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  Forget tasteless tofu dogs: this collection of plant-based recipes proves backyard barbeques need not be dominated by meat. Better yet, the ingredients here are found at any grocery store—no specialty vegan pantry required—and the recipes are so simple it’s easy to make several courses on a single grill. At a recent barbecue, friends devoured the scrumptious slip-n-sliders, garbanzo-bean-based burgers flavored with spices and soy sauce. Read More
New York City-based People’s Pops specializes in icy treats made from locally grown fruits and organic sugar. Started by friends in 2008, the business became an instant success, and looking over these 55 recipes and drool-worthy photos explains why. Divided by season, the pops and shaved ice include the regular cast of flavors as well as surprises like cucumber, elderflower, and tequila. Not a single recipe lists more than five ingredients, and the user-friendly guide encourages readers to play around with their own flavor profiles. Read More
  Want to make healthy, pizzazz-packed meals, but you're strapped for time? Look no further than this practical, innovative guide by Indian-American chef Ruta Kahate. Even if you only have the most basic of kitchen skills, you can make Indian staples in around 30 minutes or less. Just stock your spice shelf with a few basic seasonings like cumin powder and curry leaves, and follow Kahate's straightforward, step-by-step instructions. Read More
  Brooklyn mother Sonia is less than thrilled to learn she is unexpectedly pregnant with her third child. After having put her artistic aspirations aside to raise her first two kids, she was looking forward to finally having time to herself, and the baby will only put everything on hold once again. As her family demands more and more from her, and her humorously depicted pregnancy symptoms — including frequent flatulence and sensitivity to smell — escalate, she hits a breaking point. She worries that “there won’t be anything left of herself. Read More
  In this paperless e-world of ours, it's fun, retro, and just plain courteous to send an actual thank-you note, emblazoned with a stamp and everything. (And no, a text that reads "kthanxbai" does not count as a thank-you note.) According to Nancy Sharon Collins' book, The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery, it's a practice that we should keep up. "A thank-you note is always appropriate. Any act of thoughtfulness, kindness, or recognition should be reciprocated promptly with a handwritten note. Read More
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