By Ben Street
Divine blueSensual redDeathly greenGlistening goldThese four colours tell the story of art in a way that few other elements can. From the pigments used to make them - sometimes wildly expensive, like ultramarine, or dangerously toxic, like emerald green - to the varied and changing meanings applied to them, these colours grant us access to fascinating stories, both of individual works of art and the world in which they were created.
The Art of the Party
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
'Kay can cook - but she can shake a damn fine cocktail too.' - Heston BlumenthalKay Plunkett-Hogge demonstrates that entertaining need not be stressful with more than 90 deliciously simple recipes for cocktails and finger food that can easily be scaled up and made in advance. Kay draws on her own party-planning experience to help you be the perfect host, with handy tips on everything from guest list to painless clean-up.Features favourite recipes from three of Kay's previous books, including the award-winning Make Mine A Martini, as well as new creations such as Mini Cornbreads with Bacon, Chilli and Cheese, Smoked Mackerel Paté and Scandinavian Glögg.
The Astrology Bible
By Judy Hall
This comprehensive guide to traditional and modern astrology is a treasure trove that brings together everything you need to know about the subject, including its meaning, correspondences and how to practise it. If you are a beginner, this book will help you to use astrology to choose the right path in life, understand yourself and others, find love or select a career. If you already have astrological skills, it will deepen and expand your knowledge of zodiac lore.
The Anatomy Sketchbook
Understand the body's framework, grace and utility, and each vital element in this cunningly guided sketchbook. Anatomical mastery was critical to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci's success. They understood that to draw a figure you must first learn its underlying architecture. Touching on structural drawing, the skeleton, musculature and modelling, this sketchbook includes 20 pioneering examples of anatomical study alongside helpful directions from celebrated artists, scientists and art historians. Whether drawing hands with Rossetti, a skull with Cézanne or a torso with Giacometti, you will come to understand each element of the body and how they form a whole.Gain the technique and confidence you need to produce accomplished results.
The Art of Herbs for Health
By Rebecca Sullivan
This beautifully photographed book contains a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to improve their health with herbs. Herbal medicine has been used for centuries, and in this thoughtful and inspiring guide, Rebecca Sullivan shares a combination of traditional wisdom and modern ideas.The Treatment section includes Ginger and Pepperment Travel Sickness Pastilles and Herby Chest Rub, while the Drinks & Tonics chapter offers Sage and Lavender Kefir and Tarragon Tincture. There is also a selection of foods using herbs for health, including Herby Ice Lollies and Lemon Balm Bliss Balls. The book is also full of Rebecca's brilliant tips and advice - from soaking your feet in cool black tea to fix smelly feet to making ginger-infused ice cubes to combat nausea.With a detailed herb glossary and plenty of information about essential oils, this is an essential volume for every would-be modern apothecary.
The Art of Natural Beauty
By Rebecca Sullivan
The Art of Edible Flowers
By Rebecca Sullivan
This gorgeous little book is a joyful exploration of the many ways in which flowers can be used in a range of delicious recipes. From Rose and Lavender Cocktail Syrup to Jasmine and Green Tea Ice Cream, the ideas and flavours are subtly, deliciously floral. Savoury options include Courgette Carpaccio with Wood Sorrel Flowers and Artichokes with Roasted Garlic and Chive Flowers, while the drinks range from Fermented Elderflower Fizz to soothing Poppy Milk.Rebecca's creative ideas and thoughtful approach make the entire process of cooking a mindful experience, from picking the flowers through to the very last bite.Bursting with beautiful creations and infused with natural flavours, this volume offers recipes suitable for all abilities.
The Art of Natural Cleaning
By Rebecca Sullivan
This handy little guide is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to keep their home sparklingly clean without resorting to chemical products. Rebecca draws on traditional cleaning techniques, bringing them up to date to suit the modern home. Taking the time to create your own cleaning products, from floor polish to washing up liquid, creates a more mindful approach to the home and encourages greater respect and care for our surroundings.With just a few simple ingredients, such as salt, bicarb, lemons and essential oils, your home can be clean, fresh and fragrant, as well as environmentally friendly.This inspiring guide is a must for anyone interested in living a simpler, more purposeful life.
By Holly Davidson
We all want to feel fit, healthy and strong, but with today's fast-paced lifestyles it can be hard to find the time or motivation to exercise. What if there was a way to find the fitness that's right for you - workouts that will fit into the time and space you have available?Holly Davidson is a top personal trainer who works according to the fundamental belief that fitness is within each one of us, and we can find it wherever we are. She has used her years of experience to devise an exercise programme that is varied, flexible and fun. She is used to working with clients who have jam-packed schedules, so she has dozens of clever tips that will help fit your workout into your regular routine. This book will guide you to maximise the experience of training anywhere, and to use these tools and techniques to craft a regime that is not boring, repetitive, monotonous, but instead varied and diverse.Holly's sustainable, holistic approach is based on balance and setting realistic and achievable goals. It's not about crash dieting or scrambling to get a bikini body - it's about integrating fitness into your lifestyle and making workouts work for you.With her encouraging tone and easy-to-follow exercise routines, Holly is with you every step of the way. Feel happy. Feel healthy. Feel strong. And get active!
By John Scott
John Scott's Ashtanga Yoga is a step-by-step illustrated guide that takes you through the balanced exercise routines and breathing techniques of this dynamic form. Carefully structured, this course starts with a simple sequence for beginners which, once mastered, provides the foundation for moving on to the next level.- Purify your body with dynamic movement and precise postures- Develop physical and mental strength, increased stamina and greater flexibility- Includes a foreword by Shri K Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Yoga- This new edition has been fully revised and updated This essential guide is the perfect introduction to yoga or the ideal gift for those who want to take their yoga practice to the next level.Author John Scott studied with yogi Shri K Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in India, where he qualified to teach Ashtanga Yoga around the world. He has instructed many people in Ashtanga Yoga, including high-profile celebrities Madonna and Sting. John now spends much of his time teaching international workshops and undertaking teacher trainings.
The Art of Kissing
By Hugh Morris
The dictionary says that a kiss is `a salute made by touching with the lips pressed closely together and suddenly parting them.' From this, it is quite obvious that, although a dictionary may know something about words, it knows nothing about kissing. In this rediscovered classic guide, originally published in 1936, Hugh Morris expounds on the wonderful ritual of osculation (better known as kissing). He explores why people kiss, how to prepare for a kiss, putting variety into your kissing, as well as some popular naughty kissing games. In his guide, you will discover a range of kisses, including the French Soul Kiss, the Eyelash Kiss, the Nip Kiss, the Dancing Kiss. You'll come away from this book wanting to discover the pain-pleasure of the Vacuum Kiss, include your friends in Electric Kissing Parties, and please your paramour with the Surprise Kiss! So, gird up your loins, pucker up your lips and let's to the kissing arena!
Absolutely Beautiful Things
By Anna Spiro
In Absolutely Beautiful Things, successful designer Anna Spiro shows you how to create an interior that's just right for you. To her, it's all about the mix, not the match, and, with her help, you'll find beauty in unexpected places. She'll give you the confidence to put together a layered and very individual home using elements you love, and make you see your old belongings in a new light. As well as lavish photographs of rooms Anna has created, she shares many of her secrets from a life in decorating, gives practical details on how to work with pattern and colour, and provides a room-by-room guide to furniture choice. 'I always endeavour to create happy, interesting, layered and uplifting spaces. That means mixing everything: colour and pattern, old and new, square and round, quirky and conservative. It's the imperfections and surprises that make a space interesting'.
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Let's be honest: who doesn't want to be a little bit Italian? To glide through Rome on a Vespa like Marcello Mastroianni, wearing an impeccable suit? Or sit in St Mark's Square in Venice at dusk, nibbling cicchetti and sipping an Aperol spritz? This is la dolce vita, and this is aperitivo - Italy's take on drinks and small snacks.Aperitivo brings together 80 recipes from across Italy, and tells the stories behind the food and the drinks that shape the aperitif hour. The book opens with the aperitivi themselves - Campari and Aperol - as well as recipes for classic Italian cocktails (including the perfect Negroni) and a guide to Italian wine. Kay then introduces simple recipes for Antipasto and Pinzimonio; Tramezzini; Bruschette and Crostini; Seafood; Meat and Fowl; Vegetables, Dairy and Eggs; Bread and Baking; and Dolci. So let's cinch in our waists, pop on some cat's eye sunglasses, and make like Sophia Loren. It's time for Aperitivo.