Celebrity Picks: Ina Garten's Favorite Reads of 2016

InaGarten_225WIna Garten is one of the most beloved cookbook authors of the last decade and she recently released her most personal one yet, Cooking for Jeffrey. Ina Garten fans will already be familiar with Jeffrey, Garten's affable husband who usually arrives home in time to sit down at whatever gorgeous table Garten's put together on her Barefoot Contessa T.V. show. 

In Cooking for Jeffrey, Garten shares anecdotes from their forty years together and credits Jeffrey with giving her the support she needed to embark on a culinary career.  It's a love letter to her husband, filled with his favorite recipes and I think destined to become the must-have Barefoot Contessa cookbook for years to come.

See Garten's picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

 


Ina Garten's Favorite Reads of 2016

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 Dead Wake by Erik Larson
A gripping narrative history about the sinking of the Lusitania, a Cunard passenger boat that was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat. More than 1,000 people lost their lives in what was one of the most horrific disasters of the 20th century. You may think you know the story, but Larson transports you onto the deck of that boat and into the minds of political players like Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson, and even the opposing German generals who are trying to win a world war!
 

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 Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Burnett and Evans, the executive director and a lecturer in the Design Program at Stanford University, teach a course to help students figure out what they should do professionally using the same principles they teach about solving design problems. You don’t solve a product problem by simply going directly to the solution; you try something, then another thing, then another, until eventually you find a possible solution. Burnett and Evans believe there isn’t one perfect job waiting for us any more than there is one perfect solution to a design problem. Rather, our professional lives are journeys that involve trying lots of jobs in order to find the ones that make us happy. Everyone should read this book!
 

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Best Magazine Writing 2015 by Sid Holt and The American Society of Magazine Editors
Every year, the American Society of Magazine Editors chooses the best writing from an extraordinarily wide range of magazines, from Esquire, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, and many more. These are not only articles on incredibly interesting subjects, but they are also all beautifully written. Some of the most memorable articles I have ever read – some on subjects I would never have come across - have come from years of reading these annual compilations.
 
 

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