Megan's Reviews

This is a beautifully curated, deliciously updated version of the original. Filled with accessible recipes that have a fancy feel, it is easy to flip through for hours and always land on something to love. It is organized by meal type and includes notes about whether the recipe is best for two people, special occasions, or as a weekday staple. Along with its mouth-watering photography, it includes stories at the start of each recipe that bring us into the creative process of cooking for the people we love. - Megan

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Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen: Family Meals, Festive Gatherings, and Everything In-between Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780316354141
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - April 3rd, 2018

Close your eyes and visualize a lush, vibrant, greener-than-green jungle. Now get rid of the bugs and giant cats who want to eat you, lose the muggy, humid air, and add some cute pots and knotted plant hangers (see my review of Modern Macramé). Now open your eyes and see that you’re holding a copy of Plant Style, which, through its beautiful pictures, plant profiles, and care charts (including information on the water and light needs of the various plants) shows you how to curate and care for this jungle. - Megan

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Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780500501030
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 15th, 2018

Macramé is back, and whether you’re new to it or you’ve been knotting since the 1970s, you’ll enjoy the terrific styling and photography and the clear and easy-to-follow instructions in Modern Macramé. If you’re still unsure of this “new” trend, spend a little time with this book; its range of projects runs from those that are easy to make to those that are ambitious. - Megan

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Modern Macrame: 33 Stylish Projects for Your Handmade Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399579578
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 15th, 2018

This sweet book is the perfect place to learn about creating a garden with a purpose. Attract honeybees to whatever space you can carve out for them—be it a big backyard or the tiniest of Santa Cruz apartment balconies. The block print–style illustrations make this an enjoyable artsy read as well as a guide to making thousands of new insect friends. - Megan

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Planting for Honeybees: The Grower's Guide to Creating a Buzz Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781787131460
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - March 20th, 2018

A tantalizing blend of investigative thriller and introspection into what it really means to know those you love. This is a perfect thriller of a beach read (even more appropriate as the opening scene is set at the beach!). The strong writing and exciting twists and turns make this a very enjoyable mystery and a great read if you loved Gone Girl or The Woman in Cabin 10. - Megan

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Watch Me Disappear: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812989489
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - May 8th, 2018

Danya Kukafka’s debut novel ticks so many of my good-read boxes: Beautifully written; well-paced; great character development; and then, more specifically, multiple points of view and intertwining story lines. Told from three distinct perspectives, Girl in Snow takes different paths to the same ending as each character passes by, circles around, and eventually collides with the others as this small Colorado town deals with the aftermath of the homicide of a local teen. - Megan

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Girl in Snow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501144387
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 3rd, 2018

Not just for crafters, Alanna Okun’s essays about life as a independent woman in the modern age are written from the heart. She explores timeless subjects from learning to live with yourself (literally and figuratively), to body image, facing fears and anxieties of all kinds, and (of course) fitting knitting and what it is to “be a crafter” into everyday life. Alanna is relatable and interesting, funny, and thoughtful. I like her and I think you will, too. - Megan

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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250095619
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 20th, 2018

Holy fish sauce, this book is amazing. Because of it, my to-cook list has grown to include things like Tom Som Kai Baan (“Village Chicken” Soup) and Yam Won Sen (Glass Noodle Salad). Every page has an ingredient I’ve never heard of or a cooking technique I never thought I’d try. For someone like me whose favorite food growing up was mac and cheese, Pok Pok’s recipes are a wonderful journey into the land of Thai street food. - Megan

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POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook Cover Image
By Andy Ricker, JJ Goode, Austin Bush (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747734
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 31st, 2017

With essays on travel, family, good food, and (of course) knitting, Clara Parkes’s second collection of essays, Knitlandia, proved to be a wonderfully entertaining ride around the world of knitting. In A Stash of One’s Own, Parkes uses her love of knitting and her writer’s sensibility to compile her next installment of essays by new and old crafters, from favorites like Amy Christoffers and Kristine Vejar to fine newer voices. - Megan

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A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of Yarn Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781419727047
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 12th, 2017

Slow Knitting is beautiful enough to leave out on your coffee table to pick up, whether you have ten minutes to read a few pages or a few hours to get started on your new sweater. It has everything a good knitting book should: dreamy photography, detailed yarn profiles, thoughts on building a cohesive wardrobe using slow fashion, and terrific patterns. - Megan

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Slow Knitting Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419726682
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 10th, 2017

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