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November 21, 2018

“City of Angels: House and Gardens of Los Angeles,” by Jennifer Ash Rudick and Firooz Zahedi. The Vendom Press.

Drool worthy, eclectic, renowned. These are interiors and outdoor spaces of film producers, directors, artists, photographers and musicians. Over 25 houses, bungalows, studios and compounds. The spaces include homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler, from Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains to a Pacific Palisades villa decorated by Oliver Furth. $75 ( Amazon ).

“From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables,” by Peter Gilmore. Hardie Grant Books.

With hundreds of varieties to choose from, Australian chef Gilmore has selected 50 heirloom vegetables and plants. In the process, he delves into the history of both common varieties and rare or nearly extinct ones. Interviews with farmers. Recipes on how to cook up his discoveries. $60 ( Amazon ).

“Tony Duquette’s Dawndridge,” by Hutton Wilkinson. Abrams.

Wilkinson bought designer Duquette’s Beverly Hills home after Duquette’s death in 1999, chronicling its expansion from a tiny box house into an expansive estate still filled with items picked by and created by Duquette and his wife, Elizabeth. It’s quirky and chic and comfy all at the same time. Have a look at the Monkey Room, a glassed-in porch overlooking the garden. Duquette used it as storage and Wilkinson brought it to life. There’s the signature Duquette leopard-print carpet on the staircase leading down to the summer and guest bedrooms. $75 ( Amazon ).

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