The Best Coffee Table Books

Best coffee table books

When it comes to decorating, there is an item that no book lover can ever have enough of: beautiful coffee table books. So, we decided to dedicate an entire post to our favorite home decor item and feature the best coffee table books ever published.

There are many reasons why we love all kinds of coffee table books. These books usually feature incredibly photography, fun facts, and provide for interesting reading material. But what we love most is the way their beautiful covers look atop a coffee table, or bookshelf, or console. A coffee table book instantly transforms any surface, and adds a little chic to every corner of your house.

So we’ve rounded our all-time favorites, across several different categories. Whether you love art, fashion, home decor, photography, cooking, science, there’s something for everyone.

Best Coffee Table Books – Art

Best coffee table books

  1. The Art Book by Editors of Phaidon

    The Second Edition of The Art Book is a substantially expanded and updated version of the hugely successful original. Introducing 100 new artists selected from all periods and from across the globe.
    Buy it: Amazon

  2. Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas by Editors of Phaidon

    Art & Place is an extraordinary collection of site–specific art in the Americas. Featuring hundreds of powerful art works in 60, the book is both an informative guide and a virtual bucket list of outstanding art destinations.
    Buy it: Amazon

  3. Tattoo by Pascal Bagot, Joe Cummings, Anna Felicity Friedman, Sébastien Galliot, Alan Govenar

    Tattoo examines the artistic nature of the practice and celebrates its many cultural expressions from ancient times to the present.
    Buy it: Amazon

  4. The Collins Big Book of Art: From Cave Art to Pop Art by David G. Wilkins

    A beautiful, unusual and engaging compendium of art history, providing an accessible entree into the world of art for everyone, regardless of their experience.
    Buy it: Amazon

  5. Leonardo da Vinci: The Graphic Work by Frank Zöllner, Johannes Nathan

    This book features top-quality reproductions of 663 of Leonardo’s drawings, more than half of which reside in the Royal Collection of Windsor Castle.
    Buy it: Amazon

  6. The Louvre: All the Paintings by Vincent Pomarède

    For the first time ever, a book collects all 3,022 paintings currently on display in the permanent collection in one beautifully curated volume.
    Buy it: Amazon

  7. Dalí: Les Dîners de Gala by Salvador Dalí

    The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dalí and his wife and muse, Gala were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, Dalí published a cookbook in 1973, Les diners de Gala, which reveals some of the sensual, imaginative, and exotic elements.
    Buy it: Amazon

  8. Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents by Nicholas Ganz

    Graffiti World, now updated, is the most comprehensive and bestselling survey of graffiti art ever published.
    Buy it: Amazon

Best Coffee Table Books – Cookbooks

Best coffee table books

  1. The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes From My Cabin in the Woods by Erin Gleeson

    Erin Gleeson made her dream a reality when she left New York City and moved into a tiny cabin in a California forest in order to be closer to nature. The natural beauty of her surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for The Forest Feast, based on her popular blog.
    Buy it: Amazon

  2. Heritage by Sean Brock

    Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. A New York Times best seller.
    Buy it: Amazon

  3. The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams

    Kinfolk magazine is a quarterly journal about understated, unfussy entertaining. Now there’s The Kinfolk Table, a cookbook from the creators of the magazine, with profiles of 45 tastemakers who are cooking and entertaining in a way that is beautiful, uncomplicated, and inexpensive.
    Buy it: Amazon http://amzn.to/2sUg365

  4. Manresa: An Edible Reflection by David Kinch and Christine Muhlke

    The long-awaited cookbook by one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s star chefs, David Kinch. He has revolutionized restaurant culture with his take on the farm-to-table ethic and focus on the terroir of the Northern California coast.
    Buy it: Amazon

  5. Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatán by Eric Werner and Mya Henry

    Eric Werner and Mya Henry are an intrepid young couple who gave up their restaurant jobs in New York City to start anew in the one-road town of Tulum, Mexico. Here they built Hartwood, one of the most exciting and inspiring restaurants in the world. Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel
    Buy it: Amazon

  6. Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking From London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi

    Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world’s most beloved culinary talents. In this follow-up to his bestselling Plenty, he continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetarian food with a wholly original approach.
    Buy it: Amazon

  7. A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson and Jess Thompson

    One of the country’s most acclaimed chefs, Renee Erickson is a chef and the owner of several Seattle restaurants. This luscious cookbook is perfect for anyone who loves the fresh seasonal food of the Pacific Northwest.
    Buy it: Amazon

  8. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald

    The definitive guide to the contemporary craft cocktail movement, from one of the highest-profile, most critically lauded, and influential bars in the world.
    Buy it: Amazon

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Best Coffee Table Books – Home Decor

Best coffee table books

  1. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well by Deborah Needleman

    Just a few well-considered items can completely change the feel of your space, and The Perfectly Imperfect Home reveals them all.
    Buy it: Amazon

  2. Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman

    This book cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders’ secrets from today’s premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual.
    Buy it: Amazon

  3. Mountain Modern: Contemporary Homes in High Places by Dominic Bradbury, Richard Powers

    This visual sourcebook of 25 modern interiors in a range of mountain settings features photographs by Richard Powers and text by interiors writer Dominic Bradbury.
    Buy it: Amazon

  4. Small Architecture Now! by Philip Jodidio

    Over the years, talented architects have occasionally indulged themselves with the challenge of designing small but perfectly formed buildings.
    Buy it: Amazon

  5. Cabins by Philip Jodidio

    In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footprint has grown exponentially, architects around the globe have become particularly interested in the possibilities of the minimal, low-impact, and isolated abode.
    Buy it: Amazon http://amzn.to/2thUQma

  6. Monochrome Home: Elegant Interiors in Black and White by Hilary Robertson

    Decorating in black and white is perennially popular and eternally chic. Hilary Robertson demonstrates how, whether used alone or together, these contrasting shades can create dramatic effects at home, from the classic to the eclectic.
    Buy it: Amazon

  7. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living by Nathan Williams

    The Kinfolk Home takes readers inside 35 homes around the world, from the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond.
    Buy it: Amazon

  8. Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds by Eddie Ross, Jaithan Kochar

    In this richly illustrated style guide, design editor Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds.
    Buy it: Amazon

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Best Coffee Table Books – Photography

Best coffee table books

  1. Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths

    This book takes readers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in National Geographic’s famed Image Collection.
    Buy it: Amazon

  2. National Geographic Stunning Photographs by Annie Griffiths

    Capturing the moment in which a firecracker explodes into a burst of electric energy or the last rays of the sun as it stretches across a red-rock valley, certain special photos offer an unrivalled conduit to the world around us.
    Buy it: Amazon

  3. Dogs by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flach

    Dogs, by multi-award-winning photographer Tim Flach, delves deep into the psyche of the enduring bond with Canis familiaris to present an exquisite study of “man’s best friend.”
    Buy it: Amazon

  4. Life in Color by Susan Hitchcock

    Life in Color is arranged by color in a rainbow of beauty. Each chapter begins with a short, inspiring essay that explores the qualities, meaning, and symbolism of that color.
    Buy it: Amazon

  5. Dawn to Dark Photographs: The Magic of Light by National Geographic

    The world’s best landscape photography and photojournalism stunningly depicts the passage of a single day, from dawn’s first light to the closing moments of sunset.
    Buy it: Amazon

  6. Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary by National Geographic

    Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers, New York Times bestseller Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes.
    Buy it: Amazon

  7. Eye to Eye: Intimate Encounters with the Animal World by Frans Lanting

    Eye to Eye, the first personal portfolio by master photographer Frans Lanting, presents an extraordinary collection of animal images by an award-winning photographer and naturalist who has set the standards for a whole generation of wildlife photographers.
    Buy it: Amazon

  8. Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit by Teri Dunn Chace and Robert Llewellyn

    A centuries-old saying goes, “Great oaks from little acorns grow.” But as this dazzling book reveals, there is much more to a seed than the plant it will someday become: seeds, seedheads, pods, and fruits have their own astounding beauty that rivals, and sometimes even surpasses, the beauty of flowers.
    Buy it: Amazon

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Best Coffee Table Books – Travel

Best coffee table books

  1. World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations by National Geographic

    In photos and words, this irresistible volume showcases long-established great cities like Paris, Rome, New York, London, and Tokyo, as well as exciting up-and-comers, including Denver, Asheville, Oslo, and Abu Dhabi.
    Buy it: Amazon

  2. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places by National Geographic

    National Geographic takes you on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip.
    Buy it: Amazon

  3. Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked by Lonely Planet

    This compilation of the 500 most unmissable sights and attractions in the world has been ranked by Lonely Planet’s global community of travel experts.
    Buy it: Amazon

  4. Great Journeys by Lonely Planet

    Great Journeys presents more than 70 of the greatest journeys you could undertake, from ancient trails, like Machu Picchu, through to modern classics, like Route 66.
    Buy it: Amazon

  5. Great Escapes: Experience the World at Your Leisure by Lonely Planet

    Beach paradises. Luxury hideaways. Cultural thrills. This showcase of the world’s most enjoyable escapes celebrates the sheer pleasure of travel.
    Buy it: Amazon

  6. Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe by National Geographic

    Experience the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers and vintage photos pulled from the National Geographic archives.
    Buy it: Amazon

  7. Great Adventures: Experience the World at its Breathtaking Best by Lonely Planet

    From the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Everest to less strenuous but equally inspiring experiences like kayaking with orcas in Canada and cycling Vietnam’s backroads, this is the definitive companion to the world’s most spectacular adventures.
    Buy it: Amazon

  8. Wanderlust: A Hiker’s Companion by Gestalten

    Explore the world one step at a time. Wanderlust presents legendary walking routes with inviting maps, practical tips, and inspiring landscape photographs
    Buy it: Amazon

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