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Tequila & Tacos: A Guide to Spirited Pairings 

By Katherine Cobbs

Tacos have been trending for years, and finally tequila is having its taco moment. While a crunchy, savory beef taco washed down with a frozen margarita is always acceptable, today the inspired options for what can be stuffed in an edible wrapper or blended with agave spirits are infinite. Featuring authentic classics like tacos al pastor and Baja-style fish tacos, Tequila & Tacos also includes entirely new spins on the taco—such as fried brussels sprout tacos, spicy cauliflower tacos in Indian paratha shells or tempura-battered seaweed tacos cradling ahi tuna—paired with uncannily delicious cocktails crafted with the finest agave spirits, like a traditional tart Paloma cocktail rimmed with spiced salt or an eye-opening mezcal Manhattan.

$19.99 at Tabula Rasa Essentials in Manhattan Beach

Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks 

By André Darlington & Tenaya Darlington

From modern craft cocktails to old standbys, prepare to shake, stir and just plain pour your way through some of the best wax ever pressed. Wickedly designed and featuring photography throughout, Booze & Vinyl is organized by mood: Rock, Chill, Dance and Seduce. Each entry has liner notes that underscore the album’s musical highlights, a suggested theme for a listening party (like a whiskey tasting for The White Stripes or a punk rock tea party for Blondie), plus a pair of cocktail recipes that complement the music’s mood, imagery or lyrics. Among the 70 featured albums: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, Purple Rain, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Hotel California, Pet Sounds, and many more.

$25 at Gum Tree in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach

Boards & Spreads: Shareable, Simple Arrangements for Every Meal

By Yasmin Fahr

You won’t find cheese boards here. Instead, you’ll find simple ideas and scrumptious recipes for a variety of meals and snacks to share on platters or boards. From the top-your-own chili board to the crispy chicken bites spread, and from the charred salad platter to the egg pita sandwich board, you’ll find something for every meal and mood. There are also plenty of quick recipes for dips, spreads and other tempting add-ons you’ll turn to time and again, like smashed olives, quick-pickled shallots and jalapeños, and two-minute feta dip. Whether you’re looking for a snackable spread for two, a grazing board to share when friends come over or easy-to-make recipes you can throw together on a whim, Boards & Spreads shows you how to turn everyday ingredients into festive, low-effort meals.

$24 at {pages} a bookstore