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Mexico: The Cookbook

Margarita Carrillo Arronte (Phaidon)

In this definitive guide, Arronte, owner of Turtux restaurant in Mexico City, offers a glimpse into the geography, history, and agriculture of the country, as well as an introduction to Mexican staples such as corn, chiles, and tortillas.


Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ina Garten, photos by Quentin Bacon and John M. Hall (Clarkson Potter)

Garten offers smart solutions with more than 75 recipes for make-in-advance dishes, suited for both family weeknight meal planning and for special occasions. A secret kitchen sidekick, the Barefoot Contessa quells the last-minute fears of those who entertain.


Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere

Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Rux Martin)

Greenspan takes home bakers on a tour of Paris through her exceptional collection of recipes.



Gabrielle Hamilton (Random)

Brilliantly minimalist: no preface, no introduction, no interminable recounting of all that Hamilton has witnessed in her 15 years as the chef/owner of New York’s Prune restaurant. Instead, Hamilton scribbles in a handwritten font throughout the 250 recipes, in the form of orders rather than suggestions, as if the reader were on her payroll.


Start a Community Food Garden

LaManda Joy (TimberPress)

Joy’s timely handbook is about organizing people as well as planting produce, and the sustainable satisfaction of raising one’s own food.


Ketchup Is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

Robin O’Bryant (St. Martin’s/Griffin)

A terrific collection of sketches about motherhood that will make readers laugh and think. O’Bryant’s tales of life with her three daughters and wonderful, intelligent, yet somehow still inept husband encompasses no small amount of wisdom.


Plenty More

Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed)

Offered as a sequel to his 2011 bestseller Plenty, this book uses obscure vegetation in the service of highly creative dishes. The heart of his restaurant operation is a test kitchen nestled in a railway arch in central London, where he and his colleagues perfected these 150 recipes.


Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

Melissa Atkins Wardy (Chicago Review)

Taking on the media’s widespread stereotyping and sexualization of children—particularly girls—advocate Wardy offers a thoughtful, comprehensive guide to raising healthy, happy, confident children. She includes a savvy take on the consequences of “princess culture,” along with suggestions for gender-neutral toys, clothing, and parenting.


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