Non-Fiction Book Reviews
The Smart Spending Guide
by Faye Prosser
Magnolia Way, December 2005
Paperback, 168 pages
Whether you need help stretching your paycheck from month to month or you just want to build your retirement nest egg, the advice and tips provided by Faye Prosser in her book, The Smart Spending Guide, will teach you how to get the most from your hard-earned money.
The Art of the Table
by Suzanne von Drachenfels
Simon & Schuster, November 2000
Hardcover, 592 pages
Suzanne von Drachenfels is an expert in table settings, tableware and table manners. In her marvelous book, The Art of the Table, she shares her extensive and impressive knowledge...
Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition
by Peggy Post
HarperResource, November 2004
Hardcover, 896 pages
Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition is not your grandmother's guide to manners. The most respected authority on all things proper since 1922, Emily Post's Etiquette has been completely rewritten...
Fry Light, Fry Right!
by Elaine Magee, MPH, R.D.
Black Dog & Leventhal, September 2004
Paperback, 192 pages
We all love fried food. We love it for the flavor; we love it for the crunch. Unfortunately, with the rise of serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes, many of us are forced to forgo our favorite fried foods in order to avoid excess fat. Dietician and nutritionist Elaine Magee, admitted lover of all things fried, shares her approach to healthier fried food in "Fry Light, Fry Right!"
Creating Cool Kid Stuff
by the Editors of Creative Publishing International
Creative Publishing International, September 2001
Paperback, 128 pages
Making awesome stuff for your children is not as difficult as you might think. Especially if you've got Creating Cool Kid Stuff from the editors of Creative Publishing International to guide you. With only basic sewing or carpentry skills and easily-obtainable materials, you will soon be delighting your kids with the things you make especially for them.
The Ultimate Sewing Book: Over 200 Sewing Ideas for You and Your Home.
by Maggi McCormick Gordon
Sterling, October 2002
Paperback, 320 pages
The Ultimate Sewing Book provides an excellent introduction to sewing basics, which
are an integral part of any successful sewing project. There is a brief discussion of the tools,
equipment and fabrics used in sewing, followed by an exceptional presentation of the
fundamentals, such as hand and machine stitches and seams, edges and gathering.
Batter Up Kids: Delicious Desserts
by Barbara Beery, photographs by Marty Snortum
Gibbs Smith Publishers, April 2004
Hardcover, Spiral-Bound, 68 pages
Popular children's cooking school founder Barbara Beery provides homeschooling for the
little ones with her excellent new cookbook for kids, "Batter Up Kids: Delicious Desserts."
Beery provides 25 recipes that kids (with a little parental supervision) should have no trouble
recreating at home. You and your children will have lots of fun with such dessert recipes as
Candy-Coated Dragonflies, Ladybugs on a Stick and You Are My Sunshine Cupcakes. More...
Sewing 101: A Beginner's Guide to Sewing
by the Editors of Creative Publishing International
Creative Publishing International, December 2002
Spiral-bound, 224 pages
Sitting down in front of your first sewing machine can be an awesome experience. You realize you have an excellent and practical
outlet for your creativity. You also realize you have no clue what to do first, nor how to do it. That's where
Sewing 101: A Beginner's Guide to Sewing comes in. Written to "guide you from your first nervous stitch at your sewing
machine to comfortable familiarity," this book takes you step-by-step through the sewing process. More...
Homeowner's Record Keeper
The Perfect Place to Keep Track of Home Repairs, Maintenance, Plans and Dreams
by Christina Henry De Tessan
Chronicle Books, September 2003
Spiral-bound, 128 pages
When you purchase a home, you acquire much more than a dwelling to keep you safe, dry and
comfortable. You also get heating and cooling systems that need servicing. You get a roof that
may need to be repaired one day. You get appliances that need to be maintained. You even get the
inspiration for future decorating and home improvement projects. It's pretty clear that if you
don't keep organized records, you can also get a lot of annoyance and aggravation. Homeowner's
Record Keeper, by Christina Henry De Tessan, helps you solve that problem. More...
Tony Casillo's Family Cookbook
A Treasure Trove of Recipes and Cooking Advice from a Dad to His Daughters
by Tony Casillo
Readers Digest, June 2003
Hardcover, 256 pages
In today's fast-paced world, the dinner choice for many is something from the nearest fast food
restaurant. Fortunately for us, Tony Casillo wanted better for his daughters. Casillo wrote
Tony Casillo's Family Cookbook: A Treasure Trove of Recipes and Cooking Advice From a Dad to His
Daughters as a gift for his girls, to remind them how quick and easy it can be to prepare "decent,
wholesome food." More...
Christian Family Guide to Family Activities
by Marilee LeBon, Amy Wall, Janet Lee, James S. Bell Jr.
Alpha Books, July 2003
Paperback, 285 pages
Part of the "Christian Family Guides" series, Christian Family Guide to Family Activities is a how-to for
spending fun and meaningful time with your family. It is written from a Christian perspective, providing relevant
bible verses and Christian inspiration while managing to avoid a "preachy" tone. More...
Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes
by Better Homes and Gardens
Meredith Books, August 2002
Paperback, 416 pages
When you open a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, you expect to find delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes with
readily available ingredients and that's exactly what you get with "Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes".
With over 400 recipes, there are dishes to suit every occasion, from elegant parties to potluck dinners to meals
for your family. More...
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