Books + Reading Lists
Last year on my honeymoon to Southeast Asia, I was lucky enough to meet Andy Booth, the founder of the Siem Reap-based tour company ABOUTAsia (and a member of the T+L A-List). A 2013 Global Vision Awards winner, it donates 100% of profits to local schools, buying them uniforms and supplies, digging wells, and providing training and fair wages to teachers. The tours themselves—to the temples and surrounding villages—are perfectly crafted and designed to avoid the crowds; we were always going opposite traffic and even had a few of the smaller temples of Angkor completely to ourselves (an impressive feat for a popular tourist destination).
Four new cookbooks bring the world to your table.
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon) is the credo of Massimo Bottura, who celebrates 20 years at the helm of Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, with this beautifully produced book of recipes, stories, and photographs.
Security lines. Passport stamps. Checked luggage. Have you ever stepped back and really thought about why we travel the way we do? In some ways, this industry is—pardon the pun—on autopilot. And that mindset is exactly what author Doug Lansky set out to question.
A project 10 years in the making, new e-book Travel: The Guide is anything but your typical destination handbook, a clarification the intro makes abundantly clear.
A cacti-filled garden in Morocco, lush country homes in England, a tropical oasis in Florida: the world is filled with countless public and private green spaces—and the new book The Gardener’s Garden brings together more than 250 of the world’s best.
South America’s celebrated chef and grillmaster, Francis Mallmann, just released his second English-language cookbook—a follow up to the instant classic Seven Fires. Mallmann on Fire, written with Peter Kaminsky, is far more than the sum of its 100 live-fire recipes. It takes us on a vibrant culinary journey around the world and into the heart of a gentleman gaucho with a peripatetic soul.
Portland, OR was recently voted the best city in America for bookstores. The rare-books section at Powell’s—the largest bookshop in the U.S.—is worth the pilgrimage for these extraordinary selections.
De Bello Judaico
Flavius Josephus, $12,500
Bound in parchment and decorated by hand, the oldest book at Powell’s dates to 1480—30 years after Gutenberg invented the printing press.
For those of us who seek to immerse ourselves in a place, photographer Gail Albert Halaban’s Paris Views (Aperture) offers a voyeuristic glimpse into la vie parisienne. A family celebrates a child’s birthday. A couple shares a bottle of wine. A man wearing shorts plays air guitar. To scout locations and get the perfect vantage points, Halaban invited herself into dozens of homes. The result, a follow-up to her New York series, Out My Window, is a strikingly intimate vignette of urban life. And, she says, “It’s also a great way to meet locals.”
Photo © Gail Albert Halaban, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery
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When Eden Collinsworth moved to China to write a guidebook on Western etiquette for Chinese businessmen, it’s safe to say that she encountered some cultural differences (like the time when a man asked how much she cost). In fact, there was enough material for another book, I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became its Own Unforgettable Lesson, which hits shelves October 7. In this humorous memoir, the former media exec and business consultant sheds light on her time living abroad. Here, she shares some of her experiences, tips for traveling in China, and more.
This is the time for fall openings in New York City: art exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, but the most special and quietly spectacular: Albertine, a new bookshop (yes, a bricks-and-mortar store), opening to the public on Saturday, September 27, and located in the Cultural Sevices building of the French Embassy at 972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets). Designer Jacques Garcia has created Albertine as a grand, private French library on two levels with an internal staircase that connects the shop and its reading room.
What’s inside? The most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States: more than 14,000 titles, including novels, non-fiction, art and rare books, comic and children’s books, in addition to DVDs, magazines, stationery, and beautiful paper goods.
Movie stars, heiresses, tycoons— in the early to mid 20th century, they turned the Caribbean into the American Riviera. Hermes Mallea’s Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour (Rizzoli) chronicles the birth of the palm-lined playgrounds and extravagant, colonial-style resorts that fueled our country’s fascination with the tropics. Ernest Hemingway poses with the day’s catch (swordfish) in Bimini; the Duke and Duchess of Windsor play cards in their tassel-and-toile-filled Nassau living room; Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward take a straw-hatted holiday at Jamaica’s Round Hill. All of it proves that elemental truth: tans may fade, but the lure of paradise is forever.
Photo courtesy of Emory Kristof/National Geographic Creative