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Spoonfuls of Honey - Hattie EllisRegular price $15.35 Sale price $7.67 Save $7.68
Made from nectar concentrated down to a sweet stickiness by tens of thousands of bees working together in the hive, honey can be found all over the world.
Caribbean jerk, Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes all gleam with the sweet stuff. It can take no more than a spoonful of honey to bring its deep flavour to a dish. As a marinade it enhances meat and poultry, and works particularly well with nuts and fruits, cream and cheese, and herbs and spices.
Join award-winning author Hattie Ellis in the kitchen as she shares over 80 recipes covering meals throughout the day, snacks, sweets, puddings, sauces and drinks. From Honeyed Chicken and Aubergine Biryani and Honey Sauce Vierge to Honey, Apple and Rosemary Jelly and Sicilian Honey Balls (Sfingi), Hattie explores different flavours and varieties of honey from around the world.
Spoonfuls of Honey also explains what to consider when buying and storing honey, gives tips on its use in your cooking, examines the benefits to your health and includes the role bees and honey play in nature.
Chapters include: What is Honey?; A-Z of honey; A-Z of honeybees; Honey in the kitchen; How to buy and store honey; How to taste honey; Honey and health; Honey and the natural world; Around the world in 90 pots.
Recipe chapters include: Breakfast and brunch; lunch and supper; Snacks, sides and sauces; Teatime baking; Puddings; Preserves, Sweets and drinks
Peep Inside a Beehive - Anna Milbourne (Illustrations Fizer Coleman)Regular price $9.21 Save $-9.21
Thank You Bees - Toni YuliRegular price $9.21 Save $-9.21
“Nature’s gifts are recognized and celebrated in this minimalist picture book that links gratitude with life itself.” — Kirkus Reviews Clouds bring the rain that makes puddles to splash in. Sheep give us wool for our sweaters and hats. The honey that sweetens our bread comes from bees (thank you, bees). With spare, repetitive text and bright, torn-paper collage artwork, this picture book gives even the youngest readers a subtle sense of how everyday things are related — and inspires an appreciation for life’s simple gifts.
That's Not my Bee - Fiona WattRegular price $9.21 Save $-9.21
A delightful addition to the best-selling 'That's Not My' ... series. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages, touching the feely patches and spotting the familiar little white mouse as they look for their bee.
About the Author
Fiona Watt has authored over 70 titles for Usborne. She completed a Bachelor of Education (Hons), specialising in art and design at Exeter University. After university she worked as a writer and researcher, and then as a teacher in Britain and the Netherlands. She joined Usborne Publishing as an assistant editor in 1989 and is currently the Editorial Director. Fiona lives in London.
About the Illustrator
Rachel Wells is a mother, writer and cat lover. She lives in Devon with her family and her pets and believes in the magic of animals. Rachel grew up in Devon but lived in London in her twenties working in marketing and living in a tiny flat with an elderly rescued cat, Albert. After having a child she moved back to Devon and decided to take the plunge and juggle motherhood with writing.She has always wanted to write and found her voice in her first novel, 'Alfie the Doorstep Cat'. She has always had cats as pets, ever since a young child.
Rachel is delighted to have been able to combine her two main passions at last. 'Alfie the Holiday Cat' is her fourth book.
Daily Mantras to Ignite your Purpose - Lisa MessengerRegular price $11.05 Save $-11.05
Learn from yesterday. Cherish today. Dream big for tomorrow.
Thoughtfully curated by entrepreneur, author and speaker Lisa Messenger, these artfully presented quotes can be used as meditations, as musings, or as your daily dose of inspiration; one for each day of the year. Every daily message includes a quote, followed by Lisa’s personal take, and an affirmation that will help you to step into and ground your courage, spirit, wisdom and wit that make every day count.
Real Sweet - Shauna SaverRegular price $24.56 Sale price $12.28 Save $12.28
Real Sweet offers every dessert lover the delicious sweetness they crave in simple and delicious recipes using natural sugars that pack in subtly amazing flavors that elevate treats of every kind (and help us avoid over processed, one-dimensional white sugar).
Here are simple lunchbox treats suitable for all ages; whimsical candies and confections created on the stove-top; bake sale classics like cookies and cakes; and fragrant, exotic spoonable puddings and flans. Cookbook author and blogger Shauna Sever helps you introduce healthy touches into treats using natural, unrefined, readily available alternative sweeteners—from coconut sugar, agave nectar, orange blossom honey, and pure maple syrup to smoky turbinado, brown-buttery panela, and jaggery.
Written in Shauna’s fresh, modern, and charmingly funny style, Real Sweet lets every sweet tooth indulge without the guilt. Here are more than eighty sure-to-be-favorite recipes, including:
Whether you’re entertaining, sharing a good meal with friends, contributing to the PTA, or looking for homemade holiday gifts, Real Sweet has the perfect treat for everyday and every occasion.
The Little Book of Bees: Buzzy Wit & WisdomRegular price $12.28 Save $-12.28
Humans and bees have enjoyed a close relationship for millennia, and the entries in this book reflect at least two thousand years of fascination with the world's favourite insect. Packed full of science, history, folklore and quotes - all about the bee.
Listen to the bees.
Plant Trees, Sow Seeds, Save the Bees - Nicola BradbeerRegular price $12.28 Save $-12.28
A short call-to-arm guide to protect essential bees and other stripy insects, for fans of Dave Goulson and BBC's Spring Watch. Proceeds will go to Bees for Development charity. Foreword by Kate Humble.
Our stripey friends need you!
Bees, wasps, hoverflies and other stripey insects are essential to keeping us, and our planet, alive.
Discover the simple ways you can help them thrive in all green spaces - from gardens to window boxes and pots - with insect champion Nicola Bradbear, from Bees for Development charity.
There are lots of fun things you can do whatever space you have. And these acts of kindness will all make a big difference.
With every book sold, proceeds will be donated to Bees for Development
About the Author
Based in Monmouth, UK, Bees for Development works in over fifty countries advocating simple methods for beekeeping to support essential biodiversity, and to provide sustainable incomes for families in remote locations. Nicola Bradbear PhD has worked for International Bee Research Association and the Bee Research Unit at Cardiff University before founding Bees for Development in 1993. She isalso a beekeeper.
Sam Bloom - Heartache & BirdsongRegular price $20.23 Sale price $14.09 Save $6.14
'If Penguin Bloom was Cameron's love letter to his wife Sam, Sam Bloom: Heartache and Birdsong is Sam's unflinching and inspirational reply. This family's remarkable story never ceases to both move and motivate me.' - Andrew Lincoln
The heart-warming Australian story Penguin Bloom - the miraculous tale of a baby magpie that helped save a young mother and her family - is a home grown and international bestseller; and a major Hollywood movie, starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln. Sam's personal message at the end of the book has resonated powerfully with readers - where, pulling no punches, she writes about what it is really like to face life in a wheelchair.
In Sam Bloom, Sam tells her own story for the first time - how a shy but determined Australian girl became a nurse and travelled across Africa. How she fell in love with a like-minded free spirit, raised three boys and built a life together on Sydney's Northern Beaches. And then, in a single horrific moment, how everything changed. Sam's journey back from the edge of death and the depths of despair is so much more than an account of overcoming adversity. Sam's captivating true story - written by close friend, New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive, and featuring extraordinary photographs taken by Sam's husband, Cameron Bloom - is humbling, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.
A triumph of raw emotion and incredible beauty, Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong is a truly unforgettable book.
Love Bees - Vanessa Amaral-RogersRegular price $14.12 Save $-14.12
Love Bees introduces why bees matter and how we can all help them survive in the modern world of many pitfalls perpetrated by Homo sapiens. A great read with content for all the family.’ – BugLife Bees need our love and attention! Help save bees and have fun along the way with Love Bees: A Family Guide to Keep Bees Buzzing. Bee colonies are fast declining and our buzzing buddies need our help urgently if they are to recover and thrive.
In this bright, bubbly book, full of activities for families to do together, Vanessa Amaral-Rogers focuses on how we can help our nectar-collecting buddies flourish — and why these important insects are so awesome — through a whole swarm of engaging facts and fun games. Teach your kids that conservation is cool – and what the awesome rules are to become a bee’s BFF (Best Friend Forever). Find out together how to make a bee hotel or a wildflower window box, and play the Waggle Dance board game. Pull-out activities include: 64 colour stickers Make your own bee mobile Waggle Dance board game Bee-spotter’s survey sheet Where do I live? wheel With exciting lessons in natural history and gardening, from planting pollinator-friendly flowers to growing a green wall, this is a call to action with a positively sunny outlook.
Plant-Based Beauty - Jess ArnaudinRegular price $14.12 Save $-14.12
The essential guide to detoxing your beauty routine. Plant-based beauty is part of a growing global movement that is not just about the food we eat but the choices we make when it comes to what we wear and the beauty products we use. We are more aware than ever that our personal actions have an effect both on our own levels of wellness and the health of the world around us.
Plant-Based Beauty is a practical companion to your daily routine, helping you to truly understand the ingredients you are putting on your skin and replacing them with self-care rituals to look forward to. Jess Arnaudin helps to de-code the language, myths and science surrounding natural ingredients and shares recipes and her favourite beauty foods as part of her philosophy of ‘Inside Out Beauty’
At Home (Honey & Co) - Sarit Packer/Itamar SrulovichRegular price $30.70 Sale price $15.35 Save $15.35
Brought to you by the award-winning chefs behind the Honey & Co. empire, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich present simple and delicious Middle Eastern dishes that are easy to make and a pleasure to serve. From breads to bakes, salads to sweets, there is something for everyone in this celebration of Middle Eastern cooking.
Wholesome, fresh and seasonal ingredients are organised into chapters For Us Two, For Friends, For the Weekend, For a Crowd and The Kitchen. Enjoy authentic recipes like Jerusalem sesame bread filled with harissa and lemon chicken, tuck into a crisp salad with saffron-poached pears with walnut tahini, or delight in a fish pastilla or a rabbit stifado, among many more. The mouth-watering recipes featured in this book are quick and simple to make. Whip them up for lunch or a weekend meal without forward planning, special ingredients or fancy equipment – these will quickly become staple recipes that you, friends and family will revisit again and again.
Packed full of stylish and stunning photography, At Home takes Sarit and Itamar out of the restaurant kitchen and into their home, and is filled with the stories in food that mean the most to them. The recipes and surrounding text is written from the heart with affection for the food they love.
Bee Keeping - A Seasonal Guide - Ron BrownRegular price $15.35 Save $-15.35
Follow that Bee - Scot RitchieRegular price $15.35 Save $-15.35
A fun introduction to why the world needs bees.
Pedro, Nick, Yulee, Sally and Martin are buzzing with excitement today! The five friends are visiting Martin's neighbor, Mr. Cardinal. He keeps beehives in his backyard, and he's offered to show them how honeybees live. As the kids help Mr. Cardinal with his work, he explains how bees feed and pollinate, what happens inside their colony, how they build their hives and even why they like to dance! He also tells the friends why some bee populations are in trouble and what people can do to help.
And the perfect sweet ending to the day? Honey, of course! These children are sure to remember: it's best to ?bee a friend? to the bees of the world! This playful book mixes narration, facts and appealing illustrations to introduce young children to why the world needs bees, and how people can help them thrive. It's part of the critically acclaimed Exploring Our Community series from award-winning author and illustrator Scot Ritchie, which features the same five culturally diverse characters throughout.
Comprehensive yet entertaining, the book encourages children to look closer at the natural world around them, including in cities, and raises their awareness about how each person can do something to help the environment. It aligns perfectly with the early science curriculum, particularly sustainability and stewardship, and understanding life systems. Rounding out the information in the story are a full bee illustration with the parts identified, a glossary and two activities that can be done at home or in school.
AGES: 4 to 7
Scot Ritchie is an award-winning author-illustrator of over 50 books including Follow That Map!, Look Where We Live! and My House Is Alive!: The Weird and Wonderful Sounds Your House Makes. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
All Wrapped Up - AustraliaRegular price $15.35 Save $-15.35
All Wrapped Up is a series of gorgeous wrapping paper books celebrating the work of Australia’s best and brightest artists.
Love the pattern? Rip it out and wrap something up!
Includes 20 gift wrapping sheets (± 70cm x 50cm) and 2 sheets of stickers.
Australia celebrates native flora, fauna and kitsch as seen through the joy-filled print and colour prism of illustrator Alice Oehr.
About the Author
Alice Oehr is an illustrator and designer from Melbourne. Her distinct colourful style reflects her love of food, pattern, collage and drawing. Her ideas have made their way onto textiles, books, shop windows, homewares and once even a series of 6-feet-tall Ancient Egyptian–style statues. Alice draws both for business and for pleasure, in both pixels and pencils, which has led her to teaching, speaking and writing on the subject.
All Wrapped Up - BotanicalsRegular price $15.35 Save $-15.35
All Wrapped Up is a series of gorgeous stationery books celebrating the work of Australia’s best and brightest artists.
Love the pattern? Rip it out and wrap something up!
Includes 20 gift wrapping sheets (± 70cm x 50cm) and 2 sheets of stickers.
Botanicals showcases the unique flora of Australia as seen through the eyes of textile designer and illustrator Edith Rewa.
About the Author
Edith Rewa is an illustrator and textile designer. With a fondness for the native flora and fauna of the Australian bush, she illustrates to share a sense of reverence in our natural landscapes. Her works can be found on her luxurious silk scarves and art prints, on book covers, and on inspiration boards everywhere.
Donna Hay Everyday FreshRegular price $27.60 Sale price $15.35 Save $12.25
From Australia's bestselling and most trusted cook comes a stunning new book featuring super-fresh, super-fast recipes to help you feel nourished and energised ... and ready to savour life.
'One of the questions I get asked most frequently is if I still cook at home. The answer is yes. Absolutely. As often as possible.'
There are days when it feels as though there's barely time to eat dinner, let alone prepare it. Donna knows on days like these, we all need a little Everyday Fresh in our lives. We all want to create delicious meals packed with flavour and everything that's good for us, with a minimum of fuss. And that's exactly what Donna Hay delivers. 'Simple made special' is the foundation of almost every recipe Donna has ever written. She's all about the classics, but also about a flexible, fresher approach to eating. She's constantly on the lookout for ways to make something easier, healthier, quicker or a little more on-trend - and she also loves a cheat, a quick-fix or anything that can be made in one bowl, that still tastes great.
'If I can create a dish that makes someone feel better because it's mouth-wateringly delicious, packed with nourishing vegetables, or helps them bring a little more balance to their life - that's success!'
QueenSpotting: Meet the Remarkable Queen Bee - Hilary KearneyRegular price $18.42 Save $-18.42
Popular urban beekeeper Hilary Kearney challenges nature lovers, science fans, and beekeepers alike to "spot the queen" in 48 amazing fold-out photo puzzles, accompanied by stories of the dramatic life of the queen honey bee and stories of swarm-capturing adventures.
At the heart of every bee hive is a queen bee. Since her well-being is linked to the well-being of the entire colony, the ability to find her among the residents of the hive is an essential beekeeping skill. In QueenSpotting, experienced beekeeper and professional "swarm catcher" Hilary Kearney challenges readers to "spot the queen" with 48 fold-out queenspotting puzzles - vivid up-close photos of the queen hidden among her many subjects.
QueenSpotting celebrates the unique, fascinating life of the queen bee chronicles of royal hive happenings such as The Virgin Death Match, The Nuptual Flight - when the queen mates with a cloud of male drones high in the air - and the dramatic Exodus of the Swarm from the hive. Readers will thrill at Kearney's adventures in capturing these swarms from the strange places they settle, including a Jet Ski, a couch, a speed boat, and an owl's nesting box. Fascinating, fun, and instructive, backyard beekeepers and nature lovers alike will find reason to return to the pages again and again.
Honey Bee - The Honey Connoisseur - Marina Marchese/Kim FlottumRegular price $19.03 Save $-19.03
From honey experts C. Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum comes this comprehensive introduction to the origin, flavor, and culinary uses of more than 30 varietals of honey, from ubiquitous clover to tangy star thistle to rich, smoky buckwheat
Beehive Alchemy - Petra AhnertRegular price $20.26 Save $-20.26
From crayons to cough drops, cookies to candles, Beehive Alchemy offers a comprehensive introduction to incorporating the miracle of bees into everyday life. Beehive Alchemy is a continuation of Petra Ahnert’s best-selling Beeswax Alchemy.
With this new book, beekeepers (and bee lovers) will learn about the benefits and attributes of beeswax, honey, propolis, and more alongside a full range of projects and techniques to process and harness the amazing gifts of bees. Inside, you’ll find instructions to make Ahnert’s award-winning hand-dipped birthday candles, the classic French dessert canele bordelais, and much more, including: Alchemy for the Body Liquid soap with honey Beard balm Olive and honey lotion Alchemy of Light Taper candles Tea lights Pillars Alchemy for the Home Furniture polish Waxed cotton food wraps Woodcutter incense Alchemy in the Studio Beeswax crayons Encaustic Batik Alchemy in the Kitchen Cookies and candies Beverages Fermentations Whether you keep bees or just love them, Beehive Alchemy will become your go-to comprehensive guide for hive-to-home creations.