Today I’m having a delightful chat with Maria Ribas, a literary agent who represents the authors populating the “candy aisle” of the bookstore -- gorgeous full-color cookbooks. So yes, she totally has it covered in the nonfiction and self-help department, but her fiction game could use a little freshening… and that’s where I come in.
Whether you like exploring the stories behind a great recipe, letting a lush historical novel sweep you away, or pumping yourself up with a snarky self-help book, today’s episode will nourish your readerly soul. Let’s get to it.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Once Upon A Chef: The Cookbook, by Jen Segal (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• How to Get Sh*t Done, by Erin Falconer (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Barefoot Contessa cookbooks (try Cooking for Jeffrey: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• cookbook author Marcella Hazan (try Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• author David Leibovitz (try L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days, by Joy Wilson (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Cook Like A Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks, by Ina Garten (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify, by Francine Jay (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondō (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, by Laurie Colwin (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
▵ The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Anything is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Dollhouse, by Fiona Davis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Address, by Fiona Davis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Masterpiece, by Fiona Davis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: A Memoir of a Woman's Life, by Anna Quindlen (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Deep thoughts by Jack Handey, via Saturday Night Live on NBC
• The Barefoot Contessa's frozen lime pie, via The Food Network
• Quote from Anna Quindlen: "I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
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What do YOU think Maria should read next? Let us know in the comments!