I love the look of coffee table books. I think it can add a special touch to a living room or even a bedside table. I love fashion books and anything to do with adding easy accents to the room. I’m the type of person where I believe my long list of fashion in my Style & Beauty section on Pinterest deems me a fashion genius (which is why I am delusional). Getting away from that subject…
If a growing theme is adding cookbooks to your coffee tables and not just having fashion and city central books, here’s an idea. How about we incorporate foodie fashionable books and books that display common foods from where you are from!
It’s easy to find a list of good looking fashion coffee table books. Just go to Pinterest and you can find oodles of pins. Being that I am a big cooking buff and my life is nutrition I thought adding cookbooks to the list would be a great touch. I am not going to be over-particular here so I just have to add a cocktail book as well.
I made sure these books have great photography and aren’t your everyday cookbook from authors on Food Network (not that those aren’t just as influential.)
Home Made Summer by Yvette Van Boven
This cookbook has great recipes but that is not the reason I added it to the list. The photography is outstanding and isn’t that what you are looking for in a good coffee table book? It won the Elle Food Photography Award in 2012. The recipes are centered around the authors real life experiences across Europe. It passes my test for designing living rooms with style: sold at Anthropologie. Obviously I’m no interior designer but I love looking to Anthropologie to decorate my imaginary house. Check out her other Home Made cookbooks as well.
La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre
Boy is this cookbook colorful and I love the name! You will feel like the author is sitting there reading the book with you and telling stories of her cooking and life experiences. The book has a blog like feel and she gives some great tips when transitioning the French foods to American. For those who are on a gluten-free diet, this cookbook is the one for you!
Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita by Frank Stitt and Christopher Hirsheimer
This book is especially great for those from Birmingham, AL since the cafe is located there. He adds true Italian cuisine to the Southern style of cooking and it is genius. The images make my stomach growl and it is always sitting in front of me while I am at work (Meme owns it.) It is rather large and will serve as the perfect base for your coffee table books.
Les Petits Macarons by Kathryn Gordon and Anne E McBride
It may be silly but I associate macarons with stylish people, so if your coffee table is full of fashion books this addition will look great! They make baking this tricky looking cookie seem rather simple. You can choose from French, Italian, or Swiss style macarons. There seem to be endless flavors of fillings in this book and the pictures are gorgeous. These cookies are a great addition to a fancy party or in my case a movie night in. Remember: practice makes perfect so the first time baking these treats may be rough.
The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff
This one is for the fellas as well. This book is great, it includes some history and explains all types of ingredients that go into a well made cocktail. This book teaches you how to make drinks memorable and soon you will realize what it takes to make a truly spectacular beverage (and want to brag about it.) You will impress any house guest when you get all of his techniques down but it’s all about experience and practice. And don’t you worry, there are great pictures in there as well.
I Love Coffee! by Susan Zimmer
A coffee table book about coffee! From describing different coffee bean types to delicious and unusual coffee recipes this book is interesting from cover to cover. Even those that do not admire this book agree that it looks great as decoration on a coffee table and enjoy flipping through it. I just really appreciate the irony of a coffee book on a coffee table.