5 Non-Boring Ways to Gift Wrap a Book

We’re big fans of thinking outside of the (gift) box when it comes to wrapping presents. But it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing when faced with wrapping something as basic as a book. Luckily, with a little thought given to your own perso…

We’re big fans of thinking outside of the (gift) box when it comes to wrapping presents. But it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing when faced with wrapping something as basic as a book. Luckily, with a little thought given to your own personal style and the kind of book you’re gifting, as well as a couple of expert tips to guide you, you can make a book the best-looking present on the pile (even if you’re mailing it to an out-of-town recipient).

Lisa Fu of NYC Gift Wrapping shared her favorite tips for wrapping a book—regardless of style or genre, paperback or hardcover—with us below.

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The Best Kitchen Knives? Let’s Cut to the Chase

There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they realize they can no longer survive on a single dull, hand-me-down knife alone: It’s time to upgrade, toss that old workhorse of a blade, or invest in a decent sharpener. If you’ve recently come upo…

There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they realize they can no longer survive on a single dull, hand-me-down knife alone: It’s time to upgrade, toss that old workhorse of a blade, or invest in a decent sharpener. If you’ve recently come upon this realization in your own cooking, you’ve come to the right place.

While a single chef’s knife can tackle plenty of cutting and chopping on its own, a few additional (and some would argue: just as essential) knives will round out your collection and make you feel all the better prepared to tackle whatever task a recipe may call for. So, in addition to the ever-versatile chef’s blade, a paring knife, serrated knife, and carving knife, to name a few, deserve a spot in your arsenal as well.

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Why I Ditched a WFH Desk for the…Floor

While working from home undoubtedly has its perks—easy access to snacks and an all-sweats uniform are top contenders—there are some disadvantages that come with the territory, too: for one, my studio apartment isn’t the most spacious, so I’ve put off b…

While working from home undoubtedly has its perks—easy access to snacks and an all-sweats uniform are top contenders—there are some disadvantages that come with the territory, too: for one, my studio apartment isn't the most spacious, so I've put off buying a desk. To make do, I've been working from the couch, which, too often, leads to the feeling that I should be relaxing instead of working. Besides, a day on the couch leaves my back feeling hunched and tight.

A few weeks ago, I made some changes. In an effort to feel like more of an upright worker, I decided to have my low coffee table stand in for a desk, and ditch the idea of a chair completely. I’ve never been happier to get to work: Sitting cross-legged on the rug, I feel less sluggish, more aware of my posture, and much more comfortable than I would if I had to unfold myself from whatever half-horizontal position I used to be in on the couch.

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A Crunchy Look at How Cape Cod Potato Chips Are Made

We’ve partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a special look at how their classic potato chips are made, plus the process behind developing the varieties—from Sour Cream and Onion to the limited-edition (coming up…

We’ve partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a special look at how their classic potato chips are made, plus the process behind developing the varieties—from Sour Cream and Onion to the limited-edition (coming up in October!) Pink Himalayan Salt and Red Wine Vinegar—we know and love.


There are plenty of reasons why the company, Cape Cod Potato Chips, is distinctive in the snack food world: Look at its humble origin story, for starters. Plus, it’s telling that the brand’s identity remains deeply grounded in Cape Cod, where its Hyannis factory still resides, just a short drive away from the real lighthouse that inspired the brand’s iconic logo.

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Sharpen Your Knives (at Home!) With These 11 Best Knife Sharpeners

You no longer dice onions—you can only mash them. You’re not so much cutting into a steak as you are wrestling with it. The truth is as clear as your slices aren’t: Your trusty kitchen knives are in need of sharpening.

If it’s been a while or if this …

You no longer dice onions—you can only mash them. You’re not so much cutting into a steak as you are wrestling with it. The truth is as clear as your slices aren’t: Your trusty kitchen knives are in need of sharpening.

If it’s been a while or if this is your very first foray into knife maintenance, you might not have the proper tools on hand to get your knives’ edge back. While a honing steel is a great piece of equipment for keeping well-kept knives aligned, it’s not going to cut it (pun absolutely intended) if your blades are already decidedly dull. If that’s the case, you’ll need to up the ante.

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A Bite-Size Look Back at the 40-Year History of Cape Cod Potato Chips

We’ve partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a crunchy look back at their decades-long history.

Since its humble beginnings in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod Potato Chips has become a household name. Whether…

We’ve partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a crunchy look back at their decades-long history.


Since its humble beginnings in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod Potato Chips has become a household name. Whether you’re enjoying a bag of their ridged Waves potato chips, tangy Sea Salt and Vinegar, or classic Original flavor, the foundational ingredients (just potatoes, salt, and oil) always shine through.

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How to Make Whipped Cream With…Milk?

As the pandemic rolls on and ingredient scarcity continues, you might find yourself in need of a tasty whipped topping (like for one of these), but without the cream to whip. Rather than make a less-than-essential trip to the grocery store or go withou…

As the pandemic rolls on and ingredient scarcity continues, you might find yourself in need of a tasty whipped topping (like for one of these), but without the cream to whip. Rather than make a less-than-essential trip to the grocery store or go without whipped cream altogether, you can, in fact, substitute whole milk or half-and-half for heavy cream.

Conventional baking wisdom (not to mention science) holds that it’s pretty much impossible to make whipped cream with these lower-fat dairy products: Where whole milk is between three to four percent and half-and-half contains anywhere from 10.5 to 18 percent fat, heavy cream, the ideal base for whipped cream, clocks in at 36 percent fat—at least.

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6 Ideas That Changed How I Decorate My Home

For the record, I like my apartment—but the longer I spend in it, with no change of scenery or sense of variety in sight, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would …

For the record, I like my apartment—but the longer I spend in it, with no change of scenery or sense of variety in sight, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would cover that, anyway), but I’m always in search of ideas to keep the place feeling fresh—ones that don’t require a year-long renovation or a chunk of change to complete.

This is where browsing Reddit’s delightfully named subreddit, Amateur Room Porn, has come in handy. As its name might suggest, this page (and its discussions) are for non-professionals with a passion for interior decoration and design, eager to swap tips and show off what they’ve done with their everyday living situations—master bedroom facelifts, DIY book nooks, and wall-art attempts. In turn they received encouraging pats on the back (“I like the blanket draped over the back, it adds an extra little bit of coziness.”) and helpful advice (“Have fun slowly developing your taste and style. Remember, your favourites will come with time.”) Where the other popular decor subreddit Room Porn features more, let’s say professional-looking modern homes and hybrid indoor-outdoor spaces, Amateur Room Porn is more likely to display modest living rooms or dining nooks in city studios. It’s a reminder that, regardless of means, location, or design knowhow, everyone wants to live somewhere that suits their situation and personality and, frankly, looks nice and feels cozy (“It ain’t much, but it’s mine,” says one poster).

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These Tasty Little Experiments Will Change How You Think About Food

I’m Sara, and I’ve been a picky eater all my life.

More often than not, the thing that can completely and totally put me off a food is its texture. If it’s too slimy, too creamy, too-any-one-thing, I’m out, no matter how good it may taste. I decided I…

I’m Sara, and I’ve been a picky eater all my life.

More often than not, the thing that can completely and totally put me off a food is its texture. If it’s too slimy, too creamy, too-any-one-thing, I’m out, no matter how good it may taste. I decided I had to figure it out for good: What determines my strong aversion, and will I ever get over it?

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The Forgotten Inventor of the Fluffernutter Sandwich

I never cared for Fluffernutter sandwiches as a kid—they always struck me as a kind of “nothing” food. Two slices of white bread thickly smeared with peanut butter and a spread made from corn syrup, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla flavoring amounted to …

I never cared for Fluffernutter sandwiches as a kid—they always struck me as a kind of “nothing” food. Two slices of white bread thickly smeared with peanut butter and a spread made from corn syrup, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla flavoring amounted to little more than a sickly-sweet mushy mess. I’d eat them only at friends’ houses, and was always happier to have mac and cheese or tuna salad instead.

In the fall of 2011, I moved from Delaware to Massachusetts for college and found myself, all of a sudden, completely friendless. After a few drab meals in its grey dining hall, the freshmen class—myself included—started craving snacks.

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