Wednesday, December 4, 2013

13 Gifts to Charm Every Book Lover

This time of year can be overwhelming. We're here to help! We've whittled down some of our best-selling books to 13 gift recommendations. We stand by these selections, but if you want to explore more options, we've linked to related titles. Now place your order, check several names off your list at once, and keep your cool! Happy Holidays.

The Salt Lick Cookbook
By Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy

No trip to Austin or Central Texas is complete without a visit to the Salt Lick. Both foodies and home chefs alike will enjoy the family recipes and prep techniques from this legendary restaurant.

Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey
By Robb Walsh

James Beard Award-winning author Rob Walsh takes us on an extraordinary journey from Texas to the Carolinas and back and to tell the story of Southern BBQ, past, present, and future. Whether a devoted fan of pulled pork or beef brisket, any Southern foodie on your list will enjoy the 70+ finger-licking recipes presented in this engaging book. 

America’s premier tequila expert presents a festive blend of lively personal anecdotes, spicy cultural history, and inspired recipes for drinks and dishes – all featuring Mexico’s most notable contribution to the world of distilled spirits. There actually is a whole other world out there beyond lick it, slam it, suck it.

My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes
By Diana Kennedy

Considered the Julia Child of Mexico and author of the James Beard Award-winning Oaxaca al Gusto (also published by UT Press), Diana Kennedy has the magic touch when it comes to cook books. At 90, she is a master chef with a devoted following around the world. Finally back in print and fully updated, My Mexico is the most personal of Kennedy’s books

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This charming book presents a lively history of the pecan from Southern groves to the Chinese marketplace. Whether you prefer to say “pee-kan” or “pi-khan,” this little nut inspires a sense of nostalgia due to its special place in the American diet and starring role in popular holiday dishes. For fans of the one-food-item-as-cultural-history thing.

Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark
By Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark

Two Prospectors, a new book of letters by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard and long-time friend Johnny Dark, provides the most intimate glimpse we may ever get into the life, philosophy, and creative process of one of America's leading dramatists. Since Shepard has said he has no interest in writing a memoir, this might be our only chance.

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Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards
By Jan Reid 

The critically acclaimed Let the People In offers a nuanced, fully realized portrait of the first feminist elected to high office in America and one of the most fascinating women in in our political history. A beloved Texas icon, Richards’ name is still invoked regularly on the national political stage.

Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays
By Stephen Harrigan

Career spanning essays from the critically acclaimed author of Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton.
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Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush
By Eric Draper

With an extraordinary collection of images, many never before published, Chief White House photographer Eric Draper presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the entire presidency of George W. Bush. From dramatic events such as 9/11 and the Iraq War, to quieter moments with Laura and life on the ranch, this book provides an irreplaceable portrait of the 43rd president. 

Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World
Edited by Steven Hoelscher

This first reading of the vast Magnum Photos archive as a body of work presents an astonishingly rich survey of life and death in the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as well as a concise history of modern photography. While many of its photographs have been widely published, no one has examined the Magnum archive itself until now.

Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
By John Prados

This powerful accounting of intelligence abuses committed by the CIA from the Cold War through the War on Terror reveals why such abuses and attempts to conceal them are endemic to spying and proposes how a democratic nation can rein in its spymasters. Basically, this book justifies Edward Snowden’s whole argument.

DKR: The Royal Scrapbook
By Jenna Hays McEachern and Edith Royal

An extraordinary collection of never before published photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia that reveals the private man behind Longhorn football legend Darrell K Royal.

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