Home, Garden, and DIY
The Perfect Cake: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic, Modern, and Whimsical Cakes by America's Test KitchenWhy you should read it: It's America's Test Kitchen's first cake cookbook and a wonderfully comprehensive collection (it even includes cheesecakes, cake pops, and cakes you microwave in mugs). There are also tips about getting started and core cake-baking techniques.
Recipes include: Classic White Layer Cake, Blueberry Jam Cake, Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes, Petit Fours, and Spice Cake.
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by The Editors of Vogue Knitting MagazineWhat it is: an updated edition of a beloved knitting reference with over 1600 color images, step-by-step illustrations, and totally new sections that address designing sweaters, shawls, and accessories.
Reviewers say: "Trust Vogue" (Booklist); "an essential addition to the knitter's bookshelf" (Library Journal).
The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard by Susan MorrisonWhy you should read it: It takes a lifestyle-based approach to garden design that'll help aspiring gardeners turn their modest-sized yards into personalized spaces.
What's inside: inspiring color photographs, thoughtful questions, and suggestions for livable, low-maintenance designs using appropriate plants, furniture, and hardscaping.
The Flower-Powered Garden: Supercharge Your Borders and Containers with Bold... by Andy VernonFeaturing: floral color schemes, a florapedia of 50 gorgeous plants, information on planting and growing, beautiful photographs, and stories about why British producer Andy Vernon loves color.
Is it for you? Yes, if you'd like more colorful blooms in your garden and need an enthusiastic gardener to help you.
2017 James Beard Award Winners
Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran... by Naomi DuguidWhy you should read it: Delicious recipes plus stories from Naomi Duguid's travels as well as compelling photographs, facts about the five countries she visited, and an annotated bibliography make this book a James Beard winner in the International category.
Recipes include: Cabbage Dolmas, Spinach Borani, Kurdish White Beans, Mint Dumplings, Tabriz Meatball Soup, Beef Stew with Onion and Tomato, Marinated Pork Kabobs, Fruit Leather, and Cardamom Cookies.
Dorie's Cookies by Dorie GreenspanWhat it is: This James Beard Winner in the Baking and Dessert category offers techniques, tips, and a variety of creative, mouthwatering recipes.
Recipes include: Melody Cookies, Almond Crackle Cookies, Chocolate-Cornflake Haystacks, Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars, Snowy-Topped Brownie Drops, and Honey-Blue Cheese Madeleines.
Look for: the Beurre and Sel section, which includes all the recipes from the author's popular-but-now-closed Manhattan cookie store.
You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals by Ellie KriegerWhat it is: a collection of freezer-friendly and make-ahead dishes that are both easy to make and good for you (which helped it win the James Beard Award in Health); storing and reheating instructions are included as needed for each recipe.
Recipes include: Blueberry-Chia Overnight Oats in Jars, Pumpkin Waffles, Pulled Pork Tacos, Cod and Potato Cakes, Black Bean Veggie Burger, and Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders.
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni LundyWhat it is: The James Beard winner for American cooking, Victuals is more than a cookbook, it's also an insightful exploration of the foodways, people, and places of the Mountain South.
Recipes include: Karl Worley's Roasted Chicken & Dumplings; Venison or Beef Hand Pies; Mama's Mashed Potatoes; Country Ham, Ramps & Taters; Miner's Goulash; Colecannon; Old-School Tomato Gravy; and Busy Day Cobbler.
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