Good Reads

Go-to Blogs & Websites

After the Bell Cooking
Ben & Birdy
Bon Appetit
Cup of Jo
Dash and Bella
Devil and Egg
Eating from the Ground Up
Food Politics
Here There Everywhere
Kids in Mind
Kitchen Repertoire
Melissa Clark’s “A Good Appetite”
Mrs. Little
Nerd Alert
New York Times Diner’s Journal
Smitten Kitchen
The Kitchn
The Providers
The Talent Code
The Wednesday Chef
The William Brown Project
Travels with Clara
You Know, For Kids

Cookbooks in Heavy Rotation (Check back for updates)

The Classic Italian Cookbook, by Marcella Hazan
The Essential New York Times Cookbook, by Amanda Hesser
Salad for Dinner, by Jeanne Kelley
Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi
The Gourmet Cookbook, by Ruth Reichl
Chez Panisse Vegetables, by Alice Waters
Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes that Will Change the Way You Cook
The I Hate to Cook Cookbook, by Peg Bracken
How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman
Canal House Cooks Everyday, by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
The Grilling Book, by Adam Rapoport
Root to Leaf, by Steven Satterfield

Fave Cookbooks for Kids & Beginners

Fanny at Chez Panisse, by Alice Waters
Kids Cook 1-2-3, by Rozanne Gold
Martha Stewart’s COOKIES
Silver Spoon for Children, by Editors at Phaidon
Twelve Recipes, by Cal Peternell

Just Finished

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Among the Ten Thousand Things, by Julia Pierpont
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle (due out October)
On Writing, by Stephen King
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert (due out end of September)
We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (due out January)
Two Across, by Jeff Bartsch

On Deck

Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness, by Sasha Martin
A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
The Gift of Failure, by Jessica Lahey
Voracious, by Cara Nicoletti, Marion Bolognesi
Euphoria, by Lily King
A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan

Kids Books

Click here to download your free copy of “121 Books”our very subjective guide to the best books for kids ages 0 through 12.
Once you’ve checked everything off that list, head over to Phoebe’s book blog, Nerd Alert, where she continues the conversation.


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Carol minkus

As a mom of three, and a “Bubbie” of seven, I have my own collection of priceless books, and memories. I enjoyed going thru your list of favorites, especially the girls’ comments. However, I was sad that you neglected to give more attention to the lovely books by Robert McClosky. You gave a passing nod to Blueberries for Sal, but consider: Make Way for Ducklings, One Morning in Maine, Time of Wonder, and the wonderful Homer Price stories, which offer an authentic slice of small town American life. McCloskey’s stories are gentle and loving, and his art is, well, spellbinding. At my house, we never get tired of looking closely at his pictures, and discovering new things he left for us. Thanks for what you are doing. I am a big fan! Carol Minkus


My daughter just received Chop Chop, a great cookbook for kids written by Sally Sampson, as well as a Chop Chop magazine subscription for her 10th birthday. She LOVES it! I love that it does not talk down to her and that the recipes are healthy, but still very appealing.