It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday roundup
Seasons Greetings! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the holidays! We’ve had a time these last few years, and I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that I really need some good, old-fashioned winter fun. To help get this holiday party started, I’ve pulled together all the W&S festive posts here in one place in this holiday roundup. You’ll find recipes, gift ideas, holiday festivals, decorating ideas, and more. This post will update with new content throughout the season, so check back!
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Gift guides for travelers, cooks & readers!
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Looking for book ideas? Check these out!
Baking Yesteryear: The Best Recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s, by B. Dylan Hollis
Have you ever flipped through an old cookbook and wondered what people were thinking? B. Dylan Hollis did, and he’s cooked them up and shared them in his delightful TikTok.
Some of these old recipes are absolute gems, and some are well . . . turkeys. In Jello.
Hollis brings his unique project to the page, sharing both the best of what he’s found and the worst. This book is a lot of fun, and, even if you never dare bake anything from it, it makes for a great conversation piece.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you’re looking for courage to live the creative life you’ve always dreamed about, consider Big Magic your sign from the universe. One of the biggest things that holds creative people, including me, back is fear. Gilbert’s relatable and occasionally hilarious writing gently encourages you to move away from what’s holding you back from embracing the magic of the creative force.
The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise, by Pico Iyer
In this meditation on what makes paradise, Pico Iyer, one of our greatest travel writers, journeys to spiritual sites and encounters very human realities, including within himself. As travelers, we are outsiders looking in, but as humans. we recognize ourselves. Iyer’s weaving of the outer and inner experience of travel and spiritual questions will stick with you.
Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
Don’t judge this incredible novel by its cover—Lessons in Chemistry is not a light chick-lit beach read. It’s hilarious, fantastical, romantic, and a book you won’t put down, but the story of a brilliant woman who refused to conform to gendered expectations in the early 1960s has a deadly serious point. There’s no one in fiction quite like Elizabeth Zott, a chemist who cooks with gas and inspires a feminist revolution.
I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It’s a must read, as far as I’m concerned. I’d love to hear what you think.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary Edition, by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
This is the book that changed American cooking. Julia Child demystified French cooking, sharing step-by-step how to create the most demanding dishes. While I don’t cook from this book every day, this is where I turn when I want to make something really special. The recipes are clear, the writing sparkling, and the impact unmistakable.
The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated: 200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments, by David Lebovitz
If you’ve ever wanted to make ice cream (or sorbet, or gelato, or granitas, or or or . . .), get this outstanding book by David Lebovitz. He covers everything you need to know about making ice cream and there’s so many ideas! The chocolate ice cream on the cover is what the angels eat in heaven when they’re happy.
The recipes are great, but for the technique, this book is an absolute must.
Gifts that do Good
Give gifts that do good! My favorite this year is the World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope, from World Central Kitchen, an awe-inspiring organization that goes to disaster and war zones to feed the people who need it the most. Proceeds from the sale of this cookbook go to support WCK (and this isn’t an affiliate link).
Other ideas include donations to organizations working in areas where your recipient has traveled, to local food pantries, or to causes that are important to your recipient.
Holiday festivals from the travel archives!
Over-the-top holiday displays in my old Massachusetts stomping ground and a European Christmas market extraordinaire!
Put on your favorite music and deck your halls, plus ideas for things to do if you’re headed home for the holidays!
If everything is too much
There’s a lot going on out there, and it can feel overwhelming. It’s OK to sit things out if you need to. Please take care of yourself, get help if you need it. Here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way that may help.
What are you looking forward to this holiday season?
Let us know in the comments below what you’re most looking forward to this holiday season!
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