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Tell Me: What Are You Reading? (The Magazine Edition)

Alright, friends: let's discuss magazines for a moment. While I love glossy publications like Sunset, Sactown, Real Simple and the occasional Martha Stewart Living, I've been drawn to independent magazines more and more over the last several years. There are so many beautiful publications sharing stories in creative ways. Can we all raise a glass to the survival of print?!

Here are just a handful of recent favorites: 


Weekend Almanac // "What Are You Reading: The Magazine Edition" - jenniferesnyder.com/blog

I couldn't wait to snag a copy of the first volume when it came out and I've already got the second volume on pre-order. If you're looking for a delightful celebration of the joy found at the weekend, you should definitely get a copy for yourself. 

To Buy: Weekend Almanac

Hearth Magazine // "What Are You Reading: The Magazine Edition" - jenniferesnyder.com/blog

As a Kickstarter backer, I received the first two volumes of Hearth Magazine. I was so excited to get them in the mail as both are full of beautiful imagery and stories. You can find both in their shop and Vol. 3 comes out at the end of this month!

To Buy: Hearth Magazine

Another Escape // "What Are You Reading: The Magazine Edition" - jenniferesnyder.com/blog

Another Escape is a fantastic independent publication focusing on creativity, exploration and life's journeys. I can't quite remember how I came to find the magazine, but I'm very glad I did! Vol. 1 is a worthwhile read and Vol. 2 is now available.

To Buy: Another Escape


Now I'd love to hear more about what you're reading!

In the comment section below, tell us:

  1. The name of a favorite magazine/publication
  2. Why you love reading it
  3. Where you buy the magazine (online, brick and mortar stores, etc.)

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I can't wait to get some recommendations from you all! 


Please note: I was not compensated in any way for these recommendations. I just have a soft spot for beautifully-told stories and inspiring imagery.



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Tell Me: What Are You Reading? (The Cookbook Edition)

It's time for a confession: sometimes cooking stresses me out. Try as I might, I rarely seem to get everything cooked and ready to serve at the same time. I've overcooked lobster, undercooked chicken (yikes) and steamed vegetables beyond recognition. 

There was a time in my life when I hated to cook. My husband actually took the reigns for a fairly good portion of our relationship. Over the last few years, however, I've been attempting to work on my skills in the kitchen and I must say, it's paying off. I find myself enjoying it more and more.

Yes, I still worry about burning all the things, but I've realized that almost anything can be either fixed or replaced. Overcooked lobster? Sure, that's a bummer. Lobster isn't exactly a budget meal. Yet, we've always got something else in the fridge or freezer as a back-up.

So for today's edition of What are You Reading?, I want to share a few of my favorite cookbooks and I would LOVE to know if you all have any go-to resources for your favorite dishes.


This one is a favorite because of the way each recipe is presented. I can't tell you how many times I've reached a point in a recipe and wondered, "Is it supposed to look like this?" The recipes in this cookbook have photographs for almost each step, the layout is a visual learner's dream and the meals we've made from the book thus far have been fantastic. 

To Buy: "What to Cook and How to Cook It"

We received this cookbook for Christmas several years ago and it's been in heavy rotation ever since. I love knowing that the recipes have been tested from every angle and come with recommendations for what cookware to use and a list of steps that can be completed ahead of time. Many of our go-to meals come from this gem.

To Buy: "The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook"

In all honesty, I just received this cookbook for Christmas last year and have yet to try any recipes. However, I have been reading through the delicious-looking recipes and just I love how Perelman, a food blogger-turned cookbook author, added a story behind each recipe. I'm having trouble deciding which meals to attempt first! 

To Buy: "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook"


Now I'd love to hear more about what you're reading!

In the comment section below, tell us:

  1. The name of a favorite cookbook (or a few, if you're feeling up to it)
  2. The author's name
  3. Your favorite recipe from the cookbook 

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I can't wait to get some recommendations from you all! 


Note: I've linked to IndieBound in this post using affiliate links. This means I get a teeny tiny commission, should you purchase through the link. All commissions get reinvested into this site so I can keep sharing with you all!


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Tell Me: What Are You Reading?

I've read some really great books over the last year or so, along with some that turned out to be not-so-great. It happens, right? I thought it would be fun to start a series where we could chat about our favorite reads – whether we've just devoured a new release or can't stop rereading an old classic. What do you think?

I'll start!


"In The Woods" pretty much had me from page one. Set in Dublin, the story follows detectives as they work to solve a pretty creepy murder case. If you like murder mysteries with a backstory, you'll enjoy this book. 

My favorite part: the character development was pretty wonderful and French added some serious depth to the story.

To Buy: "In The Woods"

"Shadow Divers" is a challenge for those who get claustrophobic or are scared of the ocean. The true story of deep sea divers pushing limits in the name of discovery had me feeling anxious and a little scared at times.

My favorite part: This is a tale based on truth and, therefore, had me turning page after page – even if I winced a little each time.

To Buy: "Shadow Divers"

Another true story, "Wild" follows Cheryl Strayed as she picks up the pieces from a fairly broken life and sets out on a journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. The story is inspiring, terrifying and fun all at once.

My favorite part: Cheryl Strayed is the most unassuming bad ass. You'll admire her and want to be her friend by the end of the book.

To Buy: "Wild"


Now I'd love to hear more about what you're reading!

In the comment section below, tell us:

  1. The name of a favorite or recent read (or a few, if you're feeling up to it)
  2. The author's name
  3. Your favorite part of the book (could be a character, scene or theme... just tell us why you recommend it!) 

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I can't wait to get some recommendations from you all! 


Note: I've linked to IndieBound in this post using affiliate links. This means I get a teeny tiny commission, should you purchase through the link. All commissions get reinvested into this site so I can keep sharing with you all!


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