Home & Garden Newsletter for November

It’s all about eating less meat these days and this month’s book selection of cookbooks features superb ideas and versatile recipes to create tasty and beautifully prepared vegetarian dishes for you and your family. Inspire yourself with ideas from our craft collection on how to create stunning jewellery pieces, and read about practical tips for gardening. Plus, learn more about human behaviour and new laws of psychology. Also included this month: some views on holistic medicine and its role in all aspects of our health.

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Cooking

‘More vegetables, less meat, eat smart, live long’ is the new approach to healthy eating without sacrificing on flavour or versatility. This month’s selection of cookbooks is full of recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make.

Syndetics book cover Through the Seasons : The Free Range Cook / Annabel Langbein.
“Annabel Langbein is back with her most exciting book yet, inspired by a year of fresh seasonal harvests, many of which just happen to be gluten-free or vegetarian, with menus for every occasion, plus hundreds of Annabel’s trademark clever tips and tricks, this is more than just a cookbook – it’s a toolkit for a good life.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Superfoods : 7 Essential Ingredients for Living Well / Rena Patten.
“A superfood is a food that is packed with highly powerful and lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are not only supposed to keep you healthy from the inside out but may also help to ward off diseases…The 7 essential ingredients for living well are, Broccoli, Kale, Amaranth, Chia, Seaweed, Quinoa, Raw Cacao….Each chapter has recipes that are easy to follow and cook with details of the health benefits on why this ingredient is good for you. Beautiful photographs with recipes for all occasions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A Modern Way to Eat : Over 200 Satisfying, Everyday Vegetarian Recipes (that will make you feel amazing) / Anna Jones.
“A modern, stylish vegetarian cookbook packed with quick, healthy and fresh recipes – endorsed by Jamie Oliver!.. Anna Jones is a brilliant young cook and food writer, who worked with Jamie Oliver for many years. Her first cookbook is a totally modern take on vegetarian eating – recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Forks Over Knives Plan : How to Transition to the Life-saving, Whole-food, Plant-based Diet / Alona Pulde, M.D. and Matt Lederman, M.D. ; with Marah Stets and Brian Wendel ; recipes by Darshana Thacker and Del Sroufe.
The Forks Over Knives Plan is easy. Easy to understand, easy to follow, and easy to cure yourself of common health problems. – John McDougall, author of The Starch Solution
“Plant-based nutrition is now the most powerful medication I prescribe for my patients. The Forks Over Knives Plan is a much needed resource that will help them transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet and truly retake control of their health.” – James f. Loomis, MD, director of Prevention and Wellness, St. Luke’s Hospital. (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Green Kitchen Travels / David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl.
“After the enormous international success of their first book The Green Kitchen, authors David and Luise are back with another stunning collection of health conscious and delicious recipes – with inspiration taken from all over the world. The leaders of the current health and vegetarian food trend sweeping the world, David and Luise are the real deal… With stunning photography and food styling, as well as personal anecdotes and images from the authors’ travels, Green Kitchen Travels shares modern and inspiring vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Simple Recipes for Joy :/ Sharon Gannon ; foreword by Kris Carr.
“More than 200 delicious vegan recipes from the world-renowned founder of the Jivamukti yoga method and the New York City Jivamuktea Café. In 2006, Sharon Gannon and David Life opened the Jivamuktea Café to complement their yoga school as a living expression of how compassionate spiritual activism can be put to practical use. The peaceful ambiance, the camaraderie, and, most of all, the delicious, hearty fare struck a chord with patrons who were thrilled to eliminate meat and dairy from their diet without sacrificing taste….Now, for the first time, Gannon presents the secrets behind the café’s acclaimed menu.” (Syndetics summary)

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Crafts

Get inspiration and teach yourself how to make the most delightful jewellery pieces. Find out about advanced techniques used by crafters and express your own unique style. I hope you find this book selection a source of inspiration and fun!

Syndetics book cover Earringology : how to make dangles, drops, chandeliers & more / Candie Cooper.
“In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The beader’s guide to jewelry design : a beautiful exploration of unity, balance, color & more / Margie Deeb.
“Once beaders have mastered the basics and enjoyed bringing others’ patterns to life, they’re ready and eager to take the next step: creating their own original pieces. Here, finally, is their must-have guidebook to the fundamental principles of visual design. Focusing on jewelry, it helps beaders explore concepts such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, volume, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color in their work. Exercises, reader challenges, and lavish photos enhance understanding and assure design success.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Steampunk jewelry / Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.
“No artform has been more influenced in recent years by steampunk than that of the jeweler. Initially just an arcane collection of clocks and gears, the art has developed into an astounding hotbed of craftsmanship and creativity, blurring the lines between man and nature, and achieving a handmade intricacy which never ceases to fascinate. In the vanguard were the aficionados of steampunk who needed to accessorize their costumes. More recently, serious silversmiths, goldsmiths, and metal workers, as well as sculptors in miniature, have entered the fray. The best from around the world are featured here, with astonishing photography and insights from each artist.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Costume jewelry : identification and price guide / Pamela Y. Wiggins ; photography by Jay B. Siegel.
“From disposable bauble to collectible art form! Stylish and beautiful, vintage costume jewelry ignites the passions of collectors and fashionistas alike. Originally created as an inexpensive accessory to be worn and then discarded, costume jewelry is now considered an art form worth many times its original purchase price! Warman’s Costume Jewelry sparkles with wearable art creating during the past 100 years, spanning the Victorian era through the early part of the 21st century.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kiln-formed glass : beyond the basics / Brenda Griffith.
“With this comprehensive workbench guide, acclaimed artist Brenda Griffith takes kiln-formed glass to the next level. From cast glassing and cold working to adapting unusual tools and materials, she covers a range of advanced techniques that glass crafters need to know. In addition to beautiful projects and stunning gallery images, information on best studio practices and a “beyond the kiln” section make this indispensible.” (Syndetics summary)

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Gardening DIY

This September’s recent picks features inspirational and innovative ideas for your home and garden with plenty of photographs and illustrations along with practical tips.

Syndetics book cover House & Garden fifties house/Catriona Gray.
“The post-war consumer boom of the 1950s, coupled with a desire for new, innovative design resulted in one of the most exciting decades in the history of interiors – a visual revolution that was captured on the pages of British House & Garden. Catriona Gray curates the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade. The homes of key tastemakers are featured including Le Corbusier, Giò Ponti, Terence Conran and Hans and Florence Knoll.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Plants with benefits : an uninhibited guide to the aphrodisiac herbs, fruits, flowers & veggies in your garden / Helen Yoest.
“Garden expert Helen Yoest takes us on an aphrodisiac adventure through the history, lore and science around 45 common (and not-so-common) plants that have “something special” to offer us. Plants with Benefits is filled with lush photography and tasty, sensual recipes and more – for your pleasure.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Bartlett book of garden elements: a practical compendium of inspired designs for the working gardener/Michael V. Bartlett.
“No matter the design challenges your garden presents, the authors have seen it and solved it. In this book, they lay out possibilities from around the world, each chapter preceded by an insightful essay on the history and evolution of the structure in question and the best way to approach the challenges of choice and location.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Outdoor living : an inspirational guide to making the most of your outdoor spaces / Selina Lake ; with photography by Debi Treloar.
“Selina brings her trademark fresh, pretty, vintage style to outdoor spaces small and large, public and private. Selina provides ample inspiration and practical suggestions for transforming a yard, courtyard, deck, porch, or even just a balcony into a lush outdoor room that’s perfect for lounging, relaxing, and entertaining. She also goes further afield, with dozens of ideas for simple yet stylish picnics, beach BBQs, barn dances, and block parties. Selina showcases her inspirations in the form of flowers, lighting, fabrics, and decorations. ” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The new vegetable & herb expert / by D.G. Hessayon.
“Britain’s best-selling book on growing vegetables, updated and enlarged. Topics covered include: standard vegetables, salad leaves, herbs, oriental vegetables, grafted vegetables, non-stardard vegetables, novelty varieties.” (Library catalogue)

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Health

This month’s selection leans heavily on the subject of the brain which gets a look in from several perspectives, from neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary biology. We also delves into the fascinating science of gut health and its crucial role in our overall health. Environmental factors affecting our health are also discussed and what we can do to mitigate them.

Syndetics book cover The wandering mind : what the brain does when you’re not looking
“Rooted in neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary biology … The Wandering Mind takes us into the world of the ‘default-mode network’ to tackle the big questions. What do rats dream about? What’s with our fiction addiction? Is the hippocampus where free will takes a holiday? And does mind-wandering drive creativity? In Pieces of Mind,Michael Corballis took 21 short walks around the human brain. In The Wandering Mind he stretches out for a longer hike into those murky regions of the brain where dreams and religion, fiction and fantasy lurk.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The answer to the riddle is me : a tale of amnesia
“Imagine waking up in a crowded train station in India with no idea who you are or how you got there… At 28, David Stuart McLean woke up in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money, no passport, no identity.
The Answer to the Riddle is Me confronts and celebrates the dark, mysterious depths of our psyches and a myriad ways we are all unknowable…especially ourselves.” (Back cover)
The new laws of psychology
“This controversial new book describes how human behaviour can be largely explained if we understand how people make sense of their world and how that framework of understanding has been learned. The author challenges notions such as ‘mental illness’ and ‘abnormal psychology’ as old-fashioned, demeaning and invalid, and argues that diagnoses such as ‘depression’ and ‘schizophrenia’ are unhelpful. Kinderman argues that one consequence of our current obsession with a medical approach to human well-being and distress, is that human problems are too often merely diagnosed and treated, rather than understood. Written by an expert in his field, and accessible to all those interested in and affected by mental health issues, The New Laws of Psychology will change the way we define mental illness forever.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Healthy bowel healthy body
“You Can Overcome Your Bowel problems with Holistic Medicine. Hippocrates the father of medicine said that all diseases begin in the gut. Well we have come a long way since Hippocrates, but it is still true today, that if your digestive tract is unhealthy you will not be a healthy individual. New research has found that gut health plays a crucial role in all aspects of our health and has a profound influence on mental health, energy levels, risk of cancer, allergies and more. This book presents the latest research and holistic strategies to overcome common bowel problems including excess gas and bloating, bad breath, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and much more.” (adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Toxic world, toxic people : the essential guide to health, happiness, parenting and conscious living
“Two of the most pressing yet often ignored issues of today are: toxicity induced disease, depression and illness and toxic parenting. Both of these are detrimentally affecting society in countless ways. Dangerous, untested chemicals are destroying our health and we aren’t raising happy and healthy children. What can we do to beat these silent epidemics?” (Back cover)
Syndetics book cover Moving into meditation : a 12-week mindfulness program for yoga practitioners
“Moving into Meditation is a practical yet fresh guide to integrating mindful yoga and embodied meditation, in a 12-week format. One week at a time, Moving into Meditation lays out a plan for exploring body-based practices to get you more in tune with not only your limbs and core but your mind and heart. The book is presented in a systematic, week-by-week format for ease of use and accessibility, and because the author is also developing an online course for which the book will be a central text. The program progresses through the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness as well as the koshas”. (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

This month’s books seem to agree on one thing – it is all in our mind! But there are many ways of interpreting and understanding what we are thinking, how we are feeling and why (sometimes looking at our genetic make-up for clues on our modern psyche), how we decide what to focus on, whether positive psychology is what we need or if it is OK to dwell on negative thoughts.

Syndetics book cover Think like a freak : how to think smarter about almost everything
“The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world’s secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking differently – thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. ” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Nothing changes until you do : a guide to self-compassion and getting out of your own way
“After three years of living his dream as a professional baseball pitcher, Mike Robbins had an arm injury that benched him for good, and when this happened, he had to figure out who he was without the identity of “baseball player”. He quickly realized that the self-criticism and self-doubt he was feeling are epidemic in our culture. In these 40 inspiring stories, Mike shows you how to get out of your own way and make peace with yourself. With humour, authenticity and ease, you’ll learn to have more compassion, more acceptance and more love for yourself – thus giving you access to more for the people (and everything else) in your life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Snakes, sunrises, and Shakespeare : how evolution shapes our loves and fears
“Our breath catches and we jump in fear at the sight of a snake. We pause and marvel at the sublime beauty of a sunrise. These reactions are no accident; in fact, many of our human responses to nature are steeped in our deep evolutionary past — we fear snakes because of the danger of venom or constriction, and we welcome the assurances of the sunrise as the predatory dangers of the dark night disappear. Many of our aesthetic preferences are the lingering result of natural selection. By applying biological perspectives ranging from Darwin to current neuroscience, Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare transforms how we view our experience of the natural world and how we relate to each other.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover The complete A to Z dictionary of dreams : be your own dream expert
“Why do you dream about missing a train or teeth falling out? How did you wake up thinking of a tiger at your door? When you dream you unconciously reveal who you are, what you need and what you truly believe. In this book, bestselling dream psychologist Ian Wallace explains the true meaning of over 12,000 dream symbols – newly defined for the 21st century – and teaches you how to become your own dream expert. A dream is just a dream until you put it into action. Understand yours and change the reality of your waking life.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Mindfulness at work for dummies
“Learn to: master your mind by making time for mindfulness in your daily routine; use mindfulness to improve your resilience and wellbeing; improve team performance through mindfulness practice.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover When happiness is not enough : balancing pleasure and achievement in your life
“Everybody wants to be happy. But do we really know what happiness is and how it contributes to fulfilling life? In considering these questions, psychologist Chris Skellett proposes that “In order to live a truly fulfilling life, we need to strike a balance between Pleasure and Achievement”. This simple truth, known as the the Pleasure/Achievement Principle, lies at the heart of this entertaining, yet thought-provoking book.” (Book cover)

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