Book Reviews Apr 2012
FRESH AMERICAN SPACES
Interior designer Annie Selke’s new book, Fresh American Spaces, takes a modern look at five distinctly American decorating styles: Refined Romantic, Nuanced Neutral, Happy Preppy, Cultured Eclectic and Everyday Exuberance. Drawing on a lifetime of design inspiration, Selke candidly illustrates the process, exploring palettes, fabrics and key elements that can be used to create spaces in each of the five featured styles.
THE HOMEBUILT WINERY
In The Homebuilt Winery, Steve Hughes offers home winemakers all the know-how they need to set up a home winery and build all the basic equipment for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought. The book includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for more than 30 winemaking essentials. It also presents a range of options for cellar racking. Along the way, Hughes leads readers through the entire process of winemaking.
HOW TO RAISE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
Raising Monarch butterflies from eggs collected from milkweed leaves, or from caterpillars plucked from the plant, is made easy with the help of How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak.
With more than 50 unique, close-up photographs readers will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and how to encourage populations in their own backyards, with tips on which plants to grow, as well as the care and feeding of their pet caterpillars.
SALAD FOR DINNER
Salad For Dinner contains simple recipes for salads that make a meal. It’s easy — and delicious — to turn salads into main meals with this original collection from chef Tasha DeSerio. As more and more home cooks are looking to eat healthy using local and regional offerings, the whole-meal salads highlighted here will satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Simple, yet sophisticated, the recipes encompass everything from greens to meat, fish and dairy, pasta and grains.
Latin Flavors: A Taste of Our Heritage, a cookbook published by the Latin Women’s Initiative of Houston, is a coffee-table style book that is translated in both English and Spanish. The book includes recipes that reflect the taste and culture of the Latin community all over the world. Cooking tips and facts about unique ingredients, as well as beautiful photographs by Ignacio Urquiza emphasize the quality and creativity of this book.
IS THIS SEAT TAKEN?
In the new book Is This Seat Taken? Random Encounters That Change Your Life by Kristin S. Kaufman, former Hewlett-Packard powerhouse and founder of Alignment Inc., readers will find themselves looking at chance encounters from an entirely different perspective. Kaufman offers a collection of highly personal stories that illustrate how a wealth of wisdom may come from the most unusual and unlikely sources. Is This Seat Taken? reveals important life lessons that force the typical executive — and indeed all of us — to ponder what it means to truly be present in the “now.”
THE TRUCK FOOD COOKBOOK
It’s the best of street food: bold, delicious, surprising, over-the-top goodness to eat on the run. And the best part is you can now make it at home. Obsessively researched by food authority John. T. Edge, The Truck Food Cookbook delivers 150 recipes from America’s best restaurants on wheels.
Edge shares recipes, special tips and techniques. Hundreds of full-color photographs and a step-back cover capture the lively street food gestalt and its hip and funky aesthetic, making this both an insider’s cookbook and document of the hottest trend in American food.
COMPLETE BOOK OF HOME PRESERVING
Home canning puts the pleasure of eating natural, delicious produce at your fingertips year-round, and The Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving provides expert advice to make it simple and affordable. This bestseller book is packed with easy-to-understand, detailed instructions, as well as answers to most questions in the Home Canning Problem Solver. User-friendly recipes will appeal to both the novice and experienced canner alike.