Fall Products We Love

Stash Teas: According to the press release, Stash Tea’s mission is to “brew the boredom out of the world,” and to that extent, it offers a ripping flavor profile of teas that, in their words, “have some kind of weird or wonderful twist.” Hence, it is no surprise the headquarters are based in Portland, Oregon. Given that temps are still high, Stash Teas are ideal for making refreshing ice teas, cocktails, and mocktail beverages.  Whip up a drink and take it with you in a thermos on your next road trip.  Titles such as “Sunny Orange Ginger,”  “Pomegranate Raspberry,” and “Coconut Mango” are just a few of the flavors that will spice up your day.  Find Stash are your local market or purchase online at www.stashtea.com

Moonshot Climate-Friendly Crackers: I swear, Janet ate like the whole box in one sitting.  “How did you know my favorite flavors are tomato and basil?”  she asked.  Well, I didn’t know, but I do now. The new Moonshot Snack cracker series is a fresh departure from processed fish crackers.  Using diverse grains such as buckwheat and amaranth, the organic crackers are made with “climate-friendly” wheat grown by farmers using regenerative agricultural practices so you can feel like you are doing the earth a favor. Your kids can devour a 4-ounce box in one after-school snack session.  Priced at $6 per box, the crackers come in sourdough sea salt, tomato and basic, and rosemary garlic.  You can find them at your local natural grocery store and online at www.moonshotsnacks.com

Remembering Shanghai: Mother and daughter team of authors, Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao tell an incredible true story of wealth, family betrayal, poverty, and loyalty in this stunning autobiographical tale based in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s.  While we cannot travel to China today, you can visit through the 290 lovely pages of text, illustration, and photos. Well written and captivating. Painfully hard to put down.  Who wouldn’t love the tagline: “A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels”?   $29.99 paperback, $39.99 hardback; Plum Brook. 

Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection:  Cookbooks of late have been personalized with emphasis on farmers, growers, and cooks as much as the recipes themselves. Written by Lindsay Gardner, a mom of two and an artist, Why We Cook is a heartfelt, sensitively illustrated cookbook profiling home chefs, activists, and food writers.  If you love stories, watercolor illustrations, and proven recipes, this hardcover tome is for you.  $24.95; Workman Press. 

Amazing Art Adventures: Love travel? Love art? This is a book marriage made in heaven. Yolanda Zappaterra brings to life more than 400 experiences where you can find and interact with art all over the world. The author has been writing about architecture, art, and travel for more than 20 years and is based in London.  Chapter One of this hardcover treasure starts in North America and Chapter Six ends in the Oceania where she covers Bruce Munro’s outdoor LED light exhibit in Australia. Pick it up, read, enjoy, and book your flight! This coffee-table manifesto will intrigue anyone who has ever stepped foot in a museum or has stopped to  appreciate an urban mural.  $30.00; Frances Lincoln Publishing. 

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