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"Sewing Illustrated" (CIG) Carole Ann Camp

Pros: Lots of very useful information; plenty of photos and diagrams Cons: Missing bits of information; need for more diagrams; difficult-to-visualize instructions Rating: 3 out of 5

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"Spices & Herbs" (CIG) Leslie Bilderback, CMB

Pros: Great info for exploratory and adventuresome cooks; plenty of uses for herbs & spices; delicious recipes; handy sources Cons: Most of the spice mixes are on a very large scale; a handful of typesetting and editing snafus that can

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"Gluten-Free Eating" (CIG) Adamson & Thompson

Pros: A wealth of useful information & encouragement; good recipes Cons: No recipe photos Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books. Visit Eve Adamson’s site or Tricia Thompson’s site. This is my sixth entry in the

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"Pizza & Panini" (CIG) Erik Sherman

Pros: A good basic primer Cons: Make sure you read the info before using the recipes; missing details; no photos Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books. Visit Erik Sherman’s food blog. This is my fourth

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"Starting an eBay Business" (CIG) Weltman & Katt

Pros: Covers just about everything Cons: Dry as a gulch in a drought; quite a bit of material that’ll change over time Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books.   Who doesn’t want to become an

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"Being Vegetarian" (CIG) Frankie Avalon Wolfe, M.H., Ph.D.

Pros: Extremely comprehensive tips and hints; wonderful recipes Cons: None that I can think of! Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books. Visit Healing Feats, the author’s website. This is my second entry in the Soup’s

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"Stretching Illustrated" (CIG) Templeton & Templeton

Pros: Good stretches; detailed warnings; ‘courses’ for specific injuries or sports Cons: Drawings instead of photos; most stretches are simply yoga stretches renamed Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books.   I have to admit, my

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"Guerilla Marketing" (CIG) Drake & Wells

Pros: Fascinating, informative, thorough Cons: None that I can think of Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books.   Susan Drake and Colleen Wells have produced a marvelous resource in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guerilla

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The Pocket Idiot's Guide to More Not So Useless Facts

Pros: Entertaining read for us overly-curious trivia buffs Cons: Some entries stop a bit short Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Restaurant, Second Edition" by Howard Cannon

If I planned to open a restaurant I would read this book at least three times and make copious notes.

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