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Vancouver Eats by Joanne Sasvari | Kevin Clark (Copy)
Filled with mouthwatering recipes and beautiful photographs, Vancouver Eats presents 90 recipes from 45 of the city's best restaurants. With recipes for salads (Fable's Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata), soups (Tacofino's tortilla soup), brunch (Cafe Medina's fricassee champignons), mains (David Hawksworth's cherry tomato, olive, and arugula pizza), desserts (Thomas Haas's hazelnut praline éclair), and cocktails (The Botanist's Appleseed cocktail), this inspired anthology boasts a collection of original and innovative dishes by chefs who've put Vancouver on the culinary map. It even includes a few notable restaurants from Whistler. And best of all, the recipes have been designed with home cooks in mind. Beautifully illustrated throughout by award-winning photographer Kevin Clark, Vancouver Eats is the perfect book for those who want to recreate their favourite dining experiences in their own home.
West by Carys Davies
“There are many worlds to explore within this deceptively short book, which gallops towards its conclusion with a mythic inevitability. You won’t be able to turn back.” —The Guardian “Slender, stark, and utterly mesmerizing.” —The Mail on Sunday When widowed mule breeder Cy Bellman reads in the newspaper that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in the salty Kentucky mud, he sets out from his small Pennsylvania farm to see for himself if the rumors are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. Promising to write and to return in two years, he leaves behind his only daughter, Bess, to the tender mercies of his taciturn sister and heads west. With only a barnyard full of miserable animals and her dead mother’s gold ring to call her own, Bess, unprotected and approaching womanhood, fills lonely days tracing her father’s route on maps at the subscription library and waiting for his letters to arrive. Bellman, meanwhile, wanders farther and farther from home, across harsh and alien landscapes, in reckless pursuit of the unknown. From Frank O’Connor Award winner Carys Davies, West is a spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie parable of the American frontier and an electric monument to possibility.
Atlas Obscura by Foer, Thuras & Morton
It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer. Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
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