Home & Garden Newsletter for February

Welcome to another wonderful selection of books to keep you up-to-date with the newest library arrivals in cooking, crafts, gardening, health & wellbeing, and personal development. (Collected here are just a few to entice you – click through for more in each section!) Our selection this month includes some wonderful titles that you can read for basic information, inspiration and ideas:


We’ve done our first round-up of the new cooking books for the year! You’ll find some inspiring cooking for Summer – restaurant cookbooks, party cakes for birthdays, seasonal sustainable food, and more. Plus – a workbook for managing food intolerances. Have a browse – and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverBite By Bite : 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make For Any Party / Peter Callahan (foreword by Martha Stewart).
“Callahan invented high-end party food as we know it; now, he shares his secrets. Callahan invites readers to enter his world of whimsy and wit, where tuna tartare becomes an ice cream cone, shrimp cocktail becomes lollipops, and frites are served next to mini sliders.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCook This Now : 120 easy and delectable dishes you can’t wait to make / Melissa Clark.
“A journal-style narrative about the author’s first year of feeding her family seasonally, sustainably, and sumptuously – eating real, fresh, whole, non-processed foods, choosing local and seasonal and sustainable whenever possible, and eschewing factory meats and overfished seafood. But also about eating well and not making herself crazy. This is a look at her choices, how she succeeds and fails, and most importantly, what she’s choosing to cook.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverGingerboy : Creative Street Food / Teage Ezard, Chris Donnellan.
“Iconic Melbourne restaurant Gingerboy is renowned for its funky decor, Asian-inspired dishes and hip laneway location. Serving creative street food, based around plates for sharing, chefs Teage Ezard and Chris Donnellan take a unique and bold approach to the food of the region.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverTop 100 Finger Foods : 100 quick and easy recipes for a healthy, happy child / Annabel Karmel ; [photography by Dave King].
“Following up on her hit bestseller “Top 100 Baby Purees,” British media star and “Today” show favorite Karmel presents a scrumptious guide to creating tasty tidbits that young children can really sink their teeth (and gums!) into. Loaded with simple instructions, this is an ideal source for making mealtime fun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFood Intolerance Management Plan / Sue Shepherd & Peter Gibson ; food photography by Mark O’Meara.
“The Food Intolerance Management Plan is a scientifically developed program and comprehensive recipe book for those suffering from common digestive illness. Based on the revolutionary Low-FOBMAP Diet, it shows people with food intolerances how to enjoy their food while remaining free of the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome and related conditions, such as gluten, fructose, lactose and wheat intolerances.” (Library Catalogue)

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Are you ready to start planning your projects for the New Year? Check out the latest in our crafts collection to find lots of fun ideas, fantastic designs, patterns and information that can boost your enthusiasm and send you on a wonderful journey of crafting!

Syndetics book coverCircular knitting / by Melissa Morgan-Oakes.
“Knitting in the round has benefits over knitting with straight needles, including seamless finished projects, easy portability, and not having to turn your work. With patterns ranging from scarves and hats to sweaters and baby sets, this visual guide will have you knitting in the round in no time.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSeamless crochet : techniques and designs for join-as-you-go motifs / Kristin Omdahl.
“Crochet motifs are the basis for many of today’s most popular designs, from Granny Square afghans to lacy shawls. These projects are traditionally constructed as beautiful, discrete building blocks that are sewn together after all are made, which can mean hundreds of seams (and twice that many ends to weave in). Kristin has pioneered a new way of working patterns in one piece eliminating seams and leaving only two ends to weave in! This modular construction allows one piece to flow into the next and the joins are more secure than traditional joining. Each motif is joined to all of the adjacent motifs in the stitch pattern, creating beautiful geometric patterning on the exterior round. This technique basically entails working half a row of motifs at a time, from left to right. The return row completes the top half of each motif in the row. The end result looks like traditional motifs, but the construction is entirely different. When crocheting a traditional motif, you crochet a chain to elevate the hook to the height of the stitches on that row. No, imagine if you were to work a chain long enough to include the beginning chain of every round before you began your first round. At the end of every round, you would just slip stitch to the appropriate height chain to join and slip stitch up the correct height for the next round of stitches.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

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“Crochet stitches visual encyclopedia : 300 stitch patterns, edgings, and more / Robyn Chachula.

This visual encyclopedia features instruction for 350 crochet stitch patterns, from basic stitches to crocheting cables, lace and openwork, textured stitches, mesh and filet crochet, fans and shells, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike stitches, colorwork, and more, each accompanied by a full-color photograph and a diagram.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverBrooches & pins / by Louise Compagnone.
“This book is great for those who enjoy making jewellery. There are sections which cover using found objects, glass beads, wiring techniques and many more. It includes photos of beautifully crafted jewellery and a few basic jewellery techniques to use with your own creative imagination.” – (Drawn by publisher’s description)

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Gardening DIY

Here are some gardening ideas and practical tips including how to grow plants in pots. Have a browse – and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverGrow your food for free (well, almost) : great money-saving ideas for your garden / Dave Hamilton.
“Don’t like spending money in garden centres? By recycling and reusing materials creatively and making the most of what you have, you can gather all you need to grow your food on a budget. This practical guide:Takes you on a frugal journey through the seasons, from planning your plot to raising, harvesting and storing your produceOffers money-saving tips every step of the way, and occasional advice on the actual gardening!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to grow plants in pots / Martyn Cox.
“The essential guide to growing plants in small spaces, indoors and out. Dress up your patio with flowers, create your own vegetable patch on a balcony or bring impact and style to your conservatory with RHS How to Grow Plants in Pots. Packed with exciting ideas for design and practical growing tips, plants have been organised by growing conditions and key qualities to direct you to just what you need. Troubleshoot any problems that you may encounter using the handy help section and find solutions for common plant diseases and pests to keep your pots looking perfect. No matter how large or small your space, RHS How to Grow Plants in Pots will give you all the information you need to create your own Garden of Eden.” (Syndetics summary)’

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This month’s selection of health picks include Maori medicine using native plants; how to boost immunity using nutrients; gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free”super-charged” food; using detox for ailments; long-term recovery from eating disorders; how children heal; deaf children and Auditory communication; strategies for ending neck and back pain; overcoming sholder pain and personal genomics research.

Syndetics book coverFramework for the shoulder : a 6-step plan for preventing injury and ending pain / Nicholas A. DiNubile ; with Bruce Scali.“Based on the time-tested FrameWork philosophy that exercising the entire body is key to fortifying and balancing every joint, FrameWork for the Shoulder provides a 6-step plan for understanding your shoulder strengths and weaknesses and creating your own healing fitness and lifestyle program. Dr. DiNubile draws on the latest medical research to outline the basic mechanics of the shoulder and its potential for failure and offers diagnostic tools for assessing and treating pain and injury. After completing a straightforward shoulder health assessment, you will discover simple, innovative exercises you can perform at home or at the gym, as well the most effective nutrition and lifestyle guidelines for extending your frame’s warranty. If you are an athlete, you will learn to improve your sports performance and enhance your recovery. Whether you are ready to conquer the persistent shoulder discomfort that is keeping you from enjoying everyday activities, bounce back from an injury, or simply keep your joints in shape as you age, FrameWork for the Shoulder is your ultimate, customized plan for achieving lasting shoulder and full-body health.” (Book description)

Syndetics book coverSuper cleanse : detox your body for long-lasting health and beauty / Adina Niemerow with Diana Jason Wiggett.Super Cleanse: Detox Your Body for Long-Lasting Health and Beauty
“In this all-new and completely revised edition of the classic Super Cleanse, Niemerow offers 11 comprehensive cleanse experiences that show readers more than just how to lose weight or clear up their skin through detox. Designed as a mini retreat for the body and mind, each cleanse providess a complete program, with specifically tailored recipes and exercise/activity suggestions, for targeting a wide range of ailments. Niemerow’s holistic approach to health is based on 12 years of experience unleashing the transformative power of whole foods. She has worked with a number of doctors and nutritionists (both traditional and alternative) and will discuss how each cleanse works and the numerous benefits each offers. Every cleanse also includes a testimonial from one of Niemerow’s clients about how the experience benefited his or her life. Easy-to-follow and fun, Super Cleanse will appeal to those looking for an enjoyable and effective way to improve their health and re-energize their lives.” (Gloabl Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverEnd back and neck pain / Vincent Fortanasce, David Gutkind, Robert G. Watkins, III.
“In End Back and Neck Pain, the leading names in back health join together to provide the latest research, professional insights, and proven programs to prevent and relieve pain and discomfort. Youll get straight answers to questions such as these: Why does my back or neck hurt? What can I do now to alleviate my discomfort? How do I prevent my pain from returning? Could I have a serious or debilitating condition? Is my doctor properly diagnosing my condition? Is surgery really my best option? Through a series of questions, youll identify the source of your discomfort and determine the best plan of action for relief. Youll learn how simple lifestyle changes, postural improvements, and stretching exercises can keep that pain from returning. Most important, End Back and Neck Pain takes the fear and uncertainly out of your discomfort and puts you in control of your recovery. Whether this is your first bout with serious pain or a recurring problem, End Back and Neck Pain has insights, answers, and programs that will put you on the path to a pain-free life.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverAuditory communication for deaf children : a guide for teachers, parents and health professionals / Norman P. Erber.
“Development of listening skills in a hearing-impaired child is the basis for successful spoken language, communication, and conversation. Auditory Communication in Deaf Children presents a rationale and framework for auditory learning in childhood and describes a wide range of practical listening activities that adults can apply during everyday interaction with the child.” (Global Books in Print)

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Personal Development

Start the year fresh with our personal development picks: learn how to survive a ‘shark attack’ in the form of betrayal at work or at home, discover how to balance your relationship as life changes, find out about a form of compulsive behaviour called “dutiful worrying” (Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s latest book), or start learning how to decode the mysteries of personality and make sense of people. Enjoy this month’s selection!

Syndetics book coverRenegotiate your marriage : balance the terms of your relationship as It changes / Bonnie Jacobson
“Like all married couples, you have an unwritten, often unspoken, contract with your spouse. It’s not the piece of paper you signed on your wedding day; it’s the one in your head that sets the terms of your relationship, for better or worse. Those terms are subject to change, whether it’s because you lost your job, you just had your first child, your kids leave home, or one of you had an affair. In Renegotiate Your Marriage, Dr. Bonnie Jacobsen shows you how to modify your contract as your life together changes. You’ll learn how to negotiate the ups and downs that come with any long-term relationship – and keep your union happy, healthy and strong.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMaking sense of people : decoding the mysteries of personality / Samuel Barondes
“What really bothers you about your boss – or your daughter’s boyfriend? Could the person you’re dating really become your life partner? Can you really rely on your intuition about people? Drawing on extensive research, renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist Samuel Barondes gives you powerful, easy-to-use tools for understanding what people are really like and how they got to be the way they are. These tools will provide you with a system for assessing the person’s traits, character, and sense of identity, and then putting these elements together into a unified picture. Learning to think of people in this way will help you choose more satisfying relationships, recognise telltale signs of dysfunction and danger, and savour the complexity and uniqueness of everyone you meet.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe dutiful worrier : how to stop compulsive worry without feeling guilty / Elliot D. Cohen.
“Do you feel it’s our duty to worry? If your answer to the question is “yes,” you may be suffering from a type of compulsive behaviour called dutiful worrying. On the positive side, Dutiful worrying can make you feel as if you’re actually doing something to improve or control your situation. But this unproductive habit eventually robs you of energy and peace of mind and can leave you feeling over whelmed. The Dutiful Worrier pinpoints why some of us become compulsive worriers and offers a four-step program to end this vicious circle. Complete with self-evaluations and exercises, this book offers guidance for keeping perspective and accepting that you are not responsible for preventing catastrophe. Without the burden of dutiful worrying, you will be able to enjoy life more freely and fully.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverSurviving a shark attack (on land) : overcoming betrayal and dealing with revenge / Laura Schlessinger.
“With her trademark no-nonsense approach, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Laura Schlessinger shows readers how to survive enemies – traitors, backstabbers, and saboteurs – at work and at home. Schlessinger has helped countless men and women become better husbands, wives, parents, and people. She’s helped them cope with grief, shown them how to handle adversity, and set them on the path to understanding and living happy, well-adjusted lives. Now she turns to an emotionally explosive subject that has touched all our lives: betrayal and the desire for revenge. And for the first time, she shares her own personal experiences with betrayal, humiliation, and pain, connecting with her readers as never before and putting this important subject into context. Powerful and thought-provoking, in Surviving a Shark Attack (on Land), Dr. Laura gives her readers the emotional defenses they need to overcome the worst life will throw at them, whether it’s a cheating spouse, a lying sibling, or a ruthless colleague.” (Book cover)

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