Book Reviews Nov 2011
175 BEST BABYCAKES
Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss’ book 175 Best Babycakes is the first and only cookbook specially written for the Babycakes Cupcake Maker appliance. This innovative cookbook is written, and all recipes tested, with correct size/portion and baking times specific for the appliance.
The recipes feature everything from classics and kid favorites to innovative flavors, and even cupcakes with liquor. Recipes are also included for frostings, pies, gluten-free treats and cheesecakes.
GLUTEN-FREE BAKING BOOK
The Gluten-Free Baking Book’s recipes run the gamut of exactly the type of baked goods those managing gluten intolerance crave — with a small twist. Authors Donna Washburn and Heather Butt learned that gluten-free home bakers prefer small batches or yields for their efforts. This book deliciously combines 250 small batch recipes for everything from brownies to cheesecake. Readers will also like the handy and specially-created glossaries on equipment, techniques and ingredients.
Saint-Émilion, written by Béatrice Massenet, Francois Querre and Emmanuelle Ponsan-Dantin, invites readers into the homes of winemakers who create some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed wines in the world. The book features more than 70 legendary winemakers who have helped to cement Saint Emilion’s fame. In addition, interviews with the winemakers and a rich selection of photographs of the estates give a taste of the unique environment and the personalities involved in the production of these superior wines.
POSTCARDS FROM NAM
Author Uyen Nicole Duong gives new voice to the Vietnamese boat people of her past in the novella Postcards From NAM.
Duong returns to the story of Mimi, the protagonist of Mimi and Her Mirror, whose life as a successful lawyer in Washington, D.C., is suddenly brought back to the war-torn Vietnam of her childhood when anonymous postcards begin to arrive. What ensues is a heartbreaking revelation of those Mimi left behind amid an inspiring story of courage, survival and the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN
In the book How the West was Drawn: Cowboy Charlie’s Art by Charles M. Russell, kids can view 13 selected pieces by this artist. These color reproductions of paintings or sculptures by the artist are presented with background, questions and tips about finding hidden secrets in each painting. With helpful prompts and questions for each work, children will sharpen their observational skills and come to know Russell through his art.
THE KNITTER’S LIFE LIST
The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated road map to wooly adventures guaranteed to get an knitter’s needles clicking faster. Veteran knitter and fiber enthusiast Gwen W. Steege has canvassed the knitting community to create this inspiring compilation, which includes amazing yarns and classic techniques; most-loved patterns; profiles of ground-breaking designers; descriptions of museums with knitting-related exhibits; and information on festivals.