Book Reviews January 2016
Introducing Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything by Amy Anderson – a crafting book for savvy crafters and non-crafters alike. Fun, removable and remarkably easy to use, washi tape is endlessly versatile. Use it to design coasters and dress up keyboards, create faux wallpaper and brighten up a chair, gussy up a Halloween pumpkin, or make props for your next party photo booth. You can even use it to fashion a clutch, make a statement ring or add unforgettable flair to your bike. And this book is packaged with the tape itself – 10 rolls of tape made especially for this book.
THE GOSPEL OF VINO
The Wine Bible by Karne MacNeil has long been the most enlightening, comprehensive and entertaining wine guide in the marketplace. Now it is completely revised and updated with new chapters on every wine region in the world, hundreds of new wines, and all-new maps and photos. America’s “missionary of the vine,” MacNeil is considered one of only a handful of experts with a global command of wine and this book brims with her knowledge and passion for her subject while artful, evocative descriptions bring each wine to life.
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
In this gorgeous volume, their first book, Patternity pioneers Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham present inspiring photography and illuminating text that unite the worlds of high fashion and design with our day to day lives and offers an entirely new way of viewing the world – from cracks in the pavements and shadows on building sites to stacks of newspapers and crowds of commuters. They dig beneath the surface to explore how pattern continues to shape our world, from the microscopic spiraling shells in a grain of sand to the constellations of the galaxy.
BETTER WITH BITTERS
With hundreds of cocktail bitters on the market, millions are using them to add punch, pizzazz and complexity to cocktails and even cooking. But the storm of brands, their flavors, uses and personalities can puzzle even the savviest of mixologists. Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari is the first and only handbook to decode today’s burgeoning selection of bitters, along with their kindred spirits amari. The guide provides tasting notes, maker profiles and suggested uses that make selecting, understanding, mixing and cooking with bitters a snap. But that’s just the start. Lavishly photographed pages include recipes for making bitters and amari at home and more.
DEAR MILK, IT’S OVER!
The first book to bring together two beloved things in an entirely new light, Cookies & Beer, demonstrates why milk and cookies are over and why a new twist on an old favorite is the hot new couple. Author Jonathan Bender offers a blueprint for how to appreciate cookies and craft beer in a fun and unique way. They share common grains, spices and fruits. So it is no surprise that when paired, the perfect beer brings out the unexpected in a great cookie, and a great cookie awakens flavors once barely noticed in beer. Get advice for pairing craft beer with everything from breakfast and savory cookies to chocolate, fruit and holiday cookies.
Judith Miller’s Antiques Handbook and Price Guide has been called “the bible of the Antiques Trade.” Her new edition provides all the latest information and tools to help navigate the market. More than 8,000 new items, featured in full-color photos, make this the most informative, up-to-date and valuable price guide on the market. It is an essential tool for buying and selling, covering price and market trends as well. Updated every two years, the guide features reports on the state of the antiques market and up-to-date dollar price guides based on recent auction results. Comprehensive sections cover ceramics, furniture, glass, silver and metalwares, jewelry and more.
Book Reviews January 2016