Magazine article Sunset

Calling All Bookworms

Magazine article Sunset

Calling All Bookworms

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Warm weather means one thing: a fresh set of summer reads to discover. So for those kindred spirits paging through a Kindle poolside or cracking a spine on the shore, these are the titles that Sunset editors are devouring right now.

An: To Eat--Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen (Running Press; $35). Playing off both her family name and the Vietnamese word for "to eat," Jacqueline An recounts the story of her mother, restaurateur Helene An, who was raised in French-colonial Vietnam, fled Communism to settle in San Francisco, and has since built a culinary empire around her fusion of French, Vietnamese, and California cuisines. Bonus: a handful of Helene's most coveted recipes are included.

The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being (Timber Press; $25). Herbalist and aromatherapist Kathi Keville--founder of Green Medicine Herb School in Nevada City, California--has mastered the art of tapping into the healing effects of her own garden. Here she shares her secrets for planting and utilizing fragrant botanicals for their surprising health benefits.

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Botanical Style: Inspirational Decorating with Nature, Plants and Florals (Ryland, Peters & Small; $30). …

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