Gift Focus - Jan/Feb 2020 (Issue 117)

193 BOOK REVIEWS THE TROPICAL COOKBOOK BY ALIX CAREY RRP: £10.99 Format: Hardback ISBN: 9781787832848 Put on a flowery apron and straw skirt and get ready to cook up a tropical storm with this exotic recipe book filled with colourful surprises. From Flamingo Cupcakes to Pineapple Pancakes, The Tropical Cookbook is packed with recipes perfect for parties and shows guests a slice of food paradise. Tropicana is blooming as a trend in the design industry and becoming increasingly popular in fashion and homeware. Alix Carey is a baking enthusiast from Surrey, who’s books The Unicorn Cookbook and The Mermaid Cookbook have sold over 94,000 copies combined. For more information visit POP-UP VOLCANO! BY FLEUR DAUGEY, BERNARD DUISIT AND TOM VAILLANT RRP: £19.95 Format: hardback 9780500651865 Open Pop-up Volcano! and step into the fiery world of volcanoes! Find out why they erupt, what scientists can learn from them and which animals call them home. Explore volcanoes at the bottom of the sea, gaze upon the volcanoes of Mars, and travel back in time to find out what happened to the city of Pompeii. Authors Fleur Daugey is a writer, journalist and ethnologist, Bernard Duisit is a paper engineer while Tom Vaillant is a recent graduate of the Estienne School of Illustration. Tom is currently studying at the Arts-Décoratifs in Strasbourg and this is his first book! For more information visit YOU MAKE ME... ILLUSTRATIONS BY KATE COOPER RRP £6.99 Formate: Hardback ISBN: 978178783 0066 There’s nobody quite like a special someone, and You Make Me... is the perfect way to make them feel treasured. Filled with a collection of heartfelt words to describe the many things, big and small, that’s love about partners with 30 adorable, original illustrations. You Make Me... is the perfect way to tell them just how much they mean to you. For more information visit THANK YOU BOX: 20 THANK YOU CARDS BY FIVE ARTISTS BY PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS RRP: £17.99 Format: 20 cards and envelopes ISBN: 9781616898564 Filled with gratitude and a tremendously useful product, Thank You Box stores 20 thank you cards in one handy place. Inside the matchbook-style box, there’s a diverse set of blank cards and five envelope colours perfect for any person such as a parent, sibling, friend, neighbour or co-worker. The 20 special cards are made by five accomplished artists working all over the globe, contributing four designs each. Becca Stadtlander’s from Covington, Kentucky, intricate paintings recall a world where meticulous artistry was highly regarded and thank-you notes were customary. Blanca Gómez from Madrid, Spain, creates her graphic, minimal cards with a distinct nod to mid-century design. Leah Duncan from Austin, Texas, applies her thoughtful approach honed as a pattern designer to a set of jubilant desert flowers, and London-based Maria-Ines Gul’s playful figures act out gestures of gratitude such as a hat tip or offering of flowers. For more information visit