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Monday, Dec 20, 2010
The Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 1,275 Recipes from America's Favorite Test Kitchen (Good Housekeeping Cookbooks) [$35.00]

For 125 years Good Housekeeping has made a name for itself by offering quality tips on cooking, well now they have their own cookbook. The Good Housekeeping Cookbook is an expanded version of their indispensable kitchen companion in magazine form. With 1,275 recipes, this cookbook has something for every occasion.


In addition to recipes, Good Housekeeping shares tips on basic and special cooking techniques, tools, ingredients, and safe food handling, as well as complete nutritional facts. There are also chapters devoted to canning and freezing as well as holiday cooking, including a dozen menus that are crafted to have you enjoying the party as much as your guests. This is the must have gift for anyone who likes to spend their time in the kitchen—and those who eagerly await at the table for the results.


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Friday, Dec 17, 2010
Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl [$23.95]

As a magazine for readers that are intrigued by culture, whatever form that may take, food culture is but one perfect subject for PopMatters. Punch, an historical look at the art of mixology, feeds our hungry minds and whets our appetites for, in this case, what we might recreate at the party punch bowl (hint: this ain’t your floating slices of canned pineapples and cheap rum kind of punch).


Award-winning cocktail writer (can you imagine, having such a job?) David Wondrich gives us his thoroughly researched (hiccough) history of punch, the first popular drink of global proportions (thanks be to some intrepid sailors), and the foundations upon which all modern drinks are solidly built.


This is a book to read for the pure pleasure of the read itself—and then to consult closely for recipes. Imagine the learned wisdom one may impart upon his fellow tipsy punch bowl revelers, sloshing glass held high, waxing about bolleponge. Here’s to bolleponge, long live bolleponge!


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Friday, Dec 17, 2010
Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life's Mysteries Unraveled, Including Tips for World Domination, Which Religion Offers the Best Afterlife, ... the Secret Recipe for Gettin' Laid Lemona [$16.99]

Standup comic and book designer Doogie Horner answers important questions, such as ‘How is the world going to end?’, ‘What’s the best way to win an argument?’, and ‘Which heavy metal band is right for you?’ with Everything Explained Through Flowcharts. Filled with irreverent essays and hilarious charts on Chain Restaurants, Ghosts, and Drinks Only College Students Order, this book makes navigating through life just that much easier.


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Friday, Dec 17, 2010
1001 Songs You Must Hear / Beer You Must Drink / Books You Must Read / Video Games You Must Play Before You Die series [$39.95]

If you have a friend with a lot of time on their hands whose main interests are music, video games and beer, than the 1001 series is just the gift for them. The series includes 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, and 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. Each colossal book is packed with all the essential details and facts about games, songs, and beers you didn’t even know existed. The video game edition covers everything from Pong to Rock Band with a little Sims and DDR in the mix, as well. The beer version looks at beers brewed all over the globe to bring you the best, while the song volume gives fun facts like, influences, covers and alternate versions of the songs you need to know.


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Friday, Dec 17, 2010
The Classical Tradition [$49.95]

For the favorite history buff on your list comes the gorgeous tome The Classical Tradition. While many people know we get certain modern words from the ancient civilizations (e.g., from polis to police), few realize how much of our culture is so directly connected to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Classical Tradition collects 563 articles from 339 distinguished authors to look at the way ancient ideas, practices and artistry have influenced Western culture. From art to government, math to medicine, legal theory to popular culture, the influence of the classic traditions can still be felt today, if you know what you’re looking for.


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