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The Tigard Public Library staff has compiled the following books as preferred reading for spring:

Cooking and entertaining

"The Best of America's Test Kitchen: The Year's Best Recipes, Equipment Reviews and Tastings"

Cook's Illustrated

America's Test Kitchen

641.5973 BES

This is the latest edition of the popular cooking magazine's year-end review. It covers improving recipes, choosing ingredients for quality and value, and choosing the best kitchen equipment, and it provides tips on what not to do in the kitchen.

"Barbecue Nation: 350 Hot-Off-the-Grill, Tried-and-True" Recipes from America's Backyard

Fred Thompson

Taunton Press, 2007

641.5784 THO

Everyone likes a good barbecue. Even vegetarians enjoy grilled vegetables. This recent comprehensive guide features recipes from all regions of the U.S. for all types of meat as well as side dishes and desserts. It is useful for both beginners and experts.

"Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round"

Phyllis Good

Good Books, 2002

641.5884

This is a re-release of the classic title by slow-cooker expert Phyllis Good. Spend more time at the party with your guests and less time wrestling with food in the kitchen with the aid of more than 500 recipes.

"Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes for Everyone from the World's Healthiest Cuisine"

Martha Rose Shulman

Rodale Press, 2007

641.5636 SHU

Looking to turn over a dietary new leaf in the New Year or just looking for a new approach to cooking for friends and family? Shulman draws on the varied culinary traditions of the Mediterranean gleaned from years of travel and note-taking. Make the most of fresh vegetables and fruits to help you cook healthy, tasty dishes from more than 500 time-tested recipes.

Gardening

"John Deere 52 Backyard Landscaping Projects: Designing, Planting and Building the Yard of Your Dreams One Weekend at a Time"

Kristen Hampshire

Creative Publishing, 2008

635.9 HAM

Once you have a garden, the impulse to improve it is only natural. This title covers 52 projects, from small to large, for upgrading your landscape. The authors claim that all projects can be completed in one weekend.

"Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners"

Christopher Lloyd

Timber Press, 2007

635.9 LLO

If you are interested in making your lawn or garden more exotic and exciting, the concepts in this book may interest you. This is the latest title by noted master gardener Christopher Lloyd.

"Gardening for All Seasons"

Creative Homeowner Press, 2007

635.9 HAL

This colorful book will show you how to evaluate your lawn and garden year-round. Both novice and experienced gardeners can learn ways to proceed from initially dreaming about a garden to actually creating the garden of their dreams. Comprehensive information on developing plans, planting, maintenance and enjoying the garden are all covered in this wide-ranging book. Year-round maintenance tips and suggestions for all climate zones are included.

"Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in

Our Gardens"

Douglas Tallamy

Timber Press, 2008

639.92 TAL

Interested in creating a more authentic Northwest lawn and garden, not to mention one that's easier to maintain? Take a page from this new book and embrace the concept of gardening with native plants.

Staff at the Tigard Public Library prepared this list. All the books mentioned are in the library's collection.