Chef, writer, restaurateur, television personality, and orange Croc enthusiast Mario Batali's specialty is Italian cuisine, however this year he decided to celebrate the foods we love to enjoy at state fairs, rotary clubs and ethnic enclaves in the US of A.
Our Spotlight Pick for this month comes from bestselling author Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side, Flash Boys...).
A few of our selections for the Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2016, along with some thoughts about why we liked them. See all 20 picks, or browse all of our Best Books of the Year across 15 categories.
Writer, producer, actress and all around Renaissance Woman, Padma Lakshmi, is probably best known for her long reign as the host of Bravo's Top Chef.
It's now the time of year when I start looking for beautiful coffee table books that make a good gift for a variety of recipients. I found it in Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors. Author Vladimir Dinets is a zoologist and includes fascinating information about the animals depicted and where you might see them in the wild yourself.
Carols in the air, hot chocolate to warm your hands, and Christmas romances to warm your heart. What more can one ask for during the holiday season?
Florida resident Carl Hiaasen isn't afraid to poke fun at his home state. His hilarious and over-the-top novels are always sure to surprise, whether they star a former Florida governor or, more recently, a down-on-his-luck restaurant inspector who wants his old job as a police detective back.
Is there a Robert Langdon inside of you, burning to infiltrate secret societies and crack their arcane secrets?
Happy sigh... Looking back on this year's contribution to the grand genre of science fiction and fantasy, I had so many impressive books to choose from to create my best-of-the-year list that the hard part wasn't finding good books--it was narrowing the list down to only 20.
Vampires and witches and wolves, oh my! Anne Rice is the master of the otherworldly, coaxing readers into luxurious and violent tales where surprises abound and only the bold (or devious) survive.
The book that took the number two spot on our Best Books of 2016 list is a first novel by Beth Lewis called The Wolf Road. The Wolf Road is truly one of my personal favorites of this year and a book that I will hold onto and recommend for years to come. The story takes place in what seems like British Columbia, though the location goes unnamed, and is a brilliant amalgam of literary thriller and gritty western.
This has been a big year for Ransom Riggs -- what with the release of the film version of his best-selling young adult novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Of course it's been a series of good years for the author, following the publication of the sequels Hollow City (2014) and Library of Souls (2015).
Steve Young accomplished a lot as a San Francisco 49er: two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl XXIX winner (and MVP), and first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
Child actors have a way of getting stuck in suspended animation in our minds. For Mara Wilson, it's just a matter of whether she's Matilda to us, or the cute little girl in "Mrs.
As the host of Watch What Happens Live! Andy Cohen asks his guests some tough questions--usually in the form of a game he calls Plead the Fifth.
With all the in-fighting in comics this year (Batman vs Superman; Captain America: Civil War, etc.), our editors gave peace a chance and agreed on 20 of the Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2016.
Penn Jillette has enjoyed a long career an Emmy-winning entertainer, notably with his "silent partner" Teller (just Teller) and their often shocking and satiric magic show.
You may already know Trenton Lee Stewart as the author of the extremely popular and bestselling series, The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Lee Child's thrillers are consistently at the top of global best-seller lists and his protagonist Jack Reacher is now one of the most popular series characters in the mystery and thriller genre. Child's ninth novel, One Shot, was adapted into a movie with Tom Cruise playing the role of Jack Reacher, and the second Reacher film recently landed in movie theaters across the country. Child's newest novel Night School is set in 1996 and has Reacher trying to identify an American traitor in order prevent a Jihadist terrorist attack.
Danielle Walker's last two books have been instant bestsellers and must-have's for anyone eating grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. In her new cookbook, Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations, she addresses one of the big challenges of a new dietary lifestyle--holiday and special occasion meals.