This post is just a list of my favourite cookbooks and knitting pattern books, as well as those I am wishing for Santa to bring me this holiday season. No frills, no details, just links. Because these books are so good they speak for themselves. There may be a few books from other similar genres (design, craft, children’s…) tossed in the mix as well just because. So away we go!
COOKBOOKS & CUISINE/BEVERAGE RELATED
Bake Knit Sew: A Recipe and Craft Project Annual by Evin Bail O’Keeffe (that’s my book) (also available as a Ravelry eBook)
Make, Bake, Love by Lilly Higgins (Gill & Macmillan, 2011)
Calso Cooks: Real Food Made Easy by Paul Callaghan
Chapter One by Ross Lewis
Gimme the Recipe by Sheila Kiely
And these three are ESSENTIAL if you have a crockpot or slow cooker. My mom and I have been using Stephanie O’Dea‘s recipes since she made her slow cooker new year’s resolution for 2008. I remember my mom sent me the link and each time one of O’Dea’s cookbooks was released, I got a copy from mom. They are classic go-to recipes that make cooking a healthy meal every day simpler with a slow cooker. It is one-pot cooking at its easiest and some of these are such favourites we make them A LOT. Like the French Dip and French Onion Soup, among others. I’m a fan since it is especially hard to sear, braise, or grill things with a little kid running around trying to help. But slow cookers can just be set back from the edge of the counter, turned on, and ignored in favour of playing or napping together.
Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea
365 Slow Cooker Suppers by Stephanie O’Dea
And for a specifically Irish list, check out Edible Ireland’s annual list. Spoiler alert: Bake Knit Sew made the list this year!
KNITTING & CRAFT BOOKS
Bake Knit Sew: A Recipe and Craft Project Annual by Evin Bail O’Keeffe (me!) Seasonal approach to crafts. Includes 13 baking recipes, 7 original knitting patterns, 5 sewing projects, 3 tutorials, and over 80 pages of detailed instructions and full-color photographs. It is also available from Ravelry digitally so you can give a last-minute gift.
Knit with Love: Stories to Warm a Knitter’s Heart by Lisa Bogart
Irish Countrywoman’s Association Book of Crafts (2014, Mercier Press)
OTHER DELECTABLE TITLES
Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor
CHILDREN’S & YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
Sully P. Snooferpoot’s Amazing New Shadow by Aaron Loyel Shaw PhD.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter