About Artisan Books

Artisan publishes illustrated books to inspire and instruct, produced with great intention and quality. Artisan was founded by Peter Workman in 1994 with the idea that many subjects can be best expressed visually, and today Artisan is as committed as ever to applying that visual mandate—whether through photography, illustration, or graphic design—to strong and meaningful editorial content. 

Artisan’s first significant bestseller was The French Laundry Cookbook, by Thomas Keller, and recent New York Times bestsellers include Do Unto Animals, by Tracey Stewart, The Dogist, by Elias Weiss Friedman, The Kinfolk Home, and many more. Artisan specializes in cooking, design, crafts and hobbies, and expanding the boundaries of general nonfiction. It seeks authors who are thought leaders and tastemakers, working hand in hand with them to capture their voice, hone their message, and bring their unique ideas and insights to a wide group of readers. The physical book is Artisan’s great passion: finding the form, conceiving the package, digging deep into the details, until this concerted effort results in an object that is a singular pleasure to hold, to use, to read, and to give.

John Derian Picture Book

Now, for the first time ever, comes the book John Derian fans have been waiting for. Culled from the thousands of images that have appeared in his biannual collections, here is an astoundingly beautiful assortment of more than 400 full-bleed images in their original form. From intensely colored flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art, and that is destined to become the gift book of the season.

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