Once upon a time there was a bird that made its nests out of cinnamon. It was called Cynnamolgus. You collected cinnamon by tricking it with dead oxen.
This is the history of the world along those lines.
You should know more about historic cocktails! Wondrich breaks down the original recipes and ingredients in detail, giving you way more than "here is a bushel of recipes."
Get this book.
No, they aren't lying, it is the definitive world guide. And don't look so confused - it's a different Michael Jackson.
The best, number one, and most perfect history of alcohol I've ever read. I'm come across plenty, and nothing approaches the subject with as much breadth or depth as Drink.
You will ruin cocktail parties with your knowledge of wood.
Chang Sun-Young will make you a Korean grandmother. This book replaced my much-cherished bulgogi recipe.
The cover art is questionable but the recipes are fun and interesting. I'd love a book that's 100% root beer recipes, but that's not gonna happen.
It's the best hobby. Fallen trees become a goldmine.
Kind of a disappointment! Lots of things to do with logs, though.
Two diverse and game-changing books (along with On Photography) about art and photography.
If you don't feel like reading Luca Turin's book about scent you might as well read Chandler Burr's book about him.
Pictures of wood. Radial, horizontal, and vertical cuts of wood. That's about it.
It might sound weird, but if you raise your eyebrows, I will say to you: it is stunning.
Douglas Hofstadter's classic take on mathematics, art, and knowledge. The publisher says it's "in the spirit of Lewis Carroll" and I'm one to agree.