Reader’s Lounge: 5 Books for December

by Jan Devries 

In need of some last-minute holiday decorating and entertaining help? These books offer idea and inspiration, just in the nick of time.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activities

by Brandy Shay

Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to party! Whether you’re planning your own or contributing to someone else’s wacky celebration, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho, serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria, and play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You’re ready to go—just set the date!

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Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season: 165 Quick Dinners, Sides, Holiday Dishes and More

by Michael Symon

Browse this treasury of simple homemade recipes by the Food Network Iron Chef and co-host of The Chew. Symon organizes entries according to the season and includes a chapter devoted to simplifying the holidays. Each chapter features inspired main courses as well as recipes for sides and five fun ways to celebrate the season.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home

by Ellen Stimson

With its trademark snow, piney forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling out of village chimneys, New England was practically invented for the Christmas postcard. It has your Christmas goose and the maple syrup you’re going to use to glaze it, and it’s the main reason author Ellen Stimson made Vermont her home. Celebrate the beauty and charm of the holidays with Stimson as she shares family recipes that stretch across generations, mixes up a cocktail or two, and invites readers to make their own traditions. The heartwarming book is also laced with decorating ideas and family stories.

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The New Christmas Tree: 24 Dazzling Trees and Over 100 Handcrafted Projects for and Inspired Holiday

by Carrie Brown

Find fresh ideas for your tree this year with one-of-a-kind decorated trees that celebrate food, nature, fashion, folk art, typography, color and art history. Each spectacular design is easily replicated with step-by-step instructions for crafting coordinating ornaments, garlands and toppers. Plus, get advice on selecting the right tree, choosing lights and more!

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Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Café

by Joy Pierson

This first vegan holiday cookbook by professional chefs elevates plant-based fare to a new level with fresh, inventive recipes that blend favorite traditions with a modern sensibility. This book presents special-occasion favorites from acclaimed vegan restaurants Candle Cafe and Candle 79, tailored for the home table. The menus and recipes are a festive indulgence with main dishes, sides and wine and cocktail pairings.


Jan works at the Walker Branch of Kent District Library. She loves to read, travel and read about traveling. 


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