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Book Reviews Mar 2011

Houston Classic Mexican Recipes

Erin Hicks Miller’s new book, Houston Classic Mexican Recipes, features more than 60 recipes from some of the most beloved Mexican food restaurants in Houston. Award-winning chefs have opened their kitchens and helped to transform their most treasured menu items into manageable recipes for the home cook.

The book also includes vibrant photos, engaging anecdotes about each establishment and easy-to-follow directions.


Growing Tasty Tropical Plants In Any Home, Anywhere

With Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere, the breakthrough book by Laurelynn Marton and Byron Martin, gardeners can enjoy edible ornamental houseplants that bring the sights, smells and even tastes of exotic locales right into their own homes. The book covers 47 varieties of fruiting plants with information on pruning, maintenance and  pest control.


The Food Substitutions Bible

Best-selling cookbook author David Joachim has expanded and revised his award-winning book, creating the Food Substitutions Bible, Second Edition. Home cooks are provided with even more information and instruction on how to safely substitute ingredients in recipes. Whether you are missing an ingredient or experimenting with flavors and textures, this book will inspire and guide your culinary adventures.


My Cooking Class

For home cooks looking for kudos in the kitchen, look no further than the series of six titles that comprise My Cooking Class. Designed to replicate a professional cooking course, these highly-illustrated books guide readers through all the details involved in producing a meal. These books are ideal for cooks at every level. They will teach newcomers to the kitchen the essentials and help more experienced cooks polish their skills.


The Life Guide To Digital Photography

In a friendly manner, Joe McNally, one of LIFE’s master shooters, has prepared a foolproof guide that covers tips of the trade; step-by-step instruction on focusing, lighting and composition.

In The LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros, he walks readers carefully through the dos and don’ts of shooting digital and concentrates on five fundamentals: light, the lens, design elements, color and composition.


The Week-By-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook

The Week -by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook by Ron Kujawski and Jennifer Kujawski sets itself apart as a truly unique gardening companion that can be customized to fit any gardening zone. Afer setting up the book, readers have their own personalized week-by-week action gude. The guide clarifies the timing for important gardening tasks such as preparing the soil to harvesting ripe veggies.


Living Vegan For Dummies

The perfect companion to Living Vegan For Dummies, Vegan Cooking For Dummies by Alexandra Jamieson provides vegans, and those thinking about becoming vegan, with more than 100 healthy and hearty vegan recipes.

The book features vegan recipes including entrees, appetizers, desserts, sweet treats, snacks and lunchbox fare.

An eight-page insert showcases full-color photos of many of the book’s recipes as well as a helping hand in making vegan-friendly dishes for the whole family.


Texas Tables

Texas Tables is an elegant, southern hospitality-themed cookbook from The Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties Inc. that will inspire culinary creativity. The book showcases 240 recipes from families, friends and local celebrity chefs. It features 60 photographs and sidebars with touching stories of favorite table moments.

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