From Publishers Weekly
Three November titles from Artisan explore the pleasures of home and table at the most exalted levels. Elizabeth Minchilli provides both practical information (e.g., many local boards have imposed bans on new swimming pools) and reason to dream in the beautifully photographed Restoring a Home in Italy. The 22 featured residences include a compound of conical houses, called trulli, in Puglia, and a former candle factory in Rome, as well as plenty of traditional villas.
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From Library Journal
Outstanding in terms of both production and subject matter, this is a coffee-table book for the ages. Dividing the text into five geographical sections, Minchilli, who has restored an Italian home herself and written several books on Italian art and culture, considers the various challenges encountered while restoring an old house. She presents problems of site, structure, and design along with the chosen solutions. The lucid text is illustrated by 180 large and magnificent photographs by McBride, whose work has appeared in such publications as Architectural Digest, House & Garden, and Country Living. A seaside home in Liguria, a rooftop apartment in Rome, a farmhouse with loggia near Siena, a convent in Lombardy, and a watchtower in Tuscany are just some of the restoration projects described. Not a bad consolation prize for those of us who will never restore an old house in Italy, this volume is strongly recommended for travel, art, home improvement, architecture, and preservation collections. It is also recommended for anyone with a passion for all things Italian. Alex Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Skokie, IL
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