The Connoisseur

Article by Jeremy

Some call them snobs; we call them connoisseurs! How do you identify a connoisseur in the wild? They’re the kind of exacting, serious-minded folks who simply want the best of everything. After all, as long as they’re going to do something, they might as well do it right! And who can blame them, really? We feel exactly the same way.

The Last Banquet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609451387
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Published: Europa Editions - October 1st, 2013

Jean-Marie d’Aumout, a French Revolution-era chef, is so fascinated by flavors both delicious and disgusting that he is driven by a madness to experience them all. Along the way, d’Aumout becomes involved in a series of picaresque adventures that revivify his turbulent historical moment.

Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393082432
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 14th, 2013

Attention carb-addicts! We all love a good bowl of pasta, but is your spaghetti or farfalle the very best it could be? Oretta Zanini de Vita, Italian pasta expert, is here to teach you a thing or two about how to prepare the perfect pasta & sauce, down to the very last authentic detail. You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes in your dinner!

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718341
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 22nd, 2013

Barr, M.F.K. Fisher’s great-nephew, pinpoints the winter of 1970 as the dawn of what we consider to be contemporary American cuisine. During that season, a group of proto-foodies, including Julia Child and James Beard, gathered together in the South of France to cook, eat, and discuss the future of food. Each left Provence with a renewed sense of culinary purpose, and went on to influence the way we think about food.

To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592408351
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Published: Gotham Books - November 14th, 2013

This book presents a passionate case for the revival of traditional letter writing. Garfield examines the letter from a variety of perspectives, including its various forms and fashions, its famous historical aficionados, and the use of letter-writing in literature.

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 Cover Image
By Rene Magritte (Artist), Anne Umland (Editor), Stephanie D'Alessandro (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780870708657
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - September 30th, 2013

This monograph, produced in conjunction with a major exhibition staged by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, examines surrealist Rene Magritte’s most productive artistic period. The exhibition was curated with the cooperation of Houston’s own Menil Collection, which boasts one of the largest permanent holdings of Magritte’s work in the world.

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534574
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

This surprising history of Amsterdam takes readers beyond the familiar canals, brick architecture, strip clubs and hash bars of the modern city in order to explain how the world’s most intellectually, culturally, economically, and politically free metropolis got to be the way it is today.

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871407160
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 9th, 2013

Award-winning historian Mary Beard brings the world of antiquity to life. She not only retells the tales of emperors, philosophers, gods and queens in new, fresh ways; she also examines the habits, occupations, concerns and interests of common people living in ancient Greece and Rome.

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ISBN: 9780670024858
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2013

This novel follows the fortune and fate of Alma Whittaker, the brilliant, strong-willed daughter of James Whittaker, one of the richest men in late 18th-century Philadelphia. Alma’s two great loves are botany and artist Ambrose Pike, who teaches her to use her passion for the natural world to understand spiritual truths. Alma’s long, accomplished life provides readers with an incomparable perspective on a swath of American history that stretches from the Age of Enlightenment to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.

The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living Cover Image
By Bernd Brunner, Lori Lantz (Translator)
ISBN: 9781612193090
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Published: Melville House Publishing - November 26th, 2013

We spend, on average, a third of our lives lying down, but most of us wish we could do so even more! This odd little book explores how living horizontally can change your perspective on life, often for the better. Brunner’s passionate defense of the lazy life is essential reading for anyone who really just needs to relax.

The Color Master Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534895
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 13th, 2013

This hilarious, heartbreaking, wondrous collection of short fiction will appeal even to those readers who rarely gravitate toward stories. Bender’s lush, off-kilter and magical prose lends her stories a quality that is usually only found in the very best fairy tales.

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