Step Aside, Pops - Kate Beaton

Do you know a history buff with a sense of humor?  That person should already have a copy of Kate Beaton’s first book, Hark! A Vagrant!  Now Beaton brings us Step Aside, Pops (Drawn and Quarterly, $19.95) with all new strips featuring The Black Prince, Ida B. Wells, Emperor Maximilian, racist suffragettes, and a highly disgruntled Wonder Woman.  Beaton is a master of three-panel cartoons: her drawing is loose and expressive, and her humor as silly, surreal, and angry as ever. Anyone who can read Step Aside, Pops without laughing out loud at least eight times is more to be pitied than censured.  Plus, most of her characters have crazy eyes—who doesn’t like crazy eyes? If you want to sit on the sofa and chortle until it’s time to catch the plane back home—you see the holidays rollin’ up, you Step Aside, Pops. (Spoiler alert: Pops doesn’t step aside; he gets run over by an insolent velocipedestrienne.)

Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection By Kate Beaton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770462083
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 15th, 2015

Bouchon Bakery - Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller’s books are tall, gorgeous, and intimidating—supermodels of the cookbook world. His latest, Bouchon Bakery (Artisan, $50), is especially mouthwatering. Seductively photographed, its detailed, exacting recipes for such delights as macarons, shatteringly light and tender croissants, palmiers à la framboise, (are you detecting a leetle French accent?) and pain rustique both inspire and daunt. Could these untutored hands create such masterpieces too? Maybe if we start with the blueberry muffins or caramel corn recipe… Our guides— chef-proprietor of The French Laundry/Bouchon empire Mr. Keller, executive pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel, and Bouchon’s head baker Matthew McDonald—are patient, skillful, and precise. Put yourself entirely in their hands. The result? Ah, très bon, très jolie!
Bouchon Bakery (The Thomas Keller Library) By Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouxel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579654351
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Published: Artisan - October 23rd, 2012

Great Chefs Cook Vegan - Linda Long

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.