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Good to the Grain

Every once in a while we vow to forgo processed foods in favor of homemade fare. And then we have a sultry back-alley rendezvous with a Hostess lemon pie. We have a sneaking suspicion, though, that Good to the Grain ($19) will help us accomplish... [More]

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Printing by Hand

We can't imagine we're the only ones who have left a fabric store wondering why textiles all look like they were designed by the same three little old ladies. Maybe we're picky, or maybe we just know that the floral meets chevron print that's been... [More]

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The Travel Book

Our day goes something like this: Think about food. Think about travel. Think about food. Think about travel. Think about work. Think about travel. The Travel Book ($21) is our little incentive. If we put in a full day, we'll earn a little towards a... [More]

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Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying!

You know the type: the pretty girl who's always feeling sorry for herself. Why does she have to work so much, her clothes suck, life is the worst, blah blah blah. And of course, it's not enough for her to steal the eyes of every... [More]

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Blue Cook's Books Set

We know it's the kosher thing to do: check the wedding registry, pick out a few things, and have them wrapped prettily and shipped. But we're utterly uninspired by our soon-to-be-hitched friends' taste in cutlery and duvet covers. That's why we'll be going rogue with... [More]

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The Leftovers

One hundred citizens of suburban Mapleton have vanished, and The Leftovers ($10) are dealing with the aftermath. Some witnesses want to move forward, while others insist on honoring the lost with a vow of silence. Though the novel has its funny moments, it's a subdued... [More]

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French Kids Eat Everything

We admit it: we're terrified of having children. It's not the lack of sleep and the college tuitions that have us shaking in our boots: it's their eating habits. We actually like food. But when our nieces and nephews come over, they refuse to put... [More]

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Flying Apron's Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book

We don't all practice gluten-free or vegan eating, but we'll never say no to a delicious dish, whatever the ingredients! Flying Apron's Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book ($23) talks us through making tender breads, chewy cookies, and other goodies that can be tricky for vegans... [More]

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Ice Cream Happy Hour

Summer's coming, which means that the kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the opportunities for the little ones to push your buttons are seemingly limitless. But the kids know that when you get out the pink container of mommy's ice cream,... [More]

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Momofuku Cookbook

We all know the amazing awesomeness of Momofuku and their stuff-of-dreams delicacies. But as much as we'd love to enjoy their insane food three times a week, we can't figure out how to fit three weekly coast-to-coast flights into our budget. Super bummer. Thankfully David... [More]

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Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, Treats For Kids

Now hold up, we're calling foul on the title Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, Treats For Kids ($14). We're not kids (according to our driver's licenses) but we still love us some sticky, chewy, messy, gooey treats! We're totally smitten with the idea of making our... [More]

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My Food Passport

Just as with infectious diseases, you only have so long before kids develop immunity to antidotes for picky eating habits. Calling broccoli a miniature tree? So last year. Skewering chicken pieces with lollipop sticks? Old hat. The old, "If you don't eat it for dinner,... [More]

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How To Traumatize Your Children

Every good parent knows that the secret to raising amazing kids is to give them love, nurturing, and just enough dysfunction to make them funny. Obviously Mom understood that when she delayed first-time bra shopping for so long that the coolest girl in school had... [More]

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The Cut Out Craft Book

The Cut Out Craft Book ($25) may be completely written in Japanese, but it's filled with projects and diagrams that even a non-Japanese speaker can follow. We're taking notes on making mini '"hotel staples" (like Q-tip boxes) for our guests so that a stay at... [More]

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Real Simple Best Recipes

Unless we're mistaken, those Totino's pizza rolls you ate for lunch yesterday don't count as healthy food. Fight your way out of your unhealthy lunch routines with Real Simple Best Recipes ($18). This cookbook comes stuffed with nutritious recipes that will carry you through lunch... [More]

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Vintage Lingerie

Trying on cheaply made and ill-fitting lingerie is soul-sucking. It's already like pulling teeth to get us into those cold, badly lit dressing rooms; at least provide us with some damn-girl-you-so-sexy options! Vintage Lingerie ($21) is chock-full of elegant patterns and step-by-step instructions for making... [More]

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The Flavor Bible

Thou shalt not eat bland food. Amen to that! We're believers in The Flavor Bible ($21). Focusing on the "four factors that make up flavor," Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg turn every meal that comes from this tome into a religious experience. We're converted.... [More]

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The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook

Recently, we found The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook ($16) at our local bookstore, and we were literally salivating over the delicious recipes we found inside. Who know you could make desserts with quinoa? We found all kinds of ideas for tasty side dishes and main meals... [More]

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50 Things to Make and Do

You know how to make sure you remain the coolest aunt in the family when there are five other contenders? Bring 50 Things to Make and Do ($10) when you babysit. No watching movie after movie for you; you'll spend your afternoons making cool collages,... [More]

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The Colette Sewing Handbook

Any sewing diva who's stumbled upon Colette Patterns knows that their attention to detail and unique designs are a seamstress's dream come true. In The Colette Sewing Handbook ($28) you'll find beginners' tips, techniques that take basic designs to the next level, and five fabulous... [More]

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