Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners
by Scott T Hanson
The first book to prioritize the identification of the historic, character-defining features of a house as a starting point, this restoration guide, written by a historic-building preservationist with over 40 years of experience, shows how to adapt DIY skills to the specialized needs of a historic house.
Bittman Bread: No-Knead Whole-Grain Baking for Every Day by Mark Bittman and Kerri ConanWhat it is: a thorough guide to making healthy everyday breads using whole grains and starters, plus information on a variety of grains and flours, a "Beyond the Basics" chapter, and helpful photographs.
Recipes include: Whole Wheat Starter, Buckwheat Pancakes, Baguettes, Amazing Cheddar Biscuits, Olive Bread, Savory Hand Pies, Focaccia, Cinnamon Rolls, Crumby Oatmeal Cookies, Berry Torte.
Wonder Walls: How to Transform Your Space with Colorful Geometrics, Graphic Lettering... by Roxy Prima & Phoebe CornogWhat it is: a vibrant, encouraging guide to painting a mural (simple or complex, small or large) that's illustrated with color photos and offers 26 projects, eco-friendly tips, tool details, and information on color theory.
Projects include: Ocean Scene, Polka Dots, Clean Diamonds, Simple Typography, Complex Flowers, Faux Tile Pattern, Mailbox Glow Up.
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Mend It, Wear It, Love It! Stitch Your Way to a Sustainable Wardrobe by Zoe EdwardsWhat it is: a friendly guide to making your clothes last longer that includes a materials list, hand sewing how-tos (repairing hems, mending holes, zipper helps, etc.), details on using a sewing machine (if you have one), and tips on how and when to do laundry.
Don't miss: the section on "fast fashion," which may inspire you to put the book's tips into action.
Did you know? There are approximately 40 million garment workers in the world, but only 2% of them make a living wage.
Little and Often: A Memoir by Trent PreszlerWhat happened: Estranged from his father (a Vietnam vet and South Dakota rancher who had trouble accepting him as gay), Trent Preszler returned home when his dad was dying. Weeks later, Preszler took his inheritance -- his father's toolbox, containing tools he knew nothing about -- and began building a canoe.
Reviewers say: an "impeccably written, loving memoir" (Kirkus Reviews); "a tale as well crafted as the beautiful canoe" (Booklist).
For fans of: Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford; Why We Make Things and Why It Matters by Peter Korn; Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman.
The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained + More Than 100 Essential... by Nik SharmaWhat's inside: a fascinating scientific exploration of the elements that make up flavor by a talented cook/molecular biologist; over 100 recipes.
Topics include: making food crispy, aroma in cooking, brightness boosters, how fieriness works, common salt and varieties, chilies (fresh and dried), cooking with fats and oils, pantry essentials.
Recipes include: Potato Pancakes, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Vegetable Pakoras, Masala Shrimp, "Pizza" Toast, Chicken Kanji, Hazelnut Flan, Sweet Potato Honey Beer Pie.
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