Sunday, January 27, 2013

Knack Quick and Easy Cooking

Even if time is limited and experience lacking, it is still possible to prepare healthy family meals.

Combining photographs and succinct descriptions, this book outlines the process of putting meals together, quickly and easily, without sacrificing flavor.

Includes tips on organizing a kitchen and smart shopping.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Meals in Minutes
by Linda Johnson Larsen
Knack, 2009

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Making Peg Dolls

"When we watch children immersed in imaginative play, and one child presents us with a bit of wood saying, 'This is my baby,' these imaginings of children at play cross the expanses of history and culture to connect us in a universal way," writes author Margaret Bloom in her introduction to this book of peg doll inspirations.

Originally created from wooden laundry pegs, the dolls in this book are designed in the Waldorf education tradition that encourages imaginative play and emotional development through neutral faces and minimal features.

The 60 designs and patterns for peg dolls included in this book are arranged by season, Spring through Winter, with three fairy tale sets in the back of the book for making dolls for The Three Bears, Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. Introductory chapters review materials and techniques and offer a glossary of stitches.
by Margaret Bloom
Hawthorn Press, 2013
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review: Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares

This engaging text introduces readers to both the heroes and the villains of the Fungi  kingdom, from the seductively flavorful chanterelle to the poisonous Death Cap, highlighting their culinary attributes, undesirable characteristics, and complex cultural histories.

Author Greg Marley is a well-known New England mycophile who frequently lectures on wild mushrooms and medicinal plants, leads mushroom expeditions, and writes books on these subjects.

Mushrooms for Health: Medical Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, published in 2009, covered medicinal mushrooms; this one explores the gustatory traits of the fungi and the lore behind them.

The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms
by Greg A. Marley
Chelsea Green, 2010
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Now Exploring Bark River

The Bark River valley in southeastern Wisconsin is a microcosm of the state's - indeed, of the Great Lakes region's - natural and human history.

The Bark River Chronicles records one couple's journey by canoe from the river's headwaters to its confluence with the Rock River and several miles farther downstream to Lake Koshkonong.

Stories from a Wisconsin Watershed
by Milton J. Bates
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012
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