Five Fabulous Reads
As the weather starts to turn a little more chilly—or in L.A. a little less sunny—and the nights get dark a little earlier, sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up with a glass of wine and a good book. Here are some great reads you can pick up the next time you’re visiting Farmers Market.
Roy Thomas, Josh Baker
It’s impossible to visit celebrated art bookstore TASCHEN without adding something new to our holiday wish list. This season, we’re eyeballing the new “75 Years of Marvel Comics,” a 700-page opus, released in time to commemorate Marvel’s 75th anniversary. With more than 2,000 images, the book details all our favorite super heroes, like Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor and the X-Men. More fascinating, though, the book digs into the "bullpen" of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the characters they brought to life, including Stan “the Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby and countless others.
It’s no surprise that foodie paradise Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market would sell a variety of amazing cookbooks. Our latest favorite is Autumn, a cookbook written by Pascal Beale, which celebrates the turning of the season with recipes suited for the mercurial weather commonly found in fall. The recipes within are designed with the weather in mind. For chilly, sunny days, Beale suggests a caramelized fig and goat cheese tart. On the other hand, blustery grey days might call for braised endives to accompany a roasted filet mignon with a tapenade of fresh herbs. Beale has been a guest of Monsieur Marcel a number of times for book signings, so be sure to ask about the availability of autographed copies.
L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook
More than just a collection of recipes, L.A.’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook also details the history of the Market—and its famed merchants—through the years. Sure, at its core, this book is a fabulous collection of recipes and tips. And what recipes they are. Within these pages you’ll find recipes for Patsy D’Amore’s Pizza—widely regarded as L.A.’s first pizza—Du-par’s Chicken Pot Pie and Peanut Brittle from Littlejohn’s English Toffee House. More than that, though, this is a look into the very history and culture of the Market that has been one of L.A.’s most famous gathering places since 1934. Purchase your copy at the Farmers Market Office, located upstairs above Gate One, or order it online today.
Gertrude Crampton, Tibor Gergely
Remember those beloved Golden Books from your childhood? Cost Plus World Market has a huge collection of them, so you can pass the tradition down to your children. A reader favorite has always been the story of Scuffy the Tugboat. First published in 1946, this is the timeless story of the little tugboat who wants bigger things in life than to remain in his bathtub.
By Kip Tindell
Looking to hone your business skills this season? Get a peek into the underlying business principles of Container Store CEO Kip Tindell and his approach towards retail management, dubbed “Conscious Capitalism.” In this book, Tindell lays out his seven foundation principles, which drive the management practices at The Container Store, and shares how other businesses can also adapt this approach. The overlying message within the book is the importance of the “Golden Rule,” and creating a business environment where all stakeholders –employees, customers, vendors, shareholders and the community are successful through a harmonic balance.