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You're probably aware that we get all the latest Hollywood blockbusters here at the Greenwich Library. But we also get plenty of smaller, low profile movies too. Here's a list of a few that you may have missed:


Click for availability and more information A Cat in Paris,directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
 
An animated French language comedy-drama in which a family discovers their house pet is living a surprising double life. Zoe is a seven-year-old girl traumatized by the death of her father, a police detective who was on the trail of Victor Costa, a powerful underworld boss. Ever since the passing of her father, Zoe has been mute, and her mother Jeanne, also a detective, has been working hard to track down Costa and the killers and bring them to justice. However, it turns out a criminal is hiding right under their noses -- while Zoe sleeps, her beloved pet cat Dino slips out of the house at night and serves as a companion and assistant to Nico, a suave burglar who has robbed some of the wealthiest and most elegant homes in Paris. One night, Zoe follows Dino as he spends the night on the town, and as she crosses paths with Nico, she finds herself in the clutches of a handful of ruthless gangsters. The film received an Academy Award nomination in 2012 as Best Animated Feature. A.O. Scott, in his New York Times review, called this "a nifty little caper." 


Click for availability and more information Chicken With Plums, written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
 
Nasser-Ali Khan appears to care more about his career than his family, but there is more to him than just the surface. After his beloved violin breaks, he sets out to replace it with his son's help. But when he cannot replace the instrument, he decides that the only solution to his sorrow is death. As he lies in bed waiting to die, his wife provides him with delicacies, such as chicken and plums, to help him find a reason to live again.

This is based on a memoir by Satrapi, which was published in 2006. The late great Roger Ebert gave this film 4 stars


Click for availability and more information The Day He Arrives, written and directed by Sang-soo Hong
 
A film director who no longer makes films, Seongjun, arrives in Seoul to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn't show up, Seongjun wanders the city aimlessly. He runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some film students and against his better judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend's apartment. The next day goes very much like the last; Seongjun meets the actress, has drinks with friends, and falls for woman who looks remarkably like his ex-girlfriend. Each new day plays out like a flimsy copy of the previous one, but only Seongjun knows why. Infused with a playfulness and dry wit that recalls the films of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer, The Day He Arrives is a delightful meditation on relationships, film making, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives. In Korean with English subtitles.

Click for availability and more information Fear and Desire, by Stanley Kubrick
 
This 35mm restoration of Kubrick's 1953 debut film features a plane carrying four soldiers crashes in a forest behind enemy lines in an unnamed country. Desperate to escape, the group plans to build a raft and travel up the river into allied country. However, they are sidetracked by a local woman who stumbles across them in the woods, and the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Kubrick didn't liked the film much, calling it "a very inept and pretentious effort" but others, including the the reviewer from UK's Uncut Magazine are more generous


Click for availability and more information The Heineken Kidnapping, directed by Maarten Treurniet
 
Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the world's wealthiest brewers and arguably the most influential man in Holland, is kidnapped by a gang of young hoodlums and held for ransom. Chained to the wall of a cold, cramped cell for 21 grueling days, the business magnate is subjected to humiliation at the hands of the kidnappers. But when the ransom is paid and Heineken is set free, he embarks on a personal vendetta to find his captors and exact revenge. This film caused some controversy in Holland. Willem Holleeder, one of the Netherlands' best-known gangsters went to court Thursday to stop the release of the film in which he played a key role, claiming it misrepresents him. Anthony Hopkins is set to star in an upcoming British version of this film, scheduled for release next summer. 


Click for availability and more information My Son John, directed by Leo McCarey
 
Re-release of the 1953 film by legendary director Leo McCarey took on this controversial and infamous drama about a conservative religious couple (Helen Hayes, Dean Jagger) that suspects their oldest son to be a communist. The arrogant and intellectual young man (Robert Walker), a worker in a federal agency, returns home from a long absence spouting pro-communism doctrine and deriding the beliefs of capitalism and religion. Things become very serious when an FBI agent (Van Heflin) shows up to tell the horrified parents that their son may be an enemy spy. Robert Walker died at age 32 due to adverse reaction to prescription drugs and before My Son John production was finished. Leo McCarey received a 1953 Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. 


Click for availability and more information Natural Selection, written and directed by Robbie Pickering
 
Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son. Peter Travers in his Rolling Stone review calls this "a small gem of an indie movie." 


Click for availability and more information Small Apartments, directed by Jonas Åkerlund
 
A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis' novel. When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find the distractions of lust, the death of his beloved brother and a crew of misfit characters, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Reviews have run the gamut from "delightfully quirky" to irritating. Take it home and judge for yourself. 


Click for availability and more information Well Diggers Daughter, directed by Daniel Auteuil
 
Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia , has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe . But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences.

New Architecture Books

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Some beautiful architecture books have recently found their way to our shelves. Here's just a few:


Click for availability and more information Alvar Aalto Houses , by Jari Jetsonen & Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen
 
During the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto designed nearly one hundred single-family houses. Aalto, also known for his furniture and glassware, worked in a distinctive style that blended modernism and traditional vernacular architecture. This book presents twenty-six of Aalto's innovative residences,from small summer homes and postwar standardized housing to large housing complexes for industrial commissions, built between the 1920s and the 1960s. 


Click for availability and more information The Edwardian Country House: a social and architectural history, by Clive Aslet
 
The magnificent country houses built in Britain between 1890 and 1939 were the last monuments to a vanishing age. Many of these great mammoths of domestic architecture were unsuited to the changes in economic and social priorities that followed the two world wars, and rapidly became extinct. Those that survive, however, provide tangible evidence of the life and death of an extraordinarily prosperous age. Originally published in 1980, long out of print and now thoroughly revised and re-illustrated, this book recounts the architectural and social history of the era, describing the clients, the architects, the styles and accoutrements of the country houses. The people who could afford them had grown rich by exploiting the new economic opportunities of the age, and the houses they built in the years before the First World War reflect the desire for two contrasting ways of life. The social country house was the setting for the opulent world associated with Edward VII. The romantic country house was simpler, more genuinely rural, for those who wanted to be in closer contact with the countryside and the vanishing rural crafts, or who wanted an idyll of the past that did not suggest the world of the motor car. These traditions lost coherence after the war, and the period ended with a number of spectacular, and often eccentric, houses. Some of the most remarkable were those that not only replicated the look of old buildings, but used genuinely old materials and even incorporated whole Tudor buildings moved from other places. 


Click for availability and more information Everything All At Once : the film and software projects of MOS , by Michael Meredith
 
In less than a decade, Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample have emerged as two of architecture's most daring experimenters. Their New York City-based studio MOS is home to an unusually eclectic band of collaborators for whom new media technologies offer not simply better means of presentation, but rather become the radical tools necessary to create groundbreaking architecture. By exchanging plans and sections for software and film, MOS eschews the static forms of traditional architecture in favor of a working technique that is inventive and playful. Everything All at Once showcases over twenty-five projects on screen and in built form. 


Click for availability and more information Great Houses of London, by James Stourton; photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg
 
The great houses of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture and yet they are almost entirely unknown. They are for the most part disguised behind sober facades but their riches within are astonishing. From the romantic 17th century Ashburnham House, nestling in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, through the splendid 18th century aristocratic palaces of the West End, to the curious and quirky arts and crafts houses of Holland Park and Kensington, to the cool modernist houses of Hampstead and the exuberant post-modern interiors of the last thirty years, every house has its own story to tell. 


Click for availability and more information Houses of the Presidents: childhood homes, family dwellings, private escapes, and grand estates , by Hugh Howard; original photography by Roger Straus III
 
This book offers a unique tour of the houses and day-to-day lives of America's presidents, from George Washington's time to the present. Author Hugh Howard weaves together personal, presidential, and architectural histories to shed light on the way our chief executives lived. Original photography by Roger Straus III brings the houses and furnishings beautifully to life. From Jefferson's Monticello to Reagan's Rancho del Cielo, with fascinating and surprising stops between and beyond, Houses of the Presidents presents a fascinating alternative history of the American presidency. 


Click for availability and more information Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis: intensities , by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis
 
Since the release of their best-selling monograph Opportunistic Architecture in 2007, New York City-based Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis has picked up a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum while continuing to produce work featuring their unique combination of programmatic wit, material fabrication, and construction. Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis: Intensities presents twenty new built and speculative projects ranging from small installations to interior home and office transformations to large cultural institutions and urban renewal plans. The firm's signature drawings and process shots reveal the methods behind their remarkably diverse works. 


Click for availability and more information Le Corbusier Redrawn: the houses , by Steven Park
 
Le Corbusier was the most significant architect of the twentieth century. Every architecture student examines the Swiss master's work. Yet, all too frequently, they rely on reproductions of faded drawings of uneven size and quality. Le Corbusier Redrawn presents the only collection of consistently rendered original drawings (at 1:200 scale) of all twenty-six of Le Corbusier's residential works. Using the original drawings from the Le Corbusier Foundation's digital archives, architect Steven Park has beautifully redrawn 130 perspectival sections, as well as plans, sections, and elevations of exterior forms and interior spaces. These remarkable new drawings-which combine the conceptual clarity of the section with the spatial qualities of the perspective-not only provide information about the buildings, they also help students experience specific works spatially as they learn to critically examine Le Corbusier's works. 


Click for availability and more information Magni Modernism , by James Magni
 
James Magni's highly sophisticated, modern home design is highly sought after the world over and showcased here for the first time. Magni Modernism displays the designer's sensibilities through 14 private residences found in such diverse locales as Beverly Hills, Mexico City, Jackson Hole, Aspen, and Moscow. With elegant restraint, Magni's interiors complement the architecture of these magnificent homes, reflecting his training as an architect and spotlighting the buildings' dramatic lines, open spaces, and spectacular views. From the limestone walls of a penthouse in Mexico City to the dark wood and concrete of a home in the mountains of Jackson Hole, each residence is beautifully captured in photographs and accompanied with text by design writer Marc Kristal. 


Click for availability and more information Overdrive: L.A. constructs the future, 1940-1990 , by edited by Wim de Wit and Christopher James Alexander
 
From 1940 to 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. During this era, the region was transformed into a laboratory for cutting-edge architecture. Overdrive: L. A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 examines these experiments and their impact on modern design, reframes the perceptions of Los Angeles's dynamic built environment, and amplifies the exploration of the city's vibrant architectural legacy. The drawings, models, and images highlighted in the Overdrive exhibition and catalogue reveal the complex and often underappreciated facets of Los Angeles and illustrate how the metropolis became an internationally recognized destination with a unique design vocabulary, canonical landmarks, and a coveted lifestyle. This investigation builds upon the groundbreaking work of generations of historians, theorists, curators, critics, and activists who have researched and expounded upon the development of Los Angeles. In this volume, thought-provoking essays shed more light on the exhibition's narratives, including Los Angeles's physical landscape, the rise of modernism, the region's influential residential architecture, its buildings for commerce and transportation, and architects' pioneering uses of bold forms, advanced materials, and new technologies.

2013 James Beard Foundation Winners

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We're mixing it up a bit this week and instead of the usual new releases, we're featuring the books that have been awarded prizes by the James Beard Foundation. Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Here are a list of this year's award winning books:

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Cookbook of the Year


Click for availability and more information Gran Cocina Latina : the food of Latin America, by Maricel E. Presilla; photography by Gentl & Hyers/Edge; illustrations by Julio Figueroa
 
Gran Cocina Latina unifies the vast culinary landscape of the Latin world, from Mexico to Argentina and all the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean. In one volume it gives home cooks, armchair travelers, and curious chefs the first comprehensive collection of recipes from this region. An inquisitive historian and a successful restaurateur, Maricel E. Presilla has spent more than thirty years visiting each country personally. She's gathered more than 500 recipes for the full range of dishes, from the foundational adobos and sofritos to empanadas and tamales to ceviches and moles to sancocho and desserts such as flan and tres leches cake. 


American Cooking

Click for availability and more information Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking , by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart; photographs by Rick McKee; with a foreword by Pat Conroy
 
Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a soufflé and turning out the perfect biscuit-all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to make them relevant for today's healthy lifestyle. With more than 750 recipes and 650 variations, making a perfect pie crust, a heavenly biscuit, mouthwatering vegetables, or crispy fried chicken is attainable for any home cook. The recipes and directions are easily accessible to kitchen novices as well as seasoned cooks-there is plenty here for everyone. 


Baking & Dessert

Click for availability and more information Flour Water Salt Yeast: the fundamentals of artisan bread and pizza , by Ken Forkish
 
In Flour Water Salt Yeast, Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere. Whether you're a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeast has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you're ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish's step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet. 


Beverage

Click for availability and more information Wine Grapes: a complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours , by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, José Vouillamoz
 
An book for every wine lover, from some of the world's leading wine experts. Where do wine grapes come from and how are grape varieties related to one another? What is the historical background of each one? Where are they grown? What sort of wines do they make? Using cutting-edge DNA analysis and detailing almost 1,400 distinct grape varieties, this book examines grapes and wine as never before. Here is a complete, alphabetically presented profile of all grape varieties of relevance to the wine lover, charting the relationships between them and including unique and astounding family trees, their characteristics in the vineyard, and--most important--what the wines made from them taste like. 


Focus on Health

Click for availability and more information The New Way to Cook Light: fresh food & bold flavors for today's home cook , by Scott Mowbray & Ann Taylor Pittman
 
Inspired by fresh, local ingredients and infused with bold, authentic flavors, this book is a celebration of healthy cooking and eating in America today. The more than 400 recipes, tips, and techniques in this book represent the new way to cook light--fresh, healthy, and local. This collection contains recipes that are as fun and satisfying to cook as they are to eat. 


General Cooking

Click for availability and more information Canal House Cooks Every Day, by Hamilton & Hirsheimer
 
From the award-winning authors of the Canal House Cooking series, their first comprehensive collection of recipes by home cooks for home cooks. This compilation celebrates the everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating. The authors use the best seasonal ingredients available to cook every day. Their recipes reflect the seasons, their appetites, their cravings, the occasions, and/or the demands of feeding their own busy families. This instant classic includes recipes for dishes as simple as a lunch of splendid summer tomato sandwiches or crackers spread with preserved lemon butter with smoked salmon and fresh chives to more complex meals like braised chicken with wild mushrooms and fine egg noodles.


International

Click for availability and more information Jerusalem: a cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
 
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city--with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year--Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. 


Photography

Click for availability and more information What Katie Ate: recipes and other bits & pieces , by Katie Quinn Davies
 
After spending more than a decade as an art director working for some of the top design studios in Ireland, the United States, and Australia, Katie Quinn Davies refocused her creativity towards food and lifestyle photography and created a blog called What Katie Ate. Showcasing her extraordinary eye, this debut cookbook is a unique combination of food diary and how-to, with tips and tricks, photographs, recipes, and stories. Sharing more than one hundred simple culinary recipes drawn from Katie's travels, dinner party cooking and foodie haunts, the book emphasizes seasonal ingredients and irresistible flavors. Perfect for entertaining, this cookbook minimizes the time spent in the kitchen and maximizes the time spent enjoying the meal with friends and family. 


Reference & Scholarship

Click for availability and more information The Art of Fermentation : an in-depth exploration of essential concepts and processes from around the world, by Sandor Ellix Katz; foreword by Michael Pollan
 
The most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners. While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information--how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more. With full-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself. 


Single Subject

Click for availability and more information Ripe: a cook in the orchard , by Nigel Slater; photography by Jonathan Lovekin
 
Britain's foremost food writer returns to the garden in this sequel to Tender, his volume on vegetables. With a focus on fruit, Ripe is equal parts cookbook, primer on produce and gardening, and affectionate ode to the inspiration behind the book--Slater's forty-foot backyard garden in London. Intimate, delicate prose is interwoven with recipes in this lavishly photographed cookbook. Slater offers more than 300 dishes, both sweet and savory. With a personal, almost confessional approach to his appetites and gustatory experiences, Slater has crafted a book that will gently guide you from the garden to the kitchen, and back again. 


Vegetable Focused & Vegetarian

Click for availability and more information Roots: the definitive compendium with more than 225 recipes, by Diane Morgan; foreword by Deborah Madison ; photographs by Antonis Achilleos
 
This is a comprehensive guide and collection of recipes using root vegetables. Discover the fascinating history and lore of 29 major roots, their nutritional content, how to buy and store them, and more, from the familiar (beets, carrots, potatoes) to the unfamiliar (jicama, salsify, malanga) to the practically unheard of (cassava, galangal, crosnes). It also features more than 225 recipes; salads, soups, side dishes, main courses, drinks, and desserts--that bring out the earthy goodness of each and every one of these intriguing vegetables. From Andean tubers and burdock to yams and yuca, this essential culinary encyclopedia lets dedicated home cooks achieve a new level of taste and sophistication in their everyday cooking. 


Writing & Literature

Click for availability and more information Yes, Chef: a memoir, by Marcus Samuelsson
 
"It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister--all battling tuberculosis--walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus's new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson's remarkable journey from Helga's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson's career of "chasing flavors," as he calls it, had only just begun--in the intervening years, there have been White House State dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room--a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures as a man--the price of ambition, in human terms--and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors--one man's struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world


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