We have an addiction. An addiction to books. Cookbooks, coffee table books, ebooks, art books, food fiction–you name it; we need it. Here’s a look at what we’ve been reading and why you might need it too.

The Bee-Friendly Garden–planning a yard that helps the whole hive

the bee-friendly gardenBees have it tough. Some bees have even made it on the endangered species list. But by making a few great plant choices, you can help support native bee populations. That’s why we love The Bee-Friendly Garden: design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversityRead more

Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving: how to cook it well

Sam Sifton's Thanksgiving: how to cook it well

This Holiday Guide is no Turkey

Acclaimed food writer and New York Times national editor Sam Sifton knows a thing or two about Holiday entertaining. Explains Sifton, “For a couple of years, I spent Thanksgiving Day at The New York Times, answering panicked questions from readers. I was a one-man Thanksgiving help line.” His new book, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well uses that experience, along with a bit of wit and enticing prose, to walk the reader through preparing (and surviving) America’s culinary holiday. There are recipes for turkey and traditional sides. But what we appreciate the most are the author’s practical tips like how to warm serving plates and platters. As any book on Thanksgiving should, Sifton’s manual includes recipes for reinventing leftovers into entirely new meals.

Sam Sifton's Thanksgiving

 

32 Yolks–summer reading by Chef Eric Ripert

32 Yolks by Chef Eric RipertWant to know what it takes to be a chef?

Think the career of a chef is a glamorous life?

Then you need to read Michelin-starred Chef Eric Ripert’s memoir, 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line. True, Chef Ripert lives “the dream” today, with tv appearances and cushy celebrity chef gigs. Read more

Discover Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year

Ruth Reichl's My Kitchen YearWhat’s filled with mouthwatering temptation yet is entirely calorie free? The answer is Ruth Reichl’s  My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life. A loose narrative with recipes, the book follows Reichl’s renewed love for cooking in the year that followed her abrupt unemployment. (You might recall that Gourmet magazine shuttered unexpectedly in 2009.) Read more

Paulette Lambert’s The Wellness Kitchen

Paulette Lambert's The Wellness KitchenEating well is sexy. In our opinion, the gateway to a great romantic life is a good diet. But eating well does not mean eating bland or boring and that’s why we love Paulette Lambert’s The Wellness Kitchen. Read more