Winter: Celebrate the Season and Stay Warm

By Lukie Marriott

I'm not a fan of winter, but I concede that there are some nice things about it--hot soups and drinks, stories by a cozy fire, cross-country skiing in the woods, and acknowledging the cycle of rest that leads to renewal.

  • Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season


    This anthology features the best spirituality and nature writers on the inexorable nature of the coldest season. For it is winter's barrenness that provides the infertile period before new life can begin. Annie Dillard, Henry David Thoreau, Jane Kenyon, E.B. White, and Kathleen Norris are some of the authors included.

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  • Home Made: Winter

    2012 by Boven, Yvette van

    Even those who don't like to cook will love looking at the gorgeous photos of food in this coffee table cookbook. And if you can make the pear tart on the cover, you might be worthy of a place on The Great British Baking Show!

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  • Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide for Surviving the Winter Months

    2017 by Mitchell, Emma

    In Denmark, winter is longer and darker than it is here. How do they bear it? With hygge, a concept that's all about coziness, simple pleasures, and the company of loved ones. Embrace this warmhearted philosophy with these 25 creative crafts and recipes, which range from gorgeous trinkets to snuggly woolens and tasty treats.

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  • Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

    2003 by Heinrich, Bernd

    We get to warm up inside. How do animals survive the entire winter outside? This has always fascinated me and the answers are indeed amazing.

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  • Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks

    2013 by Sacasa, Maria del Mar

    Warm up from the inside out. Sacasa's book includes more than 100 recipes for eggnog varieties, hot buttered rum, and more. Just the names of these drinks make me feel cozier!

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  • The Winter Table: Fireside Feasts for Family and Friends

    2017 by Lemke, Lisa

    Swede Lisa Lemke knows how to cook for cold weather, mixing Scandinavian dishes with the more familiar. Best of all, many of the recipes can be made in a single pot or pan. Fitting for the food stylist and television chef, Lemke's book is graced with tantalizing photos.

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  • The Winter Olympics: An Insider's Guide to the Legends, the Lore, and the Games

    2009 by Judd, Ron C.

    The Winter Olympics were cancelled this year, but that doesn't mean you have to go completely without. Veteran Olympics writer Judd goes into Olympics history, the legends, behind-the-scenes stories, and, of course, the scandals. With full-page photography.

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  • The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas

    1998 by Matthews, John

    This beautiful illustrated book by Celtic and Arthurian folklorist John Matthews presents the history of modern Christmas rituals. To combat the commercialization of Christmas, Matthews explains how the solstice is celebrated around the world. Each chapter presents ways to celebrate that are in keeping with original winter solstice festivals.

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  • Yule: A Celebration of Light & Warmth

    2000 by Morrison, Dorothy

    In the pages of Yule, Dorothy Morrison presents a wonderful potpourri of holiday lore from around the world and throughout history, as well as crafts and recipes. Keep the holiday spirit going all winter!

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  • Winter Stews & One-Pot Dinners: Tasty Recipes That Fill Your Belly and Warm Your Heart

    2016 by Malfitano, Daniella

    Malfitano's 50 no-fuss recipes are updates on classic winter fare. No need to hunt down exotic ingredients or spend hours in the kitchen--these recipes will satisfy the whole family.

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  • Eat Feed Autumn Winter: 30 Ways to Celebrate When the Mercury Drops

    2008 by Bramley, Anne

    Known for her "Eat Feed" podcast on Slate, Bramley is all about seasonal foods. The recipes in this book are arranged as menus and are full of interesting variations, such as chocolate beef stew and parsnip latkes.

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  • Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter

    2020 by Slater, Nigel/ Lovekin, Jonathan (PHT)

    These meat-free seasonal recipes are simple and filling and use ingredients you'll have on hand. Any time I can open a cupboard and find the ingredients for dinner without making a trip to the store, I'm happy--especially in winter!

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  • The Shortest Day

    2019 by Cooper, Susan

    In this picture book for all ages, Cooper's poem text and Carson Ellis's illustrations are wondrous. "A treat to share aloud, this book makes a unique choice for seasonal sharing, opens discussion about rebirth rituals and holidays that incorporate light, and celebrates hope even in darkest times." (School Library Journal)

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  • The Winter Solstice

    1994 by Jackson, Ellen B.

    With double-page illustrations, this book does a good job of explaining early people's attitudes about the solstice and related rituals and traditions. The book ends with a Cherokee folktale on the creation of the seasons.

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  • Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery

    2020 by Christie, Agatha

    There are oodles of winter-themed fiction titles, but this one says right there in the title that it's to be read by the fireside! Eleven wintry whodunits from Agatha Christie, including stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

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