2/28/15

Its a Non-fiction Saturday! A 5 Star three-fer!


The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
by Karen Newcomb

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.

To accommodate today's lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water, and still produce prolifically. That's exactly what a postage stamp garden does. Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables--for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.

When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Karen Newcomb has contributed to and co-written eight gardening books with her late husband, Duane. She is a lifetime vegetable gardener,  garden blogger, and avid writer, and has been a writing teacher for more than twenty years. She lives in Rocklin, California.

MY THOUGHTS -
Absolutely excellent! This book is great if you are an experienced gardener or a beginner. I am a gardener from way back and I still found it very helpful and useful. I was flagging pages right and left to copy to use for my own garden.
Even though the idea behind this book is for small gardens, you can totally use it for a large gardens too. I plan on having a huge garden this year and I will be using ideas from this book.
There are no pictures in this book, there are charts, lists and a few drawings (that's prob the only neg for me but not enough to affect the rating).
There is a lot of information in here! I would say this is a very complete veggie and herb gardening book. This just may be the perfect gardening book!

Thank you "Blogging For Books" for sending me this book for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
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Make Ahead Bread
100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth 
Fresh Bread Every Day
By Donna Currie

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Two Steps to Breaking Bread. Make Ahead Bread de-mystifies the bread-baking process with simple recipes and easy-to-follow steps for fresh-from-the-oven bread. Plus there's an entire chapter devoted to baking ingredients and equipment.
Follow home baker Donna Currie's simple two-step process to baking delicious, fresh, yeast breads: Step One – mix and knead the dough, then let it rest for 1-2 days while you enjoy life  Step Two – bake.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Breads. Your home will smell amazing while you bake any of the 100 recipes in Make Ahead Bread, including all of these:
Loaf Breads – Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Loaf; Maple Sugar and Walnut Loaf Buns, Rolls, Breadsticks – Slider Buns; Cheesy Breadstick Twists Flatbreads – Chicago-style Pan Pizza; Semolina Focaccia Pastries – Breakfast Sausage Danish; Traditional Croissants, and more.

Now, you're never too busy to bake bread! Yeast bread isn't complicated to make, but because it needs time to rise, it’s not always easy to fit it into time available - that’s until now. Make Ahead Bread gives inexperienced bakers and busy home cooks the information you need to make flavorful, freshly baked bread on a schedule that works for you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Donna Currie likes wacky kitchen gadgets almost as much as she loves baking bread. You can find her on her blog, Cookistry. Her first book, Make Ahead Bread is available on Amazon.

MY THOUGHTS -
Yes, this book is as good as it looks. I love making homemade breads, and I especially love eating them! As a matter of fact - I made bread last night, but it was from a box :-(
This book does make the whole process of bread making look easy. There are lots of gorgeous pictures to entice you. I love that there is such a good variety in here too - Yeast breads, sweet breads, rolls, sticky buns - lots of yummy choices!
If you have been wanting to give it a try, this is your chance. Its as easy as just following the instructions.
Thank you Netgalley and Taunton Press for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
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Coffee Gives Me Superpowers
An Illustrated Book about the 
Most Awesome Beverage on Earth
By Ryoko Iwata

5 +++++ Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
or coffee lovers and those who love them, Coffee Gives Me Superpowers is a fun, graphic design-centered book focused on one of the world's most addictive and beloved substances--coffee.

If coffee is the foundation of your food pyramid, then this is your book. Inspired by Ryoko Iwata's popular Web site, I Love Coffee (en.ilovecoffee.jp), Coffee Gives Me Superpowers is overflowing with infographics and fun, interesting facts about the most awesome beverage on earth written by Ryoko, a Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle. The book includes the most popular pieces on the site, such as "Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee," "10 Coffee Myths," "The 15 Most Caffeinated Cities in the U.S.," "The Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee (According to Science)," and "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Caffeine," plus 25 percent new, original material that is available only in this book. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Ryoko Iwata is a Japanese coffee-lover living in Seattle. When she's caffeinated, she creates and writes infographics, facts, quizzes, and other fun visual stuff about coffee, and sometimes sushi, on her Web site, I Love Coffee

MY THOUGHTS -
This book is freakin hilarious! This might just turn out to be one of my top books of the year. 
I know that I was missing something by reading the Netgalley version of this - no cute colorful pictures, but I still loved this book!
I might have to go and buy this one... and buy one for the daughter.
But this book is not just all fun and games, there is also tons of info about coffee that even I, a professed coffee-aholic, did not know.
If you are a coffee lover at all - you definitely need to get this book! This would make a great gift for the coffee lover on your list. 

Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy form Amazon - HERE

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