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Discover a new world of cast-iron cooking. From Dan Shumski, Will It Skillet? serves up 53 surprising, delicious, and ingenious recipes for the cast-iron skillet. Savor the simplicity of Toast with Olive Oil and Tomato, because you just can’t achieve that perfect oil-toasted crust in a toaster. For Homemade Corn Tortillas, no special equipment required—use the pan to flatten and cook them.Then serve them with Single-Skillet Carnitas or Charred Tomato Salsa. Take popcorn to another level with clarified butter. And more! This book includes detailed information on buying, seasoning, and caring for your cast-iron skillet—and turning it into a nonstick kitchen workhorse.




The Cabaret of Plants is a masterful exploration of the relationship between humans and the kingdom of plants by renowned naturalist Richard Mabey. A rich, sweeping, readable work of botanical history, this book explores plant species that have challenged our imaginations, awakened our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty, and belief. Going back to the beginnings of human history, Mabey shows how plants have been central to humans not just as food and medicine but as objects of worship, actors in creation myths and symbols of war and peace, life and death.




From birthday parties to crafts and games, horse-crazy kids love everything equine. Bedroom wall decor is no exception. Wild for Horses is a collection of 24 full-color pull-out posters that spotlight favorite breeds, introduce some unfamiliar ones and illustrate different equine behaviors and activities. Gorgeous photos, some with whimsical sayings, show off the beauty of these majestic creatures. The backsides of the posters are packed with educational horse trivia. The package also includes 24 punch-out flash cards and two 12X30 ready-to-hang panoramic posters.




Mindfulness. Schmindfulness. It’s everyone’s favorite buzzword these days. But what does it really mean for us non-monks who don’t have the luxury of a serene home and a fancy meditation mat? How can we ordinary folks apply mindfulness to our over-scheduled, over-stuffed lives? And why do we even want to? Running on Empty, by Shelley Pernot, takes a practical and provocative stance that busts through the myths about mindfulness that get in your way of personal growth and happiness. Readers will learn how to free oneself from judgment; tools for creating the life you really desire; tips for mastering work/life balance; and more.




The latest in the best-selling Stuff series, Stuff Every Gardener Should Know is the perfect pocket guide to your garden. What’s the difference between heirlooms and hybrids? How can you stop weeds from invading your flowerbeds? And what’s the best way to attract helpful, beneficial insects? All these questions and more are answered in this handy little reference book that’s perfect for gardeners of all ages and experience. From the secrets of indoor seed-starting to tips for hassle-free roses, this delightful companion is blooming with fun facts and helpful ideas.




The Ultimate Book of BBQ from Southern Living magazine creates the definitive barbecue and outdoor grilling guide and features more than 200 of the highest-rated Southern Living recipes for barbecued meats and sides, plus pit-proven tips, techniques, and secrets for year-round smoking, grilling and barbecuing. With full color, step-by-step photos, the home cook will find everyting necessary to achieve first-rate backyard barbecue, including cooking techniques and equipment, expert advice and a chapter with stovetop, oven and slow-cooker options.

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