Crochet Master Class is certainly crochet eye-candy at it's best. Potter Craft sent me a copy to review (ok, I asked for one) because I was so intrigued. It is one of the last books Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss completed before Jean's passing. Such a gift she left behind to the crochet community. Not just this book, but the many, many books she wrote and produced during her career with her business partner, Rita.
191 pages of beautifully illustrated and photographed projects. All the projects are designed by designers who are known for their skill in each of the techniques. The book is a who's who of crochet including: Carol Ventura, Margaret Hubert, Melody MacDuffee, Julia Bryant, Jennifer Hansen, Jenny King, Nancy Nehring, Darla Fanton teaching teaching a wide variety of techniques like Tapestry crochet, fashion crochet, overlay, Tunisian, Hairpin, woven crochet, tassels, double-ended crochet and Irish crochet. Each project comes with a short bio and photo of each of the industry greats.
There are pretty photos of examples of each style and one project for each. My only criticisms, there is only one project per technique (but imagine how huge the book would be if there were more) and there are only a few symbol diagrams (I have become hopelessly devoted to stitch diagrams). Absolutely though, there is enough inspiration in this crochet anthology of sorts to motivate you to learn more about the techniques in the book that pull your attention.
It's currently about $15 on Amazon, a real deal. :)