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The Curious Bartender

Mad science meets boozing it up in The Curious Bartender ($25), mixologist Tristan Stephenson's passionate tribute to the fine art of cocktails. Stephenson pays reverence to the giants of bartending history with detailed accounts of the origins of classic cocktails, then steps up the game... [More]

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Moriarty: A Novel

The season three finale of Sherlock left us hanging re: the return of Holmes's nemesis, Moriarty. While it seems impossible, nothing is final in the world of fiction! While you wait for season four to air, pick up Anthony Horowitz's novel, Moriarty ($18). While it... [More]

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Maddie on Things

Everyone's always been about cats and their amazing ability to walk on fences and jump up onto narrow surfaces and to stand in the most precarious of spots, but now a very special dog has proved that even some canines can stand in the most... [More]

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Women in Clothes

We're all here because we love to shop, we love clothes, and we love the pursuit in finding our own personal styles. In Women in Clothes ($19), editors Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, all writers, compiled contributions from over 600 women on the... [More]

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Make Your Own Rules Diet

Sorry to disappoint you, but the Make Your Own Rules Diet ($18) is not a carte blanche to eat donuts for lunch. This all-around health and wellness guide from the author of Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga (we want to be slim, calm, and sexy, dammit)... [More]

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Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes

You may not know Dominique Ansel by name, but you certainly know him by his most famous invention, the sweet and sinful Cronut. Wanna try your hand at making amazing pastries of your own? Ansel's new book ($21) offers up inspiration via interesting techniques, gorgeous... [More]

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The Wes Anderson Collection

Got one of those friends who can quote every line from every Wes movie? Yeah, we've got one of those, too. For Christmas, make his or her day and gift this book ($24) by Matt Zoller Seitz. It's packed full of the quirk and charm... [More]

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The Nice Handbook

Feeling a little sociopathic lately? Maybe it's time for The Nice Handbook ($12). This cheerful volume is jammed with 600+ suggestions for ways to brighten up someone's day. Get inspired to feed a stranger's meter, organize a gift drive, or adopt an orphaned chimpanzee. Halo... [More]

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Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1

Ever get annoyed that comic book heroes never have to deal with high blood pressure, utility bills, and life's other annoying necessities? Saga is different. The series follows the tribulations of two lovers from opposite sides of an endless, brutal war. But this Romeo and... [More]

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Catmas Carols

Don't let that perpetual scowl fool you. Your cat actually loves the holidays. How do we know this? Just take a peek at Catmas Carols ($10), an adorably illustrated volume containing 20 kitty-themed takes on classic holiday tunes. Sing with your pet about the tribulations... [More]

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The Essential Bar Book

Don't let the cover fool you. Though The Essential Bar Book ($15) does contain over 115 recipes for both classic and modern cocktails, it's a heck of a lot more than yet another bartending manual. Set up in a simple A-to-Z format, it covers everything... [More]

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Paris Pastry Club

We'd like to have had a childhood like Franny Zanotti. Instead of playing endless rounds of Duck Hunt and scarfing Twinkies, Zanotti spent her formative years in France, mixing up nougat with her grandma and nibbling on her mother's signature orange and yogurt cake. While... [More]

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I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You

You might not agree with us if you just failed your vocabulary exam, but English needs more words. After all, what's the right term for that all-consuming warm and fuzzy feeling you get when spending time with your bestie? Artist Yumi Sakugawa tries to capture... [More]

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Tina Nordstrom's Scandinavian Cooking

Scandinavian Cooking ($21): it's not just recipes for pickled herring. Nor, thankfully, does it necessarily mean Noma-inspired plates of sous-vide lichen. Tina Nordstrom's take on the region's cuisine is refreshingly enticing and user-friendly. She combines new versions of classics like lemon meringue pie and au... [More]

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Revival

If nightmares about burnt turkey and your tipsy Aunt Mabel aren't enough to scare you this holiday season, Stephen King is here to help. Revival ($18), the latest release from the creepiest guy on the planet, starts out innocently enough with a meeting between Jamie... [More]

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The Juice Bar

News flash: juice is good for you! Okay, so it's hardly a breaking story. After all, why else would anyone pass up a perfectly good cupcake for a glass of pulverized beet-kale-wheatgrass? The Juice Bar ($10) helps motivate you to down those vegetables by listing... [More]

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Savory Cocktails

The way to separate the cocktail amateurs from the true connoisseurs comes down to one word: sugar. Anybody can throw a bunch of fruity booze into a glass and call it a "martini," but true artisans skip the sweet stuff in favor of more complex... [More]

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Birkin Handbag Book Set

A touch shy of the $8,000 or so you'd need for a "starter" Birkin? Aren't we all. At least you can make your savvy fashion sense part of your home decor for a fraction of the price. This Birkin Handbag Book Set ($195) turns a... [More]

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Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor

Salt and sugar both try to kill you. Give them the pass and tantalize a different set of taste buds. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor ($22) celebrates your tongue's most under-appreciated receptors. Featuring delights ranging from dark chocolate to hoppy IPA,... [More]

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The World of Ice & Fire

No, it's not the follow up to A Dance with Dragons. George R.R. Martin would prefer to subject his fans to an even more agonizing wait for that one, instead plumping up his retirement account with The World of Ice & Fire ($35), Martin's answer... [More]

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