Welcome to Sasquatch Picks: Books for Right Now, a curated list of our top monthly reading recommendations. Our December books are for everyone on your holiday gift lists. No matter the reader, we have a book they will love! This list features comfort food favorites for home cooks, books & journals for #selfcare, popular new releases, and books for birders, nonfiction fans, and more!
Trending Books on Everyone’s Holiday Gift List
Comfort Food Cookbooks
Colder weather and too much time indoors means comfort food is on the menu! Many home cooks have stepped up their culinary game this year and have ventured outside of their comfort zones. If you have a home cook on your list who added a dutch oven or cast iron skillet to their kitchen toolkit, these are the cookbooks for them! The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook shows home cooks that the cast iron skillet truly is the best pan in their kitchen with 95 delicious recipes. The Dutch Oven Cookbook is the ultimate cookbook for slow-cooked, one-pot meals that are easy, delicious, and comforting–for the holidays and all year long.
A Set Journalers and Planners Will Love
From Moorea Seal, the bestselling author of the 52 Lists journal series, comes stylish new editions of both the popular undated 52 Lists Planner in Black Floral and journal 52 Lists for Bravery. The 52 Lists Planner is perfect for professionals, students, parents, teachers, artists; anyone on your list who wants to live mindfully and plan ahead! 52 Lists for Bravery is a beautiful guided journal that uses easy, fun, and accessible list prompts to inspire users to live their best life.
Popular New Cookbooks
If you are searching for this season’s must-have cookbooks, look no further! I Heart Soul Food is the first cookbook from @iheartrecipes creator and local food blogger Rosie Mayes! It is chock-full of 100+ soul food classics and fan favorites just the way mom used to make. Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook is the first cookbook from the beloved Instagrammer Mary Heffernan of @fivemarysfarms. It features 75 satisfying, homegrown recipes for every meal and mood, as well as the secret to her famous sidecars! Get ready to fall in love with ranch life, hearty recipes, and Five Marys.
A Set to Step Up Self-Care Sunday
After a year like 2020, it seems everyone is looking for ways to better care for their physical and mental health. Whether they are established wellness practitioners or are just starting a wellness routine, this set has them covered. True wellness begins with mindfulness and Best Worst Grateful is the perfect tool for self-care that helps harness the power of gratitude to lead a happier life through guided journaling. CBD & Chill features 75+ food and body recipes to incorporate CBD into daily life for overall wellness. Great for the CBD curious or seasoned CBD fans.
Birders and Nature Lovers will Rejoice
Readers will love these beautiful books! Every Penguin in the World is an endearing and thought-provoking book that beautifully combines narrative and photography to capture the plight and the experience of penguins worldwide. Both a love letter and a call to action, it chronicles the author and his wife in their quest to see every penguin species on the planet. BirdNote features 100 entertaining and informative essays from the popular public radio program, BirdNote, accompanied by original illustrations throughout–an illuminating volume for bird and nature lovers across North America.
A Stylish Set from Cannelle et Vanille
From Aran Goyoaga, the James Beard-recognized cookbook author, blogger, Instagram curator and creator of Cannelle et Vanille–lauded by everyone from Bon Appétit to Dorie Greenspan–comes 100 recipes that show us how to bring more joy and mindfulness to the kitchen, and connection around the table, through family-friendly meals that are satisfying, yet decidedly unfussy. Make it a gift set with Aran’s new Cannelle et Vanille Notes, in which she curates some of her most evocative images of food and florals, with recipes sprinkled throughout, in this lush, gorgeously designed lined journal with ribbon.
Local Authors Readers Love
These books are Seattle independent bookstore favorites! House Lessons, by New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister, is a memoir about the power of home—and the transformative act of restoring what was a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington. In Unsettled Ground, historian and journalist Cassandra Tate takes a fresh look at the personalities, dynamics, disputes, social pressures, and shifting legacy of a pivotal event, the Whitman Massacre, in the history of the American West.
Sasquatch Picks: Books for Right Now will be back next week with reading recommendations from our children’s book imprint Little Bigfoot!