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January 2019

It’s inevitable that you will one day tire of what you are now cooking – the recipes you now rely on will eventually fail to thrill, the staples that once provoked extreme satisfaction from family and friends will instead elicit groans. When that moment comes, the library has your back! We have assembled a list of 13 great cookbooks from 2018 for your consideration. Click here to view the entire list in our catalog, or click on the title or cover of each suggested book to be taken to its record in our catalog.

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

Author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern-inspired flavors. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals.

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen

In this book – the follow-up to Small Victories, which Real Simple magazine called “an inspiring addition to any kitchen bookshelf” – Julia Turshen presents more than 125 delicious recipes and 20 creative menu ideas to help cooks of any skill level gather friends and family around the table.

Mississippi Vegan: Recipes & Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart by Timothy Pakron

Inspired by the landscape and flavours of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron found his heart, soul, and calling in cooking the Cajun, Creole, and southern classics of his youth. In his debut cookbook, he shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute ingredients without sacrificing depth of flavor and reveal the secret tradition of veganism in Southern cooking.

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

Kimball and his team of cooks and editors search the world for straightforward techniques that deliver delicious dinners in less time. Here, they present more than 200 solutions that will transform your weeknight cooking, showing how to make simple, healthy, delicious meals using pantry staples and just a few other ingredients. Some chapters focus on time – with recipes that are fast (under an hour, start to finish), faster (45 minutes or less), and fastest (25 minutes or less) – while others highlight easy methods or themes.

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Drawing inspiration from television personality Joanna Gaines’s home kitchen and her Waco restaurant, this book includes 125 classic recipes – from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to small plates, snacks, and desserts – that represent a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by Gaines’s love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor.

Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov

For their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people – the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv and sleepy towns on mountaintops. Solomonov has perfected and adapted every recipe for the home kitchen.

Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore

Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated “Genius Recipes” column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, Kristen Miglore has unearthed and rigorously tested 100 game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chefs, and bakers – and collected them all in this guide.

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan

The James Beard Award-winning and New York Times magazine columnist shares the irresistibly informal food she makes all the time for herself, her husband, and her friends. The dishes – many of which can be served as a dinners, side dishes, or an appetizers – are practical and can be made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers’ market, or pantry.

Eat At Home Tonight: 101 Simple Busy-Family recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, and More by Tiffany King

Founder of the Eat at Home website and family meal-planning wizard Tiffany King shares recipes focused on simplicity, flavor, and healthy balance to help home cooks end every day with an affordable family dinner. This is the cookbook to turn to when all hope of a homemade, wholesome dinner seems lost.

Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend by Joanna Saltz

You don’t have to know how to cook, you just have to love to eat. Delish.com speaks to food lovers who don’t fancy themselves chefs, and this – their first cookbook – collects all the online insanity and entertainment into one print volume. Inside, you’ll find more than 275 recipes and ideas that are meant to be devoured (Quesadilla Cake, Chicken Fried Cauliflower) plus tips, tricks, and indispensable advice.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen

After the extraordinary success of Cravings, Chrissy Teigen returns with more of her signature wit and take-no-prisoners flavor bombs. Her 100 recipes are simpler and provide plenty of bang for your buck, reflective of her new time-conscious status as a parent responsible for getting food on the table.

All About Cake by Christina Tosi

In this book, Christina Tosi takes you into the sugar-fueled, manically creative cake universe of Milk Bar. From two-minute microwave mug cakes to gooey Crock-Pot cakes, from Bundts and pounds to their famous cake truffles and, of course, their signature naked layer cakes, this book will help bakers of all levels to indulge in a world of flavors. Along the way, Tosi reveals the methods behind her team’s creativity that will allow you to invent any cake flavor you can imagine.

Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals by Gena Hamshaw

Focused on the art of crafting complete, balanced meals that deliver sustained energy and nourishment, this book features 100 compelling and delicious recipes that just happen to be vegan. Every recipe contains the key macronutrients of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins, which together make for a complete meal – things like Smoky Red Lentil Stew with Chard, and Falafel Bowls with Freekah and Cauliflower.

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Picking up where I left off yesterday, here are 10 of my favorite nonfiction reads from the last year. Click here for the entire list, or click on the individual covers and titles below to be taken to their records in our catalog.

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is often referred to as the female David Sedaris, and all of these essays are top notch. The writing is a perfect mix of hilarious and heartfelt. Fans of Nora Ephron should absolutely read this collection.

She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It by Hannah Jewell

An empowering look into the epic adventures and dangerous exploits of 100 women. The entries are both funny and informational. You’ll learn something new on every page.

What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky

This essay collection from the writer of the popular “Ask Polly” advice column examines the contradictions of middle-class American life with insight, humor, and terrific prose.

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

An incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger. Rebecca Traister does an incredible job taking this still unfolding history and turning it into a narrative.

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings in Chicago’s South Side by Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing knows Chicago schools. She was a student and teacher in them, and is now a scholar who studies them. This fascinating history of the Chicago Public School System is framed around the 2013 announcement of an unprecedented number of school closings.

Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover’s memoir of escape from her survivalist father is thrilling from start to finish. She didn’t set foot in a classroom until she was 17 and now holds several advanced degrees. This memoir is truly inspiring.

Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson

From an American Apparel model to a NASA employee, Hodson takes us through her work experiences in essays that look at the ways people connect to their work and to each other.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Published posthumously, this account of the author’s research into the Golden State Killer is riveting from start to finish. Since the publication of the book, the serial killer has been caught and confessed.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung looks back at her life as a transracial adoptee and wrestles with the fact that the prepackaged myth her adoptive parents told her may not be the whole truth. Chung’s writing is beautiful and the story of finding your identity is engaging from the first page to the last.

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin

In these essays, Bolin shows how women’s bodies are used as props to boost the stories of men. She analyzes, novels, movies, stories, and television programs that are obsessed with disenfranchised women. She ends the stunning collection by examining the injustices that real women suffer because of the portrayal of women in media.

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While librarians don’t sit around and read all day at work, most of us are voracious readers when we’re not on the desk. Below are 10 of my favorite novels and short story collections published in 2018. Click here for the entire list, or click on the individual covers and titles below to be taken to their records in our catalog. Come back tomorrow for a look at my 10 favorite non-fiction reads of 2018.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Inspired by the author’s own loss of faith at the age of 17, this thrilling debut about religious fervor on a college campus is told through a series of intense memories pieced together after a terrorist attack.

Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

A missing mother. An isolated community. One of the best canine narrators in literature. Dey sets her novel in a secluded area of Canada, and the area becomes the emotional center of the book, which deals with both adolescence and motherhood.

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt

Loosely based on the adulterous marriage of Vladimir Nabokov, this novel is told in diary entries and follows the love triangle of Zoya, Vera, and Leo through the 1920s. The novel is filled with beautiful sentences worthy of Nabokov himself.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live? This is the question at the heart of this novel, which follows the four Gold siblings throughout their lives and examines how they deal with the information given to them by a mystical woman on the Lower East Side of New York City in the summer of 1969.

Florida by Lauren Groff

This short story collection is entrancing from start to finish. Groff’s ability to write precise sentences leads to several unsettling (in a good way) stories where danger lurks at every turn.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This compelling novel tells the story of love, justice, and loyalty as a couple is ripped apart when one is falsely accused of a crime.

The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

In this imaginative and unsettling debut short story collection, Bonnaffons creates worlds that are decidedly strange. Her writing is funny, insightful, and probing. A story in the collection about a woman trying to turn herself into a horse was also featured on a recent episode of This American Life.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

1980s Chicago is the setting for this novel, which explores the AIDS crisis through the character of Yale Tishman, an art director who tries to finalize a deal for a collection of 1920s paintings as his whole world begins to crumble around him. This novel is beautiful from beginning to end. You’ll want to read it in one sitting.

Certain American States by Catherine Lacey

A story collection about characters trying to come to terms with their place in the world. Catherine Lacey’s tales of love, loss, and longing are hard to shake. The way she writes about characters trying to get a handle on their own lives is simply beautiful.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Miller expertly makes the story of Circe come to life in this astounding novel. After she is banished to a deserted island by Zeus, Circe hones her occult craft and comes into contact with several famous figures from mythology.

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