The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy BeranbaumWhat it is: a comprehensive cookie cookbook by a bestselling author known for her precise directions with 150 recipes, plus variations, that's organized by process (rolled by hand, dropped or piped, etc.).
Recipes include: Piped Churro Nuggets, Apricot Walnut Rugelach, Deeply Chocolate Biscotti, Fudgy Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies, Christmas Wreaths, Baby Cheesecakes, Jammy Plum Bars.
Reviewers say: "Indispensable" (Booklist); "thoroughly scrumptious" (Publishers Weekly).
The Beginner's Guide to Hand Building: Functional and Sculptural Projects for the... by Sunshine CobbWhat's inside: a friendly, step-by-step guide to hand building all sorts of pottery that works for both new and experienced artists, as well as templates, best practices, inspiring color photos of other artists' work, and tips on tools, materials, and creating a workspace.
Projects include: Creatures, Scoops, Citrus Reamer, Butter Box, Candelabra, Tapas Plates, Soap Dish, Mobiles, Basket, Match Stricker.
Boards & Spreads: Shareable, Simple Arrangements for Every Meal by Yasmin FahrWhat it is: a versatile, creative take on the standard cheese or charcuterie board that offers over 65 recipes for self-serve meals, plus tips on board selection, care, and arrangement.
Boards include: The Pancakes Board, The Feta Flatbread Board, DIY Daytime Drinks, Italian Aperitivo Board, The Taco Board, The Kebab Dinner, The Charred Salad Duo, Go Green Pasta Salad Board.
Spice Kitchen: Healthy Latin and Caribbean Cuisine by Ariel Fox; foreword by Gordon RamsayWhat's inside: 110 recipes for healthier alternatives to favorite Latin and Caribbean dishes, focusing on whole foods; suggestions for adaptations and easy-to-find substitutions; and pantry must-haves.
Recipes include: Pumpkin Pancakes, Homemade Nut Butters, Chicken Picadillo, Shrimp and "Grits," Baked Empanadas, Seafood Chowder.
Author buzz: Ariel Fox was a sixth-season contestant on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen; she later returned and won the 18th season.
Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home: A Sourcebook for Stylish, Eco-Conscious Living by Margot Guralnick and Fan WinstonWhat it is: a "lovely, practical" (Publishers Weekly) book offering ways to have a stylish, eco-friendly home, from the folks at Remodelista.com.
What's inside: lovely color photos, recommendations for greening your own home (including room-by-room tips, sourcing items, etc.), and 12 home tours, covering a range of styles and locations.
What Is My Plant Telling Me? An illustrated Guide to Houseplants and How to Keep... by Emily L. Hay Hinsdale; illustrated by Loni HarrisWhat it is: a friendly, accessible guide to 50 different houseplants, detailing the preferences of each (covering light, water, soil, food, and type of pot), as well as signs of trouble and what to do to help.
Don't miss: the cute and informative illustrations.
Want a taste? "You'll usually find bromeliads sold in soil-filled pots. But really, they need very little soil, and many don't even need a pot!"
Sewing Love: Handmade Clothes for Any Body by Sanae IshidaWhat it is: an encouraging guide that covers sewing basics, how to get a customized fit, instructions on pattern drafting, 15 detailed projects (plus variations for each), helpful drawings, and inspiring photos.
Projects include: Bateau Top, Knit Cap Sleeve Dress, Banded Collar Dress with Pockets, Back Zip A-Line Skirt, Drapey Jacket with Pockets
Preppy Kitchen: Recipes for Seasonal Dishes and Simple Pleasures by John Kanell with Rachel HoltzmanWhy you might like it: Organized by season, this inspiring debut by an ex-math teacher turned social media star offers yummy recipes, fun projects, lush photos, and personal stories.
Recipes include: Apple Butter, Spring Greens Soup with Parmesan-Kale Crisps, Herb-Stuffed Roast Pork, Chorizo-Beef Burgers with Queso and Avocado, Orange Pecan Cinnamon Rolls, Maple Pumpkin Pie.
Projects include: Setting a Special Table, Decorating with Nature.
Homage: Recipes and Stories from an Amish Soul Food Kitchen by Chris Scott with Sarah Zorn; photographs by Brittany ConerlyWhat it is: a delightfully unique cookbook by Top Chef finalist Chris Scott that serves up family history, memories, and over 100 dishes celebrating his African American heritage and Amish country childhood.
Recipes include: Bread-and-Butter Pickles, Spicy Pimento Cheese, Amish Baked Beans, Chicken-Fried Tempeh, Okra and Tomato Stew, Smothered Pork Chops, Spaetzle, Whoopie Pies, Dandelion Wine.
Bread Head: Baking for the Road Less Traveled by Greg Wade with Rachel HoltzmanWhat it is: a laid-back master class on bread baking that covers different grains, baker's percentages, techniques, troubleshooting, and what happens on a cellular level as bread ferments and bakes.
Recipes include: A Good White Bread, Spelt and Apple Muffins, Sorghum Blondies, Millet Porridge and Cherry Loaf, Farmhouse Sourdough, Seeded Pumpernickel, Rye Naan, Wheat Pitas, Bacon-Rye Cheese Rolls, Multigrain Baguette, Chocolate Croissants, Stollen.
Author buzz: Greg Wade is a Grateful Dead fan, a James Beard Award winner, and the head baker at Chicago's Publican Quality Bread.
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