Made with Love: Get Hooked with 30 Knitting and Crochet Patterns by Tom DaleyWhat it is: an inspiring introduction to knitting and crocheting by accomplished British diver and LGBTQIA activist Tom Daley, who credits the meditative aspects of the crafts with helping him win Olympic gold.
Projects include: Long Scarf, Balaclava, Cable Sweater, Swirl Vest, Stroller Blanket, Tote Bag, Bucket Hat, Cosy Slippers, Shaggy Cushion.
Why you might like it: Daley covers the basics, including explaining yarn labels, how to hold knitting needles, reading a pattern, and more.
Ghetto Gastro Black Power Kitchen by Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester WalkerWhat it is: a combination of art, photos, poetry, essays, interviews, and 75 (mostly plant-based) recipes, by a multidisciplinary Bronx-based collective promoting Black excellence.
Recipes include: Black Power Waffle, Chopped Stease, Jade's Palace, Strong Back Stew, Triboro Tres Leches, Green "For the Money" Juice.
For fans of: Bryant Terry's Black Food: Stories, Art, and Essays.
Tanya Holland's California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey West by Tanya HollandWhat's inside: more than 80 seasonal recipes that trace the roots of modern California soul food, prepared by an acclaimed chef, restauranteur, author, and media personality.
Don't miss: the fascinating historical details and maker profiles.
Recipes include: Homemade Benne Seed Olive Oil Crackers with Black-Eyed Pea Dip, Honey-Kumquat-Glazed Fresh Ham, Collard Green Tabbouleh, Fried Artichoke Po' Boy, Honey Lavender Chess Pie.
Terrain: The Houseplant Book: An Insider's Guide to Cultivating and Collecting... by Melissa Lowrie and the Terrain plant teamWhat it is: both a lovely coffee table book and an insightful guide to collecting and growing an assortment of houseplants, including less common ones, presented by Melissa Lowrie and others from the gardening company Terrain.
Chapters include: Small Wonders, Unfussy Friends, Ramblers.
Don't miss: the detailed section on caring for houseplants, the grower profiles, and the resource list.
Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files by Deb PerelmanWhat it is: the tasty third cookbook from popular Smitten Kitchen blogger and Instagrammer Deb Perelman, who puts the spotlight on dozens of thoroughly tested recipes that readers will make again and again.
Recipes include: Slumped Parmesan Frittata, Bialy Babka, Essential French Onion Soup, Carrot Tarte Tatin, Cozy Chicken and Dumplings, Crispy Oven Pulled Pork, Portobello Hoagie, Strawberry Summer Stack Cake.
My Hygge Home: How to Make Home Your Happy Place by Meik WikingWhat it is: an inspiring look at making your home and life better using the Danish concept of hygge to create cozy, welcoming spaces, based on the author's research at Copenhagen's Happiness Institute.
What's inside: lovely photos and illustrations, friendly writing, and an assortment of tips, design ideas, checklists, and more.
Did you know? "Some studies suggest we spend around 90 percent of our time indoors."
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Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl DayWhat's inside: Acclaimed Savannah, Georgia baker Cheryl Day delivers mouth-watering recipes that celebrate Southern baking, plus gorgeous photos, Southern baking rules, recommended tools, and fascinating history.
Chapters include: Hot Breads and Crackers, Slow Breads, Gathering Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Grits and Grains, Jams and Preserves, Basics.
Recipes include: Hush Puppies, Cornmeal Griddle Cakes, Savory Chicken Cobbler, Mushroom Hand Pies, Hello Dolly Bars, Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie, Pig-Pickin' Cake, Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals by Tieghan GerardWhat it is: the latest cookbook from bestselling author and blogger Tieghan Gerard that offers 125 "healthy-ish" recipes focusing on tasty dishes using whole foods, plus tips and inspiring color photos.
Recipes include: Sheet Pan French Toast, Chai Orchard Doughnuts, Salmon Cobb Salad with Nutty Green Ranch, Pizza Pasta with Crispy Pepperoni Breadcrumbs, Spicy Shrimp Tacos, Chocolate Olive Oil Cake, Maple Oatmeal Lace Cookies.
Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets by Pati JinichWhat's inside: Inspired by the diversity of dishes in her homeland, Pati Jinich, star of the James Beard Award-winning PBS series Pati's Mexican Table, offers 150 classic regional dishes, and stories to go with them.
Don't miss: the vibrant color photos; the highlighted sections, such as "pillars of the Mexican pantry," "Tomatillos," and more.
Recipes include: Sweet Lime and Chicken Soup, Double-Stacked Shrimp and Cheese Tacos, Oaxacan Oregano Roast Chicken, Rice with Lentils and Caramelized Onions, Classic Creamy Flan.
Korean American: Food that Tastes Like Home by Eric KimWhat it is: a fun, innovative debut cookbook that also discusses family and growing up Korean American in Atlanta, by a talented young New York Times food writer.
Chapters include: TV Dinners, Rice Cuisine, Feasts, Korean Bakery.
Recipes include: Gochugaru Shrimp and Roasted-Seaweed Grits, Kimchi Sandwiches, Perfect White Rice, Sheet-Pan Bibimbap with Roasted Fall Vegetables, Maeuntang, Gochujang Chocolate Lava Cakes.
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