This week, we got in a bunch of new releases! You’ll find a gift for anyone on your list within these titles.
For the cook: new cookbooks from Grub Street Publishing.
For the young reader & reluctant reader: new classic tales from Real Reads.
For the history lover: new titles from Amberley Publishing and Pen & Sword Books.
Keep reading to see all of these and more!
Grub Street Publishing
The demand for vegan cookbooks is growing a pace as more and more people stop eating animal products for ethical or health reasons ̶ Vegan Bible containing more than 500 recipes and fully illustrated with pictures on every spread is the most comprehensive vegan cookbook on the market. Published in 2014 in French, it has become the No 1 best-selling vegan cookbook in France ever.
From this exhaustive work you will discover the richness and the diversity of vegan gastronomy and how cooking can still be truly creative even without eggs, meat, fish or dairy products. Learn how to make your own vegan cheeses, how to cook astonishing egg-free, dairy-free desserts, and how to prepare 100% vegan versions of some of the great classic dishes. As well as recipes for breakfasts, lunches, suppers and baby foods there are recipes for every occasion: birthdays, brunches, picnics, barbecues, and family get-togethers.
More than just a collection of recipes the book provides illustrated step-by-step information on the key ingredients of the vegan diet: nuts, flax seeds, chickpeas, avocado and there is a chapter outlining the essentials for vegan nutritional balance: where to find protein, calcium, vitamin B12, mistakes to avoid, and emphasizes necessary know-how to be acquired such as making cheese, creams or vegan milks.
This inventive, inspirational book is destined to be the only vegan cookbook you will ever need.
Buy it here $49.95
*New in Paperback* Pierre Hermé is universally acknowledged as the king of French pastry with shops in Tokyo, Paris and London. He is the best, and has even been described as a couturier of pastry. This is a man at the top of his art and there is no question his macarons are in a league of its own.
Macarons are the aristocrats of pastry; these brightly colored, mini meringues, daintily sandwiched together with gooey fillings, have become a holy grail for cookery fanatics and there are even food blogs dedicated to them.
Like Pierre Hermé’s famous macarons, it would be difficult for any macaron book to surpass this one and indeed the hardback edition has been a universal bestseller (still in print 978-1-908117-23-6). There are 208 pages of recipes and beautiful food photography, and because making macarons is mostly about technique, rather than just a standard recipe, readers will appreciate the 32-step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions for making shells and fillings.
All the classics are here like dark chocolate, praline, coffee, and pistachio, but others feature the more unusual macarons that Hermé is justly famous for: Isfahan is one, with lychee, rose and raspberry, Arabesque with apricot and pistachio, Satine with passion fruit, orange and cream cheese, Mandarin and pink pepper, black truffles, balsamic vinegar as well as a bright-green macaron filled with fresh mint.
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Juan Mari Arzak is the owner and chef of Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, and was one of the first Spanish chefs to be awarded 3 Michelin stars. The restaurant is now rated 8th best in the world, and Juan’s daughter Elena, who cooks with him, was voted best female chef in the world in 2012. They both studied with the great chefs of their day – Juan in France with Paul Bocuse and the Troisgros brothers; Elena with Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adrìa and Pierre Gagnaire. ‘What we eat, how we eat, is in our culture,’ says Elena, ‘our signature cuisine is Basque. Our taste is from here. We were born here. We cook unconsciously with this identity.’ Thus Arzak is considered to be one of the most influential masters of the New Basque cuisine, which has continued to have a major influence on international cuisine, particularly on such world renowned chefs as Ferran Adrià, who took the techniques pioneered by Arzak to new heights.
Originally published in Spanish and now available in English for the first time Arzak Secrets is THE behind the scenes recipe and technique book from the world famed restaurant. Gorgeously photographed, this volume is a glimpse at some of the secrets behind the dishes that have made the restaurant and chef famous. Arzak’s kitchen is a laboratory for flavors, aromas and textures, and his dishes and techniques are revealed in this fascinating cookbook, which is not only for professionals looking for inspiration but for any dedicated cook committed to understanding the creative development and innovations behind this exceptional food.
Buy it here $59.95
Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support literacy development while providing an introduction to the riches of our international literary heritage. The books can be enjoyed by able readers in middle primary, and allow older children with literacy difficulties to engage with great stories. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world’s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas, and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.
These our the newest classics available from Real Reads:
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Gold-Bug
“Dat gold bug was a vicious bug. Massa caught it first but it bit him. I think da bite has made Massa poorly. It has affected him in da head.” William Legrand has found a new type of bug, a golden bug, unusually heavy. His servant, Jupiter, is worried. Why is Legrand behaving so oddly? Has the bug’s bite made him mad? When Legrand shows his friend a drawing of the gold bug, it looks more like a skull. What can this mean? The arrival of the gold bug leads the three men on an exciting adventure towards skeletons,
a skull and a hunt for buried treasure. Should we believe Jupiter’s superstitious fears, or is there a more logical explanation of events? If there is, can you, the reader, discover it?
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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
“An amazing sight met my eyes. All around me were dozens of human creatures a little less than six inches high, chattering together in high-pitched voices in a strange language.”
When Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean, it’s the start of a series of adventures stranger than he could possibly have imagined. After the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput become suspicious of Gulliver, they plan to kill their huge visitor. What deadly scheme do they come up with?Gulliver makes a friend in the land of the giants -Glumdalclitch, a nine year old girl. Can she protect him from the frightening creatures in Brobdingnag? Once he has said goodbye to the peculiar scientists in their flying island, Gulliver discovers the fierce and brutal Yahoos. Will he ever return home safely to his wife and family in England?
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Gawain and the Green Knight
A horrific apparition interrupts the Christmas festivities at King Arthur’s Camelot.
A green giant throws down a deadly challenge: one of the gathering must cut off his head, after which he will return the favour in a year’s time! King Arthur must accept this challenge or appear a coward, but it’s left to young Sir Gawain to act. Gawain chops off the giant’s head and, horror of horrors, the giant strides over to pick up his head, which then begins to speak. He holds Sir Gawain to his promise, and rides off into the wintry night. A year passes and Gawain sets off with terrible dread to find the Green Knight and keep to his side of the bargain. Can he avoid his certain doom?
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Mahatma Gandhi’s My Experiments with Truth
“‘Get down!’ the official said. ‘Or I will get a constable to push you out!’ ‘Do that,’ I told him. ‘I will not get off this train!'” Mahatma Gandhi is best known as the father of the Indian nation and a charismatic leader in the fight for justice for all. But who was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and what made him the phenomenon he became? Born into a middle class family, Gandhi’s thirst for truth was evident from an early age, and his insistence on speaking and living his truth often got him into trouble. Why did it matter so much to him not to cheat at school, to stand up to officials who told him what he could and could not do, to fight relentlessly for the rights of the poor and those with little power over their own lives? What was it about Gandhi’s life and experiences that brought him to the clear understanding that love and non-violence are the best weapons in any struggle?
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Egil’s Saga: An Icelandic Classic
Is it really possible to become famous throughout your country and beyond both as a fearless warrior and as a renowned poet? Egil Skallagrimsson lived in Iceland a thousand years ago, and this is the story of his long and violent life. He could compose beautiful poetry, but he was also capable of staggering brutality. Can Egil successfully avenge his father’s exile from Norway, defend his honor against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and support the English King Athelstan in his battles against the Scots? When his travels finally find him at home again in Iceland, how will Egil feel about his family-his loving wife Asgerd, the brother he lost in battle, and his dead sons? And what will he do with his two chests of silver?
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*New in Paperback* On 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated on a visit to Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist called Gavrilo Princip. The assassination set in motion the events that led to the outbreak of the First World War, one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history and a trauma that would bring down the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ending nearly eight centuries of Hapsburg rule and unleashing unrest across the European continent.
By the end of that conflict, not only had the Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbled but the other two imperial rulers of Europe, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, had lost their grip on power. The three great monarchies of Europe had fallen. Only in Britain would the ruler of an empire, George V, the first cousin of both the Kaiser and the Tsar, successfully retain the crown.
In this new book, Gareth Russell tells the story of the Austrian, German and Russian imperial families during the four years of the First World War and the political and personal struggles that brought about their ruin.
Buy it here $16.00
The Shakespeare Trail
It has been 400 years since William Shakespeare, the man heralded as the greatest writer in the English language and England’s national poet, died. Shakespeare has made a profound mark on our culture and heritage. Yet many aspects of his life remain in the shadows, and many places throughout England have forgotten their association with him.
Packed with walking tours, visitor information, maps and photographs, The Shakespeare Trail will bring you closer to Will from Stratford by guiding you to the places he knew and showing how we follow in his footsteps, and the footsteps of his characters, without realizing it. The journey takes us from the place of his birth at Stratford-upon-Avon all the way to London, the beating heart of Early Modern theatreland. On the way, we discover well-known locations such as Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the Globe Theater, but also some surprising nooks and crannies in a place Shakespeare knew well – the old City of London. Included among the locations are Coughton Cross in the Forest of Arden, Kenilworth Castle, Rufford Old Hall and Middle Temple Hall, where the first recorded performance of Twelfth Night took place.
Whether you’re an armchair traveler or are planning a trip to see these places for yourself, The Shakespeare Trail is the ideal companion for any Shakespeare lover.
Buy it here $34.95
Dining with the Victorians
From traditional seaside holiday treats like candy floss, ice cream and fish ‘n’ chips, to the British fascination for cooking and baking, the Victorian era has shaped British culinary heritage. Victoria’s austere attitude after an age of Regency indulgence generated enormous cultural change. Excess and gluttony were replaced with rigid tradition and morally upright values, and Victoria’s large family became the center of the cultural imagination, with the power to begin new traditions. If Queen Victoria’s family sat down to turkey on Christmas day, so did the rest of the nation.
Food was a significant part of the Victorians’ lives, whether they had too much of it or not enough. The destitute would be fed gruel in the workhouses; the resounding words of Dickens’s Oliver with an empty bowl of gruel come to mind: ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’ The alternative street diet sparked a whole new workforce of ‘mudlarks’, trotter boilers, food slop traders and sewer ‘toshers’, to name but a few. Imagine Glastonbury food sellers operating in the Portaloo section, and this might go some way to describing the scene. Wealthy Victorians feasted to excess, but they also struggled with the antithesis of this, with their belief that the control and denial of food were akin to healthy moral values. Journey through Britain’s food history with Emma Kay and discover the fascinating, gruesome and wonderful culinary traditions of the Victorians.
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The Classic Guide to Cycling
At a time when there were no easy guides to turn to for experience in British sports, The Classic Guide to Cycling was an imperative and insightful glance into its history and benefits when first written, thanks to the dedication of the Rt-Hon. Earl of Albemarle and G. Lacy Hillier. A cyclist enthusiast, not only did the Earl coin the name for the National Cyclists’ Union, but was also its president, demonstrating his keen knowledge and experience as an avid sportsman.
As Lacy Hillier remarked, ‘No history of cycling in the future will be complete which does not do full justice to the efforts of the late Earl of Albemarle to further the interests and the well-being of the sport.’ With original illustrations, this updated version of The Classic Guide to Cycling is a must for any bike enthusiast.
Buy it here $16.00
Jane Austen’s Worthing
*New in Paperback* During her stay in Worthing in late 1805 Jane Austen became friends with Edward Ogle, who was the driving force behind the chaotic little town’s transformation into a well-ordered seaside resort. Then, in 1817, the year of her death, Jane Austen used Worthing as the background for her final, unfinished novel, Sanditon, one of whose main characters was based on Ogle.
This book gives a detailed account of the town Jane Austen knew in 1805, and explores in full the close links between Sanditon and early Worthing.
But this is more than just the snapshot of a single year. It is also the portrait of an era. Taking the first twenty-five years of the nineteenth century as his time frame, the author explains how Worthing changed and developed during this period, and paints vivid pictures of some of the people associated with the town.
We meet Worthing’s most paranoid resident, the volatile reformed criminal John Mackoull, as well as notable visitors to the town such as the poets Byron and Shelley, the satirical writer Horace Smith, and Colonel Berkeley, the louche nobleman and part-time actor with a passion for young actresses.
Jane Austen’s Worthing includes seventy-five illustrations, over a third of them in color.
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The Tudor Kitchen
Did you ever wonder what the Tudors ate and drank? What was Anne Boleyn’s favorite tipple? Which pies did Henry VIII gorge on to go from a 32 to a 54-inch waist? The Tudor Cookbook provides a new history of the Tudor kitchen, and of both the sumptuous – and more everyday – recipes enjoyed by rich and poor, all taken from authentic contemporary sources. The kitchens of the Tudor palaces were equipped to feed a small army of courtiers, visiting dignitaries and various hangers-on of the aristocracy. Tudor court food purchases in just one year were no less than 8,200 sheep, 2,330 deer and 53 wild boar, plus countless birds such as swan (and cygnet), peacock, heron, capon, teal, gull, and shoveler. Tudor feasting was legendary, Henry VIII even managed to impress the French at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520 with a twelve-foot marble and gold leaf fountain dispensing claret and white wine into silver cups, free for all!
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The Boat Improvement Guide
Comfort is not a measurable quality, mainly because it means different things to different people. It also changes according to the weather, the time of year, the size of the boat, the distance from land, the prevalence of seasickness, and the state of the drinks locker. However, sound initial design, good building practice and, if necessary, modifications can make life afloat in cruising yachts immensely more convenient and comfortable than is frequently found.
In this book Ian Nicolson provides really useful advice to help boat owners and builders achieve all of these using his well known, authoritative, easy to follow drawings. To make the most of the gear and gadgets shown in these pages, no professional skills are necessary. The author, a leading yacht surveyor and naval architect, deals with successive parts of the boat such as the chart table, galley, hatches, cockpit and toilet area. He also draws and writes of specific problems found in yachts: refrigeration and cooling, clips and catches, boom gallows, spray stoppers, steps in various places, fiddles, seats and stools and a number of aspects of plumbing.
Buy it here $22.95
Yacht Designers Sketchbook
For many years in Yachts and Yachting magazine, these very practical, workable sketches by yacht designer Ian Nicolson appeared regularly and they apply to every part of a boat. Hulls of all known materials, decks, spars, accommodation, tenders, sails and rigging – all receive the skilled treatment of the author-designer. For the owner, user, builder or repairer of any boat, to apply just one of the scores of plans in this book would save much expense, enhance the boat and give pleasure in itself. Such professional advice and drawings, if sought, would cost many times the price of this book. The pages of ideas and techniques contained within are presented for instant application in clear drawings that speak for themselves.
Ian Nicolson C.Eng. FRINA Hon. MIIMS is a leading yacht surveyor and naval architect and heads his own firm in Scotland. During many years of sailing and boat construction, he has built six boats for his own use and sailed one of them across the Atlantic single-handed.
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The Illustrated Guide to the South Indian Railway
The Southern Railway, today headquartered at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is the earliest of the seventeen zones of the Indian railway that is vital in connecting the different regions of this vast country. Originally, it dates from British rule in India when the Great Southern India Railway Co. was established with its headquarters in Britain, running an impressive 1,121 miles of track.
Unique in its revenue being derived from passengers and not freight, today more than five million passengers travel on what used to be the South Indian Railway network every year.
This famous account was originally published by South Indian Railway Co. Ltd in 1900. Culturally important, it is the classic guide to visiting the south of India and traveling on this illustrious railway. Providing a detailed description of the railway itself, it also divulges useful information for travelers, outlines the tourist routes and itineraries and contains fascinating insights in to the country itself, from general history and religions to sport and architecture.
Buy it here $16.00
The Great Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a name synonymous with the heroic and inventive engineering of the Victorian era. His personal bravery, persuasive character and refusal to accept the conventional boundaries of his profession led him to a wide range of exceptional achievements. In this revised and updated edition, Chris Morris tracks down Brunel’s legacy to provide an unrivaled visual celebration of the great man and his work. Alongside the graphic photography is a commentary which reveals Brunel to be as much a visionary as an engineer.
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Kayak Across the Atlantic
“I confess to several moments of mixed excitement and apprehension … It was a clear night, the wind and tide were in my favour. I felt really up for it.”
Kayak Across the Atlantic is an extraordinary first-hand account of the first ever single-handed crossing of the North Atlantic, achieved against all formidable odds. Former SAS sergeant Pete Bray’s solo unsupported voyage in a flimsy twenty-seven-foot kayak is one of the most courageous feats undertaken by man through one of the most inhospitable oceans in the world. For seventy-six days in 2001, the indomitable Cornishman paddled relentlessly across more than 2,000 miles of sea, enduring extremes of fatigue, equipment failure and foul weather before finally making landfall on the west coast of Ireland a few days before 9/11.
Written in an approachable and matter-of-fact style, this is an incredible true adventure story.
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Lost Voices of the Nile
Why was a skin graft used on a mummy?
Was there a state healthcare system for pyramid workers?
How could Bes the happy dwarf help you with childbirth?
When we think of ancient Egypt, we think of the gods, the pharaohs and the pyramids. However, life for the average Egyptian was very different from this glamorous perception, and not so very unrecognisable for us today.
This book will tell the history of the ordinary population of ancient Egypt, using the stories of real people – often strange, at times amusing, and ultimately very recognisable. Aspects of life such as affairs of the heart, household religion and education and employment and will be explored, as well as and death and burial all from the perspective of non-royal members of Egyptian society. This book will draw on the archaeological records, artefacts, written records and the mummies themselves to recreate life in ancient Egypt.
Booth introduces us to a number of fascinating people, including Taimhotep, who married a man twice her age and turned to the god Imhotep to help her to conceive her son; Naunakhte, who disinherited her children for neglecting her in old age; Kenhirkhopshef, a man seemingly obsessed by making lists; and Paneb, who was the ‘Bad Boy’ of Deir el Medina. History is made up of people and personalities: each of these people have a story to tell.
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Pen & Sword
Holidays in Victorian England
In the country, holidaymakers were a rarity. The railways could take you almost anywhere, but it was only the middle classes who went. So there were no crowds, and many of our pictures show tourist hotspots before they were hot, before there was any such thing as a car park.
The text provides local knowledge and background to the photographs and is an enjoyable read in itself, but the real pleasure is in seeing Brighton, Margate, Scarborough, Broadstairs, Clovelly, Ilfracombe, Minehead, before it all happened. See Exmoor, the White Peak, Somerset, when the loudest noise was the click of the camera shutter.
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Tracing Your Leeds Ancestors
Explore the lives of your ancestors in the ‘city of 1,000 trades’ in this family and local history guide, dedicated to the city of Leeds. Learn how to find out more about the streets where your ancestors lived, where they would have gone to school and church and chapel, how they’d have spent their leisure time, what life would have been like for immigrants in the city, and discover more about the different trades in which your family members were involved.
Leeds is home to many different archives and collections, from records of major companies such as Joshua Tetley & Sons, Burtons Tailors and Marks & Spencers, to street plans, photo collections and records of theaters and football clubs. Rachel Bellerby’s handbook shows you how to get started with your research, building up an intriguing and colorful record of the city that your ancestors called home. It is an essential guide for anyone living in Leeds or with family connections to the city.
Buy it here $24.95
This book is a blend of social history and family history covering the years 1800-1950. It is structured around the relationships which fascinate those interested in finding out more about their ancestors, fathers, mothers, babies, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and the elderly, friends and neighbors.
The book will examine how readers might find out more specifically about how their own ancestors functioned in these relationships – when and in what circumstances did my ancestor become a father? What records can tell us more about his role as a father? Each chapter starts with a guide on how to interpret the most common and direct of family history sources (photographs, BMD certificates and censuses).
The book then goes on to examine each relationship in its changing historical contexts – how, for example, did the role of a father differ in the Victorian period from earlier periods? What similarities and differences were there in behavior and roles between fathers of different social classes? How did fatherhood change in the context of the two world wars?
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Rails Across Canada
The railways of Canada, like the network in the U S A, have a fascination to many people, both in North America and those who live elsewhere.
The origins of the Canadian network are somewhat different to that of the U S A, in that it was originally largely projected and funded from Britain, as part of the British Empire.
The two major networks being The Canadian National and The Canadian Pacific, both of which operated large networks across the whole of the country.
In addition to rail operation, The Canadian Pacific owned and operated a sizable fleet of cargo and passenger ships, between Canada and Europe.
Canada also had some smaller operators who ran services in odd corners of the country, like The Prince Edward Island Railway and The Newfoundland Railway.
David Cable has journeyed across Canada, extensively photographing the Network of both the large and small operators, often recording scenes in the most obscure locations.
Buy it here $39.95