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 9783740802578

9783740802578

Toronto, from its humble beginning as Muddy York, has emerged as an exemplary, world-class city. As the 4th largest urban area in North America, it is a treasure trove of obscure, trend-setting Canadian places. Ranked as one of the world's leading places to live, it represents home to almost 20% of Canada's population. Toronto has become the nation's capital of business, culture, sports and entertainment. A place where you can take in the best of all sports, especially hockey, live music, art, and an award-winning culinary scene, all in a weekend. The city's strength and roots come from its diverse population. Toronto takes from its indigenous and British past, a welcoming and collaborative twist on this dynamic multicultural city.

Toronto has been described as a city within a green space. Hike inner city trails along the many ravines. Ride in a canoe or skate along the water's edges. Take the longest streetcar ride in North America through flourishing neighborhoods, full of hidden gems to discover. Find the small artisanal ice creameries, wander the graffiti alleys, or make music at a karaoke cocktail lounge. Explore the allure of the 6ix, with 111 Places in Toronto That You Must Not Miss.

 9781851498932

9781851498932

Many of his photographs are chronicled in the new book, aptly titled Dylan by Schatzberg, which features a treasure trove of both famed and rare images of the icon.
— Billboard
Jerry Schatzberg shot everybody who was anybody in the ’60s, from Hendrix to Castro, and went on to make great movies. But his photographs of Dylan are in a class by themselves.
— The Daily Beast

In 1965, photographer Jerry Schatzberg, already well-established in the field due to his fashion and portrait photography for various publications, such as Vogue, Esquire and Life, listened to Bob Dylan for the first time. He had been hearing about the singer for close to three years; two friends were especially dogged and would ask him every time they spoke if he had heard the music yet. Finally, feeling obligated to them for their persistency, he listened and understood immediately why Dylan was inspiring such passionate excitement. Shortly thereafter, Schatzberg was photographing a job in his studio and had some fortuitous company. Famed music journalist Al Aronowitz and disc jockey Scott Ross were discussing Dylan and a recent performance they had seen of his. Half listening to their conversation, he volunteered that he'd like to photograph the singer if given the chance. Dylan's new wife (one of the friends mentioned above) called the following day and gave him an open invitation to the studio where he was currently recording 'Highway 61 Revisited'. Excited and curious, Schatzberg set off the very next day for the studio, exactly six days after the seminal Newport Folk Festival set where Dylan went electric and was collectively booed. Schatzberg received a warm welcome from the singer, who immediately sat him down to listen to what he had been recording that day. Dylan gave him free rein of the studio once he started shooting and the images that emerged from that day make obvious the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that was already brewing between photographer and subject. Considering Dylan's almost-universal dislike of journalists (and by extension photographers), this was a completely unprecedented situation, one that Schatzberg took seriously.

That almost-instant trust and rapport quickly grew into a friendship and they are part of the reason Schatzberg's sittings with Dylan work so successfully and are so important. Dylan is relaxed, he's funny, he takes the props that the photographer gives him and has fun with them - he's obviously not taking himself too seriously. Working and socializing together, Schatzberg would eventually do nine more photo shoots with Dylan from 1965-6, arguably the singer's most creative period, and capture the (now) Nobel laureate during one of the most pivotal moments in music history. Part of their uniqueness is their basic broad range of intimate and public locations: music and photography studios, live performances and street portraits. But more than that, each session (including the one for possibly his greatest album, 'Blonde on Blonde') says something different about Dylan, the man and the musician, and manages to perfectly capture the many facets of one of the most unique, complex and mysterious individuals of all time.

 9781851498918

9781851498918

Terry O'Neill is one of the greatest living photographers today, with work displayed and exhibited at first-class museums and fine-art galleries worldwide. His iconic images of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Brigitte Bardot, Faye Dunaway, and David Bowie - to name but a few - are instantly recognisable across the globe. Now, for the first time, O'Neill selects a range of images from his extensive archive of "vintage prints", which will surprise and delight collectors and photography lovers alike.

Long before the age of digital, photographers would send physical prints to the papers and magazines. These prints were passed around, handled by many, stamped on the back, and often times captioned. After use, the prints were either filed away, thrown out or - for the lucky few - sent back to the photographer or their photo agencies.

At the dawn of the 1960s, when O'Neill's career began, physical prints were the norm. Terry kept as many as he could that were sent back to him. "I just kept everything," he says. "I don't know why. Back then, there wasn't really a reason to keep them. Photos were used straight away and then I just moved on to the next assignment. No one was thinking these would be worth anything down the line, let alone fifty years later."

This book collects hundreds of these rare images, a true must for Terry's fans and photography collectors.

 9781851499120

9781851499120

There are no rules, and even less justice. Death takes everyone without discrimination. Sometimes it is accidental - like Signorelli, who fell from scaffolding. Sometimes it is expected, as with the diabetic Cezanne, who wrote "I am old, sick, and I swore to die while painting". But often, researching a painter's death is an easier task than determining which of their works is truly their 'last'. Paintings tend to be dated by year and not month, inciting much debate among art historians. This book embraces this ambiguity, studying 100 examples of works that lay completed for several years, or were left unfinished on the easel, or were finished post-mortem by a friend's grieving hand.

The Last Painting collects 100 terminal paintings from 100 artists, including Dalí, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Goya, Pollock, Rembrandt, Dix, Bonnard, Titien, and many more. Each picture gives us a glimpse into the painter's mind. Did they know death was coming? Did they paint with denial, or acceptance? Did they return to a favourite subject, or decide to embark on a new, original project while they still had time? A poetic and thought-provoking book, The Last Painting is a sensitive exploration of the relationship between art and death.

COMING SOON

 9781851499144

9781851499144

On the morning of Thursday, September 12, 1963, noted fashion photographer Norman Parkinson was to photograph a young pop group from Liverpool. Earlier that year, the band had exploded onto the scene - releasing the first of eleven (out of twelve) studio albums that would reach number one on the charts. That band was The Beatles. The album had been 'Please Please Me', it was still number one and it would stay at number one for thirty weeks. Parkinson, already established as Britain's most famous photographer, had a date with its new greatest band.

Revealing, insightful and funny this collection of photos captures The Beatles near the start of their spectacular career. Their creativity is plain to see in these photos which have become some of the most important in the extensive Beatles catalogue.

Now, ACC Editions, in collaboration with The Norman Parkinson Archive and Iconic Images, presents this historic meeting between a new music group and one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Covering nearly 30 rolls of film, these images of The Beatles at the President Hotel in Bloomsbury and famed Abbey Road Studios, offer a rare insight of the making of an iconic band.

BACKLIST HIGHLIGHT

 9782812310737

9782812310737

In the middle of the twentieth century, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, created the first Ladurée macaron by having the genius to stick two macaron cookies together and fill them with a flavorful ganache. Ever since then, the preparation has stayed the same. Each season Ladurée celebrates this little round cake that's crispy outside and soft inside, a perfect balance of aromas and textures, by creating new flavors. Each year the palette of flavors and colors grows, from the classic chocolate or raspberry to festive macarons, exotic flavours for certain destinations, fashion designers, perfumes etc.

This book presents, for the first time, each of the eighty Ladurée macarons, their aromas, inspirations, trend books and of course all of the recipes to make them at home.At the end of the book there is a practical, step-by-step section to show exactly how Ladurée's chefs make the cookies and the ganache fillings so you can be sure to succeed in making them too.

Contents: Introduction: A little history of the macaron; 80 Macarons: flavour by flavour, a trend book, inspirations and recipes for each; 1. Classic macarons (vanilla, café, chocolate, lemon etc); 2. Nomad macarons (created for specific destinations); 3. Festive macarons (Christmas, Easter etc); 4. Precious macarons (gold, silver, copper etc); 5. Incredible macarons (violet, lemon-lime etc); 6. Designer's macarons (berry for Christian Lacroix, fig-date for Christian Louboutin, rose-ginger for John Galliano, bubble-gum for Alber Elbaz etc); Step-by-step photographs and instructions for making the biscuits and ganache fillings at home.

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New Year, Delicious

Eating in Color 9781617690297
Eating in Color 9781617690297

At the start of the New Year there is a significant amount of pressure and expectation from books, magazines, blog posts, newspapers and, perhaps, even from your most helpful (not HELPFUL) friend to lose ____ amount of weight in ____ amount of days. And, don’t get us wrong, we appreciate the reminder because we have been eating an impressively unhealthy amount of sweet, buttery, fatty foods for two blissful weeks. But, sometimes it's is difficult to get motivated when all you want to do is curl up into your snuggie and watch bad reruns of your favourite 90's television show. Luckily, the beautiful Abrams book EATING IN COLOR has arrived just in time to help ease us back into a healthy and clean lifestyle.  In EATING IN COLOR, registered dietitian and bestselling author Frances Largeman-Roth offers home cooks an easy, fun plan for utilizing the color spectrum to bring more vividly hued food to the table. From deep green kale to vermilion beets, Eating in Color showcases vibrant, delicious foods that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and obesity. Avocados, tomatoes, farro, blueberries, and more shine in stunning photographs of 90 color-coded, family-friendly recipes, ranging from Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Pizza to Cran-Apple Tarte Tatin. Clear preparation instructions and nutritional information make this an essential resource for eating well while eating healthy (read more at abramsbooks.com).

Want to know more? Here's the stunning trailer:

What better way to start the new year than with a gorgeous cookbook that gently encourages healthy eating without the pressure of losing weight. Sounds perfect to us!

Eating in Color Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family

Authors: By Frances Largeman-Roth, photographs by Quentin Bacon Imprint: Stewart, Tabori & Chang EAN: 9781617690297 Publishing Date: 1/7/2014 Trim Size: 8 x 9 Cover: Hardcover Illustrations: 50 color illustrations

Book Launch for Young Frank, Architect!

On Thursday, October 10th Swipe Design will host illustrator, designer, award-winning and bestselling children’s author Frank Viva at Urbanspace Gallery at 530pm. Please join them as they celebrate the release of YOUNG FRANK, ARCHITECT (9780870708930) published by Abrams Books and MoMA. Frank will read, draw and sign copies of his new book! Visit Swipe's Facebook page for more details.

Frank Book Launch

About the book

Young Frank is an aspiring architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect, and his spotted dog, Eddie. Using anything he finds—macaroni, pillows, toilet paper, shoes—Young Frank likes to make buildings that twist, chairs with zigzag legs, and even entire cities. But Old Frank disapproves, saying architects only create buildings. One day they go to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There, they see work by two famous architects named Frank: Frank Gehry’s cardboard wiggly chair and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City project, among other things. Old Frank sees that architects can do more than he thought they could. Together, Old Frank and Young Frank go home and create structures of every shape and size, “tall ones, squat ones, tubular ones, and just plain weird ones,” using whatever they can get their hands on, even cookies! At the end of the day, Young Frank feels a little older, and Old Frank feels a little younger—and a little wiser.

Praise for Young Frank, Architect "Spontaneous play any budding architect can appreciate." --Publishers Weekly

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario | Independent Publishers Group

Between the Lines Winery

Toronto Star "Spectacular Wineries of Ontario is a fabulous visual voyage through Ontario's wineries."

Stratus Vineyards

One of our favourite activities during the summer is to spend leisurely days touring wineries.  Typically, we wake up early to devour a big breakfast of wild blackberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and black coffee and then jump into our cars (the designated driver pulls the short straw) and cruise down mostly abandoned county roads to vineyards tucked away into the landscape.   It’s hard to beat a day of sipping wine, while strolling through vineyards and soaking in the warm summer rays.

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario

This year we’ll be exploring Ontario wineries and IPG’s, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario, is the perfect companion book to bring on our weekend trips to Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, and Prince Edward County. A guided visual tour through some of Canada’s best vineyards, this book is filled with beautiful, colour photographs and detailed commentary on more than 60 fabulous wineries and vineyards.

Flat Rock Cellars

Written by Panache Partners, LLC,  which is a publishing company that specializes in lustrous coffee-table books, and Toronto author John Szabo, who is the first Canadian qualified at the Master level by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario is a beautiful, informative guide book for locals, tourists, wine lovers, and wine newcomers.

Spectacular Wineries of 9780983239864Ontario: A Captivating Tour of Established, Estate and Boutique Wineries

 

 

 

 

Hot Pink Apron Features Sterling Author Terry Walters

Earlier this week, contributor Michelle Shipley of the new and sassy online food mag Hot Pink Apron sat down with Clean Eating guru and notable Sterling author, Terry Walters to talk “chop." * Walters' excellent additions to Sterling's impressive culinary roster, Clean Food (9781454900108) and Clean Start (9781402779053), are among our favourite cookbooks here in the Manda offices,  so we’re excited to share this story with you.

As summer now officially grips us in its unrelenting hot and sticky bear hug, this article couldn’t have come at a better time since the movement focuses on fresh and and locally-grown and as-unprocessed-as-possible ingredients, and how Clean Eating can be tailored to what is reasonable and practical to each reader.

If you've heard about Clean Eating and are interested in learning more, summer presents a perfect opportunity to experiment since gardens and farmers markets are abundant with delicious options.  If you haven’t, this piece is a great introduction on what clean eating is all about.

As a bonus, two mouth-watering recipes are included. Check it out here!

Um, when's lunch?

*Sorry, I can't resist food puns.

Cover Reveal for LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED | Abrams Books

Let'sGetThisPartyStarted

Let'sGetThisPartyStarted - Cake PopsEarlier this week Abrams Books revealed the cover for Soleil Moon Frye's new fall book, LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED (9781617690341 | $25.50). This gorgeous book is jam packed with colourful photos and features more than 15 parties you can throw for kids that are inexpensive, wildly inventive, and, most important, mind-blowing fun! Each party includes two crafts, one game, and one recipe—all of which can be assembled with the help of a mini. A few of our favourites from the book included the movie-on-the-lawn party, the ’80s party, and the rainbow party.

Soleil Moon Frye is widely known for playing the fun, enthusiastic and loveable "Punky" character on the ’80s TV show Punky Brewster. Nowadays, she is a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY show, and a momtrepreneur who parlayed her successful kids’ clothing line into a partnership with Target. All in all, a pret-ty phenomenal lady.Outdoor Party

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED will be available in bookstores October 15th, 2013!

Let's Get This Party Started DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together

Lets Get This Party StartedAuthors: By Soleil Moon Frye, photographs by Meeno Imprint:Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN: 1-61769-034-1 EAN:9781617690341 Availability:Prepublication Publishing Date: 10/15/2013 Trim Size: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Page Count:176 Cover: Paperback with flaps Illustrations: 250 color illustrations

HBG News: Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking

gGordon Ramsay is a household name thanks to his fouled mouth, explosive personality on shows like Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen. He is the black sheep of the culinary reality TV world, but off the small screen he is also a highly regarded chef.  In 2006, he was awarded an OBE for services to the industry, and is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three Michelin stars. Now, having mastered both the realms of the London restaurant scene and American television, Ramsay, is releasing another cookbook to further prove that he is one of the masters of his craft. His cookbook, "Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food," will be available this April and will provide simple, straightforward cooking lessons for beginners to experienced cooks.

Each chapter will focus on a different area of cooking—from classics to how to cook with spice, through baking, and roasting, and will include helpful sections on how to prep, clean and pan fry like a pro! Readers will learn how to create scrumptious, vibrant and drool-worthy dishes like miso braised salmon fillet with Asian vegetables, Pork and Bacon slider with homemade BBQ sauce, Wild Mushroom Risotto Arrancini, and Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberries. Nom Nom Nom!

Crammed with delicious recipes, and invaluable tips, Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking is the perfect guide to creating amazing meals at home. We cannot wait for its release!

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GORDON RAMSAY’S HOME COOKING Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food by Gordon Ramsay 978-1-4555-2525-6 $32.99 Can APRIL HARDCOVER 320 pgs • 120 halftone and color photos 8 1/4 x 10 • Cooking

 

Stocking Stuffer Guide!

It's that time of year again: making merry at holiday parties, trimming the tree, wearing the ugly Christmas sweater, listening to the dulcet crooning of Nat King Cole or the upbeat melodies of the Boney M Christmas album. Whether your an uber organizer with all the presents bought and wrapped, sitting snugly under the tree (give the rest of us a break, will you?), still scrambling to buy everyone presents (that's more like it), or the person who hasn't even started shopping yet (eeeek), chances are stocking stuffers are the last thing on the list and the last thing on your mind. So, to keep you a) stress free and b) from re-gifting last years sundry trinkets and hotel soaps, we here at Manda have created a rockin' Christmas guide to soothe your stocking stuffer blues. We have something for everyone!

The Hipster

Too cool for traditional stuffers? For even the TRENDIEST hipster: the Great Moustache Magnet Set (The Unemployed Philosophers Guild) is for anyone missing the funny facial hair that was rampant in 'Movember.'

The adorable Little Book of Vintage series carries horror, crime, combat, romance, love, sci-fi, and sauciness titles (Ilex). These authentic vintage comics and old print advertisements are hilarious, awesome, and come in miniature with a rockin' retro fridge magnet in the back!

And for good measure, why not throw in the small format book by Ryan Mecum, Dawn of Zombie Haiku (How Books, 1440312869). It's a short fiction narrative haiku that is ugly-cry in public funny. "Shall I compare thee to a luscious frontal lobe? If so, thou shall LOSE." Good to know zombie. Inspiring. Really.

The Sweet Grandma (Or Gran, Nonna, Oma, etc)

I don't know about your grandma, but mine really likes to knit. I'm planning on rolling up some of D&C's Simple Knits pattern booklets to put in the stocking opening. Cushions & Pillows has some really nice patterns.

Christmas Joy by Susan Branch (Little Brown, 0316106828) is a small book brimming with holiday spirit. It is everything Christmas, and a perfect reminder of what makes the season so special (there might also be a few delicious cookies that my Grandma is sure to want to add to her repertoire.)

A beautiful deck of cards always comes in handy, especially if your grandmother likes to invite friends over for bridge and Bellini nights! Pomegranate makes some beautiful decks, and these ones, modeled after Charley Harpers Under the Sweetgum Tree (9780764960277) are particularly delectable.

Throw in a beautiful art cube puzzle by Made in Museum and you are good to go. The Splendors of Portuguese Ceramics puzzle is really beautiful.

The Adorkable Darling

(aka nerd, gamer, pop-culture fanatic, perpetual child, 0r actual child)

Oh Doctor Who mug. What else can I say?

Oh wait... The tardis will dissappear and transport into deep space when this ingenious Unemployed Philosophers Guild mug has hot liquid in it? NO WAY. All it takes is a cup of coffee for you to become the next time traveling Doctor Who. Now the question is are you a Matt Smith or a David Tennant kind of Doctor?

If your stocking owner hasn't quite reached THAT level of nerd yet, then a great alternative is the Game of Thrones coffee mug that Dark Horse produces. Whether the dork in your family is a fan of the television show, the George R.R. Martin books it is adapted from, or both, the mug will be a big hit.

 MiniMates are another fail proof option. Little kids, big kids, and kids at heart all love to play with these Lego-like figurines. Cult favourites include Spider man, Iron man, Thor, Captain America, the X-men, and even some feature characters from the video game Halo. Diamonds got both comic book aficionados and gamers covered.

 And an adorkable stocking would not be complete without the Marvel Star Wars Millennium Falcon bottle opener produced by Diamond Select Toys.

The Alcohol Enthusiast

Start the stocking off right with Jiggle Shots, a little book by Abrams Image that helps get the party started with delicious and hazardous recipes.

And for the connoisseur?

A 2013 Wine Calendar in extra small by Andrews McMeel Publishing that has a years worth of tips and facts about wine. 

 If you want to top your drinks off with the perfect garnish, try DC's Darth Vader, Batman, or Superman shaped ice cubes. Nothing says your drinking a Darth Vader cocktail like his ice cube likeness floating in your glass.

Last but not least, the hilarious pocket book 50 ways to Cure a Hangover (Octopus Publishing Group, 9781846014055) is the perfect stocking stuffer for the morning after the party is over. Written by Cara Frost-Sharatt and illustrated by Jason Ford this cute little book proves that a little laughter is always the best cure.

 

The Best New Fall Titles from GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS

From heartfelt stories of rescued dogs who became superstars to simple designs for your home to an epic story of murder, vengeance and family feuds, this fall Globe Pequot Press is releasing seven new titles that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on. Check them out and then let us know what you’re planning to read this fall. Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (9781599213538) by Bill Berloni and Jim Hanrahan; foreword by Bernadette Peters

In Broadway Tails, Theatrical Animals trainer Bill Berloni tells the backstage stories of the shelter dogs who have become superstars in television, film, and theater, including the 35th-anniversary Broadway production of Annie.

Carter's Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home (9780762778980) by Carter Oosterhouse with Chris Peterson

Carter Oosterhouse, the popular host of HGTV's Carter Can, Million Dollar Rooms, and Red, Hot & Green, now offers homeowners a book featuring his simple, straightforward and super successful home-design process. He knows that home design can be intimidating, but his reassuring "you can do it" attitude encourages readers to use their imaginations and convinces them that they too can use his method to easily create beautiful living rooms, bedroom, kitchens, baths, and more!

Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies (9780762782819) by Sir Roger Moore

The Bond movies remain the longest continually running film series in movie history, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary. While there have been other actors that have taken on the coveted role of James Bond, one of the most renowned and beloved 007s, is the charming and charismatic Sir Roger Moore, KBE. To celebrate these films and their cultural heritage, Roger Moore has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, the gadgets, locations and everything else, this beautiful book is illustrated with hundreds of iconic images from all the films plus many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive. This is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate insider, with all the affection and good humor he brought to the role. It is the perfect gift for all fans of these much loved films.

How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs (9780762780556) by Kevin Pollak with Alan Goldsher, forewords by Penn Jillette and Billy Bob Thornton

Kevin Pollak is one of a kind. One of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist, a character actor with one of the longest, most respected filmographies around, as well as an Internet pioneer. Like no one else, Pollak straddles the fence between Hollywood and new media—and without injuring himself in the process. Hilarious, raw, and revealing, How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers, fan favorites, and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. Pollak is laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want—except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.

The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life (9780762780860) by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi

A leading light in the alternative health community, Natalia Rose is widely recognized for her "detox diet" program. Her popular book, The Raw Food Detox Diet, is by now considered a classic of its genre. The Fresh Energy Cookbook is the essential companion guide for anyone who wants to bring those dietary principles to life in the comfort of their own kitchen. The emphasis is on living foods in digestible combinations, ideal for optimal cellular health, nutrition, energy, weight loss, and satisfaction.

The Quick & Clean Diet: Lose the Weight, Feel Great, and Stay Lean for Life (9780762781720) by Dari Alexander; Foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz

By applying the principles of clean eating to a realistic lifestyle, top journalist and working mom, Dari Alexander shows how you can achieve your best body and keep that promise to yourself: to finally look like that gorgeous person you know exists. Changing your mindset and consuming foods closest to their natural state change the way you feel everyday—this back-to-basics, no-nonsense, weight loss and maintenance program will not only make you thinner, it will also increase your energy. Most importantly, it promotes life-long good health.

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance (9780762779185 by Lisa Alther

America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a Confederate Hatfield relative. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation triggered years of bloody violence and retribution that led to a tragic Romeo-and-Juliet interlude, a Supreme Court ruling, and Kentucky’s last public hanging. The final feud trial took place in 1898, but the rivalry didn’t end there. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the people of the region. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients | ABRAMS

The lovely folks at Abrams have been baking delicious treats all week in celebration of the release of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s third drool worthy cookbook BAKED ELEMENTS: Our 10 Favourite Ingredients (ISBN 9781584799856)When you have a moment (and a full belly) check out the Abrams blog featuring BAKED ELEMENTS recipes Lemon and Lime and Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Yums!

Photos from the Abrams blog!

Leon: Naturally Fast Food | OCTOPUS BOOKS

LEON: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent ISBN: 978 1 84091 612 6 Imprint: Conran Pub Date: September 2012 Price: CAN$32.99

 

 

 

Leon Naturally Fast Food is a book of two halves. The first half is ‘Fast Food’, which contains recipes that take a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare, ranging from a work-day breakfast and children’s meals to simple dinners and party food. The second half is ‘Slow Fast Food’, which contains things that can be made in advance when you have time, to enjoy when you don’t have time. Containing more than 200 recipes, there is plenty in both halves of this collection for both the experienced cook and the culinary adventurer in search of inspiration.

Only six months after the first branch opened, Leon was voted “Best New Restaurant” by such judges as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal in the 2005 Observer Food Awards and there are now 11 Leon restaurants in London and the southeast of England.

The restaurant group, leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both taste good and do you good. In July 2004, when Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first outlet, on London’s Carnaby Street, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Only six months after the first branch opened, Leon was voted “Best New Restaurant” by such judges as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal in the 2005 Observer Food Awards and there are now 11 Leon restaurants in London and the southeast of England.

Also available: LEON: Baking and Desserts 9781840916119 CAN$32.99

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Game of Thrones

With the thrilling conclusion to Game of Thrones season 2 now passed, fans everywhere are left in suspense with a long wait ahead for season 3. Want to keep the Game of Thrones vibe alive? Here's how! Publisher: Adams Media ISBN: 9781440538728 CAD $20.99

Eat like a Lannister! Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life, including:

* Pentoshi Mushrooms in Butter and Garlic - a seductive and aromatic side dish, perfect for any exotic feast.

* Arya's Lemon Cakes - served warm off the griddle, these sweets are what daydreams are made of.

* Tyrian's Leg of Lamb - garlic, goat cheese, and basil make this a roast worth living for.

And so much more!

Keep Game of Thrones alive with The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook! You don't want to miss it.

We Scream for Ice Cream!

ISBN: 9781903221983 Publisher: Jacqui Small - distributed by IPG CAD $16.95

You know it, you love it, and you all have your favorites. Ice cream is one of the most delicious concoctions ever created. So it should come as no surprise to you that ice cream by the Tanner Brothers is one of the most appealing books you'll ever get your hands on. There are some great DIY ice cream recipes inside with a little something for everyone. They have a wide ranging variety of flavours and recipes including a traditional vanilla ice cream, a delectable looking strawberry semi-freddo, and for all of you chocolate lovers, they have a recipe for chocolate brownie ice cream with toasted marshmellows. Yum! Not only do they have great recipes, but, they also have some stunning photographs provided by Peter Cassidy.

This book has delicious written all over it. Don't wait around, grab yourselves a copy of ice cream by the Tanner Brothers and make your own ice cream today!

A World of Food...Literally!

ISBN: 9781419701627 Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers CAD $19.95

Have you ever thought you were so hungry you could eat a horse? Well, this book just one-upped you. In A World of Food, Karl Warner creates a visually stunning display of landscape food art. Rather than just taking a snapshot of delicious looking food, Karl actually takes food and creates interesting works of art. And if you wanted to try something similar, or you just have a craving, you're all set! At the back of the book, Karl lists each of the ingredients he used for his works of art beside the image he used them in.

This book is creatively delicious and it will leave you hungry for more!

The Perfect Cake for Book Lovers!

SprinkleBakes (ISBN 9781402786365) is an amazing new book coming in May from Sterling Publishing.The book arose from author Heather Baird's blog of the same name, in which she shares recipes with easy to follow instructions for desserts that aren't just tasty, but come out looking like pieces of art! For example, check out these spring flower lollipops!

Now that your mouth is watering and you're ready to do some creative cooking, feast your eyes on this incredible cake that any book lover would die for: This cake is just one of many amazing recipes found in the pages of SprinkeBakes, but it's one that caught my eye and I couldn't resist sharing. With step-by-step instructions provided, you'll be feasting on this delicious work of art in no time!

 

CAKE ON A STICK

When these bite sized desserts on a stick first made their way into Starbucks last fall, I must admit I was skeptical of the trend. I assumed the idea would generate a little buzz along with some decent initial sales and then the cute little display in the glass dessert case would promptly fade away – another brief but well-meaning fad gone bad.  I mean, the goal these days is to eat clean, buy local, and put kale in EVERYTHING.  How was the cake on a stick idea going to survive?  Well, I need not have feared.  It seems even the healthiest and greenest, amongst us need a treat to go with their soy late once in a while and hey, it's not like ordering an entire piece of cake - it's but a guiltless bite! Why the heck not?

 These little drops of heaven are perfect for a shower, wedding, birthday or tea. Feeling inspired? Bake your own! Cake Pops (April 2012, Spruce, $14.99) by Helen Attridge and Abby Foy is an adorable, colourful little volume with easy to follow, easy to make recipes for creating fun, fanciful cake pops at home.  The book opens with simple recipes for making a basic vanilla cake and frosting that are easily adapted to other flavor variations, such as chocolate and lemon.  Easy-to -follow instructions and visual guides teach you how to make the balls, dip them, decorate and shape them.  Useful tips cover everything from masking cracks to make ahead suggestions, adjusting colors, personalizing, and presentation.

28 great designs include everything from the simplest pretty pink pops with sprinkles to chocolate dipped strawberries and teddy bear and piggy pops.  The designs vary in degree of difficulty, but there is something for everyone at every level, including children.

CAKE POPS by Helen Attridge and Abby Foy, Photographs by Lis Parsons | Spruce/Octopus, April 2012, CAN $14.99, Hardcover | ISBN:  978-1-84601-402-4

SWEET AS PIE

MY BAKING JOURNAL is a gem of a little book! A beautifully designed package that helps organize treasured recipes from friends and family, favourite cookbooks, magazines and celebrity chefs, as well as great restaurant desserts you want to recreate.

Divided into chapters for different types of baking, there is dedicated space to reference the source of favourite recipes, plus space to write your own, jot tasting notes, and document anything else that comes to mind.  There's also an accordion file at the back for clippings and an elastic closure to secure loose recipes.

This is a sweet little gift for bakers and will make a wonderful Mother’s Day present! For a little extra flair, pair it with a sweet ingredient or baking accessory, or simply tie it with a ribbon and wooden spoon.  Easy, peasy!

MY BAKING JOURNAL | Spruce/Octopus, March 2012 | $16.99 CAN

 

For The Wine Lover

This handsome, embossed, hardcover journal from Hugh Johnson, allows wine lovers to record favourite – and least favourite – wines.  Easy to complete charts and boxes for tasting notes are combined with subjects such as choosing wine for particular occasions and rules of thumb for quantities –handy for the holidays–the best vintages for particular wines, and what other wines to try if you are especially fond a particular grape variety.

The Journal addresses choosing, buying, and judging wine, and also covers such topics as:

  • Opening –corkscrew basics, knowing if it’s corked, and how to deal with a cork that won’t budge
  • Serving  - glassware, optimal temperatures,  and decanting
  • Storing  - cellaring, stacks and racks, and how long will it keep

 It is divided into sections on White wines, Sparkling wines, Rose wines, Red wines and Fortified wine.  Each section offers general and sub-category descriptions.  It also contains quick-reference vintage charts, sections on grape varietals, and wine & food pairing, plus a very useful  “Winespeak” glossary.

 Hugh’s thoughts on the what, when, and how of wine drinking form the framework of this journal.  The rest is up to you: your own favourites, tasting notes, experiments, food pairing, even notes and recommendations from friends.

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Brewed Awakening is a must have book for anyone interested in the craft beer movement (we know you're out there) or for those beer geek's who follow every trend in cutting-edge craft brewing today--beers that are super-bitter, cask conditioned, organic, gluten free, and extreme (extra flavour, extra alcohol, extra everything).  The craft beer movement is growing and the innovation taking place within the community is really quite astonishing. It's what one might call, a liquid revolution!

I imagine author Joshua M. Bernstein had a pretty killer time writing this book.  He chronicles his pint-by-pint sampling with photos, labels, and info on the latest techniques.  Exploring everywhere beer is being made, he travels from Nebraska to Norway, New Zealand to Montreal and dishes about his experiences at pint-sized breweries popping up in basements and garages while explaining how hops, grain and yeast can cause beers to take on radically different tastes.

Nothin' like poppin' a cold one.  Enjoy!

Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution by Joshua M. Bernstein / Sterling Publishing, $29.95 CAN, ISBN:9781402778643

 

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