New Local Books for Your Shelves
Classic Virginia cooking, iconic historic objects and notable financial figures
Fans of the acclaimed original cookbook, A Taste of Virginia, have reason to celebrate. A new version has rolled out, giving a nod to its predecessor while adding a twist of its own as a seasonal journey through the culinary bounty of Virginia. The book includes 56 recipes, from members of the James River Garden Club and from the original edition, sprinkled among radiant photographs of scenic gardens throughout the state. Proceeds continue to underwrite the club’s mission of conservation, beautification, education and restoration projects in Virginia.
Since its inception in 1831, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture has worked to preserve and commemorate the story of our state. And now its new book, The Story of Virginia: Highlights from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, continues that preservation and celebration in hardback form. The book features 400 iconic objects, carefully chosen from the museum’s nine million artifacts collected during its nearly 200-year lifetime. Included are historic documents, maps, letters, pieces of furniture and firearms, each with brief descriptions, organized chronologically.
By Jamie O. Bosket and William M. S. Rasmussen
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 2018. Hardcover, $39.95 (200 pages).
Readers familiar with Richmond over recent decades will recognize familiar people and businesses in this collection of interviews. The book highlights Richmond financial institutions of the 1980s and 1990s (not touching upon similar heydays – Black Wall Street in Jackson Ward or the city’s antebellum slave trade). As the book’s introduction explains, Virginia’s capital city in the 1970s headquartered more New York Stock Exchange member firms than any U.S. city outside of New York City. Stockbrokers, money managers, analysts and traders share firsthand insights and stories about the next two decades in Richmond’s financial history.
By John B. Keefe Sr.
Dementi Milestone Publishing, 2018. Kindle, $9.95; paperback, $24.99 (191 pages).