Happy New Year!

January's book-inspired fare includes cakes—from a 1940s banana layer cake to a Venetian pinza fruit cake to a 19th century glazed lemon cake— appetizers from Bombay, pasta from Sicily, Southern shrimp and grits, barbecue sauce, cocktails, and more! Authors of this month's feature titles will transport you with their creative food pairings.

Here's to a new year of reading and cooking!
Judy Gelman