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).
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai; photographs by Michèle M. WaiteWhat it is: a lovely, well-organized guide to growing flowers all year long; an award-winning debut by a renowned flower farmer whose most recent book, Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias, came out in March.
What's inside: advice for selecting your garden space; a seasonally arranged overview of planting and harvesting 175 flower varieties; inspiring photos.
Don't miss: the helpful instructions for floral arrangements and décor.
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.
Japanese Paper Flowers: Elegant Kirigami Blossoms, Bouquets, Wreaths and More by Hiromi YamazakiWhat it is: a step-by-step guide to using paper to craft over 30 "exquisite and realistic-looking flowers" (Booklist), such as lily of the valley, tulip, hydrangea, lavender, rosebud, dahlia, and cherry blossom. Templates, helpful hints, and information on materials and tools are all included.
Don't miss: the pretty projects -- a brooch, a photo frame, a floral crown, wreaths, and more -- that utilize the handmade paper blooms.
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