I don’t have to tell you that books make the perfect gift. You already know that. Books always fit. Nobody gets offended when they are traded around. And they don’t have a ‘purchased on’ date like gift cards do – the tell tale sign that maybe you didn’t plan as far ahead for gifts as you should have. Simon & Schuster have sent me a collection of books that you can win, with a little something for everyone on your list.
Everybody has questions. In today’s age of dubious information though, finding the right answer can be tricky. The Science of Why, written by Discovery Channel’s Jay Ingram, covers a huge range of science questions in an amusing, light-hearted, but factual way.
Ever wonder why lizards lose their tails? Question whether your cat really likes you? Wonder why mosquitoes love you but not your friends? Why do some people ‘choke’ under pressure? While this book is loosely aimed at the tween set, I find the questions (and answers) it poses to be pretty fascinating.
I am going to be painfully honest here. When I first started reading The Promise of Canada, I quickly got bored. I may have even contacted Simon & Schuster to ask if they didn’t have something a little ‘lighter’ that reflected on Canada’s place in the world. I was urged to give it another try and I am glad I did.
Charlotte Gray has laid out ten of the most pivotal points in Canadian history, and the people behind them. The Promise of Canada is an honest look at ourselves, both the good and the bad. It is both objective and patriotic, offering a glimpse into some of the lesser known details of our history as a nation. Sprinkled throughout the book are colour reproductions of everything from classic Group of Seven paintings to war time propaganda posters. This book makes a great gift for any adult Canadian.
The latest edition to the Canadian Living cookbooks is perhaps their best yet. I don’t know about you, but coming up with an entire meal – main, sides, dessert – can feel like a huge jig saw puzzle that has too many pieces. Canadian Living Special Occasions Cookbook solves your dinner party hosting problems year round. Special Occasions is first divided into our four seasons (not just road construction and winter). After that, each season lists full menus and recipes for the events that reflect life in Canada.
If I had to pick a favourite menu, it would probably be Cabane a Sucre – or Sugar Shack. The menu includes eight delicious recipes for everything from cheese and maple shuffles to maple fudge. I find all of the menus offer a balance of sweet, indulgent treats along with plenty of lighter fare. Among the best features of the book are the ample opportunities to make portions of the dishes ahead of time. There are even entire menus designed this way.
Keep an eye out here over the next few weeks when I make some of the delicious offerings from this cookbook. It is perfect for the novice to intermediate cook.
Simon & Schuster Christmas Book Giveaway
OK, now for the most excellent part. The fantabulous folks over at Simon & Schuster are offering one of my equally fantabulous readers a chance to win this set of books. Keep them for yourself, gift them to someone you love, do with them what you’d like. Approximate retail value of $100 Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. Open to residents of Canada only. Contest closes December 5, 2016 11:59 pm ET Good luck everybody!