When it comes to bridal shower and wedding gifts, we all know that shopping off-registry is risky business, but sometimes it’s fun to get a little creative and go rogue. For those engaged book lovers out there, here are some popular recent releases whose home-making subject matter is particularly apropos for an expanding personal library.
You may have grown up cracking lobsters or casting for your dinner, but Row34 chef Jeremy Sewall will give you a new appreciation for local food. In this thoughtfully curated collection of recipes, Sewall and co-author Erin Byers Murray (known for her 2011 book Shucked, which chronicles her 18 months as a rookie with Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury) revisit essentials such as hand-dug steamers with bay leaf and thyme, while highlighting seasonal flavors from local farms. Profiles of several of Sewall’s favorite New England purveyors will further stir your local pride.
Perusing this beautiful cookbook is like taking a trip to Maine without actually filling your gas tank. You’ll find recipes for Buttermilk Fried Clams, Smoked Haddock and Leek Pie, Lobster Gruyere Grilled Cheese, Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks, Crab and Corn Frittata, Ben’s Mom’s Secret Blueberry Pancakes, S’mores Whoopie Pies and many other mouth-watering dishes in this cheerful cookbook by lobster guys Luke Holden and Ben Conniff.
Katie Lee—co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen—is known for her summer soirees, and in Endless Summer Cookbook, she shares more than 100 recipes that are staples at these parties. From photography to design to the recipes themselves, Endless Summer Cookbook evokes the delicious flavors of the best season of the cook’s year. Included are salad Niçoise, peach blueberry cobbler, figs wrapped in prosciutto, a pizza thrown onto the grill, steak tacos served with avocado and fresh cilantro and much more. She also offers ideas for wine pairing and easy entertaining.
Warm and wise, designer and blogger Erin Gates offers style insights from her decade of experience working with clients, as well as personal stories from her own quest to transform her “Mr. Nice Guy” suburban home into the “Mr. Right” dwelling of her dreams. Filled with practical tips and stylish inspiration, her New York Times bestselling guide covers everything from creating a statement-making entryway to tackling a complete kitchen overhaul, including a comprehensive resource list to help you follow suit in your own space.
In Love in New York guides the reader to the most romantic sights and destinations the city has to offer. Chapters cover great date ideas, including destination museums and unusual “dinner-and-a-movie/theater” combinations. Throughout, sidebars offer romantic options such as wonderful bars with fireplaces, the prettiest park benches and romantic day trips within and near the five boroughs. From Champagne on the Peninsula rooftop in midtown to ice skating in Bryant Park, In Love in New York is the perfect gift for any couple dreaming of experiencing the romance of New York.
A follow-up to the widely popular Flower Recipe Book, The Plant Recipe Book is the next great thing in interior plant design, providing simple steps showing anyone how to create stunning living plant decor. Each one of the 100 “recipes” specifies the type and quantity of plants needed; clearly numbered instructions detail each step; and 400 photographs show how to place every stem. Traditional pots and plant containers are used, but so are less conventional vehicles and methods, like shutters and planting under glass.
A home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is actually just one part of a larger landscape made up of many living layers. And the replacement of the rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden’s biological diversity and ecological function. The Living Landscape seeks to reverse this trend by showing gardeners how to create a landscape that is full of life. Written by Rick Darke and Douglas W. Tallamy, two of the most important voices in sustainability and horticulture, it is the definitive guide to designing a beautiful, biodiverse home garden.