Smoke & Pickles

Part cookbook, part memoir, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen ($20) is a must read for any fan of Southern food. Penned by award-winning chef Edward Lee, the book chronicles his story from Brooklyn to Louisville, Kentucky, while offering up over 130 recipes that blend Southern comfort food with Korean traditions. Highlights include ramen-crusted, chicken-fried pork steak, collards and kimchi, and even Tobacco cookies, but all of them are approachable, letting you test out Lee's inventive methods yourself.

  • The Audacity of Hops

    Most of us at this point have tried several craft beers, and many of us liked them enough to switch almost exclusively away from the Bud Lights of the world. But few know the real history behind their rise to prominence. The Audacity of Hops ($14) chronicles that story from the 1960s through to today, based on interviews with the most influential folks in craft brewing, tons of research, and, we'll go ahead and assume, a healthy amount of beer drinking. Filled with amusing anecdotes and sometimes surprising facts, it's a must-read for any beer lover.

  • Drink More Whiskey

    No matter how many bottles you've put away in your lifetime, it's unlikely you know all there is to know about whiskey. Drink More Whiskey: Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink ($15) is here to teach you. Weighing in at just over 175 pages, this introduction to the whiskey renaissance covers both classic offerings and varieties from new distilleries, discussing the background, style, and quality of each, with over 20 drink recipes spread throughout that likewise run the gamut from classic to modern.

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