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Community gardens are “cropping” up all over, allowing neighbors to work together, grow together, and reap the delicious rewards of their labor together. As more people become interested in grow­ing their own food, community-gardening is exploding in popularity, as city and suburban dwellers try out their green thumbs. The Community Gardening Handbook by Ben Haskin offers comprehensive advice to those looking to start a community garden as well as to those interested in joining an existing garden.




Anne Keenan Higgins—whose designs can be found on best-selling gift product and books worldwide—takes readers on a one-of-a-kind, utterly irresistible tour of fashion history through our favorite style icons of film and television. Fictionally Fabulous is a full-color illustrated guide to dozens of beloved characters who changed the face of fashion: from the flapper era’s Louise Brooks to polka dot-studded housewife Lucy Ricardo, working-girl chic Mary Richards, tartan-skirted Cher Horowitz in Clueless, the Scandalous Olivia Pope, and all our favorite style stars in between.




Especially created for the brand’s famous cast iron pots and grillpans, One-pot Cuisine is bursting with 100 mouth-watering recipes for delicious casseroles, tagines and simple one-pot suppers. Reci­pes include Trout with Bacon and Fennel, Sea Bass in a Salty Crust, Shrimp and Chermoula Tagine, and Eggplant Stuffed with Rice, Herbs, and Pine Nuts. Estab­lished in 1925, Le Creuset is internationally recognized. Its cookware continues to be made at its foundry in Fresnoy le Grand, France, but is now sold in more than 60 countries around the world.




A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start or improve their daily meditation practice. Dr. John Yates offers a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, including steps to overcome mind wandering and dullness, extending your attention span while meditating, and subduing subtle distractions.This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a roadmap for achieving the benefits of mindfulness.




An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body. In The New Irish Table,10 award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry or soda bread by offering recipes highlighting fresh, local and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle. Home cooks are invited into each chef’s restaurant and/or home to experience recipes utilizing fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits and vegetables and Ireland’s renowned cheeses. Star-studded contributors include Kevin Dundon (host of PBS’s Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Table), Darina Allen (founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School), and Neven Maguire (celebrity chef and TV personality).




Salt Block Grilling offers more than 70 recipes for grilling traditional and nontraditional dishes on a Himalayan salt block from salt expert and best-selling author of Salt Block Cooking, Mark Bitterman. The introduction is the salt block owner’s manual, with everything you need to know to purchase, use and maintain salt blocks with confidence. The chapters that follow are divided into recipes organized by key ingredients: Meat, Seafood, Poultry, Vegetables and Fruit, Dairy, and Doughs. The precious pink mineral mined from ancient hills in Pakistan’s Punjab province has arrived on the American cooking scene as an exciting and enticing new form of grilling.

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