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THE HISTORY OF TEXAS WINE

In The History of Texas Wine, local wine experts Katherine Crain and Neil Crain, Ph.D., discuss the untold story of Texas’ wine industry, a 350-year wine story that is still reaching its savory peak. Spanish colonists may have come to the state to spread Christianity, but under visionary Fr. Fray Garcia, they stayed and raised grapes. Later immigrants brought their own burgundy tastes of home, creating a unique wine country. When a North American pest threatened European vines, it was Texan scientist T.V. Munson who helped save the industry overseas.
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RSVP

RSVP

Fashion designer Marie France Van Damme reveals the secrets of entertainment on a budget in RSVP: Simple Sophistication, Effortless Entertaining. Five chapters — Flowers, Candles, The Table, Food and Art — explore how to create a sense of occasion, a relaxed mood, simple pleasures and food without worry. Each chapter finishes with actual events including a winter birthday at home with plain black plates, flowers in a single color, and sushi from local Japanese restaurant. The principles apply to any location, culture or society.
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UNCOMMON CARDS

Uncommon Cards: Stationery Made With Found Treasures, Recycled Objects and a Little Imagination is a DIY guide containing eight sheets of cardstock and basic stitch patterns that can be completed on any sewing machine (or by hand). A blank card will easily be transformed into a whimsical, inspired, one-of-a-kind design. Jeanne Williamson’s 52 designs incorporate inexpensive and easy to find household items. Easy-to-follow and straightforward instructions make it easy to create the perfect card for any occasion.
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HOW TO STENCIL

Royal Design Studio has launched an original Ikat stencil “Khanjali,” providing an easy way to create the sought-after Ikat look on walls or furniture. Ikat designs are a bold way to add color and refresh any home decor. The reusable mylar stencil in How To Stencil comes with its own vertical movement and blurred edge effect, making it easy to generate the classic “Ikat” look at home. Khanjali comes in two sizes, both in single overlay, reusable 10 mil mylar.
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EASY INDIAN COOKING, SECOND EDITION

This new edition of Suneeta Vaswani’s Easy Indian Cooking features eight additional photos as well as 30 all-new recipes. All of the dishes are richly flavored but not too complicated to create at home. Vaswani’s repertoire of 150 exciting and inspired recipes includes classic dishes from northern and southern India, as well as her personal favorites, all of which have been adapted for North American kitchens. The book also includes insightful cooking tips to create a truly authentic Indian dining experience.
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TALK ABOUT CONTEMPORARY GARDENS

Talk About Contemporary Gardens is an engaging introduction to the art of landscape garden design, exploring new practices and materials, while highlighting notable designers and their signature creations. Chantal Colleu-Dumond’s book examines everything from traditional inspirations to innovative techniques, materials and vegetation that lend character to the most exemplary contemporary gardens. This book covers garden trends and discusses the relationship between modern gardens and contemporary art, architecture and design.


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