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Holiday Staff Picks

We’ve had a wonderful year of exciting publications this year at Roost Books and we’re already looking forward to sharing our 2017 list with you. Below you’ll find a list of staff favorites that we’re giving to our family and friends this year. If you feel inspired and need a last minute present, it may not be too late to order in time for Christmas. Check our list of shipping times to be sure. Happy Holidays!

9781611802870Dandelion & Quince by Michelle McKenzie manages to be impossibly chic, earthy, and delicious all at once. I am giving a copy to my friend Peggy who also possesses those qualities and leads culinary adventure tours around Italy, India, and Morocco. When Peggy is in town I inevitably run into her at the farmers market and we share our ideas on what to cook with the vegetable treasures we’ve found at the market. I know that this book will speak to her adventurous palate and timeless style. —Sara Bercholz, Publisher


My mom is an amazing cook with a tried-and-true repertoire of dishes that she has perfected over the years. She also struggles with an auto-immune disorder and just begun to experiment with healing herbs. I can’t wait to give her The Healing Kitchen by Holly Bellebuono so that she can take her interest in herbs to another level. I love recipes like Morning Brain Tonic Milk and the Vitality salad and can’t wait to share them with her. —Juree Sondker, Editor

9781611802719I had so much fun editing My Beer Year by Lucy Burningham that I want to give a copy to everyone I know! First on my list is my sister, who always seems to have the insider information on the best craft breweries in her area. Along with six-pack of her favorite IPA, this book is the perfect gift—and certainly something to raise a glass to. —Jennifer Urban-Brown, Editor

97816118003105My favorite kind of gift to give is a handmade one. So when I was trying to think of what to give my very stylish friend this year, I turned to Zakka Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi for inspiration. I found the perfect little embroidery motif to turn a handmade bowtie into something truly special and one-of-a-kind. It’s still a work in progress, but I can’t wait to see how great it looks on him! —Kate White, Production Assistant

9781611803457I’ve had Raising Wild by Michael P. Branch in mind for something to give my mom. She is a lover of humor and nature, and Michael Branch does a great job of celebrating both. I have always loved sharing books with her because she is a voracious reader. This year we’ll be able to bond over the essays about the National Toy Hall of Fame induction of the stick, the pardoning of turkeys around Thanksgiving, and many others.—Lauren Szenina, Editorial Assistant

9781611802627I have a friend who is an adventurous baker in love with all sorts of interesting flavor combinations. I know that Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen is right up her alley with its focus on unique spices as a way to mix up dessert offerings. The only thing I regret is that she lives so far away and I won’t be able to taste her creations! —Audra Figgins, Editorial Assistant

9781611802948I was so in love with Rise & Shine by Katie Sullivan Morford and the idea of breakfast-specific cookbook for families that I knew immediately that I wanted to design the book myself (and try out the recipes as design “research”). These recipes are truly delicious! My absolute favorites are the Egg-in-a-Nest Pesto Pizza and the Strawberry Waffle Sandwich. But really, I have found all of Katie’s recipes to be great and Erin’s photos are really inspiring. There’s just a unique joy in making tasty food, adding a hot cup of coffee, and enjoying breakfast with the people you love. —Daniel Urban-Brown, Art Director

9781611803884I can’t wait to gift my roller derby mentor a copy of Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant. I know she’ll love the beautiful and elegant designs in the book and knitting up some of her own. I’m adding a couple of skeins of yarn to get her started; I can’t wait to see what she makes! —Karissa Kloss, Production Editor

farmetteAs soon as The Farmette Cookbook by Imen McDonnell came out earlier this year, I was able to check off half of my holiday gift list in one fell swoop. I knew the story of an American moving to an Irish farm would appeal to so many of my (very Irish) aunts, uncles, and cousins, but combined with the stunning photography of farmlife and recipes for Irish Cream and Soda Bread? It was a total no-brainer! Even my mom, who has never been much of a cook, has been sending me treats from the book ever since I gave her a copy for her birthday a few months ago—as far as I’m concerned, everybody wins! —Kate White, Production Assistant

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-12-01-24-pmLove the House You’re In by Paige Rien is a perfect gift for my friend who bought her very first house this year. I know the book will help her look at her space from a new perspective and give her inspiration to really maximize its potential and make it her own. It’s a really fun book, but also delightfully practical for anyone trying to turn a house into a home! —Breanna Locke, Assistant Editor


Big Science for Little People by Lynn Brunelle is a great source of entertainment if you’re hanging out with kids. It’s filled with fun, simple science experiments you can do in the warmth of your home during these boring winter months! Really hilarious stuff, but educational too! —Katelin Ross, Publicity and Marketing Assistant

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-12-14-50-pmMy former colleague Liam loves to make bread. He’d bring in bagels or loaves of crusty goodness with creative ingredients and it would make our day. He kept a running list of everyone’s birthday so he could make each person something special. This year I’m giving him Sourdough by Sarah Owens, but I’m just sorry that he lives in Brooklyn and I live in Boulder so I can’t enjoy what he makes because I know it will be delicious. —Claire Kelley, Senior Marketing Manager

9781611802627 I’ll be gifting Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice by Malika Ameen to my mother this holiday season. She grew up in South America and will love Malika’s personal history and her stories of spice as memory. Her Flaky Blueberry Handpies, which remind me of my mother’s own dessert empanada recipe, will be a quick favorite. —Jess Townsend, Publicist

farmetteMy best friend was born in Ireland and now lives in Chicago. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the holidays to share The Farmette Cookbook by Imen McDonnell with her. This book beautifully honors Irish culture and culinary history. It doesn’t jazz up Irish cooking to a modern, unrecognizable degree—it honors fresh ingredients and simple comforts. Reading and cooking from Farmette feels familiar, like a relative left you the big book of family recipes. —Emily Coughlin, Editorial Assistant

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-12-22-34-pmMy Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway is a gluten-free and vegetarian cookbook with really creative and delicious recipes. My favorites include the lemon, honey and thyme curd shortbreads, the chocolate avocado tart, and the roasted cherry tomato quiche. I’m giving it to my grandmother this year because she has Celiac Disease and this cookbook  doesn’t make you miss wheat or gluten at all. —Claire Kelley, Senior Marketing Manager

9781611802788My sister was the first person who taught me the great joy that can come from the kitchen. This year, she became a mother, and I know she will just go nuts for The Healing Kitchen by Holly Bellebuono. As someone who is always in search of natural remedies and simple nourishments for her and her family, this book will be full of highlights, notes, and bookmarked pages in no time.—Emily Coughlin, Editorial Assistant

97816118003105Zakka Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi is the perfect craft book for those new to hand stitching. I’m excited to give this book to my girlfriend who has lots of style, but not a lot of craft skills. I’m sure she’ll appreciate the beautiful projects in this book, and hope it inspires her to find the time to make things by hand in the New Year.  —Jennifer Urban-Brown, Editor


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