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A Suitcase Of My Favourite Books

After being inspired by Tina's book case post, over at Our Phenomenal Life blog, I quickly organized my list of favourite books taken from my own shelf

I love the feel of hard-bound volumes and glossy pages between my fingers. And there is just something about the scent of paper that reminds me of perfumed trees.

Reading makes me happy. For it takes me to places that I long to be. So, here are the ones that take me far, far away to my dreamland...

*all photographs are the copyright of Jen Laceda

Part memoir, part cookbook, Tessa Kiros' Apples For Jam and Falling Cloudberries are chock-full of creative recipes and gorgeous photography.

Tess Kiros

At one of New York's most fashionable restaurants - Balthazar - great food never goes out of style.


Two of TV's most beloved chefs - Mario Batali and Jamie Oliver - present the most authentic and easily-replicated Italian food. And of course, Mario Batali's Babbo in New York City is my fave restaurant.

Italian cookbooks

Some of the world's best travel photography can be found at Lonely Planet's The Travel Book. There are also helpful and imaginative information on every country of the world.

Travel Book

Angelika Taschen's artful Great Escapes series make you want to cash your retirement savings plan and blow it all on these fantastic resorts and hotels. Great Escapes titles cover North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Great Escapes

It's no big secret that I am just obsessed with interior design. I love this book because it makes monochromatic schemes not-so-boring!


British goddess of interior design, Kelly Hoppen, brings glamour to any home.

Kelly Hoppen

Modernist and Minimalist are two ways to describe the apartments shown on this treasure trove of a tome.

Apartment Ideas

Sometimes, I like to imagine my very own stone cottage in Provence, so I always have a French Style design manual lying around. Just in case.


The New Safari combines my dream safari trip and my love for design into one luscious folio.

New Safari

I have since fallen madly in love with Oriental carpets from Iran, the Caucusus, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, and Central Asia. This is my carpet bible.

Oriental Carpets

These illustrated children's travel books by Miroslav Sasek are not only for the wee ones, but are also great for the young once.

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