Book Reviews Aug 2012
THE PICKLED PANTRY
The Pickled Pantry is a fresh, contemporary guide to pickling the harvest. The book provides 150 recipes for pickling everything from apples to zucchini. There are techniques for making fermented pickles, salsas, relishes, and chutneys; freezer and refrigerator options; and recipes that feature pickles front and center.
Author Andrea Chesman’s recipes are as diverse as they are delicious — from Korean Kimchi to French Herbed Jardiniere. Chesman covers how to use all of the pickled produce as well, with almost 40 recipes for a wide range of dishes.
WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU CURVES
Author David Vince, a double-amputee who coached baseball in the college and high school ranks over three decades, tells his inspirational life story in his memoir.
When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging for the Fences is a truly unique story of overcoming hardship, living life to the fullest, and motivating young men and women to achieve their full potential in sports and in life. It includes a foreword by renowned former Florida State Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden.
FRUIT & VEGETABLE GARDENING
Whether you have a kitchen garden, a spot in a community garden, a small vegetable patch, or just a collection of pots and window boxes, Fruit and Vegetable Gardening by Michael Pollock is an essential and comprehensive guidebook for growing your own fruits and veggies.
Offering all the basics, from soil preparation and organic manures, to authoritative advice on every aspect of productive growing, Fruit and Vegetable Gardening is a full-color expert handbook for all vegetable and fruit gardeners.
Journalist and “Beer, TX” blogger Ronnie Crocker chronicles Houston’s long and surprising history of brewing in Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City. The book traces everything from the grand legacy of Anheuser-Busch to the up-and-coming craft beer makers and those brewing it right at home.
This book takes readers from the mid-19th century — when immigrants Peter Gabel and Henry Schulte founded the city’s first commercial brewery — up through today, as the number of local craft breweries continues to climb.
ALL NEW BUILT-INSIDE A BOOK
The latest in the IDEA BOOK series, the completely revised All New Built-Ins Idea Book builds on the success of the original and showcases a wide range of built-in and storage possibilities.
Author JoAnne Keller Bouknight starts with the basics and answers questions about what to store, and where to store with design solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, bedrooms and more. A handy visual clip file, this book is full of fresh ideas for creating rooms that are both functional and stylish.
GRACE’S SWEET LIFE
The secrets to Italy’s most delicious, homemade Italian desserts are revealed. Grace’s Sweet Life is a go-to special occasion cookbook featuring a wide range of mouth-watering treats such as Tiramisu, Sicilian Cannoli and Chocolate Eclairs with Pastry Cream.
Author Grace Massa Langlois passes on the same traditions and virtues she gained from growing up surrounded by the love and generosity of an Italian family kitchen.
With more than 50 color photos and chapters for cakes and cheesecakes, pies and tarts, and creams, custards, mousses and souffles, it will be hard to decide what sweet treat to make.