Bordeaux, Legendary Wines

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You can't always trust the sommelier, brush up on some serious wine knowledge with Assouline's Bordeaux, Legendary Wines:

"With a history spanning centuries, the Bordeaux region ranks as perhaps the premier winemaking area in the world. As internationally renowned wine expert Michel Dovaz makes clear in this tour of the châteaux of Bordeaux, the true story of this legendary wine begins eons ago, when the earth itself took shape and blessed one part of France with magical soil. This volume presents the fascinating history of the many châteaux that have been operating continuously since the seventeenth century. The author also relates the many steps that go into the creation of these prestigious wines, and presents an essential catalog featuring the wines of 125 châteaux, complete with a glossary, tables of harvest conditions of various years, and tasting notes for recent vintages. For the wine amateur or experienced oenophile, this splendidly photographed volume offers an authoritative guide to the appreciation of this rare treasure."

$85, Assouline

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Hide and Seek

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Gestalten publishes "Hide and Seek", a book that'll have you rethinking the idea of a cabin in the woods:

The highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes featured in Hide and Seek offer their owners exceptional, yet convenient ways to escape urban routines and embed themselves into the land. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains; whether light and minimalistic or dark and cozy, the compelling dwellings exemplify how to create remote shelters that bring calm and balance to our hectic lives. With the right concept, furniture, décor, and atmosphere, even small or basic designs become stunning sanctuaries.

Hide and Seek is a contemporary survey of contextual architecture and interior design that channels our shared desire for peace and quiet. These projects not only have the power to get people in touch with their surroundings, but also with themselves.

$60, Gestalten

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Kindle Unlimited

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So you've Netflix for video and Spotify for music. What about books? Amazon has blown the doors wide open to their digital library with Kindle Unlimited, a monthly service that gives you access to over 600,000 books and thousands of audiobooks.

For $9.99 a month, Amazon gives you access to their Kindle Unlimited library which you can currently access from any Kindle device and any tablet or phone that is compatible with the Kindle App. For now it will be exclusive to the US with an expansion to other countries in the near future.

Amazon

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Elements by Rem Koolhaas

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Famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas complements his Venice Biennale exhibition with a 15-book on the fundamental pieces that make architecture in Elements:

"Architecture is a strange mixture of persistence and flux, an amalgamation of elements --some that have been around for over 5,000 years and others that were (re)invented yesterday. The fact that these elements change independently of each other, according to different cycles and economies, and for different reasons, turns each building into a complex collage of the archaic and the current, the site-specific and the standard, mechanical smoothness and the spontaneous. Only by looking at the elements under a wide lens can we recognize the cultural preferences, forgotten symbolism, technological advances, mutations triggered by intensifying global exchange, climatic adaptations, political calculations, regulatory requirements, new digital regimes, and, somewhere in the mix -- the ideas of the architect that constitute the practice of architecture today.

A collection of these essential elements into 15 books in a package launched at the 2014 Venice Biennale that allows us to look through a microscope at the real fundamentals of our buildings and see again the essential design techniques used by any architect, anywhere, anytime."

Rizzoli

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Paradigm Vol. 1 - Genesis

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The folks behind Paradigm Magazine release a new book featuring essays, artwork, and interviews that focus on the central theme of creation:

"Paradigm Vol. I - Genesis is a tribute to the extraordinary people who have inspired our odyssey thus far. The anthology is an expression of vivid dreams, feelings, thoughts, and ideas conveyed from visionaries across the world, with each contribution to this volume offering an interpretation of the book's central theme, Genesis - an origin, creation, or beginning. The stories and visions shared seek to infiltrate a deep-rooted connection within each individual's journey and to illustrate the unified wonder of the human experience.

This timeless keepsake has been tactfully crafted from cover-to-cover in order to fulfill its unique conceptualization. In an uncompromising effort to keep our work genuine, we have resisted any sponsorships, advertisements, or such forms of commercial backing for the creation of this project. Only by an unyielding level of devotion, along with the help of remarkable friends, was the dream of conceiving this book realized."

$95, Paradigm

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The World of Departures

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One of the best reads in luxury gets a new book from Assouline covering the exclusive magazine's first 25 years in publication:

"Departures magazine believes that the best is defined not by its price tag but by quality, rarity, and one-of-a-kind discoveries. Explore the world through the eyes of this luxury lifestyle magazine--seen until now only by American Express Platinum and Centurion card members--the definitive source for travel, art, culture, and design. The World of Departures celebrates the magazine's first twenty-five years with the best of its award-winning articles, photography, and illustrations."

$75 (September), Assouline

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Kings of Pain

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Following up their Kings of Pain collection, Rapha secures the rights and republishes the very book that helped to inspire the popular cycling brand:

"From Fausto Coppi in his pyjamas to Bernard Hinault sulking on the train, as Rapha celebrates its 10-year anniversary, we're pleased to present a reissue of a book that helped define the original aesthetic of the Rapha brand.

Having secured exclusive rights to rework and reprint Philippe Brunel's original text, Rapha has brought the book up to date in this beautiful hardback edition."

$60, Rapha

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75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen

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Taschen unveils 75 Years of Marvel, an absolutely massive XL edition worthy of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's larger than life creations:

"From the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodman's Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvel's Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache.

In the early 1960s, this audacious approach launched the creation of heroes who have since become household names--Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, the X-Men--the list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of bickering heroes, misunderstood monsters, and noble villains.

In celebration of Marvel's 75th anniversary, TASCHEN presents a magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today, with an inside look not only at its celebrated characters, but also at the "bullpen" of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the protagonists they brought to life--Stan "the Man" Lee, Jack "King" Kirby, along with a roster of greats like Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, and countless others. With essays by comics historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the heart of thousands of costumed characters who continue to fight the good fight in comics, movies, and toy aisles of the world."

$200, Taschen

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Mexico the Cookbook

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Phaidon delivers what may be the definitive cookbook on a cuisine many of us (especially you Californians out there) can't get enough of, and that's a good plate of Mexican food:

"Mexico: The Cookbook is the definitive bible of home-cooking from Mexico. With a culinary history dating back 9,000 years, Mexican food draws influences from Aztec and Mayan Indians and is renowned for its use of fresh aromatic ingredients, colorful presentations and bold food combinations.

The book features more than 700 delicious and authentic recipes that can be easily recreated at home. From tamales, fajitas, and moles to cactus salad, blue crab soup, and melon seed juice, the recipes are a celebration of the fresh flavors and ingredients from a country whose cuisine is revered around the world.

Organized by food type/style (Street Food, Starters, Drinks, Fish and Seafood, Meat and Poultry, Vegetables, Pulses and Rice, and Dessert), Mexico: The Cookbook also includes an extensive introduction to Mexican culinary history, ingredients, and techniques, while a Chef Menu section proffers inspirational recipes and menus by some of the world's most prominent Mexican chefs."

$50 (Oct), Phaidon

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The Age of Innocence. Football in the 1970s

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Long before football stars were running around in their skivvies for millions of dollars, Taschen brings the attention back to the pitch with a collection of photos of one most beautiful eras of the sport in The Age of Innocence. Football in the 1970s:

"It was Pelé who coined the phrase "the beautiful game", and in the 1970s the game was at its most beautiful, free-flowing and entertaining. Football became truly international thanks to extraordinarily talented teams and charismatic players who became the first generation of football superstars, long before David Beckham stripped down to his underwear.

This book tackles the global and cultural impact of the game, the memorable fashions, the girlfriends, the cars, the politics, the fans, the hooligans, the passion, the thrills and, of course, the sideburns. It's a joint celebration of the world's most popular sport and the sizzling 70s - including the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, the first football championship televised in colour, and won by the legendary Brazilian side led by Pelé; the 1974 World Cup, dominated by the intense rivalry between the powerful West German side and the "Total Football" of the Dutch team; the 1978 World Cup, hosted and won by Argentina; and the extraordinary club sides such as Ajax, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and the New York Cosmos.

The Age of Innocence features photography by Neil Leifer, Peter Robinson, Gerry Cranham, Terry O'Neill, Volker Hinz, Jerry Cooke, Harry Benson, Sven Simon, and many others, as well as images sourced from archives all over the world, and essays from award-winning football writers Rob Hughes, David Goldblatt, Brian Glanville and Barney Ronay."

$60, Taschen

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