Dolega is about 20 minutes south of Boquete, a small, hot town with an amazing book store, The Bookmark. Owner-operator, Harold Munn is the guru of all books written in English. These books have been hand-carried to Panama by world travelers seeking to learn everything they can about what the world is like from every perspective. His assortment of titles is amazing!

Harold gives a credit for each book turned in to be sold at The Bookmark, and the credit can be exchanged for new books, or otherwise very used books.

The Bookmark is a very cozy house converted into a multi-room “Barnes ‘n Noble” style reading room-book store with areas well marked in order of interest.

Of course, the section I love are the shelves containing the cookbooks that have made their way into the highlands of Panama, by being carried in some explorer’s luggage, or shipped down to Chiriqui in a huge container along with everything the new resident could pack inside.

These shelves are packed with real treasures. The prices are very reasonable, from $1 - $22 for a classic, including Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

I found Louise Price Bell’s “Kitchen Fun, a Cookbook for Children” for $1.50. It’s full of simple, delicious recipes, including Rice Whip, made with whipping cream, crushed pineapple and cooked rice. Louise’s Fairy Gingerbread recipe will be in an upcoming blog. It’s a recipe you won’t want to miss.

Harold also offers my “Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook” at a reasonable $8.00, including a limited edition bookmark.

Be sure to stop by Harold’s Bookmark Book Store the next time you’re driving through Dolega, Panama. If you bring Harold a book, you get a credit toward your next purchase. A real “win-win”, the spirit of Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!