New At the Library

By Jessica Bowman, Adult Services Manager, Latah County Library District

Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola

The author's skill and expertise is clearly on display. The principles of cold-process soapmaking are introduced, including a glossary of terms and safety requirements. Ingredients from oils to additives are covered in detail. The bulk of the book is composed of 32 different recipes grouped by type--simple soaps, beauty and skin care, and more sophisticated soaps. Readers should be aware that soapmaking requires an investment of time, space, and ingredients.  -Library Journal

Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide by Thomas Easley

This comprehensive, full-color guide provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines at home, including practical tips and numerous effective formulas developed and tested by the authors, both expert herbalists with years of experience. Readers who appreciate the health-giving properties of herbal medicines but are discouraged by the high price of commercial products can now make their own preparations for a fraction of the cost. The authors tell you everything you need to know about harvesting, preparing, and administering herbs in many different forms, including fresh, bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar and oil, and even preparations like essential oils and flower essences. The book also covers topical applications of herbs as salves, lotions, poultices, tooth powders, ear drops, and more, and includes an extensive chapter on herbal hydrotherapy.  -From the Publisher

DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor-A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, and More by Jovial King and Guido Mase

DIY Bitters is a how-to guide that explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own bitters at home, to be used alone or in cocktails, tonics, and even main meals.

Herbalists Jovial King and Guido Mase, owners of the bitters company Urban Moonshine, teach you how to make recipes for classic bitters like orange and angostura, or explore more innovative bitters like elderflower-echinacea-honey and chocolate love tonic. You can even find a guide for creating your own unique flavors from the plants and ingredients you have on hand.

Whether enjoyed as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, bitters are back!  -From the Publisher