Food and Cooking
A chicken in every yard : the Urban Farm Store's guide to chicken keeping by Robert and Hannah Litt — The title of this book refers to the idea not that every yard must have chickens, but that every yard could. You can raise chickens virtually anywhere, and this book shows just how to do it. The authors have included a wealth of information gleaned from their own experience, including choosing the right breed, building a coop, feeding, preventing and treating diseases, recipes to use your chickens' eggs and more. They also include an all-important section on working with neighbors, family, and authorities to make your chicken-raising experience successful and positive for everyone.
Growing fruit trees : novel concepts and practices for successful care & management by edited by Jean-Marie Lespinasse and Évelyne Leterme ; illustrations by Jean- Marie Lespinasse ; Kitren Glozer, consultant for North America ; authors, Gilles Adgié ... [et al.] — This book includes information on growing fifteen types of fruit trees including stone fruits, seeded fruits, dry fruits, and others. Each type of tree, including apple, cherry, olive, peach, plum, and many others, is outlined in great detail, including history and origins, characteristics, its annual cycle, soil and climate limitations, how to choose and train a tree, and more.
Blood, bones, & butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton — Chef and restaurateur Hamilton, chef/owner of acclaimed New York City restaurant Prune, offers a sensuous and evocative memoir of her rural Pennsylvania childhood and her training as writer and chef. Hamilton is a very talented writer and offers an unusually compelling chef's memoir.
For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.
Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!
The edible front yard : the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden by Ivette Soler ; with photographs by Ann Summa — For most folks, space is at a premium, and so are our hard-earned dollars. To be able to take advantage of the front yard - an area that is usually just boring grass that doesn't get used for much - is a great way to save money and make the most of our property. And an edible front yard garden doesn't have to lack curb appeal! This book has an entire chapter devoted to that topic, as well as information throughout about how to keep your edible front yard aesthetically pleasing. This book has detailed information about all the issues and questions that could come along with an edible front yard.
The food lover's garden by Mark Diacono ; photography by Mark Diacono ; recipe photography by Laura Hynd ; recipe development by Debora Robertson — Did you know that you can eat daylilies and nasturtiums? Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with produce from the garden but aren't sure how to prepare it? This book has a mix of growing information, tips and info about a variety of types of produce and recipes for how to use it all. Who wants to make some nasturtium risotto?
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The arrival of fall also means the arrival of apples! Whether they're baked into a pie, dipped in caramel, pressed into cider, or simply enjoyed plain, apples are always a wonderful autumn treat. Why not read some stories about apples, too? Listed below are some easy books all about this fabulous fruit. You can find them in the Readers section in the Children's Department.
Ten apples up on top! by Theo. leSieg; illustrated by Roy McKie
Big red apple by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Judith Hoffman Corwin
Your farm in the city : an urban dweller's guide to growing food and raising livestock by Lisa Taylor, and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth — Whether you're building a raised bed in the back yard or undertaking a larger garden project, this book has great information about all the things you'll need to consider when gardening in the city (or suburbs). Since municipalities and homeowners associations often have rules that relate to outdoor structures and vegetation, it's important to plan ahead and this book can help you figure out what you'll need to do. It also provides great details on helping your soil be fertile, creative bed design for small or restricted spaces, working with pests that live in urban areas, and much more.
Ever noticed how often food is mentioned in a mystery story?
The homesteading handbook : a back to basics guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more by Abigail R. Gehring — Are you interested in being more self-sufficient? This book is truly a one-stop resource for virtually all aspects of homesteading including herbal medicine, useful crafting, keeping animals like chickens and goats, building sheds and other small structures, canning, generating energy, growing edibles, and more. If all that sounds like a lot of work, it also includes fun things like how to make your own ice cream.