A gorgeous cookbook that will strengthen any home chef’s understanding of why their food cooks and tastes the way it does.
Sharma’s passionate curiosity in the scientific and emotional principles that flavor our food combines with stunning photography and creative, thoughtful recipes. The result is a knockout cookbook that will leave you with a joyful spirit and a full stomach! ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
A perverse little fairytale about three governesses tending to a couple's young boys in the French countryside. To the country manor's inhabitants, the women are irresistible and unknowable. They frolic, gossip, cry a good deal, and devour men from time to time. Though the action is sparse, this slim book contains more feeling, wit, and ideas than a book three times its size. These governesses possess an irreverent magic. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
From the personal histories of a Midwestern family at the close of the twentieth century, Ben Lerner crafts an expansive vision of the moral and intellectual condition of contemporary America. Shifting narratives between haughty, brilliant high school student Adam and his two psychologist parents, this novel explores the creative and destructive power of language, both locally and culturally. The wisest, most imaginative novel you’ll read all year. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
Does the idea of throwing a dinner party intimidate the heck out of you? Alison Roman is here to show you how fun, relaxed, and delicious hosting your next gathering can be. From pre-dinner snacks (check out the crispy haloumi with honey and pistachio) to main courses (kimchi-braised pork!), this cookbook, like any good party, is pleasure-packed. Throw out your carefully planned menus, pour a wine spritz, and chill--if all goes wrong, there's always pizza! ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
Like the best novels, Vuong’s debut demonstrates what is possible through language. The narrator writes a letter to his mother, with whom he immigrated to America from Vietnam as a young boy. Through his life and the lives of his family he reveals the inescapable momentum and violence of politics, war, and profit, which intertwine with personal ancestry and narrative. Also deeply rooted in his story is the scalding, life-giving force of love, which radiates from Vuong's writing. Like my favorite novels, it left me grateful. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor