Giada De Laurentiis
Before you can relax with a book while someone else does the dishes, the meal does need to get made. Turn to everyone’s favorite Food Network personality, Giada De Laurentiis, whose new book will make meal prep a snap. The Italian-born chef—who didn’t start celebrating Thanksgiving until she was a teenager—creates cross-cultural recipes that combine her heritage into traditional dishes. Don’t miss her take on dessert: Persimmon Pumpkin Pie. Yum!
The Gastronomy of Marriage
When two writers, both captivated by food, meet and fall in love, it is (of course) over a delicious meal and a shared dessert of chocolate soufflé. But in the year leading up to their marriage, after getting engaged and cohabitating, the question of “What should we have for dinner tonight?” leads the couple into some tricky territory. This memoir explores what it means to be a modern wife and, more acutely, what it means to take care of the people we love.
It Was Me All Along
Ten years ago, 30-year-old writer and blogger Andie Mitchell weighed nearly 300 pounds. In this memoir, she brings readers along on her journey as she loses half her body weight and learns to love herself again. In this moving account of self-acceptance, Mitchell delves deeply into the emotional relationships we have with food, and how we can all make them a little bit healthier. Inspiring, funny, and feel-good, you’ll fall in love with Mitchell’s honesty.
Every year when calendars flip to November, I start getting excited about my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. For me, it’s a wonderful time to be together with family, count our blessings, eat a ton of delicious food, and devour a few good reads. And what could be more fitting than a book that centers on food? These six reads will nourish and sustain you throughout the holidays—and might even make you hungry for seconds.
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