Home, Garden, and DIY
Design Your Own Crochet Projects: Magic Formulas for Creating Custom Scarves... by Sara DelaneyWhat it is: a guide for beginning and experienced crocheters, especially those who are budding designers. With color photographs and clear instructions, it details 31 different stitches, how to choose yarn, how to create a pattern, and lots more.
Projects include: scarves, cowls, hats, socks, mittens, gloves, and others that can all be customized.
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: among other things, 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 (covering different varieties, decaffeination, etc.), and where and how to buy supplies.
Want a taste? "Coffee should not be mysterious."
The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook by Jim Lahey with Maya JosephWhat it is: a cookbook featuring various recipes from the author's famous, Italian-influenced New York City bakery.
Why you should read it: Remember that easy no-knead, Dutch-oven bread recipe that took over the internet a while back? Yeah, that's Jim Lahey's; clearly the man knows his way around a kitchen.
Recipes include: several sourdough starters, Simple No-Knead Sourdough, Apple-Fennel Pizza, Orange Olive-Oil Cake, Oven-Baked Pasta, Chili, Garlic Roast Potatoes, and Panettone.
Read This If You Want to Be Great at Drawing by Selwyn LeamyWhat it is: a friendly manual that aims to make drawing fun, even (especially?) for those who think they can't draw. Using 50 examples from a wide variety of artists in order to showcase tips, techniques, advice, and exercises, this book is great for all ages.
Chapters include: Don't think, do(odle); Let there be lines; Get cross (-hatching); Find your angle; Face facts; It's all an illusion; and Find your happy accident.
Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine by Lidia Bastianich and Tania Bastianich ManualiWhat it is: an authentic, comprehensive cookbook by the personable Emmy-winning host of PBS' Lidia's Kitchen. Written with her daughter, this book provides a delicious guide to Italian cooking, including details about ingredients, techniques, and tools. There's also an extensive glossary of Italian food terms and information about Italian culture.
Recipes include: Zucchini Fritters, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chicken Liver Crostini, Rosemary and Lemon Focaccia, Chicken Cacciatore, Tomato and Bread Soup, and Pomegranate Sorbet.
EveryDayCook by Alton Brown; photography by Sarah De HeerWhat it is: a more personal cookbook by popular author and Food Network star Alton Brown, which showcases 101 of his favorite recipes as well as his choice of tools, spirits, methods, and less-common pantry items.
Recipes include: Breakfast Carbonara, Buttermilk Lassi, Bad Day Bitter Martini, Crispy Chickpeas, Beef Pho, Smoky the Meat Loaf, The General’s Fried Chicken, BBQ Potato Chips, and Green Grape Cobbler.
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from my Corner of the South by Vivian Howard; photography by Rex MillerWhat it is: an award-winning combination of cookbook and memoir that details more than 200 recipes and includes information about essential parts of Southern cooking, addressing ingredients, tools, seasoning meats, canning, and more.
Who it's for: viewers of PBS' A Chef's Life, fans of classic Southern food, and lovers of fresh takes on Southern food.
Recipes include: Grandma Hill's Hoecakes, Foolproof Grits, Blueberry BBQ Chicken, Peaches and Cream Cake, and Tempura-Fried Okra.
Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking by Pati Jinich; photography by Penny De Los SantosWhat it is: The charming Jewish-Mexican host of the PBS show Pati's Mexican Table provides simple yet delicious recipes for salsas, pickles, salads, soups, sides, main dishes, sweets, and drinks -- and it's all seasoned with Mexican cooks' tricks, ingredient information, and more.
Recipes include: Charred Tomato Salsa, Classic Avocado Soup, Chicken à la Trash, Shredded Pork in Ancho-Orange Sauce, and Triple Orange Mexican Wedding Cookies.
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