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Just Let It Happen: The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place

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If you’ve been talking to your clothes while folding them lovingly in an attempt to make your life more “tidy,” you should take a long, hard look at yourself, according to author Jennifer McCartney. Her new book, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy (Countryman, May 24, 2016) is the perfect guide to free yourself from the shackles of over-organization. McCartney encourages you to give in to your messier urges because being too clean is a sure sign of a dreadfully boring and uncreative personality. This book is a too-real parody of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which encourages readers to throw out old belongings to help declutter their…

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Sweet Paleo Treats Fit to Beet the Blues This Valentine’s Day

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My dad and I bond over food—especially around Valentine’s Day. Every year without fail, he buys a sampler box of candy and we carefully pick our favorite paper-lined chocolate morsels from the heart-shaped molded plastic tray. This year I wanted to do something a little different, and that’s where Sweet Paleo: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Delights by Lea Hendry Valle (Countryman Press; March 2) comes in. You can find delectable desserts ranging from an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe to more sophisticated sweets like tiramisu, all in keeping with a Paleo diet. I’ve never prepared anything Paleo before, but I’ve certainly enjoyed many dishes made by others who love this gluten-free and grain-free lifestyle. I’m open to experimenting and trying new foods,…

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The Meal You’ll Want to Cook Tonight from Dinner for Two

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Since moving in with my carb-loving other half, I may have overestimated our appetites. To be fair, I’ve been known to put away an entire meatball parm in record time, and he’s recently acquired the nickname “the compactor” due to his ability to crush meals. However, this doesn’t mean that we can keep up with all the leftovers. It’s just too much for two people and heating up last night’s dinner gets old fast. During the busy work week, I often find that the leftovers are no longer all that fresh when I finally get around to freezing them. And I won’t even mention the mysterious mold factory you find a week later. Instead, we want easy recipes with zero…

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Smart Reads: 7 Scrumptious New Cookbooks for You to Savor

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Here at the BookTrib office, the cookbooks arrive in the mail about mid-morning—just in time to start our stomachs rumbling. We can’t help but be inspired to kick up our cooking game as we flip through the gorgeous photos and mouth-watering recipes. This week we have cookbooks that serve up the kind of food many of us grew up with—red velvet cake and fried chicken from Savannah, bisque and jambalya from the Big Easy, garlic-and-pepper infused pastrami from Jewish delis, and porchetta and lasagne just like your nonna used to make. And to top it all off—a cookbook from the restaurant that has all the celebrity chefs raving. Hungry yet? This is Camino by Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain with Chris…

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Prohibition: Lost Drink Recipes from a 1920s Bootlegger

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Equal parts history, chemistry and alcohol make a delicious formula for an entertaining read. You don’t need to love drinking to enjoy Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger’s Manual (Countryman Press, October 28 2015). The new book from noted whiskey enthusiast and author Matthew Rowley was inspired by a notebook of illegal liquor recipes from the 1920s, Rowley’s annotations add depth and candor to an already fascinating historical artifact. Popular television shows set during the period, such as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Netflix’s Peaky Blinders, tend to tell a somewhat glamorized tale about the crime organized around alcohol production and smuggling during Prohibition. However, in Lost Recipes of Prohibition, the booze itself is the star of the story,…

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Sisters Tackle the Surprisingly Simple Desserts in Sweet Envy

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In my opinion, the best part of dinner is always dessert. I would eat dessert first, if it was socially acceptable. I am essentially addicted to sugar. I’m the type of person who will go to the convenience store at night in my pajamas for a package of Oreos or some gummy worms. Even though I love sweets, I can barely make brownies from the box. It is quite unfortunate. But, to my delight, my younger sister will soon be studying baking and pastries at culinary school. So, I bake vicariously through my little sis. In Seton Rossini’s new cookbook Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show (The Countryman Press; October 5, 2015) she offers recipes that…

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5 Fabulous Fusion Tacos You’ve Never Heard of (But Will Love)

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Chances are when you grab a quick taco from your favorite food truck it comes with all the traditional trimmings: meat or fish, shredded lettuce, red cabbage, tomato, cheese, some guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce and a wedge of lime. Pair with a side of refried beans and cilantro rice and you’re on your way to taco heaven. But the humble taco can be the framework for culinary magic. Enter Chef Ivy Stark of famed eatery Dos Caminos New York. She has created some updated interpretations of the taco that will leave your taste buds tingling. Her latest book Dos Caminos Tacos: 100 Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Mexican Street Food by Ivy Stark and Joanna Pruess (Countryman Press; September 21,…

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