Home, Garden, and DIY
Mini Crochet Creatures: 30 Amigurumi Animals to Make by Lauren BergstromWhat it is: an accessible, well-illustrated guide to making seriously adorable crocheted creatures.
Why you should read it: new crocheters will be comfortable while experienced ones will delight in the clever details.
Projects include: Otter, Sheep, Honey Bee, Cat, Dog, and Lion.
Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook by Joyce Goldstein; photographs by Ed AndersonWhat it is: a beautifully photographed and clearly written guide to preserving various fruits, presented by a James Beard Award-winning chef and covering fruits of each season plus preserving basics.
Recipes include: Strawberry Jam, Apricot Mustard, Spiced Whole Cherries, Pickled Peaches, Plum Chutney, Eggplant Conserve, Tomato Sauce, Membrillo, Lime Marmalade, and Roasted Pumpkin Butter.
The Superiority Burger Cookbook: The Vegetarian Hamburger Is Now Delicious by Brooks Headley with Julia Goldberg, Gabe Rosner, et al. Who it's for: those who like to make creative vegan and vegetarian meals or are fans of the popular East Village restaurant.
Recipes include: Sandwiches (Superiority Burger, Sloppy Dave); Cool Salads (Okra Rice Salad); Warm Vegetables (Crunchy Potatoes); Soups and Stews (Red Lentil Stew); Sweets (Bread Pudding, Sorbet); and Pantry Recipes (Cashew Cream).
The New Rules of the Roost: Organic Care and Feeding for the Family Flock by Robert and Hannah LittWhat's inside: tons of information on the best breeds for homeowners (breed profiles are included), good hen habitats, proper nutrition, dealing with predators, and health and illnesses.
Who it's for: Backyard chicken owners and those who are thinking about it as well as fans of Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow who'd like to know more about organic poultry keeping.
The Kitchen Shortcut Bible: More than 200 Recipes to Make Real Food Real Fast by Bruce Weinstein and Mark ScarboroughWhat it is: a new way of thinking about making good meals quickly, which embraces non-traditional uses for some ingredients and kitchen utensils (including waffle irons and colanders).
Reviewers say: "So many surprising inspirations appear here that even jaded cooks may learn a thing or two" (Booklist).
Recipes include: No-Hassle Bacon and Eggs for a Crowd; No-Bake Carrot-Cake Cookies; Egg Rolls; Falafel Burgers; Instant Gnocchi; One-Pot Chorizo Mac and Chickpeas; and Bundt-Pan Hen and Dressing.
One-Pan Wonders: Fuss-Free Meals for Your Sheet Pan, Dutch Oven, Skillet, Roasting... by America's Test KitchenWhat's inside: Over 130 taste-tested recipes that can each be cooked in a single vessel, from a roasting pan to a slow cooker and beyond, with recipes organized by cooking container and illustrated with color photos.
Recipes include: Skillet Paella, Indian-Style Chicken Curry, Spicy Shrimp Skewers with Cheesy Grits, and Breakfast Pizza.
One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table by Molly GilbertWhat it is: The follow-up to Molly Gilbert's first cookbook, Sheet Pan Suppers, One Pan & Done provides 135 recipes for single-pan cooking (using a Dutch oven, skillet, muffin tins, etc.) that cover every part of the day.
Recipes include: Ham & Egg Cups, Portobello & Black Bean Chili, Easy Chicken Tikka Masala, and Nutty Sticky Rolls.
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