Wyatt’s World: Grown-Up Picture Books

Many travel, gardening, decorating, craft, style, and art books‚ not to mention cookbooks‚ function as picture books for adult readers. These titles give due attention to the visual aspects of entertainment, inspiration, and education. From Martha Stewart’s lavishly illustrated, groundbreaking Entertaining (1998) to Sara Midda’s exquisite and evocative In and Out of the Garden to entries in “The Most Beautiful Villages” series, these are great books to highlight throughout the year, as they are often seasonally published. Here are five examples:

  • Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking by Andoni Luis Aduriz with photographs by José Luis López de Zubiria (Phaidon)
  • Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen with photographs by Joe Hancock (Interweave)
  • The Houses of VERANDA by Lisa Newsom with photographs by the magazine’s pool (Hearst)
  • The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers by Debra Prinzing with photographs by David E. Perry (St. Lynn’s Pr.)
  • I Brake for Yard Sales: And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster by Lara Spencer with photographs by Michael McNamara (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net