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Adam Rapoport & Simone Shubuck’s Favorite Books

Adam Rapoport & Simone Shubuck

Photo by: Eric Ray Davidson

Foodie & Editor; Artist & Florist

When it comes to men of style who can also cook, we often look to Adam Rapoport, the editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit, which he completely revamped in 2008. It’s no surprise that his wife, Simone Shubuck, an artist and florist, has exquisite taste too. They gave us the rundown on their favorite reads.

Wes Lang by Matt Zoller Seitz
The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

Wes Lang AND The Wes Anderson Collection
by Matt Zoller Seitz

“Totally by happenstance (honest!), I have these two books by guys named Wes on my coffee table at work. Cool-guy LA artist Wes Lang, who’s pals with my good friends Gabe and Will, and the collected awesomeness of director Wes Anderson because, you know, what magazine editor isn’t obsessed with Wes Anderson?”

Thanksgiving by Sam Sifton

Thanksgiving
by Sam Sifton

“Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. So go out and buy the November issue of Bon Appétit and then buy this indispensable book. Sifton writes with the ease and confidence we all wish we had as home cooks.”

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & E.B.White, Illustrated by Maira Kalman

The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White, Illustrated by Maira Kalman

“If you’re a writer or editor, this book is like your bible—even if you never read it, it’s still on your shelf. Bonus points if you get the edition that’s illustrated by the most-excellent Maira Kalman.”

Patti Smith, 1969-1976 by Judy Linn

Patti Smith, 1969-1976
by Judy Linn

“Simone bought this after she read, and totally fell for, Smith’s autobiography Just Kids. It provides the imagery to go with Smith’s beautifully written words. (Oh, and it’s totally worth it just for Smith’s Keith Richards-esque haircuts.)”

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Jerusalem
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

“I tend to buy books a couple years after everyone else. So I am now, finally, happily cooking from everyone’s favorite cookbook from 2012.”

Edward Ruscha Catalogues Raisonnes, Volumes 1 & 2

Edward Ruscha Catalogues Raisonnes
Volumes 1 & 2

“The original LA cool-guy artist. Who, by the way, is still a total badass and whose mid-century gas stations and big, bold oil-painted words still look stunning.”

Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders

Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness
by George Saunders

“Be kind: Words of wisdom from the brilliant writer George Saunders. Simone has a stash of these and gives ‘em to any young, recent-graduate friends of ours.”

Fool edited by Lotta & Per-Anders Jörgensen

Fool
edited by Lotta and Per-Anders Jörgensen

“There are a lot of hip food journals out there. Some look good, some read well. Not many do both. This one, by Lotta and Per-Anders Jörgensen does.”

Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Not that Kind of Girl
by Lena Dunham

“I know—everyone is reading this book right now, and Simone is one of them (and she’s loving it). Plus, shout out to our good friend Andy Ward, who edited it (if you’ve got a book to write, contact Andy, he’s the best in the biz) and to my friend and former Bon Appétit art director Elizabeth Spiridakis, who designed the cover. Go team!”

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