Home & Garden Highlight: Holiday Preparations

The holiday season is going to be a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean it needs to be any less festive.  Below are recommended readings to inspire you to decorate, try new recipes, make gifts for loved ones, and find new and creative ways to make this time of year special.

Recommended Reading

Gluten-free and Vegan Holidays, book cover

Gluten-free and Vegan Holidays by Jennifer Katzinger

Entertaining friends and family can be a challenge when you’re vegan and gluten-free. It can be even trickier when you’re not, but a family member or close friend is. So what do you do when you want to prepare a gluten-free and vegan holiday dinner for eight? Turn to Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays for help!

The Artisanal Kitchen: Jewish Holiday Baking, book cover

The Artisanal Kitchen: Jewish Holiday Baking by Uri Scheft

In Jewish Holiday Baking, adapted from his Breaking Breads, Uri Scheft shares key classic holiday baking recipes like challah and babka-and provides his creative twists on them as well, showing how bakers can do the same easily at home. But the book is not limited to breads alone. Holiday sweets, whether chocolate-filled babka, poppyseed hamantaschen, or fruit-filled sufganiyot, are recipes of dessert-lovers' dreams. And with the addition of traditional Middle Eastern breads like kubaneh and jachnun, this collection of holiday recipes from master baker Scheft becomes an indispensable resource. The instructions are detailed and the photos explanatory so that anyone can make Scheft's Chocolate and Orange Confit Challah, Za'atar Twists, and Jerusalem Bagelsfor their next Seder or Apple Hamantaschen for Purim.

Ultimate Cardmaking, book cover

Ultimate Cardmaking by Sarah Beaman

Covering a wide range of occasions from anniversaries and seasonal highlights to children's cards and invitations, this fabulous collection features the finest work from Sarah Beaman's two previous books, as well as a range of new and exclusive designs. Packed with creative techniques, step-by-step pictures, and detailed instructions, it outlines every aspect of the process from hand-stitching and beading edges to pressing and attaching flowers.

Creative Christmas Crafts, book cover

Creative Christmas Crafts by Karin Andersson

More Than 25 Fun Holiday Activities for Families.

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree, book cover

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree by Edie Eckman

Create a festive holiday with handmade Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more. With 20 projects geared toward a variety of skill levels, including a useful tutorial on techniques for beginners, crocheters of all types can join in on the fun. Edie Eckman’s passion for crafting is evident in these inspired designs that cover not only traditional stockings and tree skirts, but delightful twists on other Christmas traditions, like a sock-and-mitten advent calendar. Crochet a holiday full of joy for the whole family.

Additional Reading

Christmas Ornaments to Crochet, book cover
Furoshiki Fabric Wraps, book cover
Seasonal Table Toppers, book cover
Festive Holiday Recipes, book cover
Cook's Illustrated All Time Best Holiday Entertaining, book cover
White Christmas, book cover
Beautiful Winter, book cover
55 Christmas Balls to Knit, book cover
Fa La La La Felt, book cover
Handcrafted Christmas, book cover