They're not lying about calling it the BIG book of kombucha. I don't think there's a question you could possibly have about the fizzy, vinegary drink that won't be answered by this book. Essential if you want to brew at home!
If you make your own jewelry and want to take your hobby to the next level, this book is essential. Brainery teacher Emilie Shapiro breaks down everything involved in creating a full jewelry line, from marketing to finance, production, publicity and way more.
If, like me, you never know what flowers to pair with one another or how to make a pleasing arrangement in your vase, Carly's book will be a godsend. She gives you tons of clear recipes, telling you exactly what to buy, the difficulty level, and what your expected cost will be for each flower arrangement. There's a wide variety of styles and compositions, so it's the perfect gift for anyone.
Heather has taught both juggling and birding at the Brainery, and her guide to the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect accompaniment to a morning exploration of the park. For those of us used to seeing only sparrows and pigeons, it's a great reminder of the wide variety of birds all around us.
I love this book. It completely captures the spirit of the shop and makes you feel like you're there. Besides excellent recipes that allow you to make your favorite Ample Hills flavors at home, there are employee introductions, activities, and stories. Because the ice creams feature so many delcious mix-ins, the recipes are a bit more on the advanced side, but the book is worth adding to your shelf even if you only dream about making the recipes.
The first book by our friend and Brainery teacher Sarah Lohman explores the history of American cuisine through eight important flavors and ingredients. It'll be out just in time for the 2016 winter holidays, and you won't want to miss it.
Every single recipe in Nicole's looks delicious and accessible. The photography is lovely and makes leafing through a total pleasure as well!
Joseph has taught a class on the history of the Canal for the past few years here at the Brainery, and we could not be more excited to see all of his research and hard work make it to print.
Written by our friend and awesome local writer Oriana Leckert, this book explores some of the coolest places in our very fair borough.
Everything you ever (or never) wanted to know about bed bugs, perhaps a New York City resident's most feared animal. Written by Brainery friend and teacher Brooke Borel!
Among my most cherished books, which sit stacked up on the nightstand next to my bed, the spines lined up so I can gaze at them all at once, sits Natalie Goldberg's classic, Writing Down the Bones.
Simply put, Writing Down the Bones taught me how to be a writer. Natalie's prose is simple, her tone accessible and advice comforting. I use it in all my classes to help students push past the fog of doubt and remind them they have a tool they can return to again and again.
A long, wonderful, and in-depth portrait of Alaska in the 1970's. I wasn't even particularly interested in Alaska when I picked it up, and now I practically want to move there. Politics, bears, oil, gold mining, it's all there.
The dramatic story of the shipping container and the innovation that made globalization possible, by economist Mark Levinson.
The first half is a friendly, readable manual for basic bike maintenance and repair. The second half is a compilation of a series of zines (called Chainbreaker) about all things bike. The zine was written by a (female) bike mechanic from New Orleans.
This engaging account traces the evolution of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, documenting the people, stories, and activities that populated the Williamsburg waterfront from the early nineties to the post-2000 development boom.
This book is a critical examination of recycling in the Unites States since the 1970s. MacBride argues that recycling has not achieved the goals of the environmental movement, but has instead shifted the responsibility of waste prevention from industry to consumers and municipalities. Required reading for anyone with a compelling interest in the subject.
A candid perspective on the situation.
What I consider the best read of all time. A game changer!
The definitive history of solid waste management in New York City, written by a former director of policy for the Department of Sanitation. An engaging account of the politics of garbage collection and waste disposal filled with insalubrious stories and controversial characters. Currently out of print.
The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is intrinsic to everything I make, but especially kokedama. This book gives a beautifully detailed and thorough explanation of the very-hard-to-define concept, which is related to the appreciation of the imperfections of natural beauty.
The book is essentially split into two parts. The first discusses the politics of the Arab world, particularly those of autocratic Arab rulers and how they rule domestically. The second discusses the politics of Israel and how it acts both internally and with its neighbors. Though somewhat dated, it is a great introduction to the sociology of Israel and Arab countries and explains the trends and societal factors at play. The particular lens of the book is through the Lebanon civil war, which is fascinating in and of itself.
This is a great introductory book for concreting. The author takes you step by step through a whole range of projects and clearly explains all the basics of concreting, plus provides a range of different formulas for concrete mixes. I refer to it all the time!
An easy-to-read comprehensive history to the Middle East from the 1800s to today. Delves deeply yet understandably into the nuances of each country in the region, without bias. Provides all the necessary historical background to those who seek to understand the politics of the Middle East today.
Mary Lou Williams was singular. The most important woman in jazz history, though her contributions are almost completely overlooked. This biography digs deep into her personal and spiritual life and rescues her reputation as one of jazz's most important composers and arrangers.
This is a lovely color photo field guide to city weeds, or spontaneous urban plants, by botanist and lecturer Peter del Tredici, who argues in an inspiring and logical introduction that the plants ""naturally"" growing in a city are those requiring the least resources to maintain, the weeds. Del Tredici makes a case for cultivating beautiful, sustainable urban landscapes using the wildflowers already abundant around us, then curates an excellent field guide for identifying them.
Or you could use Michael Pollan's review below, which I copied from Amazon.com:
""Peter Del Tredici has written one of those rare books that completely overturns the way you look at the landscape—in this case, the landscape of the city's derelict cracks and corners, which in his hands becomes a place of unusual interest, value, and beauty. Though ostensibly a field guide, this book is much more than that—it offers a deep and wise reconsideration of our most cherished ideas about nature. You will never look at an 'invasive species' the same way again.""—Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma"