Culinary Ephemera: An Illustrated History - William Woys Weaver

It’s easy these days to associate a food with an ad campaign, a jingle, a poster, a star; food porn is ubiquitous. So it’s interesting to learn about the history of this phenomenon. In CULINARY EPHEMERA (Univ. of California, $39.95) William Woys Weaver draws on his own collection of menus, posters, matchbooks, and so on to illustrate the uses of these items in the development of a food culture. This unique history shows how non-edible objects shaped the tastes of Americans abroad, and helped change attitudes about food, health, and beverages. This is a wonderful book for food lovers and history lovers alike in that it marries two subjects to give insight into little known parts of our history.

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ISBN: 9780520259775
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Published: University of California Press - October 18th, 2010

Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand: Masterworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Malcolm Daniel

Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand are among the greatest photographers in the history of the art. Stieglitz was also well known for his gallery, An American Place,  the first New York showcase for the art of modern Europeans like Monet and Picasso. He was an avid photographer as well as promoter of the work of other photographers. Among the images included in STIEGLITZ, STEICHEN, STRAND (Yale Univ., $35), edited by Malcolm Daniel, photography curator at the Metropolitan Museum, are Stieglitz’s landscapes, New York scenes, and portraits, including those of Georgia O’Keeffe. Edward Steichen, a fashion and celebrity photographer, was a friend and collaborator of Stieglitz’s. This catalog of the Met’s Steichen holdings also features his studies of the Flatiron building and of Rodin’s sculpture of Balzac. Paul Strand, who gained attention by being featured in the final issue of Stieglitz’s magazine, Camera Works, signaled a shift to a grittier, more powerful graphic style. What a treat to have so much in one volume.

Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt - Robert Gottlieb

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was one of the greatest actresses of her time. Offstage, she lived life to the fullest for 78 years. In SARAH (Yale Univ., $25),  legendary editor and author Robert Gottlieb portrays his subject as intentionally blurring fact and fantasy; in her autobiography, Bernhardt made up parts of her life story.  Yet Gottlieb manages to capture this fascinating woman, her family, her lovers—who included Victor Hugo—and the France she loved. He also explains how this consummate artist reinvented the craft of acting. The book is full of photographs of Bernhardt, and altogether Gottlieb’s account makes it clear why this fascinating woman—the Divine Sarah—was the toast of two continents.

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ISBN: 9780300141276
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Published: Yale University Press - September 21st, 2010