Santa’s bookshelf

January 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Many gifts were given and received this season to and from our wonderful friends and family. Along with cooking and baking gadgets (I must be doing something right in the kitchen), some excellent new books made their way into our home this holiday season . The Christmas break is one of the few times I actually have the time I crave to sink into reading for at least a few hours a day, so I LOVE books for gifts. Thank you!

red-dogRed Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane. Patrick Lane is the author my very favorite book, a beautiful memoir about love, addiction, and gardening on the West Coast called There is a Season. The writing in the memoir is stunning, and so is the story. Red Dog is Patrick Lane’s first novel (after a lifetime of winning poetry awards), and I can’t wait to read it.

moltoMolto Italiano by Mario Batali. This is a big beautiful glossy cookbook with lots of photos and an emphasis on quality seasonal and local ingredients. We had the pleasure of eating at Babbo, Mario Batali’s restaurant in New York City this past July and it was the best meal. I cooked a risotto dish from this cookbook for our New Year’s Eve celebration and it was delish!

cook_wine_new_edCooking with BC Wine: A guide to the wineries of BC by Troy Townsin. Living with a wine enthusiast means many opportunities to sample great Canadian wines. A few splashes of wine has long been an essential ingredient in my pasta sauces and risottos, and I’m looking forward to digging through the cellar and expanding my horizons with the great looking recipes in this books. We took a trip through the Okanagan wineries a couple of Septembers ago and it was an experience I’d recommend to anyone.

geographyofhopeThe Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need by Chris Turner. Certainly we’ve all read enough fear-guilt-doom accounts of what humans have done to destroy the planet. Chris Turner’s book takes a different slant by looking at all the positive things going on that are leading us closer toward (re)learning how to live a sustainable life. Very appropriate reading at this moment when Barack Obama about to take office after running on a platform of hope and positive change.

can-gardenCanadian Gardening Magazine. A gardening magazine subscription! Spring must be getting closer. I can’t wait to get started on an expanded veggie garden and other new growing projects this spring. In the meantime, there’s nothing better than reading a gardening magazine with glossy photos of lush, beautiful green spaces when it is cold and snowy outside.


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Delicious ginger cookies!

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