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Book Reviews August 2016

| August 1, 2016

healing-art
FEEL GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Robert Flatt,a Houston-based photographer and Rice University professor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1999 and left his corporate oil and gas career to enroll in photography classes at Rice to pursue his passion. His love of photography served to heal him spiritually after his Parkinson’s diagnosis, and now his extraordinary wildlife and nature photographs showcased in his book Healing Art: Don’t Let Anything Ruin Your Day are helping others with their own healing in exhibitions around Houston.

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 idiot's-guide-to-succulents

RETAINING WATER

Succulents are plants that hold water in their leaves, such as cacti, aloe and echeveria. Popular as an outdoor plant, succulents have found a new popularity as a trendy indoor plant. In Idiot’s Guides: Succulents, by Carrie Tuttle, you’ll learn to select, pair, pot and care for the plants and get snapshots of 100 of the most popular varieties. You’ll also find 16 beautiful craft projects with how-to steps and photos, including picture frames, wreaths, terrariums, centerpieces and bouquets. An index by color and height provides another tool for selection.

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 how-to-decorate

DECOR DEMYSTIFIED

How to Decorate provides a highly practical and inspirational guide to the successful use of paint and paper in any home, large or small, urban or country. Fusing the expertise of Farrow & Ball’s in-house color guru Joa Studholme and the Farrow & Ball creative team to demystify the nitty-gritty of home decoration, the book features a wealth of beautiful homes from all over the world. Find everything from which shades work best in a north-facing room to how to combine neutral tones for different decorating styles to the creative potential of floor paint in this definitive design sourcebook.

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 natural-hair-coloring

HERBAL HUES

Christine Shahin’s groundbreaking book Natural Hair Coloring shows that beauty doesn’t have to come at the expense of health. Dedicated to fostering responsible practices in the industry, Shahin utilizes four herbs –– henna, indigo, amla and cassia obovata –– to create shades of brown, black, red and blonde. Unlike chemical dyes that weaken the hair strand, these herbs can actually strengthen the hair and heal scalp issues. From explaining the basics of hair coloring to an introduction to pure herbal colorants, how to use them, how to correct mistakes and more, this book covers everything readers want to know to create the look they want.

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 the-homebrewer's-garden

FROM SEED TO SIP

Filled with tips for successful hop, herb and grain cultivation, delicious recipes, troubleshooting and more, The Homebrewer’s Garden, by Joe and Dennis Fisher, is the essential guide for the gardener who loves beer. This updated version of the classic go-to reference includes expanded sections on small-space hops cultivation, trellising and the latest grain-growing techniques. There is also an updated collection of recipes for 32 specialty homebrews and an 8-page full-color section that brings the process to life with examples of trellising techniques and photos of popular brewing herbs. Whether you’re just starting or you’ve been brewing for years, these pages will inspire.

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 weber's-new-american-barbecue

FIRED UP

Written by James Beard Award nominee and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance, Weber’s New American Barbecue includes more than 120 recipes that reveal what’s happening today in barbecue –– with insider information from some of America’s most popular chefs and top pit masters. Everything from appetizers to main courses to sides is covered and each triple-tested recipe is expertly detailed with easy-to-follow instructions and a full-color photograph of the finished dish. Every essential is outlined in order to guide grillers easily through each step of the process.

Book Reviews August 2016


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