The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Elements: The Powers, Uses, and Histories of Every Atom in the Universe (Hardcover)
A delightful chapter book that brings smiles to readers of all ages. There’s a lot to like in this book: charming characters and illustrations, silly happenings, playful language, and (especially for adults), all too familiar relationships regarding domestic expectations. I’ve been giving this book to people I think could use a laugh (which means, uh, everyone).
This beautifully illustrated poem of a picture book celebrates Black boyhood, leaning into the joy and pride of a loved child. I love this line from the narrator: “I am good to the core, like the center of a cinnamon roll. Yeah, that good." We have signed copies.
East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing [American Measurements] (Hardcover)
I have loved cooking and eating Indian food since I first met Madhur Jaffrey on the page in the early nineties. Since then I’ve acquired so many cookbooks that I have to ask myself Seriously, do I really need another, and what goes out if one comes in? Hello East, I’ve got room on my shelf for you! Straight-forward recipes, vivid pictures, broad scope—“from Bangalore to Beijing”—and Meera Sodha’s friend-in-the-kitchen voice make this vegetarian/vegan cookbook appealing to both vegetarians and omnivores alike.
The premise of this book is a journey down the streets of Bombay to eat in the Irani cafes of the authors’ youth, starting with breakfast at 8 o’clock and wrapping up with tipples at midnight. At a time of curtailed travel, it’s fun to imagine walking in the steps of the Dishoom itinerary (map included). It's a beautiful book—the photographs, illustrations, weight of the paper, cover—replete with stories and appetizing recipes.
As a shameless devotee of dessert for breakfast, this cookbook offers opportunities beyond “snacking.” Though I am no slouch in the kitchen, I'm always looking for good value recipes where minimal effort and maximum satisfaction converge. I like Yossy Arefi's recipes, not only the range but also her tips and variations regarding pans, flavors and ingredients, and dressing up a simple cakes.