Manolo Blahnik, by Colin McDowell (HarperCollins), $50; don’t be the last to catch Blahnik fever.
Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia, by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid (Artisan), $40; armchair adventure you taste.
Maeda @ Media, by John Maeda (Rizzoli) $75; cool graphics from the godfather of computer design.
Steichen’s Legacy: Photographs 1895-1973, edited and with text by Joanna Steichen (Knopf), $100; a glorious retrospective.
The Booklover’s Repair Kit, by Estelle Ellis with Wilton Wiggins and Douglas Lee (Knopf), $125; DIY kit for your bibliophile.
Man Gave Names To All The Animals, illustrated by Scott Menchin, words by Bob Dylan (Harcourt Brace), $16; Dylan’s lyrics illustrated for children.
Bright Young Things, by Brooke de Ocampo and Jonathan Becker (Assouline), $50; a peek inside the apartments of the social set.
The Missing Links: America’s Greatest Lost Golf Courses &Amp; Holes, by Daniel Wexler (Sleeping Bear Press), $35; ever wondered where Bagger Vance caddied?
Height of Fashion, edited by Lisa Eisner and Román Alonso (GreyBull Press), $49.95; vintage cool in a totally different way.
King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King JR., by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman (Viking Studio), $40; a life filled with dramatic moments.
Leonardo Da Vinci, by Pietro C. Marani (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.), $85;
The Grateful Dead, Ladies and Gentlemen … The Grateful Dead; four live CDs, $31.98 at Tower, HMV, Virgin, Barnes & Noble.
Gluck, ‘Orfeo Ed Euridice,’ first CD release of 1957 RCA recording with Risë Stevens, conducted by Pierre Monteux; two CDs, $23.98.
Beverly Sills is featured in Donizetti’s three operas on Tudor queens (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux). This historic reissue on seven CDs is $84 at Tower, Virgin, HMV.
Louis Armstrong, The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (1925-29); four CDs, $54.98 at Amazon.com.
Ken Burns, Jazz: The Story of America’s Music, from the coming PBS (January 2001) series; five CDs, $59.98 at Tower, HMV, Virgin, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon.com.
Charlie Parker, The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (1944-48); eight CDs, $129 at Tower, Borders, Amazon.com.
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony in works by Aaron Copland; three CDs, $29.98.
Bernstein Live, never before released live performances with the New York Philharmonic of Leonard Bernstein conducting Stravinsky, Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Beethoven, Ives, Barber, Cage, and many others; ten CDs, $195 at Tower, Lincoln Center gift shops.
Johnny Hodges:The Complete Verve Small Group Sessions, 1956-61; six CDs, $96 at Mosaicrecords.com.
The Keith Jarrett Trio:Whisper Not, the live concert in Paris, July 1999; two CDs, $35.96.
Sam Cooke, The Man Who Invented Soul (1957-63); four CDs, $69.98 at Tower, J&R, Sam Goody.
ROBERT LEVINE & JORDAN SCHAPS