Home, Garden, and DIY
"I see life as increasingly complex, vivid, colorful, crazy, chaotic. That's the world I write about...the world I live in."
~ Julia Glass, American writer
Cook It in Cast Iron: Kitchen-Tested Recipes for the One Pan That Does It All
by Cook's Country, editors
It's versatile, durable, and naturally nonstick -- the cast-iron skillet might be the most useful tool in your kitchen. In Cook It in Cast Iron, the Cook's Country and America's Test Kitchen teams turn their culinary know-how toward cast-iron, sharing their evaluations of different skillets as well as evidence-based advice on cast-iron care (turns out that washing with soap isn't necessarily a no-no). Then, to prove their claim that a cast-iron skillet is the "original kitchen workhorse," they present a variety of recipes to prepare in said skillet, spanning traditional dishes like blueberry pie and fried chicken, and extending to more unorthodox choices such as bread, deep-dish pizza, and even fondue.
The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits...
by Ariella Chezar
Luminous photographs of brilliantly colored blossoms brighten the pages of this introduction to contemporary floral arrangements. Designer Ariella Chezar walks you through how to choose the right flowers -- whether you're purchasing or foraging -- as well as how to select the necessary tools, containers, and styling techniques to achieve the effect you want. Whether you're interested in making huge banquet bouquets, tiny nosegays, or anything in between, The Flower Workshop "offers beauty and inspiration to flower arrangers at most levels of skill" (Booklist). For a similarly modern but more visually oriented floral arrangement guide, try Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo's The Flower Recipe Book.
The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures...
by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn
If you've ever wondered what you can do to counteract the increasing scarcity of pollinating insects, garden designer Kate Frey and biologist Gretchen LeBuhn have an answer: plant a bee garden! It's a win-win for all involved: bees (both native bees and honeybees) get a welcoming habitat in which to flourish, and gardeners get beautiful, sustainable gardens with higher yields. In this practical and insightful volume, you'll learn about "super bloomers," seasonal progression, nest boxes, and other subjects relevant to cultivating a bee garden. And if your new bee garden leaves you feeling inspired to learn more, pick up Alethea Morrison's Homegrown Honey Bees to begin your adventures in apiculture.
Happy Home Outside: Everyday Magic for Outdoor Life
by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau
From the author of Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life comes and equally bright and cheerful look at decorating outdoor spaces. No matter what sort of area you're working with -- porches, sheds, gardens, trailers, and tents are just a few of the spaces covered here -- you're bound to find something eye-catching among the ample, attractive photographs in this book. You'll also find tips for relaxed, functional furniture arrangement and outdoor activities, plus instructions for hands-on decorating projects to make your home colorful and harmonious, both inside and out.
Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table
by Anna Thomas
Are conflicting dietary needs making it difficult for your loved ones to share a meal? If so, you'll appreciate the flexible approach of this cookbook, which focuses on similarities rather than differences. Beginning with all-purpose vegetable and grain dishes, these recipes then progress outwards, presenting optional meat or dairy additions for each dish. Vegan corn polenta, for instance, can be eaten alone or with feta and sausage; vegan gingerbread is tasty with or without vanilla ice cream. For eaters with different dietary watchlists, you may want to pair this book with Ella Woodward's Deliciously Ella (for gluten-free recipes) or Jackie Newgent's The With or Without Meat Cookbook (for diabetic recipes).
Mosaic Garden Projects: Add Color to Your Garden with Tables, Fountains, Birdbaths...
by Mark Brody with Sheila Ashdown; photographs by Justin Myers
Even in winter, art can bring color and life to your garden. And since mosaics are hard-wearing and easy to scale, they're suitable for all sorts of outdoor spaces. In Mosaic Garden Projects, seasoned mosaic teacher Mark Brody is ready to help you plan and create mosaics. No matter what your budget or skill level, he'll patiently help you understand the basics (grout vs. grime, clippers vs. nippers) before sharing 25 different projects to choose from, including stepping stones, tabletops, planters, signs, a birdbath, and a pagoda. Written in a friendly, accessible style, this offbeat book will engage and inspire artists and gardeners of all kinds.
The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color
by Becky Goldsmith
"You are the boss of color." According to quilter Becky Goldsmith, taking charge of color choices is the key to happy quilting. In order to boss color around, though, you'll need a down-to-earth tutorial on color theory. Goldsmith ably provides exactly that before moving on to concerns specific to quilters -- issues of fabric, texture, color schemes, and scale. Finally, after you've mastered the theory, you get a chance to apply it to 10 skill-building projects, including an "ugly-fabric challenge" designed to test your color "auditioning" abilities. Those looking for a more project-centered book that pairs practical color theory with quilting may also want to check out Joen Wolfrom's Color Play.
Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family
by Frances Largeman-Roth; photographs by Quentin Bacon
Healthy eating can sometimes be a challenge, so why not tempt yourself (and your family) with dishes full of sumptuous color? These 90 recipes, organized by color, will can help you achieve a more balanced diet, not to mention a more attractive table. The sunny yellows and greens of late summer succotash, the warm reds and browns of red onion and fig pizza, the deep indigo of blueberry salsa, and many other vibrant hues are captured in the book's stunning photographs; and while these images alone are enough to keep you turning pages, the nutritional information and food prep tips will keep you coming back again and again.
Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia...
by Melissa Leapman
Do you dream about knitting Fair Isle sweaters, but get tangled every time you attempt them? It's true that color-work can seem dauntingly complicated, but with the easy-to-understand instructions in this helpful volume, you can learn the simplest, most intuitive methods for stranded knitting, two-color double knitting, and intarsia (multi-color knitting using no carried strands). In addition to these methods (and a bit of color theory), this book will also coach you through 12 contemporary color knitting projects to try and over 50 different stitch patterns to use when designing projects of your own.
Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style
by Will Taylor; photographs by Andrew Boyd
You can't drink Will Taylor's "color cocktails," but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious. The British designer and blogger is absolutely obsessed with injecting brilliant color into home décor, and his debut book is sure to make you equally hungry for hues. After breaking down some of the ways you can use bold palettes and patterns for your walls, furniture, and accessories, Taylor showcases ten examples of vivid "color cocktail" combos such as Licorice and Vermilion or Mint Cream and French Rose. Fearless decorators in search of inspiration will linger over the eye-popping photos in Bright Bazaar while absorbing Taylor's "tongue-in-cheek yet eminently practical advice" (Booklist).
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