On My Nightstand

With all this cold weather keeping us cooped up inside, it’s a perfect time to curl up beside a roaring fire with a blanket and catch up on all that reading you’ve been meaning to do.  So we gathered up our favorite Pacific Northwest writers and came up with five suggestions for some cozy winter reading.

Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple

This entertaining novel follows Bernadette Fox, through the eyes of her daughter Bee.  Bernadette’s story starts by a promise made to her daughter:  if she aces her report card, the family will take a trip to Antarctica.   But the trip proves to be a bit too much for Bernadette to handle, and she vanishes just one day before the family is scheduled to leave. Told through Bee’s search efforts and compilation of emails, correspondences, official documents, this hilarious novel is sure to keep you both entertained and captivated until the very end.

Whole Grain Mornings, by Megan Gordon

This new cookbook by the writer of the popular blog, A Sweet Spoonful, Megan Gordon, is the perfect winter read.  This collection of inventive breakfast recipes creates a whole new way of looking at breakfast.  It also has a great introduction and education on whole grains, and the photography is stunning as well. We guarantee it will inspire you to get out of bed at start cooking.

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walters

This novel is an enchanting story of romance spanning from 1962 on the Italian coast to fifty years later in Hollywood.  When an American actress arrives in a small Italian coastal town and charms a local hotel owner, it sparks a romance that spans the years and continents.  This entertaining novel will keep you turning the pages as the author moves back and forth through time unraveling the lives of each of the unique characters.

Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand, by Andy Ricker with J.J. Goode

Andy Ricker, the chef and owner of the popular Portland restaurant Pok Pok, shares his secrets to authentic Thai cooking in this new cookbook.  He shares his tips and techniques for making Thai food accessible to any cook, with pages of mouthwatering recipes.   We can’t wait to dive in and try all these delicious dishes.

Monsters Under Bridges, words by Rachel Roellke Coddington, pictures by Jolby

And we can’t forget about the kids!  This delightful journey through the bridges of the Pacific Northwest (and the monsters that live beneath them) is both fun and educational.   The stunning illustrations and engaging storytellers are sure to make this a quick favorite for both kids and parents.

 

 

Ashley Marti is a blogger with a focus on simple recipes with big flavor that highlight seasonal and local produce. Styling for the family and home, a few DIYs, and our everyday Pacific Northwest adventures.

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