Powell’s City of Books can give New York’s the Strand a run for its money! This huge book store occupies an entire city block.
The shelves are crammed with new and used books on every topic imaginable. Aside from books, they also sell notebooks, bags, travel supplies, stationary and bookmarks, of course. (I bought this cute Bridges of Portland shirt!) There is a cozy cafe where you can sip on one of Portland’s famous coffee brews while reading your new book.
This is me being pretty much in heaven. Powell’s has other locations in the city, but this is the best (and biggest) location. Between their online sales and brick and motor stores, Powell’s has over four million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. Wow!
Here are some books I’m looking forward to this month! Appetizers by Canadian Living Editors (April 9)
When you’re hosting a party, you need to create just the right mood — and just the right food. That”s easy when the experts in The Canadian Living Test Kitchen are there to offer their advice and their scrumptious, Tested-Till-Perfect entertaining recipes.
The Toronto Star Cookbook, Jennifer Bain (April 2)
This family-friendly cookbook is filled with recipes for classic comfort food like rice pudding two ways (diner-style and upscale) apple crisp (made with three varieties of apple) and grilled cheese (updated with smoked cheese and sriracha ketchup), and classic Ontario dishes (True North Flatbread, My Mom’s Pan-Fried Pickerel and The Hogtown Sandwich). Note: Spoiler alert, this book is awesome! I already cooked one delicious recipe from it, which I’ll share soon!
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (April 23)
Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?
Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman. ( April 23)
The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology. Note: Eeee! I love everything by Neil Gaiman. I’m excited for this book, but sad that it’s so short.
I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate more veggies in my diet, and Martha Stewart’s newest collection of recipes is helping me do just that. Meatless is a tasty collection of over 200 recipes that include everything but meat. Perfect for vegetarians, Meatless Monday, or just delicious side dishes.
These recipes range from quick and easy to prepare to more elaborate. Choose from soups, salads, brunch options, pasta and more!
I also love the little extras that are included in this book. There is a great section on “Versatile Vegetarian Pesto Variations” that I can’t wait to try this summer with veggies from my garden! Smoky Bell Pepper Pesto is clearly something my life needs more of!
Another awesome thing is the appendix that is full of basic recipes (vegetable stock) and basic tips for new cooks (how to blanch and peel tomatoes)
This is the perfect book to round out your cookbook collection! Check it out here.