Home, Garden, and DIY
Skillet Love: From Steak to Cake, More Than 150 Recipes in One Cast-Iron Pan by Anne ByrnWhat's inside: 150 beautifully photographed recipes, ranging from appetizers to desserts, made in the affordable, versatile cast-iron skillet.
Don't miss: historical details about the pan, ten principles of cooking with them, and tips on selecting and caring for them.
Recipes include: Queso Fundido; Easy Garlic Skillet Knots; Vegetarian Paella; Dotty's Chicken-Fried Steak; Georgia Burnt Caramel Cake.
Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-MartinWhat's inside: historical details plus 125 newer recipes often matched with older ones from African American cookbooks, all pulled together by the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Jemima Code.
Recipes include: Sweet Potato Biscuits with Ham; Crab Cakes; Chicken and Dumplings; Braised Celery; Quick Eggnog; Pralines; Fruit Fritters.
Award buzz: Jubilee was named one of The New York Times' and NPR's best cookbooks of 2019.
On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist by Amy MerrickWhat it is: a thoughtful, charming, and unique debut by florist and author Amy Merrick, who focuses on the beauty of flowers and floral designs no matter their setting -- rural or urban, winter or summer, fancy or humble.
What's inside: instructions for selecting flowers for cutting; choosing vases and flower holders; tips for creating pleasing proportions; details on caring for and watering arrangements; inspiring photos; delightful sidebars such as "How to Make Cheap Flowers Look Expensive."
Don't miss: stories and observations from her travels to Japan, England, and New Hampshire; her list of museums for flower lovers.
Maangchi's Big Book of Korean Cooking: From Everyday Meals to Celebration Cuisine by Maangchi with Martha Rose ShulmanWhat it is: the acclaimed, user-friendly second book by YouTube star Maangchi, which offers 150 well-photographed recipes and includes helpful, highly detailed chapters on shopping and Korean cooking techniques as well as a section on vegan Buddhist Temple dishes.
Recipes include: Barley Rice Bibimbap; Kimchi Stew; Soy Butter Pan-Grilled Chicken; Fluffy Pine Nut Rice Cake; Bread Rolls; Honey Cookies.
The Weaving Explorer: Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with... by Deborah Jarchow and Gwen W. SteegeWhat's inside: step-by-step instructions for over 30 customizable projects for all different skill levels using a variety of techniques and materials (including paper and wire); lovely color photographs; tips for success for each project; spotlights on acclaimed artists.
Projects include: God's Eye; Delicate Dorset Buttons; Patchwork Pin-Loom Scarf; Biased Hemp Washcloth; Twinned Parachute Cord Mat.
Don't miss: instructions for building your own small loom.
Craft Coffee: A Manual by Jessica Easto; illustrations by Morgan KrehbielWhat it is: a charmingly illustrated, accessible, and thorough guide to making delicious coffee at home.
What's inside: brewing basics (including tips about grind size, water, and temperature), how to choose hardware (kettles, grinders, and full-immersion devices, oh my!), details about coffee beans (different varieties, decaffeination, etc.), and where and how to buy supplies.
Want a taste? "Coffee should not be mysterious."
The Mitten Handbook: Knitting Recipes to Make Your Own by Mary Scott Huff; photographs by Lesley UnruhWhat it is: a well-illustrated, versatile guide to creating mittens that covers design theory, yarns, techniques, fit, embellishments, and more.
What's inside: 20 patterns for knitting mittens plus instructions for tweaking those patterns, as well as ways to combine various mitten parts (Edges, Cuffs, Thumbs, Hand, and Tops) for dozens of custom styles.
Don't miss: the Mitten Design Worksheet, which not only helps you plan a mitten, it also makes creating duplicates easier.
Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match: 70 Recipes to Pair and Share by Ivy ManningWhat's inside: 70 recipes (45 for soup, 25 for bread) that helpfully note preparation times (though all take less than an hour), plus tips on boosting flavor, making soup quicker, and troubleshooting.
Recipes include: Blender Gazpacho with Thin and Crispy Breadsticks; Fast Irish Stew with Mini-Irish Soda Breads; Lighter Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Beer and Cheddar Bread; Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Corn Tortillas; Korean Kimchi and Tofu soup with Korean Egg Bread.
Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn SmithWhat's inside: a chatty look at creating an uncluttered yet cozy space using the author's home as a model, plus personal anecdotes, tips on finding your style, and the proper order to do things (hint: sort out seating first).
Don't miss: the appendices, which offer the "Cozy Minimalist home recipe" and before-and-after pictures of the author's family room.
Who it's for: fans of the author's popular Nesting Place blog; readers who'd appreciate the occasional references to Christianity; those who need help getting started.
Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren ToyotaWhat's inside: more than 100 creative vegan comfort food recipes by blogger and YouTube star Lauren Toyota, with color photos for each.
Recipes include: Almond Bacon; Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits; Bacon Mac & Cheese Skillet; Crispy Crabless Cakes; Comforting Lasagna Soup; Philly Cheesesteak; Stuffed Crust Pizza; Baked Blueberry Cheesecake.
Read this next: America's Test Kitchen's Vegan for Everybody or Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Isa Does it.
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