Many people see the enjoyment of wine as an intimidating and complicated matter, requiring a mastery of arcane rules and rituals. In fact, there's no more to it than putting each wine to the ultimate test: Does it taste good? Wine writer Brian St. Pierre's book begins by introducing the basic flavors of the several grape varieties used in making wines around the world. Once those are understood, all the rest flows smoothly--what distinguishes the colors and types, how to match wine with food, how to store and serve it, and even how much to spend on a bottle. St. Pierre's sensible approach combined with stunning photographs and elegant maps of the world's great wine-growing regions make this the perfect no-nonsense guide or lovely gift for anyone who wants to learn to understand, appreciate, and, above all, fully enjoy the fruit of the vine.
Japanese gardens have long been appreciated for providing beautiful, tranquil spaces that evoke feelings of sanctuary, often in short supply these days. This practical guide to Japanese gardening teaches you how to:
- Use centuries-old garden design techniques to create tranquil spaces that evoke a feeling of sanctuary.
- Select and arrange plants and ornaments in a traditional design while at the same time emphasizing your personal tastes.
- Calm your busy lifestyle, inspire peace of mind and reflect nature to create serenity.
Great beers to make at home, including more than 175 original beer recipes ranging from magnificent pale ales to ambers, stouts, lagers, and seasonal brews, plus tips from master brewers.If you're into homebrewing, then you know that you can never have enough recipes. The Homebrewer's Recipe Guide will slake your thirst for more than 175 different beers in a variety of styles, whether you prefer a classic lager, a brown ale, a fruity brew, or a flavored stout. Among the original recipes are: -Any Pub in London Bitter, a classic ale with a strong hop flavor
-Viennese Spiced Porter, a rich creamy porter with a hint of vanilla
-Golden Pils, a beer less dry than the classic pilsner
-Holiday and seasonal beers like Firecracker Red (with its cinnamon kick), the Great Pumpkin Ale, and Holiday Prowler Beer--the perfect gift
-Brewery Copycats--re-create your favorite tastes
-Foods featuring homebrew as an ingredient, like Red-Hot Rack of Ribs, Frijoles Borrachos, and classic Oatmeal Beer Bread Rich quotations from Hemingway, Shakespeare, Joyce, and others celebrate memorable libations, special drinking spots, and other bits of beer and tavern lore and legend. Created by experienced homebrewers and filled with helpful tips, The Homebrewer's Recipe Guide is a must-have reference for both novice and expert alike.
Readers will learn about the relationships between people and the gardens of Earth, seed preservation, Native diets and meals, natural pest control, and the importance of the Circle of Life.
The Western Garden Book presents hundreds of pages worth of gardening wisdom from the editors of Sunset magazine. The Western reader will find plenty of ideas and tips on growing beautiful gardens, primarily in the Western United States.
Learn to identify nearly 300 North American flowers and plants believed to have some therapeutic value. The fact-packed text is filled with scientific information, historical background, and myths and legends about medicinal plants.
Every year, the world's most innovative garden and landscape designers are invited to the grounds of Chaumont, the famous chateau in the Loire Valley some 125 miles from Paris. Here they create an array of brilliant new gardens, which are on display from May through the summer. explore global influences; the specific role of plants; outdoor art; representing time and change; the rapport between gardens and landscapes; and creations of wit and whimsy. In this book, commentaries explore the themes behind the gardens, their impact on designers and the public's reaction to and interaction with these experimental ideas. Plant lists and plans provide practical support for those interested in adapting the ideas or re-creating their own gardens. from Japan to the Netherlands, as well as world-famous artists such as Louis Benech, Judy and David Drew, Lynden B. Miller, Fernando Caruncho, Peter Latz, Adriaan Geuze and the Italian Land I Agency.
This is a collection of 22 garden and landscape projects from "Fine Gardening" magazine. Projects include how to: add a fence; build a garden wall, from dry stone to rammed earth; create a garden oasis; and make housing for garden plants. Home gardeners, horticulturists and landscapers give first-hand accounts of common projects readers can build for their own landscapes. Also, practical, in-depth descriptions, together with full colour photographs and step-by-step illustrations, give clear directions on what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.
Restorative gardens for the sick, which were a vital part of the healing process from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, provided ordered settings in which patients could begin to heal, both physically and mentally. In this book, a landscape architect, a physician and a historian examine the history and role of restorative gardens to show why it is important to again integrate nature into the institutional - and largely factorylike - settings of modern health care facilities. The authors present the history of restorative gardens and studies six American health care centers that cherish the role of their gardens in the therapeutic process. These institutions are examined in detail: community hospitals in Wasau, Wisconisn, and Monterey, California; a full-care mental institution in Philadelphia; a nursing home in Queens; a facility for rehabilitative medicine in New York City; and a hospice in Houston.