Journal

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

March 8, 2017

We will be closed tomorrow for a film shoot and will reopen on Tuesday at 10:30 am.  See you soon!

January 18, 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.

September 9, 2016

 We were delighted to collaborate with Club Monaco to stage a pop up kiosk for their fashion show in Grand Central Station.  Here's to a great Fashion Week!

August 3, 2016

The Intersections series is produced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, a business improvement district (BID); this edition focuses on Flatiron-centric books and is created in collaboration with Rizzoli Bookstore.

Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to the city’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent. She lives in New York City.

In Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, which she wrote with Seth Solomonow, she demonstrates how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding. Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. To learn more about the book, click here.

June 23, 2016

"Intersections is a BID series focused on information, ideas, and our community. The series is produced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership; this edition focuses on Flatiron-centric books and is being presented in collaboration with Rizzoli Bookstore." Click here for more details.

June 17, 2016

"The new location still boasts their motto “Welcome to the most beautiful bookstore in New York City” and visitors say it lives up to the hype," writes Gothamist. Read all about it here.

June 2, 2016

The New York Times coined the name "NoMad" in 1999 to refer to the area North of Madison (Square), but we simply call this distinct Manhattan district "home." And one of the things we love most about our neighbors is how well fed they keep us. Here's a roundup of some our favorite cookbooks that will let you sample the cuisine of our favorite NYC neighborhood without ever leaving your kitchen.

THE NOMAD COOKBOOK (The NoMad, 1170  Broadway)

Chef Daniel Humm and his business partner Will Guidara are the proprietors of two of New York's most beloved and pioneering restaurants: Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad. Their team is known not only for its perfectly executed, innovative cooking, but also for creating extraordinary, genre-defying dining experiences."The NoMad Cookbook"translates the unparalleled and often surprising food and drink of the restaurant into book form.

REAL MAINE FOOD (Luke's Lobster, 5 W. 25th Street)

Eating a hot buttered lobster roll is like taking a mini-vacation: it conjures the scent of salt in the air and the crash of waves on the rocks—the essence of a day at the beach in Maine. Now, with Real Maine Food you can re-create this humble delicacy as well as more than 100 other Maine dishes at home. The authors take a ride on a nineteenth-century schooner, build a beach clambake, and judge a pie-eating contest at a state fair—all in search of the best recipes from accomplished small-town home cooks as well as renowned restaurants and food artisans.

NUM PANG COOKBOOK (Num Pang, 1129 Broadway)

100 Cambodian- and Southeast Asian-inspired recipes from New York's favorite sandwich shop In a city with so many great sandwich joints, Num Pang Sandwich Shop is a standout, receiving high praise from numerous sources including Bon Appetit and Zagat. Num Pang sandwiches are similar to Vietnamese banh mi, but what makes them so special is the inventive fillings, ranging from Glazed Five-Spice Pork Belly to Seared Coconut Tiger Shrimp to Hoisin Meatballs. With touches of graffiti art inspired by the chain s signature urban, hip-hop style, NUM PANG looks just as bold as the mouthwatering recipes taste.

GIRL AND HER GREENS (The Breslin, 16 W. 29th Street)

From the chef and restaurant owner of the Breslin in NoMad comes a beautiful, full-color cookbook that offers tantalizing seasonal recipes for a wide variety of vegetables, from summer standbys such as zucchini to earthy novelties like sunchokes. A Girl and Her Greens reflects the lighter side of the renowned chef whose name is nearly synonymous with nose-to-tail eating. Written in her appealing, down-to-earth style, A Girl and Her Greens features beautiful color photography, lively illustrations, and insightful sidebars and tips on her techniques, as well as charming narratives that reveal her sources of inspiration.

HOW TO EATALY (Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue)

The secrets to Italian cooking, straight from the source—the wildly popular food emporium that is founded in Italy. "The more you know, the more you will enjoy" is the philosophy behind Eataly, and it is the idea behind this essential compendium of Italian cooking. Here, Eataly’s team of experts, including Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, covers everything you need to know about Italian food, starting from the ground up. 

June 1, 2016

"May 26, Sting singing 'Englishman in New York' at Rizzoli Bookstore to toast new book, 'Bill Jacklin’s New York.'" Read about it here.

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