Brave: Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment In shops now When Disney and Pixar get together to make a film and put out a DVD, they’re not messing about. “Brave” is the heroic journey that follows young Merida through the Scottish highlands around her family’s castle. ...

Monumental Venice

Vendome by Jacques Boulay If you’ve been lucky enough to travel to Venice then you already know what a marvel it is to behold.  Next to walking along the Grand Canal yourself, the only way to take it all in is with a panoramic view. Jacques Boulay’s photographs capture two things...

The Dark Knight Rise...

Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download Warner Home Video In shops on 4 December After all the hubub  of teasers and trailers for the final installments of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, I managed to never find an opportunity to see it in the cinema. So I was delightfully...

Great Adventures

  Lonely Planet In shops now First of all, hot air balloons are on the bucket list, so I had to pick this one up.  Also the Northern Lights.  And also, swimming with a whale shark.  So here is the Lonely Planet guide to the high-octane travel adventures we sometimes forget are so bloody...

Variety: An Illustra...

Written by Tim Gray / Foreword by Martin Scorsese Rizzoli In shops now It’s hard to believe that Variety cost just five cents an issue when it was first printed in 1905.  I subscribe to it now and I can tell you that the price has gone up just a smidge. But there is no doubt that it...

PANTONE Stationery S...

  Chronicle Books In shops now I love this stuff.  My Mary Cassat notecards are lovely and all (purchased at a museum gift shop, of course), but innovative designs like these make great stocking stuffers for others or a nice little gift for yourself. This set has 16 writing sheets with the...

Florence at the Dawn...

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles On view through 10 February 2013 16 March – 16 June 2013 / Art Gallery of Ontario Though Los Angeles has only been an incorporated city since 1850, it is quickly catching up to the major art capitals of the world.  Its patrons have always been happy to...

The Complete Bocuse

Flammarion In shops now The Black Friday emails have already begun.  Though we have just passed the American election, it seems as though Thanksgiving Hannukkah and Christmas are already on top of us. One of the best items to file under “Kiss the Cook” for this season’s...

The Country Cooking ...

by Diane Kochilas Chronicle Books In shops now If you’ve seen the previous three titles “The Country Cooking of France,” “The Country Cooking of Ireland” and  “The Country Cooking of Italy,” then you know what a remarkable feat of publishing they...

Gran Cocina Latina

  by Maricel E. Presilla W.W. Norton & Company In shops now By this point it’s fairly well-known that I’m obsessed with cookbooks.  Despite calling Los Angeles home, however, I’ve never ventured all that deeply into the world of Latin cuisine.  But what enticed me most...

Family Guy: Volume 1...

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now In the year that brought us “Ted” and Seth MacFarlane hosting ‘SNL’ with his cannon of voices, it’s pretty great to sit down with the perennial comedy classic that is ‘Family Guy.’ Not only is this edition...