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Home Basics

  • Hardback
  • £P.O.R.

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  • ISBN: 9781840722529
  • Publication date: 30 Sep 2001
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  • Imprint: Spruce
Ilex Press

Wildlife Photography at Home

Richard Peters
Authors:
Richard Peters

Richard Peters won the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for a photograph taken in his very ordinary suburban back garden. In this book, he shares the methods he used to get stunning professional nature photos without having to head out on safari.Starting with the basics, this book will show a complete beginner how to capture pro-level pictures from their garden. It covers where to place your camera, how optics can completely change your shot, reveals the gadgets that can enhance your photos, and even how to overcome the elements. This is the perfect book for bird-watchers and animal lovers who want to capture what they see and share their passion with the world. Social media definitely loves a good animal photo!

Kyle Books

The Paper Florist

Suzi Mclaughlin
Authors:
Suzi Mclaughlin

Paper flowers are not only beautiful, but also incredibly versatile. They can be used to create everything from simple home decorations and gorgeous gifts to unique centrepieces and decorative one-off bouquets, all made from the most basic and inexpensive materials. Suzi McLaughlin's step-by-step tutorials cover a beautiful array of flowers including bluebells, peonies, poppies, cherry blossom and more, and will teach everything you need to know. Make delicate lifelike flowers, or let your imagination run wild and use Suzi's techniques to create playful hybrids. Adorn your home with colour and style with just a few simple steps.The flowers are accompanied by templates for every shape used in the book, as well as instructions on how to display your creations to their full potential. Whether you want to make a gloriously blousy bouquet, a bejewelled cherry blossom branch or an impressive floral centrepiece, this book is sure to delight and inspire.

Kyle Books

Catapults & Key Hooks

Geoffrey Fisher
Authors:
Geoffrey Fisher

Whether building a bee hotel to help your garden's ecosystem thrive, crafting a catapult, whistle, skipping rope or cup and ball game to give away, or making a key hook or cobweb brush to organise your home, the result of each will be entirely unique while also effortlessly stylish.All basic woodworking techniques are covered, plus Geoffrey also shows how best to prepare materials, including checking for disease, drying and stripping bark, and gives a detailed guide on your essential tool kit - what to have, how to handle your tools safely and how to maintain everything to the highest standard -meaning anyone can pick up Catapults & Key Hooks and dive straight into the world of Geoffrey's designs.

Kyle Books

Bento Power

Sara Kiyo Popowa
Authors:
Sara Kiyo Popowa

Many people bring their lunch to work to save money, time and to help control what they are eating (with no hidden nasties from processed shop-bought food), but sometimes it's hard to think of interesting, nutritious things to make. Sara has come to the rescue with her vibrant, fun and inspirational approach to lunch boxes. She concentrates on having 5 clear elements: complex carbs, protein, fruit and veg, and sprinkles as well as the 5 colours used in authentic Japanese cooking: red, white, black, yellow and green. With just a few essential ingredients, you add your extras to create highly nutritious, vegetarian, colourful boxes of joy.Sara includes ideas for bento breakfast boxes (Sesame Snap Granola Bento and Mighty Muesli), 15-minute bento (Busy Days Instant Noodles and Lazy Tamago Bento), Everyday bento (Red Velvet Quinoa Bento, Green Theme Bento and Zen Bento) and the Fantasy bento (Starry Sky Bento and Fairy Jewel Box Bento).With tips on how to stock your bento store-cupboard and basic ingredients and recipes to get you going, now is the time for bento to bounce into your breakfast, lunch box, or even into your dinner parties, filling you with Bento Power!www.shisodelicious.com @shisodelicious

Cassell

Cracking the Elements

Rebecca Mileham
Authors:
Rebecca Mileham

From the earliest-known elements to those named in 2016, this book takes a comprehensive look at the development of the periodic table - and reveals untold stories, unsung pioneers and plenty of fascinating science along the way. In twelve illustrated chapters, the book makes sense of the patterns and groups within the periodic table, introducing each of the 118 known elements individually and exploring questions including:- Why did the history of fizzy water give early chemistry a sparkle?- How did hydrogen reveal the structure of the atom?- What was the Bunsen burner's role in discovering new elements?- Which of the alkaline earth metals accounts for a kilogramme of your weight?- Why is Marie Curie such a scientific star?- How do tungsten and vanadium explain the secret of super-sharp Syrian swords?- Who discovered the most elements in the periodic table?- What made nihonium, element 113, such a wonderful new year's gift for Japan?- Is glass a liquid or a solid?- How did nitrogen fulfill the alchemists' dream?- Would you have smeared antimony on your face if you'd lived in ancient Egypt?- Why might naked mole rats have clues for surviving a heart attack?- How did the Haya people of Tanzania make steel 1500 years ago?- What makes xenon a great anaesthetic - and why can't all patients use it?- Might there be a pattern in yet undiscovered elements beyond number 118?

Kyle Books

Salt is Essential

Shaun Hill
Authors:
Shaun Hill

Food needs salt. The quantity is a matter of personal taste but some presence is essential and little is more disappointing from the eating perspective than a plate of food that looks fabulous and tastes of very little. It shows the cook's priorities are all wrong, that too much television cookery has been watched and not enough tasting and enjoyment indulged in.' So says Shaun Hill, who in this engaging exploration of his 50 years as a chef, brings his wealth of experience to the table, sharing what he has learnt so that the home cook can create truly remarkable dishes. Never one to shy away from controversy, he covers everything from why local and seasonal are not necessarily indicators of quality, to why soy beans are best left for cattle feed and Budapest is paradise for the greedy. The recipes range from Warm Rock Oysters with Spring Onion Butter Sauce to Pork in Shirtsleeves and Buttermilk Pudding with Cardamom. And although his commentary is undeniably witty, it's Shaun's knowledge and expert guidance that makes this book an invaluable tome for anyone who takes their food (but not themselves) seriously. 'This is a book you need to own; a lifetime's hard work in the kitchen distilled into sensible brevity. Shaun is a friend and a great cook.' Rick Stein

Spruce

The Hungry Student Vegan Cookbook

With all the essays and exams, not to mention the enormous pressure of having to go out partying four nights on the trot, staying healthy and well-fed has never been more important, and The Hungry Student Vegan Cookbook will make sure you get all the essential nutrients to get you through from freshers' week to graduation, all while following a vegan diet. Alongside the recipes are helpful hints and tips for getting the most out of a tiny student budget, creating gourmet feasts out of what you can find in your storecupboard, and advice on what kind of equipment you might need to take to uni (read: steal from the kitchen at home).Carry the flag for the vegan revolution all the way to your student halls, and once your new friends get a whiff of the amazing food you're cooking up, you're bound to find more people are willing to join the healthy-eating and cruelty-free vegan revolt. Because this book isn't just about cooking some truly delicious recipes; it's also about reducing your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment by cutting out animal products, and improving your health with a plant-based diet. And ok, yes, it is also about cooking totally yummy recipes and scoffing the lot (and with a clear conscience too!).Whether you're a committed vegan looking to branch out with some new recipe ideas, or you're just getting started on the road to veganism and want to learn the ropes of vegan cooking, this is the perfect book to add to your student bookshelf.

Kyle Books

Take One Pot

Georgina Fuggle, Georgina Fuggle
Authors:
Georgina Fuggle, Georgina Fuggle

The beauty of cooking in one pot is that it involves minimal fuss. All the recipes can be created in just one single vessel - the roasting tin, the casserole, the deep frying pan and the baking dish, so no specialist equipment is required. For when you don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen, you can make a speedy risotto or a quick and hearty Potato, Prosciutto and Rosemary Soup. When you are hankering after a slow-cooked meal, there is Plump Whiting, Butterbean and Red Pepper Stew and Burgundy Beef Shin with Stilton Dumplings. Traditional favourites include Whole Roast Chicken with Roasted Lemons and Cassoulet and recipes using more unusual ingredients like Beef, Prune and Ginger Casserole. There are vegetarian friendly dishes such as Sweet Potato and Coconut Dhal. As well as main meals there are also a variety of side dishes, like Creamy Paprika Dauphinoise and Oozy Ham and Thyme Gratin. The recipes cater to cooks of all levels of expertise and include tips on how to get ahead, recipe variations and serving ideas. Whether you're cooking a family meal or a quick supper, Take One Pot delivers satisfying and comforting food.

Kyle Books

Take One Veg: Super simple recipes for meat-free meals

Georgina Fuggle
Authors:
Georgina Fuggle

Celebrate vegetables! They are cheap, versatile and packed full of goodness. In Take One Veg, Georgina Fuggle explores the colours, textures and flavours of veggies to create delicious and wholesome dishes. In each recipe, she focuses on one veg - the star of the show - and brings out their best qualities, with ideas for brunches, lunches, week-night suppers and weekend occasions. So make the most of gluts from the garden and cheap deals at your local market, grocer or supermarket, try cooking with a new vegetable, or find an interesting way to use an old favourite - these vegetarian recipes are inspiring, nourishing and easy to create.

Kyle Books

Vegan in 7

Rita Serano, Rita Serano
Authors:
Rita Serano, Rita Serano

Healthy vegan recipes with 7 ingredients or fewer; can it be true? Yes! Being a vegan can be easy, fun and totally delicious. With more than 20 years' experience in plant-based cooking, Rita Serano shows how cooking vegan doesn't have to be complicated. She offers nourishing and delicious recipes with not a single fake overprocessed vegan burger in sight. Plus, all her recipes are low-fat and free from refined sugars. With chapters broken into Start, Fast, Fresh, Nourishing, Gather, Sweets and Basics, including recipes for nut milk and vegetable broth if you want to take it a step further, Rita eschews obscure ingredients in favour of natural, seasonal and organic produce. So ditch premade processed products and cook healthy vegan food at home.

Kyle Books

The Urban Woodsman

Max Bainbridge
Authors:
Max Bainbridge
Kyle Books

The Sourdough School

Vanessa Kimbell
Authors:
Vanessa Kimbell

'Master the art of sourdough with Vanessa and you will learn how to look after your own gut microbes and health.' - Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth At her renowned Sourdough School, Vanessa has taught countless students the secrets of this healthy, more easily digestible bread, and now she has compiled her teachings for the home baker. From creating your own starter from scratch, you'll then move on to basic breadmaking techniques, before progressing to using sprouted grains and experimenting with flavours to produce Fig and Earl Grey and Cherry Plum loaves. With step-by-step photography, detailed instructions, specialist advice and Vanessa's indispensable encouragement, The Sourdough School celebrates the timeless craft of artisan baking.

Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Companion Planting

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

With over 30 years' experience as an organic and often experimental gardener, Bob is the perfect person to explain just how it works. He has long observed interesting and potentially useful interactions between different plants - how some flourish when planted together while others fail. For example, a border of lavender, box or rosemary will protect your plants from invasion by slugs and snails, and growing chives under roses will help the roses resist blackspot and increase their performance. He also shows how to select plants that won't compete for light, space or nutrients in the soil. One of an indispensable series of books, Companion Planting will answer all your queries, and allow to you really make the most of your garden.

Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Composting

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Pruning and Tidying

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew
Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Weeding without Chemicals

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

With over 30 years' experience of organic gardening, Bob Flowerdew has tackled every kind of weed in a variety of ways to devise the best ways to remove them and maintain a weed-free garden. He discusses each group of weeds individually, as they all need a different approach. Even seemingly ineradicable weeds such as ground-elder, convolvulus and fat-hen can be successfully dealt with. One in an indispensable series of books, Weeding Without Chemicals will answer all your queries in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving you to enjoy your garden, weed-free.

Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Simple & Green Pest & Disease Control

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

This is where Bob, with his 30 years' experience of organic gardening, comes in handy. Bob explains the best methods for removing and preventing a wide variety of common garden pests, from aphids and slugs to vine weevils and whitefly. He goes on to discuss the most effective and organic ways to avoid and cope with diseases, such as dieback, canker, silver leaf and rust. One in an indispensable series of books, Simple, Green Pest and Disease Control will answer all your queries in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving you to enjoy your garden, pest and disease-free.

Kyle Books

Bob's Basics: Sowing, Planting, Watering

Bob Flowerdew
Authors:
Bob Flowerdew

Bob Flowerdew draws on his 30 years of experience to guide you, step-by-step, through the process of preparing for, planting and nurturing your plants. He will guide you around the common mistakes, make sure you don't dampen off your seeds, save you from over or under-watering, talk you through cutting, layering, rhizomes, when is the most effective time to feed, and many other tips that will give you the knowledge and confidence to get going in your garden. This is one book of an indispensable series that can answer all your queries and, because it's Bob, no doubt make you laugh too.

Kyle Books

Indian Cookery Course

Monisha Bharadwaj
Authors:
Monisha Bharadwaj

This comprehensive guide to Indian cooking explores the myriad regional varieties of authentic, healthy and lesser known Indian recipes. With chapters broken down into: Rice, Breads, Meat, Fish & Seafood, Poultry, Eggs, Dairy, Lentils & Beans, Vegetables, Snack & Sides, Grills, Salads & Raitas, Chutneys & Relishes, Desserts and Drinks, Monisha covers a varied range of dishes as well as providing insights into ingredients, techniques and step-by-step masterclasses to help you recreate classic and popular recipes. Monisha offers a vivid overview of India's colourful traditions and geographical differences, from the earthy lentil dishes of the North to the coconut-based curries which are a staple in the South. Including advice on the building blocks of Indian cuisine, such as how to make a basic curry and how to cook the perfect rice, plus tips on the different varieties of rice and how to shop for the best type for each dish. Monisha teaches you how to make traditional Indian food at home, based on the principles of good health and touching on the values of Ayurveda. The Indian Cookery Course is the ultimate guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Indian food.

Kyle Books

Goose Fat and Garlic

Jeanne Strang
Authors:
Jeanne Strang