Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 20, 2017
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Earth, wine & fire

Sweep those tough-to-shop-for loved ones off their feet this holiday season

Food & Wine: An Entire Year of Recipes
(Sterling, 408 pages, hardcover, $42.95)
More than 500 dishes, accompanied by photographs, are featured in Food & Wine's annual cookbook -- that's every recipe the magazine published in 2004. The contributors, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Pépin and Paula Wolfert, have produced such recipes as mouthwatering fettuccine with mushrooms and prosciutto, beef tenderloin with bacon and creamed leeks, and double dark-chocolate cupcakes with peanut-butter filling. European, American, Eastern and Asian dishes are all served up with a unique nouvelle twist. Some recipes are fast and easy; others more challenging. The book also includes 50 kitchen tips as well as a glossary of wines. [AS]

Atlas Maior of 1665
by Joan Blaeu (Taschen, 593 pages, hardcover, $US200)
Considered one of the most precious books of the 17th century and certainly history's most comprehensive Baroque atlas, Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior is now available as a reprint. The publishers used the National Library of Vienna's original gold-heightened copy to ensure the best possible detail and quality. The original work contained 596 maps covering Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia and America. Originally, a total of 1550 copies were printed in Latin, French, Dutch and Spanish. To complete this project, 950,000 copperplates were used as well as 5,440,000 text pages for all four editions. It took a typesetter over seven hours per page. Add to that headers and corrections, and it's believed that five typesetters worked full-time for six years to print the atlas. The reprint is stunning: it's a massive 42-centimetres high and its colouful, hand-drawn maps are printed on heavy paper. Truly a tribute to one of history's finest atlases. [AS]

On this Earth: Photographs from East Africa
by Nick Brandt (Chronicle Books, 132 pages, hardcover, $54)
Photographer Nick Brandt depicts the animals of East Africa with a classical artistry unmatched by other wildlife photographers. The images in this collection, 66 in all, are full-size portraits and landscapes shot in black and white. Four years went into this project; the results are dramatic and, at moments, arresting. What's most impressive about these portraits is that Brandt refused to use a telephoto lens. Both his patience to capture the right emotion and his ultimate respect for his subject are clear. Not surprisingly, Jane Goodall wrote the book's introduction: "Nick has captured the individuality of his animal subjects -- it is almost impossible to look through this book without sensing the personality of the beings he has photographed." [AS]

 

Recipes from Wine Country
by Tony de Luca (Whitecap, 320 pages, soft cover, $39.95)
Canadian wine country follows in the footsteps of Napa and Tuscany with this wine-pairing cookbook from the executive chef at Hillebrand Estates in Niagara. The 120 recipes are grouped by grape variety -- Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and sparkling wines. Each chapter introduces the wine's main characteristics and suggests four to five recipes for spring, summer, fall and winter. The pages are colour-coded so you can flip through and find meal ideas for each season. Most importantly, there's a good balance between simple recipes, like chicken with four-peppercorn crust or veal baked with 40 cloves of garlic, and those with gourmet ingredients like the recipe for Icewine elk tenderloin with chanterelles and red currants. Perfect for wine lovers who want to experiment in the kitchen and cooks who feel clueless about wine. [SL]

The World of Wine Gift Box Set
by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (Mitchell Beazley, 352 + 256 pages, hardcover and CD, $100)
If you're at your wits' end for what to buy the wine afficionado in your midst, consider this box set. British writer Hugh Johnson has been a leading authority for four decades and now two of his bestsellers have been updated and reissued as a set. Considered the definitive reference on wine-growing regions, The World Atlas of Wine traces the current state of vineyards from Japan to Eastern Europe (with a heavy dose of France and Italy). The Story of Wine spans viticulture from the time of the Pharaohs through the development of European vineyards and the establishment of vineyards in the New World. Included in the set is the CD version of Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2006, which rates and describes thousands of wines. [SL]

Explorers: The Most Exciting Voyages of Discovery - From the African Expeditions to the Lunar Landing
by Andrea de Porti (Firefly Books, 184 pages, hardcover, $49.95)
If you know someone addicted to the History, Discovery and Travel channels, then this book is just what the doctor ordered. This hefty reference tome chronicles the adventures of 51 explorers on 58 expeditions -- many of them successful, others not so much -- who dared to go where no one had before. Their exploits are organized chronologically, starting with Burton and Speke's search for the source of the Nile in 1845 and ending with Apollo 13. Each includes a biography and many never-before-seen photos, maps, prints and drawings. About half of the book opens out to four-page gatefolds large enough to display as posters, but you'll probably prefer to keep the book intact so you can revisit it again and again. [CC]

The Meaning of Trees
by Fred Hageneder (Chronicle Books, 224 pages, softcover, $26.95)
An ideal gift for any environmentalist, green thumb or nature lover, this fact-filled guide is a tribute to 50 of the world's most beloved trees. It's the first of its kind to combine photography with biological and cultural info. Every tree, from the Monkey Puzzle in Argentina and Chile to the Quince in Iran and Turkestan to the Ginkgo in the eastern provinces of Guizhou and Zheijang in China, is explored through their botany, practical uses, medicinal properties, magical associations, and roles in folklore and mythology. Take your time "leafing" through this one -- you never know when you'll run out of aspirin and need to use the bark of a willow tree to relieve your pain! [CC]

 

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