Finally, some porn you can leave out on the coffee table without upsetting your parents. Cabin Porn is a labor of love from the blog of the same name, offering up the story of the owners' Beaver Brook cabin, as well as ten other cabins and their builders, complete with stunning photography by Noah Kalina and stories from Steven Leckart. Oh, and hundreds of other cabins submitted by the Cabin Porn community.
People have been mixing cocktails for generations — and while there are many tried-and-true staples, there's no reason not to shake things up a bit. It's with that spirit in mind that the makers of the Mason Shaker bring you Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails. Broken into several sections, the first covers an introduction to mixing cocktails, from key techniques, to selecting the right liquors, to choosing seasonal ingredients. The second section delves into actual cocktail recipes, broken up by each season and focusing on market-fresh herbs, mixers, and more. The final section covers the social aspect of mixing cocktails, detailing a range of ideas for gatherings that span the country.
So. You need booze but lost your job. You've grown tired of infusing store-bought liquor. Your job as a drug runner just isn't dangerous enough. Whatever the case, The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still will have you up and running 'shine in no time. Technically, the book is written for people looking to brew up their own alcohol fuel — very high proof stuff that can used in a variety of internal combustion engines, providing you with a fuel source should society go south. But where's the fun in that?
Already finished William Shakespeare's Star Wars? Well, we got some good news for you. Ian Doescher, The Bard's great great great great grandson, has been hard at work on the sequel, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back. As you might expect, this book is based on the events of Episode V, but recounts them in iambic pentameter, and, like its predecessor, brings the story to life through black-and-white Elizabethan-style illustrations. By the way, that grandson stuff? We totally made that up.
For the serious collector, a pair of shoes is only as good as the jealousy it inspires among your friends and colleagues — and with Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide you get a definitive guide to every envy-inspiring pair of kicks available. Whether it's covering limited edition sneakers from the brands themselves or collaborations between shoe companies and individual designers, this book details over 300 examples of the best exclusive shoes. With beautiful photography, insider information, and an in-depth look into what makes these shoes special, this book is the guide to some of the most coveted footwear to date.
The past decade has seen beer go from mass produced, yellow, fizzy stuff to the craft beer explosion we are all witnessing today. Much of that development can be traced back to the Midwest, where a handful of breweries have made inroads for all the new brewers that seem to be popping up across the country. Locally Brewed profiles 20 of those breweries, providing great stories and photos throughout the book. It's a good read that will look nice on your bar next to your next local craft beer of choice.
Sure, you can pack a tent into the wilderness, but it never hurts to have a Plan B. Penned by Boy Scouts co-founder D.C. Beard, Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters can provide you with all the know-how necessary to build your own shelters using nothing but simple tools and your bare hands. From splitting logs and making fireplaces to building everything from teepees to log cabins, this classic book is filled with valuable knowledge, accompanied by over 300 illustrations created by the author himself.
You already know him as a self-educated lawyer, a president, an emancipator, and a vampire hunter — but you probably didn't know a thing about Lincoln's culinary prowess. Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times weaves a cookbook and a biography into one, telling the story of his life while providing recipes that would have made him proud. Divided into chapters based on important moments in his life, each biographical section is accompanied by thematically-related recipes. You'll find everything from strawberry ice cream and pineapple preserves, to barbecued pigs feet and roast turkey — all while gaining insight into this great man's behind-the-scenes life.
It might not get as much attention as its cousins Bourbon and Scotch, but Canadian whisky is actually every bit as worthy of your time. Start your education on the subject with Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert. Penned by sommelier and whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux, this surprisingly deep book takes you from shore to shore, exploring not only the current whisky industry in Canada, but its history as well, including the culture that's formed around it and the reason it tastes like it does. A must read for any self-respecting whisky lover.
Bacon is fantastic no matter how you cook it, but believe it or not, there's more ways to make it than simply following the Bacon Method. Penned by chef/author/recipe developer Theresa Gilliam and photographer E. Jane Armstrong, Bacon 24/7: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating is filled with recipes to give you some variety to your bacon consumption, from breakfast to late-night snacks and even desserts. And should you want to take your love to the next level, info on curing and smoking your own.
Whether you're ready to step your kitchen game up a notch and add in a spicy kick, or you've just always wanted to explore the spicier side of the culinary world, it might be time to start making your own hot sauces. And with Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started ($10), that's exactly what you can do. With everything you never knew you wanted to know about hot sauce, ranging from history, to types of hot sauce, to an exploration of ingredients — as well as a number of recipes for making hot sauces and cooking with hot sauces — you'll be a spice expert by the time you put this book down.
Whether or not you choose to pop open a can or two of Budweiser on the weekends (or after a long day's work) is one thing — but there's no denying that you've come across one of Anheuser-Busch's brews at some point in your drinking career. Chronicling the tale of this American brewing giant, Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer ($20) tells the story of how the Busch family rose to dominate the American beer market, for better or for worse. This story, spanning across three centuries, is one of dynasty, capitalism, innovation, success, and failure, and after you finish it, you'll never look at a bottle of Bud the same way.