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December Display on Holiday Craft & Treats!


This month, for the holiday season, we are featuring craft and recipe books to ignite your festive side! Featured below are just a few books you will find on display on the first floor. To place a hold, follow the hyperlinked title or image of book, or give the reference desk a call at 978-373-1586 ex. 608!

Christmas with Southern Living 2021: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking & Decorating

This book offers recipes for meals, treats, and baked goods for gift-giving and holiday entertaining, along with seasonal decorating ideas, including festive centerpieces, mantels, and wreaths. And for those who enjoy Southern Living magazine we also have their 2020 edition!

French Country Cottage Christmas by Courtney Allison

Celebrate the season in cozy French Country Cottage style with luscious photography and a plethora of inspiration and ideas for trees in themes from baubles to flowers; décor indoors and outdoors; flowers, garlands, and wreaths; tables, dining, and entertaining; entryways, stairways, and every room of the house; outbuildings; pretty packages; and twinkle lights galore. Plus, a little bit of Christmas magic from a Paris apartment with a balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower, a snowy mountain cabin, and a vintage travel trailer at the lake!

Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the Movie Magic by Caroline McKenzie

In this book, celebrities share their personal holiday recipes, favorite ideas for Christmas decorating and gift giving, as well as ways to savor and share the true meaning of the holidays. This revised edition includes even more recipes (gingerbread houses! Christmas morning brunch! festive cocktails!), tree trimming techniques, DIY moments (gift wrapping ideas! ornaments! garlands!) and watch-party ideas and menus (including new bingo cards and tasty nibbles!) to enjoy alongside your Christmas movie marathon.

Homemade Holiday: Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects by Sophie Pester & Catharina Burns

Bring the magic of a handmade Christmas into your home with 40 projects for gifts, decorations, and homemade wrapping paper. Save time and money with the festive craft projects in Homemade Holiday. Clear, step-by-step instructions guide readers to create fresh flower garlands, bake edible gift tags, make homemade bath salts, and paint authentic tree ornaments. With last-minute ideas and lots of inspiration, this book will help you wrap up gift-giving and decorating for the holiday season.

Christmas at Home: Holiday Decorating, Crafts, & Recipes by Valerie Rains

Country Living knows how to make Christmas memorable, and that’s why this spectacular book will become your new go-to resource every year! It’s filled with more than 200 beautiful decorating ideas, recipes, and crafts, plus tips galore. Stunning photos show festive table settings; splendidly decorated trees; fun and easy Christmas projects, from wreaths to no-sew stockings; gifts from the kitchen; and gourmet-worthy recipes like Turkey Roulade with Sausage-Cornbread Filling, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, Slow-Cooker Apple Cider, and sweet treats like Red Velvet Snowballs and Chocolate & Cranberry Fudge.

Sabbat Entertaining: Celebrating the Wiccan Holiday with Style by Willow Polson

In Sabbat Entertaining you’ll be able to share Wiccan traditions with friends and family! Learn about finding and lighting the Yule Log, how to make imbolc ice candles, ostara painted eggs, and kull pinatas for Samhain! There is also information on hosting a festive light Midsummer barbecue and how to set up and dance around the Beltane Maypole!

Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook: The Official Holiday Recipes from a Galaxy Far, Far, Away by Jenn Fujikawa & Marc Sumerak

Celebrate every Wookiee’s favorite holiday–Life Day–with this collection of 50 recipes and crafts inspired by the galaxy’s holiday traditions! The acclaimed chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs returns to bring you authentic Life Day recipes from the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. Additionally, Cookie will show you how to create family-friendly crafts-from your very own Life Day Orbs to Wookiee Robes. This book is guaranteed to help you spread Life Day’s message of fellowship and love.

Jewish Holiday Cooking: More Than 200 Delicious Recipes for Celebrating by Joshua Korn & Scott Gilden

Embrace the international culinary traditions of Jewish cuisine each holiday with Jewish Holiday Cooking. The menu is one of the most important elements to consider when it comes to holiday celebrations. Holiday meals vary widely from Sephardic to Ashkenazic and Mizrahic traditions, meaning that for Jewish people, there’s no one right way to celebrate. With nostalgic recipes and new dishes inspired from Moroccan, Russian, German, and more cuisines, these dishes rich in variety and heritage are sure to satisfy and delight. Includes: – Over 250 flavorful recipes that celebrate regional authenticity and modern flair – Sample holiday menus for Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Passover, breaking the fast of Yom Kippur, and Shabbat dinner – Exquisite dishes such as Salted Honey Apple Upside-Down Cake, White Wine Braised Leeks, Cholent, Sufganiyot, Bourekas, Keftes de Espinaca, Tzimmes Chicken with Apricots, Prunes & Carrots, Charoset, Matzo Brei, and more!

Totally Kosher: Tradition with a Twist! 150+ Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day by Chanie Apfelbaum

This cookbook contains over 120 modern and exciting kosher breakfasts, dinners, desserts, and more! Included are fun, flavorful, and completely inventive kosher recipes inspired by dishes from around the world. Featuring quick-and-easy weekday meals and unfussy celebratory dinners from the creator of the blog “Busy in Brooklyn.”

Zero Waste Gift Wrap: 30 Ideas for Furoshiki and Other Sustainable Solutions by Christine Leech

Embrace zero waste living with this collection of sustainable gift wrap solutions including furoshiki, the traditional Japanese technique of fabric knotting. What could be nicer than receiving a present AND the beautiful scarf it’s wrapped in! Whether you use a vintage silk scarf or create your own fabric with patchwork, piecing and dyeing techniques, or reuse unwanted items to make quirky gift wraps – this collection is packed full of ideas for reducing waste. Other ideas include how to make present toppers made from unwanted fabric and yarn scraps to finish off your gift wrapping with a flourish.

Handmade Gifts by DK Publishing

This book contains over 70 step-by-step ideas for handmade gifts. Handmade Gifts is the perfect guide to making handcrafted items that people will love. Each project is clearly explained using simple step-by-step images along with photographs of the finished item and variations on how to make each piece unique. There are even ideas for green and up-cycled gifts!

Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Dishes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style by Dinah Corley

Gourmet Gifts, by cooking schoolteacher and food editor Dinah Corley, brings together the culinary and the creative with 100 recipes for homemade gift packs and baskets filled with gourmet foodstuffs – jams, nuts, pâtés, and other items covering a wide range of flavors. The recipes range from simple to sophisticated and include information on key topics such as presentation, level of difficulty, prep time, and suitability for storing and/or shipping. Chapters include Small Tokens, Big Batches, Penny Wise (for budget gifts), Pound Foolish (when money is no object), Feel Better, and Going the Distance. Over 40 beautiful color photos help readers envision the final gift!