Favourite books of Grace Bonney

Grace Bonney

Grace Bonney is founder of Design*Sponge + Host of the podcast, After the Jump. She is currently writing her 2nd book about talented women in the creative community.

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Livia Cetti is an artist's artist. She does things with paper that make me completely rethink what type of beauty can be achieved with such humble materials. Her book is remarkably detailed and will teach anyone, from the most seasoned crafter to the newest DIY-enthusiasts, the secrets to creating truly realistic flowers, branches and plants from paper. This is a must-have for any design or nature-lover's shelf. It is truly a master class in a beautiful art.

The best paper-flower artist working today, Livia Cetti, presents a comprehensive how-to manual for creating jaw-droppingly beautiful and unbelievably realistic blooms.

I had the pleasure of having my wedding dinner party at the back table of Buvette because my wife Julia co-wrote this book with chef Jody Williams. Stepping into Buvette is like walking into a neighborhood restaurant that also happens to be the most beautiful restaurant in town. As a design fan, I love Buvette's commitment to beautiful interiors, great tabletop details, and gorgeous letterpressed menus, and as a voracious eater, I will forever be grateful to Chef Williams for her liberal (and skillful) use of cheese and butter in her dishes. This book, thanks to the incredible styling and photography team of Gentl & Hyers and Anna Kovel, is as beautiful as an object as it is a useful and delicious grouping of recipes. In a world of full of diet books and cleanses, it's both refreshing and comforting to find a book where the sheer love of and joy for food is celebrated.

The best of French Bistro cooking--simple yet sophisticated tastes--by the owner and chef of the celebrated New York restaurant. BUVETTE: The Pleasure of Good Food BUVETTE will celebrate and capitalize on the trend of informal eating and simple entertaining, but with delicious flair. Jody Williams, owner of Buvette restaurant, shows the home cook how to create casual, polished meals without spending a lot of money or time. She has a certain aesthetic that is a combination of Italian and French bistro cooking in that she uses sophisticated taste combinations, but prepared in simple ways to make unforgettable dishes. A comfortable and interesting table will make your meals a pleasure and Williams offers suggestions for using varied plates (from your shelves or the flea market) and helps you think creatively about serving food, like scooping ice cream into a tea cup, or serving chocolate mousse in a silver tablespoon. There will be recipes like Ricotta Fritters, Carrot Spoon Bread, Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino and Walnuts, Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt, Scallops with Caper Brown Butter, Ratatouille, Roasted Heirloom Apples Stuffed with Pork Sausage, Chocolate on a Spoon, and her special Tarte Tatin. There will be sections on Aperitifs and Cocktails and Coffees and Teas. Also included will be 25 sidebars that offer useful tips on everything from building a bar to removing wine stains. With gorgeous photography and surprisingly simple recipes, this will be the book cooks will turn to again and again.

Hello, New York by Julia Rothman

Grace Bonney recommends Hello, New York

Julia Rothman has been one of my favorite illustrators for the past ten years, and this book hit home with me in a way that few other books have ever done. From heartfelt poems dedicated to New York City's bodegas to the beautifully illustrated ceilings of Grand Central Station, Hello, New York is both a welcome guide to visitors and new residents and a familiar friend to those who grew up here. Julia's family stories (she grew up in City Island) add a wonderfully personal touch to the book and have the added benefit of recalling and celebrating parts of "old" New York that have now been cleaned up, closed or built-over by high-rises and new developments.

Anyone who hearts New York will love this illustrated homage to the city. Artist, author, and New Yorker Julia Rothman brings humor and tenderness to an eclectic assortment of historical tidbits (how the New York Public Library lion sculptures got their names), idiosyncratic places to visit (where to find the tennis courts at Grand Central Station), interviews with locals (thoughts on love from a Hasidic Jewish landlord), and personal recollections from growing up in the Bronx (fried fish at Johnny's Reef)all illuminated in her beloved signature style. A uniquely entertaining and informative city guide, this slice of the Big Apple will delight New York locals and visitors alike.

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