2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Books Edition

Posted by 29414135 tiny Becca on nov 15, 2015 under Book Review

So many of our friends and teachers had books published this year, and we're sharing those with you below along with a couple of classics from our teachers. They range from science to cooking to culture and more - enjoy browsing! 

Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal by Joseph Alexiou


Discover the forgotten origins of this infamous New York waterway and learn about how the Gowanus has affected the culture of Brooklyn.

Infested by Brooke Borel


Science writer Brooke Borel combines storytelling and scientific expertise to reveal the history of the dreaded yet fascinating bed bug.  

Abandoned NYC by Will Ellis 


Like The Abandoned NYC blog, this book explores the city's strangest and most beautiful abandoned places through photos and essays.

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan  

This indispensable cookbook will teach you to make Chinese takeout favorites at home, from moo shu pork to black sesame ice cream.  

Brooklyn Spaces by Oriana Leckert   


Inspired by the Brooklyn Spaces website, this book showcases fun, weird, and beautiful spots in our borough (Brainery included!). 

The Botanical Hand Lettering Book by Bethany Robertson


Learn hand lettering with Bethany's new workbook and get lots of practice drawing lovely flowers and other botanicals. The perfect gift for your creative friends! 

Sugar: A Global History by Andrew Smith


Explore the complicated, action-packed, and sometimes dark history of this addictive sweetener and valuable commodity. You'll also want to check out Andrew's new book:  , coming out on December 10th. 

Wine Hack by Jeffrey Schiller 




Jeffrey's book officially comes out in 2016, but you can pre order copies on his website and be on your way to talking about wine in a way that (finally!) makes sense. Your wine-loving friends will thank you! 


The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen by Nicole Taylor


This deeply personal cookbook features updated Southern classics informed by Nicole Taylor's Georgia upbringing and her move to Brooklyn. 


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