Gifty Green Reads

By tina / September 7, 2011

Green reads for the modern readers:

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1. Guide for the Modern Gentleman

Who else but the British could come up with a lighthearted, yet informative look at the life of the proper modern gentleman? Humorously written and illustrated, Guide for the Modern Gentleman, contains hours of fun reading, with tips on how to order a suit, maintain a home, and prepare for a date. $19.95,

2. Farm To Fork

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has had a connection with the soil from his days as a child tending to his uncle’s backyard vegetable garden. Fresh, local ingredients have been part of his culinary credo ever since. In Farm to Fork he inspires home cooks to take advantage of seasonal, organic produce. $24.99,

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3. Mayumi’s Kitchen

As Madonna’s former private chef for seven years, Mayumi Nishimura whipped up macrobiotic dishes—cooking based on whole grains, vegetables, and beans—for the Material Girl. Now she shares her healthful recipes, along with a 10-day detox diet, in Mayumi’s Kitchen: Macrobiotic Cooking for Body and Soul. $29.95,

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4. 85 Inspirational Chefs and Chefs at Home

Who doesn’t love staying—and eating—at Relais & Chateaux properties? If a weekend away is not a possibility, a duo of new cookbooks from the swank hotel chain comes to the rescue. In 85 International Chefs ($60), menus and recipes are compiled from each of the property’s lauded toques such as Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller; Chefs at Home ($30) celebrates all-natural ingredients with simpler renditions for beginners.

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5. Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel

Guests of BLT Market in New York City are already familiar with Chef Laurent Tourondel’s market-driven cooking philosophy. In his new beautifully photographed cookbook, Fresh From the Market, he not only shows how to cook with the bounty available each season, but presents specific menus for special occasions, along with wine and beer pairings. $35,

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