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#LitWishList: Gift-Worthy Cookbooks

Cookbooks. Some people use them for cooking, some people read them cover-to-cover, and other people just display them in their kitchens (which is understandable—cookbooks are beautiful!). However they are used, cookbooks are always a welcome gift. The following is a selection of unique and interesting new cookbooks, and we've pinpointed their ideal recipients as well. 


Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook by Pierre A. Lamielle and Julie Van Rosendaal: Ever noticed how Lewis Carroll's story is jam-packed with food and edible things? Lamielle and Rosendaal did, and created Alice Eats in tribute, featuring Carroll's complete text, all-new illustrations by Lamielle, and recipes by acclaimed cookbook-author Rosendaal. 

Perfect for: Lovers of all things culinary and all things literary. For readers who like their stories to live on off the page. For anyone with a hankering for her own Mad Hatter's Tea Party. 

Cover The Book of Kale

The Book of Kale by Sharon Hanna: Winner of a 2013 Taste Canada Award for single-subject cookbook, Hanna's book is an ode to everybody's favourite s …

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#LitWishList: Great Canadian Non-Fiction Anthologies

The anthology Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson was one of Canada's great publishing success stories, inspiring two sequels and underlining the power inherent in collective voices. Anthologies make excellent books—and they make great gifts too! We've asked Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-DeMoor, editors of the new anthology How to Expect What You're Not Expecting, to share with us some of their favourite non-fiction anthologies, at least one of which is sure to appeal to someone on your list this holiday.


Great Expectations: Twenty-Four True Stories About Childbirth, Eds. Dede Crane and Lisa Moore: This excellent anthology of birth narratives edited by Dede Crane and Lisa Moore is a collection of literary essays of the best kind. Intelligent, engaging, well-crafted pieces by accomplished writers, the essays in this anthology collectively re-imagine—and complicate—birth and its attendant possibilities.

Book Cover Double Lives

Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, Eds. Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Cathy Stonehouse: I …

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Lit Wish List 2013: Karen Krossing

Lit Wish List continues with more great gift giving suggestions from author Karen Krossing (Cut the Lights, The Yo-Yo Prophet). Her first book pick will be of particular interest to parents and caregivers looking to keep the little ones (and not so little) occupied over the school break. Hint: You can always use more butter!

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Karen Krossing writes for kids and teens. She's also the editor of the Toronto Public Library’s Young Voices Magazine of teen writing and art and the past president of CANSCAIP—the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. Visit Karen at and follow her on Twitter at @KarenKrossing.

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