While we wouldn't recommend picking up the torch of any of the noble hellraisers mentioned within, Outlaws!: Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels ($30) might certainly tempt you to do so. This 240-page ode to the outsider chronicles the adventures — and motives — of such famed and feared rebels as Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, IRA-activist Bobby Sands, and more, explaining their plight, problems, and persecution in charmingly warm detail.
If you're a long-time Uncrate reader, you know that we were sold on this book by the title alone — but it's not exactly what you'd think. Instead of focusing solely on The Big Lebowski, Cathleen Falsani's The Dude Abides ($10) is an exploration intro to the existential questions raised by the entire Coen brothers catalogue, from Blood Simple to A Serious Man. Whether it's death, life, love, truth, or evil, there's a Coen film that touches on it, and not always in the way you'd expect. [Thanks, Christopher]
Think you've seen or read all the great books and films there are to digest? Think again. City Secrets Books & Movies ($14 each) are your guide to gems of cinema and literature that are mostly overlooked, compiled from recommendations given by some of the world's most well-respected minds on either subject, including Alec Wilkinson, Kenneth Turan, Marty Scorsese, and Sidney Lumet. Good luck finding copies of — and time to watch and read — all of them.
Whether or not you like his sometimes overly enthusiastic approach to cooking, there's no doubting Jamie Oliver's culinary talent. His new book, Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals ($27) aims to help you with your cooking by breaking down a large number of common meals to make them as simple as possible, with layman-level instructions and step-by-step pictures. It may not teach you how to cook five-star foie gras, but it can help improve your staples like omelets, burgers, pasta, and other everyday meals.