The Chic List: Cherry Blossoms, Human Trafficking, and Endometriosis

The best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this week.


If you are in D.C. this weekend, go see the cherry blossoms. The National Park Service said that 70 percent of the remaining Yoshino cherry blossoms had reached the puffy white stage, the last of the tracked stages before full bloom. So even if it’s probably not going to be a banner year for the cherry blossoms this year and they’re more dinged up than usual, they’re still going to be put on a beautiful spectacle. More details on the Cherry Blossom Festival here.


Tia Mowry is an actress and host of the popular Cooking Channel show, Tia Mowry at HomeMowry just released a new healthy cookbook called Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous YouIn her new book, the actress reveals how a healthy philosophy helped her ease the debilitating symptoms of endometriosis.


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel: In 1986, Christopher Knight stepped into the Maine woods and stayed there for 27 years, eking out an existence by burgling local cabins for food, batteries, and clothes, leaving no trace as he moved through the wilderness. The “North Pond Hermit” grew into a local legend, reasonably feared by some; others saw him as a harmless eccentric and sometimes left supplies on their porches for the taking, just to save everyone the trouble. After he was finally caught breaking into a camp, Knight became a minor sensation, drawing the interest of journalist Michael Finkel, who turned his interviews with the sometimes combative recluse into a book.

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The Kitchn Cookbook and Website

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It’s The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, and it really is an inspiring read.

The cookbook authors are Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand, food writers who run The Kitchn, an award-winning website all about cooking. It is one of my favorite food websites.

The Kitchn Cookbook inspired me to be more creative in my small kitchen.

The first segment of the book is all about kitchen basics. There are photos of kitchens that will inspire you. The book showcases small kitchens and gourmet kitchens. The photographs are beautiful. You will learn about the kitchen triangle, storage tips, tool reviews, maintenance suggestions, cleaning tips and more.

The second half of the book features 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons. There is even a section on the basics of cooking.

The last part of the book includes tips for hosting dinner parties in your home and a helpful resource guide.

I think the cookbook is perfect for newlyweds, a college graduate moving into their first rental, and a teen learning to cook. It is also perfect for any food-lover looking for inspiration for kitchen design and organization.

The Kitchn website helps people make their kitchens and home-cooked meals more beautiful, healthy and joyful through sharing tips, recipes, and stories of real home cooks. If you love to cook, I think you will enjoy the Kitchn website and blog. You can visit the website here.

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Here’s a link to the cookbook if you’d like to check it out!

The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking

And I’d love to know what are you reading this weekend?