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Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

Well, that's about as straightforward a title as you're going to find. Penned by renowned photographer Henry Carroll, Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs goes beyond the typical technical jargon — although there's a bit of that in here too — to try and inspire you to take better pictures through a combination of classic images, amusing anecdotes, and effect-focused tips, all split up into five sections. And should you master those five — composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing — you will indeed be making great photographs.

  • The Old-Fashioned

    For such a simple drink, the old-fashioned sure can cause a fuss. The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World's First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore is an ode to this magical mixture of whiskey, bitters, sugar, and ice, from its birth as the original cocktail in the 19th century to its rebirth in modern-day craft cocktail bars. Alongside the stories and excellent photography you'll also find over 40 recipes, including classic variations, regional varieties, and updated modern takes. A great read for any cocktail or whiskey lover.

  • The Insect Cookbook

    It's been estimated that there are at least one 10 quintillion individual insects alive at any given moment — making them a pretty obvious source of food given the ever-dwindling natural resources in our world — assuming you can get over that fact that you're eating, well, bugs. The The Insect Cookbook embraces the idea of bugs as food, looking at them as a sustainable source of protein for years to come. Starting off with interesting perspectives from insect-eating advocates the world over, the book goes on to cover the healthiness of ingesting those little creepy crawlers. It then details a number of recipes for preparing bugs in ways you never thought possible, like risotto, ravioli, insect burgers, and more. So the next time you see some of these guys moving around your yard, you may just look at them a little differently.