DIY at JMRL

If you can’t make it to the annual How-To Festival on Saturday, May 4 at Central Library, never fear! There are plenty of DIY books you can find at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library!

Check out some of the ‘how-to’ books offered online or in hard copy:

30-Minute Yoga by Viveka Blom Nygren (eBook)
With full-color photographs of yoga positions to help guide you through your home workout, Nygren explains what it means to practice yoga and how to breathe correctly, then walks readers through various yoga movements–basic positions, forward bends, relaxation poses–and closes with an exploration of how to make your yoga practice truly individual for you, through mantras and meditation.

How to Bake by Nick Malgieri (eBook)
Nick Malgieri shares scores of mouthwatering recipes for plain and fancy cakes; breads, biscuits, muffins, and scones; sweet and savory pies and tarts; brownies, macaroons, rugelach, and all manner of cookies.

How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners by Blake Brocksmith, Gary Dorfman, and Douglas Lichterman (book)
One note at a time — Bending notes — Understanding rhythm — Playing in different key positions — Songs you can play in first position — Improvisation — Practicing — Gear and accessories.

How to Taste: The Curious Cook’s Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and Beyond – with Recipes by Becky Selengut (book)
Principles of taste — Salt — Acid — Sweet — Fat — Bitter — Umami — Aromatics — Bite — Texture — Color, booze, temperature, sound, and the company you keep — The total dish.

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Books for Better Baking

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Whether you’re looking for some new recipes to spice up the holidays or just want to become a more efficient baker, the library has many different books to help you out. Try one of these baking cookbooks for insight and inspiration:

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro by Erin Jeanne McDowell – A popular baking columnist for the online community Food52 explains how to master, innovate and personalize favorite baking recipes, including Apple Cider Pie and Strawberry Popovers, through the mastery of the principles behind how ingredients interact.

A New Way to Bake from the kitchens of Martha Stewart – A collection of classic recipes inspired by recent trends in healthier ingredients, from whole-grain and nut flours to alternate milks and sweeteners.

One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals From the Oven to Your Table by Molly Gilbert – A follow-up to Sheet Pan Suppers shares 135 new recipes for single-pot meals, instructing busy home cooks on how to make creative variations of meat and vegetable dishes as well as a variety of treats.

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks – A collection of recipes and variations that celebrates classic American desserts, covering everything from chocolate chip cookies and ice cream sodas to fudge brownies and blueberry muffins.

The Harvest Baker by Ken Haedrich – A collection of sweet and savory recipes that incorporate a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs into all types of baking features such options as muffins, scones, flatbreads, calzones, cookies, cakes, and pies.

Better Baking: Wholesome Ingredients, Delicious Desserts by Genevieve Ko – A seasoned baker offers secrets for making desserts that are healthy but put taste first, using flavorful whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruit and the right balance of butter, oil, and sugar.

The Everyday Baker: Recipes & Techniques for Foolproof Baking by Abigail Johnson Dodge – over 150 recipes, with step-by-step photographs, for the home baker, including donuts, scones, cookies, turnovers, pies, cakes, baguettes, croissants, and tarts, complemented by must-know tips and techniques.

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes From My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan – A collection of simple contemporary French dessert recipes, including Parisian macarons, bubble eclairs, fall-market galette, and apple tarte flambâee.