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.

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

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