Jungalow: Decorate Wild by Justina BlakeneyWhat it is: a beautifully photographed mix of decorating advice, DIY tips, and memoir that will help readers personalize their spaces by taking inspiration from colors, patterns, nature, personal heritage, and travels.
For fans of: the author's bestselling first book, The New Bohemians; home decor that incorporates plants.
Did you know? Designer and artist Justina Blakeney has a new collaboration with Target and has also worked with Anthropologie and Pottery Barn Kids.
The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power... by Danielle DreilingerWhat it is: a smart, engaging history of home economics that details its roots in science and feminism, early race disparities in the field, and the remarkable women who started it all, like chemist Ellen Richards and educator Margaret Murray Washington (wife of Booker T. Washington).
Don't miss: the author's discussion about the diminishment of home economics in the last few decades and why it needs a comeback.
Reviewers say: "Deeply researched and crisply written" (The New Yorker).
Mother Grains: Recipes for the Grain Revolution by Roxana JullapatWhat's inside: a close look at eight ancient grains (barley, buckwheat, corn, oat, rice, rye, sorghum, and wheat) that includes historical information, shopping and storage details, cooking tips, and over 80 recipes, by California bakery owner Roxana Jullapat.
Recipes include: White Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits, Danish Rye Bread, Sweet and Spicy Rice Snack Mix, Kimchi Fried Barley, Gallo Pinto, Halvah Croissants, Sorghum Pecan Pie, Sticky Oat Doughnuts.
Zero Proof: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking by Elva RamirezWhat's inside: a guide to making fancy non-alcoholic drinks at home that features 90 recipes across five categories: bright and refreshing, fruity and floral, vegetal and savory, tangy and tropical, and rich and decadent.
Don't miss: recommended tools, techniques, and ingredients; a short history of temperance; a look at the current popularity of zero-proof drinks.
Recipes include: GT&C, Mango Mango, Brooklyn Spice Coffee.
Can I Recycle This? A Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use... by Jennie RomerWhat it is: a charmingly illustrated, practical guide to recycling that explains how it all works, how to better handle the waste we make, and which common household items can or cannot be recycled.
Don't miss: the personal solutions and the policy solutions sections.
Did you know? Leave the plastic lids on milk jugs when recycling, otherwise they are so small they may not make it through the process.
The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes From Everyone's Favorite Thai Mom by Pepper Teigen with Garrett SnyderWhat it is: a debut cookbook of 80 unfussy recipes, tales about the author's early days in the U.S. cooking Thai dishes with substitute ingredients, and stories about and pictures of her famous family: daughter Chrissy Teigen, son-in-law John Legend, and their kids.
Recipes include: Sweet Chile Jam, My Famous Spring Rolls, Thai Beef Jerky, Hot Basil Eggplant, Pad Korat, Green Papaya Salad, Miles's Tofu Soup, Luna's Broccoli Beef, Buttery Roti Bread, Crispy Fried Bananas.
Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat by Kaori BeckerWhat's inside: a fun, thorough introduction to mochi, the Japanese treat made of chewy rice dough, covering history, tools, ingredients, new and traditional recipes, and decorating tips.
Recipes include: Chocolate Mochi, Rosewater Mochi, Vanilla Custard Filling, Earl Grey Truffle Filling, Mochi Ice Cream, Mochi Cupcakes, Mochi Pancakes, Bacon-Wrapped Mochi.
Japanese Soups: 66 Nourishing Broths, Stews, and Hotpots by Keiko IwasakiWhat's inside: a wide variety of appealingly easy soup recipes with color photos of ingredients and finished soups. The Japanese author also covers seasonal eating, the health benefits of soup, and flavor creation using stock, seasonings, and aromatics.
Recipes include: Spicy Scallop Soup, Sesame Miso Soup with Beef and Watercress, Mixed-Bean Chowder, Tofu Potage, Egg-Topped Cabbage Soup, Salmon Meatball Soup, Mushroom Soup, Carrot-Ginger Soup.
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida; translated by Gayle RoehmWhat's inside: lovely, detailed stitch designs presented in chart style by a well-known Japanese designer as well as instructions for creating a handful of complete projects, including a lacy mini-scarf with frill.
Who it's for: more experienced knitters looking for intricate new stitches that yield stunning, often delicate, results.
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