Discover nutritional therapist Lina Bou’s recipe for healthy living, with this inspirational cookbook for the modern lifestyle.
Cooking isn’t just about eating the right foods – it’s
about being inventive, having fun and enjoying a healthy relationship with what you eat. Whether you’re looking for tasty brunch ideas, delicious dinners, energizing snacks or mouthwatering sweet treats, Lina shows you how to make simple, nutritious vegetarian meals (suitable for all!) easy enough for anyone to rustle up with the minimum of fuss. There are also suggestions for vegan alternatives, plus recipes free from gluten, dairy and sugar – the most common intolerances. All recipes feature a health-benefit key, indicating at a glance whether they help improve your immunity, boost your energy, balance your hormones, and more. And there’s advice on sensible detoxing, too.
Gorgeous advance copies of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching have reached happy author and illustrator Chao-Hsiu Chen at her home in Italy.
Here are some photos of Chao excitedly opening her parcel, and discovering her newly printed books!
Tao Te Ching by Chao-Hsiu Chen:
Approved by cats!
Chao-Hsiu Chen is a renowned artist, philosopher and musician who grew up in Taiwan studying Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist teachings. She is the author of over forty books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages, and her paintings are regularly exhibited around
Richard Brennan’s new book, How to Breathe, Improve Your Breathing for Health, Happiness and Well-Being is a solid guide on breathing and the Alexander Technique. It is well organized, clearly written, and comprehensive. The wealth of information is balanced by philosophical considerations and gentle reminders that the purpose is to find balance and ease. The book covers the following (and more):
Anatomical explanations of the breathing mechanism
Basic principles of the Alexander Technique
Common misconceptions related to our breathing
How the Alexander Technique can help us improve our breathing mechanism
How the Alexander Technique helps us better use our voices
And all this is accompanied by a panoply of exercises.
The anatomy of the respiratory and vocal systems will certainly come in handy for me. Brennan includes enough anatomical information to make it accurate, but not so much as to get lost in the details. I was happy to be reminded of some basics, like the fact that the air we breathe in enters the nasal cavity horizontally as opposed to upwards vertically. The sections on anatomy included some experiential exercises like thinking of the diaphragm as a parachute, billowing in the wind.
As someone who has suffered in the past from both hoarseness and asthma, I quite appreciated many of the exercises. In particular, I found it useful to observe the movement of my abdomen, ribs, and upper chest while lying down, sitting, and standing.
These experiences gathered from three positions yielded more observations than had I assumed just one of those positions because I had so much more to compare.
The book is filled with these sorts of wonderful, basic observational exercises, many designed to help us see how our thinking affects our breathing. For instance, what happens when we hold our breath? What happens when we think of our breathing mechanism in a more or less anatomically accurate way? When do we unconsciously hold our breath and what happens when we bring consciousness to that situation?
Brennan also includes the whispered “ah,” some vocal exercises, and some simple standing and sitting movements.
Throughout, Brennan emphasizes the non-doing of breathing. Every section is couched in reminders that healthy breathing is effortless, and this sort of effortless breathing brings calm to every aspect of our lives, emotionally and physically.
If you are well versed in the Alexander Technique, as a teacher or an advanced student, this book is a useful resource, both as a factual reference and as a source of good exercises. If you are less steeped in the Alexander Technique, it’s a well-written and practical guide to the basic principles of breathing and the Alexander Technique, but some of the exercises towards the second half of the book may be a bit dif cult to follow. However, if you’ve got an Alexander Technique teacher to consult, you’ll probably find them quite instructive.
Emily Faulkner (American Center for the Alexander Technique [ACAT], 1999) is a dancer and Alexander Technique teacher in the New York City area. She is a member of the AmSAT Journal team.
How to Breathe
Breath is essential for life, but did you know that the way you breathe can be detrimental to your well-being? Poor posture, stress, muscular tension … all can make the ‘effortless’ act of breathing hard work without us realizing. And breathing isn’t just a physical activity; it influences our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, too.
HOW TO BREATHE shows you how to relearn your natural rhythm of breathing to beneficially alter the way you think, feel and act. Packed with breathing techniques to use at home, and featuring groundbreaking methods developed
by the founder of the Alexander Technique, it will help you rediscover how to breathe naturally to improve every aspect of your life. By applying consciousness to the action of breathing, you can become aware of harmful habits – and alleviate common breathing problems in the process.
We breathe more than 20,000 times a day – so why not make sure you do it as efficiently and effectively as possible? This is a book you can’t afford to be without.
Price: £12.99 RRP
Richard Brennan is the director of the Alexander Teacher Training College in Galway, Ireland. He lectures extensively throughout Europe and the USA, and has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 25 years. His previous titles include, among others, The Alexander Technique Manual (listen to the podcast!), Change Your Posture – Change Your Life, and Stress: The Alternative Solution.
Most of us have niggling beauty issues, yet just resign ourselves to putting up with them. But we don’t have to!
In EAT WELL LOOK GREAT, Dr Sarah Brewer reveals her nutrition and lifestyle secrets for beating common beauty problems, based on the principles of nutritional medicine. From cellulite and dull hair to bags under the eyes and age spots, discover what you should – and shouldn’t – be eating to nourish your beauty from the inside out.
There’s also advice on key superfoods to make a part of your everyday beauty regime – as part of your diet and as topical treatments to tone, soothe, zap, refresh and more. Plus you’ll find lifestyle tips and guidance on useful supplements and effective salon techniques, too.
This weekend, book fans working at Eddison Books and sister company Editions Leduc gathered in Barcelona to visit two of our printers!
The weekend started on Thursday night with a mad dash from the airport to the hotel for a 5 second shower before running out to a restaurant. At the airport, 5 Eddison Books employees were met with a ‘mini bus’ to take us into the city…. We were greeted by a whole empty coach!
Dinner for almost 30 people was eaten in a beautiful setting, an old warehouse now converted into an amazing El Nacional restaurant. We ate delicious Spanish tapas, lots of seafood and the classic patatas bravas. This was the first dinner bringing together the London based Eddison Books and the Paris based Editions Leduc since these two publishing companies merged under the same ownership.
El Nacional Restaurant- Barcelona
Blurry and happy!
Director Stephane thanking his team
After breakfast – and a rousing speech from owner Stephane Leduc – we walked to a huge bookshop in Barcelona. 4 teams of publishers were given the challenge of running around the shop and finding
The ugliest book,
The most beautiful book,
A book printed by Eddison Books,
A book printed by Editions Leduc.
The teams had varied strategies, from running off in pairs; picking as many books as possible; to wandering around aimlessly.
We had fun looking around, having big (almost heated) debates within teams on the merits and ugliness of each book. This was my personal opinion of the ugliest book (it got voted off) but as I’m writing the blog post I can proclaim it the winner.
The winner was declared to be an amazing silk covered Chinese art book, drawing gasps of admiration from the book lovers gathered around.
Beautiful silk cover
Next activity was visiting a printing factory! I love watching How its Made and watching factory machines, so I was so excited to see a printers in action. On arrival we were served mini chocolate croissants (very important detail of my day) before being shown to the factory floor.
Printing a book from A-Z
First thing you see are huge rolls of paper being fed into a machine, out from the other side, reams of printed paper is streaming out, and being fed into another machine. I learnt that the books are printed in sections, and each section is printed multiple times in one go.
Book porn! Paper ready to be turned into a book
2. We watched them regularly inspect the quality of the printing, throwing away huge sections that weren’t right. Painful to watch! The bright colourful covers are printed on a specialist machine, flaps are folded and a laminate coating is applied.
Visual inspection of ink quality
Into the skip!
3. Next all the sections are assembled in the right order. The books are double printed, so there are two books printed at a time. The sections are glued together and then the cover is glued on. It was very satisfying watching the cover get folded around the pages of the book.
A book before it is cut in two
4. Up next is the guillotine! Very satisfying to watch the blade slam through the book, leaving a beautiful clean line. The machine is cleverly designed to move the flaps out of the way so that the pages of the book can be shorter than the flaps (annoyingly they didn’t design this machine with viewing in mind… something about safety and a big blade)
5. The 20 or so publishers and I were in book heaven watching the brand new books exit the production line, completely clean and untouched. They definitely had that new book smell!
We were shown the paper towers room, reams of paper just waiting to be turned into books! The paper obsessed production managers were having a great time. Here is Marie hugging a stack of particularly good quality paper.
Marie in paper heaven
Towers of paper, ready to be turned into books
After all that excitement we were now quite hungry. Lunch was served on the amazing Barcelona seafront. Delicious fresh Tagliatelle and mussels, risotto and generous amounts of wine. A couple of people had to rush off to catch a flight before dessert was served – don’t worry, no blackberry yogurt ice-cream was left uneaten (confession: I had 3 bowls).
Lunch by the sea
Lunch left us feeling happy and proud to be working for Eddison Books with such a nice team of people!
Eddison Books and Leduc Editions having fantastic team lunch