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A book of art lessons to tantalize the appetite

Here’s something for the person who likes to take a project on vacation. “Drawing Food: A Journal” ($16.95), by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based food illustrator Claudia Pearson, fits easily into a backpack, satchel, or beach bag. You’ll need to provide your own art supplies, but Pearson will lead you in a series of drawing lessons, each building progressively on basic techniques, using food and kitchen items as the models (if you’re in a far-flung spot, use restaurant food and environs as your subjects). Don’t be discouraged if your first attempts don’t turn out like Pearson’s because she gives you ample space to practice your technique — in fact, 52 weeks’ worth. If your inspiration doesn’t return home with you, you can clip the unused pages for jotting down recipes or grocery lists. Available at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley, 781-431-1160; Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660; and on


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