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The Age of Wonder

"How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science" was such a good subtitle I bought this one in hardcover.

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Punch: The Delights (And Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl

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.

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The River Cottage Meat Book

Everything ever about meat. This book is a blessing for the carnivore inside of you.

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The Best of 2600 [A Hacker Odyssey]

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!

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Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments

This book taught me how to synthesize methyl salicylate from aspirin, which I then used to make a slightly poisonous wintergreen flavoring.

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Fix the Pumps

A great social history of the soda fountain.

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Encyclopedia of Practical Receipts and Processes: Containing Over 6400 Receipts

Do you want to make 20 gallons of Stoughton bitters? Purify nitric acid? Cure liver problems? This 1872 guide has you covered.

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Call Me Daddy: Babes and Bathos in Edward West Browning's Jazz-Age New York

A nice history on one of NYC's most interesting characters. 

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Grammar: A Pocket Guide

I wrote this book as a Grammar for Smart Grownups....clear language, busting some grammar myths, clear examples.

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Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London

The transition to digital technology on the trading floor. A great modern day ethnography (thanks to Rachel for the tip!)

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The Cloudspotter's Guide

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. 

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Butchery on Bond Street

From Brainery friend Ben Feldman, the tale of a gruesome 19th century NYC scandal. 

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A World of Dumplings

THE guide to dumplings of all sorts. All of them, with some history sprinkled in. 

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On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Everything you need to know about food science, explained well. It will make you love corn syrup. 

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A Pattern Language

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. 

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It Rains Fishes

Everyone loves David Thompson, but Kasma Loha-unchit's oddly pricey classic wins my heart.

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Thai Street Food

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.

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Real Vegetarian Thai

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.

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Land of Plenty

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.

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