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Room by Room: Kitchens: Your House Made Simple Paperback – June 3, 2008
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Interior designer and first-time author Martin goes above and beyond the normal boundaries of how-to-design-your-kitchen books. Rather than confine herself to layout, materials, and appliances, she includes tools and equipment, nearly two-dozen decorating projects, cleaning tips, information on fresh-food shopping and pantry stocking, and cooking and entertaining hints. Sidebars and color photographs offset an almost overwhelming flood of information; charts and boxed copy, respectively, compare and contrast types of cookware (among other topics) and call attention to money-saving and safety tips (for example, examine Energy Star ratings for dishwashers and refrigerators). Not every subject works well in this all-in-one tome; although the do-it-yourself projects seem somewhat simple, such as a mosaic Lazy Susan or faux finished walls, the explanations do need more step-by-step instructions and grounding in the basics. On the other hand, Martin’s selection of classic cookbooks is top-notch, as are her tips on economically and ecologically caring for your kitchen. --Barbara Jacobs
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