Pinch Your Pottery: The Art & Craft of Making Pinch Pots: 35 Beautiful Projects to... by Jacqui AtkinWhat it is: an "excellent guide" (Library Journal) covering clays, tools, and techniques, and offering step-by-step instructions for 35 projects, as well as decoration options such as glazing and coloring.
Projects include: Cereal Bowl, Large Mug, Teapot, Lidded Sugar Bowl, Pitcher, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Flower Vase, and Piggy Bank.
Who it's for: anyone who'd love to experiment with ceramics but doesn't want to deal with a wheel.
Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan; photography by Mark WeinbergWhat it is: the "superlative" (Publishers Weekly) latest by an award-winning cookbook author famous for her creative, well-tested bakes.
What's inside: clear instructions for 150 recipes; dough and pie crust how-tos; a focus on flexibility; baking and storage tips; yummy photos.
Recipes include: Mochaccino Muffins; Coffee Shortbread; Classic Madeleines; Asparagus-Lemon Quiche; Brioche Sandwich Buns; Clam Chowder Pie; Olive Oil Brownies; Chocolate Éclair; Orange Spice Cake.
Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful... by Frederique Lavoipierre; illustrated by Craig LatkerWhat's inside: in-depth portraits of the various microorganisms, insects, and animals that create a healthy garden; tips on nurturing these eco-friendly allies; lovely hand-drawn illustrations; recommended resources.
Reviewers say: "impassioned and informative" (Publishers Weekly); "an excellent resource" (Booklist).
The Quick Fix Kitchen: Easy Recipes and Time-Saving Tips for a Healthier, Stress-Free Life by Tia MowryWhat's inside: a fun guide to cooking quick, (mostly) nutritious foods; 65 recipes; meal plans; kitchen and pantry organization tips; substitution suggestions; stories and photos from actress/cooking star Tia Mowry's life.
Recipes include: Breakfast Pizza with Eggs; Sheet Pancakes; Chicken Tortilla Soup; Beef, Broccoli, and Rice; Lazy Mom Lasagna; Old-School Granola Bars; Frozen S'mores Pie; Apple Donut Rings.
For fans of: cookbooks by Ree Drummond or Chrissy Teigen.
Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes From Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry (editor)What it is: a wide-ranging collection of recipes, essays, poems, and art celebrating Black culture and food by a variety of creators, including Edna Lewis, Erika Council, Lazarus Lynch, and Nina Compton.
Recipes include: Buttermilk Biscuits; Vegetarian Gumbo; Jerk Chicken Ramen; Peach Hand Pie; Ghanaian Crepe Cake; Whiskey Sour.
Read this next: Toni Tipton-Martin's Jubilee; Alexander Smalls' Meals, Music, and Muses; or Marcus Samuelsson's The Rise.
Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi's Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle... by Christine Sahadi WhelanWhat's inside: 120 recipes, organized by flavor profile (Bright, Savory, Spiced, Sweet, and Nutty) plus a Middle Eastern food primer, menu ideas, and dozens of ways to use up leftover specialty ingredients.
Don't miss: the lovely photos; the short history of Sahadi's, the James Beard Award-winning,100-year-old family-run Brooklyn grocery.
Recipes include: Za'atar Bloody Mary; Sahadi's Hot Wings; Fava Dip; Classic Fattoush; Harissa Mac and Cheese; Red Lentil Soup; Sweet-and-Sour Beef Hand Pies; Pistachio Cheesecake with Kataifi Crust.
Focus on: Family, Food, and Memories
The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Southern Table by Rick BraggWhat it is: a funny, charming memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg that covers his family and their food, especially his beloved mother, who never owned a cookbook.
Don't miss: family photos; more than 70 rollicking recipes incorporating his momma's instructions for dishes such as Cracklin' Cornbread, Smothered Cube Steak, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Buttermilk Pie.
Want a taste? "Since she was eleven years old, even if all she had to work with was neck bones, peppergrass, or poke salad, she put good food on a plate."
Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David ChangWhat it is: the bestselling debut memoir of influential restaurateur David Chang, the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious.
What's inside: With humor and candor, Chang covers his religious Korean American upbringing, his life with bipolar disorder, his friendship with the late Anthony Bourdain, and his professional successes and missteps as well as his "33 Rules for Becoming a Chef."
Read this next: Though no recipes are included here, you can find plenty in Chang's bestselling cookbooks, such as his most recent one, Cooking at Home, or his first, Momofuku.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille KingsolverWhat happened: Acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver and her family moved from Tucson, Arizona to a small town in Virginia's Southern Appalachians where they strove to eat only local or homegrown food (with a few exceptions, such as coffee).
What's inside: details about things like vegetable gardening, turkey breeding, and cooking with what is in season (recipes are included), plus vivid descriptions, humor, and family lore.
Who it's for: You'll relish this tasty memoir if you want to know more about the food you eat or dream of mini-farm life.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. TwittyWhat happened: Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty traveled the Southern United States, using food as a lens to view his ancestry and the region's history. During his trip, he cooked in historical settings and sifted through old documents, genetic tests, oral stories, and recipes both old and new (like Hoecake, Fried Apples, and Black-Eyed Pea Hummus).
Want a taste? "My entire cooking life has been about memory. It's my most indispensable ingredient, so wherever I find it, I hoard it."
Awards buzz: The Cooking Gene won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Writing Award and Book of the Year Award.
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