Foraged delicacies have become the latest foodie obsession. Wild edibles collected by professional foragers are proliferating on the plates of top-tier restaurants because they offer novel and ultra-fresh sensations for the tongue, and they frequently taste more flavorful than farmed foods. For people seeking new food experiences and wanting to forage for themselves, Idiot's Guides: Foraging shows how to find wild edibles and when and how to harvest them. Includes 30+ tasty recipes that describe how to prepare these wild foods. * Includes common plants all across North America * Covers positive plant identification * Multiple large, full-color photos identify each plant (including the mature plant, how it looks at various stages of growth, and how it looks at the right stage of growth for harvesting) * Each entry gives facts on the plant's habitat, physical properties, which parts are edible, harvesting sustainability, preparation, storage, and poisonous look-alikes * More than 30 delicious recipes * Includes range maps and charts that list plants by habitat and by season
Supporting local farmers has really grown on people - and here's the guide to doing it right. There are so many great reasons to shop for and eat locally grown or raised foods, including freshness, taste, energy conservation, and supporting small business owners. That is why tens of thousands have made the switch to local foods. Now families and communities are enthusiastically supporting farmer's markets, artisan dairy farmers, cheese makers, family farms, local vineyards, and local livestock. Food expert and nutritionist Diane A. Welland explains what local eating is and isn't and how anyone can move toward a more sustainable way of eating. It covers: Types of foods considered local; what is in season when; Storing foods; Money saving tips. ? A practical approach for a challenging endeavor. ? Includes a complete overview of local eating across all 50 states.
Author: Sundari Kraft
Release Date: 2011-06-07
Genre: House & Home
How to save money, time, and the environment - on the urban frontier. With The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly - and save money and time - in any urban environment. Expert urban homesteader Sundari Elizabeth Kraft shares her hands-on knowledge of: growing organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. This book has all the information required to become a successful urban homesteader in any city. ? Practical advice on everything from composting to clean energy. ? Sundari Elizabeth Kraft is an expert in urban homesteading.
The Complete Idiot's Guide® Greens Cookbook includes more than 200 mostly vegan and many vegetarian recipes for greens and provides nutritional and preparation information to help readers get the most flavor and nutrition from the greens they eat. In addition to traditional greens, this cookbook covers many newly-popular greens, such as bok choy, beet, kale, and dandelion.
Author: Jerome D. Belanger
Release Date: 2009-12-01
Genre: House & Home
How to be green, save green, grow greens, even turn a thumb green. Self-sufficient living can mean a healthier life, a way to protect the earth, or a way to save money. This guide helps readers find their perfect degree of self reliance in the areas of food, shelter, energy, clothing, and more. For both the urban and rural dweller, it covers gardening, cooking from scratch, preserving food, raising livestock, keeping chickens, generating or supplementing energy, essential tools and equipment, foraging for wild foods, hunting, fishing, and trapping. ?Saving money in today's economy and self-sufficiency go hand-in-hand ?For the growing number of eco-friends considering self-sufficiency ?Existing books focus on either rural or urban self-sufficiency, but this covers both
Raising chickens is a growing trend hitting urban and suburban areas, as well as the country. 'The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Raising Chickens', covers every aspect of raising chickens, whether one lives in the country, suburb, or city. People wanting their own supply of organic, additive-free, free-range eggs want to know how to keep their chickens healthy and egg producing. ? How to choose what to start with: chicks, pullets, or hens ? How best to feed and water ? Coverage of the most popular breeds ? Everything about eggs, including how to sell them
The buzz on beekeeping. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Beekeeping has all the information a beginning beekeeper needs to know to start a hive and keep it buzzing. Expert beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, owners of Golden Rule Honey, take readers step by step through the entire process-from information on the inhabitants of a hive and how it works to collecting bees, keeping them healthy, raising a queen, harvesting honey and wax, and storing hives for the off- season.
Author: Alan Axelrod, PhD
Release Date: 2011-03-01
A battle - ready guide to the deadliest war in American history. Completely revised for the Sesquicentennial, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Civil War, Third Edition is a comprehensive overview of America's bloodiest war. From the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, this book embodies the latest scholarship, offering fascinating stories of the men and women who fought bravely and often died for a cause they believed in. The book features a clear chronology of major events, detailed explanations of key battles such as Gettysburg, Chattanooga, and Chancellorsville. Author Alan Axelrod offers intimate impressions and anecdotes from generals and soldiers alike, and strategies of war leaders such as Sherman, Lee, and Grant.
An insightful look at one of the most unusual written works ever created. Compiled centuries ago by a group of wise men as a way to preserve the oral traditions of the Jewish faith, the Talmud has challenged and thrilled some of the world's greatest minds with its complex approach to exploring ideas and subjects from virtually every possible angle. This essential guide makes the ancient text of the 'oral Torah' accessible for all readers, whether they're Jewish or not.
Vegan cooking is often associated with being healthy, but it's not always low in fat. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking brings a fresh and delicious approach to the vegan kitchen, but minus so much of the fat that can often be added to make vegan dishes more flavorful. The vegan chef will open readers up to a universe of fantastic, 100% vegan recipes that offer the added benefit of being low in fat and lower in calories. Readers will be able to craft menus and discover recipes that go from variations on everyday comfort foods to delicious, nutrient-dense dishes that offer maximum nutritional benefit.
Author: Abby Marks Beale
Release Date: 2008-06-03
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
On your marks, get set, read! Most adults today are working with antiquated skills and ingrained beliefs about their reading abilities, or lack thereof. But with the tips and examples offered in The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Speed Reading, getting through a load of must-do reading doesn't have to be an arduous or overwhelming chore. The strategies are surprisingly simple once revealed. With practice, readers will not only speed through and understand books, articles, and professional journals but will also build their personal reading confidence and competence. * Written by a reading specialist * Useful for students, business people, lawyers, doctors * Includes how-to strategies as well as practice timed readings * Tips for reading on paper and onscreen Show More Show Less
You're no idiot, of course. You know that the joy of fishing comes with skill, patience, and the right equipment. You can get yourself to the water and relax, but when it comes to baiting your hook and casting your cares away, you feel like a minnow swimming with the sharks! Don't throw back your angling ambitions just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fishing Basics, Second Edition', gives you the essentials for a successful fishing expedition whether you're heading for the local creek or the high seas. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get: -An emergency fishing guide to help get you started immediately. -The lowdown on tackle, hooks, lines, sinkers, and more. -All the right moves to feel, hook, play, and land your catch. -The bottom line on what you'll need (and need to do) if you want to flyfish, saltwater fish, or fish in still waters.
An invaluable resource for beginners and adepts alike, this best-selling and frequently recommended book on Wiccan magic and witchcraft has been updated and revised, now featuring a Year-and-a-Day calendar for the solitaire who is beginning to explore Wicca on his or her own. Loads of new spells New for this edition: A Year-and-a-Day calendar; Expanded information on creating a personal grimoire and book of Shadows, the witch's spell manual and bible.
From grape lover to grape aficionado. The possibilities of learning about and buying wine have expanded and so has The Complete Idiots Guide® to Wine Basics with a new edition. Here, readers can get their hands on new information such as ordering hard-to-find wine online, discussing the newest and most popular labels and vintages, and understanding the biggest trend in wine today - environmentally conscious wines and winemaking. Readers will find: ?Essentials about the winemaking process, key terms, tips for tasting, and buying advice ?Organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking ?Winemaking in states other than California, Oregon, and Washington ?Regions gaining popularity, such as South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Portugal