Best Abigail R. Gehring books

The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (The Handbook Series)

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With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you:

     • Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.
     • Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.
     • Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.
     • Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.
     • Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.
     • Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.
     • Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.

Experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.

Odd Jobs: How to Have Fun and Make Money in a Bad Economy

Abigail R. Gehring

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Here is a book for every curious, courageous, or desperate person who’s willing to set convention aside to earn a living in the face of an ailing economy. From fashioning balloon animals to promoting liquor brands to picking berries in Australia, this easy-to-read, entertaining book takes a candid look at over a hundred jobs that don’t require you to sit in an office eight hours a day, five days a week.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living

Abigail R. Gehring

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Packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, time-honored wisdom, and both illustrations and photographs, this might just be the most comprehensive guide to back to basics living ever published. Fans of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency have been asking for a one-stop resource for all the subjects covered in that successful series. In response, Gehring has compiled a massive, beautifully presented, single volume that covers canning and preserving, keeping chickens, fermenting, soap-making, how to generate your own energy, how to build a log cabin, natural medicine, cheese-making, maple sugaring, farm mechanics, and much, much more.

Whether you own one hundred acres or rent a studio apartment in the city, this book has plenty of ideas to inspire you. Learn how to build a log cabin or how to craft handmade paper; find out how to install a solar panel on your roof or brew your own tea from dried herbs; Cure a ham, bake a loaf of bread, or brew your own beer. This book has something for everyone.

The Complete Guide to Practically Perfect Grandparenting: Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes, Games, Crafts and More

Abigail R. Gehring

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Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes, Games, Crafts, and More
A beautiful, keepsake book packed with everything you need to be a terrific grandparent!
Beautifully illustrated and chock full of everything you need to be a great grandparent, The Complete Guide to Practically Perfect Grandparenting is the perfect gift for new grandpas and grandmas. In these pages you’ll find classic stories and poems such as “Peter Rabbit” and “The Princess and the Pea,” tasty recipes sure to please young taste buds, and crafts that will entertain any child on a rainy day. Some favorites from the book include:

Grandma’s recipes for amazing mac ‘n cheese and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.

Fun crafts like sand jars, sock puppets, and pinecone birds.

Beautifully illustrated tale of The Ugly Ducking and Little Jack Horner.

The hilarious game of bobbing for apples and how to host the best tea parties.

And much more!

There is also a space for grandma and grandpa to record special memories, a family tree to fill in with the kiddies, and activities to facilitate meaningful conversations between generations. The Complete Guide to Practically Perfect Grandparenting is certainly a keepsake book that will be treasured by any grandparent!

The Magic of Mini Pies: Sweet and Savory Miniature Pies and Tarts

Abigail R. Gehring

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Miniature pies are everything good about baking—fun to make, delicious to eat, quick to prepare, beautiful to serve, and easily customizable! With a miniature pie maker or muffin tins, you can make each guest's favorite kind of pie in just the right proportions in no time. Perfect for parties, bed-and-breakfast hosts, or anyone who has a hankering for pie but doesn't want to spend hours in the kitchen, it's no wonder that mini pies and tarts are all the rage. From savory treats like Steak and Guinness Pies and Spinach Mushroom Quiches to sweet favorites like Pecan Cranberry Pies and Chocolate Raspberry Tarts, this book has something for every pie lover.   Here’s a sampling of the more than 50 recipes included:   

  • Apple Pies 
  • Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes 
  • Ginger Peach Pies 
  • Blackberry Malbec Pies 
  • Maple Walnut Pies 
  • Caramel Mousse Tarts 
  • Shepherd’s Pies 
  • Spicy Chicken and Cheese Empanadas 
  • Cornish Pasties 
  • Banana Dulce de Leche Pies 
  • Blackberry Pies with Honey Lavender Cream 
  • Toffee Almond Tarts 
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Pies 
  • Plum Tarts with Citrus Cream 
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Pies 

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills (Back to Basics Guides)

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The classic guide to self-sufficiency, with more than 200,000 copies sold—now fully updated!

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.

More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

Gluten-Free Miniature Desserts: Tarts, Mini Pies, Cake Pops, and More

Abigail R. Gehring

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The only thing better than traditional dessert is an adorably small dessert you can pick up with your fingers and devour in a few sumptuous bites. Cake pops, mini pies, and tiny tarts are everyone’s favorite new treats, and it’s no wonder—they’re cute, they’re fun, and they’re small enough that you can sample one of each at a party!

For the growing population with gluten allergies or sensitivity, dessert is tricky territory. Gehring, who has been gluten-free for three years, has experienced many of the pitfalls of gluten-free cooking and baking so you don’t have to! She and her husband, Lawrence, have developed more than sixty recipes you’ll have fun making and feel great eating.

• Ginger peach tartlets
• Chocolate peanut butter cake pops
• Meringue nests with citrus cream
• Candied orange peel
• Macarons
• Mini red velvet cupcakes
• Chocolate chip cheesecakes
• Blackberry pies with honey lavender cream
• Coconut sorbet shots
• Maple walnut truffles

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)

Abigail R. Gehring

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The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for country, urban, and suburban folks—now fully updated!

Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city.

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomato sauce is a real option with your own homegrown fresh tomatoes. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more.

Tea Cocktails: A Mixologist's Guide to Legendary Tea-Infused Cocktails

Abigail R. Gehring

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A Mixologist’s Guide to Amazing Tea-Infused Cocktails

Seventy-five unique cocktail recipes featuring the hottest trend in mixology—tea!

In classy bars and cocktail lounges across America, tea is making a big splash. Absolut has launched a line of tea-infused vodka, companies such as Owl’s Brew are springing up with teas crafted specifically as cocktail mixers, and foodie magazines such as Saveur and Food & Wine are featuring hot chai toddies and gin-spiked iced teas. Here organic tea company Teatulia partners with Gehring to provide a stunning collection of hot and cold tea cocktail recipes sure to impress any mixologist or tea lover. Learn how to balance the unique flavors of herbal and black teas with just the right spirits to create drinks such as:

Rooibos Berry Daiquiri
Spiked lemonade with thyme
Dark and stormy with ginger tea
Lemongrass mojito
Chai white Russian
Peppermint cosmo
Jasmine green tea julep
Yerba mate smoky martini
Riesling jasmine hot toddy
And many more!

Teatulia brings to the book the same passion they bring to their teas, which are grown in a single USDA-certified organic garden in northern Bangladesh and sold across the United States and Canada. With beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the perfect gift for the bartender, budding mixologist, or tea enthusiast in your life.

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Classic Candy: Old-Style Fudge, Taffy, Caramel Corn, and Dozens of Other Treats for the Modern Kitchen

Abigail R. Gehring

Best price for this book: $ 9.27

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With this book, you’ll be whipping up dozens of candies that don’t require special molds, pans, or any kitchen appliances you don’t already own. From nut barks to lollipops, gumdrops to truffles, all your favorite candies are here, as well as a few new ones you won’t be able to resist. Many recipes include sugar-free and/or corn syrup–free alternatives for health-conscious confectioners. Whether you’re making sweets for yourself, for your family, or as gifts, the easy-to-follow directions and beautiful full-color photographs in this book will ensure you get the results you want.

Some of the delicious candies include:
  • Chocolate coconut candy bars
  • Cinnamon hard candies
  • Crystallized ginger
  • Gumdrops
  • Maple nut fudge
  • Pecan toffee
  • Rock candy
  • Turkish delight, and more!