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What We’re Reading: Holiday Gift Edition

During the holidays, many of us on the Celadon team like to give books as gifts. This is what we’re wrapping up this year.

By the Celadon Team

Jamie Raab

Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

People who have used his earlier cookbooks will find that many of the recipes really are simpler than those in the other books. And even if you don’t cook, but like to eat, you will savor just turning the pages and looking at the photos. It’s a beautiful gift book.

Deb Futter
SVP & Co-Publisher

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen

The holidays are for spending time with family and friends…and for feeding them…or encouraging them to feed you. My big holiday gift book is Julia Turshen’s latest, Now & Again, a wonderful follow-up to her first book, Small Victories, which is one of my fave cookbooks. Happy and Merry to all!

Ryan Doherty
Executive Editor

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

I’ve been reading a lot of children’s books, now that I have a six-month-old baby girl. So if you have anyone on your list that has a young child, get The Wonky Donkey. The book is a few years old, but just now at the top of the bestseller list because of a viral video of a Scottish woman dying laughing while reading it to her grandson. I love that publishing story and the book is very, very funny.

Rachel Chou
Rachel Chou
Associate Publisher

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant

If you are like me and have a 16-year-old boy at home or on your gift-giving list, then you are in luck. This beautiful book is both an incredible story and awe-inspiring photography collection. I foresee hours of page-turning in the days ahead.

Anne Twomey
Creative Director

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs  by Grace Bonney

This book was a New York Times bestseller a year or two ago but still very relevant for talented young women who have dreams of having their own “creative business.”

Christine Mykityshyn
Director of Publicity

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

I’d love to gift My Year of Rest and Relaxation. In full disclosure, I haven’t read it yet, but it’s next up on my TBR pile! The beauty of the holidays is finally having the time to just stay in your PJs all day and catch up on the books you’ve been meaning to get to since the summer.

Heather Graham
Director of Content

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

If there is someone in your life who can’t start a conversation that doesn’t end with Donald Trump, this book is a good gift! A lot of tea was spilled in Trump’s White House.

Jaime Noven
Jaime Noven
Marketing Manager

Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time by Michael Palin

I am gifting Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time because Michael Palin autographed it. I attended his lecture on it and can’t wait to read it myself!

Randi Kramer
Editorial Assistant

Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda

This little book has something for everyone. It’s warm and uplifting, with a dash of pop culture and fun illustrations, and some patented, feel-good Lin-Manuel Miranda rhyme.

Cecily van Buren-Freedman
Cecily Van Buren-Freedman
Editorial Assistant

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt

This is a go-to holiday present for me. Part cookbook and part food science guide, The Food Lab shows you how to cook absolutely everything and explains the science behind it. This book has become my bible in the kitchen and makes the perfect present for everyone, from novice cooks to experts who want to understand the science behind their meals.

Alexis Neuville
Alexis Neuville
Marketing & Publicity Assistant

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

Every year, I get my boyfriend one book, and his favorite is nonfiction. In the past, I’ve gifted him books about advertising, effective communicating, and FBI memoirs – this year Brief Answers to the Big Questions is at the top of his book picks because he loves learning about the imponderables of life.

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