Home, Auto, & Hobbies Books

What do you need to learn to make everyday life easier and more fun? Maybe it’s meal planning. Or playing bartender at parties. Want to learn to change the oil in your car? Train your cocker spaniel or use your fancy new camera? We’ve got the 411.

Home, Auto, & Hobbies Books

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Low-Water Landscaping For Dummies

Published 01-25-2023

Say goodbye to water-guzzling lawns and create beautiful, landscape designs Low-Water Landscaping For Dummies will teach you to preserve one of our most critical natural resources while simultaneously maximizing your curb appeal. Ditch wasteful, inefficient irrigation methods like sprinkler systems and learn how to embrace designs that save water. This book guides you through different styles of landscaping, introduces you to uniquely drought-tolerant plants, and provides solutions for even the trickiest terrains. You can break the cycle of constant watering, without sacrificing the relaxing atmosphere and aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. Learn how it’s possible to have vibrant, unique, gorgeous landscapes that incorporate grasses, perennials, shrubs, trees, groundcovers, and succulents without wasting hundreds of gallons of water each day. Packed with useful tips, achievable plans, and easy-to-understand instructions, Low-Water Landscaping For Dummies is the only resource eco-conscious gardeners need to design, plant, and enjoy the landscape of their dreams. Design a landscape that fits your space and budget Discover beautiful, drought-tolerant plants Get regional tips to ensure success Troubleshoot common gardening problemsIf you want to protect the environment, save money on water bills, and learn more about drought-tolerant plants, this is the friendly Dummies guide for you.

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Knitting Patterns For Dummies

Published 01-23-2023

Put your knitting skills into action with these fun and easy-to-follow patterns Knitting is fun, functional, and stress-relieving—get started today with Knitting Patterns For Dummies! Written for all skill levels and perfect for beginners, it includes patterns for socks, scarves, sweaters, and beyond. Add to your knitting repertoire and experiment with different textures, fun colors, and pattern shapes. You’ll love the full-color project photos in the color insert and helpful, easy-to-understand instructions for every single project. Even if you’ve never followed a written pattern before, you can knit cool stuff with the practical, modern patterns inside. This friendly guide will help you pick the right needles and yarn, step you through reading and knitting the patterns, and then finishing off your masterpieces. Select the supplies that are right for your projects Learn how to read a knitting pattern Practice working common stitches and creating different textures Make gifts for friends, clothing for yourself, and cold weather wearNeed more practice? Want fun new ideas? Just getting started? All knitters welcome!

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Downsizing For Dummies

Published 12-13-2022

Organize, declutter, donate—downsize and simplify your life Downsizing For Dummies provides you with strategies to downsize your life by moving to a smaller home, decluttering, simplifying your budget, and saving more money. You’ll find tips to help decrease your cost of living, lower your home maintenance costs, protect and leverage your assets, and decide whether downsizing is right for you and your family. After downsizing your life, you’ll save time on household chores and gain the freedom and flexibility that come with having fewer possessions. What will you do with all the time you save? Downsizing For Dummies will help you understand the benefits of living simply! Discover ways to declutter and simplify every corner of your life Weight the pros and cons of moving to a smaller home Save time and money by cutting down on your chores and home maintenance Experience a reduced stress level when you create space at home and workThis book is for anyone who is ready to live clutter-free and to downsize. It’s the perfect Dummies guide for homeowners looking to save money, plus real estate brokers who are working with clients who are downsizing, and designers and builders of new homes who want to stay on top of the downsizing trend.

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Salad Recipes For Dummies

Published 11-23-2022

Tap into the secrets of great salads, from sassy dressings to crispy, crunchy greens that awaken your taste buds. Salad Recipes For Dummies is packed with 150+ recipes for delicious salads for every lifestyle. Discover different ways to craft a salad, from zesty dressings to unique greens and grains. Explore the necessary tools to serve creative salads, from knife skills to a composed design. Get ready to globetrot, whipping up creamy salads from Eastern European to vibrant herb-focused Mediterranean main dishes and curried legumes inspired from India. Go from boring to bold with over 20 dressings. Skip the salad kits at the store and learn how to craft your own! Step beyond romaine and ranch with ideas for different base options (kale, watercress, or Swiss chard anyone?) eye-popping toppings, DIY salad kits, fruit salads, seasonal salads, and beyond. Leave the oven off and feel nourished with recipes like Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad, Cucumber Tomato and Goat Cheese, Italian Tortellini and Bean, German Potato Salad, Thai Bun Noodle Salad, Crunchy Taco Salad, and Thai Steak Salad. Hungry yet? Learn what top chefs know about crafting and preparing an amazing salad Make 150+ easy recipes for leafy salads, pasta salads, dressings, and more Prep ahead for healthy premade meal options—and skip the fast-food line Save time and money by creating your own salad kits and dressings Home chefs looking to elevate their salads will love the incredible ideas found in Salad Recipes For Dummies.

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Pickleball For Dummies

Published 10-11-2022

The game with the funny name was created in the 1960's and is, today, the fastest growing sport in America. We take you through the hows of the game. In true Dummies fashion, the material is easy to understand and appropriate for newbies as well as advanced players. We cover it all from scoring, serving, dinking, places to play, and getting more involved in the community. No need to be intimidated - you've got Dummies on your side of the court to give you all the best tips and tricks from expert authors. If you're in a pickle because you don't know anything about this popular game, Pickleball For Dummies will teach you everything you need to know.  Inside: • Learn the rules and stroke fundamentals • Intro to the fun, social aspects of the game • Advanced strategies that will raise an experienced player to next level • Tips for tournament players and club organizers

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Minecraft Basics For Dummies

Published 10-04-2022

The easy way to get started with Minecraft Want to creep into the biggest video game of all time? Grab your pickaxe and let's go! Minecraft Basics For Dummies helps you (or your kids) get started and join the infinite online world that keeps millions of players of all ages engaged every day. Inside this portable-trim book, crafters will get all the tips and tricks needed to get started—on their own or with multiple players—in each of the three gameplay modes. Choose a platform and download the game Navigate, collect resources, and build structures Defend your creations against monsters Manage parental controls to keep kids safe while playing online Become a Minecraft master by defeating the Ender Dragon Unleash your creativity, elevate family game night, and have a ton of fun joining more than 141 million players in the online world of Minecraft!

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Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies

Published 10-04-2022

Discover the world’s healthiest and tastiest diet Ready to transform the way you’ve been preparing dinner? Then it’s time to dive into the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies! You’ll learn to bring home the flavors of Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, and southern France, as you discover the cuisine that’s been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes, and cognitive decline while delivering extraordinary, authentic flavors. Unlike many of the quick fix and fad diets on the market today, Mediterranean cooking styles contribute to long-term, healthy lifestyles by focusing on fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, olive oils, and moderate amounts of protein and animal fats. And you’ll learn how to combine and prepare these ingredients into delicious recipes, while tapping into the mindful eating habits of the Mediterranean. In this book you’ll explore: Over one hundred and fifty tasty recipes you can cook for any meal of the day Brand-new updates regarding time-saving multi-cooker directions, the latest on the on-going supportive wellness research around the Mediterranean diet, and how to effectively plan and prep over a month of quick & easy Mediterranean meals Mindful eating and living approaches to savor and enjoy the foods and lifestyle of the MediterraneanMediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies is the perfect hands-on guide for anyone looking for an introduction to the Mediterranean cuisine, as well as those already familiar with the diet but need some fresh recipe ideas.

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Van Life For Dummies

Published 09-27-2022

Give in to the lure of the untethered life as a van lifer Thousands of people around the world live nomadic lifestyles from the comfort of their vans or campers, free from the worries of having a permanent residence. If this growing alternative lifestyle appeals to you, Van Life For Dummies is your go-to guide for becoming a van lifer. You'll learn to customize your vehicle, adapt to life on the road, and find the peace and adventure you're seeking. This book makes the transition easy, helping you decide what parts of rooted life you need to take with you and what to leave behind. Follow the call of the open road and get started living in your van or camper  Choose and customize a vehicle that meets your needs  Get answers to the very important question: "where do I use the bathroom?”  Build or carry on a career while travelling Why enjoy life only on your vacation days? Take to the road and enjoy a simplified way of living. Van Life For Dummies demystifies the process and initiates you into the vibrant community of van lifers. Your adventure awaits!

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Electric Cars For Dummies

Published 09-14-2022

Drive into the 21st century in an electric car With falling cost of ownership, expanded incentives for purchasing, and more model and body type options than ever, it may finally be time to retire the old gas-guzzler and dive into the world of electric car ownership. Electric Cars For Dummies is your guide to becoming lightning powered, reducing your carbon footprint, and saving money on gas while you do it. This book teaches you how to select the battery-charged vehicle that fits your need and budget. It also offers insight into how to maintain your electric car, including answering all your questions about charging your vehicle. Calculate the total cost of ownership, prep your home to become one huge charger, and demystify the battery, the tune-ups and more. Learn the difference in cost of ownership and emissions between electric and gas-powered vehicles Explore your options and find an electric car that fits in your budget Know when and how to charge your vehicle, and what kind of maintenance it needs Figure out how to charge your car on the goThis is the perfect book for new and would-be electric car owners looking for guidance on buying and maintaining one of these super sleek machines.

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Bartending For Dummies

Published 09-07-2022

Make drinks like a master mixologist with 1,000 recipes Bartenders are the life of the party—and it’s never been easier to prepare and serve drinks that keep partygoers coming back for more! Whether you want to break into professional bartending or up your ante as a home mixologist, this clear, easy-to-follow guide has you covered. With tips on stocking your bar and working with the right tools and garnishes, as well as information on the latest liquor trends and popular new cocktails, it won’t be long before you hear, “Bartender, may I have another?” Concoct the perfect timeless and modern drinks Learn how to create perfect low and no-alcohol options Replicate everyone’s favorite ready-to-drink cocktails Stock your bar with the best glasses and tools If you’re looking for fresh ideas to keep your friends or customers happy, Bartending For Dummies is the perfect how-to resource for making a splash with great drinks.

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