Great Gift Ideas from Blurb Custom Books

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
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Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.
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What Would Brian Boitano Make? | Cookbook Review #gretalovesholidays

We received a review copy of What Would Brian Boitano Make?  All opinions are our own.

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Way back when, I was a little obsessed with figure skating.  I suppose it was they heyday of the sport, around 1990-1995 or so.  One of the famous skaters of that time, Brian Boitano, has segued into a new career.  Since 2009, he has been the host of a cooking show called “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”

Due in part to travelling around the world several times over, Boitano has developed a strong appreciation of other cultures.  What’s one of the biggest parts of culture?  The food, of course. What Would Brian Boitano Make?  Includes recipes that are inspired by locales all around the world.

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6 Food Memoir Books Worth Reading

We received review copies of these selected food memoir books.  All opinions are our own.

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I like books about food, and I love biographies and books that are true stories.  Combine the two, and you get a food memoir.  Right?  Well, that’s at least what I’m calling them.  Here’s 6 food memoir books that are worth reading.

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Pretzel Making at Home

Pretzel Making at Home was provided for editorial purposes.  All opinions are my own.

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Pretzels have always been one of my favorite foods.  When I was a wee child, like three or four, there were snack food pretzels that had a really buttery taste, and that got me hooked.  A couple years later, I was introduced to soft pretzels and my whole world changed.  The older I got, the more adventurous my eating became.  I started trying all kinds of different pretzels and their accoutrements.

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Q & A with Anne Byrn: The Cake Mix Doctor

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Recently, as part of the Miami Book Fair International, I had the opportunity to interview several authors.  Anne Byrn, author of several books, and known as the Cake Mix Doctor, was one of the authors. 

Her newest book is Unbelievably Gluten-Free: 128 Delicious Recipes: Dinner Dishes You Never Thought You'd Be Able to Eat Again.  How did someone whose built their reputation on baking cakes write a gluten-free cookbook?  Find out!
 

Q: What inspired you to write Unbelievably Gluten Free?

A: My readers, I received e-mails as early as 2006 about creating gluten free recipes. It was a brand new experience for me and I gained a new perspective on gluten-free foods.

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History + Kitsch = The Route 66 Encyclopedia

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I love to travel, and driving vacations are some of the best.  Route 66, which runs from Chicago, Il west to Los Angeles, CA is a great way to see remnants of a bygone era.  The Route 66 (The Main Street of America), though, is still traveled by thousands every year. 
 
In the early part of the twentieth century, the US used mostly intermittent highways to travel any distance.  Late in the 1920s, though, we started having long stretches of highways that were loosely knit together; and Route 66 was one of the first of these.  Millions of people traveled west on this road through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas,  Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.                          

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The Route 66 Encyclopedia Book Giveaway #ChristmasLetdown

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The day after Christmas can often feel like a letdown, so Planet Weidknecht and Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!! have organized the Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop to bring you some cheer and prizes.
 
Here at How Was Your Day?, we've partnered with Voyageur Press to bring you The Route 66 Encyclopedia.  This book is absolutely amazing, with every detail you could possibly want to know about America's Mother Road.  ARV $45!  Look for my full review, coming soon!
Ready to get your kicks on Route 66?  Then enter in the Giveaway Tools widget after the jump.
 

Made With Love Celebrity Cookbook Giveaway – US/Canada

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Have you heard of the Made with Love celebrity cookbook?  It's a fantastic, gorgeous cookbook filled with recipes from your favorite celebrities, including Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, First Lady Barbara Bush, and more.  The best part is that the proceeds go to benefit Meals on Wheels.  How awesome is that?

Read my full review here and check out a recipe from the book here.

Wanna win a copy of your very own?  Enter in the Rafflecopter after the jump!

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