Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Books


HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFT BOOKS

ART BOOKS
COOKBOOKS
GRAPHIC NOVELS

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CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora By Kahran Bethencourt, Regis Bethencourt, Salamishah Tillet (Foreword by) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250281388
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 23rd, 2023

When I got an advanced copy of this art book, my mouth literally dropped and I almost cried (I'm a Cancer moon!) because how amazing to see Black children with crowns on their heads and photos of them as Royalty — it was just everything. These babies deserve to know your lineage is so much deeper than what you are taught in school. This needs to be on your coffee table or your next gift. — Chardai


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Black Archives: A Photographic Celebration of Black Life By Renata Cherlise Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984859297
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 14th, 2023

Renata did something monumental for me while reading this book. The importance of archiving, as Black people and our journey, that wasn't always the case. Seeing this beautiful book of art filled with Black people just being, just existing in this world was beautiful. We enjoy joy and family and positive images depicted of us. — Chardai


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Divine Felines: The Cat in Japanese Art: With Over 200 Illustrations By Rhiannon Paget Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9784805317334
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - October 17th, 2023

Japanese art? With CATS? Sign me up!!! This is a delightful little art book that is beautiful and fun to look at. You know how cat videos make us smile and forget the dumpster fire of the world for a brief moment. This book is like that, but more elevated (respectfully). Look at cats! Look at beautiful art! Oh look, Hello Kitty! Feel a little better, rinse, repeat. — Christine


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Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed By Abi Balingit Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780063244061
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Published: Harvest - February 28th, 2023

Mayumu is an inventive, technicolor dreamboat of a cookbook. Abi Balingit perfectly balances traditional Filipino dessert recipes with imaginative flavor profiles, such as Horchata Bibingka or Cookies & Cream Suman, with American or more “Western” recipes like Baked Alaska and turning it into Halo-Halo Baked Alaska or taking the ubiquitous chocolate chip cookie and bringing Filipino flavors to it, making one of the most original and delicious cookie recipes ever — Adobo Chocolate Chip Cookie with pink peppercorns and bay leaf. Sarap! (Delicious!) This is the perfect cookbook for the playful dessert loving people in your life! — Christine


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Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook By Sohla El-Waylly, Samin Nosrat (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sohla El-Waylly, Samin Nosrat (Foreword by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780593320464
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Published: Knopf - October 31st, 2023

The perfect cookbook to gift someone who wants to sharpen their kitchen skills! Sohla El-Waylly (formerly of Bon Appetit, judge on HBO's The Big Brunch) packs in tons of useful information and over 200 recipes, with lessons for newbies and seasoned chefs alike. — Susie


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Maman and Me: Recipes from Our Iranian American Family By Roya Shariat, Gita Sadeh, Farrah Skeiky (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Roya Shariat, Gita Sadeh, Farrah Skeiky (By (photographer))
$35.00
ISBN: 9781797223643
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 24th, 2023

Some cookbooks you just flip through and admire, and some cookbooks, like Maman and Me, become an essential staple in your kitchen. Written by a mother-and-daughter-duo celebrating Iranian American cuisine, this is the cookbook you need in your life. There are SO many delicious recipes here, but a few standouts (okay fine, these are just the ones I’ve made so far) are the Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Turmeric and Carrots (obsessed!), Saffron Shrimp Pilaf, and Dolma Stuffed Peppers. I can’t wait to try out more of the recipes! There’s also a good selection of vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free recipes, so this is a cookbook that will appeal to many. — Christine


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The Man in the McIntosh Suit By Rina Ayuyang Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770466661
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 2nd, 2023

Set in the 1920’s, this is a Depression-era noir that follows Bobot, a migrant farm worker in California with a law degree from the Philippines. The Man in the McIntosh Suit is a stylish, propulsive graphic novel with romance and twists aplenty. — Christine


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Daughters of Snow and Cinders By Núria Tamarit, Jenna Allen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Núria Tamarit, Jenna Allen (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683967569
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Published: Fantagraphics - May 9th, 2023

Gorgeously drawn in hues of purple, brown, and blue, this translated graphic novel brings to life untold history and beautiful fantasy. Spanish illustrator and author Núria Tamarit brings the story of Joana who is forced to flee her land due to massive fires and finds resilience, friendship, and mystery by connecting with new land and listening to its people. There are foes and friends both physical and mystical and a story that reminds us why our environment is not just a place, but central to our very selves. — Hannah


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Roaming By Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781770464339
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 12th, 2023

Jillian and Mariko Tamaki have done it again! Roaming follows 3 Canadian nineteen-year-olds on vacation together in 2009 New York City. Powerhouses in the graphic novel world, the Tamakis brilliantly evoke those feelings of nostalgia and the perfectly imperfect messiness of being on the cusp of adulthood. — Christine


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Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion By Mitchell S. Jackson Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781648290923
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Published: Artisan - September 5th, 2023

In assembling Fly, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mitchell Jackson has created a history of fashion like no other. By going through the eras of Basketball, Jackson gives us a full cultural tour of the intersection between Basketball and fashion. Ballers transforming America through not just their clothes, but how they wore them. — Christine


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Hip Hop Family Tree: The Omnibus By Ed Piskor Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781683968894
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Published: Fantagraphics - October 17th, 2023

In hardcover for the first time, this gorgeous collection has all of the comics and special editions in one volume. From the origins of hip-hop through the incredible production of the 90s, this volume gives a full cultural history and deeply personal look at the figures and moments that created this fabulous new art form. Perfect for graphic, music, and pop culture lovers on Hip-Hop's 50th anniversary. — Hannah


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The Golden Screen: The Movies That Made Asian America By Jeff Yang, Michelle Yeoh (Foreword by), Jon M. Chu (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jeff Yang, Michelle Yeoh (Foreword by), Jon M. Chu (Afterword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780762482221
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 24th, 2023

Representation matters. Today and every day. Golden Screen is a comprehensive look at and celebration of Asian Americans in cinema. Jeff Yang, with contributions from Asian artists and prominent AAPIA figures like Michelle Yeoh and John Cho, brings well researched analysis and historical and cultural context to 130 films over 100 of cinema. This is a beautiful book that is simply fun to read! It’s perfect for history nerds and film buffs of any background, and will especially appeal to Asian Americans who’ve grown up yearning for that feeling of belonging and being seen in the media we consume. — Christine