Review: The Faerie Handbook

Harper Design
November 14, 2017 | 9780062668110 | 240 pages


In this exquisite anthology, Editor in Chief Carolyn Turgeon and the editors of Faerie Magazine welcome you into an enchanted realm rich with myth, mystery, romance, and abundant natural beauty. Organized into four sections—Flora and Fauna, Fashion and Beauty,  Arts and Culture, and Home, Food, and Entertaining—this gorgeous volume offers an array of exquisite vintage and contemporary fine art and photography, literature, essays, do-it-yourself projects, and recipes that provide hours of reading, viewing, and dreaming pleasure, along with a multitude of ideas for modern-day living and entertaining with a distinctive fairy touch.

With an inset image on the front cover, ornate silver foil patterning on the front, spine, back, and edges, and a satin bookmark, The Faerie Handbook is an eye-catching volume for fairy fans of all ages. 

My Thoughts

A few weeks ago, a beautiful book was delivered to my mailbox: The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects by Carolyn Turgeon, the editor-in-chief of Faerie Magazine. From its beautiful purple cloth-bound cover to the silver fore edge of the book, this book is a visual delight. And that was just the outside! Then I opened the book and was immediately awed by the contents.

The book is divided into four sections: Flora & Fauna; Fashion & Beauty; Art & Culture; Food & Entertaining. The art work, the poetry, the crafts, the history make up a fantastic book. I was particularly interested to read about faeries from all over the world, the different types of faeries, and the herbs and flower almanac. It seems these magical creatures have invaded every culture with their unique and whimsical traits. You can tell from the work the editors from Faerie Magazine have put into this book that this was a labor of love.

The Faerie Handbook would make a great gift for someone or a treat for yourself. You'll feel as if the fair folk have bewitched you as you get lost in the pages. 

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.