Books

The Slow-n-Low Pursuits of one of Montreal's Best restaurants

The Smoker: An Excerpt from the Joe Beef Cookbook

You don't just build a smoker and start cooking in it. Like any other major project, the idea turns into an obsession, which turns into a real possibility, which turns into a mess. Only then can you see what your initial idea has twisted itself into. We know this, and so does Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef. In this excerpt from the restaurant's cookbook, Morin explains the tortuous path from a childhood of smoky fiddlings to an adulthood of...smoky fiddlings. And, ultimately, a working, self-built smoker at Joe Beef in Montreal.

Fundamental techniques for grilling

Grilling Basics from The Meat Hook Butcher Shop

Whether you have a cheaper grill or a top-dollar wood-fired jam, one thing should be made clear: grills don’t cook steaks by themselves. Tom Mylan, owner of The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, NY, explains in this excerpt from his book.

The Magnum Opus of Grilling

The Dish: The Man Steak

Comprised of the sirloin with all of its various muscles intact (including the tenderloin), the Man Steak is a beautiful thing to behold. Tom Mylan, owner of The Meat Hook, a whole animal butcher shop in Brooklyn, NY, shares a recipe for one from his cookbook.

10 Great Books to read in the AC or the open air

Your 2014 Summer Reading List

It's almost summer, which means that you'll finally have some time to finish the dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest that you started (with best intentions, we're sure) four years ago. Though if you wanted to read one of these instead, no one blames you.

Short and Sweet

Five New Short Story Collections to Read Now

Thanks to contemporary authors like George Saunders and Jennifer Egan, short stories have recently been getting the attention they deserve. Here are five more authors who honor the form.

Why Rare Books Are Really, Really Expensive

The $270,000 Book

We visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair with a single question: in an age of $1.99 Kindle Singles, why would a book cost thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars?

Excerpts from an Intro to Spanish Butchering

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

Any book that introduces “a sharp implement, a capacity to witness death, and a good amount of blood” as self-evident truths in the business of slaughtering pigs has our attention. Jeffrey Weiss’s new book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, is much more than spectacle: it’s an authoritative resource on Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques, complete with recipes for traditional Spanish dishes, handsome photography and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience. In this excerpt, provided to GP by Agate Publishing, Weiss describes taking part in a matanza (“pig slaughter”) in Extremadura, a rugged region in western Spain.

Read Free or Die

Roundup: 5 Books about the White Mountains

What New Hampshire lacks in acreage it makes up in personality: the Granite State was the first to break away from the British; it holds the first presidential primary; and the state motto is, audaciously, “Live Free or Die”. The state’s soul resides in the White Mountain National Forest, more than 750,000 acres of rugged trails and backcountry. It’s a fine place to hike, as we did in our story about the huts of the White Mountains. Want a more comprehensive education? Consider picking up one of these books.

Page Turners

20 Great Photography Books

This list of our favorite photography books represents an attempt, however incomplete, to reseat the photo book in its rightful place alongside the Scarface posters Warhols lining your walls. We wouldn't call it a compendium of the greatest photographers or a comprehensive survey of the medium -- it's just a few selections to help broaden your photographic horizons, or at the very least spark some compelling conversation around the coffee table.

An encounter with speed listening

The Side Effects of Learning Thricely

It was a rainy afternoon, and being but sixteen years old and still shackled to the dependent life of the unlicensed driver, I was waiting for my brother to pick me up at the train station. When he finally arrived and I stepped into the warm and dry shelter of his Jeep, I was greeted by a cacophonous sound. Blaring from the speakers was the voice of a man speaking at breakneck pace. A few dozen confused questions later, I deduced that we were actually listening to a book at 3x speed.

Pages Both Near and Afar

Roughing It… Almost: 20 Best Travel and Adventure Books

Somewhere between hanging your coat on your cubicle wall this morning and taking your much-deserved 9:15 coffee break, you probably dreamed about getting on an airplane and going somewhere. Anywhere. Preferably somewhere no man has ever been before, if you’re dashing like we are. We’ve all been there. We want to see the world, abandon...

Take a break from all that pedaling

Riding Reads: 10 Great Cycling Books

Cycling and writing have a funny relationship. Look up any pro or experienced cyclist these days and they’ll likely have a blog to vent about anything and everything. Look a little further back in time and you’ll find millions of battered Moleskine notebooks filled with training logs and racing notes. The fact is, the sport houses an excellent library of both training guides and some genuinely compelling prose. In honor of our Cycling Issue, we've picked our 10 favorite reads in the genre.

Go here first, then kick the bucket

Excerpts from Bucket List Bars, A Jetsetting Drinker’s Almanac

Dr. Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree make a great point in the introduction to Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs and Dives of America ($17): travelers all too often settle for the first pub, bar or saloon they see and are subsequently faced with aloof service, microwaved grub and a beer list straight from a frat house party. No more, they declare. Their collection of watering holes -- though with its faults -- provides at the very least a superb starting place for the thirsty traveler. Read on for our full review and excerpts from the book.

Your Official Summer Reading List

10 Great Summer Reads

Imagine with us: You've just left work on a sultry Friday, and damn do you feel good. Why? Because it's summer, for one, and you're off for a weekend, or a long weekend, or a week even, if your boss isn't a Nazi and your job still includes that sweet rarity, "vacation time". But no one's around to hang, which is fine -- it's relaxation time, baby. What better way to enjoy the weather (without sweating) than a summer read? We've got 10 great picks for every type of reader, right here.

Coffee table, meet coffee book

Table Service: 5 Great Coffee Table Books About Coffee

Left unattended, the ubiquitous coffee table quickly becomes a gatekeeper of everything from last October’s cable bill (you paid that, didn’t you?) to the feet of undisciplined friends and family. We know you run a tighter ship than most and appreciate how a well-placed read can stimulate conversations faster than a triple shot. Here's a crop of coffee-themed books worthy of displacing Ansel Adams or your decades-long dedication to the Maxim Hot 100.

We've Bean Reading

Grounded Literature: 5 Great Books About Coffee

Feet up, couch bound with a good book in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other is a reader’s rite of passage. Those co-mingling aromas of parchment and fresh grounds are undeniably intoxicating. Any favorite book can be heightened by the pairing, but it being the Fortnight of Coffee and all, we decided to filter some new picks in a sort of meta-coffee vein: five first-rate reads to further your knowledge of one of the world’s most popular drinks.

Behind the Iron Curtain (of the dining room)

Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table

If you put a book about Churchill's favorite sod selections in front of us, we'd read it. Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table ($16) delves into two slightly more interesting aspects of the British Bulldog's history: politics and social life. He was a notorious drinker, smoked cigars with an unnatural relish, and was one of the most sly, entertaining and clever politicians of the 20th century

Keep calm and read on

100 Essential Reads: The Definitive Men’s Library

Selecting the 100 best books for men requires some audacity -- but so does hitting a good tee shot or giving a toast, and we like those things fine. We figured the best way to do an honest job of it was to imagine ourselves as audience members: What do we want to read? The answer we discovered, after some hemming and hawing, was simply something we'll enjoy. So that’s what we did. Our 100 selections are our all-time favorites -- albeit considered in the light of how much they changed our lives, and might change yours -- and each of the six “auditors” had a general (but not universal) slant. Our car editor loved motorcycle manuals and top-tier action novels. Our watch and diver fanatic loved tales of true survival. One co-founder was into age-of-thought-shifting sci-fi. I had a definite classics fetish. Ultimately, we realized that each of our individual favorites made up an extremely wide range of suggestions. And really, on a very large scale, that’s what a library is. Sure, we have an immense amount of room to go, and some incredible literature has been missed. But we’ve also hit at least a small corner of what most might consider the “core readings”; and, sticking to our previously mentioned “read what you like” rule, there have to be at least a few you’ll truly enjoy.

Objective? Learn about the real Bonds

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6

Unless you hang around some pretty tough circles, the only MI6 you know comes from Ian Fleming and one Mr. Bond. The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6 ($21) by Gordon Corera delves into the real deal, detailing the subterfuge and sabotage that the British spy agency has engaged in with varied success...

Smarten up

The MR. PORTER Manual For a Stylish Life Volume 1

The folks at MR. PORTER know a fair thing or two about living the good life. Subsequently, adding The MR. PORTER Manual For a Stylish Life Volume 1 ($35) to your ever-evolving style library is an easy recommendation. The new paperback is compiled by the site’s editor-in-chief, Jeremy Langmead, and provides detailed analysis of timeless...

Know the password

Secret Society: Modern Speakeasy Style and Design

Not much is secret anymore. We probe the strange, glorious depths of the world, wherever they be. Then we post them to Facebook. Secret Society: Modern Speakeasy Style and Design ($125) divulges with a bit more class. The hulking book bulges with the descendants of ’20s speakeasies — secret clubs that no longer hide illegal...

A road map to the map

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

That we take technology for granted is a fact we take for granted. Unlock that flashy smartphone, navigate your bloated American thumb to the map app, and millennia of man’s navigation efforts appear before your very eyes. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks ($17) by Simon Garfield (author of...

F*** it Dude, let's go reading

The Dude and the Zen Master

Like The Dude from 1998?s The Big Lebowski, Jeff Bridges is a chill guy. He attributes much of his amiable nature to the teachings of his good friend and, most recently, co-author, Zen Roshi Bernie Glassman. The decidedly serene duo has paired up to pen The Dude and the Zen Master ($14), a collection of conversations that meanders through the intricacies of life in Hollywood — and life on the path to Enlightenment.

Because MacGyver Wasn't Real

SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster

Perhaps you're thinking that since the Mayan faux-pocalypse is a thing of the past, you won't be needing to Bruce Willis yourself out of a life threatening situation any time soon. But it's that kind of thinking that'll get you in trouble, friend. The hard truth? It's a dangerous world we live in, and even if you haven't recited the Scout Motto for two decades, it's a prime idea to Be Prepared at all times.

Beauty of the Beast

The Porsche 911 Book 50th Anniversary Edition

It’s high time your Cats of the World coffee table book got moved to its rightful place… storage. In its place, lay down something your friends won’t mock you about: The Porsche 911 Book 50th Anniversary Edition. With 304 pages and 250 stunning color photographs shot by automotive photographer René Staud, the book covers the...

Vinyl that's music to our eyes

101 Essential Rock Records

Vinyl-loving hipsters (redundant!) looking for a healthy dose of self-fulfilled prophecy, take heed: 101 Essential Rock Records ($40) is the perfect opportunity to simultaneously read up on your favorite retro music format and eschew the mainstream e-book fad. Gracing 260 pages, this compendium’s 300 record cover illustrations chronicle the “Golden Age” of vinyl — that...

12 gifts for the tech obsessed

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

To the inexperienced, the words “techie” and “guy” seem synonymous. Sure, most guys do like technology these days — but like does not true a techie make. So while this list can absolutely be applied to any modern man, its real target is the hardcore gadget nut. The one who scours the blogs and refreshes...

Dad couldn't have made this one

Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

There’s a coffee table book for everything these days, so we’re a little surprised it’s taken this long to address a topic so near and dear to anyone with even a scrap of inner childhood left kicking around: tree houses. Maybe we’re just rusty on our Swiss Family Robinson. Taschen’s Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles...

No, it wasn't a four-hour talk

30 Minutes With: Tim Ferriss

Pine pollen is a powder that contains the cellular material used to produce male sperm cells in coniferous plants. It’s available on Amazon.com as a supplement to increase testosterone, with some companies marketing it as a source of “perpetual youth”, claiming that it helps with everything from improving endurance to regulating prostate function. As part...

Get in the director's chair

Bond On Set: Filming Skyfall

After you watch Skyfall and discuss its epic quality with your friends, you may feel a bit of a pinch in your gut. This is Bond withdrawal. Sure, you’ve got Thanksgiving Day marathons coming in a few weeks, but what will you do until then? Keep your Bond high rolling with Greg Williams’ Bond on...

Examining 007's inky origins

Reading Bond: Casino Royale

I’ve gaped at car chases, grinned from ear to ear over sly one-liners and left theaters flushed with the gory glory of Daniel Craig’s stone-faced massacres. No arguments here: theatrical James Bond is the perfect feel-good character for a whole sect of males. Cars, women, subterfuge and wit — that’s not a hard pill to...

De-throning the Kings of Beers

Bitter Brew

Mom, baseball, and apple pie might just be the only things more American than Budweiser beer. Except Bud’s not — American, that is. Though the logo of the number-one-selling beer in the U.S. remains burned into our national psyche, Anheuser-Busch is now a wholly owned subsidiary, bought out in a 2008 hostile takeover by the...

(Nearly) Instant Intrigue

Ian Fleming’s James Bond Kindle Collection

You’ve watched all the Bond movies — yes, even George Lazenby’s go at it. But the on-screen secret agent born from the extravagant wallet of Albert R. Broccoli bares only a fleeting resemblance to the card-carrying killer of Ian Fleming’s 14 seminal novels. The entire Bond book series has always been available in paperback form...

It's Elementary, Our Dear Readers

Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure

“You stand on the very brink of the unknown, and every duck that you shoot bears pebbles in its gizzard which come from a land which the maps know not”. Before satellites, before Google Maps, before GPS on your cell phone, there was bold-faced exploration. For a young medical student by the name of Arthur...

Automotivated

Masters of Modern Car Design

Napoleon had Marengo, Speed Racer had the Mach 5 and Magnum P.I. had his Ferrari. Man has always tethered an emotional bond to his mode of transportation, and that much more so with the automobile. But what of the men who’ve boosted the contemporary car’s ascent to a beloved, even worshiped, object? Masters of Modern...