The Most Popular Cookbooks Around the Country

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While the internet and e-readers have hurt some parts of the publishing industry, cookbooks are still going strong. Many people still value the authority that comes with a published book of recipes from their favorite cook, but the type of recipes they look for varies from state to state.

Furniture retailer Joybird recently broke down Barnes & Noble's 100 top-selling cookbooks from the past year by region. According search data from Google Trends, The Whole 30 Cookbook is most popular in western and Midwestern states, dominating searches in Nevada, New Mexico, and the Dakotas. Also popular in the West is Thug Kitchen, the preferred cookbook of Montana and Arizona.

In the South, the books Whiskey in a Teacup, Magnolia Table, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, and 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse make up the top searches, and in the Northeast, the classic home cooking bible The Joy of Cooking comes out as the clear favorite.

Joybird also noted some general cookbook trends from the past year: Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Joanna Gaines, and Chrissy Teigen are some of the country's best-selling cookbook authors, accounting for 29 percent of the top-searched cookbooks. Health-conscious recipes also sell well, with the top-searched books in one third of all states focusing on cleaner eating.

Find the most popular cookbook in your state on Joybird's map.

Kids Can Join Children's Book Author Mo Willems for Daily "Lunch Doodles" on YouTube

Screenshot via YouTube
Screenshot via YouTube

For children interested in taking drawing lessons, there are few better teachers than Mo Willems. The bestselling author and illustrator has been charming young readers for years with his Pigeon picture book series. Now, from the Kennedy Center, where he's currently the artist-in-residence, Willems is hosting daily "Lunch Doodles" videos that viewers can take part in wherever they are. New lessons are posted to the Kennedy Center's YouTube channel each weekday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

With the novel coronavirus outbreak closing schools across the country, many kids are now expected to continue their education from home. For the next several weeks, Willems will be sharing his time and talents with bored kids (and their overworked parents) in the form of "Lunch Doodles" episodes that last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. In the videos, Willems demonstrates drawing techniques, shares insights into his process, and encourages kids to come up with stories to go along with their creations.

"With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, I have decided to invite everyone into my studio once a day for the next few weeks," Willems writes for the center's blog. "Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making."

If kids don't want to doodle during lunch, the videos will remain on YouTube for them to tune in at any time. The Kennedy Center is also publishing downloadable activity pages to go with each episode on its website [PDF]. For more ways to entertain children in quarantine or isolation, check out these livestreams from zoos, cultural institutions, and celebrities.

This App Lets You Download Free E-Books, Magazines, Comic Books, and Audiobooks From Your Library

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Even if your local library is closed during the novel coronavirus outbreak, you can still use your library card in quarantine. As Thrillist reports, Libby is an app that works with local libraries to give you free access to audiobooks, e-books, comic books, and magazines wherever you are.

Libby, an app from the digital reading company Overdrive, is connected to 90 percent of public libraries in North America. To use the app, just enter the information from your library card and start browsing digital titles available through your local branches. If you don't have a library card yet, some participating libraries will allow you to sign up for a digital card in the app. That way, you don't have to leave home to start reading.

As more people are looking for e-books and audiobooks to pass the time at home, Overdrive has made it possible for multiple users to check out the same title at once. That means as more libraries shift to a 100 percent online loan system for the time being, it will be easier to meet their patrons' needs.

No matter what your current literary mood may be, you should have no trouble finding something to read on Libby. Downloadable titles from the New York Public Library currently available through the app include the e-book of Becoming by Michelle Obama, the e-book of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and the audiobook of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. After you download a book, you can send it to your Kindle device, and all items are automatically returned on their due date. Download the free app today to start browsing.

[h/t Thrillist]

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