Again, author Robert Pripps comes through with another tractor book that you need for your shelf. Here he does an amazing job of explaining rare models of both common and uncommon manufacturers within a historic context. $27.
As a reference guide this book is brief and to the point, listing the most salient information formatted chronologically. In this respect it functions as a very convenient field guide. The no–nonsense black and white archive photos, taken mostly from promotional literature, present the oldest, most familiar images of each tractor in its moment of inception. Just $16.
The machine age (arguably 1875-1950) in the United States and Europe yielded some of the most elegant industrial design. As proof of its popularity, there are catalogs today that specialize in reproductions of these designs. Rizzoli recently published the hardcover Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design, by by Mischa De Potestad & Patrice Pascal, which does a wonderful job of looking at turn of the century industrial design and putting it in context. $45.00 new.
Another excellent Taunton Press book to help the do-it-yourselfer plan, prep, install and finish not just cabinets, but the whole kitchen including counter tops. A comprehensive, multimedia approach with DVD. $9.95.
OK, I will admit to looking forward to summer. After months of longingly looking out the window at the snow covered grill, I am ready to start cooking outside again. Fire It Up by Andrew Schloss & David Joachim does not disappoint! $11.75.