"How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science" was such a good subtitle I bought this one in hardcover.
David Wondrich has returned to fill us all in on the most social of drinks. After reading it you'll demand your friends come over for a bowl or two.
Everything ever about meat. This book is a blessing for the carnivore inside of you.
It's a great retrospective on the past 30 years of hacking, sure, but the fun part is all of the now-archaic technology. 2400 baud modems! Payphones!
This book taught me how to synthesize methyl salicylate from aspirin, which I then used to make a slightly poisonous wintergreen flavoring.
A great social history of the soda fountain.
Do you want to make 20 gallons of Stoughton bitters? Purify nitric acid? Cure liver problems? This 1872 guide has you covered.
A nice history on one of NYC's most interesting characters.
I wrote this book as a Grammar for Smart Grownups....clear language, busting some grammar myths, clear examples.
The transition to digital technology on the trading floor. A great modern day ethnography (thanks to Rachel for the tip!)
A funny, sciency guide to the nine major cloud types. Lots of good photos. At the very least you'll never forget what a cumulonimbus cloud is.
From Brainery friend Ben Feldman, the tale of a gruesome 19th century NYC scandal.
THE guide to dumplings of all sorts. All of them, with some history sprinkled in.
Everything you need to know about food science, explained well. It will make you love corn syrup.
Not to be too overly serious or anything, but A Pattern Language is legitimately my favorite book in the world. I love it so much I got a tattoo about it.
Everyone loves David Thompson, but Kasma Loha-unchit's oddly pricey classic wins my heart.
My roommates bought this book because it was beautiful, and it turns out David Thompson is the best we've got when it comes to authentic Thai cooking.
These recipes don't come off as very authentic, but their simplicity and accessibility did wonders for me when I was first learning to cook Thai.
Fuchsia Dunlop is awesome. Sichuan cuisine is awesome. This book will blow apart what you think Chinese cuisine is - even if you know it's more than sugar-soaked chicken strips from the corner joint. It's a wild ride for your taste buds as well as your pantry.