The Art of Picnics

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Gourmet Grazing for the Great Outdoors

What could be the hidden key to health and happiness? It may just be tucked away in your picnic basket. The Art of Picnics encourages you to take a break from your fast-paced lifestyle, pick up a picnic basket, and reconnect with nature.

Outdoor recipes for seasonal eating. There’s nothing more satisfying than good food and the great outdoors. And if you’re yearning for tranquility and the charm of nature, your own backyard may be your own special retreat. With a bounty of family-style food recipes for foodies of all skill levels, The Art of Picnics offers a new perspective on the traditional picnic.

From decor to dessert. The perfect lounging, hiking, or camping cookbook, this beautifully photographed inspirational tome can also be used to feed your friends and family indoors (we’ll never tell!). Part easy recipe-book, part outdoor entertaining manual, The Art of Picnics is an accessible, visual guide to creating a quintessential outdoor gathering. Whether it’s cooking during the day for an upcountry lunch or preparing for a twilight gathering, you’ll capture a spark of outdoor adventure with twenty seasonal picnic ideas. Featuring vibrant photographs of picnic traditions and lush landscapes, inside you’ll find:

  • Décor ideas with woven rugs, crate tables, mismatched china, plush pillows
  • Planning recommendations like fresh-cut blooms, wine, and artisanal bread
  • One-of-a-kind recipes for sandwiches, grazing boards, and more!

If you’re looking for charcuterie books, a snacks cookbook, or recipes for food on the go—or enjoyed Picnic, The Camp Cookout, or Platters and Boards—then you’ll love The Art of Picnics.

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Becoming a Dog Chef

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Homemade Dog Food for the Goodest Boys

#1 New Release in Animal Husbandry

Make your own dog food with world renowned dog chef, Kevyn Matthews. With tons of recipes for canine cooking, these healthy alternatives to processed dog food transform any home into a personal restaurant for dogs.

Haute cuisine for hounds. Whether you’re cooking up doggy dinners or puppy picnics, these healthy, homemade dog foods are sure to keep your dog away from the dinner table. With the help of the canine culinary master dubbed “The Dog Chef,” you’ll learn to make your own dog food and create fully balanced meals. Plus, you’ll get an inside look into the life of a dog chef along the way.

Wholesome meals for man’s best friend. Chef Kevyn understands that the goodest boys deserve the goodest food. That’s why he’s jam-packed this cookbook with fresh meals and treats that even humans love. Alongside famous one-of-a-kind dog recipes, find bonus information on your dog’s immune system, digestion, and daily life for optimal doggo health.

Inside, read chapters on: 

  • Raw food
  • Cooked food
  • Treats and sweets

If you’re ready to start your own restaurant for dogs, and enjoyed books like Feed Your Best Friend Better, Home Cooking for Your Dog, and Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs, then you’ll love Becoming a Dog Chef

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Picturing America's Pastime

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Baseball Photography Classics

“It’s a great addition to your coffee table, or as a gift to the baseball fan in your life.” ―baseballmusings.com

#1 New Release in Photojournalism, Photo Essays, Statistics, History, Sports Photography, and Sports

Picturing America’s Pastime celebrates baseball through a unique photography collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s unmatched archive of baseball photos.

Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations is the mission of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Now, with this unequaled collection of photos from baseball history, you can revel in the moments we share at the ballpark, the grand sweep of the stadium, the drama of the game, and classic images of baseball greats.

Celebrate the history of baseball and baseball photography. Go beyond the standard highlights of baseball history in this collection of rarely seen photos that reveals the full landscape of our national pastime as no other collection can. Selected by the historians and curators at the Baseball Hall of Fame, the photographs reveal the rich relationship between photography and the game.  Each image includes an historic quote and a detailed caption, often highlighting little-known information about the photographers and techniques used across the 150 plus years covered in the book.

Experience the storied history of this great game through iconic images:

  • Panoramic photos of historic stadiums
  • A thoughtful Honus Wagner studying his bat
  • Early African American team portraits and photos of such greats as Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, and Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso
  • And much more!

If you have enjoyed baseball photography books such as The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs, 100 Year in Pinstripes: The New York Yankees in Photographs, or Baseball: An Illustrated History, you will love The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Picturing America’s Pastime.

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Making Vegan Meat

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A Plant-Based Cookbook Packed with Juicy Vegan Meat Recipes and Rooted in Food Science

#1 Bestseller in Raw Cooking, Vegan Cooking, and Vegetarian Diets

"Mark is an absolute wizard - he can turn the most unexpected ingredients into vegan meat! You will not be disappointed." ―Rose Lee, Cheap Lazy Vegan

An original type of cookbook for those looking to make juicy burgers, sizzling BBQ ribs, and fried chicken, all from the power of fruits and vegetables.

To all food lovers and enthusiasts out there. Making Vegan Meat is a staple cookbook for kitchens where home cooks, professional chefs, foodies, vegans, vegetarians, and the vegan curious can find super vegan meat recipes. Foodie, food scientist. and YouTuber Mark “Saustache” Thompson shows you a multitude of filling vegan dishes to deeply satisfy your tastebuds.

Nutritious, creative, plant-based recipes. Step out of your comfort zone and have fun with healthier, delicious, plant-based cuisine, from mouthwatering BBQ ribs made from mushrooms to crispy bacon from a daikon radish. You will have your dinner guests exclaiming, “Wait! That’s a vegetable?”

Read Making Vegan Meat and:

  • Learn to experiment in the kitchen with unexpected ingredients and create your own plant-based vegan meat recipes
  • Gain insight into how to produce different flavors, textures, and aromas
  • Discover exciting ways to use a variety of mushrooms and many other fruits and vegetables

If you enjoyed plant-based cookbooks like Vegan for EverybodyPlants-Only Kitchen, or Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook, then you’ll love Making Vegan Meat.

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Bread Baking Basics

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Make the Perfect Loaf with this Bread Baking Guide

#1 New Release in Rice & Grains and Breakfast Cooking

Bread Baking Basics by Gregory Berger explores the art of getting started and trying something new through making your first loaf of bread. With quotes, essays, photographs, illustrations, and recipes, this bread cookbook helps you feed your stomach—and your soul—through home baked bread.

The best—and easiest—way to make the perfect loaf. Baking new things can be intimidating. But if you never try, you’ll never get to taste the flavors of hard work and success. Practice the art of making bread through new skills that mirror life in surprising ways. Learn confidence while discovering the science of food. Find abundance while trying new and tasty recipes. Explore healthy living with healthy foods, all in Bread Baking Basics.

From making sourdough bread to pizza dough, learn new, simple, and classic recipes for bread. Author Gregory Berger knows what it’s like to try something new. He started making bread as a personal hobby on a whim. Now, he’s an award-winning baker who has learned to make the perfect loaf—and has created recipes for some of Sacramento’s top restaurants while at it.

In Bread Baking Basics, Gregory shares the skills and life lessons he’s learned from his journey, including:

  • The do's and don’ts of making Sourdough bread starters and sour moments
  • Healthy toast recipes and healthy, local eating
  • Creative salad and pizza ideas alongside lessons on moderation and enjoyment

If you found bread baking cookbooks like Bread Baking for Beginners by Bonnie Ohara, Mastering Bread by Marc Vetri, or Bread Bakers Apprentice by Peter Reinheart helpful, you’ll love Bread Baking Basics.

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Growing Flowers

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Learn How to Grow Flowering Plants

“Anyone wanting to get started with a flower garden will find plenty of expert guidance here.” ―Publishers Weekly

#1 Best Seller in Annual Flowers Gardening, Bulb Flower Gardening, and Perennial Gardening.

In the mountains of Asheville, NC, Niki Irving’s boutique flower farm grows specially cut, mountain-fresh flowers with sustainable, natural practices. Now, she brings her organic gardening techniques to your home, helping you grow, harvest, and arrange lush, seasonally inspired flowers.

Revel in flowering plants. This beautifully photographed book features simple, and engaging know-how enabling you to grow, harvest, and arrange a cutting garden of flowers. An instructional guide to gardening for beginners or if you’re looking to hone your botanical skills, Growing Flowers teaches everything from caring for a cut flower garden to making simple-yet-gorgeous flower arrangements and botanical bouquets.

An indispensable gardening guide for homebody horticulturists and floral foragers. A flower book with a whimsical twist, Growing Flowers is a go-to reference for those new to herb and flower gardening. Discover flower arranging techniques using blooms, greenery, and even artichokes, vines and berries. Learn about tools of the trade. Get down and dirty with dirt, seasonal rotation, starting from seeds and/or seedlings, and more.

Inside find:

  • Explanations of soil types and soil preparations
  • A list of seasonal flowers such as peonies or garden roses for the spring and sunflowers and dahlias for the summer and fall
  • Basic knowledge to create flower bouquets that include things like sprigs of greenery and even attractive weeds

Growing Flowers is a wonderful addition to any collection of garden books. If you’re looking for gardening gifts for gardeners or enjoy flowering plant books and flower books like Floret Farms Cut Flower Garden book, Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers, or The Flower Gardener's Bible, you’ll love Growing Flowers.

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Food Americana

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Whet Your Appetites for A Fascinating History of American Food

"Terrific food journalism. Page uncovers the untold backstories of American food. A great read." —George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, This Week and ABC News’ Chief Anchor

2021 International Book Awards finalist in History: United States
#1 New Release in History Humor, Food & Cooking, and Media Tie-In Cooking

David Page changed the world of food television by creating, developing, and executive-producing the groundbreaking show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Now from the two-time Emmy winner David Page comes the book Food Americana, an entertaining mix of food culture, pop culture, nostalgia, and everything new on the American plate.

The remarkable history of American food. What is American cuisine? What national menu do we share? What dishes have we chosen, how did they become “American,” and how are they likely to evolve from here? David Page answers all these questions and more.

Food Americana is engaging, insightful, and often humorous. The inside story of how Americans have formed a national cuisine from a world of flavors. Sushi, pizza, tacos, bagels, barbecue, dim sum―even fried chicken, burgers, ice cream, and many more―were born elsewhere and transformed into a unique American cuisine.

Food Americana is a riveting ride into every aspect of what we eat and why. From a lobster boat off the coast of Maine to the Memphis in May barbecue competition. From the century-old Russ & Daughters lox and bagels shop in lower Manhattan to the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival. From a thousand-dollar Chinese meal in San Francisco to birria tacos from a food truck in South Philly.

Meet engaging characters and legends including:

  • Alice Waters
  • Daniel Boulud
  • Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s
  • Mel Brooks  

If you enjoyed captivating food history books like A History of the World in 6 GlassesOn Food and Cooking, or the classic Salt by Mark Kurlansky, you’ll love Food Americana.

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Terpenes for Well-Being

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Start Your Self-Care Journey with Cannabis Cocktails, Cooking, and Creams

"Whether you are new to handling or consuming cannabis, have an interest in aromatherapy, or want to expand your culinary repertoire to include the basics of natural plant terpenes, you'll enjoy this book!” —Jacqui Pressinger, director of the American Culinary Federation

#1 New Release in Pharmaceutical Drug Guides, Health, and Mind & Body Reference

International wine scholar and seasoned cannabis professional, Andrew Freedman, brings a fun, step-by-step guide to using terpenes for both physical and emotional self-care, including relaxation, stress management, and natural medicine anxiety relief.

Herbal remedies to feel better outside and inside. In recent years, cannabis has taken the natural medicine community by storm, with terpenes as the number one conversation starter. To Freedman, dubbed "The Cannabis Sommelier", terpenes have a depth of complexity, whether it’s helping to set your intention, creating the mood, and now―fusing it with cocktails, cooking, and aromatherapy. With engaging text, informative charts, and recipes for both edible and non-edible terpene consumption, Terpenes for Well-Being provides both a botanical breakdown and comprehensive drug guide to aromatherapy-related techniques for relaxation, natural stress relief, and anti-anxiety treatment.

Cannabis cocktails and aromatherapy. In the tradition of cannabis cookbooks, Terpenes for Well-Being offers terpene-infused food and cocktail recipes to promote well-being. With information on the distinct characteristics of different terpenes, this exciting self-care book offers a hands-on, DIY approach to terpene-infused lotions, potions, foods and beverages.

Inside, you’ll find recipes for:

  • Bath salts
  • Cocktails
  • Food pairings
  • And more!

If you’re looking for cannabis gifts or self-care gifts for women or men―and enjoyed books like The Lost Book of Herbal RemediesA Woman’s Guide to Cannabis, or Cannabis Pharmacy―then you’ll love Terpenes for Well-Being.

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Cocktails, Mocktails, and Garnishes from the Garden

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Botany for Bartenders

“Cocktails, Mocktails and Garnishes from the Garden is perfect for stirring things up and taking your drinks to a new level.” —The Two Classy Chics

#1 New release in Garnishing Meals, and Food Science

Step inside a bartender’s apothecary, forage for garnishes, and craft some of the most popular cocktails, mocktails, and beverages. This beautifully photographed compendium of craft cocktails includes examples of garnishes and interesting ingredients to give any drink a botanical twist.

The go-to reference for classic and modern cocktail recipes. Whether it’s adding a basil sprig or infusing gin with peaches; Cocktails, Mocktails and Garnishes from the Garden gives you the ability to make classic cocktails and the confidence to craft innovative concoctions. Alongside recipes of some of the most popular cocktails come new-fangled libations, non-alcoholic equivalents, and instructions to create gorgeous garnishes.

Creating your very own herb bar and garnish garden for craft cocktails. A cocktail recipe book from the wild; Cocktails, Mocktails and Garnishes from the Garden features examples of garnishes and general know-how. With a reference guide of herbal and floral flavors that complement different spirits, and details about what to plant and how to grow your very own herb bar, you can craft cocktail recipes alongside nature.

Inside, learn about herbs and their uses as well as:

  • General instructions on creating a garnish garden
  • The difference between a high ball and a coupe glass
  • Which bar tools are “must haves” for a home cocktail set-up

If you enjoyed books like The Drunken BotanistThe Wildcrafting BrewerShrubs, or Beautiful Booze, then you’ll love Cocktails, Mocktails and Garnishes from the Garden.

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In Defense of Plants

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The Study of Plants in a Whole New Light

“Matt Candeias succeeds in evoking the wonder of plants with wit and wisdom.” ―James T. Costa, PhD, executive director, Highlands Biological Station and author of Darwin's Backyard

#1 New Release in Nature & Ecology, Plants, Botany, Horticulture, Trees, Biological Sciences, and Nature Writing & Essays

In his debut book, internationally-recognized blogger and podcaster Matt Candeias celebrates the nature of plants and the extraordinary world of plant organisms.

A botanist’s defense. Since his early days of plant restoration, this amateur plant scientist has been enchanted with flora and the greater environmental ecology of the planet. Now, he looks at the study of plants through the lens of his ever-growing houseplant collection. Using gardening, houseplants, and examples of plants around you, In Defense of Plants changes your relationship with the world from the comfort of your windowsill.

The ruthless, horny, and wonderful nature of plants. Understand how plants evolve and live on Earth with a never-before-seen look into their daily drama. Inside, Candeias explores the incredible ways plants live, fight, have sex, and conquer new territory. Whether a blossoming botanist or a professional plant scientist, In Defense of Plants is for anyone who sees plants as more than just static backdrops to more charismatic life forms.

In this easily accessible introduction to the incredible world of plants, you’ll find:

  • Fantastic botanical histories and plant symbolism
  • Passionate stories of flora diversity and scientific names of plant organisms
  • Personal tales of plantsman discovery through the study of plants
If you enjoyed books like The Botany of DesireWhat a Plant Knows, or The Soul of an Octopus, then you’ll love In Defense of Plants.

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Chew This Journal

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A Doggie Bucket List to Stimulate You and Your Best Friend

Chew This Journal is a fantastic and fun way to get to know your furry best friend…. Rescue dogs all over the globe give it FOUR paws up!” —Larissa Wohl, pet rescue expert

Part activity book and part bullet journal, Chew This Journal provides inspiration and guidance for dog lovers looking to enrich the lives of their pets.

Is your dog bored? Doesn’t have to be! From bucket lists and outings to arts and crafts Chew This Journal inspires you to spend more time with your pup. Chew This Journal leads you through fun activities, while creatively recording your adventures in the pages of the book. This unique journal doubles as your dog’s memory keeper and activity tracker, making it a one-of-a-kind keepsake that you and your dog complete together.

Loads of activities and training plans. Chew This Journal provides dog owners and their dogs with step-by-step instructions for over 100 activities and training plans such as:

  • Crafts like paw painting flowers
  • DIY treat puzzles
  • No-sew beds
  • Tug toys you and your dog can make together to keep, to gift to friends and family at the holidays, or even to donate to a local shelter to support dogs in need.

Don’t just spend your walks on your phone. Chew This Journal will inspire you to be more engaged in the time you and your dog have together. Chew This Journal will help you map training goals from practical manners (not pulling on the leash or jumping on strangers) to impressive skills like mastering urban agility and parkour skills. With easy to follow training instructions Chew This Journal helps you create exciting weekly and monthly challenges and record your progress.

If you and your pup have enjoyed Kyra Sundance books such as 101 Dog Tricks or Family Fun Dog Activity Kit, we think you will love Sassafras Lowrey’s Chew This Journal.

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Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You

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Living With Mother Nature—and Other Things Learned in the Wild

“Having this book in your backpack just may save your life one day.” —Jesse Weiland, national park ranger

#1 New Release in Earth Sciences, Natural Disasters, and Sports Reference

Prepare for all the worst case scenarios mother earth throws at you with Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You—the only survival kit you need to overcome wildlife, natural disasters, and everything else outdoors.

Survive the unexpected. Statistically, you’re more likely to die from a vending machine than a shark. But, Rob Nelson knows many shark survivors. His college girlfriend was attacked by a crocodile and his roommate, a grizzly bear. His wife was sucked by a wave down a blowhole, he was left stranded at sea after a storm sank his sailboat, and the list goes on and on. To Rob, these “improbable” altercations are “random acts of nature,” and he’s learned how to survive them.

On knots, poisonous plants, and natural disasters.  Featuring 52 challenges you can encounter in the wilderness, this survival guide is your year-long crash course for ultimate disaster management. Whether you’re preparing for a moose attack or a nuclear fallout,  Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You enables you to confront the natural world with skill and confidence. This wilderness survival guidebook also includes:

  • Pop culture examples like Jaws and The Revenant 
  • Nature and science-packed stories and narratives
  • Diagrams, survival tips, and more!

If you enjoyed books like Bushcraft 101, The Worst Case Scenario, or SAS Survival Handbook, then Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You is your next read!

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Buns and Burgers

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The Cookbook For All Things Buns and Burgers

Masterful burger recipes and recipes for baking buns from scratch. Learn how to make and bake your way into creating an Instagram-worthy burger.

Baking bread for beginners. Berger understands that not everyone has the resources and skills of a professional chef. He himself is a work-at-home dad who got his start in the culinary world by picking up baking as a hobby, and now he's gone on to create bread recipes for some of Sacramento’s top restaurants. Because of this, his cookbook intentionally emphasizes that all these crowd-pleasing burgers and buns can be made by anyone.

Tips and tricks for beginning and experienced cooks. We can’t devote endless hours to our meal creations, as much as some of us would like to. Cooking often calls for prioritization. Knowing that we’re baking bread from scratch, Berger shares with readers a few ideas for cutting corners when preparing a meal―such as mixing Blood Mary spices into store-bought mayo for a delicious aioli sauce.

Discover in Buns and Burgers:

  • Over 30 delicious and diverse hamburger bun recipes, complete with photos, each followed by the burger creation
  • Shortcuts along the way for those looking to save time
  • Mouth-watering hamburger recipes like the cotija and green onion bun with a black bean and sweet potato burger, topped with roasted poblano mayo

Fans of cookbooks such as Bread Baking for BeginnersThe Food Lab, or The Ultimate Burger by America’s Test Kitchen will salivate over the recipes in Gregory Berger’s Buns and Burgers.

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Eating Across America

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Celebrating and Empowering Black Lives and Black Authors

Best Daym Takeout

Drive-ins, diners and dives: Daymon Patterson, author of Eating Across America, is better known as Daym Drops, an American food critic, YouTube celebrity, and television presenter. He initially gained popularity on YouTube for his video review of a Five Guys takeoutmeal, which spawned a viral online song by the Gregory Brothers. He hosted Best Daym Takeout, a food-review oriented television program on the Travel Channel, based on his experiences and with certain aspects borrowed from his YouTube channel. "Best Daym Takeout", aired in 2013, with works featured on The Jimmy Fallon show. That's where Rachel Ray's Team found me, and brought me on for a few episodes before Rachel Ray offered me a position on the show as her Food Correspondent. I travel abroad, sampling dishes and many QSR locations, all to give them a Super Official Food Review from the front seat of my Truck.

Cheap eats, food trucks and street food: Shows like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives have never been more popular. And they have inspired a movement. More and more, people are packing up their cars and road tripping in search of cheap eats, food trucks and street food. Daym Drops offers Eating Across America for all traveling foodies.

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Beer School

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An Insider's Guide to Craft Beer─the World's Greatest Drink

"Brad and Jonny make understanding beer easy and nearly as fun as drinking it." ―James Watt, founder of Brewdog.

#1 Best Seller in Beer

Beer has come a long way in the 6,000 years since the first taste. The legends of the craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of the perfect pint. But how do you get the right brew for you? And can you learn to make a beer that adds to the lager legacy?

Beers of the world. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of YouTube sensation the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, Jonny and Brad explain the intricacies of the finest artisan craft brews including: ales, lagers, porters, stouts, IPSs, and bitters.

How to make beer. The lads have the inside scoop on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware. Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and how to get the most out of every sip. Learn about grain, mash, water, hops, boil, yeast, fermentation, serving, storing, pouring, and tasting.

If you have read books such as The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein or The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth, you’ll love Beer School by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans.

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