Claudia Lucero - One-Hour Cheese

Brewing beer in your basement; growing veggies and herbs; learning to butcher-- homesteading is the it-child of culinaryexperimentation. Everyone wants to give it a try and there’s a surprisingly simple way to get started: make your own cheese!

Based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom, the approach is simple: heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt and press. Simplified further with the guidance of Claudia Lucero, anyone with a hot plate can take on this beloved food. One Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer--Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less! ($14.95) is a fully illustrated, easy-to-follow guide, cookbook, and hostess manual. Through step-by-step instructions and photos, Lucero teaches readers how to make 16 cheeses– each with endless variations, no complex instructions, no hard-to-find ingredients, and no excessive prep time. Start with favorites like Ricotta and Chevre and then veer to the more exotic with Paneer and Burrata, and finally customize using a wide range of flavorings from herbs to nutmeg to lemon juice. The possibilities are endless and the results delicious.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! While each cheese can be enjoyed on its own, it can also be incorporated into different meals and used in the most unique ways. Pizza, lasagna, cheesecake and the like are classic options, but Lucero will show you more inventive ways to use each cheese, including fresh Squeaky “Pasta” Primavera, gooey Mozzarella Kebabs, and irresistible Grill Cheese Sammies, where the cheese is the bread. Information on ingredients, flavor pairings, troubleshooting, and basic tips and techniques are also included– along with how to make the perfect cheese platter, cocktail recipes, and 3 bonus DIY dairy essentials every aspiring homesteader should know: yogurt, butter, and ghee.

Claudia Lucero is the entrepreneur behind UrbanCheesecraft.com and DIY Cheese Kits, which she sells through Etsy, specialty food shops, and select Whole Foods stores. She also developed the home cheesemaking kits for Williams-Sonoma’s Agrarian product line. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Please join us at the Book Passage Cafe for a one- hour demonstration and tasting of Claudia Lucero's easy and delicious cheese!

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780761177487
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Workman Publishing, 5/2014

Nancy Calef - Peoplescapes

This transformational journey in words and 149 full color paintings and drawings, chronicles Nancy Calef's evolution from child model, suffering anorexia and bulimia, through her recovery and maturation into a multi-disciplined artist renowned for her innovative "Peoplescapes": vibrant plein-air colors applied to exaggerated snapshots of the human condition. Characters are often rendered in 3D, sculpted on the canvas, with found objects, symbolism and commentary, together producing a razor sharp narrative on issues facing society.
 
Driven by honest self-examination and daily commitment to convert her self-destructive energy into creative expression and physical exercise, Calef provides in these pages a method for others to help themselves transcend deep emotional and physical obstructions. More than a cocktail table art book, Peoplescapes: My Story From Purging To Painting ($22.95) is an around-the-world tale of self-discovery, courage, and love, at turns hilarious and heart-breaking, while Calef's luminous talent shines through.
 
Nancy Calef is a contemporary American painter, multi-media artist, and a singer-songwriter. This is her first memoir.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Tina Gilbertson - Constructive Wallowing

Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them ($15.95) is the first book to cut right to the chase, bypassing descriptions of Eastern philosophy and meditation techniques common in many “happiness” books today. Self-esteem expert and certified mental health counselor Tina Gilbertson teaches readers exactly how to accept and feel their feelings with self-compassion for greater emotional health and well-being—while making them laugh from time to time.
 
Chances are, when it comes to the small losses, irritations, upsets, and annoyances that the vast majority of us suffer daily and weekly, year in and year out, we say, “It could be worse” or “At least I’ve got my health.” In this effort to look on the bright side, we succeed in cutting ourselves off from the understanding and support we need most.
 
By learning to accept and embrace, rather than suppress, difficult feelings, people can keep their sense of personal power and, better yet, gain greater understanding and ultimately esteem for themselves. Feeling bad can actually lead to feeling better, faster!
 
Tina Gilbertson holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor. In addition to working with adults one-on-one, she teaches assertiveness and self-esteem workshops and classes on goal-setting, decision-making, overcoming anxiety and finding the right career. She has written feature articles on emotional intelligence and health for Portland’s Natural Awakenings magazine, and contributes wisdom as a self-esteem expert for online therapist directory GoodTherapy.org. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and can be found online at TinaGilbertson.com
 
 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781936740802
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viva Editions, 5/2014

Jason R. Rich - iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks

The iPhone 5S has the most advanced camera in any iPhone or iPad to date. For the first time, the photos that an iPhone can capture are truly equivalent (or better) to what's possible using a stand-alone point-and-shoot camera. With this book of tips and tricks for digital photography on iPad and iPhone, you will learn to utilize your device as your primary camera - without sacrificing resolution or image quality iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks ($29.99) will teach you how to use your iOS 7 mobile device in order to consistently take, edit and share professional-quality, vibrant and in-focus images.

This book instructs on how to use the Camera, Photos and iPhoto apps, while utilizing basic photography and photo composition techniques. You will walk away knowing how to take professional-quality photos in a wide range of situations. You will also discover how to edit and enhance photos to quickly achieve professional-quality and visually impressive results. Once you've mastered shooting, editing, and enhancing beautiful photos, iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks will show you all of the ways those images can be shared - online and in the real world. Discover your options for creating professional-quality prints, wall art and photo books, plus learn how to showcase your photos online - all from your iPhone 5S or iPad

Jason R. Rich is the best-selling author of more than 55 books, including Your iPad at Work, Fourth Edition; iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, Third Edition; How To Do Everything Digital Photography; How To Do Everything iCloud, Second Edition; and Ultimate Guide to YouTube For Business.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$29.99
ISBN-13: 9780789753120
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Que, 3/2014

Kevin Fisher-Paulson - A Song for Lost Angels

This book tells the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice. San Francisco author Kevin Fisher-Paulson tells this riveting story with grace, dignity, and a surprisingly generous dose of humor.

“After a week of not sleeping, Papa and I got into the routine of baby care: feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby, put the baby to bed, wash baby’s clothes, rinse out baby’s bottle, and make more formula, just about in time to start feeding the baby. Oh, and that process was in duplicate. In fact it was in duplicate with a third kid in the hospital, across the bay. I often found that I was still in my bathrobe at three o’clock in the afternoon. The witty gay couple with lots of time for canapés and cocktails had quickly turned into two sleep-deprived, middle-aged men.” 

A Song for Lost Angels ($16.95) takes the discussion of gay marriage to the next level, where the rights and struggles of gay parents and their kids can be openly recognized. This family history will make you laugh, cry, and sometimes sputter with outrage, even as it redefines what Americans call “family values."

Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson lives with his husband Brian, their two sons, and their four rescue dogs in San Francisco. When not writing, he serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. He earned a degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and subsequently studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Jessica Hagedorn and Steve Abbott and has attended courses at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon. Kevin contributed regularly as a writer to The Sentinel, and his stories and poems have been seen in The James White Literary Review, Amethyst, Oberon, RFD, and Suburban Wilderness. His essay, “Virtue Enough for Miss Grrrl” was published as part of an anthology, When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press. His plays and monologues have been produced in the ODC Summerfest, Theater Rhinoceros, and the National AIDS Theater Festival. Kevin contributes irregularly to the National Public Radio Perspective Series. 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780988802421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Fearless Books, 1/2014

Ian Doescher - William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return ($14.95). Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!
 
Ian Doescher is a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and two children.  He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.  He is currently the Creative Director at Pivot Group LLC, a full service marketing, research and web agency in Portland, Oregon.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781594747137
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Quirk Books, 4/2014



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