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.
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.
Literary characters can be pretty much anything the author wants, from murderous bastards to dragon-riding heroes. But almost universally, they all need to eat. Fictitious Dishes celebrates the meals of some of literature's best known tales, from the tea party in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the Swiss cheese sandwich and malted milk from Catcher in the Rye, by photographing each and placing the images next to the text from which they came. Add in some food trivia and stories about the authors, and you've got great coffee table fodder for any serious reader.