The inspiration for how your garden grows. The next best thing to a personal tour of some of the world’s most covetable gardens is a lushly photographed tome of them that can sit on your coffee table. You’ll find yourself regularly (green) thumbing your way through the hundreds of pages of DIY projects, design ideas, planting guides for all climates and color palettes, and in-depth case studies on outdoor spaces as diverse as a yoga studio and a chicken coop. Photo: Rocky Luten
A Fresh, Healthy, and Delicious Step-by-Step Guide to Sprouting Year Round. Sprout Lady Rita began sprouting in 1987 and is the owner of “The Sprout House.” In her 153 page book Rita shares useful information and fantastic photos of every kind of sprout you can think of. She categories sprout varieties as she gives “step-by-step” instructions on the best ways to sprout and the best sprouters out there. The beginning sprouter will love the accessibility of information in this book and the more experienced of us will appreciate the new ideas, recipes, organization, and inspiration of why we sprout and simply what to do with all those sprouts. Price: $25.99 Buy Now
In the fall, wreaths are created with magnolias, rosemary, and plums, and gourds are used to create an unexpected garland. Winter highlights cedar, pine, and juniper, yielding unexpected table settings and new wreath shapes. The Wreath Recipe Book provides 100 recipes There are detailed ingredient lists and hundreds of step-by-step photos as well as chapters covering basic techniques, sourcing, and care information. These aren’t just evergreens for Christmas — the book is organized seasonally, with dozens of projects to make throughout the year. $24 – http://www.amazon.com
In The New Bohemians, LA-based designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. The New Bohemians explores 20 homes located primarily on the East and West coasts. Exclusive interviews with the owners, as well as 12 DIY projects created by Blakeney and inspired by objects found in the homes, offer insight into achieving this aesthetic. In addition, each home is accompanied by an Adopt-an-Idea section that offers general decor, styling, and shopping tips for easy duplication in your own home. $34,00 at amazon
Has anyone tried recipes from the cook book ” Plenty” by Ottolenghi? I tried and I adore it. The author has a blog on the guardian’s website that includes some recipes from the book; it should give an idea what is in the book. My favorite recipe is the stuffed eggplant on the cover. So delicious! Plenty – $34.99
It’s almost winter; in some places the weather starts to be cold and snow falls , and when we have kids the question becomes: what will we do today with the kids outside of drinking hot chocolate? A good idea is making crafts, and for this reason I would like to introduce you to the book ” Playful”. This book is amazing for entertaining the kids. You can do 26 unique and modern projects like cardboard houses, crowns, masks, wooden face necklaces and more! This beautifully presented book is the creation of Merrilee Liddiard, founder of the popular arts and crafts blog, Mer Mag. Playful – $24.99
Erin Byers Murray is a journalist at Nashville Lifestyle Magazine, specializing in food and wine writing. She spent a year and half studying the quirks and lifestyle of oyster farmers and documents it all in “Shucked “a brilliant book for an oyster lover.