Whether or not you've watched Food, Inc., you've likely heard about the fact that the majority of meat sold in this country is from nasty, disease-encouraging mega-farms. But you might not know what to do about it. The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat ($16) is here to help, acting as a funny-yet-intelligent primer on grass-fed, organic meat, including where to find it, what cuts and types to use in certain dishes — even how to butcher it yourself. And if that isn't manly, we don't know what is.
Sure, you can purchase an expensive home brewery kit — and you should be able to brew some fine beers with it. But if you want to try your hand at home brewing with minimal cash layout, check out Beer Craft ($13). This handy home brewing guide will get you off and running — or drinking — with items you're likely to have in the kitchen, and is ready with info on more advanced techniques when you're ready to spread your proverbial "wings."