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The Whole Beast

The Whole Beast

You know the phrase "whole hog?" Well, London-based chef Fergus Henderson takes it literally. Author of The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating ($15), Henderson believes in using virtually every part of a plant or animal in your cooking to reduce waste, resulting in such tasty yet repulsive-sounding dishes as Rolled Pig's Spleen, Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad, and Blood Cake and Fried Eggs. Yummy. Perfect for the Bizarre Foods fan in your life, even if the fan happens to be you.

  • Rework

    Do you care, at all, about your work? Then pick up a copy of Rework ($13). Penned by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals, makers of Backpack — which we use every day to help write Uncrate — and other fine software products, Rework is filled with to-the-point rules on how to work more efficiently and be successful, with prose that's as succinct and direct as the rules themselves. No jargon, no bullshit, just great advice from a couple of the web's smartest guys. A must read.

  • Nintendo Magic: Winning the Videogame Wars

    In case you missed it, Nintendo wasn't in the best shape market share-wise when it announced the Wii: the PS2 was the undisputed king of consoles, the Xbox 360 had already launched with a well-received, if expensive online service, and Nintendo's prior console, the GameCube, was more or less a joke. Nintendo Magic: Winning the Videogame Wars ($14) is a business- and marketing-focused look at how the Wii managed to overcome these odds to become the king of this generation's consoles, explaining how Nintendo's unique company outlook and structure helped it along. Just beware the section on how the Wii will become a major household appliance and the DSi will be "the cell phone of the future" — we're pretty sure we've seen the cell phones of the future, and they sure as hell don't use styluses.