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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
The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto [$16.95]

It’s nearly impossible to get a really good cocktail these days. Unless you’re the kind who can afford to leave your cashmere with coat check and raise nary an eyebrow at a meal with drinks that costs hundreds—for one—you’re stuck with the average over-sweetened, maraschino cherry accented, two-ingredients schlock that passes for ‘cocktails’ at the average bar and restaurant.


For those who refuse to sip such things and say, “Mmm, this is good,” comes this delightful challenge to one’s refined tastes and cultivated snobbery—and it’s priced for the average Joe’s budget. With a wit that might make you spill your Manhattan, mixed with a keen storytelling approach that might make you confuse this for literature, The Hour is a delightful lesson in the proper way to make a proper cocktail. Think of it as a Henry Higgins approach to an aspiring Eliza Doolittle; that is, as an instruction booklet that will slap your hand one moment, then gently take that hand and lead you down to your own basement distillery wherein miracles—providing each step is properly executed—will happen.


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Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010
Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal [$15.00]

Who says that metalheads are only allowed to eat fast food? Disprove that theory with this unorthodox cookbook. Featuring recipes from the likes of Lemmy Kilmeister (Motörhead), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), David Ellefson (Megadeth), and many other stars of rock and metal, this cookbook will allow aspiring headbangers to eat like their favorite artists, which is a nice runner-up to playing like them. Plus, it comes packed with a ton of personal stories and notes from the musicians involved, adding a personal touch for the music history buff. A must-have for food lovers and heavy music fans alike!


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Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010
Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries by Andy Crouch [$24.95]

A good beer can be hard to find, but not with Great American Craft Beers: a Guide to the Nation’s Finest Beers and Breweries at your side. This book profiles over 300 beers in more than 80 styles to help you determine the perfect beer for you, depending upon your mood.


For example, if you like the taste of toasted caramel try Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, if you like bananas try Hefeweizen by Live Oak Brewing, and so on. Great American Craft Beers also offers advice on food pairings as well as where to travel to find the best beer. For the beer lover on your list this is a must buy, but set some money aside to buy them some beer, as well.


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