// Reading material

by elfuhrelf

One might consider it a boring and trite present but I loooove giving books. With gift-giving season ahead, I have the perfect excuse to spend hours in the lovely bookshops of Berlin. And as much as I like buying good reads for me, every now and then it is even more fun wandering through the shelves looking for warm-hearted gifts I can present to family and friends.

Surely, most of the time I end up looking for books similar to those I would buy for myself. Mainly because my friends share the same interests as me. Sometimes though, gift-giving requires diving into a world of themes and things I am not so familiar with, which is where the fun begins. From browsing the internet, via screening mags for tips and recommendations, through to talks with bookshop owners about the newest publications for gluten-free vegans or a volume of poems for an Emily Dickinson fan. Frequently, doing so I discover a new liking myself.

There is so many incredible reading material out there, also in the magazine landscape. If you had told me a year ago, that soon I will be crazy about a British food(!) and travel journal, I would have shaken my head in disbelief… “British” and “food”?! Um… nope! Here I am now, addicted reader of Cereal magazine since their first issue.

Above you see a selection of books and magazines (familiar reads and new discoveries) that not only provided hours of escape, surprise and adventure for me but hopefully likewise will to the people unwrapping them.

Oh, and if all that doesn’t convince you of books being great gifts, I’d like to add one last argument: “Books make great gifts because they are easy to wrap.” Amy Sedaris

// The New York Times 36 Hours – 125 Weekends in Europe. Barbara Ireland. 125 destinations. 36 hours to spend at each. These are carefully selected travel columns from The New York Times and perfect inspiration for the next short break.

// The Monocle Guide For Better Living. Monocle. What makes a great city? Who makes the best coffee? Why culture is good for me? For everyone who does NOT already have a Monocle Magazine subscription a wonderful read.

// Cereal. A quarterly food & travel magazine. This is one of the most beautiful and exquisite magazine I read in a long time. The articles are full of substance, intelligent and insightful, the design clean and simply lovely! Same goes for their blog.

Issues 1-4

Issues 1-4

// Kinfolk. The quarterly food & fun journal is the American (older) brother of Cereal. “Kinfolk collects ideas from a growing international¬†community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks and others who are interested in creating small gatherings and finding new things to make and do.” Enjoy more stories and city guides on their great website!

// Jane and Serge. Andrew Birkin. The Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg family album. 176 pages without a single word. The years 1963 – 1979 through the eyes of Jane’s brother. The set also contains a text booklet with an introduction by Jane Birkin, a fold-out poster, photo prints and a soft cover contact sheet booklet.

// The Green Kitchen. Vegetarian Everyday. David Frenkiel. After last years recommendations Jerusalem and Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, this is the second book-double that I like to suggest to anyone interested in cooking healthy vegetarian and yummy! The blog itself is already a great read.

// Inventory. It started as an online platform and biannual publication in 2009 and quickly transitioned into a respected collaboration partner and curator with own storefront. Probably more a read for men (although I enjoyed turning the pages too) this Vancouver-based magazine values craftsmanship, design and culture with a focus on brands, artists and creators as well as an incredible eye for detail.

// Robert Frost The Collected Poems. Vintage Classics. How beautiful is that cover. And even more so the poetry inside. There is a reason why Frost is the only writer in history who has been awarded four(!) Pulitzer Prizes.

// Gluten-free Girl Everyday. Shauna James Ahern. This is the second book after “Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef”, which was named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by the New York Times. Simple recipes, great pictures, practical tips and helpful insights. I am not really into her blog, but for everyone who like to watch instead of read, have a look at the video section there.

IMAGEs. via Amazon/Inventory/Kinfolk/Cereal/Barnes and Noble

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