Adult Recommendations

The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand

If you’ve never checked out Apartment Therapy’s website (, you definitely need to ASAP! It is one of my favorite websites for home design inspiration, tutorials, and daydreaming about possibilities for future living spaces. The Kitchn, their sister website, focuses on delicious, attainable dishes as well as kitchen organization and storage. You can tour some seriously enviable kitchens on their site (  

Anyway, I was ecstatic to finally get my hands on The Kitchn Cookbook and drool over the delicious recipes and beautiful photographs before trying some out for myself. There’s no shortage of cookbooks with beautiful photography, but I like to rate cookbooks based on the achievability of their recipes. I’m no novice in the kitchen, but there are some recipes that I just don’t have time for (or patience, or, let’s be honest, the money to shell out on super specific ingredients that will take up covetable space in my tiny galley kitchen). The Kitchn Cookbook has great recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard and spice rack. The recipes are straightforward, concise, and teach you how to set up your space in order to work the most efficiently. Definitely worth checking out if you are a total food geek like me!

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

What were the girls of Atomic City working on?  Thousands of young women seeking jobs poured into the newly built industrial complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  They were sworn to secrecy about their new lives at Oak Ridge.  All they knew was they were working with a product called tubealloy that was part of the “Project” to build the “Gadget”. It was all classified but everyone was happy because they had work and were being well paid.

Then on August 6, 1945, the Oak Ridge workers learned what their efforts had wrought: the explosion of the “Gadget”—the first atomic bomb.  Detonated over Japan to end World War II, the “Gadget” announced to the world that the Atomic Age had arrived.  Fans of World War II will enjoy this book about the young women who helped the war effort by working to develop the first atomic bomb.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, tells the dramatic story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant young German scholar who finds himself compelled to risk everything to fight against Hitler’s tyranny. During his lifetime Bonhoeffer started the Confessing Church in Germany, taught in underground seminaries, conspired to assassinate Hitler, and aided the escape of Jews by acting as a double agent in the German Secret Service. The author, Eric Metaxas, narrates Bonhoeffer’s suspenseful life by tracing his growth from a young academic aristocrat to a man of steadfast conscience, conviction and courage. The carefully woven account gives insight into the time in which Bonhoeffer lived and provides ample historical detail without losing sight of the central plot. It is a must read for anyone with interests in history, theology, spy stories or the human heart.