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Powell's Books for Home and Garden
3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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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.
Kid Made Modern
Perfect for the young and the young at heart, this kapow of a craft book has tons of projects and ideas for kids and adults with fresh and modern twists. I think of myself as somewhat crafty, but Kid Made Modern had great and inventive ideas that even I couldn't overcomplicate and could easily reproduce.
Recommended by Morgan R. January 21, 2013
My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home
I am a pizza fanatic and thought I knew everything there was to know about making amazing pies at home. Jim Lahey took my pizza making to the next level. The book is worth it just for the simple oven technique he offers that helps make the most of your pizza stone; my pies have never been so well browned, crispy, and crowned with a slight char. There are some fantastic sauce recipes that will shake up your repertoire, paired with gorgeously shot photos of the pies. Oh, and of course there's the no-knead crust recipe that will change the way you think about making bread forever.
Recommended by Serra December 19, 2012
Tiny World Terrariums
In Tiny World Terrariums, Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow co-owners of Brooklyn's famed Twig Terrariums offer readers all the tools necessary to create lovely, thriving terrariums of their own, and to bring each tiny world to life using cleverly arranged dollhouse miniatures, plastic figurines, rocks, and found objects. The projects in this book range from charming ("Teensy World," p. 76) to hilarious ("Tales of the Trailer Park," pp. 100-101) to macabre ("Don't Fear the Reaper," pp. 98-99), but my personal favorite is the picturesque "Serengeti" (pp. 92-93), complete with a beach glass watering hole, petrified wood rock formations, and African wildlife (look closely, and you'll even spy a few monkeys swinging from the tree). Mixed with a few easily sourced materials, a steady hand, and a vivid sense of imagination, this book will have you "terraring" in no time.
Recommended by Tove July 10, 2012
The Principles of Knitting
When it went out of print in the mid-1990s, The Principles of Knitting became one of the most sought-after books on the subject. Those who had a copy guarded it jealously, while those unwilling/unable to part with several hundred dollars for a used knitting book were forced to cobble together various instruction manuals and pick each others' brains in the hopes of amassing the wealth of knitting know-how contained in Hiatt's book. If you've been pining after the copy on your friend's shelf or in your local bookstore, your days of waiting are over. The Principles of Knitting is back in print, in a completely revised and updated edition, with 100 additional pages and more than 900 illustrations... all for less than 50 bucks! Whether you're new to knitting and looking for the most comprehensive introduction on the market, or a veteran knitter looking to round out your knitting library, this is the book for you.
Recommended by Tove February 16, 2012
Part cookbook, part culinary road trip, part mouthwatering, flaky-crusted, fresh-from-the-oven feast for the eyes, Handheld Pies combines recipes for scrumptious handheld treats with profiles of some of the best small-pie makers in the United States, including Portland's own fried-pie purveyor Whiffies (p. 34). First-time pie makers will appreciate the introductory chapter devoted to equipment, ingredients, and techniques, as well as Billingsley's clear, step-by-step instructions. Seasoned pros looking to expand their repertoire are sure to find something they haven't tried, like Orange Marmalade-Mascarpone Pop Tarts (p. 37) or Vanilla Malt Jar Pie (p. 86). This book makes me want to embark on a tiny
eating baking spree.
Recommended by Tove February 6, 2012
The Gardener's Year
Originally published in Czechoslavakia in 1929, Karel Čapek's The Gardener's Year is a charming, whimsical, and amusing little book about the joys and frustrations of gardening. Known best for his early science fiction novels (as well as for coining the word robot), Čapek wrote widely about a number of different subjects. With a varied background (often veering into the political realm), Čapek's many interests have cross-pollinated one another and enriched whatever he happened to be writing about at the time.
The Gardener's Year obviously sprang from a love of and devotion to nearly all kinds of flora. With quaint, humorous illustrations by his brother Josef, this funny and alluring work will appeal to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Chronicling the gardener's year month by month, Čapek contrasts the ecstasies and hardships of turning one's hands and heart to cultivating the soil. With adversaries aplenty (hoses, uncooperative weather, detritus-laden soil, etc.), the sheer act of gardening, to Čapek, is as much about commitment and fidelity as it is the possibility of complementary aesthetic bounty. Interspersed between the chapters are brief asides about particular foci important to the gardener (seeds, rain, whom to entrust the garden to while on holiday, etc.). The Gardener's Year was not composed as a detailed, how-to guide, and, thus, little in the way of instructional advice is to be found. Instead, it offers witty musings and reflective meditations on what, to many, is less of a hobby or diversion and more of an art form and way of life. Čapek's slim work is a rich, rewarding read.
Recommended by Jeremy January 22, 2012
This book is both inspiring and empowering. There are great ideas for making family meals a reality in your home. Menus, recipes, conversation starters, and much more. Besides the how-to aspect, there are stories about family meals past and present from actual people with real, active, and diverse families. This book is for any one who would like help re-connecting with their loved ones.
Recommended by Kathy H January 18, 2012
Mission Street Food
This first book from McSweeney's new cookbook imprint perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the both the publisher and the featured restaurant. Mission Street Food (the restaurant) is a shifting entity that's difficult to define and this unconventional recipe collection perfectly captures the project's charm, while setting the scene for a whole new breed of cookbook. If you liked Lucky Peach, you need Mission Street Food.
Recommended by Megan August 26, 2011
This book showcases 26 contemporary artists whose innovative and meticulous creations are breathing new life into the centuries-old craft of paper cutting. From Su Blackwell's fairy tale forests to Mia Pearlman's swirling tempests, the works compiled here are nothing short of extraordinary. If your paper cutting repertoire stops at dolls or snowflakes (or coupons), prepare to be amazed.
Recommended by Tove July 19, 2011
1, 2, 3 Sew
Every so often a sewing book is published that exhibits the seemingly difficult to achieve trifecta of craft guide success: the instructions are clear, the skill level is accurate, and the projects are practical and stylish. 1, 2, 3 Sew is the book that I wish had existed when I decided I wanted to learn how to stitch. The designs are refreshing in their simplicity: no tassels, no extraneous pockets, no overdone embellishments. The book's jacket copy states that usability was valued over everything else, and it shows. You will actually want to make and use these projects, and you'll be proud to give them as gifts.
Recommended by Megan July 12, 2011
Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It: And Other Kitchen Projects
Karen Solomon, author of the popular Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It offers more DIY kitchen goodness in this followup containing 75 new projects. Skip store-bought versions and make your own cereal, vanilla extract, bagels, smoked cheese, chocolate hazelnut spread, and corn dogs. Make your own corn dogs!
Recommended by Megan July 12, 2011
Modern Log Cabin Quilting
In the interest of full disclosure, I have never made a quilt. I love them, and own several, but quilting is one of those skills I keep telling myself I'll pick up "when I can find the time." Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin Quilting makes me want to find the time. Each of the 25 projects showcased within boasts detailed and accessible instructions as well as lovely color photos sure to make even the most tentative first-time quilter want to dive right in. I especially love how Beal draws on things near and dear to lend a personal touch to what she creates, such as the Anniversary Quilt (page 95), which she made as a gift for her husband on their second wedding anniversary, or the Winter Woolens Quilt (page 49), inspired by the rustic decor of Oregon's own Timberline Lodge. Packed with projects suited to experts and novices alike, this book has me re-thinking my to-do list and putting "learn how to quilt" right at the top.
Recommended by Tove June 28, 2011