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In The Charcuterie

There are few joys in life greater than partaking in delicious preserved meats — and it's with that pleasure in mind that we present to you In The Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide to Making Sausage, Salumi, Pates, Roasts, Confits, and Other Meaty Goods ($24). With 125 recipes for preparing meats, brought to you by the proprietors of San Francisco's legendary charcuterie, The Fatted Calf, you'll be able to make some of your favorites (and probably some things you've never heard of) right in your own home kitchen. They'll walk you through everything from preparing your kitchen, to selecting the right cuts, to the basics of butchering, to salting, curing, bringing, stuffing, and much more.

  • Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Build a terrifying, albeit miniature, arsenal to defend your small space with Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction ($13 each). This series of books includes detailed instructions for building tiny weapons that fit perfectly on your desk or in your cubicle, all made with commonly-found office supplies and household items. While calling them weapons of mass destruction may be a bit hyperbolic, they'll certainly provide plenty of entertainment on a shrunken scale. Each book contains more than 30 weapons, ranging from trebuchets and catapults to blowguns and crossbows. Also included are strategic guidelines, clear diagrams, and safety tips (you could put an eye out with that).

  • The Snacking Dead

    While you wait for the walker-filled bloodbath that is The Walking Dead to return to TV, spend your time eating like the undead with The Snacking Dead: A Parody In A Cookbook ($12). Part love story, part parody, and part cookbook, it tells the tale of Pam Beaumont, a cook surviving the apocalypse while nurturing romantic feelings for our favorite crossbow-toting badass, Daryl. It's filled with zombie-survival-themed recipes like: Sweetish Fleshballs, Nachos of the Living Dead, Gratuitous Violence Jello Mold, and Elbows Casserole. So (when the end comes), as the biters devour your loved ones outside, you'll be eating like a survivalist king barricaded in your compound.