Paula Gallagher, Baltimore County librarian and Roughly Speaking critic, offers a list of books that she thinks will make good holidays gifts for the Instant Pot fanatic, the reluctant history buff and the "Stranger Things" follower in your life. Here are her suggestions, cleverly categorized by their intended recipients. You can hear Paula talk about these books in Episode 332 of the Roughly Speaking podcast.
The Person Who Needs Some New Go-to Recipes: “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites,” by Deb Perelman.
The Person Who’s Trying to Eat Less Meat: “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition,” by Mark Bittman. And, “Market Cooking,” by David Tanis, a recent guest on the podcast.
The Home Cook Who Wants to Know Why: “The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking,” by Stuart Farrimond.
The Facebook Friend Who Can’t Stop Posting About Their Instant Pot: “Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multi Cooker or Instant Pot,” by Melissa Clark.
The Person Who Thinks History is Boring: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” by David Grann.
The Naturalist: “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession,” by Nate Blakeslee.
The Birder: “Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World,” by Noah Strycker. And, “Mozart’s Starling,” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.
The Friend Who’s Waiting for Season 3 of ‘Stranger Things’: “Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of 70s and 80s Horror Fiction,” by Grady Hendrix. And, “Strange Weather: Four Short Novels,” by Joe Hill.
The Person Who Was Horrified by the Relevance of the Handmaid’s Tale: “The Power,” by Naomi Alderman.