Setting up a home bar can be daunting, given the huge array of liquors to choose from. The 12 Bottle Bar will have you up and mixing with a minimum amount of fuss. Penned by the authors of 12bottlebar.com, it includes over 200 drink recipes, including martinis, sours, and manhattans, all built using a base of eight liquors, two vermouths, and two bitters. Also included is a guide to buying the right bottles, and detailed info on everything from garnishes and syrups to ice.
The arctic, and in particular the North Pole, represents some of the last true wilderness on Earth. It's also in serious peril. It's with these two themes in mind that Arctica: The Vanishing North takes you on a journey through this pristine locale. Author Sebastian Copeland, who also happens to be the photographer as well as an accomplished polar explorer and activist, provides a perspective of the pole's beauty, charm, and current predicament that could only come from someone who's not only been there, but obviously cares a great deal about its future.