From hosting parties to planning holiday feasts to feeding overnight guests, 'tis the season for a lot of cooking (rolls up sleeves). Never ones to pass up an opportunity to multitask, we like to use all that extra kitchen time to catch up on our reading — er, listening.
Audiobooks are a busy chef's best friend, happy to tell you great stories while you focus your attention on pie crusts and party snacks. (Bonus: They also don't expect you to hold up your end of the conversation while your caramel is burning on the stovetop.) Penguin Random House Audio has a massive selection of titles that keep you company while that soufflé rises. In fact, their new Holiday House has you covered with room-by-room recommendations and gift guides. The whole maison is a perfect soundtrack to our holiday season, but we've also singled out a few favorites, and the recipes we can't wait to cook with them.
These professional funny people and obvious lovebirds were already our definition of #relationshipgoals. Now, in this oral history, the couple charts their path from lackluster first meeting to five-alarm-fire romance as only they can — with lots of laughs and more than a few choice words. Homemade tortellini requires a ... different kind of handsiness, but we like to think Mullally and Offerman would approve of the joke potential.
When we're not listening to audiobooks, we're probably listening to 2 Dope Queens, the amazing podcast hosted by Robinson and fellow actress/hilarious human Jessica Williams. Fans of Robinson's first book, You Can't Touch My Hair, will love Everything's Trash, But It's Okay. It's Robinson doing what she does best: being equal parts incisive and snort-out-loud funny, whether she's writing about interracial dating or feminism. Times are tough, but humor is our favorite comfort food — well, humor and a gooey, cheesy, savory pot of chili mac & cheese.
Jill Soloway is our kind of person: unafraid to stand up for themselves and the people they love. In this memoir, Soloway writes with wit and candor about swimming against the Hollywood stream to create their groundbreaking show Transparent and about their evolution from a straight, married mother of two to identifying as queer and nonbinary. Subtitled Desire, Resistance and Toppling the Patriarchy, it reminded us of our interview with blogger Geraldine DeRuiter, who made a very notorious batch of cinnamon rolls. Those didn't go over so well, but our easy cinnamon roll recipe won't steer you wrong.
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