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What Author Laura Lippman Can’t Live Without

Courtesy of the retailers. Photo: Courtesy of the retailers.

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked writer Laura Lippman, whose new novel Lady in the Lake comes out later this month, about the double boilergin, and niche candies she can’t live without.


These notebooks are handsome, not expensive, and never make me feel like I have to have a truly great thought in order to write in them. They’re slim, fit in any backpack, and since they’re only about 60 pages, I actually manage to fill them up, which feels like an accomplishment.

Speaking of accomplishments, I love crossing items off a to-do list. These, which have silly headers, such as “Nevertheless She Persisted,” and “WTF Am I Doing,” make the crossing part particularly fun.

I read a profile of Alison Roman that Emily Gould wrote, and was struck by the fact that she makes a point to shop at a really normal grocery store while recipe testing. This is very useful for me, because in Baltimore, where I live, I only have a Harris Teeter and a Shoppers Food Warehouse — having recipes that allow me to cook with ingredients I can actually find is invaluable.

Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews — which are basically peanuts and molasses covered in chocolate — are super easy to find in Baltimore (even at 7-Elevens), because they’re made in Pennsylvania. They’re not so easy to find in other parts of the country, which is a shame, because they’re incredibly delicious.