Life+Style Top Reads | Starred Reviews for Cooking, Crafts, Gardening, Travel, and More

Starred titles reviewed in LJ's Life+Style section, spanning cooking, crafts, gardening, travel, and more.







Cooking & Hospitality

Holland, Tanya & others. Tanya Holland’s California Soul: Recipes from a Culinary Journey West. Ten Speed: Crown.

Katz, Sammi & Olivia McGiff. Cocktails in Color: A Spirited Guide to the Art and Joy of Drinkmaking. Union Square & Co. 

Kaul, Rosheen & Joanna Hu (text) & Joanna Hu (illus.). Chinese-ish: Home Cooking, Not Quite Authentic, 100% Delicious. Interlink. 

Murad, Noor & Yotam Ottolenghi. Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things. Clarkson Potter. 

Rosenthal, Phil & Jenn Garbee. Somebody Feed Phil, the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes. Simon Element.

Watson, Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy Watson’s Guide to Stylish Entertaining. Gibbs Smith.


Domesek, Erica. P.S.—We Made This: Super Fun Crafts That Grow Smarter + Happier Kids! Abrams. 

Johannesen, Heidi B. & Pia H. H. Johannesen. Classic Christmas Crochet. Trafalgar Square.

Price, Samuel. Paper Collage Workshop: A Fine Artist’s Guide to Creative Collage. Walter Foster. 

Stratkotter, Alexandra. The Embroidered Closet: Modern Hand-Stitching for Upgrading and Upcycling Your Wardrobe. Abrams.

Winter, Rebecca. The Enigma of the Shadow Weave Illuminated: Understanding Classic Drafts for Inspired Weaving Today. Schiffer Craft. 


Cutsumpas, Nick. Plant Coach: The Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Plants and the Planet. Abrams Image.

Interior Design

Gordon, Alastair. Island Follies: Romantic Homes of the Bahamas; The Tropical Architecture of Henry Melich. Rizzoli. 

Wiking, Meik. My Hygge Home: How To Make Home Your Happy Place. Abrams Image. 

Self-Help & Health

Ellenhorn, Ross. Purple Crayons: The Art of Drawing a Life. Harper Wave. 

Orbeck, Andrea & others. Total Body Beautiful. Human Kinetics. 

Petrzela, Natalia Mehlman. Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession. Univ. of Chicago.

Prather, Aric A. The Sleep Prescription: Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest. Penguin Life.

Wilson, Eric G. How To Be Weird: An Off-Kilter Guide to Living a One-of-a-Kind Life. Penguin. 


Bloch, R. Howard. Paris and Her Cathedrals. Liveright: Norton. 

Kinsman, Juliet. The Bucket List Eco Experiences: Traveling the World, Sustaining the Earth. Universe.

Mapp, Rue. Nature Swagger: Stories and Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors. Chronicle. 

National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States, 3rd Edition. National Geographic.

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