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    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508

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  2. Powell's Books for Home and Garden
    3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97214 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.51236185397973, -122.62664794921875 Whether it's instructions for home and garden projects, inspiration for decorating and remodeling, or books on cooking and entertaining, Powell's Books for Home and Garden carries the latest to help enhance your nest. In addition to ideas to transform your space, we stock a wide range of books on crafts like knitting, jewelry making, and woodworking, as well as information on the latest approach to landscape design and gardening. Here you'll also find a unique selection of items from around the world: cooking utensils, tablecloths, garden tools and accessories, antique prints, quality dishware, and more. Plus, Powell's Books for Home and Garden is only two doors down from Powell's on Hawthorne, a quintessential general bookstore and hangout. About the Neighborhood The Hawthorne District lies across the Willamette River from downtown and is home to funky shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and pubs. Of Portland's neighborhoods, Hawthorne is "the bohemian." It reflects an urban niche where alternative is considered mainstream, and tie-dyes aren't a thing of the past. Here a hint of patchouli drifts from stores; a flower vendor brightens the sidewalk scenery; "art car" sightings are commonplace (cars decorated hood to trunk with treasures ranging from high-heeled shoes to bowling trophies); and trendsetters shop in hip used-clothing boutiques. On any given evening, live music spills from the open doors of pubs, bibliophiles linger at Powell's, and sidewalk tables host many a brew enthusiast. Brews, that is, as in beer and coffee.


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    503-228-4651

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    Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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    Sell your books just down the street at Powell's on Hawthorne.

Whether it's instructions for home and garden projects, inspiration for decorating and remodeling, or books on cooking and entertaining, Powell's Books for Home and Garden carries the latest to help enhance your nest. In addition to ideas to transform your space, we stock a wide range of books on crafts like knitting, jewelry making, and woodworking, as well as information on the latest approach to landscape design and gardening.

Here you'll also find a unique selection of items from around the world: cooking utensils, tablecloths, garden tools and accessories, antique prints, quality dishware, and more. Plus, Powell's Books for Home and Garden is only two doors down from Powell's on Hawthorne, a quintessential general bookstore and hangout.

About the Neighborhood

The Hawthorne District lies across the Willamette River from downtown and is home to funky shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and pubs. Of Portland's neighborhoods, Hawthorne is "the bohemian." It reflects an urban niche where alternative is considered mainstream, and tie-dyes aren't a thing of the past. Here a hint of patchouli drifts from stores; a flower vendor brightens the sidewalk scenery; "art car" sightings are commonplace (cars decorated hood to trunk with treasures ranging from high-heeled shoes to bowling trophies); and trendsetters shop in hip used-clothing boutiques. On any given evening, live music spills from the open doors of pubs, bibliophiles linger at Powell's, and sidewalk tables host many a brew enthusiast. Brews, that is, as in beer and coffee.

More about Powell's Books for Home and Garden: Directions to Powell's Books for Home and Garden


 

Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.

  1. Salt Sugar Fat

    A fascinating look into the fast food industry. Moss does a creditable job of remaining unbiased while exposing the unhealthy backroom politics of big-brand marketing. An informative and startling read, this book will be a reference title for years to come.

    Recommended by Tracey T. February 21, 2014


  2. Betty Goes Vegan

    If you choose to own only one cookbook, I recommend owning Betty Goes Vegan. Annie and Dan Shannon have compiled a thick volume of recipes that will delight herbivores and omnivores alike. There is no sacrificing on taste in these recipes; you'll be able to enjoy all those home-style favorites you've known and loved, now in animal-friendly vegan form. This is my go-to cookbook when I want to impress my dinner guests, and it hasn't failed me yet!

    Recommended by Koa February 19, 2014


  3. Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

    I watched an episode of "Sewing with Nancy" a couple of years ago and was introduced to Tula Pink's first book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. Her fabrics made me check out the first book, but when this latest book of 100 modern quilt blocks came out, I fell in love with Tula Pink. The blocks are all simple and easy, and they can be made quite quickly. Of course, since the book uses Tula's fabric, they are dreamy looking.

    Tula provides clear and concise instructions on cutting fabric for the various blocks and sewing tips to make the blocks come together smoothly. This is a book for anyone who's looking for a more modern approach to quilting and wants more than their grandmother's quilting patterns.

    Recommended by Marci February 18, 2014


  4. Alabama Studio Sewing and Design

    Though I'm an experienced seamstress, I was always afraid of working with knits. Natalie Chanin takes all the fear out of the process. She provides you with simple yet elegant patterns for skirts, tops, and dresses with detailed instructions. Though the patterns are simple (one pattern piece for the skirt, two pattern pieces for a dress), she provides inspiration with all the different ways to embellish your project.

    Sewing the cotton jersey by hand helped me understand how knit fabric performs, thus encouraging me to make more with cotton jersey. It's not just for men's T-shirts anymore, though she does provide instructions on how to reuse your old T-shirts to make a beautiful garment. And let's face it: cotton jersey is a very comfortable and forgiving fabric.

    This is a great book for anyone who wants to make comfortable clothes but does not want to skimp on style. This is not your father's cotton T-shirt.

    Recommended by Marci February 18, 2014


  5. Food in Jars

    The perfect book for anyone who is afraid of preserving and canning. McClellan has simple and easy-to-follow instructions for all kinds of preserving... jams, jellies, curds, pickles, even grape ketchup. The recipes for small batches are also a plus. A lot of canning books provide recipes for 6-7 pints, but these recipes are for 3 pints, making them easy on the pocketbook when buying fruit or produce. Her recipe for cantaloupe jam with vanilla is really worth trying.

    Recommended by Marci February 18, 2014


  6. Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey

    I collect Southern cookbooks, and this is my new favorite. Currence, like all good Southerners, knows how to tell an entertaining tale that will make you want to pour a drink and pull out a cast-iron skillet to dive into his amazing recipes. He also pairs each recipe with a song (all of which you can download from Spotify) to help with the background flavor. He had me at Pickled Sweet Potatoes but won my heart with everything else, from amazing vegetables to all things pig. This cookbook is pure joy.

    Recommended by Robin December 31, 2013


  7. Ivan Ramen

    For an outsider, in a place so controlled by tradition, to get a foothold in and then rise to the top of Tokyo's highly competitive ramen scene seems like an impossible task. Ivan's obsession with perfecting his craft, down to the most minute detail, make this the indispensable book on ramen. On top of that, the story of how it happened is a great read. In the words of Anthony Bourdain, "What Ivan Orkin does not know about noodles is not worth knowing."

    Recommended by Zack B. December 31, 2013


  8. L.A. Son

    Part memoir, part travel guide to Los Angeles, and part cookbook. Choi sends you through the streets of L.A. through the eyes and tastes of a Korean American with a hand in both the culinary elite and the grimy underbelly of the streets. Like his celebrated Kogi taco truck, Choi delights you with a multicultural wild ride.

    Recommended by Grover December 31, 2013


  9. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

    I'm super impatient when it comes to cooking and need something simple to make. Not only was this cookbook easy to use but it produced some very delicious results. I'm constantly looking through it as a reminder for the recipes I use frequently.

    Recommended by Bry H. November 23, 2013


  10. Cookin' with Coolio

    Let's face it: no one has the time to cook a decent meal. NO ONE. That's why Coolio has taken the best of his former cooking show and compiled this collection of quick, cheap, and delicious recipes. Your date will be impressed, and you'll spend under $20 on dinner! Trust me; I've done it many, many, many times.

    Recommended by Jordan G. November 23, 2013


  11. Whole Grains for a New Generation

    I bought this book earlier this year, and now I turn to it constantly for clean, wildly inspired whole-grain recipes that appeal to everyone (even my toddler!). Krissoff's roots are southern, and her recipes run the gamut from pimiento cheese and catfish larb to brown rice "krispy treats" made with tahini and dark chocolate. Many of the recipes are gluten-free, and Krissoff provides a comprehensive guide to cooking and swapping grains to accommodate dietary needs and limited pantries. If you've ever wondered what to do with Forbidden Black Rice, or just want to perk up your morning bowl of oatmeal, Whole Grains for a New Generation is the best resource available.

    Recommended by Rhianna W. November 23, 2013


  12. Vegan with a Vengeance

    When it comes to vegan recipes, Isa Moskowitz is the best. Her first book, Vegan with a Vengeance, is the best of the best. All Moskowitz's books are terrific, but this is the one that I used until it fell apart.

    Recommended by Cindy P. November 23, 2013


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