2017 Gift Guides: Coffee Table Books


Coffee table books are my no-fail gift, and they’re something I love to receive as well. Here are my picks, ranging from photography to design to recipes.

Top row:

Chronicle Books is one of my favorite booksellers (I’m actually lucky enough to work next to one in San Francisco). The Mixers Manual: The Cocktail Bible for Serious Drinkers Recipe Book is an illustrated cocktail manual that’s pretty enough to leave out as a coffee table book but has tons of easy-to-follow drink recipes. ($15)

One Year on a Bike: From Amsterdam to Singapore follows Martijn Doolaard on his year-long trip around the globe. The perfect gift for anyone with wanderlust on your list. ($40)

The updated edition of Vogue: The Covers is the gift for anyone who loves fashion or collects Vogues (like me!). The book features every cover since 2010, and covers spanning the magazine’s 125-year history. ($37)

Middle row:

Every morning from 2007 to 2016, Peter Funch set up his camera on the southern corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. The result is 42nd Street and Vanderbilt, a book showing commuters across the years (often the same people years apart!). This coffee table book is definitely a conversation starter. ($40)

Bar carts are here to stay, and The Art of the Bar Cart: Styling & Recipes Book will help you make the most of yours. ($23)

Bottom row:

Gray Malin’s second book, Gray Malin Escape, goes beyond the beach (the subject of his first book) to capture stunning from-above photos from snow-covered mountains in Aspen to plains in Namibia. ($30)

The definitive book on sneaker culture: Sneakers. Plus, it’s just cool to look at. ($17)

My parents gifted my surfer husband Surf Shacks: An Eclectic Compilation of Surfers' Homes from Coast to Coast this year and I’m equally excited to have it on our coffee table. ($40)

Honorable mentions:

Remodelista: The Organized Home is the perfect gift for the design-obsessed on your list; Cats & Plants By Stephen Eichhorn is just weird enough to be cool; and even if you haven’t been to this Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant (we have!), State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook is a beautiful book full of delicious recipes.