These eccentric hardcover books are perfect centrepieces for your coffee table
From discussions of sneakers and passports to dishes that feature insects as a main ingredient, these books help to liven up your coffee tables.
BY RODRIGO CORRAL, ALEX FRENCH AND HOWIE KAHN
There’s plenty to learn about this footwear du jour beyond its affiliations with basketball and hip-hop. Sneakers is a snapshot of the behind-the-scenes journey of these shoes, from the engineering of the iconic Air Force 1s, to how high-end boutiques go out of their way to acquire exclusive footwear. All this and a gallery of colourful kicks – found under its “shoebox” book cover – for the ultimate sneaker enthusiast.
02 THE PASSPORT BOOK
BY PHILIPP HONTSCHIK
A guide to the world that’s encapsulated in the quintessential travel ticket – a passport. The booklets from over 190 countries are reproduced in full colour, accompanied by quick numbers and facts. Find lesser-seen passports (think North Korea), and discover how relations between countries are reflected in their cover designs.
03 ON EATING INSECTS: ESSAYS, STORIES AND RECIPES
BY MICHAEL BOM FROST, ROBERTO FLORE, JOSHUA EVANS
Even if you are not a greenie advocating the consumption of insects as a sustainable superfood, this book will intrigue with its audacious recipes. We are talking about highballs made with hornet liquor, bee larvae ceviche, classic mousse made of wax moth larvae and the like, all created by food research team Nordic Food Lab. Rest assured though: The beautiful food photos make the subject easier to swallow.
04 DALI: THE WINES OF GALA
BY SALVADOR DALI
More whimsical than didactic, The Wines of Gala is no ordinary wine survey, as expected of the eccentric artist. The book, reprinted for the first time since its publication 30 years ago, is a culmination of over 140 works by the surrealist artist inspired by his favourite tipple. Forget the rating system:
The guide waxes lyrical on wines of legend and offers a category of wines by emotions such as joy, sensuality and generosity.
05 CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES
BY ANDREW DEGRAFF AND A.D. JAMESON
Illustrator Andrew Degraff had two life passions: maps and films. And from there comes a detailed and visual guide to accompany movie nights – provided you don’t spoil the plot for yourself first. From the classic King Kong, 80s Star Wars epics to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Degraff draws out locations and paths traversed by characters. Need to jog your memory of the film without sitting through the full 120 minutes? Accompanying summaries beside each map will come in handy.
All titles available at Kinokuniya, #04-20 Ngee Ann City