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The Book of Tapas

Appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, pupus, or tapas, we love us some mini bites. The smaller the food the less guilt we have for hovering over the buffet table. The Book of Tapas ($26) offers 432 pages of Spanish culinary delights, with recipes for seafood, Spanish tortillas... [More]

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The Apothecary

Set in the 1950s, The Apothecary ($12) tells the story of Janie Scott, who has moved with her family to London from Los Angeles. There she befriends Benjamin Burrows, the son of an apothecary. As the story unfolds, Benjamin's father is kidnapped, leaving Janie and... [More]

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Peace: 100 Ideas

Did anyone else have a chuckle at Madonna finishing her halftime show with the words "World Peace" lighting the stage? Maybe we're just cynics. We believe in world peace, we'd love it, but we think it starts with the individual. Peace: 100 Ideas ($30) won't... [More]

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New Classic Chinese Cookbook

The New Classic Chinese Cookbook ($10) helps us turn our sad little mini apartment kitchen into an authentic Chinese restaurant. With recipes from stir-fry to dim sum, this book gives a clear answer to what-to-make-for-dinner drama.... [More]

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American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The perfect birthday gift or reference book for the gardener, the American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants ($51) offers an abundance of knowledge on growing a getaway in your back yard. We're totally inspired by the gardens we see in Better... [More]

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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

We love Michael Pollan and pretty much anything he writes we're fans of. His book Food Rules: An Eater's Manual ($7) provides an easy-to-follow set of rules to keep in mind while you're nourishing your body. Using tips and tricks passed down from many cultures... [More]

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Romantic Meals Anyone Can Make

Valentine's Day is upon us, but that three-course gourmet meal you planned on making sat on the back burner while you concentrated on finding the perfect lingerie to serve it in. So now you're drawing a blank. Author Haley Jones comes to the rescue with... [More]

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Wee Wonderfuls

One of our very best childhood memories is of making dolls with our mom. (One rainy day she decided that sewing matching dolls for us and a best friend would be a fun craft.) We've thought about those dolls often, and would love to recreate... [More]

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Chicken and Egg

Admit it, even the most city-chic of all of us has had one of those "Man, I want a backyard so I can raise chickens and grow a garden" moments. More and more women are re-touching their roots (we're not talking at a salon, people!)... [More]

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Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop

If you've never had the opportunity to visit Miette Patisserie in lovely San Fran, we suggest you put it on your bucket list. In the meantime, take a peek at the patisserie's recipe book, Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop ($17). Not... [More]

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Italian Grill by Mario Batali

Sometimes we think everyone in America except us is infatuated with Italian cooking. Sure, we love a good lasagna or pasta carbonara once in a while but on the whole we'd prefer to eat Indian, Thai, or Mexican food. Italian grilled dishes are the big... [More]

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Cheap Thrill: The Labors of Hercules

People talk about reading on the beach, it's true, but for us winter has always been the real season for fun, junky books. A warm mug of tea or cocoa, a window looking out at the rain? Perfection. The Labors of Hercules is, for some... [More]

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Mini Pies Cookbook

If anyone else offers us a cupcake we might throw up. It's not that we don't love a good cream cheese frosting (cause we do, ohh, we do), it's just that we've eaten ever so many cupcakes in the last few years and our taste... [More]

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How To Get Along With Boys Or Girls

Just in time to 'catch a man' for Valentine's Day, How To Get Along With Boys (Or Girls) ($8) will teach you all the wiles your grandma used during the 1940's. With 80 pages of unintentionally funny tips and tricks for working your feminine magic,... [More]

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Bird Letterpress Bookplates

We love lending out our favorite books, but we hate having to track them down and pester people to get them back on our bookshelf. Those well marked up pages and highlighted paragraphs took thought and effort, you know? That's why we're sticking these Bird... [More]

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I Want My Hat Back

We don't often review kids books on Outblush, but we couldn't help but want to share this adorable book, I Want My Hat Back ($11). Between the cool animation and funny story, we think it's one of the best new children's books we've found in... [More]

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The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

Get your mind of out of the gutter. Not that we are against a little love in the kitchen, but The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook ($21) is more about Asian cooking than steamin' up the ol' kitchen. Full of 101 tasty recipes easy enough to make... [More]

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Beads and Braids by Jacqui Carey

Make your own on-trend bead and braided jewelry with help from Beads and Braids by Jacqui Carey ($40). Full of pictures and step by step instructions, we're looking forward to making cool bracelets while we get our fix of watching crazy women compete for Ben... [More]

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300 Best Bread Machine Recipes

So you're telling us we can have fresh bread (and that fresh bread smell) in our apartment every day with minimal effort on our part?! Sold! 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes ($16).... [More]

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Big Little Book of Jewish Wisdom

We remember being excited to go to our best friend's Jewish grandparents house because there was always good old world food, witty banter, and excellent advice. We miss our childhood and the opportunity to glean a little wisdom from Nana, but the Big Little Book... [More]

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