Moira Bailey, Judith Newman, and Pope Brock
February 13, 2006 12:00 PM

Looking to supplement the hearts and flowers with a little substance this year? These books fit the mood.

FOR THE CHOCOHOLIC Confectionary consultant Chloé Doutre-Roussel’s The Chocolate Connoisseur includes fun facts—and where to buy the really good stuff your friends have never heard of.

FOR THE WIFE VoiceMale author Neil Chethik surveyed nearly 360 men about commitment (they like it!), sex (it’s not all they think about!) and much more. An intriguing window into guy-think.

FOR KIDS A true tale of the unlikely bond between a 130-year-old giant tortoise and a baby hippo saved from 2004’s tsunami, Owen & Mzee features photos by Peter Greste and text by 7-year-old Isabella Hatkoff (and two grown-ups). Scores high on the “awww” meter.

FOR THE BRIDE-TO-BE INSTYLE’s sumptuous, envy-inducing guide to planning the big day, with details and photos from celeb weddings including (oops) Tori it-only-lasted-15-months Spelling’s.

FOR THE HEDONIST The Sex Life of Food by Bunny Crumpacker—A delectable exploration of the sometimes surprising ways our two major appetites intersect. (Top smell that arouses men: pumpkin pie mixed with lavender.) Just the thing to get you cooking.

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