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Danny Clinch & the Majesty of Rock


If you love music, you've probably seen Danny Clinch's work. Over decades of work, he has photographed the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tupac, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Jay-Z, and...

Amazon's Best Books of December: Part One


This is the time of year at Amazon when The Best Book of the Year program takes center stage, which is as it should be.

Guest Post by Iris Johansen, Author of "The Perfect Witness"


Iris Johansen, New York Times bestselling author of "The Perfect Witness," shares with us her top five favorite mystery and thriller reads.

He's Your Man: Leonard Cohen on Tour


Being a Leonard Cohen fan is hard work, because there are so many Leonard Cohens. There's Sad Balladeer Leonard Cohen, the one who sings ruefully nostalgic love dirges about seedy hipster hotels.

Camille Styles Holiday Party Idea: Cookies and Cocktails May Be Consumed


'Tis the season for holiday parties and who better than Camille Styles to offer some smart ideas for keeping it festive.  Styles has a very popular lifestyle blog and the author of a new book, Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style (one of our Best of 2014 in Crafts, Home & Design).   The book has party ideas for every season so we asked her to share one for the holidays.  As it happens, she wrote about hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap Party just as we finished 12 days of cookie recipes.

These Are the STAR WARS Books You're Looking For


So did you hear that there's a new Star Wars movie on the way? Chances are you know someone who's a little excited about it, if you're not excited about it enough yourself (soccer droids notwithstanding).

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Giada, Ina, Ree, Dorie and More


Now that we've shared the favorite holiday cookie from 10 different popular cookbook authors and 2 amazing bakeries, the only question is, what to make first?

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Giada, Ina, Ree, Dorie and More


Now that we've shared the favorite holiday cookie from 10 different popular cookbook authors and 2 amazing bakeries, the only question is, what to make first?

The Art of Science: Gifts from Outer, Inner Space


So, are you an innie or an outtie? That is, are you fascinated by the wonders of earth, or is it outer space that churns your imagination?

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Ladurée's Quintessentially Christmas Macaron


For the last of our 12 Days of Cookie Recipes we've chosen the much lauded macaron from Ladurée Macarons .  Here's why this is the book for such a recipe: in the middle of the twentieth century, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, created the first Ladurée macaron by having the genius to stick two macaron cookies together and fill them with a flavorful ganache.  Since that pivotal patisserie moment, Ladurée has created a new flavor of macaron every year, and in this beautiful book you can see the recipes for 80 of them.   When this package landed on my desk I had to show it to everyone around me because it's so gorgeous.

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Gina Homolka's Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Walnuts


Gina Homolka singlehandedly changed how I feel about low-calorie food with The Skinnytaste Cookbook.  Now Homolka is really blowing my mind with her cookie recipe below (also from the cookbook), that contains avocado instead of butter.  Shut the front door!

Anita Diamant on Her Latest Book, "The Boston Girl"


Anita Diamant is the best-selling author of The Red Tent, now a Lifetime miniseries. In The Boston Girl--one of our Best of the Month picks for December--Diamant traces the life of Addie Baum, a Jewish woman coming of age in the early twentieth century.

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Ina Garten's Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies


I love Ina Garten's cookies--one of my favorites is her ginger molasses cookie that uses chunks of candied ginger.  Of all the cookies in her repertoire I was really curious to see which one she would pick as her holiday favorite so I was pretty delighted when it turned out to be a cookie inspired by a beloved Seattle confectioner.  Garten's Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk cookie below also shows up in her new cookbook, Make It Ahead.  A stash of these cookies in my freezer sounds like a brilliant idea...

Little Humans, Big Humanity


Brandon Stanton is a big human. Aside from being just a literally big dude, he's big in spirit: genuinely friendly, enthusiastic, empathetic, and interested in people.

The Books We Like to Read Again and Again


A friend of mine is in a book club. For the past few years (yes, years) this club has devoted countless hours to reading and analyzing James Joyce's Ulysses.

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Dorie Greenspan's Fruit and Nut Croquants


I recently had the chance to attend a cooking demo by Dorie Greenspan as part of her book tour for Baking Chez Moi, and I was struck by how much knowledge and good humor is packed into one tiny woman.  We watched as Greenspan (assisted by an accomplished local chef) made gorgeous Crackle-Top Cream Puffs and a Tarte Tropézienne.  It was an amazing experience and I left truly inspired to bake.  Greenspan has cooked with the best of the best--Julia Child and Daniel Boulud, to name just two.  What's her holiday cookie of choice?

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Joy the Baker's Melty Chocolate Truffle Cookie


Joy Wilson, a.k.a. Joy the Baker, is a woman who knows how to make life a little sweeter with the help of butter, sugar, chocolate, marshmallow, caramel or...well, you get the picture.  So what cookie does someone who bakes every day want to make for her friends and family?

Love Thy Neighbor: The Slightly Voyeuristic Photographs of Gail Albert Halaban


Admit it: There's a little bit of voyeur in everybody. For photographer Gail Albert Halaban, there might be a little bit more.

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Danielle Walker's Gluten-Free Peppermint Chocolate Macaroons


I imagine that these days nearly all of us know someone who is gluten-free, dairy-free, or both, and coming up with a holiday cookie for them might seem challenging.  Not so for Danielle Walker, a self taught cook who has brought the experience and expertise she's cultivated following her own autoimmune diagnosis to thousands of others looking for grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo recipes that don't sacrifice taste.  Case in point, Walker's favorite holiday cookie recipe below.

12 Days of Cookie Recipes: Giada De Laurentiis' Double Chocolate and Espresso Cookie


Whenever I watch Giada De Laurentiis on her Food Network show, Giada at Home, I want to make everything I've seen in the past 30 minutes.  She has a way of making great food look easy and when she tells you how delicious something is--especially the desserts--you know it's true.  Her relaxed style and care with ingredients comes across in her cookbooks, too.  In Weeknights with Giada espresso and chocolate are the foundation for the gorgeous cookie recipe below--who wouldn't want these on a holiday cookie tray!


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