Botanical Art Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide to Watercolor, Graphite, Colored... by Carol Woodin and Robin A. Jess (editors)What it is: a detailed, heavily-illustrated guide covering a variety of artistic mediums and techniques for a variety of experience levels, by more than 50 creators from the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Don't miss: the photos of artist work spaces and ideas for setting up your own; tips for working in the field; the materials list.
Reviewers say: "will assist any budding artist in enhancing their skills" (Library Journal); "spectacular" (Booklist).
Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream by Alvin Cailan with Alexandra CuerdoWhat it is: a debut cookbook with bright color photos and entertaining stories from Alvin Cailan, the creator of Los Angeles' famous Eggslut restaurant and the host of the popular web series The Burger Show.
Recipes include: Amboy Burger; Lugaw; Homemade Beef Stock; Pan de Sal; Tilapia Fish Sticks; Arroz Caldo with Chicken Chicharon; Crispy Garlic Chips; Filipino Spaghetti; Biscuits and Gravy.
Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate by Lauren KoWhat's inside: gorgeous photos plus instructions for making 50 of Instagram star Lauren Ko's geometrically intricate pies. Recipes are both savory and sweet and have creative flavor combinations such as Lavender Blackberry Cream with Shortbread Crust and Berries.
Pie is hot: Other new pie cookbooks publishing this fall include Ken Haedrich's Pie Academy, Erin Jeanne McDowell's The Book on Pie, Kate McDermott's Pie Camp, and Helen Nugent's Pie Style.
The Modern Cottage Garden: A Fresh Approach to a Classic Style by Greg LoadesWhat it is: a "delightful" (Publishers Weekly) look at the beloved cottage garden, including a short history, plus ways to create a modern twist by mixing traditional plants with grasses and perennials.
What's inside: inspiring visits to both traditional and modern cottage gardens; details on gardening in small spaces and in containers; a list of 50 essential plants; a season-by-season guide; a resource list.
Storey's Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills: 214 Things You Can... by Carleen Madigan, Sarah Guare, and Hannah Fries (editors)What's inside: a fun step-by-step exploration of 214 topics drawing on Storey Publishing's decades of work and covering a wide range of topics (gardening, home repairs, animal care, crafting, outdoor fun, and more).
Topics include: Make a Terrarium; Navigate by the Sun, Moon, and Stars; Make Sauerkraut; Darn Socks; Dye Your Hair with Herbs; Milk a Goat; Braid a Rug; Dry Fruit; Grow a Lemon Tree Indoors; Go Owling; Build a Drystone Wall; Divide Perennials; Fix a Burst Pipe.
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers by Natalie Eve Garrett (editor)What it is: a thought-provoking collection of illustrated, personal essays on comfort food from a number of celebrated writers, who reveal the ways that specific dishes helped them cope in troubled times. Recipes included.
Writers include: Diana Abu-Jabar, Lev Grossman, Claire Messud, Edwidge Danticat, Carmen Maria Machado, Anthony Doerr, Colum McCann, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alexander Chee.
The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners by Annie O'Brien GonzalesWhat it is: an encouraging beginner's guide to acrylic painting covering inspiration, materials, techniques, and projects.
Projects include: Create a Personal Color Wheel; Paint an Imaginary Landscape; Monoprinting with Paint and Stencils.
Want a taste? "I intend to convince you that it's not about being anointed with talent from birth and that it's never too late to learn to paint."
Baking With Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile by Kim-JoyWhat it is: the delightful first cookbook by Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy, which includes plenty of dazzling bakes as well as options to simplify some recipes.
Recipes include: Cat Macarons; Bunny Cookies; Vegan Chocolate Cake with Praline; Firework Cake; Farmyard Animal Doughnuts.
Read this next: For seasonal fun, pick up Christmas with Kim-Joy.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie KondoWhat it is: the charming illustrated follow-up to the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant and host of Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
What's inside: inspirational tips and detailed methods for clearing out clutter, organizing your belongings, folding clothes, and more.
Want a taste? "A joy-filled home is like your own personal art museum."
Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, John Becker, and Megan ScottWhat it is: a classic American cookbook -- updated in 2019 by the great-grandson of Irma S. Rombauer and his wife -- that covers drinks, salads, snacks, main dishes, and more, offers vegetarian options, and addresses topics like nutrition, food safety, and setting the table.
Recipes include: Cold-Brewed Coffee; Baked Oatmeal; Cobb Salad; Matzo Ball Soup; Grilled Pizza; Coconut Rice; Roast Chicken; Beef Pot Roast; Naan; Southern Corn Bread; Fresh Ginger Cake; Vegan Eggnog.
Don't miss: the ingredient chapter; the special events menus.
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