The Pacific Northwest is full of talented cookbook authors and chefs. Now home cooks can make favorite restaurant recipes in their own kitchens. Your local independent bookstore can get you the Pacific Northwest cookbooks you want, but foodie bibliophiles should also make the pilgrimage to cookbook-focused indie Book Larder in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. …
The day I decided to write Dishing Up Washington, a cookbook that celebrates the state’s foodways through recipes and stories, I went to my neighborhood farmers’ market. It’s on Seattle’s Phinney Ridge, in the northern part of the city, near the giant windmill sign that keeps watch over the city’s famous Red Mill Burgers. From …
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
“Seattle resident Timothy Egan digs into his hometown’s past with the superlative Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. His biography of the photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) mesmerizes—it’s instructive, entertaining and a joy to read.”—from Tom Lavoie’s review in today’s Shelf Awareness
“This charming and moving picture book is William Joyce at the top of his form. A tribute to a man who loved books and lived his life devoted to them. Joyce’s marvelous illustrations carry the story along magically. This is the perfect book to show the wonder of reading to a little one and to …
Recently, a little resentful of the variability we laughingly call “summer” here in the Great North West, a cold tourist asked a bookseller in my hearing just what one could predict when stepping out in Seattle? “Crows,” replied my unruffled coworker. True enough. “Morning arises stormy and pale No sun, but a wannish glare” Now, …
Mercer Island appears as a sort of a geographical bullseye in the middle of Lake Washington when looking at a map of the greater Seattle area, and it just might have some kind of magnetic quality, judging by the concentration of thoughtful and whip-smart employees working for Island Books. This month’s store newsletter highlighted so …
“The British seem to do family dramas so well. Laura gets a letter from an old boyfriend. He wants to meet after all these years, but Laura is happily married with two children. Why is she even tempted to respond to this letter? There are many other mini-dramas in this small English village, and Nicholson …
“I could read this book 20 times with all the funny voices. Only haughty, naughty, children (and grown ups) will like this snarky tale. Not for the well-behaved. Really. No.”—Karen, Elliott Bay Book Co. Buy Monsters Eat Whiny Children from Elliott Bay Book Company.
“Explore the area and state of mind that is Siberia. Frazier’s love shines through in this obsessively researched yet amusingly haphazard travelogue. The funniest serious book I have read in a long time.”– SC, University Book Store, Seattle. Buy Travels in Siberia from University Book Store.
“Jude and Teddy are best friends living in a small Vermont town in the late 1980’s, getting drunk on cheap red wine and sniffing coolant from air conditioners. Jude’s mother, Harriet, and father, Les, are aging hippies still immersed in the pot culture of the 60’s, although divorced from each other. Harriet makes glass bongs …