When Jennifer Taylor of Bon Appetit Y’all isn’t cooking up a storm or a new idea for her business, she is likely reading.
“I am an avid reader,” Taylor said when asked to suggest three books for consideration. “I spend every morning with a cup of coffee and an hour of quiet time, which I spend reading, usually from three different books at any given time.”
Of course, she loves cookbooks and is currently working on writing one of her own. Some of her favorites are from Ina Garten, Alice Waters and Samin Nosrat — “All amazing cookbook authors,” she added.
The Holy Bible
Taylor’s first book recommendation is a tried and true one for a lot of people.
“Always the Bible; can’t start my day without it,” she said.
Her favorite scripture is Psalm 143:8 — “Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you to show me where to walk for I give myself to you.”
Taylor said she enjoys reading from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs.
“It sets the tone for my day and helps me to balance,” she said.
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanna Stabile
Taylor’s next recommendation is “The Road Back to You: An Ennegram Journey to Self Discovery” by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron.
“If you have taken the test or know anything about the Ennegram,” she said, “I’m a 3, straight up!”
Taylor said the book gave her great insights on herself and others in her life, including learning to be loved for who she is and not for what she accomplishes.
“I love to set goals, rise to challenges and solve problems, but learning to not tie my self-worth to them is something so important that I have gleaned from this book,” she said. “Learning to balance my abundant energy between work, rest and quiet time is such a challenge for me.”
She noted that 3’s, more than any other type, feel most in their element when at work and crave achievement.
“I have to be careful to not get imbalanced,” Taylor said. “It’s part of the reason three years ago I made the big change in my life of going into work ‘late.’ I have reserved most of my mornings for at least two hours of yoga, quiet time, reading and journaling.”
15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell
Taylor’s third book recommendation is “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John Maxwell.
“Any book by John Maxwell makes its way into my reading cycle every few months,” she said. “He is so inspiring and gives you great tools and motivation for personal and business growth.”
She said Maxwell has such an amazing way of motivating and teaching people how to grow personally and professionally.
“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing,” she said. “Like the discipline of being quiet and listening and growing every morning. Character growth determines the height of your personal growth, which absolutely sets into place your professional growth. And then the beauty of growing yourself, which enables you to help others grow.”
Not all of the books that Taylor enjoys are aimed at self improvement or spiritual growth. Sometimes she just likes a good read from authors including Francine Rivers, Mary Higgins Clark and Karen Kingsbury.
Jennifer Taylor was raised with a love of food and cooking. Her favorite childhood pastime was cooking pies with her Meme for Sunday dinner. Over the years, she has become known for creating food and menus, full of comfort food, just the kind that she helped Meme make and the kind that always feels like “home.”