"We thought we’d found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Charming, maybe a little run down, but so peaceful. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge’s painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our love for each other – well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic." "What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats – oh God, the bats! Even now those terrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened..." ‘Beautifully orchestrated crescendo of suspense... Herbert had brought the shivers back to the genre.’ Washington Post
Celebrate the renaissance of letter writing with THE MAGIC COTTAGE ADDRESS BOOK by SARK! Because it's from SARK-expect the unexpected. This is no ordinary address book. Filled with color, it has sections not only for addresses, but also special nooks for photos or sketches. Birthdays, holy days, and extraordinary days nestle in cozy little crannies. Lovers, friends, family and pets may lurk in surprising places. All those cards, letters and thank-you notes you've been meaning to get to will almost write themselves with a little inspiration from THE MAGIC COTTAGE ADDRESS BOOK.
James Herbert reigned supreme as Britain's undisputed master of horror before his death in March 2013. But his legacy lives on in this fully authorised work, Craig Cabell examines the story behind horror writing's most darkly brilliant mind.For almost 40 years, Herbert was Britain's most popular horror author. With sales of over 50 million copies, he carved a niche in quality bestselling fiction all of his own. Famous for his Rats trilogy and The Fog, he broke away from the cut-and-thrust populist horror novels of the 1970s and 80s to more though-provoking works, featuring the scientific reasoning behind the manifestations of the ghosts and spirits in which he truly believed. Books such as Others, Once...and The Secret of Crickley Hall bear testament to his growth as a writer and his continuing desire to chill his readers.Craig Cabell's exploration into the dark, sinister world of James Herbert is given incredible depth thanks to a series of over a dozen exclusive candid interviews. Drawing striking parallels between Herbert's career and the events of his life, this work sheds light on the personal demons which drove the boy from London's East End to become the pre-eminent horror writer of his generation.Cabell, a friend and confidant of Herbert's until the very end, shares personal correspondence and reminiscences - including one of Herbert's previously unpublished pieces entitles To Ye All - to complete a portrait of one of the most iconic authors of the 20th Century.Prepare to be gripped by the utterly absorbing last chapter in the life of the Master of Chills.
Liebe ist, wenn es nach Kuchen duftet Samantha hat immer von der großen weiten Welt geträumt. Das Landleben auf dem Hof ihrer Eltern nahe des Lake Michigan erschien ihr eintönig und beschwerlich. Doch ihr aktueller Job in einer angesagten Patisserie in New York ist nicht so toll, wie sie es erhofft hatte. »Chef Dimple«, wie sich ihr Boss nennen lässt, ist ein eitler Choleriker und aufgeblasener Angeber, der seine Mitarbeiter ausbeutet und keinen Respekt vor Sams Backkünsten hat. Ihm ist es egal, wie die Kuchen seines Ladens schmecken, Hauptsache er sieht im Fernsehen gut damit aus. Als ein Streit mit ihm eskaliert, wirft Sam das Nudelholz für immer hin und fährt nach Hause - sehr zum Bedauern des netten Lieferanten Angelo Morelli. Sams Familie ist froh über den unerwarteten Besuch. Alle sind schon aufgeregt, denn das 100-jährige Jubiläum des Obsthofs steht bevor, das mit dem 75. Geburtstag von Sams Großmutter zusammenfällt und groß gefeiert werden soll. Sam hilft überall mit, backt mit Mutter und Großmutter Cider-Donuts, Kirschkuchen und Apfeltaschen für den Hofladen und versucht sich über ihre Zukunft klarzuwerden. Das wird nicht leichter, als sowohl Angelo als auch ein neues New Yorker Jobangebot in Michigan eintreffen. Ist sie eigentlich damals vor etwas davon gelaufen, als sie in die Großstadt zog? Wo fühlt sie sich wirklich zu Hause? Während des Sommers, in dem sie mit den Frauen ihrer Familie zusammenarbeitet, erfährt sie viel über die Generationen vor ihr und findet Trost in den überlieferten alten Rezepten. Mit dreizehn hatte sie genau wie ihre Mutter und ihre Großmutter ein Holzkästchen für die besten geheimen Familienrezepte und den Schlüssel dazu geschenkt bekommen. Wird dieser Schlüssel ihr am Ende Glück bringen?
The Magic of Almonds - Almonds for healing And for Beauty Table of Contents Introduction Growing Almonds Eating Almonds Nutritive Value of the Almond Almond Milk and Almond Oil Constipation Cure Almond Oil Massage Almond As a Strength Giver For Children Almonds for a Dry Cough Whooping Cough Vitamin E consumption Almonds for Cholesterol/Heart Problems Almonds for Skin Care DJ’s natural almond Moisturizer Almonds for Better Eyesight Deafness and ringing in Ears Sinusitis Cure Joint Pain Cure for Stammering/Lisping Getting Rid of Wrinkles Appendix How to Make Rose Water Conclusion Author Bio- Publisher Introduction The moment you talk about dry fruit, there is an immediate visual picture clear in your mind. You think of walnuts, cashew nuts, figs, dates, prunes, pistachio and almonds. You also think about how rare and exotic they were once upon a time, – with the value about equal to those of spices and how fortunate we are in the 21st century that we can find them in large quantities, and right at our doorstep. This book introduces to you the magic of almonds. The almond- Prunus Amygdalus-has long been known through history as one of the most popular and healthy Dry fruits available to mankind. The almond tree originated in the wilder regions of South Asia and the Middle East, and the fruit of these plants were bitter. They were also poisonous because of the presence of cyanide. However, mankind through trial and error managed to cultivate the sweeter variety of this plant and from then on, the almond became a major part of social life, tradition and history.
The Magic of Spinach Table of Contents Introduction When to Grow Spinach How to Plant Spinach Harvesting Spinach Best Spinach Varieties Spinach for Good Health Ancient power packed Spinach Health Tonic Problems Caused Due to Radiation Exposure Benefits of a regular Spinach Diet Spinach in Your Cuisine Choosing the Best Spinach Quick Steamed Spinach Introduction to Saag Traditional Saag Dry Spinach and Potatoes Lamb with Spinach Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction If you were brought up reading Popeye comics or watching Popeye cartoons, in the 30s and 40s, you may have noticed that the sailor man could not do without his spinach. This was to give him plenty of strength and energy. Also in popular literature, broccoli, spinach and other green vegetables have been given a bad name, because they are supposedly not worth eating. Now that is a totally wrong misconception because spinach – Spinacia oleracea – is one of the most nutritious of greens available to mankind today. It is a native to southwestern Asia, from where it spread all over the world. Spinach leaves are dark green in color, and a plant can grow up to 28 – 30 cm in height. Spinach normally likes a temperate climate, but you can also grow this plant in a place where the winter is going to be mild. Spinach does not like a snowy weather climate. The fruit of the spinach is normally found in a lumpy and dry cluster, with a number of seeds in it. However, many gardeners do not allow the spinach to get to its fruition stage, because they would rather harvest the plant and sell it fresh, or eat it as a salad or cooked.
Table of Contents Introduction Cultivating Sugarcane Making Molasses Sugarcane for Health Kidney Stone Treatment Jaundice The Healthy Use of Jaggery Sciatica Cure Curing Bronchitis Curing Headaches Molasses as a Diuretic Constipation Cure Dyspepsia Cure Jaggery as a Rejuvenating Food Molasses in Traditional Cuisine Molasses Rice pudding Traditional Whole Wheat Bread Grandma’s Molasses Candy Conclusion Peanut Brittle Author Bio Publisher Introduction Just imagine that you were living in Greece, Persia, or anywhere else in Southeast Asia, 3000 years ago and walking in a market garden. You would find plenty of gardeners selling you a “wonderful stick which has juice sweeter than honey.” The sweetmeats that you ate would have been flavored with molasses or brown sugar, extracted from the juice from this “stick”. It is supposed to have been domesticated in 6000 BC somewhere in New Guinea.
The Magic of Coffee - Knowing More about Coffee Table of Contents Introduction Planting Coffee Trees Fruit Separation of the Exocarp and Misocarp Hulling Flavor of the Coffee Growing Coffea Arabica Temperature Shade Water Soil Soil erosion Necessary Nutrients for Coffee Growth Enemies of Coffee Growing of Coffee Trees Rooting Planting Harvesting Making Coffee – one Traditional Way Precautions Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Once upon a time, thousands of years ago an Ethiopian shepherd possibly in the Kaffa region of the southwestern part of Africa found all his sheep dining of the succulent fruit off a bush. The only problem with that was that the moment they had eaten those berries, they started to grow more frisky. So he decided to experiment a little. There was this old ewe, almost on her last legs. So he fed her some of those brown berries, and then spend the whole day, trying to capture her. He sat down on a rock and began to think. If this is the effect that these beans had on an old ewe, could it have a similar rejuvenating effect upon his own father? So he collected some of the berries, and asked his woman to brew them in water. This brew was then given to his old ailing father. And then the whole village spent the whole day trying to capture the father, who was under the influence of a caffeine high. Naturally, the father came down with a bump after the high was over and was sick for the next week. However, the Ethiopians found that this berry been drunk in moderate quantities was enough to rejuvenate them and give them a kick. And so kafe from the Kaffa region or the beans of Coffea arabica, which was first indigenous but then was slowly and steadily spread all over the world became one of the most popular brews drunk by mankind after water and tea.
Somewhere on Magic Mountain there is a cottage. It is called the wishing cottage. They say it is impossible to find, but every once and a while someone will accidentally find themselves there. This is just one story about a girl who found the wishing cottage. She used her wish to give her brother a great adventure. I guess Ill start from the beginning Imagine discovering a hidden legend, an adventure of a lifetime, and a magic cottage! Come join new author Deborah Chambers on this exciting adventure where legends are discovered. Meet a family on a camping trip that leads to adventure and the discovery of legends such as the hidden magic-wishing cottage and Lady Lea. Somewhere on the Magic Mountain there is a hidden cottage. Can you imagine finding that? Jenny did! Deborah Chambers is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has had a career in cosmetology for many years. She is creative in nature and has a passion for reading for fun. Deborah Chambers also has a passion for storytelling. She hopes to use her creative nature and flair to encourage kids to read for fun.
The Magic of Walnuts - Walnuts for Natural Cures And Good Health Table of Contents Introduction Most popular Walnut Cultivars Growing Walnuts Harvesting Storing Walnuts Nutritive Value of Walnuts Walnut Granola Walnuts to Cure You Walnuts for Constipation Pain in Joints Traditional Toothpaste Out Of Walnuts Walnuts for Improving Your Memory Natural Walnut Tune-up Tonic Walnuts for Skincare Walnuts for Chest Infections Precautions and Possible Side Effects Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Since ancient times, walnuts have been among the most popular – and also the most expensive – of dried fruits available to mankind. If you found yourself in ancient China and happened to be a member of the court of the Emperor, you would show your status by holding a pair of perfectly and symmetrically shaped walnuts. They would be large in size and would be moved around on your palms, while you discuss weighty political matters with the rest of your peers. They would also be rotating and pressing walnuts while arguing the point with you. The ancient Chinese considered these walnuts pressing their palms to be aids in acupuncture, especially when this pressure promoted the circulation of blood. If you are in ancient Rome, and were in Julius Caesar’s circle, you could perhaps see one of his slaves using red-hot walnut shells as a rather painful depilatory in order to keep Caesar’s skin smooth and hairless. Even today, in many parts of the world, burnt and powdered walnut shells are used as a scrub to prevent growth of hair. A traditional and very politically incorrect old Irish saying says “, a dog, a woman, a Walnut tree, the more you beat them, the better they be .” That is definitely not true, because I could not “see” anybody beating a Walnut tree, though, I have been witness to animals and human beings being treated to violence often, and all over the world. If you were a friend of Leonardo da Vinci in medieval times, it is possible that you may have seen him doing some of his drawings with an ink made up of black walnut husks. Many of these drawings still survive today. Robin Hood in his mythological adventures always disguised himself by staining his skin with walnut juice obtained from crushed walnuts and walnut husks. This dye was brown in color, and was used for dyeing hair by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
The Magic of Tea - Getting to Know More about the Cup That Cheers Table of Contents Introduction Growing Tea Tea cuttings Two Leaves and a Bud Flushes, Banjis and Janams Harvesting – Plucking, Tipping and Pruning Processing Tea Green and Black Tea Processing Fermentation Enemies of Tea The Art of Drinking Tea Masala Chai Iced tea Masala lemon tea Tea Bags Tea bricks Storing tea Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Many of us cannot do without the cup that cheers, first thing in the morning, to wake us up. And whenever we smell the delicious aroma of freshly brewed tea, we thank the person who found out this plant and the brew made from it, which would wake us up and rejuvenate our systems. Why not, this is the refreshing beverage which is consumed gratefully all over the world, second only to water. According to historical documents, Tea leaves of an evergreen shrub – Camellia sinensis-were steeped in water to make an aromatic beverage in China, more than 4000 years ago. That is because this shrub was first found growing native in Asia. Even today you can find while the plants growing in many parts of northeastern India, Southwest China, northern Burma, and North Indochina. This native Chinese tea was slightly bitter, had a cooling effect, and had and astringent and warming flavor. Other tea varieties had floral, sweet, grassy, and even nutty overtones and flavors.
Table of Contents Introduction The Olive Fruit Growing Olives Soil and Nutrient Requirements Propagation of Olives Planting of Olive Trees Training and Pruning of Olive Trees Enemies of Olive Trees Harvesting Olives Olive Oil Extracting Olive Oil Pickled Olives Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction If you found yourself in Palestinian, Syria, and Crete, Jordan and other Mediterranean regions more than 4000 years ago, you would naturally be very bewildered at the wide-ranging variety of plants growing at that time. Many of the species are extinct today. However, there is one plant which you would recognize really joyfully as something which grows even today, and flourishes from Portugal to Bermuda, from California to the Norfolk Islands and Mauritius – the Olive
Oil Pulling - The Magic of Ancient Era Table of Contents Preface Chapter 1: Introduction 1.1 Background 1.2 Recent Resurfacing Chapter 2: The Optimum Methodology 2.1 Important Notes to Methodology Chapter 3: Purpose and Effectiveness 3.1 Consequence of an Unhealthy Mouth 3.2 Linking your mouth to the body 3.3 Benefits for the mouth 3.4 Benefits to other regions 3.5 Scientific evidence on claims Chapter 4: Oil as a Supporting Actor 4.1 Expert’s advice 4.2 Systemic effects Chapter 5: Multiple Options Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Preface Oil pulling, the magical phenomenon, is still a mystery for the masses. In this book we shall try to unveil the things behind this ayurvedic technique, which will make your oral healthcare easier. Oil pulling is an ancient phenomenon revisited in the early twentieth century by Dr. Karach. We have tried to provide you with all the oil pulling questions that befuddle you. We have started off with a history and the background for you so that you can come to terms with this non-medical medicine for your mouth. Once you are familiar with its roots, we explain the precise methodology, using several references of various sites and amalgamating the accurate ones. Oil pulling has several benefits, as you will come to know, but what is important to understand is that oil pulling is not a magic potion that will heal everything. Basically, as emphasized by several doctors, our mouth is the main source for the entrance of germs and diseases and what oil pulling solely helps in doing is to keep our mouths bacteria free. However, the benefits outweigh the problems, as you will find that there are no side effects to this natural technique and all it need is your time and regularity. We will also go through the diseases that these bad bacteria spread in an unclean mouth so that you can see how serious the complete picture actually is and how crucial the cleanliness of your mouth is. We conclude by giving you multiple oil using options and their benefits and our final opinion on oil pulling, the magical technique.
The Magic Eye is the first in a series of adventures for Melie and her best friend John. It combines 'olde worlde' magic with modern technology in a fresh and new way. It is suitable for all age groups where parents and children can enjoy the magical adventures together.
Table of Contents Introduction Different Varieties of Pineapples Growing Pineapples The Pineapple Fruit Mature Fruit Feeding your pineapple plant Testing for Ripeness Marketing Your Fruit Fresh How to Slice a Pineapple. Nutritive value of Pineapples Fruit Rings – Pineapples to Heal Protection against the summer Traditional Pineapple Dishes Oriental Pineapple Rice Hawaiian Salad Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction My fascination with pineapples – Ananas comosus – started very early, especially because they were part and parcel of my childhood. Living in a tropical region means that you are going to have plenty of juicy tropical fruit to eat throughout the year, but pineapples were quite something else. Firstly you needed to get somebody to slice them, then you diced them, and then you either juiced the rich succulent pulp inside, or just ate them raw without juicing. When I was about 6 years old, an aunt who was living in the Philippines at that time, send me and my brother beautifully embroidered dresses made out of pineapple leaf fiber. These were a barong tagalog (Baro, for short and not Barong) for him and a Baro’t Saya for me. Apart from that we were often sent beautiful pineapple fiber –Pina- clothes, which were so durable that they lasted me until I went to University and even after that. I liked these shirts very much, because of their very interesting history. According to a story I had heard, the Philippines were a distant colony of Spain. So the conquerors had to be different, had not they. They put out an edict. Only pure blood Spaniards could tuck in their shirts in their trousers. The conquered natives had to wear their shirts outside as a symbol of slavery. But the Philippinos were, as any brave race, very ingenuous. All these shirts were embroidered so beautifully that they became glorious works of art. So the Spaniards could have their unadorned tucked in shirts, but the natives wore their baros proudly. Alas, nearly 3 decades down the line, those embroidered Baros have disappeared from the Filipino markets. So sad to see a proud tradition die out.
The Magic of the Mangosteen - Garcinia Cambogia for Good Health Table of Contents Introduction to the Mangosteen Eating a Mangosteen How Does the Mangosteen Taste? Nutritional Value of a Mangosteen How to Grow Mangosteens Harvesting of Mangosteens Mangosteens in Native Medicine Healthy Mangosteen Recipes Mangosteen Tea Mangosteen Jam Mangosteen Sorbet Can Mangosteens Help You Lose Weight? Getting Rid of Stubborn Mangosteen Stains Lesser-Known Tips about the Mangosteen Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction to the Mangosteen When you think of tropical fruits, – those fruits which are cultivated in warm climates – what comes to your mind immediately? Avocado, breadfruit, açai berry, custard apples, gooseberry, bananas, figs, sweet oranges, jackfruit, Papayas, watermelon, lemons, sweet pepper, and musk melons immediately come to mind, because they are easily available on your supermarket shelves. Among the more popular tropical fruits, which have suddenly been discovered by the West as the best ways to control weight, including the açai berry – here is the newest kid on the block – the Mangosteen. This plant was also known as the Malabar tamarind, and Garcinia gummi gutta. Just like the Durian, this comes in the exotic fruit category. The encyclopedia Britannica considers it to be a native to Southeast Asia, called men-gu in Burma, and yielding about 1000 fruit per healthy plant every year. Just like the mango and many other tropical trees, this plant also has glossy and dark green leaves. The flowers are rose pink and large. The fruit are about the size of a small orange. The rind may be read or it may be purple. Depending on the Mangosteen variety, it can be flattened or it can be round on the ends. Since ancient times, this fruit has been considered to be an exotic delicacy, especially because of its juicy and delicate texture. In the West, it is served as a gourmet dish much prized by gourmands. You can add the juice, to a citrus dessert or jelly.