October 1st - #AMREADING This Week's Health & Home Picks for my Book Stack

The Skillful Forager

Essential Techniques for Responsible Foraging and Making the Most of Your Wild Edibles

by Leda Meredith

The Skillful Forager is the ultimate forager’s guide to working with any wild plant in the field, kitchen, or pantry.

From harvesting skills that will allow you to gather from the same plant again and again to highlighting how to get the most out of each and every type of wild edible, trusted expert Leda Meredith explores the most effective ways to harvest, preserve, and prepare all of your foraged foods. Featuring detailed identification information for over forty wild edibles commonly found across North America, the plant profiles in this book focus on sustainable harvesting techniques that can be applied to hundreds of other plants. This indispensable reference also provides simple recipes that can help you make the most of your harvest each season.

The Sustainable Home

Practical projects, tips and advice for maintaining a more eco-friendly household

by Christine Liu

The Sustainable Home is an inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household. Sustainability enthusiast and zero-waste advocate Christine Liu takes you on a tour through the rooms of your home – the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – offering tips, tricks and step-by-step projects designed to help you lead a more low-impact lifestyle. Whether its by making your own toothpowder, growing your own herb garden or upcycling old pieces of furniture, there are numerous ways – both big and small – to make a difference. 

Clean Enough

Get Back to Basics and Leave Room for Dessert

by Katzie Guy-Hamilton

Redefine clean eating with over 100 whole-food, vegetarian savories and sweets that nourish your body and mind—every day

It seems that every day a new superfood or gadget promises to be the key to making healthy eating a reality. Ditch the trends and get back to basics with this comprehensive guide to cooking with simple, whole ingredients that don’t require sacrificing flavor or satisfaction—including the often taboo category of dessert.

Here are over 100 inspiring recipes that make real foods—from greens and grains to chocolate and cream—sing, with methods and combinations perfect for whipping up on a weekday night, leisurely preparing on weekends with plenty of leftovers, or impressing guests with at a dinner party.

From energizing the day with a Green Pow Wow Smoothie, munching on Luxury Granola at the office or on your sofa, savoring a crisp bite of Charred Broccoli with Poached and Crispy Miso Sweet Potatoes, or indulging in a slice of Pan di Spagna, this refreshing approach to health proves that eating clean enough is the key to satisfaction at every meal.

Southern Snacks

77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors

by Perre Coleman Magness

This cookbook is dedicated to the truth that southerners are just as skilled and generous with the snack as they are with their bounteous, overflowing meals. In seventy-seven recipes that range from classic to contemporary, Perre Coleman Magness embraces the southern approach to snacking, including all the small bites you’ll need for any event, whether a football game, a party, or, if things are looking down, a funeral. Many of the recipes are inspired by southern community cookbooks, home cooks, and chefs who put new twists on southern flavors. 

Highlighting local ingredients and traditional techniques, these snacks—from Fried Dill Pickles with Delta Comeback Sauce to Louisiana’s Natchitoches Meat Pies and Charleston’s Benne Wafers—shine a light on the diversity of regionally distinct southern cuisine. The contemporary recipes work ingeniously with familiar southern ingredients, from Field Pea Hummus and Country Ham Paté to Smoked Catfish Spread and Sweet Tea Pecans. The recipes are enriched with delightful stories and lore, along with thirty-six lush color photographs. Getting together with friends and family? You will never arrive empty-handed again.

“WOW! As a southern snacker since birth, my taste buds just got an infusion of pleasure thanks to this wonderful collection of recipes curated by another hungry southerner, Perre Coleman Magness. I haven’t stopped eating these snacks since I got the book!”—Fred Thompson, author of Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides

“Essential! A witty compendium of superb recipes from the irresistible culinary world of southern snacks. Loving the food that southerners prepare for road trips, cookouts, and gatherings on the back porch--from spontaneous get-togethers to fancy parties--Perre Magness provides an abundance.”—Nancie McDermott, author of Fruit

Southern Snacks celebrates dozens of the South’s greatest nibbles. With humor and insight, Perre Magness provides approachable recipes featuring plenty of variety and depth for many seasons of use with family and friends. A must for any southern—or nonsouthern—entertainer.”—April McGreger, author of Sweet Potatoes

Countertop Gardens

Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment

by Shelley Levis

Whether you have a huge yard in a warm climate or a tiny apartment in a city with harsh winters, you can grow edibles year-round in the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen!

Countertop Gardens will make you an expert in the world of indoor gardening, walking you through the challenges, benefits, and how-tos of growing inside and presenting the wide array of methods available. In addition to going over the pros and cons of a wide range of ready-made hydroponic, aquaponic, and vertical gardening systems, author Shelley Levis shows you how to make your own DIY setups--from simple space-saving container designs to more creative and complex soil-free solutions. 

No matter the size of your kitchen or your ambition, Countertop Gardens will help you make sure your favorite herbs, greens, fruits, and vegetables are within reach 365 days a year!