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VOGUE Living Australia - - Art & Design - Julie Gibbs has worked in books and pub­lish­ing all her life, and she lives to dis­cover and cre­ate the next beau­ti­ful book. Re­viewed by JULIE GIBBS

TWO KITCHENS

by Rachel Roddy

( Ha­chette Australia, $ 50)

Now this is food writ­ing. Bri­tish-born Rachel Roddy de­serves com­par­i­son with the late, great Elizabeth David. Her two kitchens are in Rome and Si­cily, and from there she up­holds tra­di­tions, cap­tures oral culi­nary his­tory, and en­sures that fam­ily recipes are pre­served and up­dated for con­tem­po­rary, non-Ital­ian home cooks. There’s a whole chap­ter de­voted to peaches.

THE UN­FIN­ISHED PALAZZO: LIFE, LOVE AND ART IN VENICE

by Ju­dith Mack­rell

( Thames & Hud­son, $ 45)

Here’s a page-turn­ing ac­count of three un­ortho­dox 20th-cen­tury women, all for­mer res­i­dents of the Vene­tian Palazzo Ve­nier dei Leoni, now known as the Peggy Guggen­heim Col­lec­tion. March­esa Luisa Casati was known for keep­ing a pet chee­tah; Doris Castlerosse hosted a daz­zling ar­ray of guests, in­clud­ing her paramour Win­ston Churchill; and Peggy Guggen­heim turned it into an art lover’s tem­ple.

DOMUS: A JOURNEY INTO ITALY’S MOST CRE­ATIVE IN­TE­RI­ORS

by Oberto Gili and

Marella Carac­ci­olo Chia

( Hardie Grant, $ 125)

Ital­ian photographer Gili and de­sign jour­nal­ist Chia team up to re­veal an in­ti­mate por­trait of some of the coun­try’s most imag­i­na­tive cre­ative tal­ents through im­ages of their homes — an eclec­tic mix that ranges from Tus­cany to Turin. These rooms are the re­sult of peo­ple liv­ing with an ob­ses­sion for art, de­sign and cul­ture, and show us yet again that style can­not be bought.

THE ITAL­IAN GEN­TLE­MAN

By Hugo Ja­comet

( Thames & Hud­son, $ 90)

In the north of Italy, one finds men’s jack­ets to be struc­tured, with clean lines. In the south, they are much looser, of­ten with­out lin­ing. The au­thor takes a three-year journey to dis­cover quintessen­tial Ital­ian men’s style, cel­e­brat­ing both the beauty and the her­itage of hand­made suits and shirts. He ex­am­ines the fab­rics, ar­ti­sans, work­shops and de­sign­ers that con­trib­ute to their out­stand­ing crafts­man­ship.

RIVER CAFE 30

( Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $ 55)

Co-founders Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray and head chefs Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Triv­elli have com­piled 30 years’ worth of recipes, sto­ries, pho­to­graphs and menus dec­o­rated by the likes of Cy Twombly, Damien Hirst and Ellsworth Kelly — all doc­u­mented in a tribute to one of the most fa­mous Ital­ian restau­rants out­side Italy. Yes, the book in­cludes the Cho­co­late Neme­sis recipe.

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