Staff Picks

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Book Cover

A classic cookbook for every kitchen – as sacred as your grandma’s church cookbook. I go back to this book often to look up foods that I’m not familiar with in the “Know Your Ingredients” section – and to compare recipes if I’m trying something new. If I don’t use it for a while and go back to it, I always think – why didn’t I look this up in the Joy of Cooking!? One of my favorite recipes is Brownies Cockaigne (page 762) – which has been in every edition since the original in 1931.

Starter House

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This book was the debut novel for Sonja - she joins the ranks as another wonderful author in the horror genre. Great Haunted Ghost Story...

Cooking Light Global Kitchen

Cooking Light Global Kitchen Book Cover

A beautiful cookbook that might inspire you to expand your home menu. This book is full of pictures and a variety of foods, which is an essential for a good cookbook. When done you are done browsing through this cookbook, you are bound to have a couple of recipes to try! The Shrimp Fried Rice (page 33) is a now a frequent dish at our house.

Slow Medicine

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The title “Slow Medicine” intrigued me so much that I checked this book out and read it in two days. It’s a quick read mostly about the author’s journey through medical school and how she comes to the conclusion that the patient has a story to tell in addition to the quick infusion of drugs that may or may not help with the recovery of the disease or illness. Slow medicine is just that: slowing down the medicine and understanding the patient’s whole story. Sometimes the body just needs rest to recover. One reviewer wrote: "This book left me pondering how have we moved so far away from the physical exam and lasting doctor-patient relationships. Slow medicine is the medicine of the future.” I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Very interesting about the healthcare industry as well.

The Magnolia Story

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If you love binge watching Fixer Upper on HGTV, you'll love this book! The timeline covers Chip and Joanna Gaines, from growing up in seemingly different worlds, to falling in love and experiencing the crazy road that led them to where they are now, as well as the success of their business. Their story sheds light on the behind-the-scenes, sometimes difficult, moments that happened before the cameras were on them.

Baking with the Cake Boss

Baking with the Cake Boss Book Cover

Turn your kitchen into a DIY Carlo’s Bakery! This cookbook ranges from beautiful pictures of cookies alongside recipes to how to pipe frosting. While some of the cookies were a little too tedious to make for my taste, just skip to making the cakes. I used both the Vanilla and Chocolate Cake along with the Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipes to make my own wedding cakes! If you are not a baker, throw together a cake from a box and perfect a frosting from this book – everyone will love it!

La La La

La La La Book Cover

Have your young reader tell YOU the story in this nearly wordless book. Having your child tell you the story based solely on the pictures is a great early literacy skill- try it with this beautiful picture book!

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos Book Cover

This is a fun book for dragon lovers and taco lovers alike! This is a silly book with wonderful illustrations!

Big Magic

Big Magic Book Cover

If you are looking for some inspiration to get creative, this is the book for you! I couldn’t put it down, and this book has inspired me to let my creative side lead the way, and not let fear drive my life. You will not regret reading this!

What I found in a thousand towns : a traveling musician’s guide to rebuilding America’s communities–one coffee shop, dog run, and open-mike night at a time

What I found in a thousand towns : a traveling musician’s guide to rebuilding America’s communities–one coffee shop, dog run, and open-mike night at a time Book Cover

Pertinent for anyone who is interested in Community Development, good and bad. Unusual point of view from a professional musician on the road. Includes a chapter on Moab, Utah!