Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Gift Books

Good morning! I am sure that most of you guys have your Christmas shopping finished, but if you are looking for a last minute gift for your family and friends here are a few fabulous books that I have read this year. 

I LOVE Garden & Gun magazine, a friend gave it to my husband years ago and each and every issue is filled to the brim with excellent articles, recipes and more that celebrate not only the history of the South, but the people, the food and the culture. 

Here is what Amazon has to say: 

Garden & Gun magazine is a great place for celebrating the life and style of the real South. This magazine brings its readers the latest in Southern culture with stunning pictures, design tips, and a sensibility that was cultivated in the grand homes and open fields of Dixie. Subscribers to Garden & Gun magazine get to read about the very latest in fashion, jewelry, and Southern art. 

A subscription to Garden & Gun magazine is a great way to show your appreciation of the real South. It will be the guide you go to for the news and trends you want, but can't get elsewhere.

As flavorful, authentic, and irresistible as the land and the people who inspire it, The Southerner's Handbook is the ultimate guide to being a Southerner (no matter where you live).

If you have read this blog for even a little while than you know I LOVE France, Paris in particular. Farm to Table French Phrasebook: Master the Culture, Language and Savoir Faire of French Cuisine  is a great book for the traveler in your life! Whether it is your first trip trip to France or your 30th, this cute little guide book is filled excellent advice on navigating the markets, ordering in restaurants and getting around France. It also offers tips on etiquette, traditions, typical dishes and more. And once you return from France, it has a chapter of French recipes to try in your own home! 

Cakes are one of the things I love to to bake and A Cakes Lover's Recipe Notebook  by Jane Brocket is a beautiful book to give to people in your life that feel the same. This beautifully photographed, spiral bound book offers not only recipes and tips but spaces for you to record your own recipes whether theory are passed on from family and friends, from a magazine or even Pinterest! 

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a day was an immediate bestseller and became a classic book about bread making allowing even novice cooks to make the perfect loaf of crusty bread. Seven yours later Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois have revised and updated the is book writing The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day! This new book is filled with more than thirty new and mouthwatering recipes and offers expanded technique, tips and answers to frequently asked reader questions!

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine  by Gayle Pruitt is a great cook book for both humans and dogs, filled with color photographs of rescue dogs. This book contains over 100 corn, sugar, soy and gluten free recipes that will help you and man's best friend healthy and delicious meals.

Her name was Elsa Schiaparelli and she was know as the Queen of Fashion in the twenties and thirties. This biography by Meryle Secrest offers a wonderful insight into the life of Elsa, from her wealthy and often times antic filled childhood, to her marriage to a con-man, her life as a single mother raising a polio stricken daughter and her rise to becoming "the most extraordinary fashion designer of her day."

"Dare to be different" Schiaparelli advised women and she certainly lived her life in that respect, she created luxurious, eccentric and sexy clothing, often times using fabrics that had never bee used before, like rayon, latex, and velvets. She also collaborated with some of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Jean Schlumberger, Salvador Dali, Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon and Jean Coctea to name just a few on products ranging from jewelry, clothing, hats perfume and more.

Although I had heard of and seen Schiaparelli's designs I was unaware of her interesting and colorful life so I found this book insightful, interesting and filled with interesting details about the world of fashion in Paris, New York, London and more! 

Do you have your shopping finished? Do you give books as gifts? If you have a few great ones to share I would love to hear about them! Also, for the past couple of weeks Pamela of the blog From the House of Edward has written several extensive book lists for kids, friends, family and more. I am hoping to receive a few that she recommended. Santa are you listening?

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Good morning Elizabeth! I don't know how you do it: to read, to bake, to shop and travel? BLESS YOU!

    Have a super weekend. I am off now for two weeks and I am like a kid right now!

  2. The cake book certainly agrees with me. If you don't happen to post again before the holiday, Merry Christmas!

  3. So many great choices - we are big fans of Garden and Gun!!

  4. Elizabeth, I am certain it is no surprise books are my favorite gift to receive and give. Everyone knows they are going to receive at least one book from me. This year I am not going to try to disguise the packaging. I think, this year, I will ask them to guess the subject of their books before opening....maybe after a mimosa or two... what do you think?

    Love Garden and Gun....the writing is excellent! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Hugs, Bonnie

  5. Sounds like you are having a festive week leading up to Christmas. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year!


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