Four Great Surf Books You Can Get For 30% Off Through Sept. 2

Do you like surfing? Do you like to save money? Do you like smartly written, beautifully photographed books about one of the world’s most popular ocean sports? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” (and how could it not be?), then we have the sale for you.

Surf Reading

Catching up on some surf tips before hitting the waves

From now through Sept. 2, you can save 30% on all surf-themed books in our QBookshop. Just enter the code “Surf30″ when you check out at QBookshop.com. Plus get free shipping inside the continental United States on orders of $50 or more.

Click here to see our complete selection of sale items, and happy surfing!


Shooting the Curl

Shooting the Curl

Shooting the Curl

Surf photographers are the unsung heroes of surfing. They do crazy things to get the shots that fill the pages of the world’s top surfing magazines.

Some risk life and limb shooting the action at deadly reefs like Teahupoo and Pipeline. Some lose themselves in the Arctic, braving sub-zero temperatures for the chance to score a perfect day at a remote pointbreak. Shooting the Curl showcases the work of 15 top surf photographers and gets the inside story on the surfers and waves that inspire them.

The former editor of leading European surf magazine Carve, Chris Power has also written and edited several books including Surf Travel and Shooting The Curl.

 


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The Surfing Handbook

Whether you’re a beginner trying to get started or an experienced surfer looking to take it to the next level, The Surfing Handbook gives you the tips you need to maximize your performance on the water, with guidance on training and conditioning, technique and style, safety and etiquette, and gear. Written by veteran pro surfing journalist Ben Marcus, this guide is illustrated with instructional photos and drawings, providing step-by-step instructions, background history—as well as stories and tips from legendary surfers and teachers—making this an informative and entertaining guide that will help you to master the waves.

Ben Marcus is a surfer and skateboarder for life. He was Surfer magazine associate editor and still writes for Surfer, The Surfer’s Journal, and others. He’s the author of our The Surfboard, Surfing USA!, Surfing & the Meaning of Life, and The Surfer’s Handbook. He lives in Malibu, of course. www.benmarcusrules.com

Kara Kanter is both a photographer and a surfer. Kara lives in Venice, California.

 


Surf Cafe LivingJane and Myles Lamberth are living their dream running a bustling seaside cafe, creating a gorgeous home and enjoying a carefree coastal lifestyle. Surf Cafe Living is their second book, the follow-up to The Surf Cafe Cookbook. It features 50 delicious easy-to-make recipes, with the emphasis once again on using fresh, organic, seasonal produce.

Taking his inspiration from the changing seasons, talented chef Myles shows you how to prepare mouthwatering dishes such as Calamari and Chorizo Salad, Spiced Butternut Squash Soup, Pan-Fried Skate with Capers, Coconut Thai Crab Cakes, Roast Spatchcock Chicken with Salsa Verde, Cola Pulled Pork, Polka Dot Cake and Chocolate Raspberry Tart. All the recipes are unfussy and simple to make, with quantities given in both US and metric measurements. Since the release of The Surf Cafe Cookbook Jane and Myles have also made a place of their own, transforming a rundown cottage into a contemporary beach house.

In Surf Cafe Living, they explain how to refashion a living space with passion and creativity, utilising ideas and know-how from local designers and craftsmen. You’ll learn how to how to build a fire pit for barbecues, how to make inventive party decorations, and how to turn coffee sacks into stylish cushion covers. There are also tips from local food producers about making cheese, keeping bees and growing herbs. This book is all about stress-free entertaining. It will inspire you to invite guests around for brunch, throw an impromptu barbecue, or take the next step and host a fabulous dinner party. Surf Cafe Living is dedicated to making your house a home and filling it with great friends, family and, of course, delectable food.


Inside the World of Board Graphics

Inside the World of Board Graphics

Inside the World of Board Graphics takes an in-depth, comprehensive look at the global nature and cultural influence of Surf/Skate/Snow board art and design. International design luminaries Art Chantry, Katrin Olina and James Victore are placed along side industry super stars Terry Fitzgerald, Martin Worthington, Yoshihiko Kushimoto and Rich Harbour (who has been shaping and designing surfboards since 1959).

The book includes dozens of interviews and profiles from the people currently creating board art and design: Aaron Draplin, Emil Kozak, Morning Breath, Anthony Yankovic, Haroshi and Hannah Stouffer to name a few.

There are many books about the art of board design, but there has never been a book like this that takes a rare look behind the scenes of the creative process. Countries represented: Iceland, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Russia, Poland, UK, Mexico, Venezuela, Romania, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the USA, among others.

Robynne Raye and Michael Strassburger are founding partners of Modern Dog Design Co., in Seattle, Washington. Raye is known for her imaginative, bold, and playful work in branding, poster, and packaging design.

Strassburger is an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, has won countless design awards, and has lectured and exhibited worldwide. Raye and Strassburger are the co-authors of Modern Dog: 20 years of Poster Art by Chronicle Books.

The Stellar Surf Photography of Lucia Griggi + Save 30% on Surf Books

Lucia Griggi

Lucia Griggi

We all love seeing great surf photos, but how often do we think about the people behind the camera?

It’s tough enough to take great photographs on dry land, let alone with big waves and surfboards crashing down around you.

The book “Shooting the Curl,” now on sale for 30% off in the Qbookshop (use code “Surf 30″) pays tribute to those who set aside some of their own surfing glory to take the shots that inspire us all to get out there and grab some waves.

Lucia Griggi’s name immediately jumped out at us because her work has been featured in a number of our surf books, including Ben Marcus’ 365 Surfboards and The Surfing Handbook (both also on sale for 30% off using the code Surf 30).

 

The Photographic Eye of Lucia Griggi

Globetrotter Lucia Griggi is a familiar face on the UK and ASP tours. She specializes in action, portrait and lifestyle shots.

Lucia has become a familiar face on the international scene and knows many of the top pros well. When Joel Parkinson was leading [the 2009] tour by a country mile at the halfway stage, Lucia captured him looking relaxed and supremely confident in the backyard of the house where he was staying at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa.

 

“Joe’s a really nice guy—very relaxed, very friendly, very approachable. He’s incredibly focused on his surfing. When he’s getting ready for a heat he takes himself away, blocks out all the stuff going on around and just focuses. He’ll sit there watching the waves for 30 or 40 minutes before his heat…it’s like there is nothing in his field of vision except the waves. He gets right into that focused state of mind.

“And you see that when he surfs a good heat—he’s in tune with the waves, he surfs really smooth and he hardly ever makes a mistake. He gets pretty angry with himself if he makes a mistake or something goes wrong. Like, when he lost his heat at Mundake [in 2009]. I heard he got pretty angry…smashed up a board or two….”

Surfgirl Magazine cover shot by Lucia Griggi

Surfgirl Magazine cover shot by Lucia Griggi

Lucia’s interest in photography began when she was at school in Surrey. She later studied Sports Nutrition at college in London, then moved down to Cornwall and worked as a surf instructor for a year or so. During the winter months she worked at foreign surf camps and always took a camera on her travels.

After getting various shots and travel articles published in magazines, she started to think about taking up photography full time. So she went for it and jumped into the deep end, traveling to pro contests and shooting the action wherever it was happening.

She learned as she went along from books, magazines, and good old trial and error.

In a biography on her website, Griggi says that “my love of photography was inspired by my passion for travel and finding waves around the world. I learned to surf in England and the search for perfect waves took me to corners of the earth I would have never found if I wasn’t surf crazed.

“I lived to have two feet in the sand and my toes in the water, and I was always on a beach or swimming in the ocean somewhere.”

See more amazing photographs from Lucia Griggi at LuciaGriggi.com


Shooting the Curl

Shooting the Curl

Surf photographers are the unsung heroes of surfing. They do crazy things to get the shots that fill the pages of the world’s top surfing magazines.

Some risk life and limb shooting the action at deadly reefs like Teahupoo and Pipeline. Some lose themselves in the Arctic, braving sub-zero temperatures for the chance to score a perfect day at a remote pointbreak. Shooting the Curl showcases the work of 15 top surf photographers and gets the inside story on the surfers and waves that inspire them.

The former editor of leading European surf magazine Carve, Chris Power has also written and edited several books including Surf Travel and Shooting The Curl.

 


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Surfnado Book Sale

This week only (Aug. 25-29), get 30% off all Surf Books during our Surfnado! Book Sale.

Do you like surfing? Do you like to save money? Do you like smartly written, beautifully photographed books on one of the world’s most popular ocean sports? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” (and how could it not be?), then we have the sale for you.

For one week only, you can save 30% on all surf-themed books in our QBookshop. Just enter the code “Surf30″ when you check out at QBookshop.com. Click here to see our complete selection of sale items, and happy surfing!

The Samurai of Surfboard Design + Save 30% on our Surf Books

It seems like there are endless variations when it comes to surfboard design.  There are longboards and shortboards and in-between boards, and it seems like every board on the market offers a slightly different take on tail shape, nose shape, length, weight, contour, curving and fin design.

In a way, designing a surfboard is like creating a piece of art, though unlike most works of art, it’s one that you can take out into the ocean and have a ton of fun with.

Here is a feature on a Japanese surfer and craftsman who likens the spritiual process of making his own surfboard to a samurai creating his own sword, from the book “Inside the World of Board Graphics: Skate, Surf and Snow,” which is now on sale for 30% off in the Qbookshop as part of our Surfnado special.  Just use code SURF30 at checkout.

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Surfboard designer Yoshihiko Kushimoto

The Samurai of Surfboard Design

Yoshihiko Kushimoto began surfing at the age of 12, and by the 1970s had become one of the most famous professional surfers in Japan.

Kushimoto’s design studio is named Ki Surfboards—Ki meaning “spirit” in Japanese. Influenced by Samurai culture and values and Zen philosophy, his designs reflect concepts of harmony with nature and flow. His boards vary in length from 5 feet, 9 inches to the 11-foot-plus Big gun boards used to ride the big Hawaiian waves.

His passion for surfing combined with a spiritual approach to creating and developing ideas lends a classic look to his surfboard designs.

What do you feel Ki Surfboards creates?

Art, a representation of my spirit.

Your surfboards embody a beautiful, elegant, Japanese-minimalist style. What are the sources or influences of your design approach?

History, but mostly listening to my heart.

How do you get the ideas for your board designs?

My life is about surfing every day, so when I sleep at night good ideas suddenly flash into my mind.

What is your process when creating a surfboard?

I complete the design in my head before I begin, then I shape and laminate the board.

Do you have the design idea when you are shaping the board?

My ideas form when I’m surfing.

You started surfing when you were 12. What made you decide to shape/design your own surfboards?

Surfing is my entire life, so I decided to make my own boards, just as Samurai made their own swords.

Do you have international clients? Do you create custom boards for clients?

Yes. Since the 1970s, I have been riding big waves all over the world and have met many wonderful surfers. I’ve made boards everywhere I have traveled. Wonderful surfers have a great spirit and heart. Riding on the wave is training your spirit.

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A collection of surfboards designed by Kushimoto, with the Ki surfboards logo in the middle.

What is the best way for you to make good designs?

Riding the waves and feeling the energy of nature in my mind and body. To make good designs, you must have the right frame of mind. Your spirit condition must be strong, pure and noble.

How do you spend your time when you are not making surfboards or surfing?

I work outdoors in fine weather, and when it rains, I stay home and read.

What is the key to your successfully riding and shaping surfboards for so long?

Enjoy the moment.


Inside the World of Board Graphics

Inside the World of Board Graphics

Inside the World of Board Graphics takes an in-depth, comprehensive look at the global nature and cultural influence of Surf/Skate/Snow board art and design. International design luminaries Art Chantry, Katrin Olina and James Victore are placed along side industry super stars Terry Fitzgerald, Martin Worthington, Yoshihiko Kushimoto and Rich Harbour (who has been shaping and designing surfboards since 1959).

The book includes dozens of interviews and profiles from the people currently creating board art and design: Aaron Draplin, Emil Kozak, Morning Breath, Anthony Yankovic, Haroshi and Hannah Stouffer to name a few.

There are many books about the art of board design, but there has never been a book like this that takes a rare look behind the scenes of the creative process. Countries represented: Iceland, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Russia, Poland, UK, Mexico, Venezuela, Romania, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the USA, among others.

Robynne Raye and Michael Strassburger are founding partners of Modern Dog Design Co., in Seattle, Washington. Raye is known for her imaginative, bold, and playful work in branding, poster, and packaging design.

Strassburger is an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, has won countless design awards, and has lectured and exhibited worldwide. Raye and Strassburger are the co-authors of Modern Dog: 20 years of Poster Art by Chronicle Books.


surfnado30

Surfnado Book Sale

This week only (Aug. 25-29), get 30% off all Surf Books during our Surfnado! Book Sale.

Do you like surfing? Do you like to save money? Do you like smartly written, beautifully photographed books about one of the world’s most popular ocean sports?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” (and how could it not be?), then we have the sale for you.

For one week only, you can save 30% on all surf-themed books in our QBookshop. Just enter the code “Surf30″ when you check out at QBookshop.com. Click here to see our complete selection of sale items, and happy surfing!

 

Surf Cafe Living: The Power of the Outdoor Shower (Plus Save 30% on All Surf Books)

**Get 30% off all Surf Books during our Surfnado Sale! Aug. 25 to 29 only at Qbookshop.com. Use code Surf30 at checkout. See our complete sale selection here**

The best part about a long day of surfing is coming home and taking a hot shower, especially if you are surfing in a cold water climate. And what could be better than taking an outside shower with some incredible views of the Irish countryside?

Surfers Jane and Myles Lamberth of Ireland did just that when they found a 100-year old cottage and turned it into their personal haven by the sea, and the results are impressive.

So impressive, in fact, that we’ve spent a considerable amount of time daydreaming about our own seaside cottage with a hot water shower. Read this excerpt below from the Lamberths’ book “Surf Cafe Living,” and see if you don’t feel the same way.

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Power to the Shower

We don’t live in the warmest climate, but we do have this incredible view of Knocknarea ( a large hill west of Sligo Town in County Sligo, Ireland).

It seems a shame to waste it even for a minute, and that’s part of the reason we installed an outdoor hot water shower. It’s quite common to want to bring the outdoors in, but in this project we ended up bringing the inside out.

During the planning process, the hot shower seemed like a bit of a luxury and not that practical, but in fact it’s become one of the favorite features of the house. When anyone comes to visit, we eventually force people in whether they like it or not. They end up loving it, because showering outside transforms a pretty mundane daily task into a treat.

We were careful to position it in such a way that it’s not overlooked–otherwise it could be a bit hard to relax. Trailing vines help to create a screen, and also lend a feeling of total immersion in nature. The floor is made up of readymade decking tiles over the same concrete as the rest of our patio, with grooves directing water to the drain.

Anything exposed to the elements has to be hardwearing so we didn’t even bother with a showerhead—our builders just fashioned the entire shower from a piece of lovely copper pipe. Junk shop finds fit perfectly here, like an old swimming pool ladder that we’ve turned into a towel rack or a bit of chipped crockery to hold the soap. For outdoor living, it’s good to use things that are already a bit wrecked, because you don’t end up feeling too precious about them.


Surf Cafe LivingJane and Myles Lamberth are living their dream running a bustling seaside cafe, creating a gorgeous home and enjoying a carefree coastal lifestyle. Surf Cafe Living is their second book, the follow-up to The Surf Cafe Cookbook. It features 50 delicious easy-to-make recipes, with the emphasis once again on using fresh, organic, seasonal produce.

Taking his inspiration from the changing seasons, talented chef Myles shows you how to prepare mouthwatering dishes such as Calamari and Chorizo Salad, Spiced Butternut Squash Soup, Pan-Fried Skate with Capers, Coconut Thai Crab Cakes, Roast Spatchcock Chicken with Salsa Verde, Cola Pulled Pork, Polka Dot Cake and Chocolate Raspberry Tart. All the recipes are unfussy and simple to make, with quantities given in both US and metric measurements. Since the release of The Surf Cafe Cookbook Jane and Myles have also made a place of their own, transforming a rundown cottage into a contemporary beach house.

In Surf Cafe Living, they explain how to refashion a living space with passion and creativity, utilising ideas and know-how from local designers and craftsmen. You’ll learn how to how to build a fire pit for barbecues, how to make inventive party decorations, and how to turn coffee sacks into stylish cushion covers. There are also tips from local food producers about making cheese, keeping bees and growing herbs. This book is all about stress-free entertaining. It will inspire you to invite guests around for brunch, throw an impromptu barbecue, or take the next step and host a fabulous dinner party. Surf Cafe Living is dedicated to making your house a home and filling it with great friends, family and, of course, delectable food.


surfnado30

Surfnado Book Sale

This week only (Aug. 25-29), get 30% off all Surf Books during our Surfnado! Book Sale.

Do you like surfing? Do you like to save money? Do you like smartly written, beautifully photographed books about one of the world’s most popular ocean sports? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” (and how could it not be?), then we have the sale for you.

For one week only, you can save 30% on all surf-themed books in our QBookshop. Just enter the code “Surf30″ when you check out at QBookshop.com. Click here to see our complete selection of sale items, and happy surfing!

The Longboard vs. Shortboard Debate is Solved Once and For All! Or is It?

(**This week only, Aug. 25 to Aug. 29) you can get 30% off any surfing book at the QBookshop.com using the promo code SURF30 at checkout. Click here to see our complete sale selection! )**

It’s a debate as old as time itself. OK, it’s a debate that is about 40 years old.

For the uneducated surfer, the differences between a longboard and a shortboard may not be immediately clear.

A well meaning but uninformed surf shop attendant once gave a female friend a shortboard for her first time out on the waves. While it was easier for her to lug the board to the beach, getting up on it proved to be an impossible challenge.

It was only later that we realized that longboards have more surface area and are easier to balance on, making them ideal starter boards for clumsy newcomers like us.

So for beginners, the choice is pretty clear– the longer the board, the better chance we have of standing up and catching waves.

But what about the pros? Do they prefer the long smooth rides of a long board, or the quick cuts of a shortboard.

As Ben Marcus explains in this excerpt below, the longboard vs. shortboard debate has been raging on the pro circuit for over 40 years.

 

TOTAL INVOLVEMENT: LONGBOARDS, SHORTBOARDS, OR BOTH?

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A surfer riding a shortboard. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.

Here in the twenty-first century, there is a remarkably wide variety of surfboard shapes, sizes, designs and materials.

Beginning surfers don’t really need to worry about all the possibilities and variations of longboard, shortboard, Fish, Thruster, twin-fin, epoxy, balsa, carbon fiber, popout, custom-shaped, Softop, etc.

But as you progress as a surfer, that whole world of options is going to open up to you, and one of the first forks in the road you face will be this: longboard or shortboard.

The big divide between longboards and shortboards goes back to the 1967 World Contest at Ocean Beach, San Diego, where Australian surfer Nat Yong on a cut-down board called “Sam” surfed with what he called “Total Involvement”– surfing on the tail and turning in and around the curl, doing cutbacks, turning off the lip.

At the same time, Hawaiian David Nuuhiwa was riding a more traditional longboard, putting his feet on the nose as much as possible to ride in the traditional “noseriding” style.

Nat Young won the world contest, and that drew a dividing line between shortboards and longboards that has been snaking and pulsing ever since.

Through most of the twentieth century, longboarders thought shortboarders were arrogant punks with no style. Shortboarders thought longboarders were children of a lesser god, forced to hack around on big lumber because of various physical or spiritual or stylistic flaws. The two just couldn’t get along.

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A surfer carrying a longboard. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Then, in the 1990s, surfers like Jay Moriarity and Joel Tudor rode longboards in a way that began to chip away the dust. Longboarding became cool again.

Now, in the twenty-first century, most surfers will begin on longboards and at some point progress to shorter boards. Ultimately, they will be faced with this fork in the road–should they go long or short?

The answer to that is ride both. Ride them all.

One of the modern joys of surfing is the incredible diversity of surfboards that are out there, everything from nouveau retro alaia to carbon-fiber longboards, and a hundred varieties in between. Stand-ups, Fish, stubbs and more.

Learn to surf on a longboard, then progress to a shortboard—and then ride them all.


TheSurfingHandbookWhether you’re a beginner trying to get started or an experienced surfer looking to take it to the next level, The Surfing Handbook gives you the tips you need to maximize your performance on the water, with guidance on training and conditioning, technique and style, safety and etiquette, and gear. Written by veteran pro surfing journalist Ben Marcus, this guide is illustrated with instructional photos and drawings, providing step-by-step instructions, background history—as well as stories and tips from legendary surfers and teachers—making this an informative and entertaining guide that will help you to master the waves.

Ben Marcus is a surfer and skateboarder for life. He was Surfer magazine associate editor and still writes for Surfer, The Surfer’s Journal, and others. He’s the author of our The Surfboard, Surfing USA!, Surfing & the Meaning of Life, and The Surfer’s Handbook. He lives in Malibu, of course. www.benmarcusrules.com

Kara Kanter is both a photographer and a surfer. Kara lives in Venice, California.

 


surfnado30

Surfnado Book Sale

This week only (Aug. 25-29), get 30% off all Surf Books during our Surfnado! Book Sale.

Do you like surfing? Do you like to save money? Do you like smartly written, beautifully photographed books about one of the world’s most popular ocean sports? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” (and how could it not be?), then we have the sale for you.

For one week only, you can save 30% on all surf-themed books in our QBookshop. Just enter the code “Surf30″ when you check out at QBookshop.com. Click here to see our complete selection of sale items, and happy surfing!

Ebook Deals for a Man and His Best Friend

Dudes. Let’s talks some real talk. There are times that you just need some skills. This really could be the case anytime and anywhere. That’s why were suggesting these two books here today. And not just the books, we’re talking the ebook version that you always have the information you need at hand. Ebooks are awesome because they’re:

1) portable

2) you can’t forget to return them to your friend

3) your friend can’t forget to give them back to you

Why are you lending books to all of your friends? Because you’ve got the skills and they’re just as into body, mind, beauty, and health (maybe) as you!

From today to 8/24/14, these two Amazon Kindle ebooks are EVEN BETTER than usual because they’re seriously discounted, and just as awesome as when they were full price. Check them out!

Manskills

Manskills: How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself and Impress Everyone Else

A peek inside:

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It’s the truly selfless man who doesn’t want to see two strangers maim each other in the middle of a bar. Kudos to you if you’re going to be the calmer head that prevails, but use that cool to determine if you should be getting involved at all.

Judge how serious the potential fighters are and abide by the cardinal rule: Don’t get yourself mangled in the process. A quick assessment is key. Two dudes in polo shirts who’ve had one too many grasshoppers and are prepping for an ugly slap fight—by all means, jump in. Two giant bikers flying gang colors and snarling at each other in a drug-induced rage, not so much.

If you don’t feel you can overpower at least one of the fighters, best to try words alone. In any case, words are the place to start. You can try, “C’mon, let’s chill out before someone gets hurt,” or a similar pearl of wisdom. Or you can go with the more effective, “Cool it, the cops are right outside.” If you actually take the plunge to break up two guys in contact, don’t go it alone. Find an ally in the crowd and enlist him with “Let’s stop these two fools before they hurt someone else.” Never get in the middle of two combatants. The idea is to separate them out of the range of attack without putting yourself in harm’s way. The best way to do that is to hook your arms under the fighter’s arms. Pull him back out of fighting range with a calm, simple sentiment like, “Let it go, he’s not worth it.”

If all that doesn’t do the trick, get yourself another beer, put ten down on the big guy with the goatee, and settle in to watch the battle.

 

DIY Projects for Dog Lovers

The Dog Friendly Home: DIY Projects for Dog Lovers

A peek inside:

Raised Dog Bowlsraised dog bowls pet feeder pet home dog proof

Dog bowl choices are remarkably varied. You can get bowls made of plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel. Each material has its own pitfalls. Plastic can be chewed, and may harbor bacteria; ceramic can break and get jagged edges; stainless steel is light and can get moved around easily by an enthusiastic eater. Wide, shallow bowls are available for dogs with pushed-in faces; narrow, deep bowls allow the fur of long-eared, hairy-faced dogs to drape outside the bowl and stay neat and clean.

Specialty bowls abound. Some keep dogs from snarfing down their food, a behavior that can lead to bloat, a life-threatening stomach condition. Some are continuous feeders that fill a dog’s bowl automatically. And some are elevated.

Especially useful for large and geriatric dogs, elevated bowls alleviate strains caused by leaning down to eat, aid good posture, reduce stomach and other digestive disorders, and can help long-eared, hairy-faced dogs stay neater and cleaner. Plus raised bowls are out of reach of rodents, ants, and dirt. No matter your dog’s size, there is an optimum eating height: six inches below a large dog’s withers, or shoulders; and 4 inches below a small dog’s withers.

Banish These Food Enemies if You Want a Healthy Heart

“The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook” is the companion to the top selling book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth.”

This cookbook not only provides lots of heart-friendly recipes that you can enjoy at home, it also provides tips for avoiding nutritional traps.

As cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD, and nutritionist Jonny Bowden, PhD explain, the key to a healthy lifestyle is to increase your intake of good foods while reducing your intake of these food “enemies.”

“Here are the things that have got to go in your diet, at least if you want to keep your heart in tip-top shape.

Sugar

Sugar is the number one dietary enemy of heart health. As we’ve pointed out, sugar hides in ingredient labels under numerous disguises, including many with healthy-sounding names. Honey, agave, brown rice syrup, organic cane syrup: Whatever you want to call it, sugar is sugar is sugar. The less you eat, the better off you’ll be.

Processed Foods

Most of the foods in the center aisles of your grocery store are processed foods. And this includes foods that have labels proclaiming “whole wheat goodness.” It also includes a number of low fat chemical concoctions passing as real food these days. Don’t be fooled. Your heart and your health deserve better than these Frankenfoods.

Trans Fat

Never mind that the label boasts “zero trans fat.” Read the actual ingredients. If you see the words “partially hydrogenated,” that food has trans fat. Put it back.

Processed Meats

Bologna, sausage, and sliced luncheon meats come loaded with gluten, preservatives, sodium, nitrates and a lot of other crap you don’t want. When it comes to meat—or should we say, meat “products,”—these are the worst of the worst (followed by feedlot-farmed meat, which is high in antibiotics, steroids, hormones and inflammatory omega-6s.

Processed meats bear no resemblance to the grass-fed meat we talk about in the book, which is a true health food.

When in doubt, just remember that when it comes to selecting foods, the emphasis should be on whole, unprocessed, nutrient-rich foods. Stuff your great-grandparents would recognize as food.

Stuff that Dr. Jonny has been referring to for years as members of the Jonny Bowden Four Food Groups–food you could hunt, fish, gather or pluck.

Most of this comes without a bar code and spoils relatively quickly, because it’s actually alive (or recently was). Compare that with a Twinkie, which has a sell by date of nearly forever.


The Great Cholesterol Myth CookbookFor decades, low-fat and low-cholesterol diets have been touted as the way to prevent and reverse heart disease. In this groundbreaking book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth“, Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra debunked that assertion, arguing that fat—often curtailed on traditional low cholesterol “heart-healthy” diets—is not the enemy and may in fact be part of the solution.

Now, in The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, the authors and nutrition expert and whole foods chef Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., put their findings into action with a detailed meal plan and 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that will prevent and reverse heart disease and give you back the foods you thought were gone forever. Learn how to live a life free of heart disease without the use of harmful statin drugs. Based on the latest studies, discover why sugar (not fat), inflammation, stress, and high-carb diets full of processed foods are the true culprits of heart disease. Combat heart disease with 100 mouthwatering recipes designed to satisfy your taste buds, provide key nutrients, and keep your heart healthy