Winter Cocktails

Before the cold weather sets in completely step up your cocktail game and stock up your bar with Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks ($15). Winter cocktails — whether mulled wine, spiced cider, eggnog, hot buttered rum, or hot chocolate — are the perfect way to get you through the chill, and a great way to bring friends together once the days get shorter. More than just a simple drink recipe guide, this book covers everything a budding bartender needs to know to assemble a well-stocked winter bar, prepare garnishes, procure proper glassware, and of course, make drinks.

  • The Book of 'Unnecessary' Quotation Marks

    Attention grammarians, English majors, writers (or pretty much anyone who has ever been called a "grammar nazi"), this one's for you. Highlighting the myriad cases of the misuse of the humble quotation mark, The Book of 'Unnecessary' Quotation Marks: A Celebration of Creative Punctuation ($14) features photos of menus, signs, posters, and more, all using this somehow-misunderstood bit of punctuation for everything except actually quoting words someone said. At times hilarious, and at others disturbing, this book will leave you wondering just what exactly people had in mind when employing quotes. Is it sarcasm? Is it a euphemism? Is it an actual quotation? Or is it just a complete misappropriation of one of the most straightforward marks in our otherwise complex language? We may never know, but at least we can laugh.

  • Woodcut

    Whether you're an aspiring woodsman, the kind of guy who appreciates the simple beauty of nature in its rawest form, or you're just cultivating a lumberjack aesthetic in your apartment, Woodcut ($20) is the coffee table book for you. This book highlights the intricate, painstaking work of artist Bryan Nash Gill, featuring relief prints of cross sections of trees. With prints of a range of trees found near his Connecticut studio (including ash, maple, oak, spruce, and willow), it clearly displays age marks, cuts, scuffs, animal burrows, knots, and branches like no photograph ever could. Find also a detailed interview covering his process, from cutting the blocks with chainsaws, sanding, burning, and sealing, to the careful application of ink.

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