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I Was Here Travel Journal

No more scrawling your name on bathroom doors and scratching your initials into dinette booths (though we hope you already know not to do that). The I Was Here Travel Journal ($17) is a cool notebook that helps keep track of where you've been, which... [More]

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SnApp Shots: How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and App

Every time a photo op happens, the most accessible camera on hand is on our phone. For better or for worse, you'll rarely see us lugging around a separate point-and-shoot or SLR. We're hoping that the tips and tricks in Adam Bronkhorst's SnApp Shots: How... [More]

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Heat Wave

Did you know that don't have to be a fictional person to read Richard Castle's best-selling crime novel, Heat Wave ($11)? We can't wait to dive into the mystery, intrigue, and romance surrounding Kate Beckett...err, we mean Nikki Heat! We know, we know! It's just... [More]

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Atlas of Remote Islands

The biggest obstacle we face in our plans to see the world is being broke. Author Judith Schalansky had a different problem: the Iron Curtain. Deprived of the right to travel, she instead played tourist in her mind, exploring the planet through books. In her... [More]

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Dreaming in French

We read Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis ($16) in one sitting. (We finished on a Sunday morning at 3:00am!) Kaplan captures Kennedy, Sontag, and Davis as young women during their coming of age years abroad.... [More]

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Weber's Time to Grill

If it were up to us it would always be time to break out the Weber. What's not to love about smoky meats and tender veggies? Grilling can be a quick way to get dinner to the table on crazy weeknights, so we turn to... [More]

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A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign Of A Misspent Life

A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign Of A Misspent Life ($55). We couldn't have said it better. This awesome book is a reminder that you can have all the messy things you love while still maintaining a stylish home. It's all in the arrangement.... [More]

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The Secrets of Baking

If you're like us, the secret to baking is swinging by the bakery on the way home from work. But the real secret is how many times we stop in for a brownie or a dozen chocolate fudge cookies during the week. (Don't ask.) Owning... [More]

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Fun Cookie Bouquets

You know what's even more fun than getting a plate of treats? Getting a bouquet of them! Fun Cookie Bouquets ($11) includes tasty recipes, unique decorating instructions, and ideas for vases and presentation. Sure, it would be easy to drop off a batch of chocolate... [More]

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Desserts By the Yard

This is the end of every good intention we've had since New Year's. Forget fitting into our skinny jeans, going no/low sugar, and only eating desserts on the weekend. Desserts By the Yard ($24) chronicles Sherry Yard's adventures, mishaps, and of course, triumphs as the... [More]

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The Fearless Baker

We can't say that we're totally fearless in the kitchen, but we're learning! Honestly, baking can be a little intimidating. It's all about ratios, measurements, and methods to insure you don't over-work, under-hydrate, or generally spoil your pastry. The Fearless Baker ($20) explains in layman's... [More]

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Sugar, Sugar

Honey. Oh, Sugar, Sugar ($12)! You are our new cookbook. And we can't stop reading you! This cookbook inspires with tons of de-lish recipes and little stories (and history) to go with each one. It's literally food smut. And we're hooked!... [More]

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C is for Chafing

We probably won't be giving C is for Chafing ($12) to any children we know - the snark will be more suitable for our runner friends, and this would make the perfect marathon completion gift. We like to envision them laughing at the illustrations while... [More]

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101 Weird Ways to Make Money

Feeling dissatisfied with your line of work? Maybe it's time to try maggot farming. 101 Weird Ways to Make Money ($16) describes a surprising and sometimes disturbing array of bizarre things people get paid to do. If the whole office admin thing has you down,... [More]

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Minxy Vintage

A few months ago we passed up a '40s-style jacket we found at a thrift store because it didn't fit just right. Blast! If only we'd had Minxy Vintage ($31)! That gorgeous red print blazer would have been ours for the wearing! Author Kelly Doust... [More]

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Bringing Nature Home

In our city we're seeing signs popping up praising this house for having water-conserving gardens or that house for growing native species. We love the idea of using native plants to create a garden, and Bringing Nature Home ($17) shows us how to do that.... [More]

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Zone One: A Novel

Want to do some light summer reading? Colson Whitehead's Zone One ($14) can help with the summer reading, but the "light" part will have to come from a different novel. Whitehead tackles the dystopian zombie genre with a skilled pen, and Zone One reads more... [More]

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The Homebrew Handbook

The Homebrew Handbook ($13)... As in, you'll never get anything else done again.... [More]

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200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans

You've been talking about crocheting a blanket for ages. Now is the time! In a few months it will be hotter than hell and we can bet you won't want anything warm and woolly laying on your lap. (Except possibly the dog.) 200 Crochet Blocks... [More]

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The Italian Slow Cooker

There are evenings when we can barely put together a salad and a main course is a far-off, laughable dream. For days when we just want to come home to a hearty dinner, The Italian Slow Cooker ($16) is the perfect remedy. It's nice to... [More]

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