Allison Tyler

Allison Tyler

Allison Tyler thinks a good book and a cup of tea help cure what ails you. If you’re looking for her, she’s probably painting in the woods.

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The Perfect Recipe for a Delicious Life

In 1988, I lived near the Verrazano Bridge, and whenever the temperature was above freezing I’d walk down to the Narrows and read on one of the benches that ran along the bike path. Laurie Colwin’s HOME COOKING quickly became (and remains) one of my favorite bench reads—no surprise, considering I have loved every one of her novels. Her gift for creating authentic characters extends even to herself. At the time, I was 22 years-old and the kitchen in my New York City studio apartment was barely 3 feet wide. It didn’t have an oven or cabinets, and the refrigerator was dorm-sized (with no freezer); but this didn’t stop me from loving my little oasis, and cooking every day.

I Can Do Anything…Except That

I’ve always enjoyed adrenaline-boosting hobbies—aerial acrobatics, surfing, mountain biking—so as I neared my half-century mark, I thought, Should I thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?

I immersed myself in all things AT (as the trail is affectionately known) and came to the unwavering conclusion that no way in hell could I ever do such a thing.

10 Must-Read Books for Podcast Junkies

I used to lament that I wasn’t alive to enjoy the golden age of radio, but now I feel lucky to be living in the golden age of podcasts. These perfect commuting companions cover every subject imaginable (Cooking! Arts! Crime! Comedy! Spirituality!), so you can choose to learn, laugh, cry, get your ire up, be inspired, or chill out. Just as with great books, great podcasts take you on a journey and leave you wanting more. As an avid reader and list maker, I couldn’t help but compile a collection of ten books that perfectly pair with your favorite podcasts. Happy reading, and listening!

11 Books Inspired by Shakespeare

It’s been 400 years since William Shakespeare shuffled off his mortal coil on April 23, 1616. To honor the Bard of Avon, we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest novels influenced by his vast endowment of words. From comedy to tragedy, family foibles to mistaken identity, and every facet of love from the bitter to the sweet, perhaps no one else in the past four centuries has left such a compelling and malleable legacy for writers, and readers, to sink their teeth into.

Nancy Drew Meets Jack Daniels

There’s something delightfully endearing about Lisa Lutz’s kinetic and quirky The Spellman Files. It reads like a well-scripted television sitcom/family drama and, considering Lutz’s screenwriting background, that vibe makes perfect sense. As soon as I’d finished reading this offbeat novel, I wanted to binge-read the rest of the books in the series.

11 Fascinating Books to Help Us Talk About Death and Dying

Death. It happens to everyone. Knowledge is power, so we’ve created a list of books to introduce you to many of the curiosities that the “D” word has to offer. Each of these books approaches the subject of our demise with respect and candor and, although death isn’t a lark, there’s humor to be found, too. Pick one up, take a deep breath, and prepare for a walk on what lies just on the other side.

12 Fantastical Pop-Up Books

When paper engineers turn their talents to books, the end result is the wonderfully tactile experience of pop-ups. You may think of pop-ups as solely the realm of children, but the books on this list are equally entertaining for adults, too! Each page will pull you into the sophisticated, multi-sensory…

The Grown-Up “Little House on the Prairie”

The Little House on the Prairie television series seemed like wholesome family entertainment, and it was. However, any avid watcher of the Ingalls’ family’s trials and tribulations knows that pioneer life wasn’t all about Pa playing his fiddle by the fire. Who could forget Nellie Oleson’s bullying (and Laura’s revenge),…

Romancing the Snail

What’s the most creative thing you’ve done to catch a beloved’s attention? If it doesn’t involve piercing them with a delicate Cupid’s arrow (technically a gypsobelum; more whimsically known as a “love dart”) that you’ve crafted inside your own body, then you might want to take a lesson from a…

An Essential Book That Brings Cooking Back To Where It Belongs

When Tamar Adler writes, “The amount of food you have left from a meal is always the perfect amount for something,” it is the sort of guidance that makes her book, An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, feel like having a good friend in the kitchen with you. It gives wise advice, is…

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