We hate to buy flesh from factory farms, but we also love our meat, and finding the good stuff isn't always easy. That's where Good Meat ($27) comes in. This 400 page guide for conscious carnivores features tons of tips on raising sustainable meat and buying from local farmers, as well as 200+ recipes for pork, beef, lamb, poultry, and game, accompanied by gorgeous photography that will have you salivating in your seat.
It might not teach you how to do it yourself, but if you ever wondered how small batch distilleries create the flavors of your favorite spirits, The Art of Distilling Whiskey & Other Spirits ($17) is your book. Included in the text are detailed explanations of distillation processes and techniques, set alongside original photography of micro-distilleries from across the nation. Best when read with a fine glass of your favorite gas.