From the fashion/ textile history section:

Unmentionables: a Brief History of Underwear, Elaine Benson & John Eston (very US/Euro-centric, but interesting anyway); Haute Couture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Worldwide History of Dress, Patricia Rieff Anawalt (facinating and gorgeous, I’m sure I’ve seen some of the images before,probably during research for a fibers class.); African Textiles, John Gillow; Batik Design, Pepin van Roojin

Short stories:

American Short Fiction, volumes 50 & 51, ed. Jill Meyers; Short Stories by Latin American Women: the magic and the real, ed. Celia Correas de Zapata


In the Green Kitchen, Alice Waters; Cooking in the Moment, Andrea Reusing; Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle and Julia Child; Breakfast Lunch Tea, Rose Carrarini

And, of course, National Geographic.