Home, Garden, and DIY
Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix by Dominique Ansel; photographs by Evan SungWhat sets it apart: Readers create personalized desserts using a technique (roulade, how to build a tart, etc.) plus parts: bases (almond cake, brownie base, etc.), fillings (pastry cream, lemon curd, etc.), and finishings (fresh fruit, meringue, etc.). Recipes for the various components are given, as are showstopper combinations.
Combos include: Linzer Cookies; Tiramisu; Chocolate Cherry Cake; Fig Molasses Olive Oil Cake; Rosemary Caramel Brownie.
Author buzz: Dominique Ansel is the French-born, James Beard Award-winning chef who invented the Cronut.
The Making It Guide to Crafting by Liz Welker; foreword by Nick OffermanWhat it is: a how-to guide for creating 25 crafts (some labeled Faster, some Master) inspired by the Making It television competition series, plus recommendations for basic craft supplies.
Projects include: Paper Floral Centerpiece; Hometown Terrarium; Painted Tile Art; Rainbow Play Tent; Balloon Arch.
Who it's for: new crafters who don't know where to start; those who want to sample a variety of projects; fans of the TV show.
Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Manual by Dorling Kindersley (publisher)What it is: a well-illustrated, detail-rich guide to woodworking that has projects for all skill levels and includes thorough sections on safety, tools, techniques, and types of wood. Tools and materials are listed at the beginning of each project.
Projects include: Cutting Board; Birdhouse; Coat Rack; Trinket Box; Toolbox; Bookcase; Breakfast Table; Garden Bench; Bed.
Trejo's Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A. by Danny Trejo with Hugh GarveyWhat's inside: fascinating stories from legendary actor Danny Trejo's life as well as creative, versatile recipes from his restaurants (including some vegetarian options). Details on pantry necessities, meat cuts, tools, and how to cook the Trejo way add spice to an already tasty book.
Recipes include: Pico de Gallo; Street Corn on the Cob; Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos; Jackfruit Tacos; Chicken Tikka Burritos; Barbacoa Brisket Bowls; Grilled Spicy Diablo Shrimp; Fried Avocado; Rice Pudding; Vegan Berry Donuts; Pineapple Margarita.
Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home by Julia WatkinsWhat it is: an inspiring, user-friendly look at the myriad ways you can reduce your environmental impact, including how-tos for creating a low-waste kitchen (including a gardening section and clever recipes, like Carrot Top Pesto). There's also tips and natural recipes covering personal wellness, hygiene, and household cleaning.
Projects include: Bath Bombs; Natural Bug Spray; Organic Weed Control; Birdseed Ornaments; Wool Dryer Balls; Headache Relief Balm.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-By-Step Recipes for Simple... by Ree DrummondWhat's inside: Organized from New Year's Day to New Year's Eve, bestselling author and TV host Ree Drummond provides 140 recipes covering 12 celebrations that are perfect for gatherings and family meals -- and there's gorgeous photos to boot.
Recipes include: Resolution Smoothies; Black-Eyed Pea Salsa; Red Velvet Pancakes; Bacon-Wrapped Filet; Hot Cross Buns; Toasted Ravioli; Watermelon Sangria; Baked Beans; Pumpkin Smoothie; Popcorn Balls; Chipotle Chicken Chili; Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies.
Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Sweet and Decadent Baking for Every... by Zoe François and Jeff HertzbergWhat it is: Part of the "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" series, this offering contains 100 recipes that use pre-mixed, pre-risen dough to make bread quickly for a variety of occasions. Color photos, a chapter on fillings, and tips on tools and ingredients round things out.
Recipes include: Master Recipe; King Cake; Almond Croissants; Challah; Easter Raisin Bread; Twisted Babka; Cinnamon Rolls; Pan de Muerta; Bread and Butter Pudding; Apple Fritter; Chelsea Buns.
Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations by the editors of Martha Stewart LivingWhat's inside: Gorgeous photos highlight an extensive collection of clever craft ideas for ten holidays, including New Year's, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, and Hanukkah. There's also step-by-step directions, basic techniques, a resource list, and templates.
Crafts include: Starburst Swizzle Sticks; Doily Gift Toppers; Love-Knot Bracelets; Paper-Mache Eggs; Pop-Up Bouquet Card; Pom-Pom "Flower" Bows; Illuminated Trick or Treat Bags; Paper-Sail Centerpiece; Gilded Pears; Teacup Topiaries; Embellished Evergreen Wreaths.
Baking All Year Round by Rosanna PansinoWhat's inside: Covering nine celebrations, bubbly YouTube star Rosanna Pansino offers a cookbook filled with beautifully presented baked goods, including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options.
Recipes include: Strawberry Champagne Macarons; Chick Crinkle Cookies; Baseball Pizza; Star Scones; Maple Pecan Blondies; Salted Whiskey Caramels; Mini Pumpkin Cakes; Reindeer Cake.
Who it's for: While there's something for everyone, those who like decorating and using special shaped pans will be especially pleased.
How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family... by Jenny RosenstrachWhat it is: a warmhearted book by a popular blogger that combines personal anecdotes and musings on rituals and family life with easy-to-follow recipes for holidays, birthdays, and family dinners.
Recipes include: Our Favorite Granola; World Cup Breakfast Fry-Up; Ham and Eggs with Parm and Herbs; Interfaith Sliders; the $100 Challah; Picnic Chicken; Creamy Polenta; Franks and Beans; Burrito Bowls; My Grandma Catrino's Biscotti; Tea Cup Brownie Sundaes.
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