Great Books for 2018


LUXURY DESIGN FOR LIVING by Steve Hutton is a stylish look at over 145 examples of ultra-high-end architecture, automobiles, timepieces, and lifestyle objects. Nearly 300 glossy images showcase the talents of some of the world’s most creative designers―some instantly recognizable, others up and coming. Stunning photos of highly engineered houses, sleek furniture, bespoke timepieces, and the fastest, coolest cars are accompanied by a synopsis of the concept and brand. These pristine objects exist in a rarefied realm, offering their owners the ultimate in comfort, performance, and aesthetic pleasure. Published by Schiffer.

SUNDAY SUPPERS: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings published by Oxmoor House. James Beard award-winning author Cynbtia Graubart’s new full-color cookbook revitalizes the iconic Southern Sunday meal inspired by suppers of the past and present. Create delicious meals without fuss or muss with these 52 inspired menus.

PRACTICAL ORGANIC GARDENING: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally, by Mark Highland, a.k.a. “The Organic Mechanic” It’s the definitive guide to growing your garden without using chemical fertilizers and herbicides. From vegetables to shrubs and groundcovers, your audience will learn the most-effective ways to eliminate chemicals and still maintain vigorous and healthy plants. Written by Mark Highland, founder of The Organic Mechanic, this is far from a hippie manifesto; it is a scientifically driven, modern-day dive into the organic methods, products, and practices that will appeal to any home gardener looking to make the transition from conventional to organic.

THE WELLNESS GARDEN: Grow, Eat, and Walk Your Way to Better Health by Shawna Coronado is the first book to show how gardening can help people with chronic pain and improve their overall wellness. Shawna shares the true story of her health improvement thru gardening, diet and lifestyle, providing practical tips, advice and how-to information, along with techniques for exercising in the garden and outdoor green spaces, as well as therapeutic garden design solutions.

HOUSE PLANTS: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, is a perfect, year-round book, and for everyone who wants to raise plants but doesn’t have a lot of space. This is the book for anyone who wants to dive into a great hobby, without the worry of making mistakes. Houseplants profiles more than 150 different plants, and gives you the best techniques to raise them to be happy, green and healthy. You’ll also stimulate your inner botanist with the included information on each plant’s Latin family, varieties, bloom period, mature height, and other scientific specs.

COMPOSTING FOR A NEW GENERATION by Michelle Balz is one that will be a valuable resource for gardeners in 2018. It offers the latest techniques and information so anyone can enjoy the benefits of composting. Composting for a New Generation includes tried-and-true composting methods and new, innovative techniques. You’ll learn the science of composting, traditional bin composting (including how-to sections on building your own bin), vermicomposting (with worms), composting with nature, keyhole gardens, organic composting, and using your finished compost. This is the most complete book to date for your organic soil needs.

Charles Dowding’s VEG JOURNAL is a month-by-month journal to help you plan your garden the no-dig way. No-dig is a long-established way to grow healthy, organic crops while preserving the soil’s integrity: Charles Dowding is the UK’s leading expert. Features simple steps to find success with more than 35 vegetables and herbs from tomatoes to basil, carrots to coriander; learn key dates for sowing, staking, harvesting and storing using time-saving monthly checklists; make a raised bed, tackle slugs and snails, and produce the sweetest-smelling compost.

HACKNEY STUDIOS, East London Creatives and Their Spaces by Jenny Lewis. Photographer Lewis captures this vibrant creative community by taking readers behind studio doors to explore the minds and spaces of a tribe of artists who have defined the area but now risk losing their studios because of rapid gentrification. Published by Hoxton Mini Press, http://www.hoxtonminipress.com. The U.S. version of this wonderful book is titled THE ARTIST’S STUDIO.

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