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Book Reviews May 2010


Edible Herbs

The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs by Charles W.G. Smith features in-depth profiles and full-color photos of 26 basic herbs. The book also includes information on growing, harvesting and preserving each herb, as well as techniques and cooking how-to for using herbs to expands one’s culinary horizon. Fresh herbs are a great complement to fresh vegetables, soups, stews, baked goods, and even dessert.

Methods for making herb butters, teas, vinegars, salts and oils are interspersed with more decadent dishes including Lemon Cheesecake, Herb-marinated Goat Cheese and Filet of Beef with Thyme.
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Wedding Attire

Barbara Coolidge Tibbetts, world renowned expert on dressing mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom, offers sage advice in her new book, I Want My Mother’s Dress to Match the Napkins: Funny Stories and Serious Advice for Looking Your Best at Your Child’s Wedding.

Often called the Erma Bombeck of the wedding world, Tibbetts is a successful entrepreneur with her boutique, T. Carolyn. Her book is designed to help mothers look their best at their child’s wedding and features funny stories and real-life anecdotes. She also offers advice for navigating the emotional minefields that come with most weddings.

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Organic Garden Guide

Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens takes the confusion out of starting a garden project by showing planting plans and a recipe-like list of everything readers need to successfully grow three different growing gardens. Each starts small and gradually expands to double its initial size over a three-year period. Learn basic skills such as planting seeds and harvesting techniques, as well as problems including disease and drought. Author Barbara Pleasant also offers a supplement on basic gardener lingo.

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Bioidentical Hormones
The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Bioidentical Hormones provides an unbiased look at the safety and effectiveness of this popular option, and provides a clear explanation of hormone replacement therapy in general.
Author Ricki Pollycove, M.D., M.S., takes a critical look at the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, the simple truths about how it affects the heart, bones and brain, and offers expert advice on creating an individualized health plan.
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Urban Gardening

Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City by Sonia Day is for anyone who wants to grow vegetables, fruit or herbs, but has a small gardening space. Day, a Master Gardener and garden columnist, offers clear advice on plants and profiles 43 fun-to-grow and “hassle free” plants with recommendations on the best varieties for small spaces and alternatives.
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French Flair
Make entertaining effortlessly chic with simple-to-create table and room decorations in French General: Handmade Soirées. Beloved designer and author Kaari Meng has fashioned more than 20 French-inspired projects that will add charm to your next special occasion. Projects include organza chair covers, fabric wine totes and roll out placemats with patterns, illustrations, step-by-step instructions and a wealth of photographs to help achieve polished results. Meng also shares secrets and pleasures of hosting with French flair.

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