The unassuming oyster might appear plain, but it has a rich history that dates back further than just about anything we consume. In Oyster: A Gastronomic History, author Drew Smith looks back on the history of the oyster in art, literature, politics, and of course — as a delicious addition to your diet. From how to open an oyster to more than 40 recipes for cooked oysters, this book is certain to open your mind about just how vital these prehistoric molluscs are.

  • Contraband Cocktails

    Prohibition was supposed to dry out America, and while there weren't many distillers legally making liquor, that didn't stop many Americans from continuing to drink. Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed To provides a detailed look at the drinks, methods, and people that kept Americans buzzed. From the rise of the speakeasy, which led to the modern cocktail bar — to how members of Congress were supplied with illegal booze, Contraband Cocktails is a fascinating look at a period of American history none of us hope repeats itself.

  • Cooking With Beer

    As if you needed another reason to love beer, Cooking With Beer arrives to show just how versatile this already admired beverage can be. 75 different recipes with beer as a key ingredient are featured in the book, from beer-cured bacon and Hefeweizen French toast for breakfast to beer pizza dough for dinner using a delicious dark lager. Make a snack, appetizer, main dish, or even dessert — all laid out simply with beautiful photographs of each mouth watering, beer infused dish.

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