Best Coffee Table & Cookbooks of 2017

by Gina Pell Gina Pell
Dec 14, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. ET

I horde cookbooks like nobody’s business, but they often end up collecting dust on a shelf. I was poring over my most recent acquisitions and left them sitting on my coffee table. It was a happy accident because they look wonderful on display, and I peruse them even more frequently than my art books. Below is an outstanding collection of the best of 2017, many of which I own, all of which will make great gifts this holiday season.

Originally published on theWhat.

1 /10: 'Cherry Bombe'

1/10 :'Cherry Bombe'

Cherry Bombe is a smash hit cookbook from the smash hi indie magazine of the same name that celebrates badass female chefs and food.

2 /10: 'Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe'

2/10 :'Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe'

Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe features 50 recipes collected from Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite cookbooks along with her handwritten notes.

3 /10: 'Generation Wealth'

3/10 :'Generation Wealth'

Generation Wealth is a fascinating and mesmerizing collection of work by Lauren Greenfield, who uses photography, oral history and film to examine the pervasive influence of money, status and celebrity in America and abroad.

4 /10: 'Ai Weiwei'

4/10 :'Ai Weiwei'

Ai Weiwei is a limited-edition art book that is a piece of art in itself with only 1,000 copies made. Each one is numbered, signed, and wrapped in a silk scarf and costs $1,500. Or you can buy the unsigned version for under $50.

5 /10: 'Skin Deep'

5/10 :'Skin Deep'

Skin Deep is a beautiful new book by Bee Shapiro, beauty editor at The New York Times, who gets the most photographed people to share their beauty tips and tricks.

6 /10: 'Automata'

6/10 :'Automata'

Automata explores automation from epic times to present day with etchings, manuscripts and old documents. It makes a great gift for the technology-obsessed person in your life.

7 /10: 'Botanical Shakespeare'

7/10 :'Botanical Shakespeare'

Botanical Shakespeare is a beautifully illustrated compendium of the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds and grasses found in the works of William Shakespeare with a foreword by Dame Helen Mirren. Perfect for the Shakespeare-loving gardener. Aren’t we all?

8 /10: 'Ken Fulk's Magical World'

8/10 :'Ken Fulk's Magical World'

Ken Fulk's Magical World is an escape to an enchanted, dazzling world of the style, taste and luxury for which designer Ken Fulk is beloved.

9 /10: 'Meehan's Bartender Manual'

9/10 :'Meehan's Bartender Manual'

Meehan's Bartender Manual is a compendium, with 500 pages of cocktail recipes, stories and breathtaking photos from master mixologist Jim Meehan.

10 /10: 'The Forest Feast'

10/10 :'The Forest Feast'

The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson is equal parts eye candy and delicious, nutritious recipes. I received the whole collection from Amy Parker, my partner at The What, and keep them on my coffee table because they’re easy on the eyes and a constant reminder to open them up and cook something.