Book Reviews October 2015
DINING ON A FOOD STAMP BUDGET
When Leanne Brown moved to New York to earn a master’s degree in food studies, she learned that 46 million Americans have to survive on only $4 a day, the amount provided through SNAP (the U.S. government’s food stamps program). Millions of others, too, live under similar constraints – from students, to grads entering the job market, to young families and retirees. To determine how well one can actually eat on this budget, she took to her kitchen. The result was Good and Cheap, her book of recipes that demonstrates why kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. It’s a resource for those who want to learn, or anyone in need of stretching a tight budget.
RUGS FROM RAGS
Knitting Fabric Rugs introduces an innovative technique for creating stunning designs using large knitting needles and recycled fabrics, such as T-shirts and other garments. Author Karen Tiede came to this art form through her background as a knitter, but was inspired by handwoven rag rugs and bags made from thrift shop clothes. Tiede created her own method
of using recycled fabrics that utilized her love of knitting. This book features directions for making 25 rugs, including how-tos for color blending, spiral patterns, freeform designs and more.
LA JOIE DE VIVRE
In Bridges of Paris, photojournalist Michael Saint James details his year of living in Paris where he spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years’ experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, he immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist soul and bring back a treasure to share. The result is a visual feast and the intimate story of the world’s most romantic city. This is the perfect gift for the experienced or armchair traveler, newlyweds or anyone with a special connection to la joie de vivre — the joy of living.
Though paper and cardboard seem common and humble materials, in The Art of Cardboard readers will discover totally unexpected, beautiful and intricate art that can be created using this repurposed and up-cycled resource. Find jaw-dropping cardboard creations from around the world, as well as the process of each art form and tricks of the trade from small clever projects to huge art installations. Lori Zimmer guides readers through amazing art productions – this is much more than a book about “neat” cardboard designs.
PLANT, PICK AND PRESERVE CHILIS
From “Hungarian Hot Wax” to “Red Savina” and from “Scotch Bonnet” to “Elephant’s Trunk,” chilis come in dozens of shapes, colors and degrees of spiciness. Red Hot Chili Grower provides everything you need to grow your own chilis from scratch, with step-by-step instructions for sowing seeds, caring for the plants, harvesting the fruit and troubleshooting common problems. Award-winning gardening writer Kay Maguire guides readers through different types of chilis, explaining origin, appearance, heat level, sowing, growing, cooking and eating.
DECORATE YOUR LIFE
In Absolutely Beautiful Things, successful designer Anna Spiro shows readers how to create an interior that is just right. It’s about the mix, she says, not the match, where you’ll find beauty in unexpected places. Along with lavish photographs of rooms she created, Spiro shares many of her secrets from a life in decorating, gives practical details on how to work with pattern and color, and provides a room-by-room guide to furniture choice. With her tips, you’ll learn how to create happy, interesting, layered and uplifting spaces where you live, mixing everything from color and pattern, old and new, square and round, quirky and conservative.