BOOKS: May/June 2015

Casa Bohemia: The Spanish-Style House
by Linda Leigh Paul; photographed by Ricardo Vidargas

From vibrant architecture to the endlessly rich details of ornate wrought iron, colourful tiles and graceful arches, Casa Bohemia: The Spanish-Style House explores the classic and newly built Spanish-style houses of the southwestern and southern United States, Mexico and Spain. Stunning colour photographs capture the interiors and exteriors of 29 residences built between the late seventeenth century and today, showcasing beautifully preserved homes and restored haciendas framed by the history of this enchanting style's Iberian roots to the development of Mission style homes in the Americas and the ever-flourishing Spanish Revival and Mediterranean styles.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

As the luxury ocean liner the Lusitania set out on May 1, 1915 from New York, bound for Liverpool with a record number of children and infants, its passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain a warzone with its U-boats wreaking terror on the North Atlantic for months. Toted as one of the era's great transatlantic “Greyhounds” her captain, William Thomas Turner, knew that his ship, the fastest in service, could outrun any threat and placed enormous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that had kept passenger ships safe. With Germany determined to change the rules of the game, an array of forces both big and small converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. Switching between the voice of the hunter and the hunted, #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Kaplan weaves a thrilling tale of glamour, mystery and real life suspense in Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

I Was A Child: A Memoir
by Bruce Eric Kaplan

American artist and frequent cartoon contributor to The New Yorker Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, has released his first work of non-fiction with I Was A Child: A Memoir. Accompanied by his signature drawings and full of wonder and anxiety, Kaplan recalls his conventional, relatable childhood years growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey,  “I guess this book is about surviving what we were born into,” says Kaplan. “Our parents, our relatives, our religions, our friends, and in my case, New Jersey. For worse, and for better, these things shape, push and prod us into becoming whoever we are. I tell people this book is my Girl, Interrupted. Except it's about a boy, he didn't get hospitalized, and it has funny drawings.”

Milan: Highlights
by Massimo Zanella
Take a tour through the modern and traditional aspects of Italy's “big city” with art historian Massimo Zanella's Milan: Highlights. This large format volume presents unusual glimpses along with the more conventional with over 100 photographs exploring art, fashion, nightlife, design, historic districts, trivia and urban planning, showcasing the varied aspects that make up Milan. Available June 23.

Seven Spoons: My Favourite Recipes for Any and Every Day
by Tara O'Brady

Nearly ten years after starting the popular food blog Seven Spoons Tara O'Brady's highly anticipated debut book, Seven Spoons: My Favourite Recipes for Any and Every Day, hit shelves this past April. A columnist in UPPERCASE magazine, O'Brady's work has also been featured in the quarterly publication Kinfolk and The Globe and Mail, as well as online at,,,, and more. Sharing stories and recipes from her Southern Ontario home, O'Brady creates fresh, whole, hearty, ingredient-drive recipes showcasing a myriad of culinary influences. Alongside elegant photography you will find recipes like Roasted Carrots with Dukkah and Harissa Mayonnaise, Braised Beef Short Ribs with Gremolata and Plum Macaroon Cake.

Supergrains: Cook Your Way to Great Health
by Chrissy Freer

Say goodbye to highly refined grains like white rice and white wheat flour and say hello to supergrains with nutritionist Chrissy Freer's first cookbook Supergrains: Cook Your Way to Great Health. The 12 supergrains (and six gluten-free grains) quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice, chia, millet, oats, spelt, kamut, barley, faro and freekeh help to stimulate a healthy digestion, help control blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and assist with weight control. Using readily available ingredients with easy to follow instructions and methods, Freer provides more than 100 recipes, including more than 40 gluten-free options, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert like Chia Crêpes with Star Anise Mandarins, Millet Spinach & Cashew Pilaf with Lamp Chops, Little Passion Fruit & Coconut Cakes and Chocolate & Date Spelt Cake.