I've followed Michael Twitty on social media for quite a while, so I couldn’t wait to read his book. What a fresh, unique, and fascinating look at both the rich culinary history of African American cooking traditions in the South and Twitty’s family’s history. This is a very worthy addition to my Southern food book collection.Recommended by Robin F.
Kirsten and Christopher Shockey's first book, Fermented Vegetables, is one of my absolute favorite fermentation books. So, as soon as I heard last year that their next book would be all about hot sauces, salsas, and other spicy fermented yumminess from around the world, I couldn't wait. They have a way of providing an inspirational framework for experimenting with fermentation that means the sky is the limit. Fiery Ferments also... (read more)Recommended by Robin F.
Cure is a fascinating exploration of the power of the mind in regard to our physical health. Because Jo Marchant has a background in both science and journalism, her approach is no-nonsense and rigorous, which I greatly appreciated. She explores how effective such things as virtual reality, placebos, meditation, and acupuncture are in managing pain, and makes her exploration come alive by linking her coverage to the experiences of people... (read more)Recommended by Robin F.
As I debated which of my Top Fives to give the top spot, in my heart I knew there was no debate. It had to be Oh, Florida! While I'm passionate about all of my picks (and I wish I could add more), Pittman's book won for the simple fact that I come from the crazy state that is Florida and he captures things perfectly. Reading Oh, Florida! will make you realize how true to reality Carl Hiaasen is in his entertaining mysteries.... (read more)Recommended by Robin F.
There is a deep underlying spookiness to The Incarnations by Susan Barker that kept me on the edge of my seat and eager to devour the entire book to get at the core of the mystery. An unknown letter writer guides a Beijing taxi driver through a tour, via mysterious letters left in the cab, of the driver's purported past lives. The letters illustrate how the lives of the letter writer and the cab driver have intertwined over 1,000 years,... (read more)Recommended by Robin F.
Lynsey Addario's account of her career as a photojournalist in some of the most war-torn areas of the world is gripping and fascinating. She's brutally honest about the situations she's faced and her own reactions. After reading It's What I Do, I'll never read a newspaper article again without noting who both the journalist and photographers are who risked their lives to bring us the story.Recommended by Robin F.