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art of plant-based cheesemaking, second edition

Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking, Second Edition

How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: August, 2020
ISBN: 9780865719385
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Making real, full-flavored and richly textured cheese without the use of dairy has long remained a mystery until now! With step-by-step guidance from acknowledged master plant-based cheesemaker Karen McAthy, anyone can learn to craft authentic, delicious vegan cheese.

Drawing deep from the well of traditional cheesemaking but extending and developing the methods into plant-based ingredients, this new edition of the award-winning The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking is a lavishly illustrated, practical guide packed with step-by-step recipes and straightforward processes from beginner to advanced. Coverage includes:

  • Equipment, sanitation, food safety
  • Non-cultured beginner recipes through to advanced cultured cheeses
  • How to grow your own plant-based cultures, including rejuvelac, sprouting, fermentation, kefir, and probiotic capsules
  • Using emulsifiers, starches, and binders
  • Flavors, aging, rind curing, and working with molds
  • Troubleshooting tips and tricks
  • Updated step-by-step guidance and a detailed breakdown of the culturing process.

The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking, 2nd edition makes incredible homemade vegan cheese accessible for beginners, aspiring DIY non-dairy cheesemakers, and serious foodies alike. The texture, the sharpness, the taste; you will be proud to serve up your creations.

Simply everything you need to make delicious non-dairy cheese right at home.

primer for forgetting

Primer for Forgetting

Getting Past the Past
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: June, 2020
ISBN: 9781250619532
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Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Trickster Makes This World, offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche.

We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear—be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth?

A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism. It forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a creative and political force. It also turns inward, using the authors own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.

What a relief to make a book whose free associations are happily foregrounded, a book that does not so much argue its point of departure as more simply sketch the territory I have been exploring, a book that I hope will both invite and provoke a reader’s own free reflections.

Drawing material from Hesiod to Jorge Luis Borges to Elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis.


To study the self is to forget the self.

Every act of memory is an act of forgetting.

In forgetting lies the liquefaction of time.

We dream in order to forget.

Of the curious images in the book:

I was led to invent my own imaginary Museum of Forgetting and to stock it with works of art, each accompanied by explanatory wall text.



A Deep Time Journey
$21.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication Date: June, 2020
ISBN: 9780141030579
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In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.

The way into the underland is through the riven trunk of an old ash tree… Near the ash’s base its trunk splits into a rough rift, just wide enough that a person might slip into the tree’s hollow heart—and there drop into the dark space that opens below. The rift’s edges are smoothed to a shine by those who have gone this way before, passing through the old ash to enter the underland…

The way out of the underland is where nine springs flow clear from the bedrock… We make our way to the end of the wood where the springs rise. The springs have organized themselves in a circle around a hollow in the chalk, filling a pool that is perhaps a foot deep and six feet across. The water in the pool is so clear as to be invisible, save for the root-like reflection of the branches above that it carries.

“Macfarlane has invented a new kind of book, really a new genre entirely.” —The Irish Times

He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation.” —Wall Street Journal

“Startling and memorable, charting invisible and vanishing worlds. Macfarlane has made himself Orpheus, the poet who ventures down to the darkest depths and returns—frighteningly alone—to sing of what he has seen.” —New Statesman

Also by Robert Macfarlane is The Old Ways.



New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness
$35.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: May, 2020
ISBN: 9780593135464
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Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now recent science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system.

In Neurodharma, the follow-up to his classic Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson not only explores the new neuroscience of awakening but also offers a bold yet plausible plan for reverse-engineering peak experiences, sense of oneness, and even enlightenment itself. And he does so with his trademark blend of solid science and warm encouragement, guiding you along this high-reaching path with good humor, accessible tools, and personal examples. 

A groundbreakingly practical book, Neurodharma shares seven practices for strengthening the neural circuitry of profound contentment and inner peace—qualities that offer essential support in everyday life while also supporting the exploration of the most radical reaches of human consciousness. Step by step, this book explains how to apply these insights in order to cultivate unshakable presence of mind, a courageous heart, and serenity in a changing world. The breakthroughs of the great teachers are not reserved for the chosen few. Dr. Hanson shows how we can embody them ourselves in daily life to handle stress, heal old pain, feel at ease with others, and rest in the sense of our natural goodness.

Neuroscientists are discovering the mechanisms of the brain that underpin the Buddha’s penetrating analysis of the mind. With deep research, stories, guided meditations, examples, and applications, Dr. Hanson offers a fascinating, inspiring vision of who we can be. This book is nothing short of a path to transcendence, a method for liberating the mind and heart, discovering freedom from suffering, and engaging life with a kind heart and inner peace. Hanson guides readers with his usual encouragement, good humor, and personal examples.

“Rick Hanson’s brilliance is the capacity to offer practical, powerful, scientifically grounded practices that lead to true happiness and a loving heart. This is an illuminating and transformational book!”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Compassion

anxiety and phobia workbook

Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

7th Edition
$36.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: May, 2020
ISBN: 9781684034833
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Celebrating 30 years as a classic in its field and recommended by therapists worldwide, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbookis an unparalleled, essential resource for people struggling with anxiety and phobias.

Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren’t in control of your life. Tackle the fears that hold you back with this go-to guide. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this evidence-based workbook contains the latest clinical research. You’ll find an arsenal of tools for quieting worry, ending negative self-talk, and taking charge of your anxious thoughts, including:

  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • New research on exposure therapy for phobias
  • Lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness and nutrition tips

Written by a leading expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this fully revised and updated seventh edition offers powerful, step-by-step treatment strategies for panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), worry, and fear. You will also find new information on relapse prevention after successful treatment, and updates on medication, cannabis derivatives, ketamine, exposure, nutrition, spirituality, the latest research in neurobiology, and more.

Whether you suffer from anxiety and phobias yourself, or are a professional working with this population, this book provides the latest treatment solutions for overcoming the fears that stand in the way of living a meaningful and happy life. This workbook can be used on its own or in conjunction with therapy.

A partial list of topics includes:

  • Causes of anxiety disorders
  • Changing mistaken beliefs
  • Visualization for anxiety
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Overcoming negative self-talk
  • Physical exercise
  • Real-life desensitization
  • Asserting yourself
  • Coping with panic attacks
  • Identifying and expressing feelings
  • Existential and spiritual perspectives of anxiety.
language of yoga

Language of Yoga

Complete A-to-Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: May, 2020
ISBN: 9781683644743
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An in-depth reference guide to the vast majority of Sanskrit posture names, terms, and chants used in yoga.

Ashtanga. Adhomukhashvanasana, Chakra. Prana. The complex terminology of yoga can be overwhelming to someone new to the practice.

For longtime Sanskrit and yoga scholar Nicolai Bachman, these words are not just foreign terms to be memorized and recited during practice. In The Language of Yoga, Bachman shows that each syllable is a door to deeper, richer engagement with yoga not only as a physical exercise, but as a living, vibrating connection to the life-force of this tradition. Providing translation, cultural significance, and precise pronunciation for more than 200 illustrated asanas, The Language of Yoga is the definitive guide to the modern usage of Sanskrit. You will also discover:

  • Why the exploration of yoga philosophy complements and enriches the physical practice
  • Correct spelling and pronunciation of common terms you’ll likely encounter in the studio
  • Mudras and chants for different life circumstances
  • Downloadable audio files for pronunciation of hundreds of terms and posture names

More than just a supplement to your yoga practice, The Language of Yoga vividly illuminates an ancient system of sacred syllables that resonate deep in the subtle body. Whether you’re a passionate enthusiast or a curious beginner, The Language of Yoga offers an invaluable reference guide for any explorer of the yogic path.

women's bodies, women's wisdom

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing (Newly Updated and Revised 5th Edition)
$35.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Publication Date: May, 2020
ISBN: 9780525486114
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First published in 1994, this book has remained the veritable bible for women’s health. Now completely revised and updated [as of 2020] with the latest research and information, this is the primo holistic medical guide for women—covering every topic a woman might ever wish to explore—and a bargain at the price. It’s a unique, informed, practical and philosophical approach to healing that empowers women to take control of their physical and emotional health. As positively feminist as Our Bodies, Ourselves was in its day, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom cites dramatic and affecting cases of emotional and psychological trauma contributing to women’s obstetrical and gynecological ailments. It also demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they can virtually heal themselves with complementary alternative medical methods and groundbreaking mind-body guidance. This healing book about healing combines curing with caring, knowledge with intuition, and shows how physical healing is inseparable from spiritual healing.

Northrup, the wise woman healer you always wanted on your side, authoritatively and compassionately guides readers through an A to Z list of women’s conditions from fibroids, menstruation, and vaginitis to cancer, hysterectomy, hormones and menopause. With tables, charts, rituals, self-inventories, life stories and exercises, it can guide you on your healing journey to:

  •  Recognize the wisdom inherent in each of your body’s processes—from menstruation through menopause
  • Understand how and why these processes are part of your personal inner guidance system.

Reflecting today's woman's proactive involvement in her own health care, this new edition will help women enjoy vibrant health with far fewer medical interventions.

“At last a book that covers women’s health that includes the broad areas of important medical and holistic knowledge we need to know to fully take care of ourselves. We are clearly led through basic physiological, medical, psychological, human-energy field, dietary, and physical-exercise information that will help us shift our personal health care into the new paradigm encompassed by women’s wisdom.” —Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light

soil science for gardeners

Soil Science for Gardeners

Working with Nature to Build Soil Health
$18.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: April, 2020
ISBN: 9780865719309
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Healthy soil means thriving plants. Yet untangling the soil food web and optimizing your soil health is beyond most gardeners, many of whom lack an in-depth knowledge of the soil ecosystem.

Soil Science for Gardeners is an accessible, science-based guide to understanding soil fertility and, in particular, the rhizosphere the thin layer of liquid and soil surrounding plant roots, so vital to plant health.

Robert Pavlis, a gardener for over four decades, debunks common soil myths, explores the rhizosphere, and provides a personalized soil fertility improvement program in this three-part popular science guidebook. Coverage includes:

  •  Soil biology and chemistry and how plants and soil interact
  •  Common soil health problems, including analyzing soil's fertility and plant nutrients
  •  The creation of a personalized plan for improving your soil fertility, including setting priorities and goals in a cost-effective, realistic time frame.
  •  Creating the optimal conditions for nature to do the heavy lifting of building soil fertility

Written for the home gardener, market gardener, and micro-farmer, Soil Science for Gardeners is packed with information to help you grow thriving plants.

keeping bees with a smile

Keeping Bees with a Smile

Principles and Practice of Natural Beekeeping
$34.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: April, 2020
ISBN: 9780865719279
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Are you a beginner beekeeper curious about bees or a practicing beekeeper looking for natural alternatives that work? Then this book is for you!

In the second edition of the bestselling beekeeping guide Keeping Bees with a Smile, Fedor Lazutin, one of Europe's most successful natural beekeepers, shares the bee-friendly approach to apiculture that is fun, healthful, rewarding, and accessible to all. This new edition includes dozens of color photographs, new hive management techniques, and an updated version of "Lazutin hive" plans. Additional coverage includes:

  • Keeping bees naturally without interfering in their lives
  • Starting an apiary for free by attracting local bee swarms
  • Building low-maintenance hives that mimic how bees live in nature
  • Keeping colonies healthy and strong without any drugs, sugar, or gimmickry
  • Helping bees to overwinter successfully even in harsh climates
  • Enhancing local nectar plant resources
  • Producing truly natural honey without robbing the bees
  • Reversing the global bee decline... right in your backyard!

Keeping Bees with a Smile is an invaluable resource for apiculture beginners and professionals alike, complete with plans for making bee-friendly, well-insulated horizontal hives with extra-deep frames, plus other fascinating beekeeping advice you won't find anywhere else.



Igniting a New Carbon Drawdown Economy to End the Climate Crisis
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Chelsea Green
Publication Date: April, 2020
ISBN: 9781603589840
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To avert climate catastrophe, we need to radically alter how humans live on Earth. We have to go from spending carbon to banking it. We have to put back the trees, wetlands, and corals. We have to regrow the soil and turn back the desert. We have to reverse the flow of greenhouse gases and send them in exactly the opposite direction: down, not up. We have to flip the carbon cycle and run it backwards. For such a revolutionary transformation we’ll need civilization 2.0.

A secret unlocked by the ancients of the Amazon for its ability to transform impoverished tropical soils into terra preta—fertile black earths—points the way. The indigenous custom of converting organic materials into long lasting carbon has enjoyed a reawakening in recent decades as the quest for more sustainable farming methods has grown. Yet the benefits of this carbonized material, now called biochar, extend far beyond the soil. Pyrolyzing carbon has the power to restore a natural balance by unmining the coal and undrilling the oil and gas. Employed to its full potential, it can run the carbon cycle in reverse and remake Earth as a garden planet.

Burn looks beyond renewable biomass or carbon capture energy systems to offer a bigger and bolder vision for the next phase of human progress, moving carbon from wasted sources:

  • into soils and agricultural systems to rebalance the carbon, nitrogen, and related cycles; enhance nutrient density in food; rebuild topsoil; and condition urban and agricultural lands to withstand flooding and drought
  • to cleanse water by carbon filtration and trophic cascades within the worlds rivers, oceans, and wetlands
  • to shift urban infrastructures such as buildings, roads, bridges, and ports, incorporating drawdown materials and components, replacing steel, concrete, polymers, and composites with biological carbon
  • to drive economic reorganization by incentivizing carbon drawdown.

Fully developed, this approach costs nothing—to the contrary, it can save companies money or provide new revenue streams. It contains the seeds of a new, circular economy in which energy, natural resources, and human ingenuity enter a virtuous cycle of improvement. Burn offers bold new solutions to climate change that can begin right now.