8 Big & Beautiful Books for the Bookworm

Put a smile on your favorite bibliophile with these collectable coffee table tomes.

 

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THE STAR TREK BOOK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS BOLDLY EXPLAINED (DK, RANDOM HOUSE) by Paul Ruditis, Sandford Galden-Stone & Simon Hugo

Go where no man has gone before with this book about all things Trek, packed with intergalactic facts and trivia about the greatest science fiction sagas of all time. And yes, it’s really been over fifty years since the star ship Enterprise took to the stars.

 

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BIG HISTORY: EXAMINES OUR PAST, EXPLAINS OUR PRESENT, IMAGINES OUR FUTURE (DK, RANDOM HOUSE). Lead Senior Editor: Helen Fewster

This beautifully illustrated book travels through 13 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization to the present day.

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GIFTWRAPPED (JACQUI SMALL) by Jane Means

And it’s a wrap! Look no further for ideas to create perfectly pretty packages. Jane Means, the “Giftwrap Guru,” is known far and wide for her work for British royalty, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason in London, among others. And the best part is that many of the tips are simple enough for even the most frenzied of Santas.

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THE ARTISTS’ COLONY AND WRITERS’ COOKBOOK (POWERHOUSE BOOKS) edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

With personal recipes from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman, this cookbook brings a whole new level to book club noshing.

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GREAT CITY MAPS: A HISTORICAL JOURNEY THROUGH MAPS, PLANS AND PAINTINGS (DK; RANDOM HOUSE). Senior Editor: Sam Atkinson

Explore the streets of ancient Jerusalem, neoclassical Paris and old New York when it was still called New Amsterdam with this collection of maps, plans and paintings of the world’s greatest and oldest cities.

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SAVOR: RUSTIC RECIPES INSPIRED BY FOREST, FIELD AND FARM (Artisan) by Ilona Oppenheim

From forest, field and farm to table, this beautifully photographed book is packed with simple recipes based on good, wholesome food. Healthy, delicious, and a snap to prepare: not a bad beginning to the New Year!

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WORLD WHISKY: A NATION-BY-NATION GUIDE TO THE BEST (DK; RANDOM HOUSE). Editor-in-Chief, Charles Maclean

For the true whisky connoisseur, the book explores over 650 varieties of whiskys with detailed tasting notes on malts, blends, grains and more from around the world.

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CLASSIC CAR: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY (DK; RANDOM HOUSE). Senior Editor, Chauncey Dunford

If you have an automobile addict on your list, pick up this collection of 250 iconic models from the 1940s to the 1980s, including the much coveted Roll-Royce Silver Wraith and the Ferrari Testarossa.