This March we've got a great variety of titles to get stuck in to. Learn how to keep and look after your chickens and tame disobedient gardens, rustle up some warming, clean soups, hop on the fasting trend and spiralise your veggies until your heart's content!
Backyard Chickens: How to Keep Happy Hens by Dave Ingham
Keeping a few hens was once only for rural dwellers with big yards - or inner-city hippies. Now it's mainstream and an attractive proposition wherever you live. Fluffy little recycling units that eat weeds, bugs and scraps and turn them into organic eggs - what's not to love? Chickens are great backyard pets for young and old - they're a natural extension for everyone with a veggie patch, and for those who like eggs but are concerned about the welfare of commercial hens. This book is the perfect reference, whether you're already keeping chickens or an absolute beginner thinking about getting a couple of chooks. Dave Ingham offers compulsively readable advice on how to start, housing and feeding, settling chickens in with other pets, troubleshooting, and the (minimal) commitment required to keep your backyard hens healthy and happy.
Backyard Chickens is a henkeeping companion, covering everything you need to know about keeping chickens even in urban areas.
Disobedient Gardens: Landscapes of Contrast and Contradiction by Michael Cooke and Brigid Arnott
Landscape designer Michael Cooke presents five of his superbly designed gardens, including his own, which are illustrated by the lyrically beautiful photographs of coauthor Brigid Arnott. The selected landscapes encapsulate the characteristics he considers vital in the making of a truly beautiful, liveable garden. They have a distinct 'voice' of their own, reflecting not only the personality and style of the owners, but also the longstanding relationship and emotional connection between the owners and Michael, who has maintained and developed the gardens over many years. Significantly, they all feature elements of wildness combined with a degree of order. These characteristics lend the gardens great character and texture: the landscapes may be magnificent, but they all have an organic quality, imperfections, amid a degree of 'disobedience' that makes them distinctive and compelling.
Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz
Soup has a unique ability to nourish and heal the body. In Clean Soups, author Rebecca Katz shows you how to use wholesome stocks and soups to detox naturally and stay energised all year round. She also explains the building blocks to creating deliciously balanced soups, such as Moroccan carrot soup, Kale soup with coconut and lime, and simplest chicken pho. With foundational broths like Thai coconut broth and Magic mineral broth, blended soups like Spiced butternut squash soup with cardamom and ginger; and traditional healing soups like African sweet potato and peanut soup, Clean Soups show how one simple bowl can make a huge difference to how you feel. You can even mix things up with delicious toppings to bring some versatility to your meals: pair Celeriac soup with crispy shiitake mushrooms; try Avocado citrus soup with Heirloom tomato salsa; and enjoy the blend of Roasted apple and butternut squash soup with crunchy Parsnip crisps.
Clean Soups is all about relishing in the comfort of a bowl of something both nutritious and delicious.
Fast Your Way to Wellness by Lee Holmes
Everybody is familiar with the fasting diets where you an eat whatever you like five days a week and fast for two (also eating whatever you like, as long as you stay below 500/600 calories). The problem with these diets is that they are unsustainable. Not eating the right types of foods on a fast day can set you up for failure; junk food is full of empty calories that don’t give you the energy you need to get through the day. Whilst fasting may have gained a bad reputation, the health benefits of intermittent fasting are well documented. Dramatically reducing calories for two days per week is not only a scientifically proven way to lose weight and keep it off, it can also improve your health significantly. In her latest book, Lee Holmes shows you how to make fasting work with your lifestyle and learn how to eat abundantly and with a sense of enjoyment.
As a devoted intermittent faster herself, Lee Holmes’ Fast Your Way to Wellness gently guides you through different fasting methods so you can apply the right fasting style for your lifestyle. With tips for what to do when cravings strike, managing portion control and what foods are influential on a fasting day, Fast Your Way to Wellness sets you up for successso you can start to look forward to fasting days rather than dreading them.
As well as practical advice, Lee has created over 90 new and delicious wholefood fast recipes. These wholefood recipes are nutritious, achievable and designed to sustain and nourish you throughout the day. With recipes like a Minty mango smoothie to fuel your morning; Chicken meatballs with marinara to enjoy at lunch; and Wrapped fish peperonatato tuck into at dinner, Fast Your Way to Wellness presents you with fast days that really are simple, nutritious and delicious.
Spiralise Your Vegetables by Zoe Armbruster
We are all familiar with spiralising but Zoe Armbruster’s Spiralise Your vegetables takes spiralisingto the next level in this wonderfully vibrant book that helps you to introduce more vegetables into your daily diet. Whilst spiralisingis mostly seen as a substitute for spaghetti, Zoe shows how versatile spiralisingis by providing 30 creative, simple recipes for snacks and starters, mains and desserts, including ideas for meat, poultry and seafood, as well as vegetarian dishes. Starters include delicious recipes for Rice paper rolls with shiitake, turnip and mango sauce and Potato rostiwith smoked salmon; dinner and lunch ideas comprise of easy dishes like Wild rice with butternut pumpkin, pomegranate and Pistachio and Spiral tart with zucchini and carrot; you can even introduce spiralisinginto your dessert with Zoe’s recipe for Sweet potato waffles with berries and her Rice pudding with pear and lavender.
So get creative with your vegetable ribbons and vegetable spaghetti and replace your carbohydrate-heavy pasta and noodles with vegetable noodles. Eating more vegetables has never been this easy or looked so pretty on your plate!