Book Reviews Jun 2012
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.
5 STEPS TO HEALTHY COOKING
Vastly different from a diet book, 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking is a simplified five-step approach to health that is holistic and flexible. In this book, author, freelance food writer and cooking instructor Camilla V. Saulsbury provides recipes that are not only delicious but can be prepared without too much time, fuss and expense. The five steps to healthy cooking are: choose fresh, whole foods; eat mostly vegetable- and fruit-based foods; opt for healthy fats and proteins; select superfoods (nutrient-dense foods); and eat more whole grains.
CIRCULAR KNITTING WORKSHOP
In Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round, Margaret Radcliffe teaches every aspect of circular knitting. She presents Fair Isle, twined, helix, tubular and other classic techniques in detailed step-by-step photographic sequences. Using both circular needles and double points, readers are encouraged to try out each technique on a mini version before applying it to a larger project. Radcliffe even teaches readers how to convert patterns written for straight needles to circulars.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS 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.
ARTFUL WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES
Houston artist Margaret Carson’s new book, Artful Watercolor Techniques, takes a fresh look at applying and appreciating this versatile medium. Readers will find the 23 chapters filled with artful techniques revealing insights into arranging appealing compositions, developing engaging perspectives and subjects, applying “hot” and “cool” colors and exploring various kinds of brushstrokes. It includes a chapter on Artful Travel techniques to prime the experienced as well as novice artist with time-tested tips for capturing the best visual travel memories. With more than 30 colorful photographs, the book emphasizes the creativity and variety of the watercolor medium.
GROW FRUIT NATURALLY
In Grow Fruit Naturally: A Hands-On Guide To Luscious, Homegrown Fruit, Lee Reich shows how to successfully harvest fruits that are delicious and healthy. Natural growing begins with creating a healthy soil environment for roots and their microbial friends; choosing the best kinds and varieties of fruits to plant for top-notch flavor; and pest and disease resistance. Grow Fruit Naturally will lead you from those first steps right through harvesting for peak flavor to proper storage.