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American Bar

The Artistry of Mixing Drinks

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This "bar bible" provides recipes for mixing the perfect drink, classical or exotic, and offers tips on serving it correctly.

-- WINNER of the New York Book Show Award

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing with a cocktail, let world-renowned bartender Charles Schumann be your guide to mixing masterful libations. American Bar—the most authoritative cocktail book ever published—provides all the information the cocktail lover or professional bartender needs to serve up the perfect drink.

Inside American Bar you'll find

  • Recipes for more than 500 drinks, listed alphabetically
  • An easy-to-use drink index arranged by drink categories
  • The fascinating history and names of leading brands of all the major cocktail components
  • A handy guide to bartending equipment
  • A glossary of international bar terms and measurements

Illustrated with hundreds of delightful 1930s-style line drawings by Günter Mattei, this exceptionally handsome book is an indispensable companion to home or professional entertaining.

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Natural Decorating

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Ideas and projects for creating simple, natural interiors in traditional or contemporary rooms from materials like muslin, linen, wood, and terra-cotta.

Authentic, robust, practical, and refreshing, natural decorating is not so much a style as a way of life, a preference for relaxed simplicity after the overdesigned interiors of the eighties. Natural decorating takes the long-term view--incorporating materials that age well and improve with the years, furnishings that bring comfort, simplicity, and practicality to the forefront. The richness of chalky colors and earth tones, the easygoing sympathy of wood, stone, and terra-cotta, the refined simplicity of linen and calico, muslin and raffia--all of these ingredients work together in effortless combinations for a natural sophistication and understated elegance that transcend the fickly whims of fashion.

Natural Decorating is a practical guide to bringing natural style to every feature in an interior. Treatments for walls range from whitewash to organic stains to natural brickwork; floor finishes range from natural fibers to polished stone and limed wood; windows and doors receive curtains made of muslin, ticking, or parachute silk and feature wood blinds or etched glass panels; furnishings are a mix of styles and materials and covered in natural fabrics; display objects bring nature indoors to create simple finishing touches. All the projects provide essential information so that readers can assemble the look they want with ease. Supplementing the projects is a resource section that includes a guide to environmentally friendly products and a directory of suppliers.

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Tuscany

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The incomparable region of Tuscany and beyond, where the beauty of nature rivals the wealth of art, by the photographers of the much heralded Provence.

For three decades these photographers have been drawn to Tuscany and its surrounding areas endeavoring to capture the special light, the sculpted countryside, the heralded cities and hilltowns, and the celebrated art and architecture. Their photographic themes include timeless views of ocher landscapes where farmers arrange their haystacks like artists; castles overlooking acres of irises and vineyards; shadowy cypress trees defining the land; explosions of color in springtime; incandescent views of Florence, Siena, and Pisa; faces on sculptures; faded frescoes in silent cloisters and other details of art and architecture; humorous vignettes of the daily round; and sparkling Mediterranean seascapes. This photographic album of Tuscany is truly unlike any other.

In her fascinating text, Marie-Ange Guillaume provides a verbal portrait of the scores of artists and writers, as well as infamous people, who lived or worked in Tuscany, including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Stendhal, Savonarola, the Brownings, Henry James, Modigliani, Fellini, and James Ivory. The anecdotal text, liberally flavored with quotes from the letters and diaries of these well-known individuals, provides insights about Tuscany today and in centuries past.

This book is certain to be a treasured gift for travelers, photographers, students of art and literature, and anyone intrigued by Tuscany and beyond.

Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo are a husband-and-wife team who live in New York City. Their work has appeared in leading magazines and books, including the highly acclaimed Provence and Venice and the Veneto. Among the museums and galleries exhibiting their work are The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paolo.

Journalist Marie-Ange Guillaume lives in Paris and has written several biographies and works of non-fiction, including Provence.

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Everglades National Park

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This little book provides a compact view of an unsurpassed wetlands area visited by 1.1 million people each year.

Everglades National Park, one of America's great natural treasures, is a sanctuary for an incredible variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, orchids, and other living things. This handy little book presents the park's amazing diversity of wildlife and plants as well as views of its unique landscape. Illustrated with scenics and maps, the first section offers five suggested tours of the Everglades and of the adjacent Big Cypress National Preserve.

The rest of the book features vivid color photographs of scores of the area's remarkable species including water birds, panthers, alligators, manatees, tree snails, butterfly orchids, and gumbo limbo trees. The text provides a lively account of the park's natural history, an overview of its wildlife, and advice for exploring the area.

This compact guide is both helpful for planning trips and a wonderful memento of an incomparable place.

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The Bedroom

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Sumptuously illustrated and overflowing with dreamy design ideas, this book is a complete guide to decorating the most private and special room in the house.

The Bedroom explores every aspect of decorating this most personal and intimate of places, from the basics, such as what style of bedstead to choose and how to maximize storage space, to the aesthetics, including countless ways to dress the bed, accessorize the vanity, and transform the walls, ceiling, and floor into the room of your dreams. Whether you prefer the regality of a canopy bed swathed in a luxurious fabric, the coziness of chintz-covered walls and country furniture, the cool repose of recessed lighting and a sleek contemporary bed dressed in tightly wrapped linens, or the sweetness of airy tulle curtains and daintily embroidered pillowcases, the book abounds with tips and suggestions for achieving just the look you want, no matter what your budget.

Illustrated with Fritz von der Schulenburg's extraordinary photographs of bedrooms all over the world, including those of Bill Blass, Karl Lagerfeld, and Valentino, and complete with an international list of sources, The Bedroom will give 1,001 nights' worth of ideas to everyone who hankers for a room that can truly be called one's own.

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Central Park Postcard Book

This selection of thirty breathtaking images by the celebrated team of Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo is a celebration of Central Park, the verdant heart and soul of New York City.

Designed in 1858 by Frederick Law Olmstead, Central Park is the verdant heart and soul of New York City. Through it covers a mere 840 acres, the park is a haven in the midst of a bustling city that encompasses wooded glades, serene meadows, ponds, paths, plazas and forests. It is a truly democratic place, where all gather to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.This selection of thirty breathtaking images by the celebrated team of Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo is a celebration of this urban utopia and its beauty in all seasons.

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Martha's Vineyard

An Affectionate Memoir

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The legendary island of Martha's Vineyard is revealed as never before through inspiring paintings by Ray Ellis and a captivating history by Ralph Graves.

Martha's Vineyard is a celebrated vacation haven equally captivating summer residents and daytrippers. Among the Island's ardent admirers are Ray Ellis, whose paintings created over a 25-year period depict his love of the Vineyard, and Ralph Graves, whose lively, affectionate history spans 400 years.Offering great natural beauty, the Vineyard, separated from Cape Cod by a seven-mile stretch of ocean, is a perfect place for a summer vacation. The Island's devotees have included public people who value their privacy, Jacqueline Onassis, Princess Diana and President Clinton, to name a few, as well as ordinary folks who are seeking a special holiday.Featuring 100 of Ray Ellis's luminescent oils and watercolors, this book provides a unique appreciation of the Island's delights. Here is a wide range of scenes from quiet landscapes to such beloved annual events as the county fair. In addition to vignettes of sunny months Ray Ellis salutes the Vineyard at other times of the year-the glorious arrival of fall, the sedate pace of winter and the inaugural of springtime.Rounding out this marvelous pictorial album is a fascinating text by Ralph Graves. He has written a concise history from its discovery in 1602 to its present-day active conservation efforts. The memoir also includes interviews with five long-time residents who provide insightful, firsthand accounts of their special connection to the Island. This book is an ideal gift for anyone who has ever felt the lure of the Vineyard as well as for those who have yet to fall in love with this extraordinary Island.

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Munich

City of The Arts

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The splendor and richness of the art and architecture of the Bavarian capital are captured in this volume.

Breathtaking photographs and details provide a tour through the rich sites of this legendary city. Tracing Munich's history from the 12th century through the present, this sumptuous book illustrates the city's treasures, from the collections of antiquities in the Alte Pinakothek, to incomparable baroque and rococo buildings, to the neon-lit festivities of the modern-day Oktoberfest.

Hans F. Nöhbauer is the author of various books on the history and culture of Bavaria, including the The Chronicle of Bavaria. Dr. Nöhbauer is the arts editor of Abendzeitung, the prominent Munich daily.

Achim Bunz was educated at the Academy for Photodesign in Munich. His photographs have been frequently published in leading European newspaper and magazines.

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Vanitas: Designs

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In a wild mix of words and images, this unusual volume gives us a startling and entertaining glimpse of Versace's fervid imagination.

From the theatrical to the whimsical, Gianni Versace's designs have something for everyone. On these pages, his sketches and finished works of haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry, and opera and ballet costumes — as well as artworks created by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Bruce Weber. The pictures are accompanied by a variety of writing, including commentary by Hamish Bowles of American Vogue, a new short story by Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti, an excerpt from the memoirs of Lady Julia Trevelyan Oman, and quotations and features from fashion magazines around the world.

Vanitas focuses on the master craftspeople and the history of the development of their creations based on the skilled handcrafting of each unique creation. With almost three hundred brilliant pictures, the book offers insight into the evolution of the Versace style since 1982.

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The Perfect Country Cottage

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With inspirational photographs paired with practical information, this is the perfect book on decorating the exterior and interior of a country cottage.

Offering a delightful escape to the simple country life, The Perfect Country Cottage includes lively photographs of small country houses from Cornwall to Maine, from Scandinavia to Greece, making it an essential companion for everyone wanting to decorate and style a country retreat.

Chapters focus not only on interiors spaces--kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms--but also on exterior spaces such as flower and vegetable gardens, patios, and decks. Exterior details are fully explored, and close attention is given to topics special to decorating a country cottage, such as soft furnishings, floors, painted furniture, architectural details, garden furniture and storage. In addition, the author, who specializes in country buildings, traces the evolution of the country cottage from simple farmworkers' dwellings to modern rural oases from hectic urban life.

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Creating a Garden for the Senses

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Featuring gardens, plants, and flowers that appeal to our senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing, this invaluable book will enrich the pleasures of gardening and of visiting gardens.

In a text that is both inspirational and useful, author Jeff Cox explains not only how to truly appreciate the gardens we visit but also how to design a garden to fully satisfy our own preferences. He points out that one of the best ways to unleash your creativity is to look at what other successful gardeners have wrought.

Jerry Pavia's marvelous photographs illustrate many examples of the techniques and themes under discussion. For this book Pavia traveled throughout the United States and Europe to photograph the sort of beauty that touches the senses and, through them, the heart.

Cox shows us how to employ all of our senses to heighten our awareness of the key elements of a garden. We learn, for example, how to understand color and its perception; assess form and line; plan fragrant plants according to season; increase the tactile interest in a garden; create natural symphonies; and grow tasty plants. Special features include recommended plants for each of a garden's sensual qualities, practical garden design tips, and a descriptive plant list.

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Taj Mahal

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A sumptuously illustrated portrait of perhaps the most fascinating architectural marvel of all time.

Built between 1632 and 1643 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is unquestionably the most renowned mausoleum in the world. Now this legendary monument to love can be seen as no visitor to the site has ever viewed it. On the pages of this exquisitely illustrated volume, the Taj Mahal is revealed detail by detail. Starting inside the mausoleum, a sequence of closeups show the semiprecious stones, inlaid in white marble, that form the interior's Koranic calligraphy and floral patterns. The next sequence of images presents the octogonal plan of the structure, emphasizing both its perfect symmetry and its subtle variations. The final sequence is devoted to the decorative patterns carved in the walls of the mosque and entrance gate. In addition, four lavish fold-out photographs show the entire Taj Mahal complex from different perspectives.

In their informative texts, authors Amina Okada and M.C. Joshi provide historical and architectural analyses of the Taj Mahal. Quotations from the Koran and from the journals of travelers as diverse as Jean-Bapiste Tavernier, Pierre Loti, and Aldous Huxley complete a breathtaking tribute.

Before his death in 1992, photographer Jean-Louise Nou captured the beauty of India in many books, including The Art of India.

Amina Okada, curator of the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet in Paris, is the author of numerous books and articles on Mughal India.

Dr. M.C. Joshi is a member of the Archaeological Survey of India in New Delhi.

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Wish I May, Wish I Might

Fantastic Thoughts for a Starry Night

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A charming collection of more than 250 wishes to make on a falling star.

We have forgotten how to wish. We may make wishes on birthdays or at Christmastime, but adulthood steals our grand dreams of a better world. An excess of reason tempers our thoughts and deeds. Shooting stars are there to help us. They look no bigger than our fingertips, yet their power is great. Whatever we wish the moment we see them fall will surely come to pass.

This little book, filled with wishes gathered from schoolchildren across Germany, is sure to inspire everyone to wish on a star.

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Tropical Style

Private Palm Beach

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An intimate glimpse at a score of homes exhibiting a wide range of approaches to living under the tropical sun.

Both old and new money flocks to Palm Beach for "the season", and the houses that line the oceanfront and Intercoastal Waterway exhibit a remarkable range of approaches to living under the subtropical sun. Among the twenty homes that are featured in this lavish volume are those of Dorothy Spreckels Munn and Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau. All the most renowned Palm Beach architects — Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, Howard Major, and Belford Shoumate — are represented.

But author Jennifer Ash also takes us off the beaten path to fascinating residences known to natives alone: an artist's bungalow on the bohemian Root Trail, a luxuriously appointed yet fully seaworthy yacht, a cozy retreat in a landmark church. And while relating the gossip-packed history of many of the island's famous residents, she gives us a guided tour of interiors created by both local and world-renowned designers, including David Easton and Juan Pablo Molyneux.

From the rococo splendor of Mar-a-Lago — designed by Joseph Urban for Marjorie Merriweather Post and now owned by Donald Trump — to the ultra-modern chic of a house by Richard Meier, Private Palm Beach affords intimate access to life behind the island's meticulously manicured hedges.

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Southwestern Indian Jewelry

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A dazzling exploration of both traditional and contemporary jewelry.

Spectacular photographs of the breathtaking beautiful objects and sensitive portraits of the artists combine with an insightful, informative text to capture the spirit of this work and the vital cultures from which it springs.

This ground-breaking volume opens by surveying the vividly colored necklaces, earrings, and pins made in shell and stone from prehistoric times to the present, particularly in the Santo Domingo and Zuni pueblos. The focus then shifts to the much-admired and avidly collected work in silver — often set with turquoise and other stones — by Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni artists. The book culminates in an exploration of striking contemporary work in which many artists have adapted traditional approaches to create original designs. A collector's guide offers invaluable advice as well as an illustrated glossary of materials, techniques, objects, and designs. A nationwide directory of sources concludes the book.

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Heavenly Soles

Extraordinary Twentieth-Century Shoes

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Some of the most startling and delightful shoes ever created are represented here, from the hand-crafted wonders Yantourney produced in the 1920s, to the supremely comfortable yet elegant platforms from Ferragamo during the '40s, and a recent collection from Vivier embroidered with pearls, feathers, and crystal beads.

They might seem like mundane necessities, down there shuffling around in the dust. But as virtually every woman and a great many men know, shoes have long inspired imaginative caprice and private longing on an extravagant scale.Some of the great designers of the twentieth century have found the form of the shoe a source of extraordinary inspiration. Ferragamo, Vivier, Yantourney, and Perugia; Charles Jourdan, Manolo Blahnik, and Maud Frizon — all have devoted their rich creativity to shoe design, an enterprise Vivier describes as "a sculptural problem in which the center is always void."

Elegant, fanciful, extravagant, and quirky, twentieth-century shoes put their best foot forward in Heavenly Soles. This book introduces us to some of the most startling and delightful shoes ever created, from the magnificent hand-crafted wonders Yantourney produced in the 1920s using antique laces and velvets, to the supremely comfortable yet elegant platforms from Ferragamo during the '40s, and a recent collection from Vivier embroidered with pearls, feathers, and crystal beads.But there's more to the story then design and glamor. Heavenly Soles also tell us about the changing position of women in the twentieth century — the first era in which it has been fashionable for them to walk, freely and comfortably, and the first in which shoes have been perfected for fit and balance. In contrast, the wonderfully illustrated text shows the import of the sexy and crippling stiletto heel of the '50s while also providing fascinating information about the larger fashion context of the times.

This beautifully designed survey concludes with an international compendium of the best of contemporary models, none of which belongs to Imelda.

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