I have 2 content types: book and author.

This is the structure:

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I want to use (print) some fields of author content type inside the node-book-tpl.php.

How can I do that? Is there a method to print referenced entity's fields like <?php print render($content['field_author']); ?> etc.?

Note: I tried the Inline Entity Display module but because I want to do this with custom node-book.tpl.php it doesn't work for me.

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    Use the stored uid within the reference field to load the corresponding entity and render whichever field you want. For the image field use theme_image
    – mchar
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 10:06
  • Thanks for the comment. Could you please give more details about uid?
    – herci
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 9:11

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If there is no compelling reason to render the fields from within the template, you could simply:

  1. choose a certain view mode for your author content type, say: Token, and make it show only those fields you want to be visible in the book node;
  2. set the display of the field referencing the author node from the book node to "Rendered entity" / "Rendered as Token".

As you say author is also a content type. Then you get author content node id on book content.if get node id then use node_load($author_nid); to load author node.print_r() load node and print fields you want to show.

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