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Arts & Culture

This Christmas, give books

To your friends, your family or yourself

Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans by Natalie Slater (Page Street Publishing): What it lacks in animal ingredients, it makes up for in punk attitude.

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach (Ecco): Just breathe. And sit down to a meal with your loved ones.


The making of a kitchen dweller

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr (Clarkson Potter): Massive feat of research re-creates a defining moment of French-American cuisine.

No Experience Necessary by Norman Van Aken (Taylor Trade Publishing): A Key West Kitchen Confidential from a king of Floridian high-end dining.

Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen (Doubleday): How food can shape your life – and your art.

Drinking With Men by Rosie Schaap (Riverhead): Chronicle of the search for a warm, safe place among comrades by the New York Times cocktail columnist.

L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi (Ecco): West Coast knucklehead shapes up, launches modern food-truck movement. The first title from Anthony Bourdain’s Ecco imprint.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (First Second): Charming memoir of a food-obsessed childhood, told in comic form.


Portraits of and by our friends and neighbors

Facadomy: A Critique on Capitalism and Its Assault on Mid-Century Modern Architecture by James Cornetet (Process Press): A bucket list of Orlando midcentury marvels wrapped in a spot-on rant against poorly planned development.

American Fraternity Man by Nathan Holic (Beating Windward Press): Hilarious coming-of-age tale from the Burrow Press editor.

No Regrets, Coyote by John Dufresne (W.W. Norton & Co.): Everglades-set crime novel kicks off on an unquiet Christmas Eve.

Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan by Mark I. Pinsky (John F. Blair, Publisher): Orlando author unpacks a very cold case.

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis (Atlantic Monthly Press): Florida State University professor does nothing less than define post-WWII/pre-9/11 America.

Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State by T.D. Allman (Atlantic Monthly Press): An acidic tome covering five centuries of Floridian greed, racism and violence.

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