Four Great Gift Books for Fall

It may be 96 degrees here in Pasadena, but the kids heading back to school tell us that fall is in the air. And for us, fall means one thing: new books. Our upcoming roster of four fall titles range from a richly photographed German-Californian cookbook, to a sly little humor book, to a gorgeous collection of paintings of Los Angeles, to a handy and witty guidebook to L.A.’s best places to drink. Here are a few words about each title, with links to learn more.

Non-Essential Mnemonics: An Unnecessary Journey into Senseless Knowledge

Release Date: September 2014

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Fall Release 2014: Non-Essential Mnemonics: An Unnecessary Journey into Senseless Knowledge

Just released is Kent Woodyard’s new book, inspired by his McSweeney’s column of the same name, offers a playful look at mnemonic memory devices. It features creative wordplay, hilarious original creations, and whimsical illustrations. A perfect gift and reading material for writers, teachers, students, word lovers, and trivia geeks.

100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.

Release Date: September 20, 2014

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Fall Release 2014: 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.

This exquisite art book compiles 100 paintings by artist Barbara Thomason of her adored Los Angeles. Inspired by Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo, she spent four years roaming the streets to paint the scenes that most captivated her, all in the traditional Japanese oban format. Thomason has beautifully captured her city with these paintings. A must-have gift for Angelenos and art lovers.

Das Cookbook German Cooking… California Style

Release Date: October 2014

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Fall Release 2014: Das Cookbook

Beautifully photographed by Staci Valentine, this modern German-Californian cookbook comes from acclaimed L.A. chef/baker/restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner, whose cooking marries the best traditions of Germany with a fresh, modern California flair. Learn how to make breads, holiday treats, bar snacks, salads, and the most popular recipes from his L.A. restaurants. This excellent cookbook is a must-have for food lovers and foodies alike.

Drink: Los Angeles: The Beverage Lover’s Guide to L.A.

Release Date: November 2014

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Fall Release 2014: Drink Los Angeles

Drink: Los Angeles is an expertly curated flexibound pocket guide to the best places to drink across L.A. County. It leads readers to the best pubs, cocktail bars, coffeehouses, wine bars, dive bars, teahouses, juice cafes, breweries, and so much more. Includes maps to 12 great bar crawls (including two Metro crawls) and handy neighborhood indexes. This season’s must-have stocking stuffer for just $15.

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