Twelve Months of Reading
From the Wall Street Journal
As soon as I started "This Is How You Lose Her" by Junot Díaz, I felt completely enveloped in the protagonist's experience. He writes with such detail and imagery that an outsider can almost become the characters in the book. I couldn't put it down. Another great book was "The Click Moment" by Frans Johansson. It's a look at the myth that success is deliberate—Mr. Johansson says success is far more random than we would like to believe, but our specific actions can capture this randomness and direct it in our favor. It was also a great year for culinary books. Sam Sifton's "Thanksgiving" beautifully captures the tradition of my favorite holiday, and we had fun playing around with "Modernist Cuisine at Home" when co-author Maxime Bilet taught a kids' cooking class at my restaurant.
—Mr. Samuelsson is a chef, restaurateur and author of "Yes, Chef."