Friday, December 13, 2013

Gardening the Amana Way

Looking for a holiday gift for the gardener in your life?
"This book has something for everyone, with a plant list, gardener’s almanac, and even recipes. Rettig’s pride in the Amana colonies is apparent. This book provides a welcomed alternative for tourists to craft shops and restaurants, a view of everyday life in these fascinating communities." - Adele Kleine, volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

See full review here.

Plant of the Week: prairie smoke

Prairie smoke
Geum triflorum Pursh

other common names
: old man’s whiskers, Johnny smokers
Geum: the ancient Latin name used by Pliny for this group
Triflorum: from Latin, meaning “three-flowered”
Rose family: Rosaceae

Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition, by Sylvan Runkel and Dean M. Roosa, photographs by Thomas Rosburg

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Give an Iowa Cookbook this Season!

Still holiday shopping? The University of Iowa Press is currently holding our annual holiday sale. We've got great books covering a wide range of topics and interests for up to 65% off. Buy some for your loved ones or buy some for yourself!

Here are just a few of the books that are on sale now…

Gardening the Amana Way
by Lawrence L. Rettig
Bur Oak Book

As a child of parents who were part of the communal life of the Amana Society, Larry Rettig pays homage to the Amana gardening tradition and extends it into the twenty-first century and extends his gardening advice into the kitchen. He shares family recipes for radish salad, dumpling soup, Amana pickled ham, apple bread, and more!

Regular Price: $27.50
Sale Price: $15.00

A Cook's Tour of Iowa
by Susan Puckett
Bur Oak Book

"This book may shock the food snobs of America because Iowa's down-home cuisine is not dull after all."--Des Moines Register

"…a combination oral history and cookbook which should delight aficionados of Americana."--Cookbook Digest

"Puckett tapped into the culture of America's Middle West and the result is a book that will give Iowans cause for pride."--World of Cookbooks

Regular Price: $23.00
Sale Price: $5.00

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bur Oak Books for Readers of All Ages -- On Sale!

If you missed (or avoided) Black Friday and Cyber Monday but still need some great gifts, check out the University of Iowa Press's holiday sale! Find great books for up to 65% for all of the readers in your life.

Here are just a few of the books included…

Where Do Birds Live?
by Claudia McGehee
Bur Oak Blog

"An an artist and a nature enthusiast, I am completely enthralled by Where Do Birds Live? Beauty is everywhere if one only slows down to look for it. This lovely book is a good reminder of that."--Stan Fellows, illustrator, The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems

Regular Price: $17.95
Sale Price: $8.00

illustrated by James F. Landenberger
essays by Dean M. Roosa, Jon W. Stravers, Bruce Ehresman, and Rich Patterson
Bur Oak Book

"To pioneer homesteaders, a hawk in the sky was reason to reach for a gun. Now, with out better understanding of the raptors' ecological importance and of their perilous future, a wheeling red tail against the sun is something to cherish, not kill. In The Raptors of Iowa, artist and authors have given to all who are interested in midwestern birds a book that will set the standard for years to come."--J. Fenwick Lansdowne

Regular Price: $29.95
Sale Price: $14.00

Happy shopping!