Inspiring, practical and richly photographed, this comprehensive guide offers creative ideas and DIY projects using beautiful low-maintenance, water-wise plants


The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants

By Robin Stockwell

January 2016

If you have never grown succulents, this book will inspire and guide you. If you consider yourself a seasoned pro with them, you’ll delight in the many fresh ways to use them. Either way, let these ideas inspire your creativity—and you, too, will experience the magic of succulents! – Robin Stillwell

Succulents are the ultimate easy-care plant: versatile, effortless to grow both indoors and outdoors, and drought tolerant. From Aloe and Agaves, to Senecio and Taciveria, SUCCULENTS (Oxmoor House; Flexibound; January 31, 2017; $24.95) by leading garden expert Robin Stockwell, highlights 200 of the easiest, most useful, and gorgeous plants, and shares advice on care and cultivation. Readers will find inspiration for imaginative and exciting new ways to use succulents in striking garden designs, containers, vertical walls, and indoor arrangements, as well as step-by-step projects, such as living bouquets and terrarium ornaments.

As a grower, Robin Stockwell learned that gardeners often choose specific plants once seeing them used in someone else’s garden, or in a bouquet. SUCCULENTS is set-up to be that inspiration. SUCCULENTS is organized in a user-friendly way that will guide experts and home-gardeners alike. The chapter Inspirations (pg 16) shows ideas from various gardens that use succulents creatively in all kinds of spaces, from narrow side yards to rooftops while the chapter Easy Projects (pg 126) introduces ideas on bringing succulents indoors to showing off succulents in vases, containers, on birdhouses, and more.

Once inspired, readers can turn to My Favorite Plants (pg 182), which profiles over 200 kinds of plants and gardeners who are looking for a plant with a special job to do in their garden can look to the chapter, Succulent Selection Guide (pg 184/5). This chapter lists the best succulents to use as ground covers, hedges, edgings, and more.

Replete with color photography of hundreds of succulents and details throughout, SUCCULENTS will inform current fans or the newest fans to succulents with important information such as how big a certain plant grows, when it blooms, plus its water and exposure needs.

Lastly, readers can turn to Planting and Care (pg 246) for tips on how to shop for healthy succulents, how often to water, feed and the overall care for your succulents.

This is the essential reference for landscapers, home gardeners, and anyone looking for a thorough introduction to the perfect plant for modern times.

About the author:

Robin Stockwell is the founder of Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA. He has been active in the nursery industry as a grower and retailer, and working with succulent plants since 1972. Robin has received numerous awards and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and television.

The restaurant world of Manhattan is endlessly metamorphic, a thousand openings, a thousand closings. Balthazar has survived and still thrives because it has never dropped the ball. The room, the service, the food, the atmosphere: why would you not want to go there all the time?”

-Salman Rushdie


The New York Brasserie at the Center of the World

By Reggie Nadelson

April 2017

“This book captures everything I love about restaurants—the theatre of it, the sense of entering a private little world, the camaraderie of the workers when it’s all working right. There’s never been a restaurant like Balthazar and never a book just like this.” – Ruth Reichl

“At Balthazar is a beautiful New York love story. Nobody could have written it better than Reggie Nadelson who captures the tastes and smells, the glamour, nitty-gritty, and the theater of the restaurant and of the city itself.” – Nigella Lawson

“A warm and entertaining account of one of New York City’s (and my!) most beloved restaurants. Nadelson’s love letter to Balthazar takes you behind the kitchen door and will make any reader feel like a restaurant regular. A must read!” – Eric Ripert

“Reggie Nadelson captures the spirit of Balthazar that has made it a New York institution. She explores its past through present, diving into the belly of the kitchen and exploring what makes this place so brilliant. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Balthazar yet, after reading this, it’ll be on your bucket list.” — David Chang

“Nadelson offers artful depictions of the evanescent magic that dining out can provide; few who read this book will be able to resist making a reservation.” – Publishers Weekly

AT BALTHAZAR: The New York Brasserie at the Center of the World (April 4, 2017; Hardcover; Gallery Books; $27.00) by Reggie Nadelson explores the iconic and beloved restaurant Balthazar in a brilliantly revealing, behind-the-scenes look at the legendary eatery.

Balthazar was at the very heart of the new downtown Bohemia when it opened in 1997, and is now in a class of New York institutions along with the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. AT BALTHAZAR is a celebration and examination of this New York establishment, one that, twenty years later, is more successful than ever, serving about half a million meals a year to locals, tourists, and celebrities alike.

Author Reggie Nadelson, who has covered restaurants and food for decades on both sides of the Atlantic—for Departures, Travel & Leisure, the Financial Times- was granted unrestricted access to this iconic restaurant, the kitchens, the present and past staff, the restaurant’s archives, and more. As she follows the twenty-four-hour cycle of the restaurant she lovingly explores the history of both French brasseries and downtown Manhattan, weaving together a savory tale of design, economics, celebrity, and—of course—delicious food. Nestled amongst the pages are recipes straight from Bathazar’s kitchen. They include favorites such as Soft Shell Crab BLT and Grilled Cheese a la Truffle with Homemade Potato Chips to Short Rib Danube and Justine’s Favorite Banana Ricotta Tart.

If you haven’t been to Balthazar in a few days, weeks or never had the opportunity to step foot in this New York institution, AT BALTHAZAR will transport you there through author Reggie Nadelson’s “back-stage-pass” access. Let’s celebrate 20 years!

About the Author: Nadelson lives in New York and has written for Travel & Leisure, Vogue, and Conde Nast Traveller. She has had columns at The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Departures, where she wrote a series about cooking with the great chefs, such as Heston Blumenthal and Ruthie Rogers. Her series of mysteries have been published in a dozen countries, and her non-fiction book, Comrade Rockstar, was made into a documentary by the BBC and bought outright by Tom Hanks for a feature film.

** Balthazar will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this April. Reggie will be available for interviews about both the book and anniversary. The book also features evocative color photographs by Peter Nelson, ten new recipes from Balthazar Executive Chef, Shane McBride, head bakers Paula Oland and Mark Tasker, this book voluptuously celebrates an amazing institution. **


John Colter, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Call of the American West

By David W. Marshall PhD.
Each year over 3 ½ million visitors drive their RVs, cars and trailers into Yellowstone National Park and another 2 ½ million visitors visit the Grand Tetons National Park just to the South. All it takes for modern-day adventurists to explore the bubbling mud pots, geo-thermic geysers and to traverse the winding rivers is simply a hotel reservation and tourguide.

John Colter’s experience, however, was vastly different. One day in 1807, outfitted with just a 35-pound pack of gear, John Colter was the first explorer and first American to be called a mountain man to traverse these scarcely populated lands. John Colter bravely explored the harsh environs–that still lay claim to human lives in the modern age–discovered unexplainable geographic features, and used every bit of his knowledge of hunting and survival during the years of 1807-1808.

To this day, John Colter’s name is on the lips of every tour guide, hotel concierge and park ranger in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and his legends are told with the same voracity as they were 100 years ago. In the area that lays host to his namesake lake, Colter Bay, and to a June celebration called John Colter Days, John Colter always has and will continue to be a great American hero and legend.

MOUNTAIN MAN: John Colter, the Lewis & Clarke Expedition, and the Call of the American West (Countryman Press; May 9, 2017; Hardcover) by David W. Marshall, PhD. continues the tradition of celebrating and recalling the storied life of John Colter. In addition to author David W. Marshall’s comprehensive research he has done what no other biographer of John Colter has done before by retracing John Colter’s footsteps.

By learning and recreating how John Colter pitched a shelter or forded a stream, David W. Marshall PdD. has crafted a captivating and authoritative tale. Readers and fans of Western exploration will discover the West alongside John Colter in some of the most harrowing and delightful adventures. While fans of the Award-Winning movie The Revenant and avid readers of history will be treated to a story of survival, the lonely pursuit of a dream, and the gratifying tale of the building of America.

MOUNTAIN MAN celebrates Colter, the first of all mountain men, acclaimed by the frontiers men of his time and a living hero. After his death, John Colter became a legend to explorers, trappers, cavalrymen and cowboys who followed in his wake. Ruggedly independent, self-sufficient, and quietly confident, John Colter is a prototype of an ideal westerner. Discover John Colter or reacquaint yourself with the exciting and dangerous exploration of the West and discover tidbits about John Colter, MOUNTAIN MAN.

About the Author: David W. Marshall, PhD, is a historian and archivist on the faculty of Texas Tech University. His study of John Colter and western frontier exploration is based on comprehensive research of original nineteenth-century sources and his personal experience retracing his journey. He lives in Lorenzo, Texas.


The Extraordinary Gold Rush Odyssey of Joseph Goldsborough Bruff

By Ken Lizzio

“I was anxious to travel over and see what my friend had so graphically and scientifically realized: more particularly when a golden reward appear’d to be awaiting us at the nether end of the route”
–Joseph Goldsborough Bruff

When word that gold was found at Sutter’s Mill got out in 1849, thousands upon thousands of men, mortgaged their homes, left their jobs, left their wives and children and trekked across America to reach California and strike it rich. There were no railroads or established transportation systems to get across America, only a few trails that had many dangers and multiple pitfalls along the way. Most of the 49ers, as they became to be known, found no fortune, turned back, or died along the way. These possibilities and stories failure did nothing to deter others seeking their own fortune. Instead, the numbers grew and more and more people headed West to get rich. One of the original 49ers, fully outfitted with a crew of 66 men, hoping to strike it rich was Joseph Goldsborough Bruff.

Failure, by no means would be something that would deter Joseph Goldsborough Bruff. Time and time again, Bruff made his way through life never truly succeeding the way he imagined, from beginning his adult life at the age of 12 when his father died and he inherited a seemingly insurmountable debt to being asked to resign from the United States Military Academy at West Point due to challenging and wounding another cadet in a duel. It seemed that this young man who had the brain and talent to succeed, got in his own way. But it was those failures and setbacks that built his resiliency, and overtime Bruff managed to bounce back and traveled the world, When Bruff’s sister died his wanderlust subsided, he settled down, had a family and maintained a career as a draftsman and cartographer. But this is not the story that FORTY-NINER: The Extraordinary Gold Rush Odyssey of Joseph Goldsborough Bruff (Countryman Press; May 2017; Hardcover; $24.95) by Ken Lizzio tells, this isn’t the story that captured the imagination of historians and Americans. Instead FORTY-NINER tells the story of when Bruff’s sense of adventure and spirit was rekindled.

FORTY-NINER tells the story of the artist, the writer and adventurer who was more successful than he ever dreamed. When the lure of gold set off an 8-month trek that turned into a two-year odyssey of near starvation, abandonment and failure to find gold. Yet, Joseph Goldsbourgh Bruff is a man who created his own riches and legacy, one that is housed in some of the most prestigious buildings in the world to include the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. Bruff is a man who made his mark on history by writing history, shaping his own personal history and being a part of one of the most exciting and dangerous times in America’s expansion West.

Enthusiasts of American history and tales of Westward expansion will enjoy the tale of Bruff’s travels and his quest to discover gold. While there are many accounts of the Califorina Gold Rush, Bruff’s journals stand out. Bruff journaled every day that he was on the trail. He wrote each thought, observation, and detailed the flora and fauna he discovered. Bruff maintained his journal and protected his drawings and watercolors even when he was stranded and left for dead in the frigid cold of the Sierras for a dangerously harsh winter. These journals—regarded as the best and most accurate—provide the basis for FORTY-NINER. Also included in the book are the original pencil sketchings and paintings that are some of the first depictions of the American frontier.

Who would have guessed that the little boy left in debt and who shamefully resigned from West Point would one day be a great drafter, cartographer, adventurer, artist and architect that is regarded as one of America’s greatest recorders of this time in history? It turns out that this FORTY-NINER is a great American treasure, with his tales of adventure, great humanity and survival. Join Joseph Goldsbourgh Bruff in his adventure and more deeply understand the American frontier, the pull westward and gold-rush fever.

Experience the majesty and terror of the Gold Rush firsthand

About the Author: Ken Lizzio is a professor of anthropology, having taught and Winthrop and James Madison Universities. He is the author of Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis or Afghanistan, an ethnography of an Islamic mystical brotherhood that won the IBPA’s 2015 Ben Franklin Silver Award. He lives in Bayse, Virginia.

History: Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in various items like cosmetics and perfumes. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic and ritualistic purposes.

Popularity: Essential Oils are becoming more and more popular, however with anything, there are ripoffs and synthetics. These are often found in lotions and candles marketed as “aromatherapy.”

It is important to understand what true essential oils are and what they do and how to use them in your life , ESSENTIAL OILS (DK Publishing) is the essential guide to help you do just that!   Experience the power of aromatherapy to restore, revitalize, and nurture


All-Natural Remedies and Recipes for your Mind, Body, and Home

By Neal’s Yard Remedies

ESSENTIAL OILS: All-Natural Remedies and Recipes for your Mind, Body, and Home (DK Publishing; October 2016; Paperback; $19.95) is an instructional reference guide to essential oils and aromatherapy from the experts at Neal’s Yard Remedies, a trusted source for natural health and beauty products.

ESSENTIAL OILS provides readers with information about how to harness the healing powers of essential oils for treating maladies and improving mental and physical well-being. Using essential oils can provide homeopathic alternatives to treat everyday health issues, including acne, PMS, insomnia, and indigestion, and rebalance your energy, enhance your focus, and release stress.

Whether you live an all-natural lifestyle or you are just beginning to use alternative methods to eliminate synthetic chemicals from your everyday products, ESSENTIAL OILS is packed with authoritative information and full-color photos and illustrations throughout the book to answer your questions. This visual guide features comprehensive profiles of 88 essential oils, full-color photographs, and helpful guidance for using, blending, and storing. Recipes for essential oils include blends for massage oils, diffusing oils and facial cleansers, along with recipes for home & body fragrances, pampering & beauty blends (bath bombs, foot baths) and also healing blends that help with digestion, skin and hair health, circulation and more.

An illustrated A-to-Z reference section helps identify the most useful oils, plus shares tips on application methods and massage techniques, and up-to-date safety recommendations help you learn how to use them for maximum benefit.

ESSENTIAL OILS can help you improve your overall well-being and start you on the path to a more natural you.

About the Neal’s Yard Remedies:  Neal’s Yard Remedies opened their doors on 4th December, 1981 in Neal’s Yard, a once forgotten corner of Covent Garden, in the heart of central London, England. NYR passionately believes that beauty should be natural, not synthetic, has been at the heart of their business since they started, over 30 years ago.



From my experiences, you’ll learn that baking is more than a science assignment and it’s definitely not about creating something that is perfect. (Perfection is unattainable so let’s agree to let go of that goal.) With my guiding hands in every recipe,you will bake confidently and successfully through this book just as if we were baking together. I’ll encourage you to engage all of your senses (sight,smell, touch, taste) and trust in your instincts. Baking does take some patience and, sometimes, a little courage to try something new, and I’ll be here to help along the way. –Abby Dodge

The Comprehensive, Must-Have Resource for Today’s Baker from former pastry chef and award-winning baking expert Abby Dodge.

“Everyday? Hardly! How about every minute? That’s how often we want to make the recipes from this baking pro who still makes it all too fun. We’re as undone by her mini pancetta quiche as we are by her double chocolate espresso wake-up bread. And if you’ve ever wanted to make English muffins, Abby makes it easy–and maybe an everyday necessity. Just wow.”– Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, Authors of The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book

The Everyday Baker is part culinary school, part trusted friend, and completely delicious. Abby shares her years of baking wisdom with such grace and ease that everyone from pastry chefs to first time bakers will successfully create fabulous pastries.”–Zoe Francois, pastry chef and cookbook author

“Abby Dodge is the best baking teacher I know, bar none. To see her amazing techniques and genius flavor pairings come to life in this soon-to-be classic resource is pure joy. With hundreds of helpful step-by-step photos and so many “extras”–from flavor swaps and make-ahead tips to finishing touches–The Everyday Baker is a hugely generous cookbook, the kind that invites you to drop everything you are doing and start baking this very minute. in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Everyday Baker inspires cooks across the country to bake their way through it, one delicious recipe at a time.”– Susie Middleton, cookbook author, farmer, and editor at large

“I love to cook but don’t know how to bake. With Abby’s recipes, problem solved!” — Victoria Hagan, interior designer


Recipes and Techniques for Foolproof Baking

By Abby Dodge

The Everyday Baker: Recipes and Techniques for Foolproof Baking (The Taunton Press; December 2015; Hardcover) by Abby Dodge is the ultimate resource for anyone who likes, loves, or lives to bake. This definitive collection serves as a delicious roadmap through a baker’s sweet and savory kitchen and includes over 176 foolproof, innovative recipes all featuring must-know tips and techniques, comprehensive instructions, 80 stunning photographs of the finished dishes, and almost 1,000 step-by-step photographs designed to revolutionize the home baking experience to help bakers of all skill levels bake with confidence and authority. So go ahead and roll up your sleeves, pull out the flour, heat up the oven, and get ready to wow your family, friends, or even customers with the best desserts and baked goods of your life. Because when it comes to this particular brand of sweet success, it’s all in the techniques, it’s all in the flavors, it’s all in the passion…and it’s all in The Everyday Baker!

Recipes include;

(Morning) Apple Cider Donuts

(Flatbread) Naan

(Yeast) Sweet Potato Bread

(Quick) Buttermilk Biscuits

(Cake) Cream Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache (aka Homemade “Funny Bones”)

(Cookies) Rosemary Shortbread

(Pies & Tarts) Banana Rum Truffle Tart

(Puddings) Lemon Ginger Mousse Souffles

(Pastry) Goat Cheese Olive Spirals

(Fruit) Peaches and Cream Pavlova

About the Author:   Abby Dodge is a widely respected baking expert, popular food writer, and instructor. Abby studied in Paris at La Varenne and worked in pastry under superstar chefs Michel Guérard and Guy Savoy. Abby is the author of nine cookbooks, including Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets, Desserts 4 Today, and The Weekend Baker—an IACP Cookbook Award Finalist. Her recipes and articles have appeared in seven dozen cookbooks, publications, blogs, and websites. Abby is a contributing editor to Fine Cooking magazine and is also a regular guest on TV and radio. She lives in Connecticut.



by Sheri Koones
Within the pages of PREFABULOUS SMALL HOUSES (The Taunton Press, $32.00, 240pp; available September 2016) you will explore the beauty, variety, design, and positive benefits of small-scale, prefab construction. Homeowners, remodelers, builders, architects, and designers will love the innovative technologies and environmentally friendly prefab design ideas presented.

More than 30 prefab homes ranging in size from 350 square feet to 2,000 square feet from around the nation are showcased; 250 stunning color photos and 32 floor plans provide all of the inspiration you need to think small, smart, and prefabulous.

A foreword by actor and environmentalist Robert Redford speaks to the urgency with which we must act to combat climate change and how prefabricated small homes have a role to play in the challenge.
Houses are all around the US. Homes & Locations include;

Dawnsknoll House – Santa Monica, CA – Minarc Architecture
Bonsall House – Bonsall, CA – Modular (near San Diego)
Lakeside Container Cottage – San Diego, CA Shipping Container – obr Architecture, Inc· Los Angeles Times
Cloverdale House – Cloverdale, CA – Modular – Method Homes (north of SF)
Silicon Valley Balance House – Portola Valley, California – Modular/SIPs
Casita de Invierno – Tampa FL- SIPs
Sandpoint Cabin – Sagle, ID – SIPs/Timber Frame
Lakeview House – Gilmore City, Iowa – SIPs
Cousins River Residence – Freeport, Maine – Go Logic Architects – SIPs
Little House On a Ferry – City Point, Vinalhaven, ME
Hilltop House – Hillsborough, NH – timber frame/Panelized – Bensonwood
Olde Seawatch – Manasquan, NJ – Modular – Atlantic Modular Builders/Excel Homes
The SU+RE House – Hoboken, NJ – Steven’s Institute of Technology, SD – Modular
Cocoon Studio – South Hampton, NY – Modular
DesertSol House – Las Vegas, NV – Kit House – SD
Urban Edan– University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Concrete Panels
John’s Island Home – John’s Island, SC – insulated steel panels
Ford House – Austin, TX – Modular – Palm Island Homes/ KRDB Architects
WeeZero House – Moab, Utah – Modular
M2 Cabin – Deming, WA – Modular
E-HAB – Seattle, WA – Modular
Whitby Island House – Whitbey Island, WA – timber frame/SIPs – FabCab
Vashon Island House – Vashon Island, WA – FabCab
Lake Union Floating Home – Lake union, WA – Hybrid – E. Cobb Architects
Emerald House – Seattle, WA – Greenfab builder – Modular
Bayview Cottage – Dennis Port, MA – Modular
Westport Beach House – Westport, CT, Panelized
Solar Laneway House – Vancouver, BC – SIPs
Halycon Hill – BC, Canada – Components
Alpine Passive House – Whistler, Canada – Panelized – Architrex Design Studio

About the Author  SHERI KOONES is an expert on prefabrication and a best-selling author whose previous books include Modular Mansions, Prefabulous, Prefabulous + Sustainable, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid, and Prefabulous World. She won the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award from NAREE (National Association of Real Estate Editors) in 2008, 2011, and 2013. Koones is also a columnist and speaker who lives in Westport, Connecticut.


“I am an author who wrote a book. It was called “Stupid White Men” (I didn’t come up with the title — after all, I am all three of those things! — it was the publisher’s idea). This book had an advertising budget of approximately zero. That meant the only way people were going to find out about the book was through the work of its publicist. That publicist was Lisa Sweet. Thanks in large part to her work, that book became the largest selling nonfiction book in America that year. It has, to date, sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide. I don’t think I have to say anymore. Anyone lucky enough to have Lisa Sweet doing their PR work is truly lucky and fortunate.”
 — Michael Moore, author of STUPID WHITE MEN

“Lisa is a motivated self-starter whose work ethic is exceptional.  She is professional, competent, focused, creative and sincere; all hallmark traits of a great publicist.”  
— Michael Morrison, President & Publisher, HarperCollinsPublishers

“Lisa Sweet is professional, creative, efficient, and absolutely tireless. Her talent has aided the success of my books immeasurably and I consider myself very lucky, both personally and professionally, to have counted her as an advocate. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
–Debra Ginsberg, author of WAITING: The True Confessions of a Waitress, ABOUT MY SISTERS and RAISING BLAZE