Contrary to the official Instagram feed, it’s not all sneaker drops and new collections in the HS office. Quite a bit of printed matter comes through our doors.

Some of the selections are paper imprints from our favorite brands or agencies, others are indie publications that have piqued our interest — all feature distinctive storytelling, even if it isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes we’re drawn to a particularly ardent piece of prose, other times it’s arresting photography or an unusual layout that makes us revisit an already-read page, sometimes it’s a combination of all three.

Every week we’ll be sharing a few of the volumes that have found a permanent home on our office shelves or in the living spaces of our writers and editors.

20 Iconic Film Posters

Hitchcock, Preminger, Kubrick and Wilder are likely familiar names to plenty of cinephiles. The name Saul Bass, however, may not ring a bell. Yet it was Bass who was responsible for creating the film posters that drew many to see movies in the 1920s through to the ’90s.

The Bronx-born creative whom Martin Scorsese once referred to as a “legend,” was instrumental in transforming the visual identity of modern film advertisement. Bass began his career as a graphic designer, a path that eventually brought him to Otto Preminger, who, in 1954, offered him a film advertising role that would help define his prolific career.

20 Iconic Film Posters takes a look at a few of Bass’s best efforts while detailing how a man who quietly worked across disciplines also created such memorable film ads.

The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook

Mission Chinese began life in San Francisco’s Mission District before eventually opening a New York outpost. The restaurant’s chef, 33-year-old Danny Bowien, was born in Korea before moving to Oklahoma where he was raised by adopted parents. He’s also a James Beard Foundation “Rising Star Chef” award recipient. Now you can make his recipes at home.

The restaurant’s 300-plus page tome not only chronicles Bowien’s culinary rise but also provides tips and tricks to getting the best out of each ingredient. In addition, there are recipes that show you exactly how to make house favorites like the Salt-Cod Fried Rice or the famous wing spice mix that numbs your mouth in the most delightful way possible.

Published by HarperCollins imprint Anthony Bourdain Book and co-written by Lucky Peach editor-in-chief, Chris Ying, this is sure to bring out the foodie in anyone.

Visionaire

Founded in New York in 1991, VISIONAIRE took a forward-facing approach to art and fashion that set the tone for many of today’s most cutting-edge, fringe publications. Now, 25 years later, founding editors Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos have collaborated on an eponymous coffee table book that traces the publication’s history of esoteric, boundary-pushing creativity.

Editorials featuring famed contemporary artists like Marina Abramovic, Mickalene Thomas and KAWS live alongside homages to powerhouse designers like Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent. SHOWstudio founder Nick Knight offers tastefully conceived, lifestyle nude photos that consider the feminine form, while David LaChapelle turns his lens on muscle-bound men.

VISIONAIRE is truly a feast for the eyes, mind and spirit.

Men of Style

“Dressing with a personal style is something altogether harder – it requires an appreciation for form, color, texture and composition; an artist’s perspective, if you like, applied to whatever one picks out of one’s wardrobe each morning, quite possibly at a time when thinking clearly about the triviality of what to wear is not high on the day’s agenda,” reads the intro of Men of Style.

The 192-page book profiles more than a dozen “men of style,” revealing everything from personal quotes to little-seen photographs and background on their sartorial preferences. Do you know Andy Warhol’s fashion taste? What about what kind of shoes Miles Davis liked, or Bob Marley’s favorite shirt? Men of Style has a few answers.

Gear Patrol

The guys over at Gear Patrol are exactly like the third edition of their magazine – adventurous, ever-curious and always searching for new experiences. The third edition of GP’s print magazine takes readers to the Arctic Circle on a 190-mile dog sled journey across sparse tundra. In Georgia, the platform’s associate editor ventures to Ossabaw Island to learn more about the fight for miracle pig. The list goes on but the point remains: this edition is for the adventurous.

Also check out last Sunday’s books to read here

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
Contributor
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