Yesterday we started a new monthly tradition around here. Books!
Papa Bear and I are massive book nerds, but we haven’t added anything to our collection in so long. Tight financial times do require some restrictions, but every once in a while, it’s not the worst thing in the world to treat yourself to some literary love.
Yesterday Baby Bear and I had some time to kill, so we dropped by the bookstore. Like you do.
We picked up a book for each of us three bears, which I think we need to do once a month from here on out. Here’s what we found!
My February Pick: The Happy Hooker
Regular readers of this blog will know that although I’m a knitting fanatic, I don’t know how to crochet. At all. I made one chain for a knitting project, one time, but I don’t think I could do it again at gunpoint unless I had an online tutorial sitting in front of me.
Stitch ‘N Bitch books, penned by the lovely Debbie Stoller, were what brought me from basic garter stitch to the pattern designs I am making today. These books are a great one stop shop manual for all of the knitting techniques you need to know.
So when I heard about her crochet book, The Happy Hooker, I knew I had to have it. It’s been quite some time since I discovered this book but I had been putting off getting it forever.
Lately, though, so many readers and other people in my life have been asking me if I crochet as well, and with a heavy heart I have to say that no, I do not. But not for much longer! Let the learning commence.
Papa Bear’s February Pick: Flour Water Salt Yeast
Okay, technically Papa Bear was at a parent teacher conference when we made this book run (which had apparently been cancelled with no one telling him about the cancellation), but as a former professional baker, I knew this was the book for him.
I had seen this Flour Water Salt Yeast making the rounds on so many of my favorite food blogs recently, and I was so intrigued by the beautiful simplicity of the title and cover, I had to pick it up at the store. This is one of those books that totally qualifies as food porn.
The writer, Ken Forkish, is a artisan baker out of Portland who is reputed to make some of the best breads and pizzas in the world. Papa Bear and I make some pretty mean loaves of bread, but we want to get down to the nitty gritty and start making them epic. Deliciousness to come.
Baby Bear’s February Pick: Zombie in Love
Baby Bear’s first choice at the store was the $60, 4-inch thick Walking Dead Compendium, but methinks that is a little much for a 4-year-old. So instead she opted for Zombie in Love. My favorite part is when he smiles, trying to win over the ladies. Like this:
It is all about a zombie named Mortimer and his quest for love. He is accompanied by his dog and wormy friends. Just adorable. Also, we were getting a little sick of A Fly Went By, so a new book a month might just save our parental sanity.
We’re so excited to dig into the reading this month!