March ’13

What can you eat? | On the Bookshelf

Following any alternative diet can be tough — look to these books for some tips and ideas to make it easier. “The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss,” by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace (hardcover,Ten Speed Press, 2012, 216 pages, $30). By using nut and seed flours instead of starches, Reinhart and Wallace have crafted no-sacrifice, easy-to-bake recipes that revolutionize baking for special diets — and satisfy anyone’s craving for warm bread or decadent cake.

What’s on your coffee table? | On the Bookshelf

These stunning coffee table books are sure to be conversation-starters. “Four Seasons of Yosemite: a Photographer’s Journey,” by Mark Boster (hardcover, Los Angeles Times, 2011, 125 pages, $34.95). In more than 100 stunning photographs, Boster brings the eye of a 21st Century photographer and captures the magic of the national park’s icons — Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and others — in color that Ansel Adams had celebrated in black and white.