This Holiday, Book Gifting Is Hot Hot Hot

This Holiday, Book Gifting Is Hot Hot Hot

It's time to think about buying your holiday gifts, and this year, B on Hawaii is officially calling books "en vogue". With hours spent at work, on the computer or punching the blackberry on the rise, we thought it was high time you (and your loved ones) kicked back with a good book, and stirred some of those long-dormant brains cells. (Editor's note: We're not commenting on our readers' intelligence. We're merely stating that Excel spread sheets and number crunching don't always spark the imagination like a good read can. That's all. Swear.)

Here are a few novel recommendations, all put out by Hawaii writers and publishers.

On the children's book front, some great new titles have hit the stores. The first is "Kula and the Old 'Ukulele", written by Lance Wheeler and illustrated by Jon J. Murakami. This hardcover read is the wonderful tale of Tutu Kane who gives his grandson Kula an old 'ukulele. It's an inspiring read for all young parents with hopes of their child becoming the next Jake Shimabukuro. The second children's book is "A Clever Dog", comically written by Jefferson Finney and hilariously illustrated by Pegge Hopper. If your child has been asking for a puppy, this should tide him/her over for another year. For those cat people, Peggy Chun's "The Watercolor Cat" is the most gloriously painted book this holiday season. Written by Shelly Mecum, "The Watercolor Cat" weaves a heartfelt (and true) tale of a small cat's will to keep her owner focused on the positive through a particularly trying time.

Perfectly timed for the holiday gorging season, both local publishing bigs Mutual and Watermark put out valiant culinary books. Each not only makes for a great gift, but has holiday-inspired ideas for festive dinner parties, recipes and beverages. The first is Jean Hee's "The Best of Hawai'i Recipes". From Spinach dip to Kinpira Gobo with Portuguese sausage, from poke to mochiko chicken and mango bread, this laundry list of fantastic recipes has something for everyone. The second, entitled "What Hawai'i Likes To Eat", is Betty Shimabukuro and Muriel Miura's stroll through their top-rated Hawaii restaurants, and the dishes that keep patrons coming back, time and again. With anecdotes and recipes from all the hotspots, this one also touches many a heartstring. Whether it's the cornbread from legendary Stewart's Pharmacy (open between1940 and 1960), the coco puffs from Liliha Bakery or the shrimp scampi from Little George's Seafood Restaurant, it's all delectable. The last in our culinary run is a holiday must for the beer connoisseur. "The Hawai'i Beer Book" by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi includes chapters on the history of brewed ale, Hawaii's own beer producers, beer cuisine, trivia, events, resources, recipes and beer club information. If you (or your hubby's) idea of a fine evening is a bratwurst and a Deschutes Snow Cap Ale, then this book is for you.