The Duchess enjoyed way more than Stone Arabia the memoir Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, who helms the restaurant Prune in the East Village. This really was a magnificent retelling of the unsuspecting culinary education of a top chef, and about her struggles as a woman in this still male-dominated field. It's very well written until the last quarter or so, which slows down and meanders considerably, but the first half of the book is so delicious that the Duchess didn't mind.
And finally, no summer would be complete without the necessary bit of pulp. Thank you, Kitty Kelley, for The Royals, a juicy little compendium of all of the prurient details of the House of Windsor. It was published just before the death of Princess Diana, and thus omits that tragic event. But had Diana passed away before The Royals was completed, perhaps many of its more lascivious and scandalous tidbits would be missing. Can't have that.