Birdscapes: A Pop-Up Celebration of Bird Songs in Stereo Sound - Miyoko Chu

Birdscapes (Chronicle, $60) is for the whole family—well, maybe not for those tiniest members who can’t resist tearing into pop-up pages.  Roger Tory Peterson meets Where’s Waldo in this book of complex, multilevel vistas of seven bird habitats, enhanced by a CD of songs and calls, and texts illustrating the different ecosystems.  The project is the work of Miyoko Chu and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and an imaginative way of explaining to the children and grandchildren—in front of a warm fire—why you love going out birding on a miserable cold, wet day. 

Thames: The Biography - Peter Ackroyd

This winter, while you’re dreaming of going to England in the spring, Peter Ackroyd, following his successful London, has brought us Thames: The Biography (Nan A. Talese, $40), an entertaining and widely informative book all about the great river Thames.  There are fifteen chapters, filled with history, mythology, commerce, art, literature, and nature study.  Maps and illustrations are plentiful, and dipping in and out of Thames is like learning at every turn something delightful and surprising from an old friend who has seen and done it all. 

Thames: The Biography By Peter Ackroyd Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389848
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Anchor - November 3rd, 2009

Olives & Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond - Sara Jenkins, Mindy Fox

After 50 years of cooking for family and friends, I am not often tempted to try something new.  Olives And Oranges (Houghton Mifflin, $35) has roused me from my torpor.  It’s full of Mediterranean flavors from Spain, Italy, and Cyprus, and sensibly the recipes are labeled “quick-cook” and “slow-cook” so they will accommodate any schedule. Short Pasta with Mushrooms and Mint?  Spicy Lemon-Chocolate Ganache Tart?  The authors, Sara Jenkins and Mindy Fox, have included full-page color photos to inspire me (and you).

Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond By Sara Jenkins, Mindy Fox Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618677641
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 8th, 2008