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Observations on chic

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me by Patricia Volk (Knopf): The formative influence of two fashion obsessives.

Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine (Grand Central Publishing): What’s a fashion blogger to do when her addiction to eccentric ensembles turns off men?

The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences and Hysteria by Simon Doonan (Blue Rider Press): Madcap exposé of the “glamorous madness” of the people who decide what you wear.

Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years edited by Alexander Vreeland (Rizzoli): Behind the scenes at work with the legendary editor.


Stories from behind the stick

Savory Cocktails: Sour Spicy Herbal Umami Bitter Smoky Rich Strong

by Greg Henry (Ulysses Press): Put down the simple syrup.

Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today by Warren Bobrow (Fair Winds Press): The Cocktail Whisperer shares classic alcoholic “remedies.”

Craft Cocktails at Home: Offbeat Techniques, Contemporary Crowd-Pleasers and Classics Hacked With Science by Kevin K. Liu (self-published): Invaluable principles of mixology, meticulously tested.

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks

by Amy Stewart (Algonquin Books): Guide to the herbs, spices, flowers, fruits, trees and nuts that flavor your cocktail.

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That by Richard Betts (Rux Martin): No easier way to learn what you like.


Recipes by and for Orlandoans

9 Courses by Brandon McGlamery (Story Farm): The culinary roots of the James Beard-nominated chef of Luma and Prato; cookbook available at those restaurants or at lumaonpark.com or prato-wp.com.

The Southern Cowboy Cookbook by John Rivers (Story Farm): Local barbecue evangelist shares tips; available in 4 Rivers Smokehouse restaurants or at 4rsmokehouse.com.

Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make in Your Cupcake Pan by Hollis Wilder (Stewart, Tabori and Chang): Owner-operator of Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly proves that not all cupcakes are sweet.




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