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France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child

978-0-500-51907-3

“Thoroughly delicious… Comprised of 225 black-and-white photographs by Paul Child, the husband of Julia Child, taken during the couple's time in France beginning in 1948, this intimate photo album delivers mesmerizing visual addenda to Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France. Zeroing in on postwar Paris, the book covers the couple's early years in France and yields a unique perspective on postwar Europe as well as on the backstory of the woman whose name is synonymous with French cuisine in 20th-century America. The collection includes photos of Julia's days at the Cordon Bleu with fellow chefs, as well as snapshots of her at work amid pots and pans in the tiny kitchen of the couple's Paris apartment. In other photos, Paul plays with shadows and angles while shooting the streets of Paris or the fields of the French countryside. There are also the more everyday traveler's shots featuring a leggy Julia that illuminate the love story between the photographer and his muse.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Before Julia Child became Julia Child, she and her husband, Paul, a career diplomat, lived from 1948 until 1954 in Paris and Marseille. In addition to his work in the civil service, Paul was an accomplished photographer who continually documented his surroundings. France Is a Feast… captures the bygone world the couple inhabited.”

— Travel + Leisure

“Few food icons have maintained a hold on culinary obsessives’ imaginations like Julia Child… For a more intimate portrait of Child’s real life, look to this new collection of rarely-before-seen black-and-white photographs taken by her husband Paul that chronicles their adventures in Paris and the French countryside, culinary and otherwise.”

— Eater.com

“To see [Julia Child’s] bare legs splayed on a rooftop, eating and laughing with friends, felt like meeting an entirely different person—a person you immediately want to get drunk and make a clafoutis with… But the book is so much more than black and white slides of a family vacation… Through Paul’s photographs you see Julia ‘before she was Julia,’ and it's tons of fun.”

— Bon Appetít

“[Paul Child] was a master of light, capturing the subtle details of shadows and highlights, creating photos rather than taking them… Julia makes many appearances in the book and is clearly his muse.”

— Time

“Full of illuminating photographs, the book is also suffused with personal insight into the couple. The volume is written by Alex Prud’homme, Paul’s great-nephew, and the man who coauthored Julia’s famed My Life in France. And what’s more, Katie Pratt, photo curator of the book… is the daughter of dear friends of the couple. So from text to photographic vignettes, this publication is an intimate look inside the life of one extraordinary couple living in 1950s France.”

— Vogue

France Is a Feast showcases Paul Child’s black-and-white photography, and offers the most complete biography of Julia Child’s husband to date… A “visual extension” of Julia’s memoir… [France is a Feast] features more than 220 black and white photos from Paul’s lens, plus the most detailed biography to date about the man behind Julia Child.”

— Boston Magazine

“[Paul’s] black-and-white images show Julia atop Parisian staircases, and cooking among friends. He also took pictures of Paris’s landscape — rooftop views and picturesque city storefronts… The intimate images chronicle Julia’s discovery of French cooking and the French way of life, and show candid moments of the chef at work in the kitchen.”

— The Cut

“Before she was the renegade chef, maven of the kitchen, and beloved culinary icon, Julia Child was simply… herself. [France is a Feast] offers an intimate insight into the chef’s time in the country she came to love.”

— Food52

“Paul's photographs of their years in France are included in France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child, a handsome, large-format book… Author Alex Prud’homme writes about Paul (his great uncle), Paul’s passion for photography, and for his wife, Julia.”

— Omnivoracious

“Fans of Julia Child will certainly enjoy this intimate view of the French Chef and her earliest years in the kitchen. Photographers may appreciate Paul Child's work as it captures midcentury France with charming simplicity. Carefully composed and with a photographer's keen eye, Paul's black-and-white photos illustrate the personal stories of the couple's adventures. More than 200 images of architecture and city street life are shown alongside pictures of Julia and their friends.”

— Library Journal

“A labor of love, about a love affair… It's extraordinary to see a collection of photographs in which a fiercely talented and accomplished woman is presented with humor, admiration, and love. Julia called Paul 'the man who is always there.' He took pictures at every turn, leaving a record of the streets of Paris and Marseille, of his wife, and of his own ghostly, beloved presence, reflecting the light that she cast.”

— The New Yorker

“While it seems we've already seen photographs of every centimeter of Paris from every angle, it's a pleasure to look at the postwar city through Child's viewfinder. A trained draftsman, painter and lithographer, he had strong theories about composition and light, as well as a desire to distill ‘some aspect of each place,’ whether it be fishermen on the Seine, geometrically framed by the overlapping arches of a bridge, or an old woman unwittingly anchoring an angular shadow in the South of France. As accomplished as the photographs are, and as engaging a character as Paul Child is revealed to be, the real draw here will undoubtedly be his intimate portraits of Julia Child before she was, well, Julia Child. What ultimately makes this enjoyable celebration of his work an important part of the Child archive is that it illuminates the third side of that fabled triangle, connecting us to his love of Julia – and France.”

— New York Times Book Review

Francis Bacon: Incunabula

978-0-500-09344-3

“Beautifully designed and printed, this will be helpful to anyone studying the painter and his work. A welcome addition to all major art collections.”

— Library Journal

“The longer we study the images reproduced so handsomely in this book, the more we appreciate how indispensable they were to the artist.”

— Bookforum

Furnitecture: Furniture That Transforms Space

978-0-500-51776-5

“Many of these contemporary designs could find a place in any décor, providing ideas for professional designers and residential and commercial interiors as well as giving amateurs distinct inspiration for their own homes.”

— Library Journal

“Spotlights new talents bringing architectural concepts to furniture design.”

— Publisher's Weekly

“Admirably inventive and provocative furniture compiled by an authority who is also the designer of the book, giving it a look as fresh as the contents.”

— Interior Design

“Anna Yudina shows off architectural awareness where shelving, storage, seating, macro- furniture, and rooms-within-rooms reign supreme and approach space in a whole new way…All in all, the sights within are dynamic, just as a mash-up ought to be.”

— California Home + Design

Futurescapes: Designers for Tomorrow's Outdoor Spaces

978-0-500-51577-8

“A range of readers… will find this filled with inspiration for a wide variety of outdoor spaces that answer concurrent issues of usage and global climate change.”

— The Midwest Review of Books

“No matter what your taste and style, you can find something to love.”

— Washington Gardener

“A valuable design resource for landscape architects and students. Architects and city planners may also be interested as the design or redesign of neighborhoods now often includes the local landscape.”

— Library Journal

Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space

978-0-500-34326-5

“This large-format global selection should fascinate readers with a taste for architecture, landscape architecture, and/or the environment. Yudina believes humans must reestablish contact with nature and also points out the practical value of plants and trees as air purifiers, microclimate regulators, noise buffers, and bases for biodiversity. A number of entries are truly visionary: vertical farms, plant-generated air conditioning, biological facades hosting moss or microalgae, [and] porous concrete walls that sustainably sup­port roots.”

— Library Journal

The Garden Visitor's Companion

978-0-500-51463-4

“For someone who enjoys touring gardens, this book will offer plenty of food for thought.”

— The Hartford Courant

“Louisa Jones explores the appeal of these spaces, provoking thoughts about the intersection between nature and art. Reading Jones’ ‘Ten Questions’ sections prime the mind for a trip down the garden path with intriguing queries and mini-essays.”

— Passport

“An unusual and thoughtful book for travelers who love to visit gardens.”

— Star Tribune

“Thoughtfully examines ten kinds of gardens and presents questions and answers that will inform those who visit such sites…. Illustrated with 185 color photographs, this books offers a recommended reading list, and provides the address of the gardens, designers, and other experts cited in the book.”

— Choice

Gaudi Pop-Ups

978-0-500-51650-8

“You are as close to Barcelona as you can be without going there.”

— The Virginia Quarterly Review

“The inventive paper constructions of Courtney Watson McCarthy bring these spectacular works to life in a new and fascinating way that enables us to further appreciate their genius.”

— Architectural West

Gay Lives

978-0-500-25190-4

“While outlining the lives of those concerned, the articles seem to capture the essence of a person and the era, culture, or society that person embodies… This lavishly illustrated, praiseworthy book deserves to be widely read.”

— Choice

“While none of the pieces here is more than a few pages long, each of them feels like the tip of an information iceberg.”

— Passport Magazine

“Nicely illustrated with a good selection of black-and-white and full-color photographs and drawings.”

— OutSmart

“Highly recommended, for reference, or plain, enjoyable reading.”

— Lavender Magazine

“…the gay history book that needs to be read.”

— Instinct

Genius!: The most astonishing inventions of all time

978-0-500-65043-1

“Deborah Kespert highlights more than a dozen inventions and discoveries that ‘have helped to shape the world today.’ Sidebars, time lines, archival images, and photographs bring additional context to each entry in this succinct, quick-moving overview of some of humanity’s more notable achievements.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating… For a healthy dose of the genius of history and the history of genius, this is the book.”

— Picture Book Depot

“A fascinating book for any scientifically—or historically—minded kids…Fabulously designed …each page is dynamic and eye catching.”

— Portland Book Review

“The writing is snappy and fun, the graphics are bright and inviting. Will be a great hit with the middle grade audience.”

— Manhattan Book Review

“An excellent addition to middle school libraries seeking to inject life into a tired and under-explored nonfiction section …Not only full of information but Kespert presents each inventor in a fun and entertaining way with original advertisements and photographs, colorful timelines, and tales of danger and hilarity. Many of the inventions can be made from the simple How To instructions and basic supplies. Perfect for S.T.E.M. schools or any student interested in learning about the origins of the increasingly technology-infused world in which we live.”

— VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“Features dozens of experiments, handy graphs and definitive timelines.”

— Boys' Life

George Condo: Painting Reconfigured

978-0-500-09394-8

“Thoughtful writing and a generous selection of reproductions introduce a provocative artist who is less well known by modern art enthusiasts to a new audience. A thorough survey of Condo’s long career with perceptive essays describing each of the artist’s distinct modes of working, such as “artificial realism,” “unedited human disasters,” and “figurative abstractions.”

— Library Journal

“beautiful volume…Baker is dextrous in examining Condo as an artist who is actively seeking out expressive possibilities associated with the dynamic visual exploration of his own individual aesthetic experiences and also creatively engaging with a history of art fractured by isolationist, stylistic classifications.”

— Choice

George Daniels: A Master Watchmaker & His Art

978-0-500-51636-2

“Presents a comprehensive and fitting tribute to a great watchmaker, a fascinating personality, a great figure of the modern era and one who won’t be soon forgotten.”

— Watch Journal

“Each watch is painstakingly detailed by author …Michael Clerizo in his new book …that relates Daniels’s life and work in a fascinating and extremely well-illustrated must-read for anyone who enjoys mechanical watches.”

— International Watch

“Clerizo supplements a detailed, chronological narrative of Daniels’ life with 138 high-gloss color pages of the man’s numerous awe-inspiring made-by-hand watches. The large, coffee-table format book is one that almost any watch enthusiast will find hard to put down.”

— Perpétuelle

The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st Century Art

978-0-500-23919-3

“Anyone seeking an overview of many current trends in the art world will be stimulated by this book.”

— Library Journal

“Instead of relying on a singular perspective on the state of contemporary art, Hicks interviews a host of international artists to map out commonly shared views and interests.”

— Art in America

“Hicks takes us on a world tour of contemporary art, offering lively confessions and insider’s counsel along the way.”

— Art Desk

Gods of the Greeks

978-0-500-27048-6

“It most emphatically must be the book that many have long waited for.”

— Stephen Spender

“Learned, admirably documented, exhaustive.”

— The Times Literary Supplement

Gordon Parks

978-0-500-41109-4

“Explores a major American photographer crossing cultural, political and social divides with sophistication, sensitivity and style.”

— TIME LightBox

“[A] visually rich collection of work by one of history’s most eloquent and successful African American artists.  A recent addition to Thames & Hudson’s award-winning Photofile series of compact, affordable, but lavishly reproduced monographs, this newly introduced collection is an astonishing achievement.”

— Rangefinder

Graffiti and Street Art

978-0-500-20407-8

“Rather than being a concise history, this volume functions primarily as visual analysis of the contemporary street art movement.”

— Choice

“Well researched…quotations from firsthand interviews, numerous illustrations, and a list of websites bear out [the author’s] investigation.”

— Choice