Still running around or wondering what to get your friends and family. Books are always a good present.
For the foodies, we recommend The Book Of Shmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat. The discovery of flavor and schaltz, a chicken fat, traditional dishes and contemporary recipes by Michael Ruhlman. You don't have to be Jewish to like it!
And for the intellectual drinker, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails witha Literary Twist, includes 65 drink recipes, bar bites and drinking games.
Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Luminaires by Eleanor Catton illuminates ficton. Also, The Good Lord Bird: A novel by James McBride, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, a mixture of history and imagination and an adventure for survival.
A tour de force of nonfiction writing by author of Paris 1919 Margaret Macmillan, The War that ended Peace: the road to 1914 describes the personal and political motivations behind WWI.