Starter Vegetable Gardens ($19.95, 180 pp.) by Barbara Pleasant offers 24 no-fail plans for planting small organic gardens. The text guides beginners and experienced growers in how to plant seeds and correctly harvest plants. The author also offers tips for some problematic gardening problems that one may encounter.
The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs ($12.95, 152 pp), by horticulturist Charles W.G. Smith, offers in-depth profiles of 26 basic herbs, with full-color photos. Herbs such as basil and bay laurel are described in detail, including growing, harvesting and preserving each herb. Further lessons on cooking techniques help expand one’s culinary horizon.
The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar Free Baking ($30, 224 pp.), by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace, is a cookbook that engulfs readers into the world of healthful gluten-free, sugar-free breads, pastries, cookies, and cakes. The book is a food lifestyle guide for the millions of Americans who are sensitive to gluten, are diabetic, or simply need to reduce their carb intake. Reinhart and Wallace teach readers how to bake with seed and nut flours instead of starches, which produce the same yummy result without the health hazard. Some author information: Peter Reinhart is the author of eight books and is a baking instructor and faculty member at Johnson and Wales University. Denene Wallace, after being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, developed the Proseed Flour blend.
Eat Greens ($24.95, 240 pp) is Barbara Scott-Goodman and Liz Trovato’s collection of over 120 seasonal recipes focused on green vegetables. Green vegetables are high in vitamins C and beta-carotene, and they also contain many essential minerals. Vegetable lovers can serve these meals to their families, giving them delicious dinners that are packed with nutrients. The book also contains tips on how to properly grow greens, how to buy and store them, and nutrition information.
Martie Whittekin’s book Aloe Vera ($7.95, 55 pp) presents the ancient medicinal herb in the light of modern science. It describes the benefits of aloe vera, including immune system support, antioxidant protection, detoxification and digestive health. Whittekin backs up these age-old claims with modern scientific research.
Unleash the Amazingly Potent Anti-Aging, Antioxidant Pro-Immune System Health Benefits of the Olive Leaf ($5.95, 38 pp), by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., includes information from health experts as well as use testimonials about the medicinal purposes of the olive leaf. The book contains research on a myriad of the olive leaf’s possible health benefits, including its antioxidant and infection-fighting qualities.
Spices ($29.95, 127 pp), by Fabienne Gambrelle, brings you a wonderful two-book compilation: The History of Spices and The Flavor of Spices. Each book is beautifully embossed and encased in a hard-covered binding tied with a ribbon. The content of each book doesn’t disappoint, as they both detail the vast evolution of spices.
Fresh from the Farm: Great Local Foods from New York State ($39.95, 272 pp) showcases New York State farms. Writer Nathalie Sann and photographer Susan Meisel show where to find the best produce, dairy, poultry, wine and much more, from Hudson Valley farmland, to the lush Catskills to the vineyards of Long Island.
The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook ($34.95, 184 pp) is full of advice about the business end of running a farm. Author Richard Wiswall includes ways to make production more efficient, advice for managing employees, marketing strategies and tips on how to handle profits and plan for retirement. The book also comes with a companion CD.
A new movie, Microwarriors: the Power of Probiotics ($19.95), discusses the benefits of probiotics. This documentary details everything from the discovery and history of probiotics to the health benefits and different types of probiotics available to us. After watching this documentary, the viewer will have a clear knowledge of probiotics and will be able to apply this knowledge to their lives to improve their digestive and overall health.