Vintage Books

Toni Morrison

One of the world's greatest authors' Toni Morrison passed away earlier this year and we had to include one of our favorite books she wrote - Beloved. This novel takes us on Sethe's journey who was born a slave and eventually escapes to Ohio. Even though she made an epic journey, we find that 18 years later she still isn’t free.

Through the novel's conversational style of the ongoing subconscious, we are constantly reminded of her memories of Sweet Home where a number of atrocities took place. These are juxtaposed against her current home which is haunted by the ghost of her baby who never had a name and whose tombstone is engraved with the lone word: Beloved.



Celadon Books

Alex North

This novel explores a multi-generational story in this dark, suspense thriller of a father and son who are caught in the midst of an investigation that is focused on catching a serial killer who is transfixed on a small town.

We meet Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake who are healing from the sudden death of his wife. The healing takes place with a fresh beginning in their new home in a completely new town - Featherbank.

The town has a past, which includes "The Whisper Man" who abducted and murdered 5 residents 20 years ago by luring them out of their windows with his whispers.

Unaware of this history, a boy vanishes after they move in and it resembles the dark history of the serial killer. The next person to hear the whisper is Tom's son Jake and everyone must confront their past in order to solve this killer wherever the trail leads.



Melville House

Helen Rosner

Anthony Bourdain had a way of storytelling that extended beyond food and encompassed culture and asking questions about the state of the world and who we want to be. This book includes his last interviews with Neil Degrasse Tyson and Anthony was always modest about his skill as a chef; however, he was known for his wit, curiosity, honesty and passion for communicating with others - regardless if it was on his TV Show, an array of stages and beyond. He constantly looked at how what appears on your plate reveals historical and political climates that people are in. His empathy for these conversations while traveling really allowed viewers to understand the world around them as he became known as "The Hemingway of Gastronomy".

These intense moments even continued when he talked about himself in regards to his battles with addiction, or when detailing his thoughts on restaurant critics.

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On today's episode of Athleisure Kitchen, we headed to the offices of Chefs Club in Soho to sit down and talk with Michelin starred chef and restaurateur, George Mendes, who was also the cover for Athleisure Mag for the June Issue about Aldea located in Flatiron as well as his pop up concept AMAR which is in residency at Chefs Club Counter through the end of August. We talk about the importance of Portuguese cuisine in his food, his passion for food and a number of his partnerships that allow our palettes to know more about Portuguese food.

You can stay in the loop on who future guests are by visiting us at and on Instagram at @AthleisureKitchen and @AthleisureStudio. Athleisure Kitchen is hosted by Kimmie Smith and is Executive Produced by Paul Farkas and Kimmie Smith. It is mixed by the team at Athleisure Studio. Our music is "This Boy" performed by Ilya Truhanov.

S1. Ep 1. | Athleisure Kitchen with Chef Brooke Williamson

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The latest episode of Athleisure Studio’s culinary show, Athleisure Kitchen just dropped today with Chef Brooke Williamson.

When it comes to culinary competition shows, BRAVO’s Top Chef is one of our favorites. We enjoy the quick fire challenges, restaurant wars and watching competitors navigate across the show. We also like finding out about their restaurants and often seeing them re-appear on future seasons or other shows. On season 10, we were introduced to Chef Brooke Williamson, who came in second only to come back in season 14 - to win it all! In addition to these accolades, she is the Co-Owner and Co-Chef at The Tripel, Playa Provisions, Hudson House Bar, Da Kikokiko, Small Batch Icecream and Triplikit in Southern California. We find out more about her creativity, how she got into the industry, how she keeps fit and it all together.