Challenge Your Brain Math and Logic Puzzles
This collection of ‘cranium-crushing’ puzzles is definitely a challenge: as well as putting a new spin on classics including Minesweeper, Battleships and Fences, the authors introduce new grid and cell type puzzles that will test even the most experienced enthusiasts. Answers at the back. Ring-bound.
Best Games - 2 Books
These colourful books, printed on thick card, contain everything you need to play ten board games, with double-sided boards and counters to punch out, a die to assemble, clear explanations of the rules and a note of how long each game takes to play. Age 8+ and not suitable for children under 3. The two titles included in this set are: The 10 Best Games of All Time (Read more...) The 10 Best Games in the World (Read more...)
OMD: Change the World by Changing One Meal a Day
The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health and Save the Planet
Suzy Amis Cameron explains how it is possible to lose weight, relieve the symptoms of certain health conditions, and contribute to reversing climate change merely by eating one wholly plant-based meal every day. She outlines the science that informs her philosophy and shares fifty calorie-counted recipes (using American 'cup' measurements) plus success stories, shopping lists, meal plans and store cupboard tips.
Dining at Dusk
Tapas, Antipasti, Mezze, Ceviche and Aperitifs from Around the World
From Spanish tapas and Greek mezze to Brazilian petiscos and Mexican botanas, many countries boast a distinctive bar cuisine that forms an essential part of their culinary heritage. From Samoa to Mexico, this illustrated volume offers more than 70 sharing plate recipes from across the globe – such as Chinese Spring Onion Pancakes, Moroccan Fish and Prawn Pastilla, German Pickled Eggs and Scottish Haggis Meatballs.
Cauliflower is King
70 Recipes to Prove It
The humble cauliflower boasts many benefits, being an excellent source of dietary fibre and possessing a subtle flavour that complements a wide variety of dishes. Offering 70 recipes sourced from all across the world that incorporate it, such as Smoked Fish Kedgeree, Moroccan Beef Tagine, and Lime and Coconut Cheesecake, this illustrated volume also includes advice on pickling and ricing.
Beer, in so Many Words
The Best Writing on the Greatest Drink
Beer, brewing and pub culture is celebrated in this compendium of literary extracts, articles and verse. The taste of beer, how it is brewed, the places where it is drunk, even philosophical thoughts on the meaning of beer from AE Houseman and Inspector Morse, are all explored in selections from authors ranging from Dickens, Joyce and Orwell to the best of today’s journalists and beer bloggers.
James Martin's Great British Adventure
The companion volume to the television series of the same name, this well-illustrated cookbook documents the celebrity chef James Martin’s recent culinary road trip around the UK. The dishes featured celebrate regional ingredients such as guinea fowl from Devon, stout from Northern Ireland, scallops from Orkney and rock samphire from Wales, each introduced with information about the ingredients used, as well as kitchen tips and local eaterie recommendations.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
A Collection of Round Robins
The letters folded inside Christmas cards can say more about the writers than they would like, revealing the lives they want rather than those they have. The correspondents satirized here include the teen blogger and the hypochondriac, the newlyweds married in a field of cows and the ex-MP completely lacking in self-awareness. ‘Any similarity to persons living or dead is entirely to be expected.’ Slightly off-mint.
The Masters of Art Horology
Celebrating the work of thirteen independent watchmakers, this catalogue is based on a 2018 exhibition that travelled to Rome, New York, Hong Kong and London. Detailed photographs and sketches of the timepieces they have created and the miniature mechanics that power them are accompanied by portraits of the makers in their workshops, biographical information and descriptions of their traditional working methods.
A Potted History
Henry Willett's Ceramic Chronicle of Britain
An admirer of John Ruskin and a founder of Brighton Museum, Henry Willett was an enthusiastic collector, especially of 16th–19th century British ceramics. His collection is remarkable for being rooted in 'popular British history', with a varied subject matter depicting bull baiting, pugilism, poetry, animal husbandry and teetotalism. The book reproduces 700 of the nearly 2,000 items he owned and replicates his idiosyncratic cataloguing system, with sections including ‘Royalty and Loyalty’, ‘Naval Heroes’ and ‘Domestic Incidents’.
Christopher Dresser Textiles
A contemporary of William Morris and an influential member of the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) took full advantage of the innovations offered by the new industrial world of the nineteenth century, and by 1870 had established the most prominent independent design practice in Britain. This highly illustrated monograph charts his life in textiles and assesses his sizeable contribution to the decorative arts tradition.
Recipes that Celebrate the Sour and the Sweet
From limes to yuzu to grapefruit, few foods are as versatile as citrus fruits. In this illustrated volume, Catherine Phipps explains what she has learned about the varied use of citrus in world cuisines. She goes on to share 170 recipes for a selection of Asian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Lime Marinated Fish and Blood Orange Tarte Tatin, many of which can be customized to use seasonal produce.
Iconic Dishes and Cult Recipes
Known for its Kimchi (fermented cabbage) and spicy barbeque food, Korean cuisine has made a significant contribution to global food trends in recent years. This illustrated cookbook offers a range of easy to prepare rice and noodle dishes, as well as the pancakes, fritters and banchan (the vegetable-based side dishes that accompany most meals) that feature in the home and street kitchens of Seoul and beyond.
52 Happy, Healthy Lunches
The secret to creating a crisp jar salad that will keep fresh overnight is in the layering: place the dressing at the base, add protein or grains, then nuts or seeds, and end with the leafy greens and herbs on top. Decant the salad into a bowl when you're ready to eat. The 52 recipes featured here cater for all tastes and dietary requirements and include classic combinations, such as a Niçoise, and more exotic options, such as a Middle Eastern Beef salad.
The Catalan Kitchen
From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
Catalunya's diverse landscape is home to some of the world's finest produce, charcuterie and seafood. In this illustrated volume, the Catalan-trained chef Emma Warren draws on her visits to the homes and restaurants of the province and shares a wide range of recipes from rustic 'Mar i Muntanya' (sea and mountain) dishes to the sophisticated fusion food often associated with Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.
Award-winning artist Peter Jarvis demonstrates the techniques that are used to create detailed architectural images of the built environment, including perspective drawing, 3D modelling and colouring. Through step-by-step illustrations the book explores the technical processes involved in creating aerial and street views, from initial sketches through to the finished drawings, with a focus on the use of watercolour for the final touches.
Delicious and Natural Remedies to Boost Your Health
Designed to support the body's digestive, respiratory, nervous and endocrine systems, increase energy levels and create an overall sense of well-being, this collection of recipes, including a Turmeric Tonic and Homemade Probiotic, is inspired by traditional medicines from the East. The volume also includes an ailments guide, an extensive glossary of everyday herbs and spices and a list of kitchen staples to keep in stock.
More Home Comforts
100 New Recipes from the Television Series
Arranged in sections entitled 'childhood favourites', 'posh dinners', 'indulgent feasts' and 'sweet treats', this illustrated collection of more than 100 recipes is the second book from the celebrity chef James Martin's BBC television series Home Comforts. Interspersed with anecdotes, kitchen tips and shortcuts, the simple classic recipes with a twist are all made with an emphasis on British produce where possible.
The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously
The Swedish proverb Lagom är bäst (‘the right amount is best’) is epitomized in their cuisine, where ‘Lagom’ means healthy, unfussy and harmonious dishes that use just the right amount of ingredients. Food stylist and blogger Steffi Knowles-Dellner organizes this illustrated book by types of meal, from breakfast and main meals to ‘bits and bobs’, with a focus on mainstays such as porridge, beetroot and meatballs.
Recipes for Real Life, Over 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family, Using Nature's Perfect Ingredients
Designed to make healthy eating second nature, this collection of more than 100 gluten-free dishes all incorporate natural store cupboard ingredients such as cacao, turmeric, cinnamon and coconut oil. Each recipe is marked with a symbol denoting its suitability for those following specific diets, and general advice on developing a balanced eating plan featuring Fair Trade produce where possible is included.
Fiona Cairns, the creator of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake, offers bakes suitable for all ages and tastes from a 'Seaside Bucket' Neapolitan Sponge to a 'Box of Chocolates' Sachertorte. She also shares five themed party ideas that include a showpiece cake plus a selection of complementary bakes. Each project has a difficulty rating between one (easy) and three (challenging).
The Art of the Larder
Good Food from Your Store Cupboard, Every Day
Starting with the premise that an organized store cupboard can be life-changing, food writer Claire Thomson lists the key ingredients, such as pulses, pastas, grains and dried fruits, that every cook should keep in stock. She goes on to demonstrate that by combining larder staples with a little fresh produce, it is possible to make a wide variety of dishes, such as Sourdough Soup and Egg or Turmeric and Coconut Curry, from scratch.
The Cartoonist's Bible
An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist
Comic exaggeration and distortion are important tools in the cartoonist’s toolkit and this reference guide provides hundreds of examples and step-by-step sequences outlining how to achieve these and other key techniques. As well as how to draw with traditional media and digital tools, there is also advice on generating ideas and selling your work.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901 Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
Warriors & Heroes
Tracing the origins of the genre to the American pulp magazines of the early 20th century and later science fiction adventure stories and comic books, this showcase of fantasy art celebrates some of the important illustrators in its history and presents the work of leading contemporary practitioners. With contributions from over 50 artists, different hero and warrior types are identified and techniques explored through step-by-step sequences.
The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward
& Other Amazing Gardening Innovations
Many fundamentals of the gardening lexicon – from topiary and water features to the lawnmower and Dr Ward’s ground-breaking prototype terrarium – were once novelties, the result of aesthetic or technological innovation. This miscellany, illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Dave Hopkins, celebrates fifty horticultural inventions and trends and considers how they have shaped the way in which we engage with our gardens today.
A Labyrinthine Compendium
Combining specially commissioned drawings and a short history of each maze, this book allows the reader to trace a route through 60 of the world’s most beguiling life-size puzzles. Both real and imagined, they range from the Nazca Lines of Peru and Roman mosaics in Portugal and Pompeii to the Winchester labyrinth, supposedly constructed by a melancholy schoolboy, and the walls of yew around which an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson lumbers in Kubrick’s The Shining.
A Journey from Sheep to Skin to Stitch
Sharing many similarities with the 'slow food' and 'slow living' movements, this thoughtful exploration encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work. Covering themes such as sourcing yarn, working environmentally, and experimenting with new techniques, the book offers patterns for a knitted wardrobe including a cowl, wrap cardigan, cabled pullover, and hat and glove set.
Kaffe Fassett's Bold Blooms
Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers
Kaffe Fassett uses flowers as his source of inspiration in this design guide, which is illustrated with full-colour photography throughout. In Part One, he explains how he creates the vibrant textiles, paintings and floral displays for which he is renowned. Part Two presents quilt and needlepoint projects arranged by colour palette, Part Three offers the instructions and templates required to make the pieces featured.
How do you cook vegan? Do you have to eat tofu? How do you make cakes without eggs? Marie Laforêt answers all these questions as she provides the means to gradually discover and master vegan cuisine. Her book covers the basics with chapters of recipes introducing plant-based proteins, substituting dairy products and eggs and cooking vegetables, then goes on to offer vegan alternatives of gourmet dishes and recipes for desserts, chocolate, children’s meals and barbecues.
The Basic Basics Baking Handbook
Marguerite Patten introduces the pleasures (and rules) of baking in such a way that even beginners will achieve successful results. She shares a selection of her tried and tested recipes for family favourites, including Walnut Cake, Irish Soda Bread and Bacon and Egg Pie. Slightly off-mint.
It's All a Game
A Short History of Board Games
Board games have existed for millennia and, despite the allure of smartphones, remain hugely popular, even giving birth to the recent phenomenon of board-game cafés. From the ancient Egyptian Senet (‘a playable guide to the afterlife’), via such classics as Monopoly (which originally used a circular board), this book explores why they captivate us and traces their development up to the latest innovative ‘Eurogames’.
Antique Woodworking Tools
Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century
David Russell, a retired builder with a passion for woodcarving and antique tools, built up the collection catalogued in this book. Described as a ‘bible in its field’, it depicts over 1,500 tools including race knives, badger planes, bow drills and gimlets, with descriptive details and information on makers’ marks. The introductory essays tell the story of the collection and provide a brief history of woodworking tools from the Stone Age onwards.
Joseph de Levis and Company
Renaissance Bronze-founders in Verona
Charles Avery is a leading authority on Renaissance art, and an admirer of the 16th- and 17th-century bronze works of Joseph de Levis and his family. This illustrated survey of their lives and works includes church-bells, some of which remain in remote country churches, mortars, inkstands, perfume-burners, door-knockers and firedogs. Each artefact is accompanied by a detailed explanation of its significance and inscriptions, while the family story gives an insight into the Jewish Diaspora of the period.
How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns
When making or designing your own clothes, sewing patterns are a useful starting point, but often need to be altered to achieve a good fit. Lee Hollahan, a fashion and textiles expert, explains how to use and adapt patterns, from choosing the right size and understanding the markings to translating flat shapes and pattern blocks into wearable garments.
Slow Cooker Cookbook
I Quit Sugar
This collection of 85 slow cooker dishes champions the ‘slow and low’ approach to preparing food, a technique that creates nutritious meals using very little or no sugar. The recipes – which include soups, curries, stews, cakes and puddings – are designed with budget in mind and often make use of leftovers.
Speedsolving the Cube
Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles
With the world’s best reaching the solution in about 20 seconds, this guide aims to train Rubik's cube solvers to approach such times and also includes tips for solving the 4x4 and 5x5 versions of the puzzle.
The Vegetarian Pantry
Fresh and Modern Recipes for Meals Without Meat
This illustrated volume focuses on simple, flavourful dishes that showcase the wealth of produce available in the UK. Many of the recipes, such as Summer Vegetable Carpaccio, Carrot and Leek Tarte Tatin and Hazelnut Meringues, can be modified to suit different dietary requirements, and advice about adapting to meat-free living is included.