Nonfiction — Festive Fun

I think we can all agree that 2020 stunk.  For everyone, everywhere.  But strangely enough, this holiday season, I’ve been excited about the decorating, the cooking, the watching of beloved holiday movies, and the listening to favorite songs.  So I thought what better way to say Happy December than to share some holiday themed books from my personal collection.

The Real Rudolph: A Natural History of the Reindeer by Tilly Smith is an interesting look at an animal that is not well-known outside of it’s native areas.  There’s the biological side explained, as well as a look at the cultural histories of people/reindeer interactions.   Some of Smith’s focus is on the history of and her experiences with Scotland’s famous Cairngorm herd, the only free-roaming reindeer herd in the UK.  A fun, informative read, and a must-read for any animal lover!

Christmas Trees: Fun and Festive Ideas by Peter Cole, Frankie Frankeny, and Leslie Jonath truly is a fun and festive little book.  This how-to handbook is filled with some non-traditional ideas, like a glowing snowball tree, a beachside sand tree, even a tree to make for your fish tank (I’m thinking of making one for my betta’s tank next year using his blue and purple coloring as inspiration).  Added bonus:  recipes to make your own edible tree from brownies, cupcakes, or sugar cookies.

Santa’s North Pole Cookbook by Jeff Guinn offers more than just cookies and cocoa.  Since Santa is a world traveler, this cookbook contains holiday favorites from around the globe and brief histories of the dishes, as well as some insights to various celebrations.  From Sweden to Cuba, India to Mexico, and the places in between, there are recipes for breakfasts, main courses, side dishes, beverages, and, of course, delicious desserts.  While many of the recipes are more festive fare, there are several that can be enjoyed year round, like banana walnut bread, flaming ginger prawns (which I’ve made a few times, minus the gin, thus making them non-flaming but still delicious), Ethiopian chicken stew, corn and tomato casserole (another one I’ve made a few times, especially in the summer with fresh produce), and so much more!   A great cookbook to have on hand, for holidays and daily use.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!  Stay safe, Happy Reading, and I’ll be back again in the New Year!

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