Kristin Cavallari is a woman of many talents: she's a TV star, a bestselling cookbook author, an entrepreneur, and mother. Cavallari garnered a loyal following with her first cookbook, True Roots, and in her new cookbook she adds her own spin to the comfort food craze. True Comfort has 130 recipes for some of the familiar dishes we crave, and Cavallari has made them accessible for those who are gluten-free or looking for low-sugar modifications.
We asked Cavallari what she's read and loved this year, and her selections do not disappoint—from those that offered solutions on how to stay present and engaged to a thriller she "couldn't put down." Here are her picks for the year:
Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell
I read this book when I had my first son years ago but decided to read it again now that my kids are a little older. It breaks down the connection we all need as humans and how it starts at such a young age in our own homes. As a mom, I realize how impactful every interaction with my kids is and this book is a great reminder of how to remove our own "crap" to be present and fully engaged.
Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe by Laura Lynne Jackson
I've always been a big believer in signs and this book validated those beliefs. I find so much peace in thinking when we die, it's not the end. Asking for a specific sign and then actually getting it over and over is something I will forever find fascinating and comforting. After reading this book, you can't help but think how much bigger life is than just what's right in front of us.
A friend turned me onto Brené Brown and I will never go back; she's a true leader of our times. I've read all of her books but this one in particular changed me. Not only as the CEO of my company Uncommon James, but in my everyday life dealing with people. This book teaches us what real strength is through vulnerability. It's helped me be a better leader, mom, and even friend.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
A juicy book with twists and turns that I couldn't put down. This is for anyone who loves a good thriller. In the same vein as Gone Girl, which I loved. This was great in the middle of quarantine!
Cavallari's favorites of the year include books that helped her "be a better leader, mom, and friend," stay "present and engaged," and a thriller that she "couldn't put down."