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Couture Sewing Techniques

Remember that goal you had to shop at consignment stores and thrift shops? Remember when you got all jazzed after reading about girls who took a shapeless old housedress and turned it into a summer frock worth parading down the boardwalk? Couture Sewing Techniques ($18)... [More]

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Cooking With Quinoa

We inherited two bags of quinoa when our parents moved out of the country but they are still sitting in our pantry. Why? We haven't found a recipe that has knocked our socks off. Honestly, the three we tried left something to be desired. But... [More]

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The Book of Awesome

Add Outblush to The Book of Awesome ($15) and you've got a complete list of life's most totally radical, super fantastic, ridiculously awesome things. Without it the book should be called The Book of (nearly) Awesome. But we still want it.... [More]

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rather new york city

Remember the scene in Elf where Buddy congratulates the coffee shop for having the world's best cup of coffee? Don't be like that. Make sure you have the inside scoop on all the best places to shop, dine, and sightsee in the Big Apple when... [More]

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Good Eats 3: The Later Years

The first chiffon cupcake was too flat. The second chiffon cupcake was too dense. The third chiffon cupcake was juuuust right. Why? Because we had Good Eats 3: The Later Years ($22), a 432-page book focused on the science and whys of cooking. This Goldilocks... [More]

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rather los angeles

Heading out to Los Angeles? Make sure you know the very best (local-preferred) places to hit up while you're visiting. rather los angeles ($16) is chock-full of insiders' tips for the best places to eat, shop, and sightsee. It's like hanging out with a with-it... [More]

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India: The Cookbook

Curry up and pick up India ($33)! Did you catch the curry reference? Aren't we hilarious? Okay, back to business... We especially need this book since we've had an abysmal time finding a restaurant as tasty as the Indian restaurant in our college town. Loaded... [More]

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Pope Joan: A Novel

We'll admit it. We're suckers for a riveting historical novel. One of our favorites is Pope Joan ($10) by Donna Woodfolk Cross. History buffs have long debated the existence of Pope Joan, a ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose through religious... [More]

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Stick It!

Duct tape has come a long way from the metallic grey stuff. Now you can make accessories ranging from cool wallets to funky jewelry when you have Stick It! ($14). We're partial to the animal print and neon versions you can find at the store.... [More]

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Betty Crocker's Cook Book For Boys And Girls

Did anyone else have this cookbook as a kid? Betty Crocker's Cook Book For Boys And Girls ($17) still has all that vintage charm of the first 1957 edition with original recipes and illustrations. We think it would make an awesome gift for a budding... [More]

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Party Cakes

We'd much rather have mini cakes to dress up our event than a single large one. The more the merrier, we say! Mich Turner's Party Cakes ($20) gives ample instructions on choosing cake shapes, flavors, and decorating styles to fit your party. We think an... [More]

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The New York Times 36 Hours

What are you doing this weekend? You no longer have an excuse to just laze about, thanks to The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada ($24). A collection of itineraries from various eloquent, well-traveled contributors puts a wealth of... [More]

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Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

Sonia Faleiro's book, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars ($10) is riveting. Let us say that again: it's riveting. Get a copy any way you can! Faleiro investigates and writes about the underground world of India's sex industry in prose that... [More]

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My Quotable Kid

Some of the funniest things we have ever heard have sprung from the mouths of our miniature clones. Use My Quotable Kid ($15) to keep track of hilarious observations and statements, like our four-year-old niece explaining that the mullet she'd given herself with a stray... [More]

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Hook-ups & Hang-overs: A Journal

We're not so sure how well a journal designed to catalog the fuzzy nights is going to work out, but we'll give it a shot. At least Hook-ups & Hangovers: A Journal ($10) has prompts and lines to write on...have you ever written in a... [More]

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I Am Almost Always Hungry

Who isn't almost always hungry? We sure are. Our husband jokes that we have a separate stomach just for dessert. (We couldn't possibly eat another roll, we're completely stuffed... there's cheesecake you say? Well, just a slice won't hurt...). I am almost always hungry ($17)... [More]

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Cinder

Like Cinderella, but with a sci-fi twist, Cinder ($18) is a novel about a cyborg (part human, part machine) named Cinder who may be the only thing keeping Earth from becoming extinct. Between the romances, the drama, and the twists, you'll be captivated from cover... [More]

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Baking Kids Love

Ummm... who says that a cake covered in sprinkles and bright candles or a crispy pizza covered in gooey cheese is the kind of baking that only kids love? Puh-lease! Baking Kids Love ($14), from Sur La Table, is full of delicious recipes, gorgeous pictures,... [More]

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Pizza on the Grill

There's almost nothing easier than throwing a pizza on the grill for dinner. Pick up a bag of premade dough, throw it on the grill with a healthy slathering of BBQ sauce, grill some chicken, red onions, and red pepper slices, and then layer them... [More]

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Container Gardening

Some of us are stuck in small apartments with not even a patio to our names. Some of us really miss gardening and getting our hands covered with dirt. Some of us will have to accept that small scale gardening is all we'll be able... [More]

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