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The Cool-Kid Water Bottle, an ‘Ube’ Tank Top, and More Things to Buy This Week

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A pink Hydro Flask water bottle, a muscular man wearing a purple tank top, and a stack of white towels, all pasted on a coral pink background
Ellie Krupnick is executive director of editorial operations for Vox Media's lifestyle brands, and focuses on keeping Eater running smoothly. She previously edited Eater's shopping content, as well as lifestyle content on Racked, Mic, and HuffPost.

This post originally appeared on September 3, 2019, in Add to Cart — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.

I’ll admit that I get most of my recipes from Pinterest. Inspiration comes from all over the place — my friends’ Instagram stories, memorable restaurant dishes, actually-good food sites — but when I’m wandering the aisles of Whole Foods late on a Thursday night, all that vague inspo gets boiled down to a few keywords (“tomato + white beans + vegan”) that I punch into the Pinterest app. The algorithm spits out a few options from cooking blogs with overly cutesy names, I open a few new tabs, and within just minutes, I’ve literally added it all to cart.

Yet I can’t quit cookbooks, and sales data would suggest I’m not alone. It seems as if there’s never been a wider array of beautiful, thoughtful, diverse cookbooks out there, providing inspiration for Pinterest scrolling as well as actual cooking guidance. Compiling Eater’s fall cookbook preview, I got amped about the idea of making my own pasta dough (American Sfoglino by Evan Funke), trying my hand at bibimbap (Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking by Maangchi), or making harissa from scratch (Sababa by Adeena Sussman). I may not bring the actual books into my cramped kitchen while cooking, where they’ll inevitably get splattered and sticky (not to mention take up all the counter space). But the inspiration that such hefty, visually satisfying books supply is very real.

This week, they’ll be making my Pinterest searches that much more interesting.

Things to buy

‘Antoni in the Kitchen’ cookbook cover

Things to know

  • Boba has now gone full-on school cafeteria lunch, with Del Monte fruit cups featuring bursting boba balls filled with fruit juice.
  • Cheetos’ latest marketing campaign includes a runway show and pop-up at New York Fashion Week, all under the banner of (get ready) the House of Flamin’ Haute.
  • In the kitchen decor realm: If you haven’t read Curbed’s TV Issue, I highly recommend the piece on TV kitchen islands and what they represent in shows like Big Little Lies.

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