Book Reviews July 2016
HIVE YOU HEARD?
What makes bees such perfect pollinators? How can we adapt outdoor spaces to feed and attract the widest variety of bees? How can we ensure a healthy future for the bees and save them from decline? The Bee Book answers these questions and more, providing readers with step-by-step instructions on how to create a bee-friendly garden, get started in beekeeping and harness the power of honey for well-being. From how to start a backyard hive, from setup to harvest, establishing a colony, collecting a swarm and more, practical beekeeping techniques are explained with easy-to-follow sequences, sidebars and diagrams.
SO LONG SOGGY LUNCH
Canning jars are the perfect vessels for healthy and delicious salads. Simply put the dressing on the bottom, add layers of heavier or harder foods and then top with lighter ingredients, such as fresh leafy greens. Everything stays crisp and separate until you’re ready to dump the salad into a bowl, toss and enjoy. Tanya Linton, formerly in charge of some of HGTV’s biggest brands, has compiled 150 Best Meals in a Jar so all you have to do is “grab and go” on those harried weekday mornings. Along with salads, find recipes for breakfasts, snacks, soups and desserts, as well as a chapter devoted to rice bowls.
HERBS FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Feeling sick? Brew some mint tea. Bothered by oily skin? Make a lavendar facial. Want to add healthy flavor to a dish? Top with chopped parsley. And why buy the herbs when you can grow them at home? Herb Gardening makes it fun and surprisingly easy. Melissa Snyder has written the complete guide to starting and maintaining your own herb garden, covering everything first-time growers need to know, plus tips that will be new even to advanced gardeners. Whether you have lots of time or very little, a small balcony or an acre of land, this book will walk you through every step of the way.
THE BARD’S YARD
For the first time, Shakespeare’s Gardens brings together new photography of his gardens with beautiful archive images of flowers, old herbals and 16th century illustrations. It tells the story of Will’s journey — from glove maker’s son to national bard — and how he came to know so much about plants, flowers and gardens of the Elizabethan era. This is a highly illustrated, informative book about the gardens that Shakespeare knew as a boy and tended as a man, focusing on the five gardens in Stratford Upon Avon as well as the gardens at his birthplace in Henley Street, to his childhood playground at Mary Arden’s Falrm to his courting days at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and his final home at New Place, where he created a garden to reflect his fame and wealth.
BRIT TIPS FOR KEEPING TIDY
While researching her acclaimed social and cultural history of the British domestic class, writer Lucy Lethbridge unearthed a treasure trove of Victorian and Edwardian cleaning lore. In Mind Your Manors: Tried-and-True British Household Cleaning Tips, Lethbridge has gathered nearly two centuries of this lore, extracted from the memoirs of servants and housekeeping guides of the time. The handy volume covers every corner of the house, from dusting ceilings to clearing drains to eradicating cockroaches. Each chapter focuses on one particular domain, and offers a series of charming illustrations. The tricks and skills of a career servant can truly help declutter one’s life.
NATURAL BEAUTY SECRETS
In The Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products & Treatments, author Amelia Ruiz teaches readers how to use nature’s bounty to prepare beauty treatments for complete skin, body and hair care. Using aromatic and medicinal plants, flowers, fruits and essential oils, these recipes, along with lifestyle tips, will enhance your beauty from head to toe. Discover how to prepare cosmetics naturally and economically, and harness nature’s greatest possibilities by creating products that are incredibly effective at helping to achieve a younger and healthier appearance. Ruiz also reveals how to strengthen positive qualities through exercise, diet, rest and a life in harmony with one’s natural biorhythms.
Book Reviews July 2016