too dry, too wet, too salty or too bland, it can seem like a real waste of time and ingredients.

That's where the America's Test Kitchen comes in: they make a bunch of recipes for the same dish, and they test and tweak until they have the product they want. The same kind of trial and error would take the weekend home baker months or longer.

In my short experience of baking bread (two years), I've been able to experiment with a bunch of different recipes and techniques, but the ATK team were able to test different flours, rising times, baking temperatures, and much more esoteric tricks like pre-ferments, autolyse rests while mixing, and turning the dough. By offering all the different options to their tasters, they were able to make improvements to the look, texture and taste of their Italian Rustic Bread, for example, which came out excellent my first try.

I've found some pretty good brownie recipes in the past, but the "Triple Chocolate" brownies from this book leave the others in the dust! I've made them 3 or 4 times now, and they're just the right balance between fudgy and cakey. For the reviewer who complained about the recipes not being healthy, this recipe called for much less butter and eggs than Nigella Lawson's brownies.

One reviewer mentioned that the book might be too wordy for somebody just looking for a recipe. If that's you, then skip the introductory remarks and just go straight for the recipe (they're pretty clearly marked). No need to read their sidebars, background info or equipment recommendations if you don't want to. Personally, I loved reading the team's comments and rationale behind their choices.

So, if you're interested in finding some well-tested recipes (and would rather somebody else have to throw out their rejects), check this book out. ... Read more


128. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
by Carol Deppe
Paperback
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Isbn: 160358031X
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
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CREATIVE, PRODUCTIVE GARDENING FOR GOOD TIMES AND BAD.

In an age of erratic weather and instability, people's interest in growing their own food is skyrocketing. The Resilient Gardener presents gardening techniques that stand up to challenges ranging from health problems, financial problems, and special dietary needs to serious disasters and climate change.

Scientist and expert gardener Carol Deppe draws from emerging science in many fields to develop the general principles of gardening for resilience. Gardeners will learn through Deppe's detailed instructions on growing, storing, and using the five crops central to self-reliance: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.

Learn how to:
  • Grow food in an era of wild weather and climate change
  • Garden with little to no irrigation or "store-bought" inputs
  • Garden efficiently and comfortably (even with a bad back)
  • Customize your garden to deal with special dietary needs or a need for weight control
  • Make breads and cakes from home-grown corn using original gluten-free recipes (with no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products)
  • Keep a laying flock of ducks or chickens, integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed
And more . . .

The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book for all levels of experience. Optimistic as well as realistic, Deppe offers invaluable advice for gardeners (and their communities) to flourish. ... Read more

129. The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions
by Yoshihito Isogawa
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Publisher: No Starch Press
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The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions is a collection of hundreds of working examples of simple yet fascinating Technic models that you can build based on their pictures alone. Colors distinguish each part, showing you how the models are assembled. Each photo illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations.

The Technic models in Fantastic Contraptions include working catapults, crawling spiders, and bipedal walkers, as well as gadgets powered by fans, propellers, springs, magnets, and vibration. You'll even learn how to add lights, pneumatics, and solar panels to your own models.

This visual guide, the third in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa's unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.

Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?

Visit the No Starch Press website (nostarch.com) for a list of the special parts used in the book.

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130. The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining
by Inc. Foxfire Fund
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In the late 1960s, Eliot Wigginton and hisstudents created the magazine Foxfirein an effort to record and preserve thetraditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians.This is the original book compilation of Foxfirematerial which introduces Aunt Arie and hercontemporaries and includes log cabin building, hogdressing, snake lore, mountain crafts and food, and"other affairs of plain living." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Foxfire books we use the most, July 29, 2003
Owning the FOXFIRE series of books this is one that I probably use the most, since I am an organic gardener who found value in the information on planting according by the moons phase as well as how to weave baskets as well as the quilting section.

These are not fancy dancy books, but basic down to earth helpful information that the modern homesteaders we know still use. And the section on snake lore is informative as well as enchanting. Same with the section on moonshine.

And for those like ourselves who have designed and are in the slow process of building our dream homes or cottages the section on chimney building is one of the best we have ever read or used.

I also will add that the used copy we bought via Amazon,com to replace another copy we gave away, arrived in mint condition. If you haven't bought used books via Amazon.com you are missing out on a money saving gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Foxfire Series is a Treasure, November 24, 2005
The Foxfire series is the creation of English teacher Elliott Wigginton (Wig) who made it a point to have students participating in his program interview older folks to find out how they did things in everyday life. And even though this is the work of high school students, the writing is clear, concise, informative, and very readable. Good writing is good writing.

Each volume is like a time capsule, capturing the wisdom and know-how from individuals born around the turn of the 20th century. And while the focus is based around the inhabitants in and around Rabun County, Georgia, this information shows life as it was in America circa the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

After reading several of these volumes, I think what appealed to me most of all was the fact that these older folks in the 80s and 90s weren't viewed as forgotten relics of a bygone era. They were treated with respect and dignity, and their memories treated as the treasures that they indeed are. It's a shame nowadays that we don't have more publications like Foxfire that highlight the knowledge gained from our older population. So many folks in the 70s, 80s, and 90s sit alone at home, or nursing homes forgotten and alone. They are untapped resources of great stories and wisdom. Fortunately for us, the people at Foxfire realized the value of these individuals and preserved some of those stories for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

If you have an interest in 19th century knowlege and an appreciation or an interest in how things used to be, you cannot do without this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book I know for a fact this is the way it was., June 22, 1999
My great-grand parents and my grandparents and even most recently my 97 year old aunt did live and think like this. I at the age of 52 now have planted by the signs all my life since age 8. My mother believed in a lot of the old remedies in this book. My mother's mother was part Cherokee indian and they too passed along a lot of what was in the book. If things continue on the same tract as they are going now, we will probably be doing this very same thing real soon. The only problem, the young generation of today do not know how to do any of the stuff in the foxfire book and just laugh at us oldies when we try to tell them how it was and may very well be in the future. I hope they never have to experience this way of life. They will never make it. I have an issue I purchased in 1972 . I can't tell you how many time I have referred to it regarding some of the remedies and the food. A person can make a great quilt from this also. Never tried the still "ha, ha"

5-0 out of 5 stars The best begining is a simple one., October 12, 2000
My father tried to teach me from the moment I would pay attention, until the time I "knew it all", about simplicity. When I was in boy scouts, I read all kinds of books. The problem with most is that most people have no kind of base to start from. The whole foxfire series tells a story of the way life used to be. If you are into "outdoors" type books or life style, it captures the wonder of it all. Most books of this nature tend to get technical leaving what was interesting behind, fun. Around the time I was getting burnt out on tech books, my father found original foxfire books. Now all of the tech books mean more to me than ever before. They approach simple living "camping" from an entirely different vantage point. Now it's time to get my own set.

5-0 out of 5 stars buy it and use it, June 17, 2006
Don't get me wrong the entire series is amazing. Book one is the best and one of the more practical. The chapter on log cabin building was my inspiration to build my own cabin. At least 75% of the cabin was directions from this very book. Reading a Foxfire (any of them) does something to you that's hard to explain. I think of Foxfire books as almost a self-help guide that teaches you how to slow down for a minute. I recommend this book for anybody with high blood pressure or some kind of anxiety problem. It's therapeutic. These students met some really neat people of Appalachia. We can't let this way of life fade away as it almost has in my hometown, Knoxville.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fueled by moonshine, March 17, 2006
In 1980 I was a freshman in college with a part time job that paid $3.50 an hour. My car at the time was a 1973 Plymouth station wagon that got 12 mpg on a good day. Downhill. With a tail wind. Because fuel costs were eating up a good part of my check, I began to explore the possibilities of fueling the car with alternative fuels, mainly moonshine. The Foxfire books were one of the sources that I turned to in an effort to learn about the process. Needless to say, I never got around to building my still, but my interest in the tradition of oral history was fired in a big way. I picked up the rest of the set over the next few years and was fascinated by them all. The Foxfire books are the ultimate "how it used to be" source. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A day late and a dollar short........., February 9, 2000
Because I have hundreds of books, and thought I might put someof them up for auction......I looked through the library and tried toweed out some I could get along without. We were living in Montana with two kids, no money and looking to improve our lives. Because of where we were living, we couldn't raise a hog, didn't have snakes, but we did hunt. And we did have a garden and were able to plant by the signs. And this book was a God send in a lot of areas. Guess I'll hold onto it. You never know when all the wonderful tips will come in handy again! PS: If moonshine is in your domain.......the guidance in this book is great! END

5-0 out of 5 stars PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST IN THIS GENRE, March 25, 2007
The Foxfire books are a wonderful thing and we are so lucky to have them. Many of the ways, crafts, planting lore, animal lore, and as the book says "affairs of plain living" are preserved here. This particular volume includes different wood and it's uses, Mountain Recipes, Slaughtering Hogs, weather signs faith healing and so very, very much more. this is a wonderful recording of life the way it was and probably never will be again. The book is quite well written and has faithfully recorded even the dialect of these wonderful people, from which so many of us sprung. That is a big part of the charm of these works. This book includes actual interviews with folks from that region of the country which I am sure are long dead now. Their knowledge would be completely lost without works such as this. Another generation or two and it will all be completely gone. Thank goodness we have recordings such as this. Recommend this one highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A heapin' helpin' of good reading, July 24, 2002
If you've never heard of the Foxfire series, then you are in for a treat. By all means, you have an interest in the lore of the Smokey Mountains, Appallachian culture, or if you just want to learn the "way it was", then start reading these books.
Subjects ranging from folk medicine, ghost stories, cooking, woodslore and much more. If you are involved in "living history" or you work for a recreated farm/museum, these books are a gold mine of information. The text can be a bit difficult to follow, but this is because it is written the way these people still speak. If anything, it adds to the authenticity and charm of the series. Even if you never attempt to build a log cabin, or make "leather britches beans" you're sure to find a "heapin' helpin' of good reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars How did Americans get food before the Supermarket?, August 13, 2002


Thankfully, the old ways of Appalachian country living are preserved in these interesting and relevant instructional books. If you've ever been interested in how rural Americans survived before the days of Wal-Mart and Shoprite, you only have to look to the Foxfire books.


These books are very useful and informative. They come with plenty of diagrams and photos to teach you how to live off the land. Before the advent of trailer homes and double-wides, rural Americans had to build log homes. Before satellite TV and Playstations we had banjos and ghost stories. And before welfare, people were self-sufficient and could live off the land.


Not only can these books teach you about country living, they are handy for any writers or researchers who want details on Appalachian mountain life. There are lots of monologues and stories told by old-timers here. In many cases the living language of these folks is preserved quite well, and by reading their stories you almost feel like you're with them.


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131. I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun
by Professor Happycat, icanhascheezburger.com
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Fresh from teh internets, here come LOLcats.

www.icanhascheezburger.com was founded in January 2007 as a place to collect “LOLcats”—pictures of cats with funny captions. It has gone on to become a singular sensation, captivating millions and becoming one of the most visited blogs on the internet. For the book, the founders of the site have selected 200 of their favorite LOLcats from their archive of nearly one million, all of which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud or wonder WTF?
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132. 365 Kittens a Year Calendar 2011 (Picture-A-Day Wall Calendars)
by Publishing Workman
Calendar
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Isbn: 0761158030
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Oh, those spiky tails, wee pink noses, delicate paws, and big innocent eyes: Resistance is futile. Starring the hundreds of winners of the 16th Annual Kittens of Distinction contest, this perennially bestselling calendar is loaded with sheer kitten adorablity in full color. This is cute taken to the highest power, day after day of pure awwwww. A trio of orange kittens in a basket. A little black kitten hiding behind a flower. Small-scale Siamese, mischievous tabbies, miniature calicos, and Persians that haven’t yet grown into their fur. For the kitten lover, happiness is a simple equation: The more kittens, the better. And 365 Kittens-A-Year delivers. Each month includes helpful care tips and advice to keep your own kitten in tip-top shape.


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5-0 out of 5 stars "The best things in life are furry", August 11, 2010
Every year, I have to purchase more and more copies of "The 365 Kittens A Year" calendar for friends and relatives who have seen my copy and want one of their own. The calendar is standard-size wall-format with a color picture of a kitten or kittens for every day of the year---some posed, some just being naturally irresistible.

365 pictures of kittens makes a great Christmas gift---a smile for every day of year. People from all over the world send in their cutest kitten photographs (we've had our kittens featured for several years running) to be selected for the calendar. If you buy a copy of the 2011 version, there is an entry blank on the first interior page, so that you, too can send in your kitten's photographs for the 17th Annual Kittens of Distinction Contest.

The calendar also includes kitten quotations, e.g. "The best things in life are furry," plus advice on kitten care.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its a must have every year!, August 19, 2010
This standard wall calendar has beautiful and adorable kittens across every page! Every day has a different kitten picture and they are all so cute I go back and look through the entire calendar again at the end of the year. I couldn't start a new year with out one and order it earlier every year because I would not want to miss out on this gem ever. Really puts a smile on my face even on a dreary rainy day! There is ample space for notations or appointments. This calendar is not only so much fun it is also functional.

5-0 out of 5 stars 365 hysterical kittens, December 21, 2010
The 365 Kittens a Year Calendar has been one of my best purchases every year for the past 10 years. I love this calendar. It gives me something to laugh at every single day. The photos are excellent, the kittens are beautiful, the crazy poses are just wonderful. The boxes to write in our large and give you plenty of room to put in as many items as you need to every day. The calendar is big 12 x 12 but it's well worth the space. It'll hang on your refrigerator easily. I have two Russian Blue cat's and I can remember them being kittens and going through many of the same poses as I see in this calendar.I have bought this calendar for many friends over the years. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in cats and kittens. I even recommend it to people that don't have an interest in cats or kittens just so they can get the humor out of it. It's well worth the money. This is a calendar that will cheer you up every single day as you look at it. We all need a little humor in our lives and this provides it. ... Read more


133. Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life
by Jennifer Berry
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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With a unique week-by-week approach, Organize Now! gives readers simple and effective tools to organize every aspect of their lives. Jennifer Ford Berry walks the readers through each step of the organizing process for 52 different topics, dealing with each topic one week at a time. Organize Now! is not only easy-to-use but covers a wide variety of topics from paperwork, time management, mental clutter, pets and specific rooms to special events such as moving or vacation planning. The advice is proactive, straightforward and presented in checklists so that readers can see immediate results as they work. Advice for monthly and yearly maintenance is provided. Due to the structure of the book, readers can follow the book from start to finish for a full organizational makeover, or work through the book in any order they wish, targeting the problem areas for their life.

Offers practical, effective and easy-to-use instruction on organizing 52 specific problem areas and is structured so that readers can take a week-by-week approach if desired.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy, Fun and Pretty Way to Organize, May 17, 2009
The layout of this book is excellent with bulleted lists that make it easy to take in the information. It is not a book that overanalyzes organizing...it simply lists what you need to do to get organized in each area of your life.

I have to admit that the cover of this book played a part in my purchase and the inside of the book is just as pretty with preppy, perky, springtime colors. It is a hard cover book with hidden spiral binding which allows the book to stay open at the page being read.

Great organizing book for those who just want to get it done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ms Critical, December 21, 2008
Organize Now! is a nifty well-organized book! Although I vowed not to buy any more organizing books, I was still searching for the magic one that would finally help me organized and stay organized, so I bought it. No regrets! It's been very helpful. Also has space to write you own note. I really like this book!! 5 stars for this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Useful, and Helpful, February 11, 2009
I love this book so much, I had one sent to my sister, too!
Who doesn't need a little help getting control their space? This book has a great layout of one-week-at-a-time organizing goals. You can pick any week to get started; there's no need to go 'in order', pardon any pun. I especially love the check-off lists so one has a feeling of accomplishment right away. For my sister and I, who, collectively, are University students going for Ph.D. and M.A., respectively; have two boys in college and one in kindergarten; work a combination of 4 jobs; plus all that goes with life and family, this book is a pleasant guide to staying prepared and staying sane. Thanks!

3-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes repetitive. Poorly ordered., August 23, 2010
This book is organized with 52 chapters, and the idea that you could read and implement one chapter per week, and be completely organized within a year.

I felt that there were some problems with the order of the chapters. I would have liked to jump into this book and felt like I'd accomplished a tangible difference in some area of my home. But the earliest chapters in the book are about organizing your mind - with suggestions like making lists of life goals, starting a journal, buying a datebook, etc. I think that I would have accomplished more if I'd selected some chapter out of the middle of the book - like "Organize Your Linen Closet", or something along those lines, and started with that first. That would have been better for getting some momentum going.

The book focuses on organizing financial papers, photographs, recipes, music, mail, and other paperwork and small collections of items long before it gets to the big, messy spaces. I found this counter-intuitive. I would rather organized the garage, kitchen, etc. before I got too wrapped up in things that take up a more limited amount of space and are really just filing projects.

The book doesn't get to "Organize for Emergencies" until chapter 51 - though the book stresses that this is the most important thing you can do. I'd suggest skipping to this chapter early on, as it's a fairly easy one but very critical.
Most of the last 8 or 10 chapters are "special occasion" chapters, like "Organizing Your Pregnancy" and "Organize Your Holiday". It's a little depressing that the book ends with Chapter 52, "Organizing After a Loss".

Because each chapter is formatted like a 3 or 4 page checklist, the chapters tend to be a little repetitive. For every room or space you're instructed to sort things into piles: Keep, Toss, Sell or Donate, etc. The various basic storing, labeling, organizing advice is pretty similar for many different areas of the home.

There are a number of editing mistakes (incomplete sentences, misspellings, etc.) throughout the book that can be slightly annoying.

Overall I've read this whole book now over the course of some months, and am somewhat more organized than when I began, but have a long way to go, and don't think this particular book will get me the rest of the way.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, simple way to get organized!, May 28, 2009
Organize Now! makes organizing simple and fun. It is set up as a week-by-week guide, which makes it so practical and easy to follow.

And the best part? It makes organizing not-so-daunting. The book is there to help. Not add to the chaos.

Organize Now! also helped me organize so many aspects of my life.

My Papers. My High-Traffic Areas (living room, kitchen counters, pantry, refrigerator, bathroom, dining room...). My Personal Spaces. My Storage Areas. My Special Events (parties, trips, etc).

Jennifer Ford Berry helped bring me through all the different areas in my home. But each area has its own week, so I wasn't wrestling with organizing the living room, and then running to the kitchen, and then to the laundry room, and then... well, running out of gas.

Organize Now! makes everything manageable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely BEST Organizing Book!, June 30, 2010
I am chronically disorganized. I have purchased an read the *best* organizing books out there and while the ideas in them are great, my problem was implementation! I would look at a mess and think to myself, I don't even know where to start. So then I wouldn't start at all or I would get discouraged at a lack of progress.

This book is broken down week by week in discrete subparts, such as organize your email or organize your car. You can start at any point (I started on week 17, organize your car) and it goes through step by step, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO! You can check the items off one by one and there is a place to list additional items that are pertinent to you. There is then a list of items on HOW to stay organized for that particular area. Many of them I have put on the calendar to keep me in line, others are just habits that needed to be formed. Often there were items I hadn't even thought about.

By breaking it down into smaller parts, and adding a checklist, it is much easier to tackle items and see progress. The car only took a couple of hours and then I was able to do another project. Seeing progress is very motivating!

There are additional weeks provided that probably don't apply to everyone (organize a move, organize a new baby) but that very well could come in handy.

This is a book I will certainly use, all the others are going off to the used book store!

5-0 out of 5 stars Organize Now! is a life saver!, May 28, 2009
Organize Now! is the first book about organizing that simplifies life realisticly. Easy day to day tips and ideas that help out the average mom (or otherwise) organize their life, kids and home. This book will be on my bookshelf forever...I reccomend it to everyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars EASY AND THOROUGH, June 12, 2009
This book is amazing! I'm already pretty organized, so I found that I am already doing some of the suggestions, but there are also a lot of tips I didn't think of. This book is great for anyone - from the highly disorganized, to those of us who are compulsive about it. It provides an easy, structured format, but it is loose enough that you can pick and choose what will work for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to get you started..., November 28, 2009
I am a fairly organized person but all people would benefit from the advice that the author has to give. It has helpful hints, step by step guidance, and just great ideas in general. This book covers just about all the categories that I can think of. All the way from organizing your papers, kids room, basement, financial life to organizing a funeral, party, garage sale and so on. Like I said, a great book to get you started on being organized.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life's Instructions Manual, December 29, 2008
Amazing....Jennifer Ford Berry offers practical, easy to adopt solutions to the everyday clutter in our lives. She never suggests complicated filing systems, only purely functional organization that works for you! From the first page to the last, you can make simple changes that lead to amazing clarity! You must start today and ORGANIZE NOW! My heartfelt thanks for sharing this book with me (and others, of course!). ... Read more


134. The Art of Raising a Puppy
by The Monks of New Skete
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The monks of New Skete, authors of the classic guide How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend, now apply their highly successful training methods to the crucial first months of a puppy's life. 50 photographs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the amateur who wants a friend & companion, February 10, 2000
My husband agreed to a Dalmation for my wedding present in spite of all the misgivings he had about the breed. I purchased many books on dog training to ensure that our dog would be a welcome member of the household all its years. In each of them, I felt that there were holes in the philosophy, problem solving that might cause injury to my dog. I wanted a well thought out, cohesive plan that addressed daily training, submission, and problem behaviour within a philosophical framework. This was the book that became our bible. It was sane, safe for both the dog & us, and it showed immediate results. We got our puppy at 8 weeks, by 12 weeks she would sit, lie down and stay on command for up to 15 minutes whether we were in sight or not. The techniques in the book were so effective that we were able to implement them easily, with just a little time set aside every day. When we began puppy classes at 6 mos., we were immediately promoted to the advanced obedience class and worked with dogs that were showing successfully in obedience with two of the top trainers. They owned and showed the #1 and #2 obedience dogs in the country. Our dog is now 7 yrs old, because of how good she is, we can take her everywhere. She is welcome at our friends, neighborhood children come to play with her, there are even restaurants that insist she come in. Our dog owes the fact that her life is full and happy to this book. She has never had to be tied up, left behind or locked in a room. The quality of her life is so much better,because these monks shared their knowledge in this book. People always ask how we trained her, we go to your website, print out the page and give it to them, because we do not want them to think any training book will do. Ideally, people would read this book before choosing a puppy and then be completely prepared for the sustained effort needed in raising and training a dog.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for new buyers, trainers, & breeders!, July 28, 1999

The breeder we bought our german shepherd puppy from recommended this book to us. I am amazed at the work the Monks of New Skete are doing for the german shepherd breed. My hope is that all breeders would use the New Skete method with their litters. If this were done, then maybe so-called "dangerous breeds" would lose their bad rap. Surely there would be less dogs in animal shelters and pet shops.

I can not stress enough the importance of early human socialization, and the Monks of New Skete seem to agree. If you are planning on breeding a litter, I urge you to pick up this book an heed the authors advice.

This book also stresses humane training methods, and the importance of positive reinforcement. Using this method has helped with my dominant GSD pup. Constant scolding will get you nowhere. A quick pop on the lead when bad and copious amounts of praise when good makes training a happy occasion for both dog and master.

I would recommend the three tape training set "Raising Your Dog With The Monks of New Skete" along with this book. The tapes show the New Skete method from the puppy birth, to training the adult dog, and brings the information together nicely.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped us immensely, February 1, 2000
My husband and I are new to "puppyhood" and wanted some help. I did some research and was swayed by the reviews of the New Skete Monks' book. I am very glad I purchased this book. It offered us insight into dog behavior, specifically in regards to living in a pack. We have had our Shepherd/Chow mix puppy for one month and she is wonderful. She's 10-12 weeks old (we're not sure) and can sit, lay and roll over on command. We just got her an eight week old playmate on 1-29-00 who is also a Shepherd mix of some kind. We are implementing the techniques we learned from The Art of Raising A Puppy with her as well. I was very nervous about the Chow in our first dog since I was attacked by my brother's 12 years ago. However, the info on the owner establishing yourself as pack leader was indispensable. I feel more confident in training our dogs and am less fearful of their aggressive behavior when it occurs. I am now going to purchase the New Skete Monks book on How to be Your Dog's Best Friend. Highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity Plus, April 10, 2000
In July 1997 I wrote the following review for this book in our breed club magazine. It is probably worth repeating it. My thoughts have not changed.

Some books are more special to me than others. On my shelves I have many books on dog behaviour, obedience, psychology etc. but there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes right down to the nitty gritty of raising puppies, and that is the most sensitive of books, "The Art of Raising a Puppy".

Back in 1978 The Monks of New Skete published a book entitled "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend" and told how the Monks obtained their first German shepherd in 1966 and how "Training dogs grew organically out of our experiences with our own dogs". Their careful breeding and training of their German shepherds and the training of visiting dogs became the means of financing the running of their community. "The Art of Raising a Puppy, published in 1991 is a quantum leap forward in sensitivity; I loved it from the moment I read the first few pages and was gently lead through Anka's gentle birthing of her puppies. It matters not a jot that these are all German Shepherds; we can easily relate everything to our Rhodesian Ridgebacks. The affinity these monks have developed with their dogs almost sends a shiver down one's spine. As I read on I felt myself agreeing wholeheartedly with what they were saying...and wishing that I could have been the one to say it! They have managed to convey all the minutiae of canine behaviour that only constant and vigilant observation teaches and then convey it to the reader. I could not find a single area of puppy upbringing that was not covered; from the initial decision to purchase a puppy, finding a breeder, aptitude testing, general care, basic training for puppies, lessons from the pack, discipline and common puppy problems, and much, much more: a veritable wealth of knowledge all in one book. For instance there is a chapter entitled "Reading your Dog" (one of my favourite hobbies) with subtitles, Canine Communication, Vocal Communication, Visual Communication, Olfactory Communication, Pack Dymanics and Training the the Pack. And throughout the book there are excellent photos, some of which give you a puppy's eye view of the world, also their adaptions of the classic illustrations of canine facial expressions and body language. This magic book will certainly enlighten those who misread the messages that out canine friends give. In "How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend" they speak of "inseeing" and its importance in your relationship with your dog ..."Inseeing is standing inside your dog's psyche, putting yourself at her centre, where she is a unique, individual creature, and understanding her from that perspective", and they again reintroduce this concept in "The Art of Raising a Puppy" The closing chapter reminds us that "When you take the time and energy necessary to raise a puppy correctly, wonderful things happen. The dog becomes a friend.

1-0 out of 5 stars A word of caution, December 22, 2003
When someone walks in to the dog training center I work at and says I'm reading this great book by the Monks of New Skete, I pause and then find some tactful way to say, remember, if something seems like it might not be right for you and your dog, it isn't right for you and your dog. Then an instructor who also is very involved in "black-spotted dog" rescue will walk by and say "Whatever you do, promise me you'll never do an alpha roll. You wouldn't believe how many dogs I see because of the alpha roll."

The alpha roll is a technique espoused by the Monks, although I hear the main author of these books no longer recommonds the roll. It is to teach the dog that you are dominant. Basically you roll the dog over and hold it on its back until it quits struggling. Problem is instead of learning that you are dominant, many dogs learn that you are scary. And a fearful dog can grow up to become an aggressive dog. If you want to read a harrowing tale about what the alpha roll can do to a dog, pick up Patricia McConnell's The Other End of the Leash.

Some of this book is helpful. I particularly like the interview with Maurice Sendak (whose dogs have clearly unlearned some of the Monks' training.) The food/potty training schedule is very helpful. That's what people rave about when they come into the center. Up to about chapter 11, I don't see anything majorly wrong with the book. The chapters on early development and socialization provide a lot of useful information. If the "Who should have a dog" chapter persuades one person that they aren't ready to provide the environment needed for the type of dog they are thinking about, I have to applaud it.

But, their main methods of training don't feel right to me. Enough said already about the alpha roll. No food? I understand their point that you want the dog to work for you, not a bribe. But I have seen several dogs I.Q go up significantly when the reward is changed from kibble to cheese. Treats go an awful long way towards getting your dog to focus on you, and getting your dog to figure out what you want it to do. We teach sit by putting a piece of food by the dog's nose and moving it up. They catch on pretty quick! Once they've figured it out, then we start backing off on the "bribes."

And no food, just corrections and verbal praise, might work on German Shepherds but forget it on Basset Hounds. And I wouldn't expect it to work well with labs, chessies, basenjis, many spaniels etc etc. As for corrections, doing things such as holding a dogs forefeet up when they jump on you until they squirm is unnecessary. And that makes me cringe when I think about the still-growing hips of a young dog. Most dogs eventually get it if they get no attention when they jump but lots of attention when all four feet are on the ground. It takes patience to train this way, but withdrawing attention works wonders if a dog has learned that your attention is good (that is, attention doesn't mean an alpha roll).

I could go on, but oh well. I'll say it again, if something doesn't feel right for you and your dog, it isn't right. You have to be the judge. And as for "The Art of Raising a Puppy" take the good out of it and erase the bad from your brain cells. If you are in need of a basic Puppy Primer, everyone I asked when I was getting my first puppy said to get "How to Raise a Puppy you can Live With" and I agree. "How to Raise a Puppy You can Live With" is one of the best places you could start.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone that is or wants to be proud of their dog!, October 18, 1999
The only thing I regret about reading this book is the fact that I didn't buy it and read it sooner. It dips a little (actually a lot) into every essential aspect of properly training a dog from day one. Some of the best parts are the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test in the Appendix and the extensive bibliography in the back. So if you find something that wasn't covered to your expectations of completion, then you have an easy resource to locate more information on the the subject. To be honest with you, I haven't found anything in the book that wasn't necessary or covered enough. The only reason I sought more information was out of couriosity rather than need. Needless to say, the book was well written, informative and ultimately intriguing. Their methods are proven no matter how old they are. They have done their research and it shows. I am a believer for many reasons. For one, when you read the book (if you already own a dog) there are several occasions where you think to yourself and say, "so that's why..." The other reasons are because of all the times I have practiced their methods on one thing or another, the expetations of results are consistantly detailed in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Puppyhood made understandable!!!, July 23, 2001
I have looked at many books on how to train puppies, and this is the one that I keep going back to, in fact it is the only one I continuously used after we got our pup, a Great Dane. It explains how a puppy matures and when is the best time to get your puppy in order for the puppy to become a part of your "family pack". I have followed this book in it's advice for training a puppy, which means starting from the very beginning. At the age of 12 weeks Buck, our puppy, will sit, lay down, come, walk nicely on a leash, and will sit-stay and down-stay for short periods of time. He also will shake your hand, which isn't in the book, but using their methods of praise for behavior you like, this was easily taught!! The house-breaking went unbelievably well and this too was due to the advice of the Monks. This book is an excellent choice for first timers and also for those who have had dogs before. This book helps you to understand things from a puppy's viewpoint and how to use this understanding to help your puppy mature into a wonderful part of your family. If you are someone who thinks that dogs belong outside of your house, away from the family, hopefully this book can change your mind. The most important information that I got from this book was this, don't let your pup do things as a pup that you don't want him doing as a big dog. This book is indispensable!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great training book for gentle, humane training, November 24, 2001
My dog is now 2 1/2 years old and people always ask me how we trained her to be so loyal, obedient, loving and playful - my answer is "I read this book called The Art Of Raising A Puppy written by some monks in New York and started using it when she was 8 weeks old". I have recommended this book to other friends who have raised their puppies with the monk's philosophies and their dogs are the same - loyal, loving, obedient, and playful.

The book stresses the importance of understanding why your dog does things so you can help train/correct them the best way. When you use the methods in the book it seems your puppy obeys earlier and needs to be corrected less than others who do not. Good luck with your training - I hope your relationship with your dog is as rewarding as ours has been.

By the way I do a lot of work with the local humane society and they are big on "clicker training" - I have seen many animals trained with this method and they don't have near the bond with their trainers as those I've seen trained with the monks methods. Just wanted to mention that.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Monks Know Dogs-Does The Book Help You Train Your Dog?, April 26, 2000
When deciding to buy a puppy, this book was recommended by the breeder. We have owned dogs before, but wanted help in training a dog the "right way" this time. This book was helpful. We found enough useful information in the book to get started. The Monks love and understanding of dogs gets your mind in the correct "place". Instead of reacting to your new puppy with habit or first instinct, you learn a new way of viewing the animal's nature and needs. As far as actual training methods or how-to's, it didn't go far enough for me, however. It does cover the most basic things, but the Monks second book is required reading if you want to fully train your new pet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive dog-training guide, February 7, 2000
This book was invaluable to me when raising my puppy 2 1/2 years ago. The monks of New Skeete, who breed German Shepards have such a wealth of information and experience, they couldn't even fit it all into this fabulous book. I had some specific concerns and they even gave me advice over the phone. Regardless of your dog's pedigree (or lack thereof), this book will get you from housebreaking to lifelong companionship. ... Read more


135. Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
by Amy Stewart
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A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother).

Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
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136. Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
by Alison Hansel
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Sit and Knit a Spell

You'll soon be knitting enchanting things you didn't know were within your powers. Charmed Knits offers dozens of patterns for items that evoke the mystique of Harry Potter - a Wizard Robe, an Invisibility Shawl, a Quidditch Sweater, Ron's Ragg Raglan, a Clock Blanket, Harry Christmas Ornaments, and more. Easy-to-follow patterns, color photos of the finished projects, and illustrations of special stitch patterns and design elements make it easy for all knitters - from beginners to those at Mrs. Weasley's level- to work knitting magic. Charmed Knits whisks you away on a wonderful journey. Along the way, you can pick patterns inspired by the Weasleys, stock up at Diagon Alley, show your house colors, conjure up gifts, or create pieces to help you feel at home in the magical world of Harry Potter. ... Read more


137. Out on the Porch Calendar 2011
by Workman Publishing
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What could be better than this? Out on the Porch is a year of pure serenity and relaxation. Every month, the good life beckons: the pleasure of putting up your feet, sipping a glass of cold lemonade, spending time with a book or perhaps with a friend in breezy conversation. And oh, the view! A rustic cabin porch in Michigan looks out over lush green woods. A sun-dappled California porch is the perfect spot for tea. And in Maine, a pretty white porch is made especially inviting with a wicker swing and overstuffed pillows. Accompanying the full-color photographs are beguiling porch quotes from literature.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Out on the Porch - Calendar for Daydreaming, December 29, 2010
I have been ordering this calendar for years. No matter the weather here in the North East, a glance at this calendar offers a moment to dream of a lovely day. There is enough room to note appointments, and I love the quotes from current fiction that describe the effects of nature on daily living. I keep a list of the books for future reads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perennial Favorite, December 5, 2010
On alternate years, my daughter and I gift each other with this calendar only. The highest quality photographs are combined with design that is peaceful, contemplative and cheerful all at once. Suits us perfectly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disfunctional as a calendar, January 4, 2011
The images are OK. The problem is the colors in the body of the month. The day numbers are rendered in a variety of pastel colors, varying approximately (but not reliably) every 5 days. The overall effect is an erratic splash of soft colors; this does a surprisingly good job of obscuring the basic week-by-week structure of the actual calendar. It never would have occurred to me that someone could make a really bad calendar this way, but seeing it, I learned that they can, and did. I'm actually going to buy something else and throw this in the recycle bin.

As a calendar, this is a surprisingly bad product. Look elsewhere!

5-0 out of 5 stars Look forward to all the New Years!, November 27, 2010
I've purchased this calender for many years now and when the year is done, I keep the calendars. The pictures are just so relaxing and beautiful. ... Read more


138. Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living
by Tsh Oxenreider
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Organized Simplicity's aim is to convince its readers that simple living is the absolute best way to live. Be it with house cleaning, family schedule management, personal finances, and managing the "stuff" you allow within your four walls, the only way to live well is to do so intentionally and simply. The first half of the book delves into the why behind realistic simple living, giving the reader a nail to then hang the how of living simply discussed in the second half. And by redefining the too often-used phrase "simple living," a busy home manager living in the real world can then make practical changes that work for the whole family. There are chapters for cleaning and organizing the home room-by-room, and future project ideas will inspire readers to turn their house in a haven they love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, November 2, 2010
I have been following Tsh's blog for a while now... and was very excited to FINALLY get her book in hand! I received it yesterday and have read it cover to cover already. I'm excited to implement so many of her great ideas of how to simplify the craziness of life. This would make a great gift for ANYONE you know that struggles with slowing down and enjoying the simpler things of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, November 10, 2010
I've been reading Tsh's blog Simple Mom for awhile now. I love to go back & reread some of her posts. When I found out she was writing a book, I'll admit, I was giddy with excitement! Tsh has a way to put things in "normal people perspective", which I adore. Her book Organized Simplicity (great title!) is a true gem! Tsh shows us how to live a simple life, cherishing the things & people that mean the most to us. Way to go Tsh!

P.S. Her other blogs are phenomenal too!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very well organized, simple and practical tool!!!, November 5, 2010
I'm naturally drawn to anything that claims to "simplify" my life. I work from home full-time and so does my husband. We have 3 children under 7 years of age and we are naturally busy. Through Simple Mom's blog and now her book, I've turned from a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl to the woman who intentionally plans out our lives. I used to bring about $200 a month of decorations into our home all for the excuse of "beautifying" and "nesting" when really the best beautifying and nesting I've learned is that of simplifying. Truly. Tsh has helped me to transform the way I see "pretty" and I've loved every moment of my new life. Thank you, Simple Mom!

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute bessing!, November 19, 2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I devoured it in 2 days and am now re-reading much of it slowly, trying to completely digest all the great tips. The practical checklists that are included are very user friendly and easily personalized. And the step by step guide to decluttering is detailed without being overwhelming. 5 years ago everything my family owned fit in a Toyota Camry (all else was a victim of hurricane Katrina) and now I'm realizing just how much STUFF we've accumulated since then. It only took 5 years to completely fill a 1400 sq ft house plus an attic! I'm using this book as a jumping off point for fresh start, not keeping anything that isn't either beautiful or useful, just as the author advises. I'm so thankful for the inspiration, especially as the Christmas (aka most clutter-filled) season begins!

5-0 out of 5 stars More than a great organizing book!, November 15, 2010
I have been anxiously awaiting my copy of Organized Simplicity because I have enjoyed the blog by the same author, simplemom.net.
Even with high expectations I LOVE the book! It is so much more than a beautiful and easy to follow organizing how-to-guide.
It is a book that helps you in your journey to live every aspect of your live more intentionally. My favorite chapter tells you how to create and write a family mission statement.
After reading Organized Simplicity I feel more clear headed and motivated to start truly living my live and not letting it just happen along without a plan to reach the goals that are important to me and my family.
I highly recommend Organized Simplicity to anyone looking for a map to clear the fog in their homes and their minds and start enjoying what is most important to you!

3-0 out of 5 stars Fair Warning, November 9, 2010
I received the book today and while I haven't had time to read it cover-to-cover, a simple browse alerted me to the fact that the second half of the book is essentially the author's 2008 e-book "Spring Cleaning for Normal People" which was sold on her website. I wish I would have known this before purchasing the book. I feel a little cheated because I paid for her spring cleaning e-book and now I paid for this book which is 1/2 the same material. Bummer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read!, December 4, 2010
I have loved reading this book. Tsh's blog(s) are by far my favorite, and her book has exceeded my expectations as well. It's taken me a while to really walk through the book (I suggest following it alongside your first read!), and I am now reaping the benefits. Tsh writes about real-life applications of simplifying. This isn't a book about organizing more stuff, or buying more to house your junk. I so appreciate how she doesn't skim the surface - she methodically begins with writing a mission statement (loved that chapter!) and allows the reader to apply it in all areas of life - from financial to time management, even cleaning solutions. She challenges the readers' mindset of the typical, American life - such as the number of square feet we "need" to buy in a home. This is a great book to gift to a wide-range of people. It's obviously very applicable for a mom, but also would be the perfect book to read in college, or for some one preparing to become a wife.

I really appreciated the second half of the book, which walks you through cleaning out and simplifying your home. She is very detailed in this section. It's wonderful. (I had not bought her e-book, as I'm not really a fan of e-books in general.) Though I believed we already live pretty simply, this book has really challenged me to go a step further. I am grateful for some of the newfound freedoms a simpler life has offered our family, and also thankful Tsh has shared her insights to help us live a more meaningful life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Role up your sleeves: it get's more simple from here on out, December 3, 2010
Doesn't that title alone make you want to read this book? If not, the cover art and lay-flat binding will up your pucker power. I am glad to say that book's contents do not disappoint. This book will be an encouraging gift for a friend (or yourself!) this year.

Tsh Oxenreider has given us powerful arguments to simplify life by letting go of "stuff", using time wisely, and being a good steward of our finances.

Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living is divided into two parts. The first section explores what simple living is and is not. Unlike many simplicity gurus, Tsh does not promote her preferences as absolutes, but recognizes that family makeup and background make each unit unique. As a result, she challenges us to develop a family purpose statement. Life choices, Tsh asserts, will easily flow from your defined purpose.

Then in Part 2, we roll up our sleeves together and spend 10 days de-cluttering our home. Each chapter gives specifics for cleaning and organizing different rooms. The appendix includes homemade cleaning recipes, home management worksheets, and a Pros and Cons discussion of common "green" questions.

Tsh is the creator of the popular blog SimpleMom.net and a world traveler with her husband and three young children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of Life that will Work for Anyone, November 17, 2010
My husband purchased the electronic version of this book because I couldn't wait for it to come in the mail. This book is wonderful because Tsh suggests that everything you do should be done intentionally, with your own life's purpose in mind. This book has great step by step tips covering different areas of your home and life, but most importantly Tsh simply shares with us a philosphy that can be applied by anyone, according to their goals and life's purpose. I am really enjoying this book as a busy home schooling mother of 6 children ages 8 and under. Tsh is realistic, non preachy, and keeps things simple and approachable. I am very grateful for this book and have already enjoyed making changes in my life according to the way I personally would like to live. Thank you Tsh!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple living at best!, November 13, 2010
LOVE this book! I've been a fan of her blog, simple mom, for a while. I was so excited to get this book in my hands! It's so different from other books I've read about simple living...my simple living is not living off the land, banning shopping and living without things you like....and neither is hers. She explains instead that simple living is more about "intentional living"...being selective about money, possessions, and TIME. This busy mom of 3 can use these ideas! The first half gives suggestions and ideas for intentional living, and the second half of the book gives you a useful plan for de-cluttering and organizing what you do cherish to reflect your lifestyle. This book can be digested in short sittings, though I have a hard time putting it down. Looking forward to implementing her ideas! ... Read more


139. The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
by Samuel Thayer
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A practical guide to all aspects of edible wild plants: finding and identifying them, their seasons of harvest, and their methods of collection and preparation. Each plant is discussed in great detail and accompanied by excellent color photographs. Includes an index, illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar. The perfect guide for all experience levels. ... Read more


140. Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides)
by Stu Campbell
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In 1975, Let it Rot! helped start the composting movement and taught gardeners everywhere how to recycle waste to create soil-nourishing compost. Contains advice for starting and maintaining a composting system, building bins, and using compost.Third Edition. 267,000 copies in print. ... Read more


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