Winter is a great time to catch up on some reading, and you'll be hard-pressed to find more interesting writing than the three tomes of Malcolm Gladwell: Collected ($50). This hardcover set includes Gladwell's groundbreaking books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, repackaged and redesigned, complete with all-new illustrations from Brian Rea.
Talk up your local organic grocer all you want, but if you're looking to get the most wholesome, freshest meats possible, there's no better way than to cut them yourself. Whole Beast Butchery ($25) is a step-by-step guide on how to procure, prepare, and utilize whole animals, illustrated with 500 photographs, and penned by self-taught meat guru Ryan Farr. As an added bonus, should society collapse around you, you'll be able to have a useful new profession.
Did The Oxford Companion to Beer whet your appetite for brewing? Well, the Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book ($14) has all the information you'll need to start your own microbrewery at home. It offers up 52 seasonal recipes that are designed to be made in small batches, as well as tips on brewing, growing hops, and pairing the right beer with the right food. It also has four gluten-free recipes within its pages, so your Celiac-suffering neighbor will at least have something to drown his sorrows when his beloved Browns manage once again to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. [Scouted by Eric]
Most autobiographies tend to be rather tame affairs — so we were pleasantly surprised to find that West by West ($18) is anything but. Penned by hoops legend Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman, the book tells West's journey from his childhood and college years in West Virginia though his 40-year stint with the Lakers, chronicling both his greatest triumphs and his intermittent battles with depression along the way. Pretty gripping stuff, especially for a guy who literally became an icon.