Sharon Lovejoy and she has a new book coming out in a few weeks called Toad Cottage & Shooting Stars. If you have children in your life, Sharon's early books and this latest one will appeal to the young and old alike. My favorite books of hers are A Blessing of Toads, her columns for one of my favorite gardening magazines, Country Living Gardener. Also, Trowel & Error which gives you over 700 shortcuts, tips & remedies for the Gardener. These are the days when I love to get a cup of tea and curl up with a good book and you will love Sharon's wisdom and illustrations. She's a gem. My second choice of herbal authors is Susan Belsinger. Her latest book is called the creative herbal home co-written with Tina Marie Wilcox chock full of tips and recipes for the herbal home. Susan has co-authored many books on herbs and the other favorite of mine is Basil An Herb Lover's Guide co-authored with Tom DeBaggio. It has great information on basil and a lot of delicious and easy recipes.
On to my favorite magazines, The Herb Companion and The Herb Quarterly, they have kept me company for many years and I can read them over and over and always find something new in the herbal world. So a subscription to either magazine is always a good investment for your Christmas cash.
Finally, my favorite herb and spice company, Penzeys. We are lucky to have a Penzeys store in Pittsburgh, but the online version is a great way to get recipes and single herbs and spices or combination of herbs and spices in gift boxes. Hope you had a great holiday and some leftover cash to splurge on a great herbal gift for you!