Get Your Eat On with Summer Cookbooks

With each season comes a new menu. Whether it’s a barbecue, picnic or sunset dinner, these books have great recipes for summer dining.

The Book of Burger

Are burgers not the official food of summer? Food Network chef Rachel Ray has created the ultimate burger book, including tips on what ingredients to include in your patty, how to grill it perfectly, and what to top it with. But it’s more than burgers; it also features recipes for hot dogs, sliders, sides, sloppies, fries, sauces and more.

Good Food to Share (Williams-Sonoma)

Summer is a great time of year to share food with friends and family. This book features recipes that are perfect for just that, from starters to dessert and everything in between. Mouthwatering recipes include brined pork loin with apricot-onion mostarda, maple-glazed sweet potato wedges and grilled peaches with cardamom cream, to name a few.

Adventures in Grilling

The start of summer means firing up the grill again. Whether you’re a novice or grilling enthusiast, this book offers an adventurous approach to the craft. In addition to telling you what to grill, from veggies to meats to seafood, this book also teaches you how to grill using the right tools and techniques.

Ice Pops

Who wants chocolate or vanilla when you can have bright watermelon and lime, rich chocolate layered with raspberries, green tea with pomegranate, or champagne-infused mimosa? This book is the guide to homemade ice pops, with everything you need to know about ingredients and freezing and unmoulding techniques. With over 40 recipes, there’s something for everyone.

Rainy Day Reads For Kids

Spring is here, but along with blossoming flowers and warmer weather also comes rainy days. For parents with young children, here are some books that will inspire you with ideas to that will help keep your kids entertained indoors when it’s too wet to go outside.

Do It Now! Crafts

Crafts are a great way to keep kids busy for hours. From the minds of two mothers themselves, this book features over 70 project ideas, including making sand candles, weaving friendship bracelets, creating a pop-up 3D cards and more. It also includes a chapter on creative and fun snacks, like stained-glass cookies, candy sushi and chocolate anthills.

Crafty Princess

This craft book is perfect for little girls who love princesses, sparkles and the colour pink. This kit teaches kids to make tiaras, jewellery, mini thrones, magic mirrors and more, using household items. It also comes with glitter, gemstones, satin and ribbons for maximum style!

The Cookbook for Kids (Williams-Sonoma)

This is a great book to get children exploring the kitchen and lending parents a hand with dinner. Children will be able to prepare some for these recipes on their own while others will require an adult’s help. With recipes from crepes to cookies, fish tacos to nachos, kids will love eating their own creations. Have a look at an excerpt of recipes.

The Lonely Sock Club

This book includes fun projects for kids to create with socks. Easy, creative crafts include fingerless gloves, decorative vases, stuffed toys and more. The kit also comes with pom poms, yarn, googly eyes and felt. Take a peek at some of the crafts.

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day your best ever!

Need ideas for the perfect date? Recipes for romantic dinners? Gift ideas for your significant other? We’ve got you covered. Check out these great books to make this Valentine’s Day your best one ever!

Fun & Creative Dates for Dating Couples

In Fun & Creative Dates for Dating Couples: 52 Ways to Have Fun Together, you’ll find ideas for all kinds of dates to celebrate your relationship with that special someone — romantic dates, inspiring dates, even dates that challenge you! From rock climbing and hot air ballooning to playing in the rain or volunteering for a worthy cause, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to do first.

The Book of Sexy Games

The perfect Valentine’s Day charmer, this clever kit includes 10 games as well as a foldout game board to inspire your inner-Cupid. If you can’t decide what to play, then spin Cupid’s arrow and let it decide for you!

Gifts Cooks Love

Express your love with handmade gifts, one of life’s most precious commodities. Gifts Cooks Love offers something for every level of cook and tips on how to beautifully wrap your edible gifts. The 40 recipes featured in this book will be sure to please all palates.

Joy of Cooking

This is the ultimate cookbook that will help novice and pros alike make the most elegant meals from succulent steaks to fancy cocktails to decadent frozen desserts. In addition to having hundreds of recipes, The Joy of Cooking also includes cooking tips to ensure you make the most memorable meal ever!

The Good Wife Guide and The Good Husband Guide
The Good Wife Guide: A Little Seedling BookThe Good Husband Guide: A Little Seedling Book

These two guides make humourous gifts for brides-to-be or married couples on Valentine’s Day (as long as they have a great sense of humour!). They contain all the secrets to helping your special someone feel comfortable and content.

Post-holiday recipes to get you eating healthy again

Looking to recover from a month of overindulging? Feeling a little heavier than usual after the holidays? I certainly am. Luckily, we have a new cookbook that can get help us get our pre-holiday body back!

The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook has over 200 recipes that will help you take the extra pounds off and keep it off. But, of course, you need to stick to the Atkins program in order to see results. Fortunately, sticking to the program is easy, especially when you can indulge in comfort food like cheesecake! The recipes in this cookbook are low in carbs, easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. To start you off, here are two recipes straight from The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: the savoury Chili-Cheese Crisps and the zingy and fresh-tasting Speedy Spinach Dip. They go great together!

If you want to read more about the Atkins program, you can read an excerpt here. Happy eating everyone!

Check out our January Wellness sweeps on our Facebook page and enter to win a library of wellness books, including The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook!

Ten Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts (well, after puppies and private islands)

1)      Because other than those sparkly pencils and key chains with peoples’ names on them, books are one of the best gifts that you can find a uniquely suited one for every person on your list

2)      Because you don’t need to poke holes in the box so the book can breathe

3)      Because they are easier to wrap than a football or bicycle

4)      Because you can do all of your shopping in one spot

5)      Because you don’t have to feed them, plug them in, or put batteries in them

6)      Because “They have whole worlds inside them, and it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” –Neil Gaiman

7)      Because you can even find one for the person who has everything

8)      Because they never come in the wrong colour, size or style

9)      Because they don’t need to be assembled

10)   Because it shows the recipient that you took the time to think about who they are and what they are interested in

So what’s the trick? Picking the right book. Luckily for you, I have some suggestions for everyone on your holiday gift list.

For the Hockey Lover

Double Overtime

Double Overtime by Stephen Cole

Full of fun facts, crazy yet true stories, and chalk full pictures, this book is for every hockey fan of every team (even if you the gift-buyer don’t know anything about hockey!)

For the (New) Baker

 Baking with the Cake Boss

Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro

Buddy, from TLC’s smash hit Cake Boss, is back with another book. For the novice baker, this book starts with the basics of baking – the simple yet noble sugar cookie – and advances to fantastically intricate themed cakes for home-baking pros.  This is one gift that both the recipient and the giver are bound to benefit from!

For the Extraordinary Women in Your Life

 The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Strong, brave, resourceful, sensuous, caring, and giving – these are just some of the used words to describe the women of The Dovekeepers. A masterpiece that was five years in the making, the author of Practical Magic tells the beautiful and harrowing tale of four Jewish women in 70 C.E. Masada, Israel.

For Lovers of  iAnything

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs – the man who changed the world, whether we like it or not. Walter Isaacson’s biography, the only authorized biography of the Apple co-founder and innovator, tells the story of this intense personality whose drive for perfection can be seen in every one of his products and serves as a rollercoaster tale of ambition, obsessions, compulsion, creativity and innovation.

For Your Daughter, Niece or Little Sister

Dork Diaries Box Set

Dork Diaries Box Set by Rachel Renee Russell

This super popular series chronicles the oh-so-fabulous life of Nikki Maxwell as she navigates the halls of middle school, mean girls, BFF drama and first crushes. These spunky, funny, and relatable books are perfect for tween girl readers (and best of all, they are PG-rated so you don’t have to worry about your 11-year old niece reading vampire/immortal love scenes!).

For Almost Anyone (really, who doesn’t read Stephen King?)

11/22/63

11/22/63 by Stephen King

The incredible Stephen King is back in a brand new way. In 11/22/63, King tells the ultimate “What If?” story. What if you could go back in time and change history? King’s suspenseful and riveting tale of time travel to one of America’s most epic periods in history will have readers on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

The New YA Must-Have

 Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

With so many YA vampire/werewolf/warlock/immortal, etc, etc, etc books out there, it’s hard for the discerning gift-giver to know which one to choose for the teen on their list. Well look no further – Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series left young women begging for another adventure to go on, bad-boy to drool over, and smart, brave girl to read about, and with the second of the Infernal Devices series, Clare delivers.

For the 20-something Student

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by Matthew Inman

Perfect for the quirky-humored, google-searching  20-something, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) offers up 4 Reasons to Carry a Shovel at All Times, 6 Types of Crappy Hugs, 8 Ways to Tell if Your Loved One Plans to Eat You, 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat, and 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer.

Literary Non-Fiction

Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

If you can’t get someone a puppy for Christmas, get this book instead. Rin Tin Tin has been getting rave reviews and for good reason. Whether you love dogs, old Hollywood, the entrepreneurs behind entertainment, biographies, history, or just a wonderfully written story, Rin Tin Tin delivers.

For the Book Club Lover

The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Witchcraft, royalty, betrayal and passion, The Lady of the Rivers delivers it all. This book, to be enjoyed in front of a fireplace and with a cup of tea, is sure to keep your favorite aunt, sister or friend company this holiday season.

Brain Food

Grand Pursuit

Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar

In this epic yet readable narrative modern economics, Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind, tells the of how activist thinkers like Marx, Sydney Fisher, Irving Fisher, and Milton Friedman transformed not just the Western world, but the entire planet.

The New Children’s Classic

The Man in the Moon

 The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

“Meet the very first guardian of childhood, MiM, the Man in the Moon.” A beautiful and tender story of love, adventure, and enchantment, The Man in the Moon, will capture hearts both young and old.