Winter Reading List 2018

Happy new year, bluestockings! Now that the champagne has been drunk and the confetti swept up, you may be wondering how to keep the celebration going as the bluster and chill of January settles in. We have the perfect solution: new books! Bas Bleu‘s Winter 2018 edition lands in mailboxes this week (if you don’t already have yours, you lucky duck), and it’s full of terrific books and gifts guaranteed to keep you occupied throughout the long, cold months. We’ll even deliver your books to you, so you don’t have to venture out into the snow! Today, we’re sharing a dozen of our favorite picks, perfect for hibernating with this winter.

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Winter Reading List 2017


A brand-new year is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate it than with brand-new books?! (And champagne. You can sip champagne and read at the same time.) If your New Year’s resolution is to read more—an easy resolution for bluestockings to keep!—you’ll find plenty of suggestions for whiling away the long, cold days in Bas Bleu’s Winter 2017 edition, due to arrive in mailboxes any day now. (Can’t wait? You can find all of our new items online.) Continue reading

Winter Reading List 2016

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As the holiday season draws to a close and winter tightens its icy grip, it’s easy to come down with a case of the blues. But there’s hope yet! We can’t whisk you away to the beach or convince spring to arrive early, but we can give you something to look forward to—the new Winter 2016 edition of the Bas Bleu catalog, packed with plenty of books to while away the long, dark days. Continue reading

New Year, New Look, New Books!

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The clock is ticking down to midnight, the fireworks are primed, and the champagne is chilled and ready to pour. On this last day of 2014, we’re counting our blessings for Bas Bleu’s banner year—all thanks to you, our amazing customers!—and eagerly anticipating the new year of reading to come.

In the interest of making a fresh start this January, we’ve “redecorated” the Bluestocking Salon. Perhaps you noticed? We think the new design makes our blog easier to read and easier to navigate. (The big, pretty pictures are just a bonus.) We hope you’ll enjoy the new format…and bear with us as we experiment with it in the coming months. For those of you who received—or gifted to yourself—our 2015 Book a Month collection, drop by the Bluestocking Salon again next Wednesday for a closer look at our first selection, January’s The Monogram Murders. Consider it an amuse-bouche for what’s already shaping up to be a wonderful year!

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Cooking the Books: Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

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From time to time, Bas Bleu’s editorial staff “samples” recipes from cookbooks and other culinary guides found in our catalog. Our efforts are amateur at best: If you’re looking for advanced epicurean know-how or glossy food photography, you’re about to be disappointed. We’re humble home cooks, you see, like (most of) you—pressed for time, with non-matching cookware and the tendency to scatter flour everywhere. But we know delicious when we taste it, and if you try your hand at these recipes we think you’ll agree!

Winter is here, and with it comes the instinct to hibernate under blankets with a good book, a hot beverage (wine works too), and plenty of junk food. But as much as we’d like to carbo-load our way through the cold season with potato chips, pasta, and pizza, that wouldn’t be our healthiest decision of the shiny new year. So what’s a bluestocking to do when motivation is low but dinner still needs to be made?

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