Sweet Paul's Autumn 2020 Stack of Books

These are the books that are currently stacked by my bed. I pour through them for inspiration and to enjoy the wonderful words and images. Some of these authors and creators are friends of mine and ALL of them are true inspirations! There's food, art, design, and more! Links are affiliate links!

The Gingerbread Kama Sutra: 25 mind-blowing bakes by Patti Paige

With chapters ranging from Simple to Advanced to Expert, there's a gingerbread position whatever your flavor. Easy-to-follow baking templates show you how to make these cookie creations at home, while descriptions from the Kama Sutra mean you can get creative in the bedroom as well as in the kitchen. Featuring Patti Paige's signature gingerbread, a vegan gingerbread and Patti's top tips for icing, your cookies are sure to be a recipe for romance.

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The Gingerbread Kama Sutra: 25 mind-blowing bakes by Patti Paige

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!

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Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

A Place Called Home: Print, Colour, Pattern by Cath Kidston

Designer Cath Kidston is famous for her high-street brand and nostalgic floral patterns. In this book, she invites readers into her own home to talk about patterns, color, décor, and more. Room by room, she gives an illuminating tour of her Gloucestershire house, pointing out interesting style choices and snazzy materials. From charming picture frames and fireplaces, to vintage patterns and rugs that tie the room together, Cath Kidston's personal style and interiors vision shines through. Along the way she shares decorating ideas, tips, and tricks for turning a house into a home. Perfect for fans of her designs, this part-interiors book, part-memoir is beautifully photographed throughout by Christopher Sykes.

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A Place Called Home: Print, Colour, Pattern by Cath Kidston

The Chicken Soup Manifesto: Recipes from around the world by Jenn Louis

This is a celebration of one of the most widely interpreted, and beloved dishes the world over. With more than 100 recipes dedicated to this one special, often humble, meal, James Beard-nominee Jenn Louis shows readers how chicken soup is not only a source of heart-warming sustenance, but also a cure-all and the ultimate expression of love.

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The Chicken Soup Manifesto: Recipes from around the world by Jenn Louis

Dinner, Uncomplicated: Fixing a Delicious Meal Every Night of the Week by Claire Tansey

It’s 2 p.m.―do you know what you’re making for dinner? That’s the struggle most of us face every day, and the more complicated life gets, the more stressful the simple act of deciding what to feed your family can feel. But if you love food and eating well, you’re more than up for the challenge! And Claire Tansey’s latest book is here to make it easy, fast, delicious and fun.

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Dinner, Uncomplicated: Fixing a Delicious Meal Every Night of the Week by Claire Tansey

Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley

In Falastin (pronounced “fa-la-steen”), Sami Tamimi retraces the lineage and evolution of his country’s cuisine, born of its agriculturally optimal geography, its distinct culinary traditions, and Palestinian cooks’ ingenuity and resourcefulness. Tamimi covers the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River—East Jerusalem and the West Bank, up north to the Galilee and the coastal cities of Haifa and Akka, inland to Nazareth, and then south to Hebron and the coastal Gaza Strip—recounting his upbringing with eleven siblings and his decision to leave home at seventeen to cook in West Jerusalem, where he met and first worked with Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley

How to Be Yourself: Life-Changing Advice from a Reckless Contrarian by Simon Doonan

How to Be Yourself is an irreverent book of radically honest advice by renowned humor writer and cultural commentator, Simon Doonan. Through his unconventional wisdom and singular storytelling, Simon Doonan is the ideal instructor to help readers find — and then flaunt — their own creative style and vision. With provocative wit, he walks us through every aspect of our lives: fashion, socializing, love, work, decor, and family, sharing case studies, quotations by cultural icons and practical tips.

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How to Be Yourself: Life-Changing Advice from a Reckless Contrarian by Simon Doonan

Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater

Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter is a vibrant and joyous collection of recipes, perfect for people who want to eat less meat, but don't want to compromise on flavor and ease of cooking. With Slater's famous one-line recipe introductions, the recipes are blissfully simple and make full use of ingredients you have on hand.

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Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater

Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy by Mimi Thorisson

Beloved for her gorgeous cookbooks A Kitchen in France and French Country Cooking, Mimi Thorisson, along with her lively family and smooth fox terriers in tow, immersed readers in the warmth of their convivial lives in rural France. In their newest cookbook, the Thorissons pause their lives in the idyllic French countryside to start a new adventure in Italy and satisfy their endless curiosity and passion for the magic of Italian cooking.

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Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy by Mimi Thorisson

One Tin Bakes: Sweet and simple traybakes, pies, bars and buns by Edd Kimber

Whether you want cookies or cakes, pastries or desserts, something fruity, chocolatey, spiced or nutty, baking just got a whole lot easier. From Praline Meringue Cake to Matcha Roll Cake, Peanut Butter Brookies to Tahini Babka Buns, all you need is just one standard 9 x 13in baking tin. Varied and versatile, requiring minimal skill and little equipment, Edd Kimber's delicious treats range from simple bakes to slice and serve to impressive but achievable showstoppers.

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One Tin Bakes: Sweet and simple traybakes, pies, bars and buns by Edd Kimber

Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life by Gina Homolka

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, meal prepping and cooking in advance helps you stay on track with your diet, saves time on busy weeknights, and is great for your budget. Skinnytaste Meal Prep delivers more than 120 healthy, diverse recipes that turn simple, easy-to-find ingredients into flavor-packed meals and snacks you'll have ready at your fingertips for the week ahead and beyond.

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Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life by Gina Homolka

This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day by Hoda Kotb

When her first collection of quotes, I Really Needed This Today, was published in 2019, Hoda never imagined how deeply her favorite words, stories, and memories would resonate with readers. People across the country were connected not only by the book's positive message, but through their generosity in sharing it with friends and family who needed a daily burst of inspiration. Hoda was truly touched by fans who shared "their quote" with her, the one that most moved them or someone they love.

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This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day by Hoda Kotb

Ottolenghi Flavor

Level up your vegetables. In this groundbreaking cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce. For process, Yotam and Ixta show how easy techniques such as charring and infusing can change the way you think about cooking. Discover how to unlock new depths of flavor by pairing vegetables with sweetness, fat, acidity, or chile heat, and learn to identify the produce that has the innate ability to make dishes shine.

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Ottolenghi Flavor

Matty Matheson: Home Style Cookery

Matty returns with 135 of his absolute favorite recipes to cook at home for his family and friends, so you can cook them for the people you love. Home Style Cookery is his definitive guide to mastering your kitchen, covering everything from pantry staples (breads, stocks, and pickles) to party favorites (dips, fried foods, and grilled meats), to weeknight go-tos (stews, pastas, salads), and special occasion show-stoppers (roasts, smoked meats, and desserts).

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Matty Matheson: Home Style Cookery

Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence

Claire Saffitz is a baking hero for a new generation. In Dessert Person, fans will find Claire’s signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe—like what to do if your pie dough for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (patch it with dough or a quiche flour paste!)—as well as practical do’s and don’ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photography, and foundational know-how. With her trademark warmth and superpower ability to explain anything baking related, Claire is ready to make everyone a dessert person.

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Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence

Xi'an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York's Favorite Noodle Shop

Since its humble opening in 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods has expanded from one stall in Flushing to 14 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. CEO Jason Wang divulges the untold story of how this empire came to be, alongside the never-before-published recipes that helped create this New York City icon. From heavenly ribbons of liang pi doused in a bright vinegar sauce to flatbread filled with caramelized pork to cumin lamb over hand-pulled Biang Biang noodles, this cookbook helps home cooks make the dishes that fans of Xi’an Famous Foods line up for while also exploring the vibrant cuisine and culture of Xi’an.

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Xi'an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York's Favorite Noodle Shop

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean

In this incredible volume, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and renowned food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla. We meet women such as Ma Shara, who helps tourists “see the real Zanzibar” by teaching them how to make her famous Ajemi Bread with Carrots and Green Pepper; Ma Vicky, who now lives in suburban New York and makes Matoke (Stewed Plantains with Beans and Beef) to bring the flavor of Tanzania to her American home; and Ma Gehennet from Eritrea who shares her recipes for Kicha (Eritrean Flatbread) and Shiro (Ground Chickpea Stew).

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In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean

The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard by John Birdsall

In the first portrait of James Beard in twenty-five years, John Birdsall accomplishes what no prior telling of Beard’s life and work has done: He looks beyond the public image of the "Dean of American Cookery" to give voice to the gourmet’s complex, queer life and, in the process, illuminates the history of American food in the twentieth century. At a time when stuffy French restaurants and soulless Continental cuisine prevailed, Beard invented something strange and new: the notion of an American cuisine.

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The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard by John Birdsall

Entertaining Beautifully by Erin Lauder

Aerin is a lifestyle legend. From an early age, she learned from her grandmother, Estée Lauder, that any occasion can be beautiful if you take the time. In the pages of this stunning book, Aerin weaves a spell as she shares memories of beloved childhood traditions as well as those she has created with family and friends using her own unique blend of luxury and ease. For the first time, Aerin also reveals how she thinks about hosting and how she sets the most gorgeous and inviting tables so that every gathering is unforgettable.

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Entertaining Beautifully by Erin Lauder

Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate

In a few short years, Lauren Ko made all hell bake loose, going from novice pie baker to internet star and creator of today’s most surprising and delightful pie and tart designs. Her unique geometric style uses fruit and dough cut and woven into stunning shapes to highlight color and texture. With an elegant symmetry that matches their knockout flavor, her dazzlingly intricate and inventive designs look difficult to produce, but can be achieved with little more than a knife, ruler, and some patience.

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Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate

de Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors by Claud Gurney

Celebrated for its hand-painted chinoiserie wallpapers, sumptuous patterns of colorful flora and varied birdlife, the company produces additional collections that explore historical themes, such as nineteenth-
century French pastoral scenes or exotic Brazilian landscapes bursting with wildlife. De Gournay also crafts more abstracted designs that fit well with modern interiors. Collaborating with renowned tastemakers from across creative industries, de Gournay works with leading interior designers as well as noted trendsetters such as Kate Moss.

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de Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors by Claud Gurney

Jewels That Made History: 101 Stones, Myths, and Legends

From ancient treasures to royal weddings, great heists to the red carpet, this book is a stunning, surprising, and glittering tour of historic turning points and gem-driven drama, delving into the passions and predilections of some of the world's most interesting and extraordinary people.

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Jewels That Made History: 101 Stones, Myths, and Legends

Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity by Frances Palmer

To step into potter Frances Palmer’s world is to be surrounded by the trappings of a life that has been intentionally—and painstakingly—built to maximize creativity. A light-filled, airy studio in which to make her pottery, with a corner always at the ready for her daily photo shoots. Cutting gardens overflowing with flowers to be snipped as inspiration strikes. Shelves of cookbooks to peruse as she plans the menu of her next dinner party, and museum catalogs and art books to pore over when it’s time to imagine a new vessel. After 30 years as an artist and entrepreneur, Palmer has learned how to cultivate a life that brings out her best. Those years have been at once rewarding and challenging, fruitful and fraught, and through it all, she has discovered the things that matter most: determination, routine, prioritization, perseverance, and perspective. She has distilled these hard-won lessons, and more, into her debut book, a manual for current and aspiring creatives.

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Life in the Studio: Inspiration and Lessons on Creativity by Frances Palmer

Textiles Transformed: Thread and Thrift with Reclaimed Textiles

Transform old and vintage textiles into beautiful new art! Author and artist Mandy Pattullo demonstrates how to source, refashion, and repurpose old and worn textiles through embellishment, stitch, and appliqué; she also shows how to turn them into stunning quilts, books, table linen, wall hangings, and more. Following the make-do-and-mend and folk-art traditions of previous generations, Mandy gives simple instructions for handling these vintage and precious materials, and provides projects for quilts and patchworks, linen and lace, wool and knitting, and deconstructing worn garments. Her ideas—from making rag dolls and lace books to stitching on blankets, sewing tapestry panels, and customizing children’s clothes—will inspire you to incorporate these past beauties into your own unique textile work.

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Textiles Transformed: Thread and Thrift with Reclaimed Textiles

Cannelle et Vanille Notes Journal

Popular Cannelle et Vanille cookbook author, blogger, and Instagram creator Aran Goyoaga curates some of her most evocative images from her cookbook and her daily food and nature inspirations for this lush, gorgeously designed lined journal with ribbon.

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Cannelle et Vanille Notes Journal

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