Stephanie Izard's first cookbook, Girl in the Kitchen ($29.95; buy it here), inspired a fantastic party, but it will also inspire some great home cooking. As Izard told me: "I've been getting great responses about how approachable the recipes are. There are a lot of fun stories and pictures, so you can read it or you can cook from it. Most of the recipes are from my first restaurant, Scylla, and my childhood. For some of the more difficult recipes, I've tried to give tips and tricks to make things simple, and I just read a review where they said that they worked. I'm glad it's translating as user friendly to the at-home cook."