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Book Reviews March 2017



Few individuals in the last century have had such a wide-reaching influence on the way we live our lives than Sir Terence Conran – from how we decorate our homes to our passion for eating out. Now in his 80s and still designing beautiful homeware and opening buzzy, welcoming restaurants, he has a new book, My Life in Design. In it, Sir Terence takes a look back at the Conran brand since he founded the Conran Design Studio 60 years ago and explores the many areas where he and his team have made an indelible impact.




Following on the success of Duck & Waffle: Recipes & Stories, Chef Dan Doherty is back with a new book, Toast Hash Roast Mash – a book of easy, informal comfort food recipes inspired by breakfast and brunch that you can eat all day. It features a wealth of informal, easy, indulgent recipes for comfort food, guy food and really good hangover food: everything form eggs, hash, pancakes and toast to the ultimate great grilled cheese sandwich, easy-to-make savory dishes, sweets and whole repertoire of Bloody Marys.




Botanicum, the newest offering from Big Picture Press’s Welcome to the Museum series, is a brilliantly organized guide to plant life. Curated by Kathy Willis and with artwork from Katie Scott of Animalium fame, Botanicum gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition through the pages of a beautiful book. Containing everything from perennials to bulbs to tropical exotica, this wonderful feast of botanical knowledge is complete with superb cross sections to show how plants work.




Over the past two years, the adult coloring book trend has skyrocketed as a way for people to relax and release stress. At the forefront of the boom is Millie Marotta – the illustrator behind Curious Creatures, a coloring book that captures some of the world’s most remarkable, peculiar and visually facinating animals. Millie’s new book uncovers the wonderful diversity of the natural world, revealing a host of eye-catching mammals, birds, reptiles, fish amphibians and invertebrates, exploring the unique nature of each through 72 mesmerizing new illustrations.




Lavishly illustrated with portrait-style macrophotography, The Flower Book celebrates 60 flowers in all their stunning beauty, and includes tips and techniques for creating custom arrangements in todays organic floral style. Intimate portraits of each flower include quick-reference profiles with tips for choosing the best blooms, care for cut stems, arranging recommendations, colors, shapes and even growing tips to transform the home, from yard to tabletop. Gorgeous photos spotlight 30 sample arrangements, and the techniques section walks beginners through the basics of foliage and fillers, bouquets, and arrangements making this book both practical and beautiful.




Whether preserving meat of saving taste buds, salt has been a staple across time, but are you getting the most out of the kitchen’s most versatile ingredient? Mark Bitterman’s Craft Salt Cooking challenges cooking novices and experts alike to stop seeing salt as routine seasoning and start using it as an opportunity to make your dishes stand out as never before. This book focuses on real, naturally made craft salts to improve foods in taste, texture and even nutrition. The down-to-earth creations appeal to all eaters, ranging from reinventing roast chickens from the inside out or branching out into global sensations like the Shio crust whole grilled fish.

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