Posted July 20, 2017
We’ve compiled a list of some of our publishers’ best (non-curriculum) books that are great for homeschooling parents and homeschooling teachers.
July 11, 2017
Wedding season is in full swing which means that it’s also bridal shower season. While soon-to-be-married couples are sure to be happy with a gift from their registry, it can also be nice to receive a few surprises! We’ve compiled a list of books that are perfect books for newlyweds. In Part 1 of this series, we focus on cookbooks and other helpful household tip books:
Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living by Christy Rost
PBS host and television chef Christy Rost brings her experience as a cooking teacher, lifestyle authority, entertaining guru, and home restoration expert together in her third book, Celebrating Home. Focusing on the joys of nesting and at-home gatherings, Celebrating Home encompasses every aspect of great entertaining for family and close friends. Gorgeous photos of individual dishes, party vignettes, and warm interiors illustrate a generous collection of delectable recipes. You'll find helpful serving suggestions, seasonal table settings, inspiration for creating a gracious home, and fresh floral arrangements, all set in the intimacy of Christy's nineteenth-century mountain home.
Making a House Your Home: The Essential Guide to Modern Day Homemaking by Clare Nolan
From buying keys, last-a-lifetime items, to the finishing touches, interiors writer and stylist, Clare Nolan, helps you to achieve the beautiful, balanced, individual home you've always dreamed of, but never quite attained. Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 photographs, Making a House Your Home includes chapters on Chaos to Calm, Making the Most of What You've Got, and Be a More Considered Shopper, plus expert advice on how to avoid needless stress and expense. Bursting with tips, tricks, secrets, and the magic touches only an interiors expert knows, it guides you through every room in the house and also features simple, step-by-step projects that will not only transform your home, but can be done by even the most DIY-averse.
A Good Yarn: 30 Timeless Hats, Scarves, Socks & Gloves by Katherine Poulton
These 30 projects are inspired by some of the most popular and fashionable accessories sold by The North Circular. Each project has clear instructions and beautiful photography. There is also advice on ethical buying and sourcing local, sustainable wool.
Domestic Chic: A Fashionably Fabulous Guide for Cooking & Entertaining by Kristin Sollenne
Rising culinary star Chef Kristin Sollenne has made headlines for her contemporary food philosophy, approachable cooking tips, and re-imagined healthy dishes. Rather than the sometimes-overwhelming cookbook approach, Kristin provides the ultimate go-to guide for cooking and entertaining by the seasons. With 16 pre-planned menus and more than 100 recipes with innovative décor tips to coincide with holidays and celebrations during each season, this is your “one-stop-shop” to hosting a fashionably fabulous affair! Unique flavors and pairings are awakened through each menu, along with touching family stories and traditions. As a certified nutritionist, Kristin also focuses on fresh in-season produce and the lavishness of each season to guide your palette. Passionate about healthy, flavorful dishes, she demonstrates a farm-to-table approach to traditional Italian style cooking. Think a modern-day twist on your grandmother’s classics! Speaking of modern day – check out Kristin’s specialty line of kitchen couture designer aprons, CELLINI, and always entertain with passion and flair.
Cooking with Marie: On Any Occasion! by Marie Hejl
Focusing on healthy, easy-to-prepare dishes, this lavish cookbook contains 87 recipes for time-crunched cooks faced with the challenge of preparing meals for special occasions such as dinner parties, wedding showers, birthdays, or holiday lunches. Recipes are organized into seven chapters covering breakfast, lunch, appetizers, soups and salads, side dishes, main courses, and desserts. Detailed, step-by-step photographs show how to prepare each recipe and close-ups of the finished dishes are provided.
The Traveling Apron Cookbook: A Delicious Journey of Food, Friendship, & Family Traditions by Aimee Broussard
From coast-to-coast, there is something universally common about our relationship with food. It’s more than just the food we eat and the way we nourish our bodies. It’s the way we feel when our food is shared and the manner in which we connect with others over a shared meal. But perhaps most importantly is the way in which a favorite heirloom recipe can allow a flood of treasured memories to invade our hearts with the simple aroma of ingredients. The traveling apron journey began with one simple goal in mind: to connect a community of women together around those beloved recipes. After 20,000-plus miles of travel, whether you’re looking to update your weeknight dinner rotation, entertain friends on the back porch, or simply looking for a dessert for your next holiday bash, there’s a little something for everyone.
Stacy Lyn's Harvest Cookbook by Stacy Lyn Harris
Featuring full-color photos, Stacy Lyn's Harvest Cookbook includes more than 100 field- and farm-to- table recipes that meet her three-part criteria: family friendly (easy, with simple ingredients), fresh, and tasty.
Comfortable in the Kitchen: A Blue Jean Chef Cookbook by Meredith Laurence
Are you as comfortable in the kitchen as you are in your blue jeans? In Blue Jean Chef: Comfortable in the Kitchen, Meredith Laurence, the Blue Jean Chef, helps you settle into your comfort zone in the kitchen with tips, tricks, explanations of cooking techniques, and more than 200 recipes. Meredith shares her knowledge acquired from years working in cooking schools, test kitchens and restaurants in France, Canada, and the USA. Her delicious, easy-to-follow recipes, interesting tips and informative explanations will help make any cook more comfortable in the kitchen and inspire new meals.
Comfortable Under Pressure: Pressure Cooker Meals: Recipes, Tips, and Explanations by Meredith Laurence
If your pressure cooker has been collecting dust (or you have a pressure cooker but have no idea what to do with it), then you need to get Comfortable Under Pressure! Meredith Laurence, the Blue Jean Chef, has been cooking on live television on QVC for more than 10 years. By sharing tips, tricks, and techniques with QVC customers while equipping their kitchens with QVC's professional cookware, Meredith has helped people become comfortable in their kitchens. Now, in this cookbook, Meredith gives you a wide variety of delicious recipes for the pressure cooker, so you can get meals on the table in one third of the time it would normally take. Her recipes, tips, and techniques will help make any cook more Comfortable Under Pressure. With 125 recipes and more than 100 tips and explanations, Blue Jean Chef: Comfortable Under Pressure will help you create delicious meals while becoming more versatile and at ease with your pressure cooker.
Delicious Under Pressure: Over 100 Pressure Cooker Recipes by Meredith Laurence
Blue Jean Chef: Delicious Under Pressure, Meredith Laurence's second pressure cooker cookbook is full of easy, flavorful, and unexpected pressure cooker recipes, making a pressure cooker a must-have appliance. The book covers the basics of pressure-cooking as well as offers more advanced recipes for more experienced cooks. The result is delicious and the bonus is time, with all these recipes taking one third of the time of traditional cooking methods. Recipes include Tortilla soup, Spinach and Three Cheese Manicotti, Hunter's Beef Stew, Pork Carnitas, Thai Coconut Mussels, Portobello Mushroom and Zucchini Moussaka, Beets and Potatoes with Bacon, Blueberry Polenta with Bananas and Maple Syrup, and Brown Sugar Bourbon Bread Pudding, including all-new chapters on Vegetarian Main Courses and Breakfast Dishes.
Fast Favorites Under Pressure: 4-Quart Pressure Cooker recipes and tips for fast and easy meals by Meredith Laurence
Fast Favorites Under Pressure by Blue Jean Chef Meredith Laurence is written with the smaller household in mind. So many pressure cooker recipes are written for bigger pressure cookers and designed to serve 6 to 8 people. When you're dealing with pressure-cooking, however, cutting a large recipe back to feed just 2 to 4 people is not always straight-forward. Fast Favorites Under Pressure does all the work for you, with every recipe guaranteed to work in a 4-quart pressure cooker. The recipes also double very easily so if you're cooking in an 8-quart cooker, you'll have no trouble making twice as many "fast favorites." Fast Favorites Under Pressure also includes tips and tricks for pressure cooking so you can be even more successful with your pressure cooker. Blue Jean Chef Meredith Laurence has created more than 100 recipes for the 4-Quart Pressure Cooker that are sure to become family favorites, including Chicken Alfredo Rotini, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Lime Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Grits, and Mint Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ganache. From soups to pasta, meat to seafood, grains, vegetarian and dessert, all types of appetites will have choices to get a meal on the table in a fraction of the time.
Baking Soda: House & Home by Diane Sutherland
Baking soda is far more than a baking ingredient – it can also be used in household tasks including cleaning, laundry, animal care, and health and beauty. This is the essential guide to maximizing the potential of this cheap, environmentally-friendly and multi-purpose product. Tips range from removing baked-on food from pans to making your own facial scrub, from getting stubborn stains out of your clothes to shampooing your dog. Baking Soda also gets the kids involved, with some fun science experiments and sweet treats, as well as providing culinary tips and a few tasty recipes for breads, cakes, and cookies.
Lemons: House & Home by Diane Sutherland
Lemons are cheap, eco-friendly, and multi-talented as well as deliciously flavored and aromatic. If you are fed up with using detergents that are less than kind to your skin, then take a look at this all-natural, safe alternative. Packed full of tips and suggestions for how to put the humble lemon to good use, this chunky, attractively illustrated, essential guide shows you how to clean around the home, polish, deodorize, deter pests, protect pets, take care of your skin, improve your health, and cook tasty dishes.
Vinegar: Packed with Everyday Tips: Laundry, Garden, Health & Beauty by Maria Costantino
Vinegar may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you need to get rid of a stubborn wine stain or soothe a tickly cough, but this ancient cupboard staple is regaining its rightful place as a cheap, versatile and environmentally friendly solution to many household tasks. This invaluable book has sections on how to use vinegar in the laundry, DIY, gardening, health and beauty, pet care, and of course in the kitchen. Hundreds of hints, tips, advice, and recipes are provided in a clear, accessible style. Attractively illustrated, this brilliant little book is a visual treat as well as an invaluable practical aid.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our series, where we’ll list some of our favorite romance themed books and marriage advice books!