Home, Garden, and DIY
Micro Living: 40 Innovative Tiny Houses Equipped for Full-Time Living, in 400... by Derek "Deek" DiedricksenWhat's inside: a colorful, photo-filled look at 40 tiny homes that vary wildly in style and location, with floor plans are included for each.
Don't miss: "In Retrospect," where owners share what they would have done differently, and "The Inside Story," which notes why tiny houses aren't for everyone, discusses how to use a tiny kitchen, and more.
Author buzz: Diedricksen hosts HGTV's Tiny House Builders.
Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden by Kate FreyWhat it is: a vibrant guide to creating pleasing, personalized gardens using a sustainable approach, illustrated with beautiful photos.
Rules include: make a list of plants or colors you like; be lavish with containers; learn to hydrozone; never, ever plant invasives!
Want a taste? "A garden must work well within its local conditions and the framework of your life."
Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking by Albert G. Lukas and Jessica Harris; contributions by Jerome GrantWhat's inside: over 100 traditional and new recipes (organized by region) and food history, all informed by the (U.S.) National Museum of African American History and its popular Sweet Home Café.
Recipes include: Field Green Salad, Hoppin' John, Maryland Crab Cakes, Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken, and Banana Pudding.
For fans of: Michael Twitty, Carla Hall, and Todd Richards.
Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov and Steven CookWhat it is: an acclaimed, full-color book filled with an assortment of Israeli recipes together with information on culture and history.
Recipes include: varieties of shawarma, sabach, hummus, falafel, schnitzel, breads, salads, soups, sweets, drinks, and Ashkenazi food.
Author buzz: James Beard Award-winning authors Solomonov and Cook traveled to numerous Israeli cities, markets, and restaurants for this fascinating book (photos included!).
The Mac + Cheese Cookbook: 50 Simple Recipes from Homeroom, America's... by Allison Arevalo and Erin WadeWhat it is: a cookbook devoted to mac and cheese (with some love given to sides and desserts), co-written by the creators of Homeroom, the popular Oakland, California, macaroni and cheese restaurant.
What's inside: a Béchamel sauce how-to, cheese recommendations, troubleshooting tips, beer and wine pairings, and more.
Recipes include: Classic Mac, Spicy Mac, Chili Mac, Truffle Mac, Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese, Quick Dill Pickles, and Lime Bars.
A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes... by Frank Bruni and Jennifer SteinhauerWhat's inside: witty writing by two New York Times journalists, tips on pans and ingredients, and an assortment of side dish and meatloaf recipes that cover time and geography and includes offerings by Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Solomonov, Melissa Clark, and Bobby Flay.
Recipes include: Swedish Meatball Loaf, Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, Jerk Chicken Loaf, Tuna Melt Loaf, and Cheeseburger and Fries Loaf.
Bean by Bean: More Than 175 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans... by Crescent DragonwagonWhat it is: a chatty ode to the humble bean that includes bean basics, such as soaking methods, complimentary herbs and spices, and more.
Recipes include: Hillbilly Hummus; Syrian Zucchini-Chickpea Soup; Brown Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes; Vegetarian Cassoulet; Summer Garden Potpie; Traditional Falafel; and Red Bean Ice Cream.
Don't miss: the vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and "meatist" tags as well as the charming black, white, and green illustrations.
Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermottWhat it is: a popular primer on pie (both savory and sweet) by a self-taught home baker who reminisces about her life; recommends ingredients, methods, and tools; provides detailed instructions for making crusts; and discusses life lessons we can learn from making pie.
Recipes include: Cookie Crumb Crust, Vegan Pie Dough, Buttermilk Pie, Pie Pops, English Pork Pies, and Apple Quince Pie.
The Book of Greens: A Cook's Compendium of 40 Varieties, from Arugula to Watercress... by Jenn Louis with Kathleen SquiresWhat it is: an IACP Award-winning guide to greens that includes information on origin, season, flavor, and nutrition, along with tips on buying, storing, and cleaning, as well as 150 recipes.
Recipes include: Swiss Chard Polenta; Green Pancakes; Slow-Braised Spigarello; Coconut Milk Rice Porridge with Tatsoi; Kimchi Soda; and Lettuce and Carrot Cake.
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