1. Life Lessons
I’m excited to share a few things I know—alongside pals like Bobby Flay, Jacques Pépin, and others—in Erin Zammett Ruddy’s The Little Book of Life Skills. If you’ve ever struggled with making a great cheese board, exiting a party gracefully, or keeping a houseplant alive (um, guilty!), this is the book for you.
We featured Cubcoats (starting at $45 each) on the show, and since then I’ve been buying them for everybody’s kids. They’re plush toys that unfold into sweatshirts. And they come in a ton of characters, so you can choose based on what the kids are into these days. They even make matching face masks!
3. Italian Spritz
My girl Mary Giuliani gifted me this Kelly + Jones Eau de Negroni ($95 for 3.4 oz.) perfume. It reminds me of drinking aperitivos with her (which has happened a few times) and it smells like Italy: fresh citrus, Tuscan rosemary, and a touch of oakiness. So yummy!
4. Cool Under the Collar
I came across Get Wagging on a trip to Austin. For every dog collar (starting at $15 each) they sell, the brand donates $5 to animal-rescue services. They also have a subscription service where you get a new collar seasonally, and you can donate your gently worn ones to a shelter dog.
5. A Book of Chocolates
How beautiful are these bonbons ($25 for six-piece set) from Susanna Yoon’s Stick With Me Sweets? They come in crazy flavor combos like black sesame–passion fruit and bourbon-maple-pecan, and the boxes look like an old book. It’s great as a gift or just for Treat Yourself Tuesday.
6. Ugly Delicious
A friend turned me onto Scraps frozen pizzas ($12.50 each). The company is run by two chicks from Brooklyn—so you know they know good pizza—and each pie is made with imperfect produce to fight food waste: There are ‘ugly’ peppers on the red romesco pie, and bruised basil on their green pesto pizza.
This article originally appeared in our Harvest 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.