Guide to coffee table books as holiday gifts

Associated Press Modified: November 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012
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"Mad's Greatest Artists: Mort Drucker, Five Decades of His Finest Work," Running Press. A collection of movie and TV satire plucked in comic-strip format from the pages of the magazine. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and others among Drucker's targets wrote notes of appreciation.

MUSIC & POLITICS

"The Rolling Stones: 50," Hyperion, by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, stark commentary from the Stones themselves to go with tour photos, candids and close-ups.

"Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History," Voyageur Press, by Alan di Perna. The rock journalist includes concert visuals, posters and memorabilia such as backstage passes in this retrospective spanning the band's 25 years. Out on Dec. 16.

POLITICS & FOOD

"Capturing Camelot," by Kitty Kelley. Features intimate images of John F. Kennedy by Kelley's close friend, photojournalist Stanley Tretick, known for incredible access to the president and his family. Scenes from ticker tape parades to John Jr. running for Marine One. Lots of Jackie.

"Come In, We're Closed," Running Press, by Christine Carroll and Jody Eddy, with foreword by Ferran Adria. How do the world's best restaurants feed their staffs? Contains recipes fit for many based on the good eats for the "families" of a variety around the country. Includes staff meals from wd-50 in New York, Ad Hoc, in Yountville, Calif., Cochon in New Orleans and Mugaritz in Spain.

HOME & ENTERTAINING

"Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends," Viking, by Pippa Middleton. From Christmas crafts to putting on a traditional afternoon tea, the younger sister of Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge covers a lot of ground. Lots of party recipes, including nutella madeleines and a hazelnut roulade. Tips on how to plan for the holidays and preparing ahead.

"The Things That Matter," Spiegel & Grau, by Nate Berkus. Text-heavy look at the home design guru's influences and some of his favorite things. There's a shoutout for sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and the radio show he listened to as a youth that "gave everyone respect, acceptance, and permission to be exactly who they were."

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