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The start of spring also means the start of spring coffee-table books (that’s actually a thing). If you’re looking for the perfect gift for mom (Mother’s Day is coming up) or just some new accents to kick up your no-longer-dusty shelf, take a look at one of these books, whose subjects run the gamut from the perfect hamburger, to artists’ retrospectives, to an ode to eggs. Here, 34 of the most highly giftable coffee-table books for spring (and take a look at 30 of the best from last winter, too).
An intimate look at the clay creations of 50 different potters around the world.
An international phenomenon, this book by Fumio Sasaki details the transformative power of saying good-bye to things — he owns simply a wooden box, a desk, and a futon.
A cookbook with 200 recipes from the much-lauded San Francisco bakery, with recipes for gluten-free pancakes, pickled vegetables, and cheesy garlic bread.
A tongue-in-cheek style guide for men, illustrated by Jean-Philippe Delhomme, whose watercolors you may recognize from GQ’s Style Guy column.
Over 300 images of bouquets by top contemporary florists, this book celebrates free-form floral designs that have a naturalistic, versus over-pruned, style.
Who knew the leather-clad designer of luxury retail (Chanel, Dior) had such a green thumb? This book collects the greenery of his 12 acres in Long Island.
For photographer Richard Avedon, France was a muse — this tome includes photographs, interviews, and letters in which the Francophile expressed his affection.
More than 230 images by the Canadian photographer, whose Kodachrome-slide film photos created a colorful intensity that was unusual for the black-and-white-dominated 1950s and 1960s.
A retrospective of the sometimes sad, sometimes funny portraits of the ultrarich class, as photographed by Lauren Greenfield, who gained access to families in L.A., China, Moscow, and Dubai.
The early work of artist Ryan McGinley told through photos of friends and artists in downtown New York, from 1998 to 2003. This book accompanies the exhibition at the MCA Denver.
A provocative collection of photos the late Chinese artist took of his friends — naked, mostly outdoors, nearly pornographic.
Photographer Peter Hujar (that was his photo on the cover of A Little Life) shot some of downtown’s biggest players, among them Susan Sontag, William S. Burroughs, and Andy Warhol — this book collects over 160 photographs, with accompanying text that maps the history of Hujar’s life and work.
For any Star Wars completist, this is truly a piece of reference — more than 2,500 characters, planets, and esoterica from the George Lucas universe collected in a 200-page, photo-rich encyclopedia.
A fixture of the party scene, Amanda Lepore has crafted a visually lush autobiography that’s light on clothes, heavy on humor.
Jeremy Fox of Napa Valley’s famed Ubuntu restaurant is known in culinary circles for his forward-thinking take on vegetables — his new cookbook compiles 160 such recipes for the home cook.
Yes, George W. Bush is a portrait painter now. His No. 1 New York Times best-selling book features 60 oil portraits of military veterans, along with their stories of heroism.