The minute the sweltering heat of the D.C. summer broke I wanted to bake cookies. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of THE GOURMET COOKIE BOOK (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18), which showcases each of Gourmet’s seven decades with a cookie chosen from every year. Not only are the recipes delicious, they are enriched by the history that accompanies them; notes on the magazine, information on what was happening in the country as well as in America’s kitchens. For example, in 1944 when the country was at war and sugar was rationed, Honey Refrigerator Cookies gave Gourmet’s readers the expertise they needed to use the resources  at hand to create wonderful cookies. When gourmet chocolate flooded the American market in the 1990s, the magazine responded with a recipe for mocha cookies, using fine semisweet chocolate bars and tons of chocolate chips—unadulterated decadence.  Each tasty recipe appears exactly as it was originally published, together with helpful hints from today’s editors.  Get baking!

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ISBN: 9780547328164
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 2nd, 2010

In THE EXQUISITE BOOK: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game (Chronicle, $29.95) the artists of the collective ALSO Designs, Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvoski, and Matt Lamothe, have gathered 100 indie design favorites for a version of the surrealist game “the exquisite corpse.” Each artist, after seeing only the last drawing in a series, continues from the horizon line left by the previous artist. Some pick up the story or mood from the preceding page, others go off in wildly different directions. The results are imaginative, and as varied as they are wonderful, all examples of some of the best artists working today. The formatting of the book is no less ingenious. Each of the ten chapters is printed on accordion fold outs, so the reader can view the art in the continuous way it was meant to be enjoyed.  With an illustrated introduction by Dave Eggers.

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780811870900
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - September 1st, 2010

All Other Nights (W.W. Norton, $14.95), by Dara Horn, sweeps the reader into a dramatic  world of intrigue, sacrifice, and devotion—a world of Jewish spies during the Civil War. The story begins with Jacob Rappaport, the son of a New York businessman, who runs away to join the army.  He is ordered to infiltrate the enemy in order to stop a murderous plot against the President.  Jacob’s success leads to another, even more dangerous mission. He encounters triumph and peril while meeting a richly drawn cast of characters from both North and South: female spies, flamboyant actors, cunning military chiefs, and Judah Benjamin, the first Jewish Senator and Secretary of the Confederacy.  This novel is the perfect blend of suspense, history, and romance.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780393338324
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 8th, 2010

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