Get under the covers

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2013

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh | Touchstone | $17.99 | Fans of the popular blog, known for its witty words and illustrations, will devour this collection, which includes 50 percent new content plus classics from the website (including her surprisingly moving meditations on depression).

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton | St. Martin’s Press | $29.99 | Another book inspired by a blog, this one features 400 intriguing color photos of New Yorkers, inviting you into a vivid, and vibrant, world.

The Great War by Joe Sacco and Adam Hochschild | WW Norton | $35 | What cartoon journalist Joe Sacco admits started as a “presumably alcohol-induced idea” transformed into this breathtaking 24-foot-long panoramic depiction of the Battle of Somme, a terribly bloody day during World War I when tens of thousands were killed or wounded. The accordion-folded piece, which comes in a slipcase with a short accompanying essay, reminds us that books can be art.

Much Loved by Mark Nixon | Harry N. Abrams | $17.95 | Sixty nostalgia-inducing photographic portraits of teddy bears and other stuffed animals, all worn and tattered from years of love.

Food

These West Coast writers will have you experimenting with new flavors and ingredients.

LA Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi | Anthony Bourdain/Ecco | $29.99 | This is a brash book with bold flavors that tells the fast and gritty life story of Roy Choi, a Korean-American living in Los Angeles who many say reinvented street food. With 85 recipes throughout.

The AOC Cookbook by Suzanne Goin | Knopf | $35 | Seasonal recipes, lushly photographed, for ambitious home-cooks from an award-winning Los Angeles chef and restaurateur who is generous with her explanations and descriptions.

Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Birdby Gabriel Rucker, Meredith Erickson, Andrew Fortgang, and Lauren Fortgang | Ten Speed Press | $40 | A big and beautiful behind-the-scenes look at Portland, Oregon’s highly lauded Le Pigeon restaurant, celebrating the “high and low extremes of cooking.” With 125 recipes, including ones for “ocean butter” (butter mixed with caviar and roe), calf’s head terrine, and eel dumplings.
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