The Edible Balcony
By Alex Mitchell
Forget lawns and raised beds - a simple balcony or windowbox is all you need to create a miniature Eden of your own so you can eat home-grown fresh fruit and vegetables every day of the year. From an easy edible balcony that can be set up over a weekend to inspirational ideas for designing with recycled and salvaged materials, here you will discover how plants and edibles can be squeezed into whatever space you have available, with gorgeous profusion. Everywhere is a potential grow zone - herbs climbing up walls, salads escaping from recycled guttering, or beans and tomatoes supported by an old hat stand. Packed with detailed planting and growing advice on all the crops featured, plus information on how to make a self-watering container and cope with pests and diseases, this is the essential guide to building an urban eden in the sky.
There is a general view that Japanese food is difficult to make and requires hard-to-find ingredients. Easy Japanese shows that just the opposite is true. The simple and elegant dishes in this book can easily be made at home using ingredients found in most supermarkets. There are delicious little starters (for many people the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine), plus main dishes made from poultry, seafood, beef, pork, noodles and vegetables. Also included is a useful illustrated glossary of Japanese ingredients.
All of us have, at one time or another, taken "the perfect picture" - the one that not only works technically, but which exactly captures the emotion of the moment, evoking delight and wonder in the reactions of all who see it. Frustratingly, though, we all have many more of the "nearly" shots - when you were in the right place, at the right time, but didn't get the mood you were going for. This book will help you capture the emotion of your subject, and the feeling of that moment. Visually stunning, and unique in its collaborative approach, 'Expressive Photography' brings the spirit of the immensely popular Shutter Sisters website to the printed page through the voice and photography of its founding members.
The Evening Standard: Cryptic Crosswords 1
Perfect, portable entertainment for any journey, this brand new compilation of the Evening Standard's cryptic crosswords will keep you bemused for hours and banish the boredom from your daily commute. Test your problem-solving abilities and stretch your vocabulary to warm-up your brain and get you ready for the day ahead.
Earth In Danger: Habitat Destruction
A series of non-fiction books for reluctant readers that reflect the current concerns over environmental and ecological issues. This title explains simply the science behind what can be a very confusing subject. With an emphasis on the practical ways readers can help, such as choosing sustainable food sources and not overusing water, it works as both a nonfiction reader, and a reference resource. Inside this book: what habitats are in danger; what has changed to cause a problem; harmful effects of mining, pollution, farming, destruction of the rain forests; why the rain forest is so important to Earth's climate; what climate change means; sustainable farming and how to create an artificial coral reef.
Easy Eco Auditing
By Donnachadh Mccarthy
This book provides a step-by-step guide to going green by the UK's leading eco auditor. It explains why going green matters and how to get started, including tips on identifying and overcoming bad habits and coping with feeling overwhelmed. The book breaks eco living down into easily managed chunks including how to change your water usage habits, how to saying goodbye to your rubbish mountain, what you can do to help save and protect your natural environment, green cleaning principles and how to motivate your family, friends and colleagues. With advice on principles to follow both at home and at work and featuring real life examples of the people and businesses Donnachadh has eco-audited, this is the one-stop eco guide everyone must own.
Easy GI Diet
By Helen Foster
Did you know that high-GI diets, while sounding healthy, can actually increase your risk of heart problems, diabetes, weight gain and possibly even some cancers? Easy GI Diet focuses on the healthy low-GI foods which give you more energy, keep hunger at bay and protect against heart disease and diabetes. Inside there are four great diet plans to choose from:the Genius weight-loss plan;the Vegetarian weight-loss plan;the energy-boosting Galvanizer plan;the GI for Life plan to maintain your new-found figure;Packed with expert information on what low-GI means and how it can help, as well as the at-a-glance GI ratings chart with over 600 entries to help you choose the right foods for you, this easy-to-follow guide contains everything you need for a new, healthier low-GI lifestyle.
By Matilda Lee
The hottest trend on the catwalk is ethical clothing. Top fashion designers and spokesmodels including Katharine Hamnett, Stella McCartney and Bono's wife Ali Hewson are all voicing the benefits of eco chic. But what is this new fad, and what difference can it make to the world? "Eco Chic" gives you the full story on this fashion phenomenon, from which fabrics are harmful to the environment, to how you can create your own eco-friendly fashions through recycling and savvy shopping. You will discover how to spot and avoid garments produced in sweatshops and why supermarket 'fast clothes' make both you and the planet sick. This book will allow you to look great but also feel good about your impact on other people and the planet as a whole.
Earth Then & Now (PB)
By Fred Pearce
Earth Then and Now records the dramatic way in which our planet has changed in just the past one hundred years. It draws on the combined photographic archives of print, picture, and space agencies to create a powerful collection of images. Each pair of photographs has been selected to tell a compelling story - of a melting glacier, an expanding desert, an ever-rising cityscape or a natural disaster - presenting a stark visual comparison. On one page, we are shown a part of the world as it was, five, ten, twenty, fifty or even more than one hundred years ago. On the facing page, we have the same place as it looks today. Concise captions explain the facts and then leave us to draw our own conclusions about the Earth Then and Now and about the Earth to come.
The Encyclopedia of Snakes
By Christopher Mattison
This comprehensive, highly illustrated guide covers the most popular aspects of snake biology. Throughout, colour photographs show the fascinating variety of snake colouration as well as illustrating their amazing capacity for camouflage. Chapters investigate main themes, using text, photography and useful diagrams. There is detailed coverage of snake classification, evolution, natural diversity, size, shape and colouration, physiology, ecology, feeding, defensive behaviour, breeding, mythology, superstition and modern human attitudes to snakes. In addition, there are fact boxes within each chapter, which comprise items of special importance and interest, such as scale-type, population in the wild, egg incubation, etc. Above all, this is a major international title for all involved and interested in snakes, their zoology and care in captivity.
By George C. Mcgavin
There have been at least five great extinctions in the history of the Earth where up to 95 per cent of all species have been wiped out in one event. The causes are attributed to massive volcanic eruptions, disastrous meteor strikes, and rapid climatic change. "Endangered" describes these events, but its main thesis is reserved for the potential sixth great extinction, attributable to mankind. Beautifully illustrated, "Endangered" looks at those species which have become extinct or which are so severely threatened that they soon will if we do not apply more international rational restraint upon the way we exploit our environment. However, this is more than a scare-mongering book designed to exploit guilt and anxiety, it is a celebration of the variety of nature and hopeful guide to a future world, safe for all species. Unimpeachable authorship, extraordinary photography and compelling yet objective text make this book essential to any Natural History reading list in the twenty-first century. "Endangered" is seeking endorsement from the world wildlife fund for nature.
By Caroline Davis
Three in ten households own at least one cat, and over half of these own two or more cats. This book offers expert advice on every aspect of keeping a cat - from choosing a kitten to health and grooming. Whether your cat is socializing with other pets or getting used to your home, guarantee the happiness of your feline friend with detailed explanations of cat behaviour. A special section on health shows you how to feed and exercise your cat for optimum fitness, and spot common illnesses early enough to avoid costly veterinary bills.