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Publications that make perfect presents, whatever the interest.
Art and Photography
The Japanese art of “the floating world” is magnificently evoked in UKIOY-E (Phaidon Press, November 2005, $95), an in-depth survey of the art and culture of the Edo period by Gian Carlo Calza. More than 600 sumptuous color illustrations make this one of the most strikingly impressive art books of the season.
In Versailles: A Garden in Four Seasons (Abrams, November 2005, $75), photographer Jacques Dubois captures the glorious gardens of Versailles through the cycle of the seasons in 213 spectacular photos. This ideal gift for the garden lover comes beautifully packaged in a full-color slipcase.
The glamour of the beautiful life of Italy in the ‘50s and ‘60s is brought to life in Dolce Italia (Rizzoli New York, October 2005, $45). In more than 100 captivating black-and-white photos, Federico Garolla di Bard, one of the original Italian paparazzi, captures some of the period's greatest movie stars in some of the country's most stunning settings.

Jewelry

In the lavishly illustrated Tiffany Diamonds (Abrams, November 2005, $50), John Loring, Tiffany's design director, provides a fascinating history of the celebrated jeweler's leading role in the creation of premier diamond jewelry.
Food
Even if you have a whole library of Italian cookbooks, you still need The Silver Spoon (Phaidon Press, November 2005, $39.95), Italy's version of The Joy of Cooking. Over 2,000 mouthwatering recipes are organized into 11 color-coded chapters providing a comprehensive as well as a visually appealing reference to authentic Italian cuisine.
Veteran food writer Peggy Knicker-bocker has the good fortune to live in two of the greatest culinary cities in the world – Paris and San Francisco – and these experiences inform her charming new book Simple Soirées (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, October 2005, $35). Her creative and sophisticated menus, organized by season, will make any dinner party a success.
Chocolate lovers never need a special occasion to indulge. But in Chocolate Holidays (Artisan Books, October 2005, $21.95), renowned chocolate authority Alice Medrich offers 50 decadent recipes – ranging from the simple to the complex – to make any festivity memorable.
Sidelines
Knitting aficionados, rejoice! Acclaimed knitting author Melanie Falick offers a treasure trove of 50 original holiday projects for knitters of all skill levels in the beautifully photographed Handknit Holidays (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, October 2005, $27.50).
Passionate golfers will appreciate Chris Santella's Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, October 2005, $24.95), a guide to the world's greatest courses by such experts as top course architect Pete Dye and pro-golfer Nick Faldo, among others.
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