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Six of the best birthday cake recipes

From a light velvet sponge to a rich chocolate layer cake, any one of these will make a celebration special<p><b>Grandma Ptak’s red velvet cake (main picture)</b><p>Prep: 30 min<br>Cook: 1 hr<br>Serves: 8-10<p>For the sponge<b><br>600g caster sugar</b><b><br>1 tsp fine salt</b><b><br>5 eggs</b><b><br>250g vegetable oil</b><b><br>5 tbsp red food colouring</b> <b><br>2 tsp vanilla</b> …


11 Books That'll Change Your Life For the Better

Sometimes all we need to help place us on the right path in life is a well-written book with advice from an expert. Reading in general can help with …


60 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Curl up with #12 this weekend.<p>When you've had your fill of beach reads, broaden your horizons with a selection from this list of literary masterpieces that range from moving memoirs to hilarious essays. (And okay, okay — we have some "beach" reads in here too.)


23 Bingeworthy Book Box Sets

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These are the best books ever, according to the Goodreads community

We’re always on the hunt for new books to add to our reading lists. That’s why we use Goodreads. It’s one of the easiest ways to find new titles and …


The 100 best books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>"I'm so busy."<p>"I'm binge-watching 'Stranger Things.'"<p>"I don't know <i>which</i> book to read."<p>If you fall into the last category, Amazon's here to …

Warm Cauliflower, Chickpea, Kale, and Harissa Salad [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Black Bean Tofu and Red Peppers [Vegan, Gluten-Free] - One Green Planet

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10 Meals That Are Easy to Bring to Work

See All | 1 of 12<p>Just because you are brown bagging it doesn’t mean lunchtime has to be a lackluster rotation of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, …

Healthy Eating

15 Fruits And Vegetables That May Not Be Worth Buying Organic

You can save your money on these 15.<p>No one wants to eat dangerous pesticides with their fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, a lot of the produce that is grown around the world is treated with such chemicals to ward off bugs and disease. And some of that is left behind in residue when we get our …

15 best children's books of all time


21 Thought-Provoking Books That Will Stay On Your Mind For Days

Prepare to make your bookshelf considerably heavier.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>


Read These 16 Powerful, Important Books Written By Immigrant Authors

Stories of humanity that have come from all over the world.<p>For the moment, justice has put a hold on Donald Trump's executive order preventing people from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States. That this order showed prejudice and unwarranted fear of outsiders …


Waterstones children's prize shortlists reflect readers' search for hope in anxious times

Book awards highlight titles providing optimistic perspectives on tough social problems that experts say are hitting youngsters’ mental health<p>Announcing the shortlists for its children’s book prizes, Waterstones has attributed high anxiety levels among young people for the notable increase in …

25 Books From The Past 50 Years That Every Woman Should Read

Here are some of the bestselling books from the year 1967: <i>The Secret of Santa Vittoria</i> by Robert Crichton, <i>The Arrangement</i> by Elia Kazan (which spent …


Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …


11 books President Obama thinks everyone should read

Barack Obama is a major bookworm.<p>In his book "Dreams from My Father," he reflected on his lifelong love of literature: "When I wasn't working, the weekends would usually find me alone in an empty apartment, making do with the company of books."<p>Recently, the outgoing US president sat down with New …

Obama’s recommended reading list for his daughter includes feminist classics

Barack Obama knows his books. The US president and accomplished memoirist has a well-documented appetite for reading that spans literature, history, popular fiction, and more.<p>In an interview (paywall) with Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times chief book critic, he revealed the titles he recommended …


13 Ways To Not Kill Your Indoor Plants

You raised them as your own... and then slaughtered them mercilessly.


10 Books Elon Musk – “Tesla Founder and Billionaire” wants you to read

Share12<p>Tweet<p>Share23<p>+11<p>Shares 36<p>Elon Musk is now considered Earth’s most future-oriented person. He is an American entrepreneur, inventor and …

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8 books that will change your life in 2017

And if your New Year's resolution isn't to read more ... well, have we got some recommendations that will make you change your resolution.<p>The following eight books will help you stop worrying, stop being tired, and stop feeling overwhelmed — and start excelling in your field, embracing life's …

55 Of The Most Important Articles About Culture From 2016

Required reading.<p>PROFILES<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>The Difficulty Of Being Simone Biles<p>Lonnae O’Neal, The Undefeated<p>“Biles has risen to the top in a gymnastics …

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable--such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast--complaining isn't good for you.<p>Your brain loves efficiency …

31 Of The Most Heartwarming Books You'll Ever Read

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30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

With this list, you'll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section.<p><i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann,</b> …


Looking For The Best Books Of 2016? NPR's Concierge Is Here To Help

NPR's annual Book Concierge is back. And to mark the occasion, correspondent Lynn Neary joins <i>Morning Edition</i>'s Rachel Martin to talk about the year in fiction — and to share a couple of her favorite titles from 2016.<p>If you're looking for the books mentioned on-air, here are links to:<p>The Underground …


The 25 Best Books of 2016

A collection of the best novels, non-fiction, and memoirs from the past year.<p>At a time when politics have dominated the national conversation in a way that can often feel overwhelming, the best books of 2016 so far have provided escapism and comfort. They've shown us that empathy is a great virtue, …


These Celebrities' Favorite Books Might Just Be Your New Picks

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a book you can sink into. Might we suggest one of these celebrity go-tos, just in time for Book...


The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

21 Romantic Books You Can Absolutely Lose Yourself In

Because books are the ultimate relationship.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.