Most of the books I've read in the past year have been on the topic of food.
First, there was Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Her story challenged me to think about where my food is grown. It inspired me to grow my own food; so we started a garden. Then came another memoir/gardening book and many how-to gardening books as I tended to my own garden over the summer and fall.
Next, I read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen. It challenged me to think about how my food is grown - meat or vegetable. It inspired me to shop and eat differently; to make concious choices.
Currently, I am devouring Molly Wizenburg's A Homemade Life. I am inspired to cook, bake and create; luckily it's spring break and I find being in the kitchen extremely relaxing and fun. I have spent lots of time creating soups, salads, and the cookies pictured above. These are my favorite creation of the week. The pretty pink color makes me hopeful for spring. The taste of the shortbread cookie and the cream cheese frosting is unmatched. The ones pictured are the only remnants left in my own kitchen - they are so rich I had to give many of them away. Although I may make another batch before the week is over and hide them in the freezer for a later date.