Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Twelve Books of Christmas, Part 1

Well, it has certainly been a long time since I posted. I should probably remove that NaBloPoMo badge from the sidebar, eh? No need to remind people what a slacker I am.

As we draw nearer to the holidays (i.e., Christmas -- honestly, let's call a spade a spade, shall we?), it occurs to me that it's a prime opportunity to mention a few books that might appeal to some of the more hard-to-buy-for people on your gift list, books that you can find right now on the shelves of your local independent bookstore!

Let's get started.

Here's a great little guide to aid those who keep mixing up their Majoreras with their Zamorano Leones. Twenty-four breeds (who knew there were so many?) are pictured and described in a book so tiny, it can fit in your back pocket. It's only $6.95! Know Your Chickens, another book in the series, may also be lurking in the farming and rural life section.

A delightful cookbook for those who eschew fancyass modernities like food processors and stoves. Most of the recipes can be prepared in a Dutch oven and cooked on a grill or over hot coals. There are some weird things in here, like Baked Woodchuck, Squirrel Soup, and Jackrabbit Stew (any of which I would at least taste, by the way), but it's mostly normal-sounding stews, braises, and breads. This book might come in handy after a natural disaster. A great stocking stuffer!

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