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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.
    Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 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.

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

  1. The Messy Baker

    With chapter titles such as "Crumbly," "Drippy," and "Flaky," how can you not get "hungry" looking at the recipes in this fantastic baking book? Charmian Christie brings the best recipes from her popular blog to your home kitchen in a very approachable, relaxed (and delicious) way.

    Recommended by Kim T. August 22, 2014


  2. Tangle Stitches for Quilters and Fabric Artists

    This is a great book for the quilter looking to bring something new to their craft. Zentangle is a style of doodling taken to an art form, and its practitioners are passionate about their repetitive pattern drawing. Tangle Stitches combines this art with quilting, a perfect fit as the doodles are very similar to common quilting stitches. The projects are mostly small and easy to manage.

    Recommended by Tracey T. August 5, 2014


  3. Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

    Looking to increase your organic harvest? This is one of the most exciting farming books I've seen! It's not just bugs (although there are plenty); it's also cover crops, grassed waterways, and brush piles. Farming with Native Beneficial Insects has a wealth of information on introducing and restoring biodiversity for the backyard farmer as well as for the farmer with actual acreage. It's from Storey, so you can count on lots of color pictures.

    Recommended by Tracey T. August 5, 2014


  4. One-Hour Cheese

    This fantastic cheese-making cookbook from Portland's own indie crafter is so easy to use it's almost hard to believe. Almost. I've made yummy cheese from the step-by-step photo recipes in it several times now, thanks to Claudia's simple, encouraging instructions. This book boasts 16 varieties of fun cheese recipes to try, all in one hour or under. There's an assortment of cheese accompanying recipes in the back as well. I recommend this wonderful book to all dairy lovers!

    Recommended by Aubrey August 5, 2014


  5. The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen

    Parents: Buy this for your teen grads. And then, after your kids start showing you up in the kitchen, buy a copy for yourselves, 'cause you'll learn something from it!

    I can't emphasize enough how much helpful knowledge Kate Payne has packed into this book. You expect tips, hints, and the basics of cooking, which you get. But there is also nutritional information (which the kids will need after they get tired of living on Cheetos and beer during the first few months of being on their own). My favorite chapter: "Methodology and Mad Skills: Learning How to Cook without Books or Your Laptop."

    Recommended by Tracey T. August 5, 2014


  6. Preserving by the Pint

    For any would-be-canner who is short on space or time, Preserving by the Pint is exactly what you've been dreaming of. This book teaches you how to create delicious preserves without committing to an entire pantry full of any one thing. The pictures are gorgeous and so inspiring that I'm already planning my summer preserving schedule!

    Recommended by Lizzy June 27, 2014


  7. The Bar Book

    Consult with The Bar Book before your next cocktail party and make it extra special. Morgenthaler utilizes his many years of practice behind the bar giving expert tips and techniques that transform even the most basic gin and tonic into a work of art.

    Recommended by Genevieve A. June 17, 2014


  8. Preserving by the Pint

    Once again, Marisa McClellan provides us with a great book on preserving in small batches. With so many farmers' markets springing up, there is an abundance of unique fruits and vegetables available, yet these delicious homegrown items come at a higher price than at a supermarket. Preserving by the Pint allows you to experiment with smaller quantities, so you are not spending a fortune on fruit just to get a couple jars of preserves. Try the grape ketchup. It's wonderful and will change the way you think about ketchup.

    Recommended by Marci May 6, 2014


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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


  12. 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


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