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The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria

Marlene Matar (Interlink)

The rich culinary heritage of Aleppo comes to life in this tribute to the besieged Syrian city at the ancient Mediterranean crossroads.


The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood

Belle Boggs (Graywolf)

Boggs's essays about "Plan B family making," which chronicle her experiences with her spouse, doctors, and peers while dealing with infertility, address universal themes of hope, loss, and identity. Her contemplative view of waiting—as an active practice—offers comfort to those who cannot get what they need even by the most intense wishing.


The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Johanna Silver, photos by Marion Brenner (Timber)

Combining biography of the dry-garden pioneer with a landscaper's guide, Silver and photographer Brenner tour the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Calif., and discuss the life and work of its creator and namesake. Replete with brilliant color photography, this hopeful book will win over anyone who doubts that a desolate landscape can support thriving life.


Domus: A Journey into Italy's Most Creative Interiors

Oberto Gili, with Marella Caracciolo Chia (Rizzoli)

The rooms showcased in this magnificent book on Italian interior design aren't simply a display of exemplary art and furniture collecting (although they are often that), but they exhibit the imaginative working lives of their residents.


Dorie's Cookies

Dorie Greenspan (HMH/Martin)

Accomplished bakers will be challenged and inspired by the breadth of recipes and the many suggestions Greenspan offers throughout the book to modify recipes. This is a cookbook to read, bake, and eat your way through.


Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China

Fuchsia Dunlop (Norton)

The Jiangnan is an exquisite "crucible of Chinese gastronomy," and Dunlop's scholarly homage to the region will captivate the culinary imagination.


Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World

B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta (Algonquin)

In illuminating detail, two microbiologists explain the importance of the gut microbiome and, in particular, how supporting its diversity before birth and in the first months of life can benefit lifelong health. This helpful resource sets itself apart from health books that offer unfounded and even speculative claims by staking a position firmly in the medical mainstream.


Mozza at Home: More Than 150 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Relaxed, Family-Style Entertaining

Nancy Silverton, with Carolynn Carreño (Knopf)

When entertaining friends and family at home, buffets are simple yet sophisticated, and Silverton, founder of L.A.'s Mozza restaurants and La Brea Bakery, invites cooks into her home kitchen to discover how to create stress-free, stylish spreads.


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