Required Reading for the Fall

GRACE, SOUL AND MOTHER WIT is a mini-memoir dressed as a ring-bound cookbook by Daphne Maxwell Reid beginning with family photos of growing up in New York City, all through her travels around the world while working on and off of television, a cookbook that takes you through the basics of starting your own family memories centered around home cooked meals. Early chapters include setting up a kitchen, essential tools and supplies, basic cooking terms, how to set a formal table, and measurements & abbreviations. The recipes include sections for appetizers, soup, bread, poultry, seafood, red meat, side dishes, dessert, beverages and remedies. Daphne sells her books at

To many, the sofa encapsulates everything one associates with home—a place of relaxation, comfort, and calm. “As well as a place for leisure, the sofa has decorative function,” writes author and design historian Agata Toromanoff in the introduction to her new book SOFAS published by Thames & Hudson. “It is a means of expressing ourselves through design and putting our own stamp on our space. It is a powerful style statement of who we are and how we choose to live.”

This generously illustrated volume celebrates the creativity of more than 150 designers, bringing together the very best in sofa design from the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to showcasing design icons like Josef Hoffmann and Le Corbusier, SOFAS presents the most inventive creations of recent years from designers who continue to redefine and expand this field. With profiles arranged alphabetically by designer, the book also includes practical advice on buying a sofa and styling a living space, and a timeline of sofa design. The 220 fine color illustrations are worth the price of this book alone.

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