Become the master of your domain and enjoy yourself to the fullest at home. Decorating, drink-making, arts and crafts, music, and more — these books and games will make you want to stay home.
- by LOONEY LABS
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As popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, the "MacGuffin" is the thing that everyone wants and is trying to get. Examples include the Holy Grail, the Maltese Falcon, and the briefcase in the movie Pulp Fiction. The game Get the MacGuffin is a quick and humorous deduction game involving hand management and player elimination. The goal is to be the last player with cards. The player with the MacGuffin card will frequently win the game, but holding onto that card can prove quite difficult! Also, because there are 23 cards in the deck and players are always dealt an equal number of cards, there will always be some cards that are not in play. Figuring out which cards are missing is part of the strategy! Who has the MacGuffin? Will the Assassin take out The Crown? What did the Garbage Collector find in the trash? What will The Thief steal, and from whom? To the shrewd, all may become known, but sometimes all you can do is Shrug. 2 to 11 players. Ages 8+.
- by Benjamin Dreyer
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Have fun while improving your grammar with this witty and informative card game for language lovers based on the New York Times bestseller by Random House's copy chief, Benjamin Dreyer.
Whats' wrong with this sentence? If that misplaced apostrophe flew right up your nose, then this is the game for you.
o Inside are 100 cards, each with a sentence for you, the copyeditor, to correct or, alternatively, to STET--a copyeditor's term meaning "let it stand."
o The first player to spot the error or correctly call out STET! gets that card.
o There are two ways to play: compete for points in a straightforward grammar game or whip the author's sentences into splendid shape with style and syntax. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins!
o This is the perfect game for every level of writer, from high school students who want to brush up before a test to coworkers looking for an engaging icebreaker.
With STET!, English has never been more stylish.
- by Jeff Tweedy
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There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song.
Why one song? Because the difference between one song and many songs isn't a cute semantic trick--it's an important distinction that can simplify a notoriously confusing art form. The idea of becoming a capital-S songwriter can seem daunting, but approached as a focused, self-contained event, the mystery and fear subsides, and songwriting becomes an exciting pursuit.
And then there is the energizing, nourishing creativity that can open up. How to Write One Song brings readers into the intimate process of writing one song--lyrics, music, and putting it all together--and accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this curious, yet incredibly fulfilling, artistic act. But it's equally about the importance of making creativity part of your life every day, and of experiencing the hope, inspiration, and joy available to anyone who's willing to get started.
- by Eddie Ludlow
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The perfect accompaniment to your whiskey tasting journey
The best - and most enjoyable - way to find out about whiskies is by drinking them. This truly hands-on handbook takes you on a tasting journey to discover your own personal whiskey style, and helps you to expand your horizons so you can find a world of new whiskies to enjoy.
Through a series of guided at-home tastings, you'll get familiar with the full spectrum of whiskey aromas and flavours on offer - from the smokey tang of Islay peat to the aromatic scent of Japanese oak. Find out how to engage all your senses to navigate the range of malts, grains and blended whiskies and get to grips with different whiskey styles. Take a tasting tour of the world's finest makers, including iconic Scottish distilleries and the small-scale artisan producers all over the globe.
And as you become more whisky-confident, you can break out of your whisky comfort zone. Do you love the honeyed sweetness of a Kentucky Bourbon? If so, why not try a smooth malt that's been aged in ex-Bourbon barrels? Or a creamy, oat-infused Irish craft whiskey?
Guides to whiskey prices and ages will help you to make smart buys. Discover how to pour, store and serve whiskies and match them with foods. Learn to mix cocktails, from a classic whiskey sour to your own signature creation.
With 20 step-by-step whiskey tastings, clear infographics and jargon-busting advice - taste your way to whiskey wisdom.
- by Maria Del Mar Sacasa
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When the days grow longer and the air gets crisp, it's time to gather with friends for drinks that'll put a rosy glow on your cheeks. In Winter Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano share more than 100 seasonal recipes for cold-weather cocktails, like Hot Buttered Rum, English Christmas Punch, Pumpkin-Bourbon Eggnog, Irish Coffee, Coquito, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, the Old-Fashioned (and the New-Fangled!), Mama's Remedy, and the Kentucky Baby.
Detailed, in-depth chapters cover hot toddies, mulled wines, and mulled ciders; spiked hot chocolates, eggnogs, coffees, and teas; punches and pitchers for serving a crowd; and chilled winter cocktails that have a magical warming effect. Foolproof recipes for infused liquors, simple syrups, and from-scratch ingredients like Fresh Tomato Juice and Homemade Sour Mix make it easy to craft drinks from the bottom up. Plus, you'll find ideas for elegant cocktail party bites that make pairing drinks and snacks a snap.
Party prep is a breeze thanks to guides to pantry and fridge basics, the well-stocked bar, must-have tools, serveware, and glassware, plus tips for sourcing local and hard-to-find ingredients. Beautiful and instructive step-by-step photos explain essential techniques like muddling, prepping garnishes, making ice molds, and opening champagne. Whether you're throwing a party, lounging at a ski lodge, camping on a mountain, or just curling up with a good book on a blustery night, Winter Cocktails is sure to make the season bright.
- by Claire Saffitz
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER o In her first cookbook, Bon Appétit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 meticulously tested, creative, and inspiring recipes.
IACP AWARD FINALIST o NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review o Bon Appétit o NPR o The Atlanta Journal-Constitution o Salon o Epicurious
"There are no 'just cooks' out there, only bakers who haven't yet been converted. I am a dessert person, and we are all dessert people."--Claire Saffitz
Claire Saffitz is a baking hero for a new generation. In Dessert Person, fans will find Claire's signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe--like what to do if your pie dough for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (patch it with dough or a quiche flour paste!)--as well as practical do's and don'ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photography, and foundational know-how. With her trademark warmth and superpower ability to explain anything baking related, Claire is ready to make everyone a dessert person.
- by Angela Liddon
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Angela Liddon, author of The New York Times bestselling Oh She Glows cookbooks, returns to offer readers nourishing plant-based dinners bursting with layers of flavor.
For more than a decade, Angela Liddon has been one of the biggest names in the healthy cooking blogosphere. Famous for her flavourful, creative, and whole foods approach to plant-based cooking, Angela's recipes are beloved by all, whether you are vegan, plant-based curious, or simply looking to add more energizing ingredients to your meals without sacrificing an ounce of satisfaction. Now, in her third, much-anticipated cookbook, Oh She Glows for Dinner, Angela gives readers her foolproof recipes, tips, and tricks for creating super tasty, always nourishing dinners that will have the whole family glowing from the inside out.
In Oh She Glows for Dinner, Angela shares her Glow Getters meal prep plans, helpful make-ahead tips, and favorite seasonal and holiday menus, as well as recipes for one-pot and on-the-glow meals that will help streamline your busy week. Storage and reheating instructions remove time-consuming guesswork and a handy new label index helps you look up recipes based on allergies or food preferences such as gluten-free, freezer-friendly, one pot, nut-free, and more. Angela's thorough, easy-to-follow recipes help you feel like she's cooking with you in your kitchen. With irresistible, light meals like Kitchen Sink Sheet Pan Buddha Bowl and Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Salad with Tzatziki Aioli and cozy, hearty meals like Portobello Boats with Rosemary-Lentil Crumble and Italian One Pot Buttery Tomato, White Beans, and Farro, dinner can be chock-full of flavour and nutritious at the same time. And don't forget dessert: treats like O Canada! Spiced Maple Cream Torte with Warm Apple Pie Compote and Brain Child Cherry-Lemon Coconut Cream Pops make mealtimes (and snack times) a little extra sweet while utilizing ingredients you can feel good about. With its inspiring, yet practical approach, Angela's latest collection of feel good recipes will become a dog-eared staple in your kitchen for years to come!
- by Lorna Scobie
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In 365 Days of Art in Nature, Lorna Scobie, invites the reader to take a closer look at the natural world - whether that's outside on location, or inside their own home - reminding us all that regardless of whether we live in the city or the countryside, wildlife is just on our doorstep.
Observe the slow, constant pace of the nature that surrounds you every day, and use it to inspire you in your art and creativity. Activities may include visiting a particular tree four times in the year and drawing it. How has it changed? Study the colors you find in autumn leaves. Explore drawing them in different materials.
Featuring nature-inspired quotes, breakaway activities to get you outdoors and plenty of supportive prompts and tips, this book will spark your imagination and help you to open your eyes and appreciate the natural beauty in our world.
- by Lorna Scobie
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Art At Home is the wonderful new activity book by best-selling illustrator Lorna Scobie, filled with 200 engaging art activities for children. This creative ideas book features carefully adapted activities from her brilliant 365 series, in a larger format, perfect for kids aged 5-10 and is a great way to keep your child busy at home, as well as providing a calm and imaginative way to spend time.
Activities are varied, ranging from relaxing colouring and pattern-drawing tasks, to thought-provoking challenges such as designing a superhero or sketching a self-portrait. There are no rules in this book, but plenty of encouragement to explore, play and develop artistic skills. You will end up with a book your child feels proud of, as well as plenty of inspiration for further artistic projects.
With simple instructions plus helpful prompts and ideas to explore different materials and techniques,Art at Home is the perfect way to get your child thinking creatively and to stimulate their imagination.
- by Marc Vetri
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From a master of the artisan bread movement comes a comprehensive guide to making incredible bread at home, featuring more than 70 delicious recipes
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
"Here, finally, is the one bread book that every cook needs on their kitchen worktable."--Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods
The Vetri Cucina Bread Program began over a decade ago and has been part of the American movement to reclaim high-quality bread as a cornerstone of our food culture. In Mastering Bread, Marc Vetri and his former head baker, Claire Kopp McWilliams, show home cooks how to create simple breads with unique flavors in a home oven.
Included are more than seventy recipes for their bestselling sourdough and yeast loaves as well as accompaniments to serve with the breads. Their process of bread-making is broken down into three easy-to-digest chapters: Mix, Shape, and Bake. Another chapter includes recipes for enjoying breadin dishes such as Bruschetta, Panzanella, and Ribollita. There's even a bonus chapter revealing the secrets of Vetri's coveted Panettone. This book shares everything that Vetri and McWilliams have learned over the years about the art and science of making incredible bread. They explain how to use fresh milled and whole-grain flours as well as local and regional wheat varieties, with easy instructions for adapting bread recipes for success with whatever flour is available in your market. Included throughout are bios and interviews with grain farmers, millers, and bread bakers from around the nation.
Mastering Bread is a master class from an award-winning chef who makes world-class artisan bread easy to bake for both home cooks and professionals alike.