Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch by Jake CohenWhat's inside: an entertaining modern take on Jewish cooking; over 100 recipes; color photos; pantry must-haves; holiday menus; tidbits about Jewish history and traditions.
Recipes include: Jake's Perfect Challah; Bagel Chips; Roasted Garlic Hummus; Pastrami Biscuits and Gravy; Spinach-Artichoke Kugel; Saffron Chicken Noodle; Matzo Tiramisu; Sour Cherry Rice Pudding.
Read this next: Sababa by Adeena Sussman; King Solomon's Table by Joan Nathan; Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.
Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie TanousWhat it is: a chatty cookbook by two best friends, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and chef/recipe tester Julie Tanous, that's filled with tempting dishes inspired by his Southwest and her Southern roots.
Recipes include: Buckwheat Waffles; Camping Chili; Cheesy Cauliflower Enchiladas; Gulf Coast Grouper & Grits; Hatch Green Chile Mac & Cheese; Gas Station Cherry Hand Pie; New Mexican Sopaipilla.
Don't miss: the amusing short intros to each recipe.
The Modern Homestead Garden: Growing Self-Sufficiency in Any Size Backyard by Gary PilarchikWhat it is: a beginner's guide to vegetable gardening by YouTuber Gary Pilarchik that covers soil, compost, raised bed and container gardening, choosing plants, plant profiles, pest control, preserving, and more.
Reviewers say: "a thorough, sensible approach to cultivating food and gardening in general" (Publishers Weekly).
Read this next: The Beginner's Guide to Growing Great Vegetables by Lorene Edwards Forkner.
Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore by Patric Richardson with Karin B. MillerWhat's inside: a fun, practical ode to laundry and textiles; instructions for doing washing right and getting stains out; details for dealing with dry-clean-only items; personal stories (complete with a cast of characters).
About the author: Patric Richardson, who's loved clothing since he was a toddler in Kentucky, founded the popular Laundry Camp at Minnesota's Mall of America and stars in a new TV series, The Laundry Guy.
Want a taste? "My mission is to help you make laundry faster, cheaper, kinder to the environment, and more fun."
Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric ElieWhat it is: a sprinkle of DIY (how to build a BBQ pit and burn barrel), a dash of memoir, and lots of mouthwatering recipes from the James Beard Award-winning pitmaster and restaurateur.
Recipes include: Hog Seasoning; Macaroni and Cheese; Pimento Cheese; Fried Catfish; Smoked Chicken; BBQ Bacon Burgers; Chicken Perloo; Hushpuppies; Corn Bread with Honey Butter; Banana Pudding.
Reviewers say: "[Rodney] Scott’s intensely flavorful recipes and masterful grill techniques are exceptional" (Publishers Weekly).
DIY Watercolor Flowers: The Beginner's Guide to Flower Painting for Journal Pages... by Marie BoudonWhat's inside: friendly, well-illustrated instructions for beginning watercolor artists; details about equipment, doing warm-up exercises, mixing colors, using wet and dry techniques, and making your own compositions.
Who it's for: those who want to paint loose-style flowers to create wall art, decorate journals or notecards, etc.
Seasonal Flower Arranging: Fill Your Home with Blooms, Branches, and Foraged... by Ariella Chezar with Julie Michaels; photographs by Erin KunkelWhat it is: a beautifully written guide with inspiring photos arranged seasonally that encourages the use of locally grown flowers and provides flexible, step-by-step instructions for 39 floral projects.
Don't miss: the section on creating a cutting garden.
Reviewers say: "a delightful companion for gardeners, florists, or armchair naturalists" (Publishers Weekly).
Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying by Martha Stewart with Kevin SharkeyWhat's inside: a lush guide to planting, growing, and arranging gorgeous flowers, including "seasonal all-stars" such as tulips, azaleas, lilacs, roses, and dahlias, as well as other favorites like hellebore and foxglove, from preeminent lifestyle expert Martha Stewart and a longtime creative collaborator.
Why you might like it: Martha's Flowers has stunning photos, fascinating floral history and tidbits, and clever tips and tricks.
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