Backyard Living

Backyard Living

Whether you have a big backyard or are exploring the thrills of urban living in cramped quarters, these books will help to enhance your outdoor life. And, of course, you'll be able to feed your soul with lush vegetables, dazzling drinks, and grilled treats. 

Here is a round-up of the best books for everything you can experience, enjoy and create in the comfort of your own backyard!

1. Mocktails, Punches, & Shrubs

Looking for something fun to drink when you're "not drinking"? Mocktails, Punches, & Shrubs offers nearly 100 unique, delicious non-alcoholic drink options for everyday and any occasion. This beautiful recipe book includes step-by-step instructions for drinks that showcase innovative blends of not-so-common fruits, vegetables, sauces, and syrups to concoct interesting, healthy drinks. Tips and variations allow you to play with your imagination and create custom concoctions suited to your individual palate.

2. The Flower Book

Taking you from Spring tulips to Fall dahlias, flower farmer and floral designer Rachel Siegfried celebrates the loveliest of flowers with arrangements inspired by the changing seasons. The Flower Book shows you how to select the best flowers, keep them fresh and display each one to celebrate its natural beauty.

3. Pocket Birds of Canada

Compact and easy-to-use, this pocket guide features 434 species of birds found in Canada and is the perfect field or backyard companion for bird enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience. Perfectly sized to carry along on a bird-watching expedition, this handy guide offers high-quality, close-up annotated photographs and bird profiles, each showing differences between males and females or juveniles and adults, along with range maps, and descriptive text explaining key information to aid in identification.

4. Canadian Gardener's Guide

A one-stop practical illustrated handbook for Canadian gardeners, this second edition of the bestselling reference book includes virtually everything you need to know to make the most of any garden - from choosing tools and designing a plot to filling your beds with fruits and vegetables. Updated by renowned Canadian garden expert Lorraine Johnson to include a selection of plants specific to the needs and interests of Canadian gardeners, including Canadian native plants, fruits and vegetables for a short growing season, this is an inspiring aid for all Canadians wanting to bring year-round colour and interest to every part of the garden.

5. The Meat Cookbook

With more than 300 recipes covering pork, lamb, beef, poultry, game, and offal, The Meat Cookbook is loaded with authentic international recipes such as Feijoada (Brazilian stew), Frango Piri Piri (Portuguese spicy chicken), Andalucian Tripe, and much more. Included are 50 step-by-step techniques on how to properly cook meat, expert advice from butchers on meats that can be butchered at home, and tips on flavor pairings which all make The Meat Cookbook more than a cookbook - it's a meat lover's bible.

6. The Beer Book

Discover your next favourite beer with this unique visual to nearly every great beer in the world, putting more than 800 breweries and 1700 beers at your fingertips. This visual catalogue is an indispensable guide to the world's favorite drink. Revised and updated to include the newest and hottest brews, The Beer Book features every significant brewery in every key brewing nation, and showcases new and specialty beers, as well as the classics.

7. Sushi

Explore the fresh flavours and sheer variety of sushi, from authentic pressed, rolled, and stuffed sushi, to modern sushi bowls, balls, and burritos.

Foolproof recipes and step-by-step photographs help you master all the knife skills and shaping techniques you need to prepare sushi and sashimi at home. 

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