A LIFE AQUATIC Living on Water showcases 55 modern homes worldwide that beautifully coexist with lakes, oceans, rivers, and pools. Water is a fundamental key to each home; whether it is built on it or within sight of it, each residence articulates a harmonious connection between architecture and water. Phaidon Press Inc., New York, New York; 2018. $50.
LOCAL BOUNTY Baltimore dining duo Kathy Wielech Patterson and Neal Patterson explore how the Chesapeake Bay shaped the state’s seafood-based cuisine in Maryland’s Chesapeake. The book chronicles the state’s culinary origins and examines current dining trends. A collection of traditional and modern recipes demonstrates the bay’s impact on local fare, courtesy of some of Maryland’s best chefs. Globe Pequot, Guilford, Connecticut; 2016. $22.
ROAD TRIP Award-winning writer Jim Duffy guides readers on 27 one-day excursions through the Delmarva Peninsula in Eastern Shore Road Trips. Duffy’s personal experiences—such as an afternoon touring the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum or a day sail aboard a skipjack—are enhanced by chatty snippets of local history, recipes, and even the occasional poem. Secrets of the Eastern Shore, Cambridge, Maryland; 2016. $19.