It is possible to have taste buds and a heart, a fact seldom acknowledged by chefs.  The vegan mantra at most restaurants is, “I guess I’ll have the garden salad.”  Eventually, some chefs achieve enlightenment and give us what we really want: fricassee of morels and fava beans with coconut taro purée, or perhaps charred corn ravioli with basil fondue. Delicious choices abound in Great Chefs Cook Vegan (Gibbs Smith, $35) by Linda Long.  Twenty-five chefs, among them Jean-Georges Vongerichten, José Andrés, and Charlie Trotter, contributed recipes—all of which have been mouthwateringly photographed.  It’s rabbit food for the world’s most sophisticated bunnies.

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ISBN: 9781423623274
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gibbs Smith - August 1st, 2011

The nosh that began in 17th- century Poland and traveled around the world is now as common in American homes as apple pie. In this charming little book, The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread (Yale Univ., $24),  Maria Balinska traces the history of the bagel from its humble beginnings to New York’s Lower East Side to freezers and bake shops from coast to coast. The debate, however, will continue to rage: is that square thing really a bagel? And why would anyone put blueberries in a bagel?

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ISBN: 9780300158205
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Yale University Press - September 29th, 2009

Full of illustrations, profiles, and stories spanning the history of American movie-making, You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (Running Press, $50) is a stunning tribute to the studio that produced The Jazz Singer, Casablanca, Bugs Bunny, Superman, and countless other iconic screen images.  The text by Richard Schickel and George Perry chronicles the life of the studio, from the early days of Sam, Harry, Jack, and Albert Warner and the transition from silents to talkies, through the classic noir ’40s and ’50s, the troubled ’70s and ’80s, up to the present age of media conglomeration and the blockbuster.