2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Native Ground family is so excited to gather again for the holidays. This season is always a time for good music, tasty food food, and of course, gifts! The Native Ground catalog provides endless possibilities for thoughtful gift-giving and we’ve put together this short but sweet 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for you! Treat your friends and loved ones to any number of books on vintage baking or how to play their favorite instrument. Don’t forget that all of our books come in digital download form too!

For the Home Baker…

Vintage Baking Cookbook Set

Perfect for the holidays (or any time of year), learn the recipes that’ll make you feel like you are baking in a cozy kitchen with your grandmother. Includes our book-selling baking books to get you making delicious seasonal pies, flavorful cookie plates, and cast iron baked bread in a jiffy. Buy the books as a set or individually! The set includes the cookbooks below:

Lost Art of Pie Making

Come home to pie! This witty and fun cookbook shows you how to make a darn good pie in a jiffy. You’ll feel like you’re back in your grandma’s kitchen as she shows you how she rolls out her flaky, tender pie crust. Recipes date from 1831, many from 19th century handwritten cooking journals. Includes old-time pie lore, pie insults, why men love pie, pie contest tips, vintage photos, historic recipes, and more. Make pies like Rum Bittersweet Chocolate, Vanilla crumb, Apple/Pear Mince, Sour Cherry Amaretto, Fresh Raspberry, Louisiana Peanut, as well as quick flip pies, dumplings and crisps.  72 pages, $6.95

1st American Cookie Lady

The 1st American Cookie Lady is based on a fascinating mystery. In 1917, Anna “Cookie” Covington set out to record all her favorite cookie recipes as a gift to her daughter because no published cookie recipe books existed at that time. Strangely, her 76 page handwritten personal cooking diary was never delivered to her daughter as planned. 88 years later, the unused diary fell into the hands of food historian Barbara Swell, who recognized it as perhaps the earliest collection of American cookie recipes, dating from the mid 1880s up through World War I. The 1st American Cookie Lady includes Anna’s 221 recipes recorded  from 1917-1920 along with adaptations for the modern kitchen. 152 pages, $12.95

Aunt Barb’s Bread Book
Bake up your great grandmother’s wholesome, tasty hearth-baked breads in your own kitchen today! You’ll be amazed by the stunning loaves and rolls you pluck from new or vintage cast ironware, baking stones, or everyday gizmos that produce yesterday’s radiant cooking environments for your modern oven, wood fireplace, or campfire. Recipes from 1820 through 1920 include harvest apple bread, whole-grain little gem breads, oat sandwich loaf, buttermilk rolls, and lots more. Cookbook contains oodles of period photos and bread-lore and is appropriate for all skill levels. 72 pages, $6.95

For the beginner musician:

Ukulele for the Complete Ignoramus

The perfect book for those who have never played a lick of music! This fun and easy ukulele book teaches folks how to play from the ground up with well-known traditional American folk songs. Includes a link to online audio and a CD!

Spiral bound, 104 pages, $22.95

For the aspiring banjo player:

2 Book Set: Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus AND Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus

Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus 2 Book Set

Our best-selling music book, Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus, now has a helpful workbook, Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus! This revolutionary learning method will get even beginners to start improvising their own licks to favorite bluegrass classics.  These 2 books are a great way to start playing bluegrass banjo! You can always buy the books separately, too.

Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus: Spiral bound, 64 pages, $22.95

Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus: Spiral bound, 96 pages, $22.95

Buy them as a set and save: $39.95

For the trivia-loving jokester:

The Outhouse PapersThe Outhouse Papers by Wayne Erbsen

This outhouse-shaped book is loaded with historic and country trivia, and great for long (or short) reads on the royal throne, whether it flushes or not. Perfect for history buffs and anyone in need of a good laugh… no outhouse required, though we certainly do enjoy ours. 

Ideas to make our gifts extra special

Pair any of our cookbooks with a vintage apron, rolling pin or pie plate (we recommend a 9” shallow pyrex pie plate).

Pair a music book with an electronic tuner or a change of strings to make the present ‘pop’!