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
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

Cookbooks in Heavy Rotation besides Dinner: A Love Story

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

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

On Deck/Just Finished – Novels & Nonfiction

The Girls, by Emma Cline
You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein
Untangled, by Lisa Damour
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
The Animators (January 2017), by Kayla Rae Whitaker
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
Code Name Verity (YA)
The Run of His Life: The People v. OJ Simpson, by Jeffrey Toobin
Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Only in Naples, by Katherine Wilson
Catastrophic Happiness, by Catherine Newman
Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich
Food and the City, by Ina Yalof

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.

Arline Jacoby

Love your blog! Would also love to read After The Bell Cooking that you mentioned in “Good Reads” but it is only for invited readers. How do I contact the blogger & ask to be invited.

Pat VsnSchaick

I loved your book How to Celerbrate Everything. I was more interested in your commentaries than the recipes however. It’s all about the people anyway. I’d be interested in reading more from a grandmothers perspective. I have 4 married daughters and 13 grandchildren. I want to keep in touch with them and have rituals but it’s hard with only 2 daughters live locally, 1 three hours away, another 13 hours away. Any ideas or other blogs?