It's not entitled "The Official Encyclopedia of Beer," but it might as well be. Weighing in at nearly 1,000 pages and covering over 1,100 topics, The Oxford Companion To Beer ($40) is filled with passages penned by experts on the subject, all painstakingly gathered together and edited by Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and presented in a hefty tome that's perfect reading material for aspiring brewers and beer lovers alike.
Johnny Cash was by all accounts an interesting character, and who better to tell the story of his life than his own son? House of Cash ($26) gathers up unpublished family photos, lyrics, art, and notes, and mixes them together with author John Carter Cash's recollections of talks between himself and his legendary dad, covering topics ranging from creativity to morality, all straight from the mouth of The Man in Black. [Scouted by Mark]
You can buy organic, grass-fed, conscientiously grown meat all you want, but if you're only eating one part of that chicken, cow, or hog, you're wasting a lot of usable protein — and that's totally un-green of you. Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal ($22) will teach you how to handle and cook delicious meals using those unsung, largely unused parts like cheeks, tongues, necks, marrow, and more. It might sound gross, but then again, so did bacon moon pies — until you tried 'em.
Odds are you don't have the cash to buy all -- or even a few -- of the dream rides contained within, but at least the pages of The Impossible Collection of Cars ($650) let you ogle them as if they were your very own. This limited edition, 144-page volume features spectacular photography and brief writings on a whole swatch of iconic vehicles, from a 1909 Blitzen Benz to a '97 Porsche 993 Turbo S, presented on cotton paper with a black rubber presentation box and cutout metal plate, making for a package that's nearly as luxurious as the cars themselves.
As we've been reminded countless times by older family members, football used to be a grittier, tougher game than it is now — and for proof of that you need look no further than the photography of Neil Leifer. Guts and Glory ($30) brings Leifer's most powerful images together in a single tome, nearly 300 pages in length, and accompanied by captions that put everything into perspective. A perfect coffee table book for your upcoming fantasy draft cookout/drink fest.