Who are we kidding—we totally judge books by their covers. These are the hardbounds we’ve been fawning over.
Salad for President by Julia Sherman
Food blogger, mixed-media artist and photographer Julia Sherman has a campaign: to unseat a certain president and replace him with a bowl of vegetables. Just kidding! Her mission really is to get you to eat more veggies, so she’s dishing out their infinite possibilities in the book counterpart of her popular food blog. She knows firsthand that eating vegetables doesn’t have to be tiresome, and her book might just inspire you to ditch your ordinary dressingdoused salad to go for more imaginative preparations that will make that quotidian leaf or root crop taste revelatory. Price unavailable, NATIONAL BOOKSTORE, Power Plant In the ’50s, before he was even an art and pop culture icon, Andy Warhol created seven promo books to send out to potential clients and friends. These books, filled with his whimsical illustrations and words, include a mock cookbook, a Proust-riffed tribute to Andy’s early job as a shoe illustrator, and even a kid’s storybook that, upon closer inspection, cheekily celebrates gay love. The original books have been auctioned off for thousands of dollars, so this compendium is actually a bargain. If you can’t have his work on the wall, why not have it on your coffee table? Price unavailable, NATIONAL BOOKSTORE Admit it: When researching for an upcoming trip, you always keep an eye out for the most picturesque accommodation that won’t only be a comfy home away from home, but will also double as yet another ‘grammable setting for those chillin’-on-vacay snaps. Take a breather from the endless hotel galleries on Tripadvisor and flip through this travel tome instead to find lodging recos from chic globetrotters like Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola, Jason Wu and Poppy Delevingne. But beware: Pawing through this without a flight in sight will give you a serious case of wanderlust. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Price unavailable, NATIONAL BOOKSTORE
Heimat by Ellen von Unwerth
No one captures unapologetic femininity quite like photographer Ellen von Unwerth, as seen on Vogue and i-d and the album covers of similarly feisty artists like Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Janet Jackson. Let her take you to a picaresque trip to her hometown of Bavaria through a provocative portfolio filled with bosom buddies frolicking amid scenic landscapes and saucily partaking in the region’s time-honored traditions. Price unavailable, NATIONAL BOOKSTORE Any fashion girl knows that her sense of style is abundantly present in her shelter, so it’s no surprise that fashion’s most creative minds live in super stylish digs. Rick Owens, for one, took up furniture design in 2006; the beautifully spare and striking brutalist results epitomize his “grunge meets glamour” aesthetic, beloved by fellow creatives like Kanye West. Take an intimate look at his Palais Bourbon home and get to know the subversive designer beyond his runway garments. P3025, NATIONAL BOOKSTORE