10 lifestyle books that you won’t want to put down

Take a leap into the worlds of food, fashion, nudism, travel and more.

Take a leap into the worlds of food, fashion, nudism, travel and more.








Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

The Penguin Press, $28.95

Comedian Ansari and sociologist Klinenberg team for a humorous look about why dating seems to be so much more difficult in the contemporary era. (June)

Walking with Abel

Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah

Anna Badkhen

Riverhead, $27.95

A seasoned reporter joins cattle-herding nomads in the intensely hot Mali grasslands as they cross the savannah. (August)

Always Pack a Party Dress

And Other Lessons Learned from a (Half) Life in Fashion

Amanda Brooks

Blue Rider, $30

The socialite and fashion maven combines reflections on the evolution of her style with advice for the would-be fashionista — and, of course, there are photographs. (Out now)

The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

A Year of Cooking on Martha's Vineyard

Chris Fischer with Catherine Young, photographs by Gabriela Herman

Little, Brown, $35

A farmer and chef writes about the food of his beloved New England and presents recipes showcasing his take on the island's cuisine. (June)

The World on a Plate

40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes, and the Stories Behind Them

Mina Holland

Penguin, $20 paper

Any recipe book can tell you how to cook; this one offers a much deeper look at the history and anthropology behind some of the world's most iconic cuisines. (Out now)

Pirate Hunters

Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

Robert Kurson

Random House, $28

It's a new quest for the Golden Fleece. Kurson chronicles two archaeologists as they search for the mythologically-named pirate ship off the Dominican Republic coast. (June)

In a French Kitchen

Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France

Susan Herrmann Loomis

Gotham, $26.95

An American in (well, near) Paris explains the simple elegance of classic French cuisine, through anecdotes, lists of ingredients and equipment, and recipes. (June)

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Laura O'Neill, Ben Van Leeuwen and Pete Van Leeuwen with Olga Massov

Ecco, $29.99

Beat the summer heat with recipes from one of Brooklyn's favorite ice cream retailers, known for unusual flavors and all-natural ingredients. (June)

The Shepherd's Life

Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape

James Rebanks

Flatiron, $25.99

Already a bestseller in the U.K., this book by a shepherd in England's Lake District celebrates the generations-old traditions of his family farm. (Out now)

Naked at Lunch

A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World

Mark Haskell Smith

Grove, $25

L.A. author Smith puts on his reporter's hat and takes off everything else as he explores the history and sociology of nudism. (June)

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