My thanks to my colleagues at Octavia Books, James Wilson, Melanie Britt, Mark Williams and to Tammany Baumgarten of BaumGardens for their help in putting these lists together.
Douglas Westgate, CCFM Volunteer
This is an ideas book about combining different flavors, there are some recipes however is a book that allows the cook to be very creative. All the ideas that my friends and myself have tried have worked.
Nigel Slater is one of Britain’s foremost food writers; the recipes are mostly for vegetables and are inspired by vegetables grown in his own garden.
Stories and recipes from the neighborhoods of New Orleans.
The definitive reference book for French cooking recently revised and up dated.
I have included this very expensive ($625.00) six book set for information purposes. It has stunning photography and very detailed recipes using the latest cooking techniques. This set is for the professional chef or very competent and dedicated home cook.
A guide to setting up a home bar, stocking it wisely and mixing up some great cocktails.
This is a no dig gardening method using wet newspaper spread out on grass then layered with peat moss, compost, grass clippings, barn litter etc. It is a novel idea and looks like it will work. I intend to try it out.
How to grow more vegetables and flowers in small spaces
This is for the serious landscape gardener and gives detailed information on southern plants.
This is an older book specific to our area; the information is still very valid.
Children 7 – 8 years old
There are several series suitable for this age group, Magic Tree House, Junie B Jones, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Geronimo Stilton.
Children 9 – 12 years old
A family with powers beyond the norm goes on a quest to help their father; the follow up book is Scumble.
A brain teasing mystery where nothing and no one should be taken at face value.
*Some parents may not be comfortable with some of the topics in these books, it is strongly suggested that they check them out before purchase.
Well into future America, districts are forced to select one teenage boy and one teenage girl for the Hunger Games. These are a version of gladiatorial combat where only one child will leave alive.
In modern day New York there is a hidden world of the supernatural policed by Shadowhunters. Clarissa Fray is drawn into this world after her mother disappears. There is a companion series called The Infernal Devices.
Ken Follet has undertaken a massive task in writing the Century Trilogy. In Book One we follow five families – American, English, Welsh, Russian and German, the book starts in 1911 and ends in 1924. Their lives are seamlessly entwined as we are taken through the Russian Revolution, World War 1, women’s suffrage etc. The history is accurate and the writing is excellent, this is story telling at its best. Be warned the book is addictive, you will not want to put it down; I suggest you set aside some time to enjoy the story.
Jack Reacher is an ex Major in the Military police who leads a nomadic existence with only a tooth brush in his pocket. He gets involved in sorting out various crimes. The stories all stand alone and are well worth reading.
The autobiography of the Rolling Stone, highly recommended.
A novel about Ernest Hemingway, his wife Hadley and their time in Paris. It is a story about love, ambition and betrayal.
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