Book concepts for lovers of the nice life are featured within the first of our vacation book present lists

The holidays won’t be the same this year; but the desire to share a good book won’t change. Exchanging ideas and comforts while crouching is a gesture of generosity. However, it can be difficult to decide what to give. As every year at this time, we will have recommendations for a few weeks. Books focusing on culture, art, and food are filling the shelves this week.

Reads that are good for those around you

Lichen Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions, 385 pages, USD 52.50): A beautiful gift edition of the bestseller full of indigenous wisdom about our relationship with Mother Earth. “Sweetgrass does not reproduce through wind-blown seeds, but through rhizomes … like a reminder of something you once knew and wanted to find again.” A balm for our time.

Field notes from Julia Zarankin, an unintentional bird watcher (Douglas & McIntyre, 255 pages, $ 24.95): A lovely book about discovering nature and developing an unexpected love for bird watching after a recent divorce. You could double this with Feed Chris Earley’s Birds (Firefly, 296 pages, $ 29.95), a great guide on how to identify 196 species of birds you might see around your backyard bird feeder – and how to attract them. Earley lives in Guelph and the book is recommended by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Two trees make a forest, Jessica J. Lee (Hamish Hamilton, 283 pages, $ 24.95): Lee, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Award winner for non-fiction, writes a beautiful book about the connection between her family and the country, moving closer to her ancestral in the process Home of Taiwan. A wonderful work of nature that touches memories, travel and history.

A life on our planet, David Attenborough (Grand Central, 266 pages, $ 33): The legendary naturist, now 94, recounts the decline in biodiversity from 1937 when he was 11 years old. He moves into the future where we will “call upon nature’s extraordinary resilience to help us bring back its biodiversity from the edge. “Powerful, realistic and hopeful.

Ice Walker, James Raffan (Simon & Schuster, 268 pages, $ 25): It’s one thing to see pictures of polar bears in stories about the melting of the polar ice. It is something completely different to understand what they are going through. Raffan takes a unique approach to fostering empathy – and thus our cause – by telling the story from the perspective of a polar bear named Nanu. A compelling mix of science and narrative.

Trendsetter looking for inspiration

Purple hunched back over the grass, Lana Del Rey (Simon & Schuster, 128 pages, $ 33.99): Poems and photos by the popular Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter in a beautiful hardcover volume. Includes their typewritten pages, including handwritten markups and additions on some.

The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness, Gucci Mane with Soren Baker (Simon & Schuster, 247 pages, $ 37): First, this book looks good: a gold jacket with an embossed title and a weight on heavy paper. The production is no coincidence – the hip-hop artist’s publication is supposed to be his “playbook for your best life”. Filled with his personal approach to success with advice on how to stop underestimating yourself or accepting any challenge and lots of color photos of him leading his best life.

Main body, Rupi Kaur (Simon & Schuster, 192 pages, 22 US dollars): With her first volumes of poetry “Milk and Honey” and “Sun and Flowers” ​​she took the world by storm. Your third book is a mixture of drawings and poems, filled with poems about nature and care – a collection for the time we are in.

For culture vultures

Leonard Cohen: Untold Stories, Michael Posner (Simon & Schuster, 496 pages, $ 40): This is a truly unique approach to telling Cohen’s life: longtime journalist Posner conducted hundreds of interviews and let those who remember Cohen speak in their own voices instead of writing it in his own narrative. Convincing and intimate.

A similar vision: The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, Ian Dejardin and Sarah Milroy (Goose Lane Editions, 320 pages, $ 60): Canada’s group of seven artists are popular and still the most recognizable name in Canadian art. This beautifully produced book with color reproductions of the paintings is a co-production with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and looks at the paintings through the eyes of immigrants or indigenous people and puts them in a current context. As Milroy writes in her introduction: “These are either the least political pictures ever taken (just trees, please, we are Canadians) or the most – in what they leave out.”

Bags is known for its beautiful art books, most of which are affordable, although some can cost hundreds or, in rare cases, thousands of dollars. But this year, to celebrate its 40th birthday, it is offering $ 35 worth of books Ai Weiwei, David Hockney, Basquiat, even the Walt Disney Film Library. You can find the full selection at taschen.com.

The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum, James Gardner (Grove Atlantic, 394 pages, $ 44.95): We look at the paintings and sculptures, of course, but the Louvre itself has an interesting story to tell. This is the Louvre’s first history in English; There are a few pictures, but that really is the history of the museum and deep and interesting read for anyone who longs to visit the huge galleries and halls.

An abundance of pigeons, Harry Bliss and Steve Martin (Celadon Press, 272 pages, $ 35): Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker, and Martin is funny. The two have teamed up to create this rather quirky volume of cartoons, peppered with comics in which the two work together. Fun.

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For lovers of fine cocktails

Which wine goes well with Cheetos? Sancerre. You would know that if you had it “Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World” by Vanessa Price and Adam Laukhuf (Abrams Books, 240 pages, $ 31.99), the first book known to us, can finally tell us what to drink with our lucky charms.

With bars closed, many people’s cocktail game at home is tighter than it was before, but for anyone who wants to be really serious about Instagram-worthy drinks, Natalie Migliarini and James Stevensons “Beautiful Booze: Stylish cocktails to take home” (WW Norton, 224 pages, $ 37) is essential.

“Behind bars: high-quality cocktails, inspired by low-life gangsters” (Prestel Publishing, 144 pages, $ 19.95) is a fresh, beautifully illustrated take on classic cocktails from Vincent Pollard, a cocktail bartender with a connection to Toronto. Although he’s currently on sabbatical distilling gin in Colombia, Pollard has maintained the bar here for a decade.

For that friend who loves delicious drinks but doesn’t like alcohol, Fiona Becketts “How to drink without drinking: Celebratory non-alcoholic drinks at any time of the day” (Octopus Books, 208 pages, $ 21.99) is the perfect choice. It’s a nice book with solid recipes.

Anyone who loves wine and has a penchant for quirky history will enjoy it “Uncorked: A Corkscrew Collection” by Jeremy Franklin Brooke and Marilynn Gelfman Karp (WW Norton, 224 pages, $ 33.95). This beautifully illustrated book tells of two centuries of corkscrew history – something we didn’t know we needed until now.

Dinner at home

The Rise: Black Chefs and the Soul of American Food, Marcus Samuelsson (Insatiable, 336 pages, $ 48): One of those cookbooks you can read; Samuelsson introduces and celebrates black chefs from the USA and asserts their place in the evolution of American food. Fascinating story, great storytelling, and beautifully produced and colorful with 150 clear, delicious recipes.

The full plate, Ayesha curry (Insatiable, 256 pages, $ 38): The Toronto-born Food Network star came out with her second cookbook, filled with simple family recipes that cover familiar topics – burgers but made from ground turkey; Mac and cheese, made with crabs – but also own recipes for hot sauce and very adult cocktails.

Kiin, regular night (Penguin Canada, 328 pages, $ 38): A book for the connoisseur traveling in the armchair. It’s a collection of 120 recipes but also a collection of essays about Nuit Regular growing up in Northern Thailand in the summer with her grandmother out hunting with her father. Everything accompanied by photos that were taken on site.

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