It’s still summer as far as the temperature is concerned. However fall is around the corner on the calendar which means it’s time for me to start my winter reading pile.
Ever since I can remember, I save a stash of books for reading during snowy cold winter days. Some are picked up at garage and library sales, others are gifts that require quality time to fully appreciate.
I started this year’s pile this spring after finding a couple of wonderful herb books. Since I have abolished that four letter word from my vocabulary, weed, I increasingly find that I have a treasure trove of herbs already established and growing in my Missouri limestone garden.
Although I can now identify many of them, I would like to know what I can do with them including cooking. Some of these books also have detailed information about these herbs - their background, their medicinal use and, in one case, their use around the home.
One of my brothers cautioned me on the medicinal part. I don’t plan to use the remedies. Just as I enjoy reading recipe books in winter but not necessarily making the dish, I will read about their background to better inform myself.
Usually my pile has a variety of books. This ongoing herb theme developed all by itself.
Do you save books to read in winter?