Books On Our Radar: Vol. 3

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Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home (Out September 10th from Rizzoli), $27

THE SHORT OF IT: The Santa Monica-based celebrity designer showcases his tailored, coastal aesthetic in interiors spanning Malibu beach hideaways to London townhouses. BUY IT FOR: Your friend who (just like us) is actively mourning the cancellation of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators. QUOTABLE: "I strive to create rooms that are beautiful, of course--but far more important to me is that I create spaces that show the unique meaning of home for each person, couple, and family I work with." --Jeffrey Alan Marks  
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Tom Scheerer Decorates (Out September 10th from Vendome Press), $33

THE SHORT OF IT: The man widely considered to be the torchbearer for a relaxed and classic all-American look, as pioneered by design legends such as Billy Baldwin and David Hicks, gets the monograph treatment. BUY IT FOR: Your neighbor, whose maximalist tendencies have gotten a little out of control. QUOTABLE: "Part artist, part crusty curmudgeon, and part solicitous alpha dog and family man, Scheerer has fast, blazingly confident opinions about anything to do with a house (and also the rest of life)." -- Mimi Read  
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Ottolenghi: The Cookbook (Out now from Ten Speed Press), $21

THE SHORT OF IT: Known for their genius vegetarian dishes and indulgent desserts, the duo behind beloved London-based luxe deli mini-chain Ottolenghi and the restaurant Nopi bring their Mediterranean-inspired cookbook to the US. BUY IT FOR: Your niece, who just started at UC Berkeley. QUOTABLE: "We wanted to start this book with the quip, "If you don't like lemon or garlic ... skip to the last page." -- Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi  
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The Monocle Guide to Better Living (Out September 25th from Gestalten), $44

THE SHORT OF IT: Tyler Brûlé's cult-followed, urban-focused journal turns its attention to a beautifully designed survey of the world's cities--touching on everything from the best coffee bars to the handmade furniture shops you need to know about. BUY IT FOR: Your boss, who prizes his coffee table styling above all else. QUOTABLE: "Above all, our guide is a global chronicle of the people, places and products that aim high, deliver value, challenge convention and force us all to up our game." --Tyler Brûlé  
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The Design Book (Out September 16th from Phaidon), $15

THE SHORT OF IT: An encyclopedic look at 500 of the most influential products from the last five centuries that name-checks the Eameses and the crew at Apple, and pays tribute to the likes of the martini glass and the paper clip. BUY IT FOR: Your coworker, who is always taking out patents on "really big game-changing ideas" she can't tell you about. QUOTABLE: "Sheep shears, which have been around in the same basic shape for thousands of years, form part of the anonymous crowd of neglected masterpieces of design."   Photographs: Vendome Press, Phaidon, Rizzoli, Gestalten, Random House