The holidays are nearly upon us. For many of us, it’s time to start thinking about making a Halloween costume, what dish to make for Thanksgiving, or what gifts to make for friends and family. Now is the time to start planning! Here are some books to guide you as the season approaches.
In The Horrible Craft Book, Laura Minter brings kids and adults together to make gross items like cat poo chocolates, or a brain piñata and tasty eyeballs, just in time for Halloween. In Autumn Bouquet, Sharon Keightley shows quilters how to prepare appliques featuring beautiful fall colors and themes. Deck the halls Scandi-style with Norwegian sensations Arne & Carlos’s 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and Jorid Livnik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits. Make Beautiful Wreaths with Melissa Skidmore or step up your decorating game with Cassie Kitzmiller’s Christmas Tree Book. Personalize your own cards, gift wrap and decorations with Holiday Hand Lettering from Lark Books and Vivienne Bolton’s Making Your Own Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap. And Doerthe Eisterlehner keeps things festive and charming with My Little Crocheted Christmas along with ideas for traditional crafts in Taste of Home: Handmade Christmas.
Spending Thanksgiving with friends? The Friendsgiving Handbook by Emily Stephenson provides recipes for those who are spending the holiday with their family of choice. No time? No sweat. Hope Comerford puts your slow cooker to work in Fix-It and Forget-It: Best of Fall Recipes. Australian food writer and stylist Donna Hay whips up over 200 easy recipes to make in Christmas Feasts and Treats and Tom Parker Bowles shares seasonal recipes from London’s upscale department store Fortnum & Mason in Christmas & Other Winter Feasts. Are you secretly a fan of cheesy Hallmark holiday movies? If so, curl up with your favorite movie, a box of tissues and a delicious meal inspired by your favorite movie in Holly Carpenter’s Countdown to a Cozy Christmas Cookbook. Not up for hosting a full-fledged meal? Lorna Reeves celebrates the holiday with afternoon tea in Christmas Teatime while Aaron Goldfarb keeps spirits high with Gather Around Cocktails. Vegans will welcome Swedish blogger Karoline Jönsson inspirational plant-based meals in Happy Vegan Christmas.
Not interested in cooking or crafts? Sit back and relax with A Cowboy Christmas by Shanna Hatfield and learn about traditions unique to cowboys and the open range, or go across the pond with Fiona Carnarvon and learn how the holidays come together at “the real Downton Abbey” in Christmas at Highclere. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Maitefa Angaza illuminates the African American celebration of family and friends in Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day while Leah Koenig’s Little Book of Jewish Sweets puts a modern spin on rugelach, the iconic black-and-white cookie and other desserts. And for those who simply want to enjoy the season, Delicious Wintertime by Markus Sämmer and Alpine Cooking by Meredith Erickson provide hearty recipes for skiiers and others who enjoy the cold.
~posted by Frank B.