The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
Falcinelli, Castronovo, Meehan (Artisan)
It is surprising to learn that Castronovo and Falcinelli, as they are pulling off a 20-something hipster vibe these days, are also lighting up Brooklyn with their restaurants. They have created a tribute to red sauce dining, bound in an embossed, gilded, faux-leather cover.
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
Annie Murphy Paul (Free Press)
Science writer Paul segues between ponderings about her own second pregnancy and the developing literature on fetal origins in this fascinating study of the prenatal period. Paul's thought-provoking text reveals that this pivotal period may be even more significant and far-reaching than imagined.