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After a long day of chilly outdoor fun, there’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch by a roaring fire with a great book. This winter, I plan to read The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, the masterfully told tale of the legendary team's gold medal victory at Lake Placid, NY.
If you’re going to make cookies, then you’ve got to learn from the master herself. In Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share, recipes are conveniently organized by texture, and each one is accompanied by a full-color photo, so you know exactly how the cookies should come out. I also find her tips and techniques on everything from storing to gift packaging to be extremely helpful.
When the weather turns cool, we all want hot comfort foods for dinner. Cooking Channel host Ellie Krieger offers up nutritious takes on much-loved meals with Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy. I use it to cook up classics like meatloaf, lasagna, chicken potpie and mashed potatoes, but without all the calories and saturated fat.
Though I was never able to watch his comedy as a kid, I do remember my dad laughing hysterically to the humor of the legendary George Carlin. And now that I'm an adult, I can see why he was laughing. This Father's Day, give your dad a good laugh with Three Times Carlin: An Orgy of George. It features three of his books in one complete volume: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?,... more
This Father's Day, bring your dad into the 21st century by giving him an eReader loaded with a few of his favorite books. eReaders are taking over books the same way MP3 players took over music. I was reluctant to make the switch myself, but I have to say, the convenience of being able to pull up a book from any location is pretty nice. This selection of eReaders includes the more popular Nook... more
You can't go to the beach without a good book to read. I can't get enough of Tina Fey on "30 Rock, " so when I heard that she was putting out a memoir, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Bossypants has everything you'd want in a good beach read: humor, wit, and self-depreciation. The book goes into Fey's childhood, as well as her early days at SNL, her honeymoon and... more
With age comes more responsibility, which is why new graduates should travel as much as possible right out of school. It's a great way to not only take a breather from all of the exams, but also to expand their minds into new cultures, making them more well-rounded individuals. This Luckies Original Scratch Map Personalised World Map lets the world traveler scratch off on the cities, countries, and continents that he or she has... more
Now that they don't have to take exams anymore, the new grad will have a newfound sense of humor when it comes to taking tests. F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers is a hilarious book that gathers together creative test answers provided by students who, faced with a question they have no hope of getting right, decide to have a little fun instead. And because your recipient is graduating, you... more
Sometimes picking out a book as a gift can be a gamble, but if you know your recipient well, it can be a great personal gift. My mom's always been a fan of celebrity biographies, and with the recent, sad passing of actress and icon Elizabeth Taylor, I'm sure she'll find this biography about Taylor's infamous marriage to actor Richard Burton a fascinating and engaging read this Mother's Day.
To me, there's nothing more relaxing than hitting the open road with a good cup of coffee and a good audiobook. With a busy schedule, sometimes it's the only way I can get caught up on new books. If you're planning a road trip this spring/summer, pick up a new book or even an old classic to listen to. This selection includes a wide selection of audiobooks, including classic literature and even self-help books.... more
When I think of spring, I think of baseball. I can't wait to sit in the stands, with a hotdog in hand, cheering my favorite team inning by inning. But until it then, I'll be reading The Baseball Codes: Beanball, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls to get my baseball fix. Written by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca, the book takes a look at the unofficial, less cut-and-dry rules of baseball.
I don’t know about you, but there is just something about spring that makes me want to get outside and work in the dirt. But if you’re like me and don’t know the slightest thing about living off the land, Country Wisdom & Know-How is the book for you. It includes nearly 200 individual topics of country and self-sustained living, from building a chicken coop to restoring hardwood floors to making homemade candy.
I'm looking forward to that first warm spring day when I can take a blanket to the park and stretch out with a good book. If you're looking for that perfect read for spring, Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books is a good place to start. The book looks at the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday, and examines her life through the nearly 100 books she... more
The Flavor Bible - The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
We recently received The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs as a birthday gift, and we've now decided that it's going to be our official host/hostess gift this year. The book offers an alphabetical index of flavors and ingredients and allows readers to search complimentary combinations for a particular ingredient. You can also look for specific cuisines, such as French or Indian, to... more
A World Series-inspired cookout would not be complete without hot dogs. And while we're a fan of classic toppings such as mustard, ketchup, and relish, we're also fans of taking hot dogs up a few notches in terms of flavor. The Great American Hot Dog Book: Recipes and Side Dishes from Across America serves up recipes from popular hot dog stands in every state in the union as well as recipes for delicious side... more
When it comes to our alcohol of choice, we usually stick to beer or wine. But lately, we've developed a taste and appreciation for old-school cocktails. The book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, includes tons of rare drink recipes, as well as information about cocktail trends and uncommon drink ingredients. It also includes stories and anecdotes about the rare concoctions. The book makes a great gift for both amateur and professional mixologists.
We always crave yummy Latin-inspired food this time of year, but it is typically full of meat-based dishes, which can be a challenge if you're eschewing meat and dairy products altogether. However, Terry Hope Romero has brought some vegan love to Latin food with her newest cookbook, Viva Vegan!. In it, she introduces vegan versions of all the foods she grew up eating, including Potato Chickpea Enchiladas, Fried Plantains, Arepas, and Café con Leche... more
Anthony Bourdain: you either love him or hate him. We fall in the former group, and love his brash sense of humor. Coming off his first book, Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain is back with Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. Medium Raw explores changes in the dining scene in the ten years since his first book. It also details his voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling... more
Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: The Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job by Ellen Reeves
Leaving the nose ring at home when going on a job interview sounds like a no-brainer to us; but apparently, its not so obvious to younger generations. For that reason, any new graduate will certainly appreciate the advice Ellen Reeves offers in Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: The Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job. And in todays economic climate, its the essential guide for young... more
The College Dorm Survival Guide: How to Survive and Thrive in Your New Home Away from Home by Julia DeVillers
High school graduation means that college is on the horizon and its never too early to start preparing for freshman year. The College Dorm Survival Guide: How to Survive and Thrive in Your New Home Away from Home by Julia DeVillers is the ultimate guide for surviving college, including advice for choosing the right residence hall, getting along with your roommate, and dealing with communal showers, laundry, and dining halls.