Book Review: Tile Makes The Room

More art than instruction, Tile Makes The Room by Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic is a fascinating photographic safari through nearly every imaginable application of tiled spaces.

As the co-owners of Heath Ceramics, the authors know tile and they know that tile has no limits on shape, color or design. The beautiful, full color photographs in these pages are rarely conventional. If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, its all here.

An added plus is the texture of the book itself. Three dimensional tiles catch your attention and make it nearly impossible to resist picking up. Perfect for leaving out on that tiled coffee table for guests to flip through.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Book Review: The Elements Of Landscape Oil Painting

Not long ago I wrote a review for a book on landscape watercolor painting. That book received a fairly negative review simply based on the medium involved. While I respect and understand the work that goes into watercolor art, I prefer the much classier end result of oil painting any day of the week.

Happily, today I get to review a truly beautiful landscape art book titled The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting by Suzanne Brooker. As the title suggests, this book meticulously breaks down the pieces involved in landscape painting and connects the dots that lead to your new masterpiece. Works from current well known artists are included to illustrate substance and style as well as various techniques to help you craft your painting.

While new artists as well as professionals will find these pages filled with useful information, this book itself is a work of art. Every page is beautiful and inspiring, calling the reader to break out a new canvass and get to work.

5 Stars!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Vice Mayor Barotz: City of Flagstaff Should Fight Pro Gun Bills

At the November 3rd Flagstaff City Council meeting, Council discussed areas where the City should weigh in on legislation at the State level. Listen as Vice Mayor Celia Barotz asks Council to make it a priority to fight pro Second Amendment bills:

Book Review: Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix

Mark Bittman‘s Kitchen Matrix is a collection of “recipe generators” that allow for endless possibilities in the kitchen. Bittman is a strong believer in the idea that core recipes can and should be adapted into any number new dishes. And those new dishes can and should be adapted into others. The main premise being that one core recipe can lead to a thousand different variations.

This technique can be applied to every aspect of cooking including dips, alcoholic drinks, and of course, main dishes. To help you get started, this book is chock-full of recipes and tips along with a knowledgeable introduction to each category.

You don’t come across a book like this very often and its uniqueness makes it essential for every cookbook collection.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.