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    1. The Ultimate Sneaker Book, a massive anthology that packs 15 years of Sneaker Freaker material (and beautiful retro pictures) into one binding.

    TASCHEN

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99, Barnes & Noble for $44.99, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    2. Salad For President, for 75-plus visually stunning recipes that position veggies as the main attraction — rather than merely a supporting player.

    book title with salad components like spinach, avocado, artichoke, and tomatoes
    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 or find a copy at your local library.

    3. Of Cats and Men, which takes a dive into history's most notable cat-loving men (Nikola Tesla! Sir Isaac Newton! Freddy Mercury!) with some stylish accompanying illustrations.

    Ten Speed Press

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 or find a copy at your local library.

    4. Coyote Doggirl, a Western-style graphic novel from the delightfully twisted mind of BoJack Horseman producer/production designer Lisa Hanawalt.

    Drawn and Quarterly

    Get it from Amazon for $17.89 or find a copy at your local library.

    5. The Incomplete: Highsnobiety Guide to Street Fashion and Culture, Highsnobiety's first book that tracks the evolution of men's fashion, highlighting brands like Supreme and Comme des Garçons that have gained cult followings in recent years.

    book title with blue background, celebrities, and a sneaker
    gestalten

    Get it from Amazon for $43.14, Barnes & Noble for $60, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    6. Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, AKA your ultimate guide to pairing your favorite 1950s-2000s music with some tasty cocktails.

    Running Press Adult

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99, Barnes & Noble for $22.49, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    7. Cereal Magazine's City Guides, which offer eclectic guides through major metropolitan cities — plus, the magazine's signature clean and minimalist art direction.

    new york, london, and paris city guides
    Abrams Image

    Editions include: London, Paris, and New York.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99, Barnes & Noble for $24.99, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    8. Houseplants and Hot Sauce, for beautifully illustrated visual puzzles that can only be described as millennial catnip.

    Chronicle Books

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95, Barnes & Noble for $14.95, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    9. The World of Apartamento, an impressive document that wrangles 10 years of inspiring interiors from the influential magazine.

    painting of someone's face in the background, wooden floor, wooden stool, and book title at top
    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $44 or find a copy at your local library.

    10. Menu Design in America, for anyone — not just foodies — who can appreciate a good graphic history that makes you rethink an everyday item.

    TASCHEN

    Get it from Amazon for $28.35, Barnes & Noble for $20, or find a copy at your local library.

    11. The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details, for when you're looking for an excuse to splurge on some new fancy home decor.

    Clarkson Potter

    Get it from Amazon for $35.49, Barnes & Noble for $47.99, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    12. The Noma Guide to Fermentation, the critically loved cookbook from the revered chefs behind its namesake restaurant featuring 500 step-by-step photographs and illustrations.

    black text book title at bottom with orange background and a hand in vines on top
    Artisan

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49 or find a copy at your local library.

    13. Mid-Century Ads for a glimpse into what American advertisements looked like in the 1950s and '60s.

    TASCHEN

    Get it from Amazon for $70.48 or find a copy at your local library.

    14. The Japanese Garden, for a zen stroll through eight centuries of aspirational garden designs.

    green book with title at top, author at the bottom, and a light pink circle in the middle
    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $59.79, Barnes & Noble for $69.95, or find a copy at your local library.

    15. Bong Appetit, the aptly named stoner bible filled with 65 cannibis-infused recipes to get you high on cooking at home.

    rib-eye with weed chimichurri photo on left page and recipe on right page
    Ten Speed Press

    Get it from Amazon for $23.09, Barnes & Noble for $26.99, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    16. 30:30 Landscape Architecture, a global look at contemporary landscape architecture — and, wow, that look is *chef's kiss*.

    pink, green, and turquoise book cover, abstract design, with title at bottom
    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $52.70, Barnes & Noble for $75, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    17. Destinations of a Lifetime, 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places, so you can add even more places to your seemingly endless bucket list.

    Cover with book title "Destinations of a Lifetime"
    National Geographic

    Get it from Amazon for $28.73, Barnes & Noble for $35.99, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library

    18. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color, a look at the color trends that defined 100 years.

    book title in black text and white background at bottom with 100 colored squares above it
    Chronicle Books

    Get it from Amazon for $23.60, Barnes & Noble for $40, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    19. Pet-tecture: Design for Pets, for the animal lover looking to be transported to the future where 3D-printed fish tanks are deemed quotidian.

    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $23.71 or find a copy at your local library.

    20. Food in Vogue, for some stylish and indulgent food photography lifted from the pages of the iconic 'zine.

    book title at top in gold text, face with black mustache and black top hat made out of scoops of colorful ice cream and cherries for eyes
    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $51.99, Barnes & Noble for $75, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    21. Dieter Rams: The Complete Works, a catalogue filled with 300 color illustrations and descriptions of every product the famous designer has ever created.

    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $45.05, Barnes & Noble for $59.95, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    22. Make Ink: A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking, to give the artist in your life a broader understanding of pigment and the history of inkmaking.

    different colored ink swatches with book title top right
    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 or find a copy at your local library.

    23. Stanley Kubrick Photographs: Through a Different Lens, a collection of 400-plus images from the legendary director's formative years as a photographer.

    TASCHEN

    Get it from Amazon for $74.60 or find a copy at your local library.

    24. Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses for those of us who are just a little obsessed with modern architecture (especially the work of designers like Marcel Breuer and Richard Neutra).

    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $115.99, Barnes & Noble for $150, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    25. Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, for a look at over 800 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

    Workman Publishing Company

    Get it from Amazon for $19.07 or find a copy at your local library.

    26. Annie Leibovitz at Work, an updated edition containing the celebrated photojournalist's most enviable work and behind-the-scenes insights.

    book title in black and grey with orange background above a photo of annie leibovitz on a photoshoot
    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $25.05, Barnes & Noble for $49.95, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    27. National Geographic Atlas of Beer is filled with little-known facts, insider knowledge, travel tips, and more that any beer enthusiast will appreciate.

    "Atlas of Beer" book cover
    National Geographic

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99, Barnes & Noble for $40, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library

    28. Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart, for easy-to-follow vegan recipes and photographs that are just as much a treat for the eyes.

    Avery

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 or find a copy at your local library.

    29. 1000 Record Covers, a look at the evolution of cover art (and ultimately, some important music milestones) from the '60s to '90s.

    a collection of vinyl records with the title text in white bold lettering in center
    TASCHEN

    Get it from Amazon for $18, Barnes & Noble for $10, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    30. Tracey Cunningham’s True Color: The Essential Hair Color Handbook, for a deep dive into the world of hair coloring and how it came to be in the first place.

    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $19.79, Barnes & Noble for $26.99, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    31. Animal: Exploring the Zoological World, a richly illustrated book that digs all the way back into the first documented cave paintings to make an important statement about our symbiotic relationship with animals.

    Phaidon Press

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99, Barnes & Noble for $59.95, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    32. 1000 Tattoos, to celebrate the diverse and original work of up-and-coming tattoo artists.

    Universe

    Get it from Amazon for $23.06 or find a copy at your local library.

    33. Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home, for when you want to daydream about finally organizing your own home.

    Paige Tate & Co

    Get it from Amazon for $13.30, Barnes & Noble for $22.95, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    34. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide to brush up on your wine knowledge while admiring all the colorful visuals.

    Avery

    Get it from Amazon for $19.81, Barnes & Noble for $31.49, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    35. The Life and Love of the Sea, for when you need a break from reality and want to vicariously explore the depths of the ocean alongside some of the world's leading marine and nature photographers.

    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $31.49, Barnes & Noble for $55, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    36. Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, for when you need some makeup inspo dating back to ancient Egyptian and Classical times.

    Abrams Image

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99, Barnes & Noble for $26.95, from a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    37. PATCH & TWEAK with Moog offers 200 pages of interviews with professional artists, sound design tips, and inside looks at analog synthesis and all of Moog's electronic instruments.

    ‎ BJOOKS

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 or find a copy at your local library.

    38. Veritas gives its readers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of California's wine industry from an insider's POV.

    Cameron Books

    Get it from Amazon for $125, Barnes & Noble for $125, or find a copy at your local library.

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