Fall Favorites Preview: Three really cool books that just showed up here at the house.


Not a lot to connect these three – but they're three books I've been selling all summer long for Chronicle Books and their distribution partner publishers, Laurence King and Princeton Architectural Press – and they have been really warmly received by the bookstore buyers I've been talking with.

Girl In The Kitchen
by Stephanie Izard with Heather Shouse
photographs by Dan Goldberg
Chronicle Books | 9780811874472 | $29.95 | Sept 2011

The first cookbook from the winning chef of season four of Top Chef, and now the chef/owner at Chicago's hot restaurant, Girl & The Goat.

First off, in the category of cookbooks by celebrity chefs, this is a great one. Though I haven't yet made my way to Girl & The Goat for a dinner reservation, Chef Izard's reputation precedes her. And this book seems to do a wonderful job of capturing her lively personality and her way with mixing flavors and inspirations.

Like all of Chronicle Books' cookbooks, it's beautifully produced with funky & highly cookable text design, luscious photography, and a rich blend of insider tips, personal history, and yes, recipes. You can check out a few sample pages at Chronicle Books' page for the book.

(Chef Izard's co-author on this book is Heather Shouse, the well-traveled food writer and author of Food Trucks, a survey of the nation's best & coolest food trucks.)


Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming
edited by Ellen Lupton
Princeton Architectural Press (dist. by Chronicle Books) | 9781568989792 | $24.95 | July 2011

Princeton Architectural Press's resident genius for inspiration, design chops, and generally thinking outside the box is Ellen Lupton. Before Graphic Design Thinking, she also gave us Thinking With Type, Indie Publishing, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and one of my territory's all-time best-selling books from Princeton Architectural Press, D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself. She is also the curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

This new book packs a ton into fewer than 200 pages: it's a toolkit for designers, writers, filmmakers – any humans, really – on ways to think about a problem (a design brief, a stalled project, that troublesome second novel), how to unleash your brain's creativity, and how to structure your ideas.


Let's Make Some Great Art
by Marion Deuchars
Laurence King Publishing (dist. by Chronicle Books) | 9781856697866 | $19.95 | Aug 2011

A tall book, a beautiful object, with paper that begs to be drawn in or doodled upon. An inspiration.

But nothing I could say about this book will match what these charming introductory videos will show you. (All via the author's page at Vimeo.)

Ta-da! It's my3videos!

How to draw a simple bird from Marion Deuchars on Vimeo.


Draw on the Plinth from Marion Deuchars on Vimeo.


Can you draw the Mona Lisa's smile? from Marion Deuchars on Vimeo.

The book has a lovely homepage all its own, too. Explore more.