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review 2018-12-09 03:00
The Cozy Cookbook
The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today's Bestselling Mystery Authors - Julie Hyzy,Laura Childs,Cleo Coyle,Jenn McKinlay,B.B. Haywood

This book is a collection of recipes from coy mystery books. The books are introduced and a chapter may be present. The book is broken up into categories, Breads, Cupcakes, etc. I have read some of the books or the books are on my to-read list, so this was interesting and I marked several of the recipes to try out. 

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review 2018-12-07 02:27
The Silversmith's Art, Made in Britain Today, Rosemary Ransome Wallis
The silversmith's Art, Made in Britain Today - Rosemary Ransome Wallis

An excellent book cataloguing an exhibition of contemporary silver work held by the Worshipful Goldsmith's Company, which appears to be a major patron of works of precious metal. It should be noted that this is all silverware, not jewellry. All the artists are resident in Britain, though many are natives of other countries.

 

The photography is top notch, revealling the play of light, shadow and reflection on the surfaces of the objects, an aspect of their beauty that cannot be understated. The objects themselves are also top notch. The average standard seems extremely high and I was delighted by most of it. Very few pieces did I actively dislike. This was something of a revelation in that previously, most of the silverware I'd come across I found to be either boring or gaudy.

 

The range of applicable techniques is enormous and still growing, with some of the artists represented applying modern technology, not just to the design process but to the creation of the finished article. Others rely solely on hand crafting and traditional techniques. The versatility of silver as a material proved remarkable to me and I was delighted by what can be acheived in terms of fluidity, texture and finish.

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text 2018-12-03 16:24
Reading progress update: I've read 145 out of 208 pages.
The silversmith's Art, Made in Britain Today - Rosemary Ransome Wallis

The range of techniques seems to be huge (and still expanding). I dunno what most of the terms really mean.

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text 2018-11-30 17:23
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 208 pages.
The silversmith's Art, Made in Britain Today - Rosemary Ransome Wallis

An amazing dish, the rim of which consists of 85 relief images of significant London buildings.

 

The diversity of finishes, even excluding gilt and enamel, is remarkable; the terms "bright, satin, matte" are not remotely adequate to cover this range of possibilities.

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text 2018-11-29 13:51
Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 208 pages.
The silversmith's Art, Made in Britain Today - Rosemary Ransome Wallis

Each artist has a mini biog/CV followed by pictures of the works in the exhibition that they created.

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