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Ask Me Anything Book

Ever want to ask the Crown Prince of Luxembourg why he named his dog Tinkles? Maybe you’d like to know why Lee Van Cleef was called angle eyes when he had one blue and one green eye (hardly angelic)? Ask Me Anything is collection of Reddit’s best for those that like to ask… well, anything. Unlike other social media outlets, Reddit’s users decide which posts drive to prominence. More than 10,000 subreddits, or communities, each with their own topic or subject matter, populate the Reddit world allowing users to determine the fate of content posted. When you pick up Ask Me Anything you’re perusing social interviews shaped by users who have unprecedented access to a wide range of notable people. Though on the other hand, you could always just check out these AMAs on Reddit for free.

Grab the hardcover at Amazon – $35

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The Food Lab

You might not see it as such, but everything new attempted in your kitchen is effectively a sort of experiment: some [most] go awry while others result in spectacular successes. Serious Eats’ J. Kenji Lopez-Alt focuses on the science behind delicious food in The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, delving in deep to detail why many widely accepted cooking methods are better forgotten and instead replaced by simpler, newer, and better proven techniques. And while it’s filled with several hundred recipes, The Food Lab is not technically a recipe book, instead aiming to teach the specific science behind various methods to imbue in the reader a deeper understanding the reasoning behind choices. By the time you’re done — which may take a little while considering the hardcover’s 960 pages — you’ll be whipping up recipes and traditions yourself.

Pick up a copy at Amazon – $15 (kindle) or $27 (hardcover)

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The 12 Bottle Bar

Building up a half decent home bar is easier said than done, at least without spending a fortune on liquor. The 12 Bottle Bar offers a more sensible approach by proposing a bar based around one dozen core bottles that mix up to create over 200 classic and budget-aware mixed drinks including a perfect Martini, Manhattan, and Mint Julep amongst many more. A chapter is dedicated to each of the twelve main alcoholic ingredients as well as one to ice, and while a few extra ingredients are necessary to start crafting cocktails their straightforward recipes will have you crafting delicious cocktails in no time.

Learn more at Amazon – $11

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Inside Chefs’ Fridges, Europe

We’re well accustomed to the work of celebrity chefs in the kitchen, but what do they cook up in their own? Taschen’s Inside Chefs’ Fridges, Europe: Top chefs open their home refrigerators takes a look inside the refrigerator’s of some of Europe’s most famed chefs tallying up nearly 60 Michelin stars between them. Along with photographs by Carrie Solomon each chef also contributes two recipes focused crafted with local ingredients as well as addresses of each of their restaurants. A quick reference recipe index also turns this voyeuristic tome into a cookbook of sorts.

Find it at Amazon – $34

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Grow The F*ck Up

Plenty of so-called adults don’t know how to write a check or change the batteries in their smoke detector — you know, the stuff people say parents or school should have taught them. John Kyle’s Grow The F*ck Up offers 44 step-by-step how-to’s for tackling life’s tricky essentials like changing a flat, ironing, using a charcoal grill, tie a tie, and plenty more. It’s satirical but constructive, entertaining but to-the-point, and reads cover to cover in just 100 pages.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $13

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If NaCl is the extent of your knowledge of the chemical composition of your food, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products can help. Unlock the secret of polysorbate 60 and other synthetic-sounding additives in processed food from Twinkies to McNuggets. The demystifying process is accompanied by photos of the additives as well as background on where they come from and why each is used. But tread carefully: remember that once you explore how a hotdog is made, you can’t unsee it.

Find it at Amazon – $19

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100 Deadly Skills

If a dangerous situation arises, the only thing you’re absolutely guaranteed to have is your knowledge. And retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson wants to beef it up with 100 Deadly Skills, a guide adapted to civilians for eluding pursuers and surviving life-threatening situations. The book is packed with established self-defense skills to expand your relevant skills, including tips on escaping a locked trunk, immobilizing maneuvers, evading shooters, rappelling down the side of a building, and much more. It mightn’t magically transform you into a SEAL but there’s a high chance some of the skills picked up will be put to good use.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $11

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Dinner With Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock is renowned for his artwork, but far fewer are familiar with his aptitude in the garden and kitchen. Dinner With Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature explores another side of the great American artist, complete with a collection of over fifty recipes from Jackson’s personal handwritten pages that include entrees, side dishes, breads, and desserts, notably his prize-winning apple pie. Also included are photographs of both Pollock’s former home and the final result you can expect from the recipes, providing an insightful depiction of the artist’s more personal life away from the canvas.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $40

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F*ck Feelings

Feelings are overrated. Or so would argue Michael & Sarah Bennett’s derogatorily titled self-help book, F*ck Feelings. Written with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and an unlikely psychiatrist-comedian combination, F*ck Feelings incites you to do away unrealistic wishes, goals, and the desire to change things you can’t control, instead focusing on proactive steps towards objectives that are actually feasible. Because while feeling one way about a problem — and trying to dissect the exact emotions as well as their cause through lengthy analysis — may seem like the ideal, perhaps finding a solution is a better investment of your time.

Learn more at Amazon – $11

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The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes

Your house is your biggest investment. Make sure your efforts to transform it into a home are fruitful with The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes. Not merely a picture book with impossibly perfect and ludicrously lavish pads, this realistic guide accounts for the fact that houses are meant to be livable, serving as a practical guide to selecting locations and neighborhoods in which to buy or build as well as architects and makers if you want to get a little more hands-on with your design. Most of all, the stunning included imagery frames homes around the globe and serves as fantastic inspiration to spruce up your own place, if just a little.

Preorder at Amazon ($33) or Gestalten ($60)

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