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Don’t Judge a Book By…Wait, What?

You know how the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. I was recently in the Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City for the first time. Rizzoli is teeming with pretty coffee table books all vying for attention. The old adage is useless in a bookstore like Rizzoli, with tables and tables of book covers staring up at you. You pick up what catches your eye. To earn a place in my library, a book better have cover art that can hold its own. I walked out of Rizzoli with one book, The Anarchy of Chilies by Caz Hildebrand. The book is a reference of 100 types of chilies and Caz Hildebrand is both author and artist. Hildebrand’s book stands out with its super saturated illustration of chilies on a bright white background. The same Mexican oil cloth inspired illustrations are carried throughout the book. Hildebrand designed a very specific style for The Anarchy of Chilies, and I would love to see a whole series of reference books in the same style from her. Inspired to wander into a brick and mortar bookstore? Check out this list of 11 Author recommended destination bookstores in the US.