Book Reviews December 2015
CROSSWORDS FOR CHRISTMAS
The release of The New York Times ‘Tis the Season Crosswords means that it’s time for cocoa, Christmas trees and winter holidays. St. Martin’s Press, home of the classic New York Times Crosswords and Sudoku collections, and internationally treasured puzzle creator Will Shortz present the newest edition of puzzles for insatiable puzzle addicts. This collection showcases 165 of America’s favorite puzzles in a beautiful spiral bound, winter-theme package and is a perfect gift for family, friends and coworkers.
OH, WHAT FUN!
Written by American songwriter James Lord Pierpont for Sunday-school children to perform at an 1857 Thanksgiving concert, “Jingle Bells” is now an irreplaceable part of Christmas traditions around the world. Jingle Bells: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition, Niroot Puttapipat’s exquisite edition, with his silhouetted illustrations both bold and delicate, follows a sleigh ride across a snowy landscape. Featuring scenes that change on every spread and a stunning 3-D pop-up at the end, this holiday keepsake captures the thrill of a winter adventure and the magic of the season.
EAT SMART RESOLUTION
The revised and expanded bestseller The World’s Healthiest Foods hits shelves just in time for New Year’s resolutions. This award-winning nutritional blockbuster offers the definitive guide for a healthy lifestyle through eating the right foods. Author George Mateljan, a longtime leader in the healthy eating revolution, focuses on the top 100 foods needed to maximize health, including fruits and vegetables, eggs and dairy, seafood, nuts and seeds, legumes, grains, meats and flavorings to help you eat smart.
HIP, HOT SPIRIT
GIN: The Manual, by Dave Broom, covers 120 gins that Dave has tasted individually and also in four different preparations – with tonic, with Sicilian lemonade, in a Negroni and in a Martini – and then scored as to how each stands up to the four preparations. There are also recipes to help explore the joys of gin in myriad other ways, such as in a Martinez and Gin Fizz. In addition, each gin is categorized according to a flavor camp system, which highlights its core properties and allows drinkers to understand how to find the gin best suited to taste preferences and how to best drink and enjoy it.
Cozy hats, tiny jackets and “blankies” kids can’t live without are tiny treasures when knitted by someone who loves them. With One-Skein Wonders for Babies, a cute collection of 101 knitting projects for outfitting infants and toddlers using one skein of yarn, knitters can make precious items easily, sometimes even in one day. Editor Judith Durant has gathered 101 of the sweetest designs from top knitwear designers to offer every level of knitter an inviting variety of styles, including practical leg warmers, huggable stuffed animals, baby bootees and more.
From the Lower East Side of New York to Paris, London and the beaches of Ibiza, the collection of 85 very special cocktail recipes included in the pages of Experimental Cocktail Club takes inspiration from classic American and French cocktails, served with an unmistakable Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC) twist and flair. Authors Romee de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros and Olivier Bon include recipes for Stockholm Syndrome, Tete de Mule, as well as ECC’s take on classics such as the Negroni, Margarita, Moscow Mule and Strawberry Daiquiri. These are cocktails with decidedly global appeal.