Great Reads in Cooking, Crafts, Wellness, and More | Life+Style Starred Reviews

Top picks for great reads for cooks, crafters, and those seeking balance, recovery, and connection.









Dissen, William Stark (text) & Johnny Autry (photos). Thoughtful Cooking: Recipes Rooted in the New South. Countryman. Apr. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781682688083. $35. COOKING

Selengut, Becky (text) & Clare Barboza (photos). Misunderstood Vegetables: How To Fall in Love with Sunchokes, Rutabaga, Eggplant and More. Countryman. Feb. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9781682688038. pap. $25.99. COOKING

Shockey, Kirsten K. & Christopher Shockey. Fermented Vegetables, 10th-Anniversary Edition: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 72 Vegetables, Fruits, & Herbs in Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Kimchis, Krauts, Pastes & Relishes. Storey. Apr. 2024. 440p. ISBN 9781635865394. pap. $27.99. COOKING


Buchanon, Amy. Punch Needle Tattoo Designs. Landauer. Nov. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781639810369. pap. CRAFTS

Bulliss, George & Jordan Shepherd. Dust Collection Systems and Solutions for Every Budget: Complete Guide to Protecting Your Lungs and Eyes from Wood, Metal, and Resin Dust in the Workshop. Fox Chapel. Dec. 2023. 120p. ISBN 9781497104150. pap. $19.95. CRAFTS

Dervout, Anna. Colourwork in the Round: All the Techniques You Need Plus 5 Stunning Projects. Search Pr. Dec. 2023. 144p. ISBN 9781800921214. pap. $23.95. CRAFTS

Inouye, Megumi Lorna. The Soul of Gift Wrapping: Creative Techniques for Expressing Gratitude, Inspired by the Japanese Art of Giving. Storey. Apr. 2024. 208p. ISBN 9781635865547. $25. CRAFTS

Ishii, Sachiyo. Knit a Mini Ocean: 20 Tiny Sea Creatures To Knit. Search Pr. Nov. 2023. 64p. ISBN 9781800921405. $13.95. CRAFTS

Laitinen, Niina. Knitted Socks: 20 Gorgeous Patterns Inspired by Places Around the World. Search Pr. Dec. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781800921566. pap. $23.95. CRAFTS

Lord, Naomi. Cute Creature Art Class: Learn To Draw Over 50 Magical Monsters. Rock Point. Feb. 2024. 160p. ISBN 9781631069772. pap. $21.99. CRAFTS

Varvara, Faith. Kawaii Doodle Café: Learn To Draw Adorable Desserts, Snacks, Drinks & More. Rock Point. Jan. 2024. 144p. ISBN 9781631069598. pap. $19.99. CRAFTS


Cervantes, Kelly. Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It’s Time To Heal but You’re Not Sure You Want To. BenBella. Nov. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781637743829. pap. $19.95. SELF-HELP

Nagoski, Emily. Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections. Ballantine. Jan. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593500828. $30. SELF-HELP  

Rallo, Eli. I Didn’t Know I Needed This: The New Rules for Flirting, Feeling, and Finding Yourself. Harvest. Dec. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780063298460. $24.99. SELF-HELP

Sofer, Oren Jay. Your Heart Was Made for This: Contemplative Practices for Meeting a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love. Shambhala. Nov. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781645472001. $24.95. SELF-HELP


Corkhill, Melissa. Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies: Over 100 Recipes—Essential Oils, Herbs, and Natural Ingredients To Treat Common Aches and Pains. IMM Lifestyle. Feb. 2024. 160p. ISBN 9781504801379. pap. $14.99. HEALTH 

Rountree, Sage. The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance. Rowman & Littlefield. Mar. 2024. 216p. ISBN 9781538181478. $19.95. HEALTH

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