BOOKS: November/December 2014

Plenty More
by Yotam Ottolenghi
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi is back with Plenty More, the follow up to 2011's bestselling and award-winning Plenty. A collection of 120 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method, Plenty More celebrates the world of vegetables proving that produce can be the star of the show as opposed to the afterthought. Raw, grilled, baked, simmered, cracked or braised, Ottolenghi provides recipes for flavourful and dazzling mains, sides, salads and sweets like Membrillo and Stilton Quiche, Buttermilk-crusted Okra, Roasted Rhubarb and Sweet Labneh, Candy Beetroot with Lentils and Quince Poached Pear in Pomegranate Juice. Kick your meat habit and open your palate to the plentiful recipes of Plenty More.;

Dog About Town: How to Raise a Happy Dog in the City
Written by Louise Glazebrook, illustrated by Ping Zhu
Perfect for current and future dog owners alike, Dog About Town is the beautifully illustrated guide to owning and training an urban pooch. Renowned urban dog trainer and behaviorist Louise Glazebrook offers essential wisdom and advice from how to pick the perfect breed for you to behavioral advice, food, sleeping arrangements and tissue obsessions. Witty and informative, Dog About Town is a stunning handbook in celebration of our four-legged friends.; $19.95

The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak
A children's book with no pictures? It may seem like a crazy concept, but with the release of The Book With No Pictures award-winning humourist/actor B.J. Novak has created the most innovative read-aloud book that kids will be begging to hear again and again. The premise is simple: If the words are written, the must be read. Even if they are silly or made-up”¦ like BLORK, or BLUURF. Even if it's a song about eating ants for breakfast, parents have an obligation to read the words as they are written because that's how books work. This goofy book will get parents to let loose and bring out their wackiest voices making their kids laugh continuously and develop a love for the written word along the way.; $19.99

The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion
by Megan Hess
International fashion illustrator Megan Hess brings together a collection of fashion's 100 most iconic dresses in her latest release, The Dress. Throughout history there have been dresses that stick with us for their beauty, elegance, or the willingness to take risks, that have captured the spirit of a generation, a moment in time and the energy of fashion icons. Alongside some of the infamous designs like Audrey Hepburn's simple black shift dress, Princess Diana's bold and never-ending wedding dress and Bjork's swan dress you will also find historical anecdotes, famous quotes and notes on renowned fashion houses. As stunning as these dresses can be, they would be nothing without the women within them. As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”; $24.95

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
In her highly anticipated new book, Yes Please, Amy Poehler dishes out personal stories on everything from her “too safe” childhood just outside of Boston to her early days in New York City. Between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, her duties as a producer and director, beloved SNL alumni, cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Bridgade, work on the webseries Smart Girls at the Party and mother of two young boys, Poehler managed to pen this funny, charming, biting yet wise memoir. From discussing her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz” to being told she has a face for wigs, Poehler touches on every subject from love and friendship to sex and parenthood while giving real life, occasionally useful, advice like when to be funny and when not to be.; $32.99

Beverly Hills: The First 100 Years
by Robert S. Anderson with contributions by the City of Beverly Hills
Just in time for the centennial of Beverly Hills comes a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated history of the city's first 100 years. Exhaustively researched by Robert S. Anderson, Beverly Hills: The First 100 Years provides a stunning history of the legendary city and its houses, parks and gardens from its founding until today. Among other sources, Anderson has assembled a feast of glamourous images and exclusive stories from his unmatched personal collection as well as a large selection of photography commissioned especially for this book.; $100

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair
edited by Graydon Carter with David Friend
In honour of Vanity Fair's 100th anniversary, current Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has collected an array of fabulous pieces written for the publication between 1913 and 1936 in Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair. The unforgettable eras of the roaring twenties, jazz age and the age of Gatsby come to life through the words of the magazine's catalogue of astonishing early writers like Gertrude Stein, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Benchley and Langston Hughes. Some works include F. Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, Clarence Darrow on equality and E.E. Cummings on Calvin Coolidge and Thomas Mann on how films move the human heart. Reflecting the rich periods in which they were created, this series of essays simultaneously manages to address topics that continue to resonate today like our cultures destructive obsession with celebrity and the collapse of the public's faith in the financial industry.; $34.95