Flowers, Chocolate & Books
Enjoy Valentine’s Day the Sasquatch way
February 9, 2017 | Category: Body, Mind & Spirit | Children's Books | Good Reads | Nature/Outdoors | Photography & Art
Flowers, chocolate, a romantic dinner, the works—if you’re planning gifts for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, why not include a book or two? We’ve put together a guide to all our most romantic offerings, which will help you keep that Valentine’s Day feeling going all year round.
(And if you’re not wild about Valentine’s Day, don’t worry—we have a book suggestion for that Valentine’s Day feeling too.)
Roses from the florist are a classic romantic gift for a reason, but if you or your sweetie have a green thumb, why not grow your own? Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening is a smart and gorgeous guide to surrounding yourself with roses. You’ll learn how to keep roses happy and healthy on either side of the Cascades, and the organic growing techniques will help you keep the earth happy too. Growing Roses features a beautiful full-color guide to the cultivars that thrive in Pacific Northwest weather, so planning your rose garden has never been easier!
For a whimsical take on the flower theme, Flora Forager: A Seasonal Journal Collected from Nature is a great Valentine’s Day gift for the journaling enthusiast in your life. Based on artist Bridget Beth Collins’s smash-hit Instagram, this charming blank journal features flowers as you’ve never seen them before. Dreamy and imaginative, the artwork in Flora Forager will spur your creativity and inspire you to seek out the beauty in the world around you.
With its commitment to fair trade and sustainable farming, its wildly popular chocolate factory tours, and (of course!) its line of chocolates, Theo Chocolate is a Seattle institution. Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle’s Favorite Chocolate Maker is a lushly illustrated guide to all things chocolate. Follow the journey of chocolate from cocoa bean to chocolate bar, and learn how to use chocolate in your home cooking—not only in scrumptious candy and baked goods, but in savory dishes! Whether you want to dive right into cooking or take a long moment to look at the pictures, Theo Chocolate will help you bask in the world of chocolate. And romance aside, isn’t chocolate the true meaning of Valentine’s Day?
A romantic dinner:
It has long been thought that oysters are an aphrodisiac. We’re not sure where the science stands on that, but they’re rich, smooth, and luxurious, and they certainly make for a romantic meal. Oysters: Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea is the definitive guide to preparing one of the ocean’s most coveted delicacies. Complete with buying tips, wine pairing suggestions, and scenic views of the Pacific Coast ecosystems where oysters are sourced, Oysters is so much more than a cookbook—it’s a celebration.
If you and your partner like to cook together—or if you’d like to learn how to do it for the sake of harmony in the home—Sasquatch Books offers a guide to cooking for two that doubles as a guide to cooking as two. The Newlywed Kitchen: Delicious Meals for Couples Cooking Together helps newlyweds forge good eating habits, hone their cooking skills, and settle into domestic bliss. The recipes in The Newlywed Kitchen are interspersed with anecdotes from happily married foodies, offering advice on how to work together, divide labor peacefully, and take pleasure in exploring the world of cooking.
…And for those who just aren’t having it:
Valentine’s Day can be polarizing—if you’re sick of the color pink by the time February 14 rolls around, you’re not alone. If the romance in the air is giving you allergies, How Not to Date (available as an e-book) is sure to amuse, horrify, and enlighten. A collection of dating nightmares culled from author Judy McGuire’s career as an advice columnist, How Not to Date will make you happier to be out of the dating game—or show you all the bullets you’ve been dodging if you’re still in the thick of it.