FOR THE foodie
The Maverick Cookbook: Iconic Recipes & Tales from New Mexico
by Lynn Cline and Guy Ambrosino, photographer
Explore the fascinating history of New Mexico cuisine through the stories of 12 iconic figures: from Doña Tules, Fred Harvey, and Billy the Kid to Georgia O’Keeffe and Dennis Hopper. These trailblazers include artists and authors, gamblers and outlaws, entrepreneurs, and the ancient Pueblo people, all of whom had a hand in shaping the region’s celebrated cuisine. Each story is inspired by history—fictional imaginings of a day, or a moment, in the remarkable lives of these mavericks. Each chapter includes original recipes with authentic ingredients and traditional techniques of the era.
FOR THE artist
Georgia O’Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers
by Georgia O’Keeffe and Nicholas Callaway, editor
See the magnificent O’Keeffe flower paintings of the 20’s and 30’s reproduced to capture her incomparable use of color and delicacy of the brush. This beautiful, hard cover book is the perfect coffee table accessory for any Southwestern home.
FOR THE family
The Farolitos of Christmas
by Rudolfo Anaya and Edward Gonzales, illustrator
It’s Christmas in San Juan, New Mexico, and young Luz worries that with her grandfather sick and her father in the hospital, wounded from the war, their usual Christmas celebration will not be. Then Luz decides to make her own little lanterns, or farolitos, to light the path for the oncoming celebration, and for her father, who returns home in time for the holiday.
FOR THE thrill seeker
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
by Philip Connors
A decade ago Philip Connors left work as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and talked his way into a job far from the streets of lower Manhattan working as one of the last fire lookouts in America. Spending nearly half the year in a 7’ x 7’ tower, 10,000 feet above sea level in remote New Mexico, his tasks were simple: keep watch over one of the most fire-prone forests in the country and sound the alarm at the first sign of smoke.
FOR THE history buff
People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture
by Kendrick Frazier
Updated with the latest archaeological and anthropological evidence, this book is an essential read on the Chaco culture and ruins of northwestern New Mexico. Discover intriguing maps and photos that visibly narrate the history of this majestic people.
FOR THE sport enthusiast
Magic in the Desert: The Undefeated 1960 NMSU Football Team
by Dan Perry
With a focus on the perfect 1960 football season, celebrated by the larger-than-life photo of All-American Pervis Atkins in the Pan American Center, the book begins at the start of Aggie football and then recreates Las Cruces and the campus at the end of the 1950s, when New Mexico A&M College became New Mexico State University. The 1960 season is reprised, game-by-game, and the career of the Aggies’ most storied coach, Warren Woodson, is brought back to life through descriptions of his arrival, the heights, the decline, and his departure.