Not all bar food is fried — gastropubs have long been serving up more sophisticated yet equally hearty fare. Now you can try recreating some of those meals in your own kitchen with Grillhouse: Gastropub at Home ($20). Filled with delicious recipes that offer complex flavors and deceptively simple cooking instructions, it's gorgeously illustrated, and will have you looking for the perfect beers to complement your newly-found favorites.
We're not sure how you'd do the job of picking them — although we'd certainly like to try — but here we are, gawking at Playboy's Greatest Covers ($24). This 320-page tome — written by Playboy contributor Damon Brown and curated by Hef himself — offers up the most gentlemanly covers from 1953 to today, covering many of history's most intriguing women, and all preceded by a foreword from former bunny Pamela Anderson. You could do a lot worse on your man cave coffee table.
When it comes to our favorite actors, few rank higher on the list than Bill Murray. So how do you introduce young ones to this "great man of cinema"? With the Thrill Murray ($15) coloring book. Clocking in at 50 pages, it offers a variety of scenes to ink, including some inspired by specific films like Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, others that celebrate Murray's larger-than-life persona, and some that are also available as posters and prints. For maximum impact, follow it up with a screening of Ghostbusters.
With the debut of The Dark Knight Rises just days away, now seems like the perfect time to bone up on the details of Batman's arsenal. The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave ($22) takes you on a detailed tour of all of Batman's tools, vehicles, and technologies, as employed in Christopher Nolan's brilliant trilogy. Features include removable documents, large, full-color artwork and photos, and even info on the aforementioned finale's flying Bat.