Shed Nation

If your basement workshop isn't cutting it, or your garage is too cluttered to even focus on a project, it might be time for a shed. While you can buy a number of unoriginal, pre-fab jobs, wouldn't it be cooler to build one yourself? The handy guys at Popular Mechanics think so, and that's why they published Shed Nation. This book contains plans and guides for building an assortment of sheds for different purposes. Whether you want to build a small place to hold your tools, something with a tractor bay, a garden shed, or a full-on greenhouse, they've got you covered.

  • Bank Heist Kickstarter

    Pretty-boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, and John Dillinger all had something in common — they were each cat hoarders they each went to jail for bank robbery. Maybe if they had Kickstarter funding, they wouldn't have ended up behind bars. The Bank Heist Kickstarter ($150) is the first of its kind to attempt to solve that problem. Well, okay, it's not a real bank heist, it's an elaborate art project and exhibition based on years of research into what it would take to successfully rob five Los Angeles banks. The exhibition will include short films, models, photographs and other media to help tell the story.

  • Smoke & Pickles

    Part cookbook, part memoir, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen ($20) is a must read for any fan of Southern food. Penned by award-winning chef Edward Lee, the book chronicles his story from Brooklyn to Louisville, Kentucky, while offering up over 130 recipes that blend Southern comfort food with Korean traditions. Highlights include ramen-crusted, chicken-fried pork steak, collards and kimchi, and even Tobacco cookies, but all of them are approachable, letting you test out Lee's inventive methods yourself.

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