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Jacques Pepin: Art of the Chicken
Jacques Pepin: Art of the Chicken
I first met Jacques Pépin in April 2005 at the James Beard House in New York when I interviewed him on receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout the years, I have watched this kind and talented Master of the Kitchen and Master Artist charm and delight students, audiences, and readers of his many books. He has taught us not only how to cook, but how to have fun and take delight in the kitchen as well as in ourselves. His latest book, Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken - A Master Chef's Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird is filled with wonderful stories and his impressive artwork and makes a wonderful gift for yourself or your favorite chef.
Seriously Good Chili Cookbook by Brian Baumgartner
Seriously Good Chilli Cookbook by Brain Baumgartner
When I think about chili, I think of cold weather comfort food, Sunday afternoon football, tailgate parties, après-ski, sledding, or skating, and if you need a little chili recipe inspiration, Seriously Good Chili Cookbook - 177 of the Best Recipes in the World by New York Times Best-Selling Author Brian Baumgartner is sure to inspire. For his cookbook, Brian Baumgartner, who many know from his role as "Kevin Malone" on the NBC Emmy-winning TV series, The Office, compiled his recipes along with contributions from award-winning chefs, celebrity chefs, and cooks from across the country. I was delighted when my recipe, Righteous Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili was included in his cookbook. Bon Appetit!
Tuscan Women Cook, Nonnas. Memories. Recipes. by Coleen Kirnan with Rhonda Vilardo
Tuscan Women Cook Nonnas, Memories, Recipes by Coleen Kirnan with Rhonda Vilardo
Did you ever wish that you could learn to cook like an Italian grandmother (nonna)? With the cookbook, Tuscan Women Cook, Nonnas. Memories. Recipes by Coleen Kirnan with Rhonda Vilardo you can! With tasty recipes that range from Antipasti (hors d'oeuvre) to Zuppe (soup), Carne (meat), Dolci (dessert), Bevande (drinks), and more, the cookbook is filled with recipes that are easy-to-follow and include beautiful photographs of the food along with a great story for each of them, that will have you cooking like a nonna in no time at all. Mangia Bene!
A Return to Ireland by Judith McLaughlin
A Return To Ireland by Judith Mcloughlin
A Return to Ireland - A culinary journey from America to Ireland by Judith McLaughlin published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. is like taking a sumptuous trip to Ireland via the palate with 100 mouth-watering recipes, stories of traveling from Ireland to America, and through the stunning photography by Gary McLaughlin that is gorgeous eye candy. The cookbook is a treasure of photographs and cookery that bring the best of the Emerald Island into your home. Sláinte!
Sandra’s Wine Life: Find your Wine Identity by Sandra Guibord
Sandra's Wine Lief: Find Your Wine Identity by Sandra Guibord We recently went to a wine tasting party at a friend's house, where we blind tasted five different types of wine. What was interesting was that we learned many of the guests regularly only drink one type of wine. That got us thinking; are you "stuck" in a wine groove? Sandra's Wine Life: Find Your Wine Identity written by Sandra Guibord is fun, informational, approachable, and gets you to think differently about your wine selections; by type, by region, by taste, and by season. She also has great recipes to pair with the wine to make you a star at your next gathering no matter what the season or occasion. Cheers!
Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World written by Grace O
Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World - by Grace O
With longevity on the rise, we were intrigued by the cookbook title, Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World written by Grace O published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. and released in August 2022 and decided to give it a read. The cookbook features a collection of 250 great recipes along with nutritional information, guides, and resources. It is the perfect manual for healthy living, and while the recipes are certainly healthy, they are also mouth-watering delicious, which is a great combination. With recipes designed to: "boost immunity, improve skin, promote longevity, lower inflammation, and detoxify," it is easy to start the journey to healthier eating.
Fabulous Modern Cookies: Lessons in Better Baking for Next-Generation Treats
Fabulous Modern Cookies by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin
We love cookies, but then again, who does not? Cookies are perfect eat any time, take along treats, and the holidays would not be the same without offering our guests a wide variety of cookies to enjoy. Always on the prowl for new recipes to tempt our guests' palates, as well as our own, we were delighted to "discover" the perfect cookie cookbook, Fabulous Modern Cookies: Lessons in Better Baking for Next-Generation Treats written by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin. This delectable cookbook has 100 recipes perfect for any holiday, but why wait?
America’s Test Kitchen: Modern Bistro, Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics
Modern Bistro - America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen: Modern Bistro, Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics is a treasure trove of wonderful recipes that will have you cooking like a French chef in no time. The recipes are detailed enough to encourage less experienced home cooks, as well as inspire more experienced ones. The cookbook has a wonderful "Welcome to America's Test Kitchen" section, followed by "Getting Started" which is a handy reference for ingredients commonly used in Bistro cooking. Chapters cover everything from Sauces to Appetizers, Mains, Vegetables, and Desserts, and everything in between. Bon Appetit!
Easy Vegan Home Cooking by Laura Theodore
Easy Vegan Cookbook by Laura Theodore
With the growing culinary trend towards more plant-based, vegan, and gluten free recipes, we wanted to learn more and read Easy Vegan Home Cooking by Celebrity PBS Vegan Chef Laura Theodore. Chef Theodore is an award-winning cookbook author, the host of the Jazzy Vegetarian on National Public Television, as well as the host of radio shows and podcasts. Her new cookbook, Easy Vegan Home Cooking features over 125 delicious plant-based and gluten-free recipes. Published by Hatherleigh Press and distributed by Penguin Random House, this cookbook is a great introduction to vegan and gluten-free cooking and baking.
Jooki – The Music System for Children
Jooki - The Music System for Children
Luxury Experience readers know that we are huge music fans; we love listening to our enormous collection of music, writing about music and about music performances, and when it comes to buying gifts, we love to give the gift of music. When we "discovered" Jooki (pronounced "jukey" like jukebox), a music system designed for children to use and operate, we were instantly smitten. Designed in Belgian by three dads in 2014 with toy and technology experience, Jooki is a screen-free WIFI streaming and Bluetooth player for children ages 3 and up. How exciting is that! We cannot wait to see our little nephew Asher's face light up as he discovers music - his way, with his Jooki. 
The Art of Picnics - Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining by Alanna O’Neil
The Art of Picnics - Seasoned Outdoor Entertainment - by Alanna O'Neil.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "picnic" as "a meal that is eaten outdoors especially during a trip away from home; a trip or party that includes a meal eaten outdoors; something that is pleasant or easy." Professional photographer, designer, and home cook Alanna O'Neill's debut cookbook, The Art of Picnics - Seasonal Outdoor Entertaining published by Yellow Pear Press a division of Mango Publishing, beautifully captures that feeling with inspiring recipes and stunning photography. Let the picnicking begin!
The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill
The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill
With the growing trend towards plant-based food, vegetarian and vegan diets, we were excited to "discover" The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill published by Hatherleigh Press, as a great motivator to learn more about this highly nutritious whole-grain that is rich in protein, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Who knew quinoa (pronounced KEEN-waa) was so fabulous? Catherine Gill's book is filled with valuable information and over 100 recipes that cover the gamut from Breakfast to Desserts. Now that is something to cheer about.
The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen
The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook by Americas Test Kitchen
Cooler weather tends to bring out the inner cook in all of us when we want to spend more time in the kitchen creating special meals for ourselves, as well as for family and friends. Always on the lookout for inspiration, we fell in love with The Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen, which has over 550 recipes that will dazzle the senses and provide plenty of inspiration for everyday meals, holiday meals, breads, brunches, festive drinks, desserts, lovely food gifts, and much more. Beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes make this cookbook a showstopper. Happy cooking!
A Chef’s Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations by SG Seguret
A Chefs Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations by SG  Seguret.
Whether you are looking for a bit of culinary inspiration, wisdom, or humor, A Chef's Book of Favorite Culinary Quotations - An Inspired Collection For Those Who Love To Cook And Those Who Love To Eat compiled by Susi Gott Séguret and published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd Is a perfect read for yourself, or for your favorite foodie. The book features over 200 memorable quotations from Auguste Escoffier, Irma S. Rombauer, James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Alton Brown, Virginia Wolf, and many more. 
ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE
ThermoWorks Thermapen One
We do lots of cooking and baking that require very precise, exact temperatures where a degree or two higher or lower can mean the difference between success or failure. Throughout the years we have used many cooking thermometers to ensure accuracy, and recently "discovered" the ThermoWorks Thermapen® ONE, which has the added benefit of producing fast one-second digital readings! Cooking and baking just got a lot easier. With holiday shopping just around the corner, the ThermoWorks Thermapen® ONE is a perfect gift for your favorite chef or foodie or to gift yourself as well. Bon Appetit!
Cooking With Truffles: A Chef’s Guide by Susi Gott Seguret
Cooking With Truffles by Susi Gott Seguret
Whenever I think of memorable dinners that Edward and I have enjoyed throughout the years, truffles are always involved. Decadent, earthy, exotic, and expensive, a little goes a long way to add flavor. Cooking With Truffles: A Chef's Guide written by Susi Gott Séguret and published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. delves into the intriguing world of truffles and provides both insight and 150 delectable truffle recipes designed for the professional chef as well as the home cook. Bon Appetit!
Soul Sweet Boutique - Brazilian Confections and more, Newark, NJ, USA
Soul Sweet Boutique - Newark, NJ - Cakes in a jar
We recently "discovered" a fabulous Brazilian gourmet confectionary named Soul Sweet Boutique located in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, which also sells online and ships throughout the United States. Owned by Thatiana Rangel, Soul Sweet Boutique carries a wide selection of traditional Brazilian desserts along with modern sweets to tempt your palate. Since the pandemic curtailed our annual trips to Brazil, in addition to missing our "family" and friends, we missed the sweets of Brazil and were thrilled to find Soul Sweet Boutique.
The SAMBA Montclair Cookbook by Chef Ilson Gonçalves
Samba Montclair Cookbook
The SAMBA Montclair Cookbook by Chef Ilson Gonçalves is a glorious celebration of authentic Brazilian homestyle cooking. Originally from the state of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, Chef Ilson Gonçalves makes his home in Montclair, New Jersey where his creative cuisine has dazzled patrons with restaurant, SAMBA Montclair, since it opened in December 2010. His cookbook takes the reader on a visual and taste bud tour of Brazil with his delectable recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts. It is the perfect "souvenir" to remember past trips to Brazil, for lovers of Brazilian cuisine, and for foodies looking to experience other cuisines.
Monopoly Game – Greenwich Edition
Greenwich Monopoly Gamebox

Cold and rainy weather will soon be here making it the perfect time to stay inside and play family board games. I grew up playing epic, marathon games of Monopoly with my sister Joanne and brother David. As young children we spent many countless happy hours playing this game of skill, luck, and strategy, which was permanently installed on the games table in the family room of our home. When I learned that Top Trumps USA Inc. was introducing a new Monopoly Greenwich (Connecticut) edition, it brought a smile to face and my heart raced with anticipation of playing their new game. For the Greenwich edition, Monopoly has replaced the famous properties of my youth with Greenwich landmarks. 

Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J Ryan, Jr
Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J Ryan, Jr
If you love wine, history, and formal dinners, you are going to love the book Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. I fell in love with this stunning book filled with interesting anecdotes about the Presidents of the United States of America from President George Washington through President Donald Trump, and provides an in-depth look at the history of wine served at the White House through the years. For gastronomy lovers, the book is also interesting as it includes menus from the dinners and the wines that accompanied each of the courses. More than a gorgeous coffee table book, it is also a wonderful reference book for yourself or to give as a gift.
The Trentasette Collection Organic EVOO
The Trentasetter Collection Organic EVOO
High-quality extra virgin olive oil, affectionately known as EVOO, is like liquid gold for professional chefs and dedicated home cooks. With a rise in the organic farm movement we were thrilled to find The Trentasette Collection Organic EVOO, which is USDA Organic certification, OU Kosher certified, and is Non-GMO imported from Italy by the company, Italian Products & Beyond that is the perfect complement to your organic farmers markets finds. Used for dipping, drizzling, cooking, sauteing or finishing, we loved the results using this very tasty EVOO.
Vincent van Gogh A Life in Letters edited by Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen, and Hans Luijten
Vincent van Gogh A Life in Letters
What I found especially interesting about the book Vincent van Gogh A Life in Letters edited by Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen and Hans Luijten published in September 2020 by Thames & Hudson, Ltd is that Vincent's story is not told by someone else, rather his life deftly unfolds by Vincent himself through his letters to his brother Theo van Gogh (1857 - 1891) providing the reader with new insight into the mind and world of the artist.
MarieBelle New York – Luxury Chocolates
Mariebelle - NY Collection - 16pc
Chocolate is one of life's delectable sweet little pleasures, and New York-based Chocolatier Maribel Lieberman owner of MarieBelle New York shares her passion with her luxurious chocolate offerings.  Whether your chocolate preference is dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate, MarieBelle New York has the perfect chocolate to appeal to diverse palates. We loved sampling our way through the tasty offerings.
Plain-T handcrafted teas in Southampton, NY, USA
Plain-T  - Tea Kettle, Tea Canister
During a visit to Southampton, New York, we discovered Plain-T and The T Loft, a company dedicated to the art of exceptional tea, founded by Tathiana Teixeira and her husband Alessandro Teixeira. As  avid tea drinkers, we always appreciate learning about nature's special bounty and meeting with Tathiana  Teixeira was like  getting a PhD in tea! Passionate about her exceptional line of high-quality whole leaf tea products, she shared her vast tea  knowledge with us and told us about their diverse product line of 85 teas. There is a tea for every palate and Tathiana is a perfect tea sommelier to find the right tea for you as we discovered during our tea experience
Hamptons Handpoured
Hamptons Handpoured - East Hampton
Love spending time in the Hamptons and wish you could bring its essence home with you? Hamptons Handpoured, founded by Hamptons native Brittany Torres, deftly captures of the spirit of the towns that comprise The Hamptons of Long Island, New York with her beautiful hand-poured candles. Made with love in small batches, Hamptons Handpoured candles are made with 100% American grown natural soy and high-quality, plant-based fragrance oils, with cotton wicks, zero additives, that are phthalate free, vegan, and have a 40-hour burn time. While you may not be able to spend as much time in The Hamptons as you would like, you can enjoy the experience anytime you like with these beautiful candles.
Savino Wine Saving Carafes
Savino  Wine Carafe Looking for a great gift for your favorite wine lover or wine enthusiast? As wine lovers know air is the nemesis of wine. Once a bottle of wine is opened and is exposed to air, it must be drunk immediately. Air will spoil the wine, so in the past people tried to recork the bottle or used systems to pump the air out. Now, along comes Savino Wine Saving Carafes and a new and stylish way of preserving wine is born. Made in the USA, Savino Wine Saving Carafes elevate style with function. The best part is that they actually work and keep wine stored in the carafe fresh for up to a week. 
Hong Kong Food City by Tony Tan
Hong Kong Food City - by Tony Tan Food has the power to transport our senses, first visually, then through the sounds of cooking, to its fragrant aromas wafting in the air, and then finally delivering the much-anticipated flavors and textures on our palates. The cookbook, Hong Kong Food City by Tony Tan published by Murdoch Books takes the reader on an incredibly beautiful and flavorful journey of the senses to Hong Kong. This cookbook is a perfect gift for your favorite cook or for the armchair traveler.
A Baker's Passport by Susie Norris
A  Baker's Passport  by Sussie Norris Want to travel the world for the holidays? While you may not be able to pack up your family and friends and take them on a trip around the world, you can travel by your palate anytime in A Baker's Passport - Recipes For Breads, Savory Pies, Vegetarian Dishes, Tarts, Cakes, and Cookie Classics by Susie Norris. The cookbook has the perfect recipes to celebrate the holidays or anytime you need a little travel escape. Based on the award-winning culinary travel blog, Food Market Gypsy, A Baker's Passport is sure to delight.
How ALS Saved My Life until it didn't by Dr. Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky
How ALS Saved My Life unitl it didn't I just read the most amazing book, How ALS Saved My Life until it didn't by Dr. Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky, Joyce Kleinman, and Elizabeth Flynn. I came to "know" Jenni when I saw the documentary short film Grateful - the Jenni Berebitsky Story, during the Greenwich International Film Festival 2019 (GIFF) held in Greenwich, Connecticut. Intrigued after speaking with her mother, Joyce Kleinman, Director Paul Nethercott, and Producer Amy Pauszek, I wanted to learn more about this incredible woman, and read Jenni's book. It was inspirational, at times humorous and sad, with lots of wonderful tips, tools, and techniques for people coping with ALS, and a great resource.
Casa do Vidro - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Colored Etched Glasses - Casa do Vidro - photo by Luxury ExperienceCasa do Vidro in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil is a creative initiative that reuses discarded glass and repurposes them into objects of beauty, all of which are for sale. The brainchild of founder Carlos Cardinal, the focus of Casa do Vidro is to reuse, recreate, and repurpose everyday discarded glass bottles, jars, and other glass objects into new, usable and attractive decorative and functional designs. In an area renowned for sustainable ecotourism, Casa do Vidro is a shining example of what can be achieved with inspiration and initiative.
Thirsty Towels - Exquisite, Trendy, With Purpose
Thirsty Towel - Velour Shawl NavyThirsty®Towels is a family owned business and is more than a towel company. In addition to their line of Turkish Towels made in Turkey, they carry a gorgeous line of Bathrobes and Plus Size Robes, Shower Wraps, Beach and Resort Wear, Throws and Blankets, Spa and Hammam Accessories, Shower Curtains, Slippers, and artisan crafted Soap. They also have a Children's line of robes, towels, and blankets, so the whole family can experience Thirsty®Towels. Enjoy luxury, celebrate life.
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