March has been a fun and varied month in the book department! Once again, my reading this month was mostly goodies from the library. There was also a few books added to my Kindle app... as well as a book gift that came in the mail for me. As usual, I'm sharing a mix of genres, and reading in English and Norwegian.
Grønne måltider by Therese Elgquist ...this has a reference to an English title as The New Green Salad, but is actually a Swedish book. :/ BEAUTIFULLY photographed book and delicious recipes for creating nourishing salads full of vegetables, grains, seeds and exciting dressings. Move over, plain green mixed salad!
Midtlivsdietten... I read this in Norwegian, but in English this is The Midlife Kitchen: health-boosting recipes for midlife and beyond by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice. VERY inspirational source for developing new eating and life habits in midlife!
Reproduserte brikkebånd fra Vestfold by Else-Margrethe Huse. A book about the historic decorative bands produced as belts and decoration for clothing in the region where we live--Vestfold--and how to reproduce them today. Sorry, no link to this in English. The bands and belts are made in tablet/card weaving. Tablet weaving is an art I'm just beginning to learn about, mostly by reading, though I have a few supplies once I get down to learning some of it! More on this soon...
Festbånd: brikkevev med ny vri by Sigrid Brox Haugen... another book with more modern designs in tablet/card weaving. Again, sorry, no link in English. :/
Marius strikkebok: 45 Marius-strikkeoppskrifter, klassikere, historier og nye oppskrifter One of the most famous designs in the Norwegian cultural archive--and indeed, Scandinavian design--is the Marius sweater designed by Unn Søiland in 1953. Unn Søiland was a bit of a pioneer in her day, creating knitwear using bright colors and elegant patterns that were considered unusual at the time, but very soon became the standard for popular hand-knitting. The pattern, and its variations, have been loved for decades now, and new ways to use the pattern are always evolving. The design is even printed on to things like T-shirts, bed linen, rain coats, fine scarves, and all sorts. You can purchase ready-made Marius sweaters through the official Marius site. Here's a glance at the beautiful Marius sweater. Now that I'm dipping into colorwork knitting, I hope one day to knit something in the Marius pattern!!
The Poems of Robert Frost A lovely old Modern Library edition given to me as a gift by a friend! Robert Frost is such a great companion! I like having this one on my nightstand table.
A little bit of fiction... I read Borrowed Light, and its sequel, Enduring Light by Carla Kelly 1909-10 Wyoming, USA... a young Mormon woman travels to Wyoming to be a chef on a remote ranch, cooking for a bunch of cowboys. She unexpectedly finds love, grace in perseverance through challenges, and deeper faith! Just loved these! These would make a great Hallmark film!
The Year-Round Vegetable Garden: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live by Niki Jabbour. The title says it all! How to select seed/plant varieties for each season, tips on succession planting, and how to build structures to support and protect crops from the elements. Jabbour lives in Nova Scotia, Canada where they have WINTER, and so I learned a lot from this book. I'm eager to try to learn how to make our patch here productive in all seasons!
During Lent my daily reading has been from The Magnificat Lenten Companion and Together on Retreat: Meeting Jesus in Prayer by James Martin, SJ ... both very great companion reading during the Lenten journey...
What about you? What book(s) is/are on your nightstand, or coffee table, in your bag, or on your tablet/device... or even on your wish list?! Any recommendations?!