Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Book Shopping List... Final Chapter

Books for Your Friend Who Loves to Entertain
Sometimes her dinner invitations arrive engraved and gilded. 
Sometimes they come via text, impromptu and spontaneous.
 Occasionally you’re asked to come in costume, occasionally in heels. 
Once, for a holiday breakfast, everyone came in pajamas. 
She is a spunky, adventurous cook and every meal at her table is a festive one.  
She will adore these books.

British Cooking 
by Jamie Oliver
Why is it that I can never make a cup of tea as delicious as the ones I get in the UK?
I’ll never make fish and chips like the Rock and Sole Place in London or Cullen Skink like the incredible bowl I had at Loch Bay Seafood.  And although I make a delectable shortbread every holiday season, I know without doubt that it will never equal the plateful served to me on a raw, windy afternoon at The Torridon in Scotland. 
 But maybe, just maybe, this book can provide some hints!

Entertaining is Fun
by Dorothy Draper
Such a fabulous book by a legendary designer!
A must have.

Elizabeth David’s Christmas
from The Folio Society
Simply a gorgeous book.
A beautiful gift.

The Vintage Tea Party Book
by Angel Adoree
I'm crazy about this lovely, happy book!


Your Best Friends Who Love Books of All Kinds
You meet them for coffee on Saturday mornings and they’re always easy to spot from the doorway. Surrounded by sacks of new books, eyes bright, you know they’ve already been to the bookshops.  Dinner conversation at their house revolves around what they’ve just read.  Fiction and non, fantasy and crime.  They ask strangers what they’re reading and have been known to turn House Beautiful sideways to better read the titles in photographed bookshelves.  They are charismatic and curious and you revel in their company. Knowing how they love books of all types, they will adore these three selections!
My Ideal Bookshelf
by Jane Mount
Artist Jane Mount paints the ideal bookshelves of readers
 as varied as Alice Waters and David Sedaris.  
A wonderful idea, wonderfully executed.

My Bookstore
Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
Edited by Ronald Rice and the Booksellers Across America
I recently spent some time in Seaside Florida’s marvelous Sundog Books.
Creaky wooden floors, open windows, stacks and stacks of artfully arranged books.
It was a delight. 
 I cannot wait to read the writers in this new book
 talk about their own favourite bookshops!  

American Writers at Home
by J.D. McClatchy
One of my personal favourites.
And a wonderful gift for anyone who loves books and writers.


  1. That "Vintage Tea Party" book looks fabulous and my hubby and I are fans of Jamie Oliver. Our Thanksgiving feast was inspired by Jamie (lamb shanks) which I posted about on my blog. We like his travel/cooking shows.

  2. Pamela so many wonderful selections! Thank you for sharing these special tomes. The paintings are beautiful!Such a neat idea!

    2012 Artists Series

  3. Do you know Library Thing? You can catalog your books easily with a click, keep a running inventory, print out a certain category (cooking) so you never buy the same book twice. Check it out! First 250 books are free, then $25.00 year for basic membership. Sign up for Early Reviewer and have free books sent to you by the publisher to review! Fun :)

  4. What a fabulous series this has been, Pamela, with treasures galore. I can think of someone to give each and every book to, but, mostly I want to give them to me. Thank you, dear soul, you've made my season bright.

  5. I'll take one of each, please. Also, I love the movie Julie & Julia! So this entire post made me happy.

  6. Pamela,
    Elizabeth David's book intrigues me. Thanks for providing a varied and interesting list of books for nearly everyone on my list this year.

  7. Thanks for printing the wonderful photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. He ranks at the top of the list in my book and always will.

  8. Wonderful books but I can't help but wonder why that family in the top photo are eating Christmas lunch, outside, by what appears to be the Brooklyn bridge. Do you think the photo was taken in June ?

  9. Wonderful list! I want so many of these books, especially the cookbooks and the "All Creatures Great and Small" DVD set. I loved that show and vividly remember the Christmas episode. Don't Helen and Mrs. Hall (can't believe I remember the housekeeper's name, I loved that character!) find an unused room in the house and clean it up and decorate it for Christmas?
    xx Sunday

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  11. Great list!
    My fret with you, dear friend, is which tome to add to your pile this year, as I know you are as voracious and accumulative of books as I. I'm still pondering my options......

  12. Wonderful selections. I love the look of the Dorothy Draper book and the Vintage Tea Party book looks wonderful!!
    You always have such wonderful selections. Thank you Pamela!

  13. Splendid choices for the book lovers in our lives.
    Wishing you the most blessed Christmas season.

  14. All excellent suggestions! :) I think i'm going to want two copies of many of these. One for my friends.. and one for myself. LOL. Maybe i should wait until after Christmas for me. 'Tis not the season for selfishness after all.. But they all look so GOOD!


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