At Home: Crafts, Gardens & Cookbooks (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to read or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to Crafts, Gardening & Cookbooks.

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Toe-up Socks for Every Body by Wendy D. Johnson
For the knitter in your life, novice or expert. Johnson provides detailed instructions for knitting toe-up socks and 21 delightful patterns, with something for all ages. Maybe the recipient will knit you a pair of socks!

 Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move by Keisuke Saka
Saka’s fun mechanical paper creations will be an inspiration for anyone who enjoys crafts. It’s a better gift book than library book because it comes complete with color patterns. Now, should I make the flying fish or the space traveler bicycle?

 Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham
This fresh and modern craft book is for the entire family and might also appeal to adults without kids. Each chapter features projects inspired by some of the best-known designers of the mid-20th century. Most of the items are both functional and beautiful, designed to enhance your home décor or wardrobe.

 From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design by W. Gary Smith
Lovely and inspiring, Smith’s book will thrill both novice and experienced garden designers. Exploring various artistic means and processes used in drawings, paintings, sculpture and dance and how they can translate to landscape design, Smith provides encouraging insight as well as practical advice for the reader.

Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy
First published in 1982, this newly revised edition highlights the beauty and functionality of landscaping your yard entirely with edible plants. Wonderfully illustrated, Creasy’s book is one of the season’s best “how to” books for planning, maintaining and harvesting a self-sufficient garden.

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From Seed to Skillet: a Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Share with People you Love by Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger
Taking you from planting to preparing your own healthy, home-grown meals, Williams learned to garden from his Gullah grandmother. Filled with pragmatic ideas, beautiful illustrations and inspiring recipes, this book is sure to enchant both gardeners and locavore enthusiasts.

 The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser
This is a superb compendium of timeless recipes published in the Times since the 1850s. Hesser’s chronologically arranged collection of over 1600 tested and updated recipes provides both a narrative of American culinary history and a valuable cookbook of old standards and new trends. Sure to delight the cooks in your life.

 Sarabeth’s Bakery: from My Hands to Yours by Sarabeth Levine and Rick Rodgers
Filled with decadent treats, Levine’s beautifulbook will inspire beginning and experienced cooks alike. Clear instructions, often accompanied by step-by-step photos, make even complicated baking creations approachable. A tremendous gift book for the baker in your life, Levine’s book is both lovely and practical.

 Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
More a family cookbook inspired by contemporary French cooking rather than a traditional French cooking book, Greenspan’s collection is overall neither labor-intensive nor requires hard-to-attain ingredients. It is a gorgeous book seemingly written by a good friend who loves food preparation and sharing her knowledge with you.

Fannie’s Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Cookbook by Christopher Kimball
Kimball researched and planned a dinnerfor over two years, ultimately hosting a foodie’s 12-course dream dinner party, complete with Victorian dinner settings and an all-star guest list of celebrity chefs and epicures. A companion to a holiday season PBS special, Kimball’s work is  great entertainment for armchair chefs and history buffs.

For more gift book ideas and reading lists, see this page in our Readers’ Corner.