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Must-Read Books by Female Authors: Coffee Table Edition

As you navigate the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, consider picking up one of these books for display on your coffee table. Coffee table books are multi-purpose: to be enjoyed during dinner parties next to a warm fire or in bed before sweet dreams. These books also make great gifts if you need some last-minute ideas! From food to femmes to fantastic views, our recommendations include quirky and interesting topics that are sure to get people talking.

Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook

Cherry Bombe magazine is known for their hit indie quarterly publication and podcast about women and food. From their team comes their first-ever cookbook inspired by “some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives.” Snacking while reading is highly recommended. Or “cook alongside” stars like Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, or Melissa Clark, New York Times columnist and cookbook author.

Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch: 30 Daring Designs to Celebrate Strong Women

In Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch, Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso pair an introduction to the rise of modern feminism with an introduction to the art of cross stitching. A two-for-one, this book includes background information on 20 iconic women. Think of feminine heroines like Susan B. Anthony, Virginia Woolf and Beyoncé. Use the beautiful custom patterns to embroider their profiles and sayings onto fabric. 


What is a coffee table book without big, beautiful photos? If you’ve never seen the beauty of America’s great southwest in person, use the 96 pages in Helen Stortini’s photo book as an opportunity. Immerse yourself in “salty plains to snowy slopes.” The photography takes you to many of Utah’s most astonishing sites. Many are where Native American people have long-standing ties to the cultural landscape. In addition to ancestral value, the land also offers local tribal members a place to connect with ancestors, hold ceremonies, forage food, and hunt game.


What fabulous books are sitting on your coffee table right now? Share with us in the comments below!