From the ABCs of Brazilian culture to the depths of the underground art scene, Brazil is full of stories that reveal why this distinguished country is such a magnet for both travelers and residents alike. Here, we introduce 4 of our favorite coffee table books that capture the seductive, one-of-a-kind energy and shows what makes Brazil so enchanting.
Armand Limnander, Assouline
Armand Limnander’s Brazilian Style book is an encyclopedic look at the country, from A (açaí) to Z (Zé Carioca): Pelé, Oscar Niemeyer, caipirinhas, Sonia Braga, Vik Muniz, Ipanema, Tropicália… an abundance of artists and architects, models and screen stars, regional festivals and religious diversity. With evocative photography and fast-paced texts, the book takes readers on a curated tour of the most important symbols of modern and classic Brazil.
MaRio de Janeiro Testino
Mario Testino, Taschen
Peruvian by birth and Brazilian by heart, acclaimed fashion photographer Mario Testino became fascinated by Rio de Janeiro when he was only 14, after spending a summer in the city. Since then, Testino keeps on going back for work and fun, passion and inspiration. Featuring candid shots of alluring cariocas baring nubile flesh, including of supermodel Gisele Bündchen, MaRio de Janeiro Testino captures the essence of this incomparably seductive city, from breathtaking sunset panoramas to the throbbing chaos of its world-famous carnival.
Thiago Castanho and Luciana Bianchi, Octopus
Brazil is a country with fabulous native ingredients and a wealth of ethnic culinary influences, resulting in one of the most vibrant food scenes in the world. In this book, acclaimed newcomer chef Thiago Castanho and food writer Luciana Bianchi explore the best of Brazilian food and its traditions with more than 100 recipes from all parts of the country. You will want to try it at home – no matter where you live.
Tristan Manco, Caleb Neelon, Lost Art, Thames and Hudson
In the past decade, writer Tristan Manco; artist Caleb Neelon (Sonik), and photographers Ignacio Aronovich and Louise Chin (aka Lost Art) have documented the streets of Brazil with both stunning photography and in-depth history, from the internationally renowned twin brothers OsGemeos to the visual powers of the ubiquitous daredevil pixadores*.
*Dig deeper: The Guardian has a great article about pixação. Check this out.