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Every second month I endeavour to find the best of our lavish titles for you to enjoy and March has some real gems.

You can grab a piece of culinary history with the final volume in ElBulli's extraordinary recipe collection or delve deep into the definitive history of Australian Art.

A trip to the fantastical land of Westeros is even on the cards this month with Matthew Reinhart's next piece of pop-up book art.

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PICK OF THE MONTH
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elBulli 2005-2011 presents for the first time the collection of dishes from the iconic elBulli in Roses, Spain, during its final years as a restaurant. Voted 'Best Restaurant in the World' five times, elBulli was the world's most sought-after restaurant and was legendary for the gastronomic innovations of its head chef, Ferran Adria. Every year the menu was completely different, and over a hundred brand new dishes were developed by the creative team at the elBulli workshop in Barcelona. The dishes were created over a six-month period using innovative techniques and concepts that pushed the boundaries of high-end restaurant cuisine. A catalogue of the restaurant's remarkable creative evolution during its final years, elBulli 2005-2011 provides detailed recipes and colour photographs for each new dish, as well as analysis of the creative methods and explanations of new techniques.


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ART
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by Sasha Grishin


'Grishin presents a story that is multilayered in its complexity and detail... [His book] at once broadens the scope of our national art and draws together these diverse strands into a compelling narrative. Above all it is a lively and insightful account of the diversity and richness of artistic endeavour of this country.' - Tony Ellwood, Director, National Gallery of Victoria

Sasha Grishin is a leading Australian art historian, art critic and curator who has published some twenty books and over two thousand articles on various aspects of art. This book is his magnum opus, a comprehensive and definitive history of Australian art.

Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Australian Art: A History provides an overview of the major developments in Australian art, from its origins to more...

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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND LA VIE MODERNE
by Phillip Dennis Cate, Belinda Thomson

THE LAST SUPPER
by Domenico Sguaitamatti
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Accompanying a major traveling exhibition, this catalogue celebrates the groundbreaking avant-garde artists whose works embody the spirit and decadence of fin de siecle and Belle Epoque Paris. Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne is a celebration of the work of a generation of avant-garde artists at the turn of the nineteenth century in Paris who fought for artistic liberation against the strict codes of the Academy. Like the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists who preceded them, the Nabis, Incoherents, Symbolists, and Naturalists sought to reinterpret a rapidly changing society that was more...

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When Leonardo da Vinci began laying the first brushstrokes, in 1494, on the refectory wall of the convent adjacent to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, he probably had no idea he was about to create one of the greatest artistic masterpieces of all time.

Adopting the innovative, and equally unusual, dry painting technique, the Renaissance genius could not foresee that he would have condemned his work to a particular fragility, and put its conservation at risk in the following centuries. This same technique, however, was what allowed an improved chromatic unity, a more...

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by Klaus H. Carl, Victoria Charles


This beautifully-packaged box set, a perfect gift for seasoned art lovers and novices alike, offers readers a glimpse into the lives and work of ten of the greatest artists in history.

Combining informative critical essays with color photographs of their best work, these pint-sized introductions to ten artistic legends are sure to whet your appetite for art.

Each book has a flexi cover, measures 103 x 140 mm, 144 pages and 100 colour illustrations. Set includes books on these artists:
  •     Leonardo da Vinci
  •     MichelAngelo
  •     Raphael

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ARCHITECTURE
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by Karen McCartney


Fifteen significant examples of modernist homes of the 50s, 60s and 70s, each of which combine outstanding architectural principles with authentic interior decor.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the work of Lloyd Wright, Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe strongly influenced a generation of young Australian architects, who adopted modernist principles in their work. In Iconic Australian Houses: Three Decades of Domestic Architecture, Karen McCartney presents 15 significant examples of homes from this period, each designed by a different architect, that combine outstanding architectural principles and authentic interior decor.

A detailed introduction places the period in more...

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100 CANBERRA HOUSES
by Tim Reeves, Alan Roberts
  RENZO MONGIARDINO by Laure Verchere
  CALIFORNIA SPLENDOR
by Kathryn Masson, David Glomb
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INTERIOR DESIGN
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by Elizabeth Meredith Dowling, David Watkin


A fresh perspective on the work of the most important figures of classical design from the seventeenth century to the present. Classical design employs a rich language developed across twenty-five centuries and many cultures. It is a language of details understood worldwide, with its powerful vocabulary of subtle nuance and inflection. Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary, a spectacular presentation of the myriad varieties of classical forms, demonstrates the enduring lessons of traditional interiors for designers and architects today.

Extensively illustrated essays devoted to the development of classical design, from its ancient sources through its revivals from the seventeenth century to the present day, are written by more...
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SUZANNE KASLER: TIMELESS STYLE

ALIDAD
by Min Hogg, Sarah Stewart-Smith
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Suzanne Kasler is known for her classically inspired rooms, pretty palettes, and comfortable spaces. She brings Southern charm, European sensibility, and a respect for architectural details to her interiors. Her neutral palette, spiced with hits of color, creates warm spaces that are elegant yet inviting. Inspired by fashion, Kasler uses a scarf as a throw, adds grosgrain or satin banding to the bottom of a chair cover, accents draperies with Chanel-like piped borders, or embellishes a bed frame with delicate handpainted patterns.

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The work of London-based, Persian-born interior designer Alidad is the realization of a fantasy of splendor in elegant brocade and rich damask. Award-winning interior designer Alidad is renowned for creating interiors of comfort made from a warm, glowing elegance with richness, color, and sumptuous materials. His work is associated with the exacting use of intricately patterned antique and modern textiles, upholstered furniture, and a high quality of craftsmanship.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
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by Elizabeth Partridge


This beautiful volume celebrates the life and work of one of the 20th century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. The introduction presents an authoritative illustrated biography of Lange by her goddaughter, Elizabeth Partridge, compiled using rare archival materials available only to close family members of the artist (audio interviews, field notes, journal entries, and letters). The rest of the book comprises a career-spanning monograph of Lange's gorgeous and important work. This beautiful hardcover has the potential to be our current era's definitive book on Lange.

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ENTERTAINMENT
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by Matthew Reinhart


Inspired by the Emmy Award-winning title sequence that opens each episode of the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros is guaranteed to thrill the show's legions of fans. Featuring stunning pop-up recreations of several key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King's Landing, and the Wall's stark majesty, this book takes readers into the world of the series like never before.

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros features five stunning spreads that fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros, as well as numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as more...

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