Holiday Gift Guide | BOOKS

#theATOD5 | Holiday Gift Guide | BOOKS

A look at 5 books you have to buy


[dropcap letter=”B”]ooks are our kind of our favorite thing. From biographies to cookbooks, design to mixology, and stories that tap into something new, we’re always on the hunt for books that elevate our personal collections and expand our minds. We reached out to some of our fellow publishers and publishing houses to get a glimpse at some must-reads. What we ended up with was LOTS of submissions for consideration.

Sifting through hundreds of submissions, we came up with five books we think you should definitely consider buying as gifts or, if so inclined, buy two copies so you can keep them for your own private library.




Style is personal. It tells the tales of who we are, what we feel, how we see things, and it gives us license to express the most honest, colorful aspects of our personality. Self.Styled by Anthony Lycett celebrates our individuality. Through photographic diptychs, we are invited to a world styled by all kinds of people from every walk of life.

This book is about embracing who you are. That’s something to celebrate.

The concept behind Self.Styled is simple: each person is asked to choose two outfits – one that represents daywear and a second that represents evening wear. Then, through a dual photographic portrait, Lycett encapsulates their distinctive personalities in a stylist-free zone, as they are: TRULY SELF AWARE.

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Smithsonian is by far one of the most reputable source of all things historical and artistic. Known to house some of humanities greatest innovations, the standards to which we have learned about the world. Established in 1846, Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex including 19 galleries and the National Zoological Park. With over 138 million artifacts, works of art and specimens , it is dedicated to public education, national service and scholarships in the arts, sciences, and history.

This book , GEM, takes the information we thought we knew about the world’s precious stones, gems, stories, myths and legends and busts it wide open. With a forward by NY Times bestselling author, Aja Raden, this book will enlighten you and tap into your inner millionaire as you frolic through the pages of gorgeous precious gems and learn about their timeless history.

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the SHORT STACK Cookbook



There is something rather extraordinary about looking back to times like the 40’s-60’s where nostalgia existed with technicolor, home cooking, and eating local fare. Short Stack: the Cookbook, is part of a collection of many small cookbooks with the exception being that this time, they’ve teamed up to bring you a cookbook that isn’t merely gorgeous and Mad Men-like, it’s colorful and fun and will get you in the mood to play in the kitchen.

Each chapter tackles one of their 18 favorite ingredients—ranging from fresh produce to proteins and pantry staples—and offers a multitude of recipes and cooking advice that reflect how we all cook today.

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Storytelling is a talent. Tales that come from vivid imaginations and places that inspire us. There is one city in the US that is the source of some of the best stories around: New Orleans. Thankfully the bar scene also happens to be something well worth discovering and historian/cocktail maker Elizabeth Pearce gives us killer drinks and tales to make choosing your NOLA watering hole a damn good adventure.

New Orleans is an American city unlike any other, and its rich diversity is reflected in the world-class bar scene. In Drink Dat New Orleans, Elizabeth Pearce takes us on a tour of the city’s many unforgettable drinking spots, including a candle-lit tavern favored by pirates in the early eighteenth century and a watering hole so beloved by locals that several urns containing the ashes of former patrons rest in peace behind its bar. A Louisiana native and co-founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Pearce brings her lifelong love of food, beverage, and local lore to this ultimate drinker’s guide. From the nonstop parties on Bourbon Street to the classy cool of the Garden District, Drink Dat is the perfect way to explore America’s most spirited city. 50 color photographs.

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$24.99 (on sale for $17.99)

holiday-gift-guide-booksHealth and wellness is high on the priority list around here at ATOD. We believe in living enriched lives and that means continually learning what we can about the food we eat, the way we live our lives, the fitness routines we keep – or don’t – and figuring out what works best for us as individuals.

It’s way too hard to say one size fits all because quite honestly, it doesn’t but we do believe a primarily plant-based diet will change your overall health and well being. So, when we received a copy of Forks Over Knives: Family? We were ecstatic. As parents ourselves (some of us), bringing healthy food into the home isn’t always the fastest or widely accepted option when dealing with young palates. But, as parents, we know it’s our job to set the boundaries, teach good eating habits, and not buy into processed, unhealthy, empty caloric dishes.

This book will open your eyes and may very well just save your life. And your kids’ future.

Forks Over Knives empowers people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition.

Forks Over Knives was launched in 2011 as a feature documentary. Backed by scientific research, the film presents a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by leaving animal-based and highly refined foods off the plate … and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead.

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