Lauren Okano

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Hidden gems of 2016: great reads you may have missed

Hannah Beckerman, Alex Clark, Rachel Cooke, Viv Groskop, Kate Kellaway, Robert McCrum, Stephanie Merritt, Alice O'Keeffe, Alex Preston, Anthony Quinn, Anita Sethi

The 20 best books of the year, according to readers

No one knows good books better than the people who read them.<p>Book recommendation sharing website Goodreads just released its 2016 Goodreads Choice …

13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December

It’s December. I can hardly believe how fast the year flew by. December means the full rush of Christmas and holiday shopping, and it means a slightly lighter load of new books hitting bookstores. That’s fine by me: it means that I can try and tackle the accumulated piles of books on my own to-read …

The best SF and fantasy books of 2016

In a year in which new and important voices from around the world made themselves heard, Adam Roberts reflects on SF’s ever-expanding universe<br>• Vote: What was your favourite book of the year?<p>In 2016, SF and fantasy went global. It wasn’t a question of success – both genres have been globally …

Here are some addictive books to read now that it's too cold to leave bed for any reason

We just wrapped up our Thanksgiving festitivities, and that means the start of the holiday season is upon us. But between family gatherings, holiday …

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

(11469)<p>25 mins<p>These cookies are the pinnacle of perfection! If you want a big, fat, chewy cookie like the kind you see at bakeries and specialty …

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Crusty Baked Shells with Cauliflower Recipe - Printer Friendly - Chowhound

1Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.<p>2Fill a large pot with water, add 2 tablespoons salt, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook al dente, …

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Halloween Must-Reads

Fall is here, and with it comes pumpkin-everything, changing leaves, crisp air, and of course – Halloween! The scariest holiday of the year gives …

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Sweet Breads

Everyone’s buzzing about real food: locally sourced vegetables, ingredients you can pronounce, high-fructose hiatuses. And ice cream sandwiches are …

Just Desserts: Chocolate-Dipped Toffee-Pecan Cookies

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Year's Best Crime Novels: 2016, by Bill Ott

<b>The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016.</b><p>Ott, Bill (author).<p>FEATURE. First published May 1, 2016 (<i>Booklist</i>).<p>Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, …

Five Murder-less Mysteries to Read Now

No murder, not even a crime; yet the 1941 novel <i>Mildred Pierce</i> is filled with suspense and tension throughout. I had no problem getting Joan Crawford (from the 1945 film <i>Mildred Pierce</i>) out of my head as I read because the <i>real</i> Mildred Pierce (well, the fictional Mildred, but the one in the novel) is …

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10 Sushi Burgers That Are a Foodie’s Dream Come True

Be honest — sushi night is usually the highlight of your week. Although it’s really easy to roll your own sushi, it’s even easier to turn your favorite sushi ingredients into a burger. Sure, there are plenty of summer burger recipes you could throw on the grill for dinner, but none of them will …

The 40 Best Books to Read This Summer

Funny, moody, scary, fiery, canny, and bloody books.<p>Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Three books, because you couldn't choose just one? Check. From complicated meditations on motherhood to dark thrillers that will slot perfectly into a beach bag, here are the 40 books to put on your summer …

Chrissy Teigen's Chicken Pot Pie Soup Belongs in the Soup Hall of Fame

After making this recipe, you'll understand why Chrissy Teigen calls herself the soup master. It's everything you love about chicken pot pie — rich, hearty, creamy — but it's way easier to make, and the crust . . . the crust <i>crackers</i> are beyond. They're flaky, buttery pie crust crackers that you use …

Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

• 1 pineapple<br>• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar<br>• 1/4 cup/60 grams butter<br>• 1/2 cup/100 grams brown sugar<br>• 1/4 cup/60 milliliters cream<br>• 8 scoops vanilla ice cream<p>1. …

8 Best New Books to Read in February 2016: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and nothing says “I love you” like a new book; after all, flowers die, but books are forever. Or maybe you are …

Then and now: how things have changed for teenage girls since the 1950s

Clare Furniss explores difficult decisions in the lives of two teenage girls, divided by over 60 years and brought together in the present day, in her new book How Not To Disappear

Worth Looking For: 7 Vintage Pieces That Are Perfect for Small Spaces

(Image credit: Lonny)<p>We've written about modern classics that are great for small spaces and the best IKEA products for small spaces — but furniture …

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19 Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes You Can Make in a Muffin Pan

Some mornings, choosing between hitting snooze and eating breakfast is a real struggle. Decision-making is hard! But with a little planning, you can catch a few extra Zs *and* grab your homemade breakfast to go like the #girlboss you are. All you need is a muffin pan, and boom! You’ve got 12 days …

32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016

New year, new TBR pile.<p>Whether you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be the year you’ll read more books, the year you’ll read books more thoughtfully or the year you’ll read fewer curmudgeonly comments sections, we have a few new releases worth considering.<p>We’re looking forward to bold familial …

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The best books we read in 2015 - Vox

  <p><i>Words of Radiance</i> by Brandon Sanderson (fiction)<p>I spend my day writing about conflicts — like the war in Syria — that are vicious, depressing, and defined mostly by the lack of good guys and good options. <i>Words of Radiance</i>, a wonderfully detailed story of good versus evil and the second book in …

Harry Potter Fans Will Freak Out Over These Butterbeer Cupcakes

<i>The following post was originally featured on Sugar and Soul and written by Rebecca Hubbell, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.</i><p>These <b>Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes</b> will cast a spell on your taste buds and leave you in a state of geeky bliss!<p>It's that time of year again! Every December Matt and I …

10 Short Books You Can Read Before The End Of The Year

Explore entire worlds, in just around 200 pages.<p>According to a recent survey conducted on FlipSnack, popular books are getting longer and longer. A few of this past year’s weighty tomes serve as hard evidence. Whether the trend can be chalked up to the ability of lightweight eReaders to accommodate …

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The 20 best fiction books of 2015

To compile the list, Goodreads' editors nominated titles frequently reviewed on the site, which were then voted on by readers.<p>This year's selections cover everything from immigration to disease to true tests of friendship.<p>Scroll to see the 20 fiction titles you need to add to your reading list …

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12 No-Bake Holiday Desserts for When You Start Running Out of Time

TBH, the holidays are fun, but they can get *super* busy: In a single day, you might be shopping for gifts, choosing the perfect holiday outfit and sending out holiday greetings to your loved ones. Suddenly, it’s 6pm and you’re supposed to be at a potluck in an hour, dessert in hand. These 12 …