Americans love beer. Actually, so do virtually all humans. The Beer Book helps thirsty individuals locate some of the world’s best breweries and whistle-stop beer trails, all while learning about their favorite alcoholic beverage. This recently updated visual catalog covers over 800 breweries across all prolific beer-making countries, tasting notes on 1,700 beers, and insight on the key beer regions every travelling aficionado needs to visit. Notably, it’s also packed with pictures, making for an easy read that’s sure to rev up your hankering for a cold one.
Marvel turns 75 this year, and in celebration of their continued diligence, risk-taking, and ultimately, success, comes a massive tome that looks back through the publisher’s long line of work, from their first comic book depicting the Human Torch to their latest big screen developments. Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel is a 700-plus page magnum opus packed with over 2,000 images of vintage comic books, original art, film stills, and collectibles, a four-foot accordion-fold timeline, as well as biographies of over 300 of the minds behind your favorite characters and strips. Plus it’ll arrive just in time for the holidays and is sure to captivate both hardcore junkies and casual readers alike.
Happen to watch a lot of TV? Like really, a lot? Then perhaps the upcoming TiVo Mega is for you. This machined server-sized device packs a ridiculous 24 terabyte storage capacity, recording up to 3 years straight worth of programming without breaking a sweat. To help best make use of this are 6 tuners and search capabilities that allow it to scour cable TV and streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus to hunt down your next fix and archive it forever. Plus, if the built-in drives weren’t enough, they’re also hot-swappable for additional space.
Learn more at TiVo – $5,000
Sometimes you don’t want Ultra High Definition. No one needs to see their mother-in-law’s nose pores or an Englishman’s teeth in larger than life detail. But sometimes, UHD compliments its surroundings like moonshine to Bluegrass music. Samsung’s new 3D, UHD 4K, 5,120 x 2,160 pixel, ultimate immersive experience inducing, extended panoramic view curved 105” screen delivers 4 times the resolution of HD. The proprietary technology that makes the curved screen possible creates a picture experience and panoramic effect unlike any other television on the market. UHD upscaling takes your favorite flicks, enhances their details and processes their signal to create near UHD picture quality so you can forget the halo effect and image distortion. And, to assist you in deciding what to watch – because TV guide are a thing of the past – the integrate Smart Hub helps you discover new content effortlessly.
Learn more at Samsung – $120,000
Are you tired of the same boring sex night after night, orgasm after orgasm? If you’re married the answer is an unequivocal no. But if you’re ready for more than the standard big 3 positions, Sexual Fitness is your guide to mind blowing, earth shattering copulation. This guide is not your run-of-the-mill soft core picture book replete with the same stuff you already know. Sexual Fitness is a funny and concise “sexercise” guide that strives to give you a hard core workout. Conventional sex may burn 100 to 150 calories, but Sexual Fitness’ workouts like The Mermaid and the Sailor and Ballerina Bunnies are designed to burn up to 400 calories. Just make sure you tell your partner what you’re doing before you start, since you should never have to do Crotching Tiger, Horny Dragon alone.
Pick up a copy at Amazon – $10
Obsessiveness makes for a good collector. And that might be an understatement when it comes to some record collectors featured in Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting – the book. This 416-page coffee table book highlights over 130 vinyl collectors from around the world and their records, captured by way of full page photos tagged with captions and quotes. Then, the second part of the book delves deeper into the stories of twelve collectors, with full-length interviews and a closer look at their spectacular vinyl troves.
Preorder at Dust & Grooves – $66
In 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine sought out to conquer the world of mac and cheese recipes, attempting to sample every recipe available at that time. The expedition ended in tragedy and it was 75 years before Irvine’s body was finally discovered. That may have been an attempt on Everest, but it certainly applies to mac and cheese aficionados (work with us here). Arevalo and Wade penned The Mac + Cheese Cookbook, a 128 page tome to explore the heights of this dish and provide a myriad of options – fifty, to be exact – for serving this favorite of children and grown men everywhere. These recipes originate from HOME, a restaurant devoted to the mac and cheese experience. There you’ll find gourmet versions of the classic along with versions never before attempted, such as dessert mac and cheese. This book even offers advice on wine and beer pairings for different recipes. What you won’t find is the elementary school version of a clumpy, gooey, rubbery mess. For that, you’ll have to buy Kraft.
Pick up a copy on Amazon – $12
There was a time when Mr. Boston knew all there was to know about spirits. However, the advent of boutique liquors, hand-crafted hooch and even legal moonshine (blasphemy) have brought about the need to be an educated consumer and not a trend following lackey. Enter American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit, the only such guide devoted solely to US made whiskey, rye and bourbon. 200 whiskeys are featured and can be accessed alphabetically by distillery and/or brand. Information such as distiller name, address, website, contact information and various products can be found, but equally important are to-the-point ratings, facts provided on how to purchase whiskey, how to read their labels, getting the most bang for your buck, gifting bottles, and much more.
Grab a copy on Amazon – $15
Still not sure which set top box to go with? Things just got simpler following Amazon’s foray into the market with Fire TV. Plug this small, elegant box to your HDTV to access [nearly] all your favorite services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, Pandora, Crackle, Amazon Instant Video, and many more. With 1080p output and Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1, your streamed shows and movies are as immersive as ever, and a slew of other features, including gaming capabilities (with Amazon’s Fire Game Controller), predictive buffering to cut loading times, and accurate voice search straight from the remote’s built-in mic add up to make Fire TV a serious contender.
Order at Amazon – $100
If you love beer – really love the nuances, the regional character, even the sound of the cap extraction making way for your lips, Patrick Dawson’s Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time is a tome you’ll want to revisit time after time. Just as wine improves over time under the right conditions, so too will high alcoholic content brews, conditioned beers that are bottled with yeast, barleywines, and others. The aging process changes the flavor of the beer in delicious ways, and so Vintage Beer explains what makes a good candidate for aging and what to look for when sampling aged beer. If you’re interested in the science behind the process, he covers that too. And if all that wasn’t enough the book also contains a buyers’ guide, helping you select from a variety of ready to age beers to add to your fledgling collection.
Grab one at Amazon – $10