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Ivan Ramen

Ideally at this point in your life you understand that ramen isn't just a cheap way to eat your way through college, but a versatile dietary staple that can actually taste incredible. As a middle-aged Jewish man originally from Long Island, Ivan Orkin — now owner of two Tokyo ramen shops and author of Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint ($18) — certainly has a unique perspective on these deceptively simple noodles. His book is part memoir, exploring how he became a culinary entrepreneur and minor celebrity in Japan, and part cookbook, exposing the secrets behind his now-legendary handmade noodles, broth, and toppings. After reading it, you'll have a new-found respect for this incredible food, and an admiration for a man who defied all odds to become who he is today.

  • Bond On Set

    Far-flung destinations, beautiful women, gunplay, fast cars — this is life behind the cameras of the greatest spy movie franchise in film history — and now you can experience it all with Bond On Set ($20-40). These books explore behind the scenes of several of the most recent Bond films: Skyfall, 007 Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Die Another Day. With photography documenting the making of these thrilling movies, excerpts from the screen plays, and illuminating captions, you'll find deep insight into how these films came to be. Whether you're a die-hard Bond fan, or just a cinephile with an interest in how great movies are made, there's plenty to like in every one of these books.

  • Star Wars: Frames

    If you're a true Star Wars fan, you can probably close your eyes and picture some of the series' most iconic moments: Han Solo as he's lowered into the carbon freezing chamber, or the bittersweet look of redemption on the face of Anakin Skywalker as Luke removes his mask. Star Wars: Frames ($90) is a celebration of 1,416 moments like these, hand-picked by George Lucas from over one million frames of film, and reproduced across two hardcover volumes — one for the original trilogy and one for the prequel trilogy. Each set arrives in a box designed to resemble Vader's Tie Fighter and opens to reveal images of the Sith Lord himself.