I often recommend books to friends…here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

The Creative Act: A Way of Being 2023, Rick Rubin

There and Back 2021, Jimmy Chin

Hope for Film: A Producer’s Journey Across the Revolutions of Indie Film and Global Streaming 2020, Ted Hope

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber 2019, Mike Isaac

Ikigai 2016, Héctor García and Francsesc Miralles

The Story of lululemon 2021, Chip Wilson

Greenlights 2020, Matthew McConaughey

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike 2016, Phil Knight

The Year of Yes 2017, Shonda Rhimes

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers 2014, Ben Horowitz

Zero to One 2014, Peter Theil

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing 2007, Elmore Leonard

Steve Jobs 2011, Walter Isaacon

Leading 2015, Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz

Kitchen Confidential 2000, Anthony Bourdain

What I Know For Sure 2014, Oprah Winfrey

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose 2019, Oprah Winfrey

Elon Musk 2015, Ashlee Vance

Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy 2018, Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm 2001, Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company 2019, Bob Iger

The Black Swan  2007, Nassim Nicolas Taleb

How Google Works 2017, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN 2011, Tom Shales and Andrew James Miller

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency 2017, Andrew James Miller

Talking to Strangers 2019, Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers 2011, Malcolm Gladwell

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road 2017, Nick Bilton

Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land 2014, Dan O’Brien

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman–Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual revised 2016, Yvon Chouinard

The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years 2012, Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success 2006, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance 2008, W. Timothy Gallwey

Start with Why 2009, Simon Sinek

Brewing Up a Business 2005, Sam Calagione

Principles: Life and Work 2017, Ray Dalio

Perennial Seller 2017, Ryan Holiday

Ego is the Enemy 2016, Ryan Holiday

Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator 2012, Ryan Holiday

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane 2017, Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin

Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction 2011, Jack Hart

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom 2006, Jonathan Haidt

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence 2018, Michael Pollan

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It 2016, Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World 2017, Tim Ferris

Hegarty on Advertising 2011, John Hegarty

Food and cooking

Pizza Czar 2021, Anthony Falco

Field Notes for Food Adventure 2021, Brad Leone

American Seafood 2017, Barton Seaver

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking 2017, Samin Nosrat

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking 2015, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto 2015, Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

Momofuku 2009, David Chang and Peter Meehan

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes 2016, Ronni Lundy

Gjelina: Cooking from Venice California 2015, Travis Lett

Momofuku Milk Bar 2011, Christina Tosi

Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots 2017, Matt Jennings

Tartine Bread 2010, Chad Robertson

The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes 2014, Jeremy Sewall and Erin Byers Murray

Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw 2016, Jeremy Sewall and Marion Lear Swaybill

Roberta’s Cookbook 2013, Carlo Mirarchi, Brandon Hoy and Chris Parachini

The Balthazar Cookbook 2003, Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson

The Mile End Cookbook: Redefining Jewish Comfort Food from Hash to Hamantaschen 2012, Noah and Rae Bernamoff

The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts 2011, David McMillan and Frédéric Morin

The Fat Duck Cookbook 2009, Heston Blumenthal

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food 2014, Dan Barber

Eat with Your Hands 2012, Zakary Pelaccio

Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant 2011, Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz

Num Pang: Bold Recipes from New York City’s Favorite Sandwich Shop 2016, Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz

Instanbul: Recipes from the Heart of Turkey 2014, Rebecca Seal

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals 2006, Michael Pollan

Heritage 2014, Sean Brock

The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue 2013, Daniel Vaughn

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food 2010, Paul Greenberg

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating & What You Can Do About It 2016, Larry Olmsted

The PDT Cocktail Book 2011, Jim Meehan

Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture 2015, Matt Goulding

Grape, Olive, Pig Deep Travels Through Spain’s Food Culture 2016, Matt Goulding

My Vietnam: Stories and Recipes 2011, Luke Nguyen

Jerusalem: A Cookbook 2012, Yotam Ottolenghi

Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen 2013, Edward Lee

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual 2010, Peter Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Peter Meehan

The Mile End Cookbook: Redefining Jewish Comfort Food from Hash to Hamantaschen 2012, Noah Bernamoff and Rae Bernamoff 

The Meat Hook Meat Book: Buy, Butcher, and Cook Your Way to Better Meat 2014, Tom Mylan  and Michael Harlan Turkell 

The Forager Handbook: A Guide to the Edible Plants of Britain 2009, Miles Irving

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