Here we are at the height of winter with short days, cold weather, and reasons to gather around the soup pot. This time of the year, whether you view it as perfect (like I do) or not, is excellent for reading. Could there be anything much better than settling onto the sofa or in a comfy chair with a book, your family, your pets, and a comforting mug of tea nearby?
For Nicki Leone, her cookbooks and her kitchen are more than ways to eat, they are memories, explorations, mentors, friends. They cover the world and the world’s cuisines even as they measure time, relationships, homes, and experiences. But what they all have in common is that she fell in love with each one: How a Cookbook Makes It Onto My Kitchen Bookshelf.
Having become an aficionado of memoirs during her time with BiblioBuffet, Lindsay Champion was nevertheless unprepared for a book she describes as a “not-memoir.” What surprised her was how good it was once she got used to the idea that the author showed “what it means to be human in a far more profound way than the epic memoir journeys fraught with dramatic license” in Not a Memoir Review.
Bookmarks take on a holiday flavor too. For more than 100 years, magazines have printed articles on how to make homemade gifts including bookmarks. Laine Farley explores some of those articles, both old and new, print and online, in Bookmarking the Holidays.
Too many people allow themselves to get caught up in unpleasantness when they think of holiday shopping. It need not be that way. It should not be that way—especially when the work has been taken out of it for you. Join Lauren Roberts to find more gifts for the readers in your life (and you!) in Dashing Through the Gifts in a One-Stop Shopping Spree.