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Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Edible: a celebration of local food by Tracey Ryder
This book features information about local food producers across the United States and pairs recipes with each region. Southeast Michigan's own Calder Dairy is featured, as is Ann Arbor restaurant eve. The recipe for Asparagus with Morels and Tarragon looks delicious.

Scandinavian Needlecraft

Scandinavian needlecraft: 35 step-by-step projects to create the Scandinavian home by Clare Youngs — Scandinavian embroidery has such a distinct, appealing look, and now this book shows us how to achieve it at home. Included here are a variety of projects for household items embellished with machine or hand embroidery in the Scandinavian style. Basic instructions on the techniques are also included, so these projects should be manageable for crafters at all skill levels.

Knitting Mochimochi

Knitting mochimochi : 20 super cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec ; photographs by Brandi Simons

This totally cute book includes patterns for twenty adorable knitted creatures and objects. It also includes basic knitting instructions and even has information about how to make sure your cute critters are safe for kids. I think my first project will be the Squirrels on Wheels. There are also some free patterns available on the Mochimochi blog (right sidebar).

Herb Gardening for the Midwest

Herb gardening for the Midwest by Debra Knapke, Laura Peters — Interested in growing herbs? This guide includes all you need to know about the herbs that thrive in this region and includes herbs of ornamental interest and of practical use. Details for each herb or plant include features, growing instructions, tips for best results, recommended varieties, harvesting and processing instructions, and uses. Everything is easy to understand and the color photographs are extremely helpful, especially for gardeners who have aesthetics in mind.

We Want... A Shrubbery!

The Gossler guide to the best hardy shrubs : more than 350 expert choices for your garden by Roger, Eric, and Marjory Gossler ; foreword by John E. Elsley

Shrubs are one of the easiest additions you can make to your landscape and this guide offers a wealth of choices to fit just about any environment. Many shrubs require little to no maintenance and for those whose thumbs are less than green, this book even includes a chapter entitled, "How Not to Kill Your Plants." Filled with beautiful, full-color photographs, you can see the look of these shrubs and in many cases, how they can be used for lovely effect within a landscape.

Edible Gardening for the Midwest

Edible gardening for the Midwest: vegetables, herbs, fruits & seeds by Colleen Vanderlinden and Alison Beck
This guide will be useful for both beginning and experienced gardeners. It has an introductory section on starting your garden, and then concise, detailed information about the most commonly grown vegetables, herbs, fruits, and seeds found in Midwestern gardens. You should also check out Vanderlinden's blog In the Garden Online, or any of her extremely useful articles at organicgardening.about.com. She's a Michigan gardener with lots of great insights and a terrific sense of humor.

One Yard Wonders

One-yard wonders : look how much you can make with just one yard of fabric! by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins ; photography by John Gruen ; photo styling by Raina Kattelson

Ever find yourself with just a yard of a truly excellent fabric but no idea how to use such a small amount of material? Wonder no more - this book is filled with over one hundred projects that use no more than a yard of fabric. There are things to wear and use around the house, and lots of clothing and items for children. Don't miss the very first project in the book, written by metro Detroit local Bethany Nixon of Reware Vintage and Handmade Detroit.

Planting

Planting: the planting design book for the twenty-first century by Diarmuid Gavin & Terence Conran

This stunning oversize book is full of both great ideas for gardeners and gorgeous photographs of plants, flowers, and gardens. Looking to create a particular type of garden? You'll find philosophical and practical information, design layouts, and specific plant suggestions for each of several different types. Gardeners will also find inspiration in the lavishly photographed gardens and estates pictured.

The Rock Garden Plant Primer

The rock garden plant primer : easy, small plants for containers, patios, and the open garden by Christopher Grey-Wilson

If you have a rock garden and are looking for plants, this book is for you. If you don't have a rock garden but are looking for groundcovers or low-growing flowering plants, this book is for you, too. Inside you'll find detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, as well as lists of which ones grow best in particular conditions, and general information about how to create your own rock garden. Many of these plants work well in weather like we're having right now (hot!).

The Green Home: A Sunset Design Guide

The green home by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and the editors of Sunset Books

How green is your home? What impact on your health and well-being do the materials and items in your house have? It could be a lot, and if you're planning a renovation or even just redecorating, this book has a lot of great information about how to make environmentally responsible choices that are also aesthetically pleasing and useful in everyday real life.

Built by Wendy: Dresses

Built by Wendy dresses : the Sew U guide to making a girl's best frock by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman

Like Wendy Mullin's previous books, this one offers easy-to-follow instructions and patterns for a few basic designs which can be played with and expanded on in a myriad of ways. She includes three essential dress styles here, the sheath dress, the shift dress, and the Dirndl dress. From these, you can make as many unique dresses as you can imagine. The instructions are simple to understand and clearly illustrated, making this a great book for a beginning sewer, and a delight for those more experienced.

The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants

The bizarre and incredible world of plants by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler, Madeline Harley

Ever wondered what happens inside a seed? Or why some flowers are pollinated by bees, others by birds, and still others by bats? Curious what pollen looks like at a microscopic level? This book shows all of these and more, offering stunning color photographs of flowers and other plants. Gorgeous to look at and filled with scientific facts about the plants pictured, this book is enjoyable on several levels.

Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter

Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon

Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.

Small-plot, High-yield Gardening

Small plot, high yield gardening : grow like a pro, save money, and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard 100% organic produce garden by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan

Organic gardening has become quite popular in recent years, and this book is a great guide to creating and maintaining your own organic garden in whatever space you may have available. It includes a wealth of information, big picture planning and organic philosophy stuff as well as little hints that can be extremely helpful (such as: grow onions or some variant around the edges of your garden to deter pests). Even the book itself has an earthy feel, with rich soil-colored text on creamy white pages. A treat for organic gardeners of all levels.

The Kitchen Garden: Month by Month

Kitchen garden : month by month by Alan Buckingham

This book is truly a step-by-step guide to growing your own food. It starts at the very beginning with planning and goes all the way through to the payoff of harvesting. Some of the tasks listed for the winter months are suitable for those lucky enough to have a home greenhouse or coldframe, but these are easily pushed back to spring thaw for those of us without. The most useful part of this book for me, though, is the Crop Planner. It includes detailed information about a variety of edibles, and I'll definitely be coming back to this section again.