Apparently in Texas they take their quail hunting pretty seriously — okay, make that very seriously — so seriously that they outfit trucks, jeeps, quads, even vintage sedans with everything you could possibly need for the hunt. Texas Quail Rigs profiles this unique intersection of car and hunting culture with beautiful photographs of more than 120 quail rigs, lending insight into this odd way of life. And while quail hunting is diminishing in Texas as game and participants dwindle, this book serves as a record preserving the extreme lengths hunters go to just to get the bird. So whether you're a hunter yourself, or just an avid admirer of automotive subcultures, you're going to want this book on your coffee table.
More than just a simple collection of recipes for great drinks, The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks is an exhaustive compilation of 100 of the most important drinks, their histories, and notes on how to mix them properly. Divided into a series of sections based on drink types, it covers all the essentials from classic cocktails and martinis to tropical drinks and sweet concoctions. With a focus on fresh, natural ingredients instead of artificial mixers that come in a bottle, and getting the best flavor possible out of each part of your recipe, this book will become the bar tending aficionado's go-to guide.
If you're a wine lover, you know that connoisseurs collect and age wines for years and years. What you might not be aware of though, is that the same practice is becoming quite popular in the craft beer world as well. Vintage Beer is a book that examines what beers are candidates for aging, how to plan and set up a beer cellar, and what to look for when tasting vintage beers. Also included is a helpful buying guide, clueing you into what beers are best to start your cellar with, from the economical to the uber rare.
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.