Most geeks would rather tinker and investigate than be handed step-by-step instructions, and that's true for more than just code and gadgetry. Cooking for Geeks ($23) brings this philosophy into the kitchen, offering up instructions on how to set up the needed tools, information about the hows of cooking — including protein denaturation and caramelization — and insights from fellow geek cooks. [Thanks, Brian]
Brooklynites are already familiar, but for those of you that don't live in the city that never sleeps, The Frankies Spuntino Cookbook ($16) is as close as you're going to get to the storied restaurant in Carroll Gardens. Packed with re-imagined versions of Italian-American food, the recipes inside are easy to cook yet deeply satisfying, kinda like a random hook-up with an old flame from high school.