Book Reviews Feb 2011

| February 1, 2011


Sewing School is a fun, kid-tested how-to-sew book for ages 5 and up, featuring 21 step-by-step projects to inspire young sewers to create useful, modern objects with minimal adult supervision.

Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle developed this kid-tested curriculum from years of teaching sewing workshops for kids.



For home cooks looking for kudos in the kitchen, look no further than the series of six titles that comprise My Cooking Class. Designed to replicate a professional cooking course, these highly-illustrated books guide readers visually through all the details involved in producing a meal. These books are ideal for cooks at every level. They will teach newcomers to the kitchen the essentials and help more experienced cooks polish their skills.



Packed with photographs, line drawings and informative captions, 1,000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World’s Most Interesting Building Elements, is an invaluable reference catalog of outstanding and innovative architectural and design features from around the world.



The wonderfully informative and entertaining How to Squeeze a Lemon is chock-full of more than 1,000 fresh tips, kitchen-tested techniques, and smart substitutions that bedevil cooks every day, and all from the readers, contributors and editors of Fine Cooking.



Marimekko is a chronicle that brings to life the brand’s storied history and compelling intricacies and introduces the reader to the current offerings and many faces behind the magnetic collections.

Marimekko was born after the war in 1951 with colored, non-figurative designs that revolutionized textile printing and represented the bridge between art and design.



Texas Tables is an elegant, southern hospitality-themed cookbook from The Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties Inc. that will inspire culinary creativity. The book showcases 240 recipes from families, friends and local celebrity chefs. It features 60 photographs and sidebars with touching stories of favorite table moments.



Journey to Provence, France, and take pleasure in 20 beautiful new quilts that feature all the romance of a time gone by. Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts en Provence is a study in geometry and color in the south of France.

Based on Kaffe’s signature line of Rowan fabrics, the pieces have been designed by some of the world’s finest quilters. Complete instructions for creating museum-quality quilts are included along with tips and techniques.



Just when you thought you’ve heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book — a special blend of biography, history and lore.

Hollywood Stories by Stephen Schochet is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movie directors and many others who have been part of the world’s most fascinating and unpredictable industry.

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