Book Reviews Jul 2012
NEW FRONT YARD IDEA BOOK
Lushly illustrated with 325 color photographs, New Front Yard Idea Book offers the best design information from experts to inspire homeowners everywhere. Sandra Soria’s book is overflowing with ideas for the entrance, porches and porticos, gardens and arbors, paths and driveways, as well as fences and gates, and landscaping and lighting. The comprehensive content makes this book ideal for homeowners looking to sell or renovate and expand their front yard.
CONTAINER GARDEN IDEA BOOK
Every gardener will find unique inspiration in Container Garden Idea Book. Part of Taunton’s best-selling Idea Book series, it is a visual clip file with more than 300 photos, plant recipes, and eye-catching designs for container gardens of all shapes and sizes. It will inspire gardeners to experiment with new plants from flowers to vegetables and herbs; color and texture combinations; and pot shapes and materials.
350 BEST VEGAN RECIPES
Deb Roussou’s book 350 Best Vegan Recipes provides a wide range of tantalizing meal ideas from appetizers and salads, to hearty soups, satisfying main courses, and decadent desserts.
What sets this book apart from other vegan cookbooks is the “Vegan from Scratch” chapter, which provides information on making everything from homemade tofu and vegan bouillon to soy cream cheese. These recipes bring a wholly authentic vegan lifestyle to your kitchen. There is also information on stocking a vegan pantry.
175 BEST BABYCAKES
Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss’ book 175 Best Baby Cakes offers delightful and creative recipes to make cake pops in your kitchen quickly and easily. These recipes were developed specifically for use in the cake pop maker. The book features chapters on cake pop classics; desserts and sweets; glazes, dips and fillings; doughnuts and ebelskivers; muffins and biscuits; appetizers; breakfast bites; savory nibbles; booze pops; and show-stoppers that are ideal for parties and gifts. Also included are easy-to-follow tips and techniques as well as full-color photos.
THE PCOS HEALTH & NUTRITION GUIDE
The PCOS Health & Nutrition Guide by Jill Stansbury, N.D., provides information on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which affects 5-10 percent of all women of reproductive age. It addresses the symptoms, cause and process of PCOS. In addition, it lays out a plan to prevent this condition and treat it effectively. Chief among these treatments are dietary therapy, nutritional supplements, and medicinal herbs.
Creative Walls will inspire you to organize and arrange your collections on any surface in your home to create character, charm and elegance. Geraldine James, veteran collector of all things beautiful, shows ways to organize and display treasured collections to celebrate their uniqueness and your creativity. Chapter by chapter, discover how to arrange virtually anything from scratch as well as rearrange collections to create a look that will bring any space to life.
While new construction has slowed to a crawl and upgrading to a bigger house is no longer a sure thing, more and more homeowners are choosing to remodel. Home Remodeling, from the editors of Fine Homebuilding, is a collection of 36 articles with detailed information on every stage of remodeling — from planning and design to building and installation, upgrades, finishing and clean up. Coverage includes interior and exterior design and building strategies as well as information on additions and tips for living comfortably through a remodel.
NEW DECORATING BOOK
The Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book features solid instruction, hundreds of examples, and clear interpretation of design guidelines that generations of readers have come to expect. But this 10th edition of the classic decorating book also reflects today’s approach to decorating — mixing styles for personal expression with an awareness of budget.
Organized in two parts, the first section is filled with room-by-room decorating guides and home tours to cover broad sweeps of decorating topics. The second section is organized by integral design topic: color, furniture arrangement, flooring, lighting, etc.