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    1. How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition)
    by The Monks of New Skete
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    Asin: 0316610003
    Catlog: Book (2002-09)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 2101
    Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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    How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend, an informal, friendly guide by The Monks of New Skete, is really two books in one: a step-by-step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog. The Monks, who support their community in upstate New York by breeding and training German shepherds, reveal a profound devotion to all breeds in this detailed guide to every imaginable aspect of dog ownership. They cover it all: naming the puppy, training with eye contact and jingling keys, establishing the best sleeping arrangements, even dealing with pet loneliness. Owners are advised to think of themselves as the dog's alpha figure, to train with praise instead of punishment, and to beware of becoming the dog's maid or doorman. Throughout, the authors reflect on the deep spiritual connection possible between humans and dogs. Generations of dogs have been trained with the bestselling 1978 edition of this book. With this update, the Monks are bound to gain many new fans--happy humans and obedient canines alike. With modesty and generosity, the Monks offer an extensive list of other helpful books about dogs, as well as a useful appendix of American Kennel Club titles and terms. --Judy Fireman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight and Understanding for any dog owner
    This book was written with utmost respect and understanding for dogs. The monks understand the pack dynamic and have devised a training manual no dog owner should be without. Many people bash this book claiming it teaches you to hit your dog, but this is untrue. First and foremost the monks emphasize the importance of praise and patience when training your dog. Only when all else fails, and only for exttreme behavior (agression / biting), do the monks recommend physical punishment. The monks are not big on treats, but not because it spoils the dog. Rather, they prefer verbal and physical praise because it creates a closer bond between owner and dog. I would recommend both "How to be your dog's best friend" and "The art of raising a puppy" to any current or will be dog owner. An investment well worth the money and time to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my dog!
    The first day I had my rescue dog he snapped at my 1-year-old daughter. I was contemplating sending him back, but someone suggested this book to help teach him "pack" behavior, i.e. that he is lower in the pack hierarchy than my daughter. It wasn't long before my daughter could safely do anything with him. I was also able to housebreak him, crate train him, and just make him a good dog based on the training techniques.

    Yes, the discipline techniques can seem a little extreme, but they are by no means inhumane. And they WORK because the dog understands. My dog usually "got it" after one time and stopped the behavior. I have not had to discipline him for anything in several years. Now he understands from just a look, a word or a gesture. This book helped us get to that point. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I just finished this book and found it to be a well organized and thorough treatise on the subject. Those who say the book focuses too much on punishment must not have read the latest edition. The monks no longer recommend the alpha roll and "strongly discourage its use to our clients". Rewards are used as the primary means of training. Punishment is only recommended in certain severe situations.

    If you really want to learn about your dog and your relationship with your dog, buy this book. I loved it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I have a very large dog that tried to bite my 7 year old (the youngest in the house) when he he was about 6 months old. At 6 months old he already weighed about 80 pounds and wanted very badly to be Alpha. Before reading this book I would have gotten rid of the dog. However, I decided to try the Alpha Wolf technique and see if he could be broken of this. I did it ONCE and the dog NEVER snapped at my child or any other child again. That was 5 years ago. This technique really does work. Read the book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent info for seasoned dog owners
    Although I grew up with dogs until I was 21, I am now 26 and buying my own first puppy, so I thought I would research training a bit before I bring home my new lab.

    What I really liked about this book is that is spent a lot of time explaining the reasons behind the recommendations. It allows you to understand why certain methods are effective, and why it fits with the way that a dog's mind works.

    I found this book much better and more thurough than other books on the subject. Many books seems to be a step-by-step intruction manual on how to train your dog. This book is more like taking a short course on how and why training works.

    All the negative reviews of this book have to do with dicipline. Please ignore these people. You can read for yourself the sections dealing with discipline using the "look inside this book" feature. You will see that the authors have a true love of dogs and that they only use dicipline in a humane manner with the least amount of force necessary.

    I highly recommend this book to everyone form a first-time dog buyer, to someone who has spoent their lives around dogs. ... Read more

    2. The Art of Raising a Puppy
    by New Skete Monks
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    Asin: 0316578398
    Catlog: Book (1991-03-20)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 2678
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    The monks of New Skete have been breeding and training dogs at their New Yorkmonastery for more than 20 years. Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuatesthe essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog'sinstincts, needs, and behavior. Understanding a dog, the monks say, is the keyto successfully training him. They first published this philosophy in their 1978classic guide How to Be YourDog's Best Friend. Now the monks concentrate on the first three months ofa puppy's life in The Art of Raising a Puppy.

    The book observes a litter of monastery puppies from birth to 12 weeks. Tenderphotographs and dialogue reflect these precious first few weeks of life. Even atthis time, the human-canine link is vital; the monks stress the importance ofgentle touch to help forge this connection. Basic puppy training techniques areexplored and executed, all of which puppy owners should find easy to implement. Virtually all types of dog problems and dog training are examined in the book,always in compassionate and easily comprehensible language. The monks also lookwell beyond surface training techniques to analyze the roots of dogs' problemsand explain how training can help. Owners are taught how to gently assertdominance over their dog, which will make for a long-lasting and fulfillingrelationship.Beautiful black-and-white photographs of monastery puppies will pull at everyheartstring. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for new buyers, trainers, & breeders!

    The breeder we bought our german shepherd puppy from recommended this book to us. I am amazed at the work the Monks of New Skete are doing for the german shepherd breed. My hope is that all breeders would use the New Skete method with their litters. If this were done, then maybe so-called "dangerous breeds" would lose their bad rap. Surely there would be less dogs in animal shelters and pet shops.

    I can not stress enough the importance of early human socialization, and the Monks of New Skete seem to agree. If you are planning on breeding a litter, I urge you to pick up this book an heed the authors advice.

    This book also stresses humane training methods, and the importance of positive reinforcement. Using this method has helped with my dominant GSD pup. Constant scolding will get you nowhere. A quick pop on the lead when bad and copious amounts of praise when good makes training a happy occasion for both dog and master.

    I would recommend the three tape training set "Raising Your Dog With The Monks of New Skete" along with this book. The tapes show the New Skete method from the puppy birth, to training the adult dog, and brings the information together nicely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great insight and understanding of raising a puppy
    This book is a great help to all puppy owners, new and veteran alike. The monks knowledge of the pack dynamic and the puppy's maturation into adulthood are amazing, to say the least. This books helps guide a puppy owner from day one to adulthood. Basic training and care information any dog owner should know. Even for those who may not agree with all the monks training methods, this book is still a great resource. If you are more of the new age mind of dog training, this book still is a nice companion to a new style training book. I would suggest getting one of each (The power of positive dog training is ok...) and see which methods best suit your and your dog's personalities. No 1 method will suit everyone. But no one should be without this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Own: Clearly written and comprehensive
    The Monks compile a great deal of knowledge into one very informative, very well-written, hard-to-put-down book. This book focuses on the development, both physiological and psychological, of puppies: from the dams pregnancy and whelping on. They address what to do, what to avoid, nutrition, etc., for each phase. I strongly suggest that you also read "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend". In the latter book (their first) they make it very clear that you should read not only their book, but many others on the training and evolution of dogs and a variety of other related subjects and provide a recommended reading list. Having read both books (and many others), I felt that they had no pretensions (as some do) to be the utmost authority on the subject. Nonetheless, as for puppy books, this is my number one pick, my guidebook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the one dog training book to own
    I've read over a dozen dog-training books and if you are going to own one dog-training book this is the one to get. The Art of Raising a Puppy is an incredibly comprehensive book that has everything you need to know about getting a puppy, raising it properly, and turning it into a well trained dog. If there's one negative to the book, it's that there's more information than the average dog owner can use. However, you can take as much or as little as you want from this book. The important thing is to read it. If you're going to purchase two dog-training books, I also recommend the Canine Good Citizen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars know your beast
    These gentlemen are right on the mark for dog training. We used their philosophy for raising our strong-willed huskie-border collie mix. She is the most wonderful dog imaginable and we owe it all to the Monks' method. Everyone compliments us on her behaviour and temperament. ... Read more

    3. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
    by Ina Garten
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    Asin: 0609602195
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-06)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 53
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    Lauren Bacall gets cranky when Barefoot Contessa, an East Hampton specialty food store/institution for more than 20 years, is sold out of Indonesian Ginger Chicken. She can now thank her lucky stars that exuberant owner Ina Garten has written The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and included this recipe. Ms. Bacall is sure to be pleased to discover how easy it is to achieve such fantastic flavor. Simplicity is something of a bottom line at Barefoot Contessa. "Food is not about impressing people," Ina Garten says. "It's about making them feel comfortable."

    Aimed at the cook who intends to entertain, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook draws on Garten's experience as a caterer, as well as her knowledge of what customers really want to eat when they arrive at her shop. She has culled her favorite recipes and has included timesaving tips, always striving for ease and simplicity. Neither cooking nor entertaining should be a chore, according to Ina Garten, and her lovely cookbook is a case in point.

    This is an intensely illustrated cookbook that shows the foods to best advantage (and makes it a lovely gift book). Presentation counts for a great deal, and Garten's food styling adds to any food platter. But just as relevant are photos that bring in the spirit of fresh, locally grown produce. There's the local poultry producer proudly holding a laying hen in case anyone should wonder where the eggs come from.

    Starting with appetizers, Ina Garten isn't afraid to include such basics as hummus and guacamole: she knows from experience that her versions make a profound impact. There are French Onion Soup and Corn Cheddar Chowder, Baked Virginia Ham and Salmon with Fennel, Roasted Carrots and Caramelized Butternut Squash--and then one killer dessert after another. Included, too, are some breakfast specialties. Any upscale bed and breakfast could have this book in the kitchen and get rid of all others.

    This isn't a cookbook about getting outrageous with food. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is about warming the hearts and souls of your guests with familiar food raised to a gourmet level. --Schuyler Ingle ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Used To Hate Cooking...
    Before I found The Barefoot Contessa I hated cooking. Even after building a new home with a large, beautiful, functional kitchen, I wasn't interested. In fact my oven didn't get used for the first two months. Then a friend recommended Ms. Garten's book and I liked it because it looked pretty on my countertop. Since the day I opened it, my husband says I'm a changed woman.

    My first attempt at a recipe was Parker's Split Pea soup, which is as delicious as my mother's (sorry, mom) and sooooo simple. If you can use a knife to chop veggies you're 90% there. The Rosemary Whitebean soup (use FRESH rosemary or don't even bother) enticed my neighbor to ask about the aromas she could smell from her yard. I then moved on to recipes that required more focus but are easily followed like Filet of Beef Bourginon (my husband's all-time favorite) and Swordfish with Tomato and Capers with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes served at a dinner party for eight (something I never would have even considered a year ago) where a guest inquired about whom I used for a caterer! Overall, extremely well written and simple to navigate your way through each recipe. Ina's side column notes are helpful personal touches, like why to use Kosher salt instead of table salt. (I had never even heard of such a thing...) The biggest rewards are hearing guests rave about MY cooking and, of course, enjoying the incredible food in my newly-discovered kitchen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ava Gardner would have approved!
    This lavishly illustrated volume containing many stunning full-color photographs of finished dishes as well as locally grown produce strives for elegant simplicity and proves that good food need not be complicated. The dishes described are not difficult to prepare and require no special expertise or equipment. The author provides clearly written recipes that call for widely available ingredients. She knows that even standard dishes can benefit from fresh thinking and encourages inventiveness in the kitchen. This book would make a lovely gift for anyone who likes to entertain simply, naturally, and with style.

    Another book that I highly recommend is Sonia Uvezian's masterpiece, "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen," which has to be one of the greatest ethnic cookbooks ever written. It too inspires innovation and brims with magnificent recipes suitable for entertaining that have consistently brought me raves from both family and guests. Uvezian's recipes for hummus with red pepper paste and for pomegranate wine punch are just two of the hundreds in her book that will bring you fame as a cook.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, but impractically rich
    There's no doubt that Ina Garten's recipes are almost universally delicious. Every single item I've tried from this book has been a hit.

    A big but, however: These things taste so great because they contain WAY more fat and sugar than the everyday versions of the dishes. This is standard practice in the restaurant/catering industry, but there is a reason that gravy at your favorite restaurant tastes so much different from your grandma's. Granny didn't load hers up with a cup of whipping cream on top of a heavy butter/flour roux.

    Where the standard "Joy of Cooking" recipe for an item might call for whole milk, Ina uses heavy cream. Where Fannie Farmer wants 2 tablespoons of butter, Ina uses half a cup. Please explain to me why mashed potatoes need heavy cream, butter and sour cream.

    I'm far from a dietary scold, but this book has to be used as for special occasions only. Live on a day-to-day diet of these recipes, and you're going to end up looking like their author.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Barefoot Contessa is the BEST!
    With an extensive cookbook collection, it is rare for me to make more than one or two recipes out of a single cookbook. This book would have to be the exception to that rule. I would highly recommend this book to any of you. I have a large family, the recipe sizes do not intimidate, and do not require doubling for our family gatherings. Ingredients are high quality, and fresh. I have made the Pecan Squares and taken them to work, handed out the recipe to nearly everyone. The Maple Oat Scones have been made approximately a dozen times, and are always a hit! Veggies roasted in the oven? Incredible. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
    This is definitely a must have for any kitchen or coffee table. The recipes are delicious!! The pictures are beautiful. She is absolutely awesome!! ... Read more

    4. From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
    by Jeff Cox
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 1580171052
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
    Publisher: Storey Books
    Sales Rank: 2725
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book for new grapegrower/winemaker
    The new revision is an excellent book for anyone putting in a new vineyard, or thinking about winemaking. The two most certainly go hand in hand, however, if you are just interested in improving your knowledge of growing grapes, then it provides much very usefull information. On the other hand, if you are a new or aspiring winemaker, the section on making wine is filled with up to date, smart information, and can also be a stand alone reference to winemaking. By combining the two related fields, grape growing (specifically for winegrapes), and winemaking the winemaker will better understand what he should be looking for in winegrapes for his resulting wine. Conversely, the grape grower will have an understanding of how to grow his grapes to achieve the best possible product for the winemaker. If you are a grower of French Hybrid grapes, or the newer selection of American crosses from Elmer Swenson, David MacGregor, the University of Minnesota, New York Experiment Station named and numbered varieties, et al, then you do NOT want to pass up this book. A.J. Winkler's book "General Viticulture" is a bit outdated and a good revision would help... this one is right on the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the wine making process
    Considering I live in Las Vegas, growing grapes is out of the question or is it? He does not mention any grape varietals that I could plant in my region. Other than growing the vines I loved all the info on fermenting and making the wine. I have already ordered equipment from places that he recommended in his book. Making wine is not going to be as exspensive as I thaught. After writing a few letters to retailers, you will be ready to roll with all your equipment. You must have an understanding of wine to understand all the terminalegy. Great book, lots of info, and a little humor about how he gets off watching his wife stomp the grapes. I wont be stomping grapes but i will be fermenting grape juice, thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Grape growing and Wine Making
    After years of making our own wine and finally living in a world class grape growing region we wanted to try out hand at growing grapes. This book provided excellent information for the entire process. We've followed the advice in this book and have had good result with our grapes for two years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A solid, practical, wonderfully accessible resource
    Expertly written by Jeff Cox (an accomplished gardener and senior editor of "Global Vintage Quarterly"), and now in an updated and expanded fourth edition, From Vines To Wines: The Complete Guide To Growing Grapes And Making Your Own Wine is a complete, cover-to-cover, "user friendly" resource for home winemakers. Featuring everything from selecting ideal vines, to growing and harvesting grapes, the wine-making process from fermentation to labeling and cellaring, From Vines To Wines is a solid, practical, wonderfully accessible resource with diagrams, down-to-earth language, offering everything the reader needs to know to grow and make their own vintages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If only one book, this is it
    Complete, easy to read. We refer back to this book often and it's helped take us from home grapegrower to commercial winery. ... Read more

    5. Shabby Chic
    by Rachel Ashwell
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    Asin: 0060982047
    Catlog: Book (1996-07-31)
    Publisher: Regan Books
    Sales Rank: 15126
    Average Customer Review: 3.35 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Valuable flea market finds...
    A peeling, antioue vanity in muted sea green...
    An elegant, cracked chandelier...
    An enormous, slipcovered sofa with deep, cushions...

    Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple practical living: these are the cornerstones of what has come to be known as the Shabby Chic style. Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian viIla, or the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother's attic, the Shabby Chic style is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn. It is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.

    The hundreds of lavish photographs in this book invite you inside the unique world of Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic home decor stores, for the first time provides her invaluable and much-sought-after advice on how to re-create Shabby Chic style in your own home. With engaging text and easy-to- follow instructions, Rachel details the Shabby Chic basics in a way that will put even the most apprehensive or novice decorators at ease. From flowers to fabrics to lighting, Rachel illuminates all of the elements essential to this unpretentious yet truly exquisite style.

    A behind-the-scenes look at a flea market lets readers in on Rachel's personal secrets of how to cull hidden treasures from flea market trash--an old trunk, its paint peeling around the edges, can be given new life as a coffee table, while a chipped white iron salvage piece becomes the perfect frame for a vintage mirror. This book tells you not only how to restore these pieces but how to find the perfect place for them in your home. Gorgeous color photographs and accompanying text reveal how this relaxed look works with a variety of different styles, from Victorian to Mediterranean to contemporary. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Take it easy on Rachel..she does have some good ideas
    I wish some of the reviewers would be a little more open-minded and polite. I have enjoyed taking ideas from Shabby Chic and mixing them with my own. I never take anything too seriously. But I will tell you this..for those of you who love comfort and old things and fixing them up, stick with it and make it your own. Rachels book provides some great ideas, and you can be inspired by them but you do not have to follow everything. Be your own person. Someone wrote "faded fabrics are out" or something? I am sorry, but for those people who enjoy older, inherited looking items in their home that is something that will never die. This look, whether you call it Shabby Chic or not, will continue to evolve throughout time. Just because all the snotty designers are pusing a more cold, modern minimalist look with bright colors does not mean the classic old look is outdated. It is the one look that is never outdated if you work with it right to please you. And some of Rachels items are not expensive at all. I found her collection at Mervyns Southern California to be very fair priced, especially during the white sale, and purchased a few things that were simply classic and delightful, to mix with my own findings and makings. All and all, this is a nice book for your collection if you like to decorate and you like that style, but again, it is not meant to be followed completely. It is meant to inspire.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful primer on an accessible style.
    Shabby Chic has become a way of life thanks to the very innovative Rachel Ashwell, who now has shared the secrets to this wonderful style. Her book serves as a primer for those who may have admired this decorating style that blends comfortable old things to a great effect. The chatty, down-to-earth tone of the book fits this warm and cozy approach to home decor perfectly and will make you want to get out there and rummage through flea markets looking for old furniture with 'good bones", broken but fix-uppable chandeliers, tattered lamp shades and lovable odds and ends. The book is more than just pretty pictures -- it gives very concrete advice for creating rooms that have that nice lived in look and ways to save money while doing it. I highly recommend "Shabby Chic" and I look forward to Rachel Ashwell's new book that I heard will be coming out soon!

    4-0 out of 5 stars AN "INSPIRATON" BOOK
    Rachel Ashwell's "shabby chic" concept is a creation no different than a painting. Some people will be moved and inspired by it while others will pass it by. Several years back many decoraters both private and professional hailed it as a trend and there were those that rushed out to copy Rachel's look for that reason only. Those are the people that tend to declare things are "dead" or "out-dated." They are the same people that dress to impress. They write reviews or make statements about what's "in" and enjoy being "in." That is their priveledge. However, declaring whether "shabby chic" is in or out is an opinion and not a book review. One would assume that a person that is searching for this book could make up his or her own mind whether "the look" is what is desired. The point of reading a review is to find out whether the book provides the information needed or wanted. That is my job as a librarian. When I read a review, especially a non-fiction review, I want to know if a book is well photographed, informative, clearly written, fairly priced etc. This book meets those requirements, but as an "inspiration" book and not a technical manual. I have read and heard both positive and negative reviews, but paid attention only to the ones in which examples were given to support the opinions cited. Many of my patrons at the library have asked for this book and as we have a limited budget, I make selections carefully. I read many reviews of the book first and chose to buy it based on it's uniqueness. In a small library, we can not have ten books on one subject and we can't afford to purchase books that sit. The patrons of the library have taken "Shabby Chic" out many times and taken ideas from it. There were those that did so because of the trend factor, but to this day, the book still goes out often. Some library patrons found themselves reflected in this look and enjoyed the ideas presented. If you feel drawn to this look, but are unsure about a purchase, I recommend that you go to your local library and request a copy. Many of my patrons enjoyed this book so much they bought their own copies, others wanted the book to be more of a text book than an inspiration book. As for myself, I found in the book a unique and romatic vision of decor presented for inspiration, but it is not a how to manual. Those patrons that tend to be their own person enjoyed it best. Those that were anxious about decorating to make their home appear well-turned and contemporary with others and who were not comfortable with risk or their own styles yet, felt they wanted more of a step by step approach. I am here to order my own copy because the book never seems to be on the shelf at work when I have a chance to take it out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grandma's comfort & Young Chic
    I own 2 books that Rachel wrote including this one. I can't say how many times,I have used it for idea's for my 2 homes. It gives you so many beautiful pictures/idea's especially for my summer home. I even taped Rachel when she was on a tv show ,giving her charming ideas for her home and some TV stars. All the ideas were just as beautiful in a small apartment as in a stars home. A big thank-you for Rachel's idea's and for Target for giving us all a chance to pretend we to can live like a star. Great marketing!

    1-0 out of 5 stars time to let this one die
    The shabby, peeling paint trend is dead. None of my design clients want it anymore. This book is a relic of the past and should be allowed to die a dignified death. I challenge Rachel Ashwell to come up with something newer, more fun, and less depressing. ... Read more

    6. Home Sweet Home : A Journey Through Mary's Dream Home
    by Mary Engelbreit
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    Asin: 0740745123
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 15684
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    Mary Englebreit has "visited" readers' homes for years. Her charming and homey illustrations have graced millions of cookbooks, calendars, journals, home accents, and greeting cards. Home Sweet Home offers readers the chance to peek at the prolific artist's inspiration-her own home in St. Louis, Mo. Home Sweet Home is a beautifully photographed and lovingly narrated tour of the cozy home Mary was meant to live in.The tour offers a rare glimpse at Mary's vibrant kitchen (classic Mary: black and white and red all over) with its warm, rich hardwood floors, and the soft, buttery tones of her living room, which opens suddenly and dramatically into an airy space that almost seems to be outdoors.Countless nooks and crannies are peppered with Mary's many favorite collections-clearly the inspiration for her art.In addition to the hundreds of sumptuous photographs and plentiful practical decorating advice, Home Sweet Home explains the method behind Mary's decorating genius, dispels common decorating myths, and gives insight into Mary's fairy-tale world.Home Sweet Home will inspire even a novice decorator to create a home that is distinctly her own. ... Read more

    7. The Essential Garden Book
    list price: $55.00
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    Asin: 0517708108
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-03)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 514990
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Garden Book
    One of the most useful and innovative garden books.If you are looking for inspiration, this is a good one to buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is Essential
    The pictures are inspirational and the advise is practical and lyrical.The authors write well and LOVE gardens of all kinds.Everything is covered from balconys to estates, minimal to extravagant, and covered thoughly with many idea engendering photos. ... Read more

    8. Debbie Travis' Weekend Projects: More Than 55 One-of-a-Kind Designs You Can Make in Under Two Days
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0609602500
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-24)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 206205
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    What can you accomplish in a weekend, start to finish? Any one of the more than fifty-five exciting projects in Debbie Travis' Weekend Projects, by the star of the TV series The Painted House. Following the inspiring full-color photographs and simple instructions, even the beginning do-it-yourselfer can create beautiful pillows and frames, boxes and screens, and slipcovers -- each in just two days or less.

    In transforming a home from plain to personalized, it's the little touches that make the difference. "The furniture and accessories you make or decorate yourself are the most successful," Debbie explains. "It's not just about the money we save . . . it's the experience of creating something by hand." Not only are these projects quick, inexpensive, and easy to make, but they also yield some of the most appealing and useful objects you could own. For example, a plain dresser or shelving unit can be completely restyled with a few hardware store add-ons and a bit of paint. With no-sew Velcro and self-adhesive hemming tape, anyone can hang patterned curtains or create a decorative pillow. A roll of screening and a staple gun turn a frame into a kitchen divider and tool rack in one. In sections that cover tables, screens, frames and mirrors, lighting, storage, fabrics and floorcloths, and garden furniture and accessories, Debbie visits every room of the house. Each project has been photographed to show not only the finished results, but also the step-by-step techniques needed. With so much variety in materials, processes, and end results, Debbie promises over a year of fun weekends, with a beautiful house as the bonus.

    Lavishly illustrated with more than 350 full-color photographs, Debbie Travis' Weekend Projects is also the weekend crafter's manual, packed with valuable information, including tips on where to find pieces to make over, a complete listing and explanation of tools and materials needed, and instructions on how to prepare an array of different surfaces.

    Whether it is a basic wood frame, a pressed-tin candlestick, or a velvet pillow, these treasures may take just a weekend to make, but they will bring a lifetime of enjoyment.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!!
    Debbie Travis really breaks down projects that look complicated into easy steps. In looking for info on one project, I immediately became inspired to do several of her projects. They are all easilly adapted to your home and style, and definetly make you want to go for it!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great projects!
    Lots of easy to do projects. Most of the projects can be adapted to suit your own decorating style.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Projects Made Incredibly Easy
    I have tried and successfully completed many of the multitude of projects in this book. The instructions are clear, concise and the photographs are gorgeous. The instructions for the armoire on the cover may not be spoon-fed line by line, but the two techniques that Debbie mentions she uses on it are very clearly explained in other projects. I tried it on a table (rather than an armoire). It's gorgeous. All it takes is a little imagination. I just can't believe what a jewel this book is.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading cover
    When I first saw this book I fell in love with the blue armoire on the cover which reminded me of the unpainted armoire I have at home. I bought the book only to find the armoire was depicted twice (on the cover and page 82 - which is a full page picture)and there is a very brief paragraph that vaguely describes how Debbie " . . broke every rule. ." and used " . . two different techniques . . ." for this piece of furniture. Don't judge this book by it's cover.

    4-0 out of 5 stars what a nice surprise
    With the number of DIY programmes on TV at the moment this was the perfect aid to my refurbishment attempts. Laid out in a neat simple to follow format the book guides you quickly through the basic priciple any inexperienced DIYer needs to comprehend. Reasonably priced the only problem I have found with purchacing this book is that it has been lent out time and time again, I simply can't get back off my friends. ... Read more

    9. The Shabby Chic Home
    by Rachel Ashwell
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 006039319X
    Catlog: Book (2000-04)
    Publisher: Regan Books
    Sales Rank: 22409
    Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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    Most people are familiar with the hallmarks of Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic style: fabrics in pastel florals and stripes, chintz sofa covers, antique-store and yard-sale finds turned into home furnishings and accessories. At the heart of this breezy style is a very practical idea: don't buy new--use what you have or can find at thrift stores and secondhand shops and enjoy the old-fashioned charm that only aged pieces acquire. The same idea goes for houses. The Shabby Chic Home shows how an older home can take on a shabby chic appeal by being brought up to date without sacrificing any of its charm.

    In The Shabby Chic Home, Ashwell walks readers through the renovation of her own 1920s home, from the purchase of the originally dark and gloomy house through the repainting (using layers and layers of white paint) of the home and the rebirth of the garden, yard, and pool, to the final decorating of the home for herself and her two kids. Along the way, readers receive advice on how to choose from among the thousands of paint colors, how to decide whether to live with the old or buy new, and why remodeling an older home might not be such a good idea. The latter part of the book explains how to add touches of shabby chic style to every room of a home--old or new--for a finished look. The result, shown in dramatic before-and-after pictures, is a home that's comfortable enough for a family to relax in, but still elegant and beautiful.

    Don't let the floral patterns and chenille bedspreads fool you: Ashwell's advice throughout is common-sense and economical. For instance, she recommends not wasting your time looking through every decorating option--if you like the first idea, color, or plan well enough, save yourself the time and stress and go with it. She also suggests resisting the immediate desire to throw out the old and bring in the new; try living with things as they are for a while, and you may find yourself surprised at how well you've come to like the funky tile in the bathroom or the noisy glass-door refrigerator. Here lies the appeal of a shabby chic home: sometimes old has a charm and lived-in look that can't be purchased from a home improvement store. --Kris Law ... Read more

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    I am a fan of Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic program. I tune in every week to get ideas and inspiration as I continue to re-do my own little house. However lovely the photos may be in this book (she turned a gloomy place into a sunny oasis) the kind of written text she offers can be found in an article from Better Homes & Gardens, or other home design magazine. It was quite dissapointing. Her home now has light airy feel to it in general, however, Ms. Ashwell advocates some rather weird ideas, such as choosing her make-up products for their packaging (so that they fit in with the decor!). What's up with that? This is just one example of some of the impractical advise in this book. I will keep the book because the photos are lovely and have provided me with inspiration for my own plans, however few. Ms. Ashwell' home looks lovely but does not look like a place the average person would have as a primary home (the walls are wooden planks!). This looks more like a vacation cabin than a primary residence. If you like coffee-table books with lots of beatiful photos, then buy this, if not buy a home design magazine at the newstand and save some bucks.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Third Time's the Charm!
    Rachel Ashwell knows what works for her--white, cream, pink and green--and several trips to the fabulously overloaded flea markets of Southern California. Fans of her funky but glamorous style certainly won't be disappointed by this latest addition to the Shabby Chic shrine, and the funny thing is, other decorating fans will enjoy this, too. Ms. Ashwell tends to become a bit annoying with her rules of white and pink, but I think this book shows she's relaxing a bit, allowing turquoise and cerise into her palette as well. The Malibu house she found for her family is just plain fantastic, with lots of charm and happy personality. The pool and garden areas are just the place you'd like to flop down and spend a lifetime, and her shots of her daughter's room show a nice mix of mom's and daughter's compromising for one another. Where, however, is her son in all this? I think he was mentioned less than half a dozen times! Don't boys fit into the Shabby Chic scheme, too? One word of caution with this book: although it is far more accessible than her last two, readers who don't live in as amenable a climate as Ms. Ashwell might find it a bit hard to take. All that white would sure get old in northern climates come February. If you cannot afford to have wholesale flowers delivered weekly to your home, or don't feel the need to match your shampoo to your decorating colorways, you might feel a bit perplexed by this book!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
    Browsing the free pages shown on Amazon I thought I was going to get a book with lots of Photos of "shabby" style furniture and tips on how to get the look.Instead what I got was a book that reads like a 'day in the life of' story.I didnt want a biography.This book takes you along on the authors trips to assorted flea markets and whatnot and tells you what she bought and where she is going to use it.Not at all what I expected to get.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm workin' toward this house...
    Except, mine will be on the Indiana or Illinois coast of Lake Michigan. I love Rachel Ashwell's frugal, classy style. She gives you a truck load of inspiration and understands empowering people to design, no matter if they are wealthy or shopping in ritzy alleys or at estate sales for goods. The results create sentimental elegance. If nothing else, you learn the power of white paint and good hard do it yourselfing. This book takes you there and Rachel does an excellent job of pulling you into her home. She leaves nothing out and the photographer deserves enormous credit. Buy it or check it out at the library today.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting...but overall disappointing
    I was really excited about getting this book....I was hoping to get something that inspired me to find neat design solutions in the mundane and everday. You know...make something out of nothing.

    Well, there WERE some good ideas like that in this book, but I felt that unless you were a HUGE fan of flowers and girly prints you wouldn't really find much of use in this book. Granted, it's probably a personal style conflict that made me return this book, but if you can find this book used and for a good price, go for it. Not worth the full price. ... Read more

    10. A Passion for Flowers
    by Carolyne Roehm
    list price: $60.00
    our price: $37.80
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    Asin: 0067575137
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-29)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 114831
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Nothing lights up a room like flowers. Whether it's baby's breath draped on a table at a wedding reception, clusters of daffodils in small pots scattered throughout a living room or a bucket of sunflowers on a picnic table, a strategically placed bouquet has the power to create a mood and make us feel special. Unfortunately, most of us don't know how to display flowers properly, and they often end up clumsily thrown together in a vase.

    In A Passion for Flowers, Carolyne Roehm teaches readers how to create arrangements that set off a flower's natural beauty. She discusses the overall features of dozens of the most popular flowers and helps readers understand how these elements relate to each other. Though the book is filled with ideas for brightening holidays and special occasions, Roehm stresses that the magic of flowers should be enjoyed year-round. Organized by season to profile the blossoms as they come into their glory, bouquet "recipes" with step-by-step instructions are sprinkled throughout along with special care instructions for more sensitive blooms. Sections detailing containers, conditioning flowers and elements of floral design are included at the end of the book. A Passion for Flowers features 250 breathtaking photographs and is a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration that will help readers stop and smell the roses every day. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Gift for the Lover of Beauty
    Carolyne Roehm demonstrates her exquisite taste from the very first page of this lavish book. Organized by season, each chapter celebrates the beauty of all sorts of blossoms in stunning arrangements. These arrangements are lush and full and show an artist's mastery of texture and extraordinary combination of color. The photos are reminiscent of the sumptuousness of the movie, The Age of Innocence, with lovely gilded gold, crystal and porcelain containers. The photography truly is breathtaking and includes not only close ups of the bouquets but also glimpses of elegantly set dining tables, gorgeously furnished rooms and spacious gardens. Her prose is poetry, but also practical in the sections on containers, elements of style and basics. A better book on flower arranging couldn't possibly exist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars **Fantastic Photos**
    This book is a joy- the vibrant photos actually helped me through the long Pennsylvania winter. Lots of great tips on arrangements- from colors and containers. I envy Roehme's budget for entertaining!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible photography of the most beautiful flowers
    The flowers depicted in this book gave their lives for a truly noble cause and have been honored appropriately by the photographer. Quite simply they were displayed and photographed in the most beautiful fashion possible. Perhaps the key word there is fashion -- Carolyn Roehm has the experience and eye for fashion, having been a former designer, and that experience may be what enabled her to display the flowers in a way that truly does them justice. I coveted this book for a long while, having seen it in a bookstore, and couldn't get it out of my mind. Now that I own it, I consider myself very fortunate indeed. The book is divided into the four seasons. Particularly strong are the photos depicting the flowers prevalent in Fall and Spring. The smoky greens, yellows, oranges, reds, and browns of the Fall months's foliage manage to look festive and lovely despite their representing the waining of life until the Spring. The photos of lilacs and daffodils in the section on Spring make one hopeful for the end of winter and make one realize why all that shivering is eventually worthwhile. I loved this book and recommend it heartily for anyone who loves pretty flowers and doesn't particularly have any special horticultural knowledge.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Breathtaking.
    This book was given to me as a birthday gift, and I am still in awe at my good fortune. Not only is the floral design breathtaking, Ms. Roehm gives excellent design tips on color, which vase to use, what flowers work best with each other, and on conditioning flowers whether they be cut from your own garden or purchased through a wholesale flower market.

    The title of this book is so perfect, as it is truly about flowers and style, and it's well worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Flower Arranging.
    As an avid gardener and reader, it was such a pleasure to find a reference book that not only told me things I didn't know, but gave my eyes pleasure in the process. I am buying several for all my friends. This one will stay on my shelf for the rest of my life. ... Read more

    11. Jerry Baker's Great Green Book of Garden Secrets: Handy Hints, Timely Tonics & Super Solutions to Turn Your Yard into a Greengarden Paradise!
    by Jerry Baker
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0922433364
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
    Publisher: Amer Master Products
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Grow your own
    If you want to have the best "buds" on the block , I "highly" recommend this gem of a book.

    Jerry baker is a master of garden secrets. And these are secrets that you will not find anywhere else.

    5 stars. ... Read more

    12. Simple Home Solutions : Good Things with Martha Stewart Living
    by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
    list price: $22.50
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    Asin: 1400054850
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-06)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 11392
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    13. Lap Quilting With Georgia Bonesteel
    by Georgia Bonesteel
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0848705246
    Catlog: Book (1982-07-01)
    Publisher: Oxmoor House
    Sales Rank: 262159
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars lap quilting
    This is a book that can be saved and enjoyed over and over.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Georgia Bonsteel makes it easy.
    I found this book to be well written and informative. The quilt patterns range from simple to complex for beginners and the more experienced quilter. For those of you who are beginners, invest in a rotary cutter system for this will make redundant cutting of pieces much faster and easier. I did find that I needed to purchase some extra yardage of fabrics due to my choice in color and arrangements, keep this in mind if you should chose to vary from the colors used in the book. I would have liked to see pointers on how to handle complex intersections in some of the star patterns that would have made them lay nicer. I had to learn by trial and error. (Practice with scraps on these until you feel you have it down.) All in all I found this volume to be well laid out with beautiful photography and helpful. The abundance of available pattern pieces was generous and should keep the reader busy attempting to recreate the wonderful quilts depicted in the book. ... Read more

    14. Color : Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0517576600
    Catlog: Book (1992-03-24)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 54822
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The first lifestyle book to show groups of colors inspired by nature and how they work on the interior walls of 26 homes. Kaufman's colors are distinctive in that they are designed to capture the nuances of color in nature. The authors reveal their paint-mixing techniques, and recipes for five neutral Donald Kaufman paints are included. Illustrations. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed....
    that there wasn't more info on what pigments the author used to create the colors for each of his beautiful palettes .

    I later found on the web that he sells his paints (called, surprisingly enough, the Donald Kaufman Color Collection) for $40 to $75 per gallon. They are available only through the Color Factory (Englewood, NJ) or Painter's Supply (Santa Monica, CA).

    Other than that, a beautiful book with plenty of pictures and in-depth discussion of each house.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best book on color for interiors on the market
    As an artist, I believe this book is, by far, the very best book on color for home/office interiors on the market. I have gotten so frustrated at paint stores as the language usually spoken there is very different than that of visual artists. Alas, Donald Kaufman has filled the gap! An intelligent, stunning book that reaches a place in my spirit that Martha Stewart couldn't reach........right up there with the recent book by Suzanne Butterfield, using Kaufman's color system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars At last... colors that are ALIVE!
    Are you tired of shuffling and comparing paint sample cards and agonizing over coordinating a palette, finally selecting what looks like the closest match only to find the colors you selected look positively DEAD on your walls?

    This book will explain why. The concepts behind Kaufman's color palettes really open up a whole new world of color. If you never took an art class (or even if you did), you'll treasure this book because it explains very simply the basic problem with off-the-shelf paint colors and why, no matter what you choose, they have no life to them. There is even a chapter at the end of the book that shows how to mix and select your OWN palettes.

    Anyone wanting a refreshing outlook on using color in home decorating will find this book essential reading. ... Read more

    15. M. Emmerling's American Country Cooking
    list price: $37.50
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    Asin: 0517560208
    Catlog: Book (1987-03-13)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 406075
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    Mary Emmerling, America's premier interpreter of American Country style, has created a charming, lavishly illustrated album of recipes, table settings, and entertaining ideas from her friends throughout the country. More than 300 full-color photographs. ... Read more

    16. Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things
    by Rachel Ashwell
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    Asin: 006052393X
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
    Publisher: Regan Books
    Sales Rank: 3620
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    Rachel Ashwell's trademark design style features a lovely palette of soft, feminine colors, fresh white paint, and a love for the finishing touch that may be slightly imperfect yet is filled with meaning. But her style is about much more than simply decorating an attractive home -- it's an intimate, warm approach to creating thoughtful occasions and comfortable environments for those we love.

    In Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things, Rachel uses six very different celebrations and locations to show how to make a joyful, lovely setting -- whether it is casual or formal, large or small. This beautiful, accessible book proves that entertaining need not be expensive or intimidating; it's simply a matter of inspiration and imagination -- and it all starts with the beautiful things, carefully chosen, that you surround yourself with every day. As Rachel says, "A sumptuous setting is a place of abundance and generosity, the necessary backdrop for any party. This is easy to accomplish when you allow a love of beauty to be the foundation of your daily life."

    From a baby shower with the playful theme of a tea in an English country village, to a magical bat mitzvah celebrating two lovely young girls who adore the arts, Rachel provides hundreds of sweet ideas and imaginative details that will add sparkle and whimsy to every occasion. And this inspiring book will also help us find the beauty and freshness in our lives every day. ... Read more

    17. The Foster's Market Cookbook : Favorite Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 0375505466
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-30)
    Publisher: Random House
    Sales Rank: 9058
    Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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    Since 1990, Sara Foster has been delighting the patrons of her two NorthCarolina gourmet takeout food stores with refined yet unpretentious fare thatreflects her Southern upbringing and years as a professional cook on the EastCoast. The Foster's Market Cookbook, penned with food writer Sarah BelkKing, collects dozens of Foster's most popular recipes, beloved for their use ofhigh-quality seasonal ingredients and rich, imaginative flavor combinations. Aswith Ina Garten's BarefootContessa Cookbook and myriad tomes by Martha Stewart (for whom Fosterworked in the 1980s), Foster's debut provides both advanced and fledgling homecooks with impeccably tasteful dinner-party menu ideas and creative weekdaymeals.

    Starting the book as you might your morning, Foster offers tantalizing breakfastpossibilities such as Sticky Orange-Coconut Pinwheels and traditional-with-a-twist brunch dishes such as Mushroom-Risotto Hash with Fried Eggs and GrilledHam. Next come more than 15 soul-warming soups, stews, and chilies (Corn andRoasted Red Pepper Chowder is just one of many must-make entries); sandwichesand snacks; salads and sides; entrées; and desserts. Main-dish highlightsinclude Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (they'reso good and so easy to make!), Grilled Eggplant Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarellaand Zesty Tomato Sauce, and Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Tom Thumb Tomatoes andFoster's Pesto (a perfect quick spring meal). The desserts are divine, includingchic confections such as Four-Layer Blueberry Gingerbread Cake with Mocha Cream,a collaboration with Durham pastry chef Kathy Edwards, as well as old-fashionedtreats like strawberry shortcake and pecan pie (nicely jazzed with bourbon).Throughout, sidebars and tips on techniques give cooks additional opportunity tolearn from Foster's fine food sensibility. For connoisseurs of simple yetsophisticated cuisine, The Foster's Market Cookbook truly titillates.--Rebecca Robinson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed Full Of Goodness
    I completely LOVED "The Foster's Market Cookbook" by Sara Foster et al. I found her recipes beautiful, easy to perform and glorious to eat. She's a woman I can really get behind. I found her approach very familiar and comforting. I think we have the same basic food philosophy and you can really see her catering background. This is a great book for parties, gatherings or those special occasions when you really want something special with fresh ingredients.

    I am a sucker for a gorgeous cookbook and this one did not disappoint. I love it and think it might be holiday gift for more than one of my friends. A real treasure!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A delightful cookbook filled with flavorful recipes
    Its not too often when you pick up a cookbook you take sheer delight in its recipe collection. This book just does that. It is for those of us that enjoy common recipes that with a special ingredient or two it becomes something extradinorinary.

    This book is has several different sections covering a wide range of tastes. For breakfast this cookbook offers many tasty dishes to wake up to. This book is filled with all sorts of hearty muffins the Oatmeal-Banana Muffin with Chocolate Chip is wonderful, hearty and sweet. The Panama Buttermilk Pancakes are heavenly the addition of banana and coconut make for a delicious breakfast.

    This book has so many different salad dressing recipes and vinagrettes you are sure find a new favorite. Sour Cherry, Cranberry, Dijon, and my favorite Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette. There are heartier dishes such as the succulent Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Procuitto and Sun Dried Tomatoes, Chicken Potpie with Foster's Herb Biscuits are down right good home cooking.

    And did I mention the desserts? Blondies, Brownies, Chocolate Chip cookies, and so much more. So not only are there tons of great recipes the book is laid out very well, and easy to read. The instructions are extremely clear, and they aren't confusing. This book has been a welcomed addition to my personal recipe collection.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Needs editing!!
    I tried the recipe for Roast Pork Tenderloin with Dried Cherries and Rosemary. Step One says to preheat the oven, Step Two to mix up a marinade, and Step Three to marinate the pork tenderloin for two to three hours or overnight. So is the oven supposed to preheat "for two to three hours or overnight"? What a stupid, stupid, STUPID mistake to include in a good-looking, pricey, upscale cookbook. There is no excuse for such carelessness and lack of attention to detail. (To add injury to insult, this expensive recipe wasn't even very good.) I will try a few other recipes in an effort to get my money's worth, but my initial favorable impression of the book has been damaged. Was somebody trying to save a few bucks by not hiring an editor? Hmmm?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta love this book!
    I have seen Sara Foster on FoodTV many times and found her recipes to be very easy and delicious. I was excited to find the entire collection in this book. I even found a muffin recipe that I thought didn't exist!! This cookbook is a definite "must have" and would make a great gift.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A dinner-party star
    I've never been to one of Sara Foster's restaurants, but if this cookbook is any evidence, they must be worthwhile.

    The recipes in this book represent my idea of good southern American cooking---chicken pot pie with mashed-potato crust, black-eyed pea cakes, roasted veggies. Some are simple, others take a bit more time.

    What I think is best about this book is how it puts new twists on relatively basic food..that potpie has herbed-mashed potatoes on it, the cakes get interesting ingredients.

    Some of the dishes require Foster's Market basics-pesto, chive oil-that must be prepared in advance of the main recipe, but nicely get a page numer reference to lead you straight there. (As dumb as that sounds, I find SO many cookbooks don't do that....)

    The only caveat: read the recipes carefully...some take longer to prepare than you'd think. And don't miss the risotto cakes..delish! ... Read more

    18. Jerry Bakers Green Grass Magic: Tips, Tricks, and Tonics for Growing the Toe-Ticklinest Turf in Town!
    by Jerry Baker
    list price: $29.95
    our price: $19.77
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    Asin: 0922433399
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Jerry Baker
    Sales Rank: 76882
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    Book Description

    This definitive lawn-care guide provides professional secrets, seasonal tips, and recipes for homemade fertilizers to improve the attractiveness and health of grass from seed to sod. Insider tips include how to avoid the most common mowing blunders, cure yellow grass with Epsom salts, and bug-proof a lawn with mouthwash. A detailed lawn-care calendar offers season-by-season advice on maintaining a thick, green lawn. Do-it-yourself homeowners, green thumbs, and gardening beginners will benefit from the tested, effective strategies for growing hearty grass using safe, inexpensive, natural products. ... Read more

    19. Jerry Baker's Giant Book of Garden Solutions: 1,954 Natural Remedies to Handle Your Toughest Garden Problems
    by Jerry Baker
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0922433518
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Jerry Baker
    Sales Rank: 14465
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    Whether used in backyards, acre properties, or patio container gardens, the simple and natural gardening tricks in this resource incorporate common household products and down-home ingenuity to combat common gardening problems. Recipes include homemade insect sprays and fertilizers that replace chemical, store-bought alternatives. Quick fixes are offered on fighting fungus with pantyhose, protecting pruned roses with white glue, and defeating botanical disease with peppermint. Green thumbs as well as novice gardeners can use beer, baby shampoo, ammonia, and other domestic products to produce prize flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. ... Read more

    20. Mary Emmerling's Romantic Country : Style That's Straight from the Heart
    list price: $30.00
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    Asin: 0609610090
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-10)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 19553
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Charming Book
    This is a lovely book and the ideas are simple and warm and charming and the photos are beautiful. Mary has an easy approach to style that most people can relate to and enjoy. I was especially pleased that she makes note in the intro about the amazingly talented psychic Debra Ritchey from Fort Worth, Texas. I know many people that swear by her talents and psychic abilities and I am one of them.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sounded wonderful, but
    I have enjoyed all of her previous books and I hoped this might be her best effort yet. However, I think she is too focused on Santa Fe and the southwest feel. There was way more of it in this book than I wanted to see. Where were the beach houses, the lake cabins, the mountain hideaways? I was disappointed overall and wish she had been less regional in her subjects. ... Read more

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