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150 Best Spiralizer Recipes, by Marilyn Haugen and Jennifer Williams, provides a new, refreshing, fun way to introduce more vegetables into dishes and reduce carbohydrates. There are options for vegetarians, gluten-free diets and low-carb diets, along with a wide variety of dishes for meat, poultry and fish lovers. Expanding the boundaries of traditional vegetable dishes by spiralizing gives cooks so many more choices. Find creative main dishes, extraordinary side dishes, and updated versions of classic favorites in this cookbook.




Whether you want to grow the biggest onion, the tastiest tomato or the perfectly shaped eggplant, you’ll gain the winning edge with Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening, by blue ribbon winner Jodi Torpey. This fun, colorful and practial book is loaded with tips and techniques for taking the home gardener from backyard anonymity to statewide fame. You’ll learn to grow the best veggies in the state, essential storage practices, how to transport your entries and just what judges are looking for. Perfect for those who want that extra taste of victory.




Transform your backyard into a romantic retreat; make your balcony a modern-day Utopia; create a family garden or grow culinary herbs; or utilize minimalist design with easy-to-care-for plants. Whatever your desire, the Garden Design Bible, by Tim Newbury, has a plan that you can adapt to your own space. Choose from 40 off-the-peg designs, or mix and match elements from several to create your ideal garden. Each design is fully illustrated with a comprehensive plant list and planting diagram. It’s the next best thing to hiring a gardener.




In High-Yield Vegetable Gardening, authors Brad Halm and Colin McCrate teach gardeners how to get the most out of any size garden using methods they developed as CSA farmers. The authors encourage gardeners to think like farmers by showing how to map your property, make your own plant calendar, rotate crops, source seeds and manage pests and disease. This book helps gardeners reap the benefits of the authors’ years of experience and enjoy a fruit and vegetable harvest custom-tailored to their needs, whether your goal is a year-round yield, a supplement to the grocery store or to feed others in your community. Enjoy foolproof, practical ways to maximize your garden.




Originally published in 1989 and updated in 2001, Maple Syrup Cookbook is one of the best cookbooks on the subject, with 113,000 copies in print. In addition to new photography, the cookbook now includes a dozen new, easy-to-follow recipes by author and Julia Child Cookbook Award winner, Ken Haedrich. With both sweet and savory dishes to choose from, cooks will appreciate the timeless versatility of maple. Even salad dressings, relishes, breads and soups are elevated by the unique, sweet flavor. Haedrich also includes maple-related history lessons, famous quotes, sugaring tips and farmer profiles. Great for new ideas for how to use this natural and delicious element.




In Vogue: The Jewellery, Carol Woolton, British Vogue’s jewelry editor, has curated a collection of more than 300 fabulous images that showcase the best jewelry shots from British Vogue’s vast archives, grouping them into five thematic chapters: Show-stoppers, Rock Chick, Minimalist, Exotic and Classical. From fantastical diamond-encrusted tiaras and intricate jet chokers to sculptural silver cuffs and the purity of a simple string of pearls, Woolton provides an evocative celebration of a century of magical jewelry, while also showcasing the work of British Vogue’s very best photographers. This book will no doubt delight and dazzle those who love fashion as well as jewelry.


Book Reviews April 2016

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