Home, Garden, and DIY
Bags: Sew 18 Stylish Bags for Every Occasion by Anna AliciaWhat it is: an easy-to-follow guide to creating stylish bags that's useful for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Contains: instructions for 18 customizable projects, ranging from basic to advanced, all illustrated with clear color photographs.
Projects include: Pom Pom Bucket Bag, Fold-Over Clutch, Fold-Over Backpack, Simple Tote, Overnight Bag, Oversize Beach Bag.
Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors from My Kitchen by Bobby FlayWhat's inside: 165 recipes that award-winning celebrity chef Bobby Flay routinely cooks for family and friends, plus culinary tips and advice.
Recipes include: Mrs. Pie's Cinnamon Bread, Brussels Sprout Nachos, Classic Home Fries, Quick Bolognese Sauce, Green Chile Cheeseburger, Spanish-Style Shrimp and Grits, Korean BBQ Chicken.
Read this next: Alex Guarnaschelli's The Home Cook; Jennifer Segal's Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook; or Gordon Ramsey's latest, Good Food Fast.
The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease & Joy at Any Age by Toni GattoneWhat's it is: a cheerful adaptive gardening guide by Master Gardener Toni Gattone that has readers assess where they are physically and then offers an array of methods, tips, and tricks to help eliminate the physical strain of gardening.
Who it's for: gardeners with back trouble, mobility issues, or plans to garden in their golden years, as well as those who help them.
Bigger Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere by Gemma StaffordWhat it is: the delightfully unfussy dessert-focused debut of Irish-born chef and online baking star Gemma Stafford, which offers 115 step-by-step recipes organized by tool (wooden spoon & bowl, rolling pin, etc.) and that are great for newbies and experienced bakers.
Recipes include: Butter Whirl Biscuits, 5-Star Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Lava Pie, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cinnamon Roll Cake, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream, Jelly Doughnut in a Mug.
Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life by Erin GatesWhat it is: a beautifully photographed, family-focused design book organized by room. It also offers practical advice and ideas for purchasing items (rugs, sofas, etc.) that'll survive children and pets.
Don't miss: detailed photograph captions; clever sidebar tips; the author's story about her struggle with infertility.
Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life by Patricia HeatonWhat's inside: tips and thoughts on family meals, parties, menus, and kitchen organization as well as 100 recipes covering breakfast, appetizers, sides, comforting classics, family favorites, sweets, drinks, and “guest goodies” (little treats for sending home).
Recipes include: Apple Pie Muffins, Pizza Monkey Bread, Winter Corn Chowder, Shortcut Paella, Perfect Pot Roast, Patty's Party Punch.
About the author: Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton is the mother of four and divides her time between California and England.
Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go by Marni JamesonWhat it is: a kind-hearted and practical guide to downsizing by a syndicated columnist and author who's been through it and understands that the process is emotional as well as physical.
What's inside: strategies based on the expertise of antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, psychologists, and others.
Reviewers say: "essential reading for anyone clearing out your own or a loved one’s home" (Wall Street Journal)
The Family Cabin: Inspiration for Camps, Cottages, and Cabins by Dale MulfingerWhat's inside: profiles of 37 different homes that vary in size, style, and location, as well as gorgeous photos, floor plans, and interesting details about their construction.
Did you know? Library Journal named The Family Cabin by architect Dale Mulfinger their Best Interior Design book of 2017.
The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy... by Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy PollanWhat it is: an award-winning collection of over 100 healthy family recipes (complete with market and pantry lists for each), as well as cooking techniques and shortcuts, plus family stories and photos.
Recipes include: Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Chips, Hearty Lentil Soup, Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, Crunchy Oven-Fried Chicken, Harvest Vegetable Bake, Esme's S'mores Cookies.
Don't miss: the foreword by bestselling author Michael Pollan, the authors' brother and son.
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