Journal

June 14, 2017

Last night Elettra Wiedmann, model, Refinery 29 Food Editor, and Founder of the popular blog, Impatient Foodie, stopped by our salon to celebrate the launch of new cookbook, Impatient Foodie from Scribner. Joined by Wiedemann was her mother: actress, author, model, and filmmaker, Isabella Rosselini. Elettra discussed the inspiration behind the book, her career in modeling, and her studies at The London School of Economics. Each subject, in its own way contributed to the growing success behind the blog, as well as the creation of the cookbook. 

Rosselini discussed shared favorite family recipes of her own, as well as memories of her mother, the legendary film actress, Ingrid Bergman. Both women lit up the room with their smiles, warmth, and lively memories of food, family, life, and work. 

Below are some photos that captured the spirit of the night! 

June 7, 2017

Midweek, and in need of a little celebratory "pick me up" to get you to the weekend? Check out these hot Happy Hour titles to bring a little humpday fun to your work week!

  


Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler is the (addictive) coming-of-age story of a 22 year-old New York transplant working in a high-end downtown restaurant. Tess's New York City education ranges from food and wine, to sex and drugs, to fashion and music, to love and heartbreak - all the makings of what is both sweet and bitter about New York City. Now in paperback, this book is the perfect companion for $1 oysters and a glass of Sancerre. 

Ladies - this book is for YOU! This drink recipe book honors all the badass women (fictional and real) by naming cocktails after them! With drinks like the "Zeldatini," the "Suffragette Sour," and the "Frida Kahlua", how can you resist? Inventive, fun, and delicious, Drink Like a Woman is perfect for a girls' night gathering at home. 

This delightful and informative read has been called "The Kitchen Confidential of the wine world"; it tells the story of the author's journey and education on the way to becoming a sommelier. If you're a fan of wine and spirits, we recommend you celebrate your Wine Wednesday with the ultimate Cork Dork!

As visually stunning as it is informative, Rosé All Day is a great reference guide for the Millennial Pink crowd. Broken down by region, author Katherine Cole explores the history of the celebrated pink drink through the ages, offering recommendations, anecdotes, and general profiles of different wines along the way. It is the perfect companion for sommeliers, wine enthusiasts, or general fans of all-things-pink. 

Shaken and Stirred is a versatile collection of short stories written by some of the most reknowned authors and notorious drinkers (F.Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, to name a few). Dark, funny, and filled with hilarious, drunken ephipanies, the characters in these stories will leave you "shaken and stirred."  

June 3, 2017

Looking to be inspired this weekend? You're in luck! The new LIMITED EDITION CABANA MAGAZINE (Issue 7) has arrived, and it is gorgeous. Spend the rest of your weekend in wanderlust as you page through these exotic interiors and chic travel stays. For more info on this new issue, which is in collaboration with Burberry, see the description below.

"Cabana Magazine is a biannual publication in English based in London and printed in Italy. From the simplest object to the rarest collectible, from a rural hut to a cosmopolitan dwelling. Each issue is a handmade creation, with its innovative printing techniques, specialty papers and finishes each selected to enhance the particular piece or interior it represents. 

The limited edition box of Cabana issue seven is in collaboration with Burberry, who feature a unique Henry Moore print on the cover. This issue explores all things quintessentially British, from the majestic Chatsworth House to the quaint forgotten farmhouses of Westmorland. Cabana welcomes you into some of the most enchanting homes in Britain and beyond." -1st Dibs

June 1, 2017

Who can forget that iconic moment in film when Robert DeNiro encounters Meryl Streep in Rizzoli? The film is Falling in Love, and it has become both a cult classic and a New York treasure. There's not a week that goes by without an out-of-town customer asking, "Is this the same bookstore where Robert meets Meryl?" Well, yes and no. Yes, we are that bookstore - only we've moved about thirty blocks downtown!

Still, the original 5th Avenue location is part of our spirit and legacy. We dedicate this #throwback post to that store, immortalized in one of our favorite films, Falling in Love. 

May 27, 2017

"For the difference between poets and novelists is this - that the former write for the life of the language - and the latter write for the betterment of the world." -A.S. Byatt, Possession

Readers who love poetry, period dramas, and romance will get swept away in this Booker Prize winning literary sensation about two English scholars researching the lives of Victorian poets. 

The book itself is our bookseller, Claire's most treasured possession. "Possession by A.S. Byatt is one of the most beautiful and moving novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It was an honor to live temporarily in this world," she says. 

You can add this truly unique novel to your bookshelf by clicking here.  

 

May 24, 2017

"What I've only ever been interested in are clothes that one has never seen before, that are completely new, and how in what way they can be expressed. Is that called fashion? I don't know the answer." -Rei Kawakubo

The Met celebrates the spring Costume Institute exhibition and catalogue Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between in the window at Rizzoli Bookstore now through June 4. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Known for her avant-garde designs that challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability, she blurs the divide between art and fashion. The lavishly illustrated publication offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this fashion visionary through Kawakubo's commentary on her creative process and brilliant photographs by Paolo Roversi, Nicholas Alan Cope, and others. The exhibition is now on view through September 4 at The Met, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. The exhibition is made possible in part by Condé Nast.

May 20, 2017

Dreamy, edgy, and provocative, A Message For You explores the sharp work of photographer, Guy Bourdin at the height of his career in the late 70's/early 80's. The book is comprised mainly of images of model Nicolle Meyer, who appeared in multiple Bourdin campaigns and editorials, and includes her recollections of the photographer. The fierceness of Meyer, paired with the vision, wit, and lust of the photographer is dripping with energy on every page. It is the perfect book for anyone who loves fashion, photography, and/or seventies glamour. -Kelly, Assistant Manager/Merchandiser

You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking on the title above, or by clicking here

May 17, 2017

If you're walking up or down Broadway between W25th and W26th St, chances are you'll find yourself stopped in front of our whimsical and dynamic window displaying the work of artist, Federica Matta. Exotic birds containing multiple faces, colors, and shapes drop from varying levels, descending and twisting like mobiles as Matta's expressive drawings create a mural-like effect in the background. These drawings channel the inner-voices of a person's creativity, and are paired with texts and quotes that promote that strong human desire to create. The current window corresponds with Matta's new Prestel book, Journal Through Your Wildest Dreams

"We carry within us a multitude of worlds," writes Matta in her book. "In the confusion of these worlds, suddenly there is a door." It is that door that must be unlocked in order to channel the path to creativity. In doing that, we enter a profound revelation of self-discovery. 

Matta will aid in helping us unlock the door to our own creavity this Thursday, May 18th from 6-8pm in our salon. You can find more details on the event by clicking here. In the meantime, drop by and see the display - we hope it will inspire you to follow suit and journal through your wildest dreams!

 

May 13, 2017

Rainy days in NYC can be such a downer - that is, until you curl up with your favorite Penguin paperback.  We recommend a cup of chamomile tea with a side of Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions  - our staff pick for this dreary afternoon/early evening. Austin, our bookseller with impeccable taste in classic literature shares his insights:

"Balzac's Lost Illusions may be the most picaresque novel of all time. It's elevated both by Balzac's gorgeous writing and the uncommonly deep insight he brings to every last element of this society - from the psychology of it's people to the alternately squalid and opulent environments they occupy. Tragic and hilarious in equal turn, it's one of the richest novels I've read." 

Drop in and browse our Literature section. Not in NYC? You can purchase a copy of the book on our website by clicking here

May 6, 2017

Looking to switch up your dinner routine? Graham, one of our amazing booksellers with discerning taste in cookbooks (among other subjects) shares his current obsession:

"As a serial cookbook collector, all I can say is that One Good Dish by David Tanis is the first cookbook I've ever owned that I intend to work through completely - no recipe uncooked! Every dish I've made from this book is simple, unpretentious, and delicious. Nearly every recipe is photographed beautifully, and each dish works on its own. These are the sort of meals you can throw together quickly at midnight for yourself, but could also just as easily combine three or four of them into a fantastic sit-down dinner. If I could have just one cookbook on my shelf, this would be it." 

You can browse this title on our website by clicking here

 

 

May 3, 2017

This week author, Bianca Bosker dropped in to sign copies of her best selling title, Cork Dork! This delightful and informative read has been called "The Kitchen Confidential of the wine world"; it tells the story of the author's journey and education on the way to becoming a sommelier. If you're a fan of wine and spirits - "cork dork" or not - we recommend you celebrate your Wine Wednesday by picking up a signed copy in store or online! 

 

April 28, 2017

No, you're not hallucinating; there is indeed, a life-like statue of architect, Peter Marino admiring his landscape garden in our new window display (the golden sheep are there too). This head-turning visual corresponds with new Rizzoli book, THE GARDEN OF PETER MARINO, which, we'll be celebrating as an event in our salon this coming Tuesday, May 2nd. 

We hope that our window puts you in the mood for spring gardens while still imparting that sense of New York City edge. For those of you that haven't passed by our store lately, below are some photos that may persuade you to visit!

April 25, 2017

 This past Sunday, April 23rd, we took part in the St.Jordi Festival of NYC with the Catalan Institute of America. The St. Jordi Festival celebrates Shakespeare and Cervantes (who died within a day of each other in 1616). In addition to commemorating two of the most prominent (and romantic) literary figures, April 23rd is also the UN Day of Books and Copyright.

"The origin is a lovers holiday," says Marc Tio, Executive Director of the Catalan Institute of America. "St. George kills the dragon and saves the damsel in distress. The celebration of books was added in 1923 by the Catalan Booksellers Association." In doing this, people exchanged books for roses. To this day, the streets of Barcelona and the cities of Catalonia fill with bookstands and flower stalls.

Below are some highlights from Sunday's events, where the Catalan Institute brought roses to our booksellers in exchange for titles celebrating Spanish authors. 

April 22, 2017

Today is Earth Day--a day where we celebrate this incredible planet that houses over 7 billion people. Today, we honor the natural wonders of the world and allow ourselves to be conscious of our impending impact on global issues, such as climate change. Keeping with this theme, here are five unique titles that will awe and inspire, challenging us to make a difference in how we treat our Mother Earth.

Higher Ground, Carl de KeyzerHigher Ground (Lannoo) from Carl de Keyzer is the follow up to previous work, Before the Flood, which depicted European villages on the brink of drowning due to a massive flood. This follow up, is once again paired with a fictional story by Phillipe Claudel, and presents the aftermath of the previous book. Higher Ground chronicles the daily lives of the people who have fled to the mountains to begin a new life. Scientists predict that there will be a 3-4 meter range in sea level by 2050. This book paints a foreshadowing portrait of that notion; it is beautifully shot, and thought-provoking in all its irony. To learn more about the book, click here

Natural World, Thomas D. Mangelsen

The Natural World: Portraits of Earth's Great Ecosystems (Universe) by Thomas D. Mangelsen: This book from nature photographer, Thomas D. Mangelson takes the viewer on a journey to ten distinct ecosystems that serve as refuge for some of the most unique species on this planet. Infused with rich, colorful panoramic photos, this work captures natural life untouched by urbanization or human contact. You can purchase a copy of this title here

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest (Welcome Books) by Jon Ortner is bound to make even the tallest human feel small. This is a humbling survey of western national parks comprised of vast and expansive natural rock formations. These incredible photos, made up of infinite rock structures and sculptural boulders, are set against breathtaking backdrops of warm sunset hues. Shop the book here.

The Life and Love of the Sea (Abrams) by Lewis Blackwell will no doubt put you in the mood for summer. If you've never gone scuba diving, consider this book your introduction course (or at least your brochure!). Filled with lustrous photos of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, sea creatures, and waves, this book is an epic lovesong that celebrates the beauty and mystery that embodies oceanlife. To shop this title, click here

EARTH: Colours of the Earth (Phaidon) from Bernhard Edmaier is a sweeping collection of aerial photographs organized by the rich colors of various habitats. If there was ever a book to wow you about the planet from the sheer size alone and/or scale of environmental diversity, this is it. Containing shots that depict volcanic eruptions, deserts, glaciers, and the ocean, this book paints a full-picture view of life on earth as seen from a great distance above. To shop the book, click here

April 19, 2017

We met the Sri Lankan born fashion illustrator, Nadeesha Godamunne, aka Mokshini, at our event for Tziporah Salamon's The Art of Dressing.  Mokshini, who collaborated with Rizzoli Publications to illustrate the book, graciously loaned some of her sketches for our window.  

Please scroll down to see some of her lively and direct illustrations and click here to order the book!  


All illustration images are from www.mokshini.com

April 7, 2017

November 29, 2016

The holidays are right around the corner and Rizzoli Bookstore is pleased to present our selection of holiday gift books. From art to interiors, fashion to cooking, Rizzoli Bookstore has a large selection of titles sure to please anyone on your holiday shopping list.

You can browse a selection of titles in our 2016 Holiday Catalog here or search all our books in the categories at left.

November 7, 2016

Stooges fans were enthralled Friday night to witness rocker Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold to celebrate the release of Total Chaos: The Story of Iggy And The Stooges. This is the first book telling Iggy Pop's story of The Stooges from his own words. Grammy winning editor and avid music historian Jeff Gold spent two days at the rock legend's home sharing pictures and memorabilia from his collection.

November 2, 2016

Olympia Le-Tan with her sister Cleo at the launch of The Story of O.L.T.!

Book lovers and fashionistas were delighted to unite on Tuesday night in our salon! Fashion handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan signed copies (and clutches) in celebration of her new book The Story of O.L.T. from Rizzoli New York.

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