Cooking for Geeks

Cooking for Geeks

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]

  • Mad Men Unbuttoned

    Counting down the days until the Mad Men season four premiere? Pass the time by perusing the 250+ pages of Mad Men Unbuttoned ($12). Penned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper of Public School Intelligentsia fame, this unique quasi-history book looks at both the show and the era in which it's set, covering advertising, sex, politics, design, and pop culture with interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout. Don Draper wannabes should beware its tricky name, however — Unbuttoned is more or less devoid of fashion tips.

  • Spacesuits

    How can you tell a real astronaut apart from a deranged, Sigourney Weaver in Alien-obsessed wannabe? The suit, of course. Spacesuits ($20) is a short but art-worthy look at the history of the spacesuit, featuring interesting history mixed in with professional photos of spacesuits ranging from the earliest manned space flights to the latest and greatest shuttle missions, courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum.

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