Category Archives: non fiction

Black + Decker Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry

It’s hard to go wrong with this ‘inspiration’ book of backyard projects. Lavishly photographed, with easy step-by-step instructions, illustrations (exploded drawings), and charts (including materials and cutting list). I found a lot of these easier than putting together an IKEA … Continue reading

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Show Up For Salad by Terry Hope Romero

There is a surprising amount to like here, as the definition of ‘salad’ is really stretched nicely. Think beyond greens and instead to pretty much all kinds of vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts as a ‘salad’ in the non traditional … Continue reading

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1970s Childhood by Liza Hollinghurst

Like several readers, I also chose this book thinking it would be a great nostalgia trip to remember my own childhood growing up in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find that it was for a UK childhood instead and … Continue reading

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Art, Alphabets, Monograms & Lettering

As expected from a Dover publication, they have done an excellent job of collecting a timeless and useful resource and making it available in an effective way. In this case, Berling’s 1923 collection of fonts, monograms, and even the borders … Continue reading

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The Crock-Pot Ladies Big Book of Slow Cooker Dinners

This ticks a lot of boxes in what to look for in a cookbook: clean format, photos of the final dishes, a large variety of recipes (from expected to unexpected), complete directions with nutritional/serving/notes and other info, and all nicely … Continue reading

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The Sugarsmart Cookbook For Kids by Georgia Varozza

After spending some time cooking several of these recipes, I did feel that the directions were easy to follow and the recipes tasty enough even for picky kids. But at the same time, in this modern age, it’s hard to … Continue reading

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Pierre Koenig: A View From The Archives by Neil Jackson

For the general public, architect Pierre Koenig became famous for an image rather than his homes (the iconic photo of a mid century modern living room overlooking a brightly lit Los Angeles nightline in the 1950s). But for those passionate … Continue reading

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