Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Book Nook: Books that Make Great Gifts from Phaidon

Cookbooks to refresh, motivate, and inspire in the kitchen and beyond
This global guide to cocktail making, Spirited: Cocktails from Around the World (September, $49.95 US/$59.95 CAN; hardback), shares the very best of drink making from the past 500 years and is packed full of 610 cocktail recipes from 6 continents and 60 countries. It spotlights a wide range of beverages, including classic cocktails, historic drinks, and, of course, holiday favorites like eggnog and mulled wine—each reflecting the era, location, or bar that inspired it.

Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End (November, $59.95 US/$79.95 CAN; hardback) is chef Magnus Nilsson’s witty, candid, and insightful ode to his extraordinary restaurant, Fäviken, which he closed in December 2019. A perfect companion to the first edition of Nilsson’s Fäviken (2013), it includes over 100 recipes and presents the Fäviken story: how it became a culinary destination, how the industry has changed during his tenure, and why he decided to close it at the height of its success.

A whimsical collection of conversations between the co-hosts of the Snacky Tunes podcast, and the 77 culinary experts they interview, Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient, Chefs and Their Music (October, $24.95 US/$32.95 CAN; flexibound), is the first volume to navigate the influence music has on chefs. This highly stylized and cool package showcases how a soundtrack both sets the tone for the chefs, their kitchens, and restaurants and fuels their creative process.

Coffee table tomes that make perfect presents
Featuring nearly 900 artworks from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art = Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History (July, $75.00 US/$99.95 CAN; hardback), offers unconventional ways of engaging with the history of art. Using thematic keywords to group works of art, the unexpected organization allows readers to make new connections between works. Published to coincide with the Met’s 150th anniversary, this volume celebrates art exploration through the lens of one of the world’s best art museums and sheds new perspectives on their collection.

This unparalleled behind-the-scenes collection, Life Meets Art: Inside the Homes of the World’s Most Creative People (October, $59.95 US/$79.95 CAN; Hardback) shares 250 fascinating private spaces from the world's most creative people, past and present. The stunning examples provide a glimpse into the homes and decor of some of the greatest in history, including––artists, writers, fashion designers, actors, composers, musicians, and architects.

Celebrating the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture, Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom (October, $59.95 US/$79.95 CAN; Hardback) takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history. Packed with over 300 remarkable works to showcase the diversity of blooms from all over the world, Flower spans a wide range of styles and media from art, fashion, botanical illustrations, floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles.

Aimed at both amateur gardeners and specialists, The Garden: Elements and Styles (October, $69.95 US/$95.00 CAN; Hardback) is an A-to-Z compendium of more than 200 garden elements, styles, features, and ornaments used today and historically around the world. This accessible and fully-illustrated resource promises to be the perfect gift for your inner armchair traveler, whether tending an English cottage garden or a Japanese Zen landscape, gardeners, designers and garden lovers will be inspired as never before.

The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire (December, $59.95 US/$79.95 CAN; Hardback) is a compelling exploration of the design, history, and culture of the motorcycle. This visually arresting survey highlights 100 examples of groundbreaking motorcycle designs—from the 19th century to the present day—exploring the desire, freedom, and rebellion that surrounds this icon of the machine age.

Offering readers a glimpse into a rarefied world of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, Coveted: Art and Entertainment in High Jewelry (November, $89.95 US/$100 CAN; Hardback), profiles over 75 of the world’s leading designers and brands. This extraordinary survey of jewelry explores the provenance of materials, quality of design, composition, and workmanship, revealing what makes these creations not only coveted objects of exceptional value but also works of art.

Give the gift of guidance from two contemporary luminaries
Bruce Mau has long applied the power of design to transforming the world. In Bruce Mau: MC 24: The 24 principles for designing massive change in your life and work (July, $69.95 US/$89.95 CAN; hardback), he outlines 24 galvanizing principles to overhaul the way we think, to inspire massive change and to equip readers with a tool kit that empowers them to make an impact at any scale.

In this perfect stocking stuffer, How to Be Yourself: Life–Changing Advice from a Reckless Contrarian (October, $12.95 US/ $16.95 CAN; Paperback), Simon Doonan—writer, media personality, and cultural commentator—implores us to put down our phones and thoughtfully reconnect with ourselves. Here he shares his sage words of wisdom for every aspect of life, and does so through inspiring, joyful, and entertaining texts.

Fun, educational, and interactive books to share with young readers
In this artful and accessible guide to the periodic table, Exploring the Elements: A Complete Guide to the Periodic Table (November, $24.95 US/$32.95 CAN; Ages 8-14; Hardback), science meets design in this comprehensive introduction to the chemical elements that make up our universe. Beautifully illustrated by Sara Gillingham, the volume features all 118 chemical elements in the iconic periodic table and helps young readers understand the remarkable ways we have learned to use them.

Our World: Our First Book of Geography (July, $18.95 US/$24.95 CAN; Ages 2–5; Shaped Board Book) by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Lisk Feng is a read-aloud first book of geography that, when opened up and folded back, creates a freestanding globe. Children are invited to identify and experience the Earth’s amazing geography through rhyming verse and lush illustrations. This informative homage to Earth is sure to inspire young readers to learn more about their planet and to engage with the world around them.

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