Our nation is currently in the throes of a food revolution which is charging across the country and changing the way in which Americans both think and eat. And the beating heart of this revolution is meat. The butcher has made a return to American culture and now has a new role; the guy to go to in order to avoid the evil that is industrial meat. This tastes bad, is very bad for your health and in causing untold damage to the environment. Jessica and John Applestone, former vegetarians and vegans respectively, are trailblazers through their shop Fleishers. This is an old school butchers on a very modern mission; to only source and sell organic and grass fed meat. The Butcher's Guide To Well-Raised Meat ($19) a great book for anyone who cares about what they are actually putting into their bodies.
If you've seen any of Food Networks Iron Chef or Top Chef episodes, then you've surely seen Chef Edward Lee. His new book, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen ($20) pulls from his Korean and Southern influences and provides more than 130 recipes to excite the palette. Chef Lee is an American Korean, raised in Brooklyn, who eventually settled down in Lousiville, Kentucky, where he owns world acclaimed restaurant 610 Magnolia. His new book is filled with cooking techniques, like pickling, fermenting, frying, and smoking, that make you feel right at home.
Just in time for the new Star Wars movie Ural has released the Ural Limited Edition 'Dark Force' Motorcycle ($15,000). The Dark Force is completely blacked out and even comes with an extendable three-foot lightsaber mounted to the sidecar. The engine is an air cooled 2 cylinder 4 stroke flat twin paired with a four-speed manual transmission. You also get a 2.9 cu ft. trunk with your purchase. If you're interested hurry because only 25 unit will be built.
If Ikea built a bike it would probably look something like the Sandwichbike ($TBA). The Sandwichbike is the brainchild of Dutch design agency, Bleijh. It's made of wood and arrives at your doorstep in a single box. With less than 50 pieces the bike is easy to put together and once completed provides a smooth and sturdy ride. Currently, only pre-orders are being taken, with an expected delivery of late 2013.
A pocket-sized camera which is compatible with your iPhone or iPad, the DxO ONE iPhone DSLR-Quality Camera ($599) delivers incredible quality despite its compact size. With a powerful 20.2 megapixel 1 inch sensor, the camera can plug into the Lightning port of your Apple device, effectively providing DSLR controls. With the option of 1080/30p or 720/120p video recording, plus slow motion playback you don’t need to miss a thing wherever you go.
Beer Craft ($) takes you through the six essential yet easy steps that it takes to create world class beer right in your own kitchen. You can now enjoy drinking the best beer you have ever tasted, and know you have produced it yourself. This is a veritable kitchen manual that will have you turning your stove in an artisan brewery in no time. Learn to home your craft by first perfecting the basic skills of beer making before moving onto specialty techniques such as brewing with fruit and barrel-aging. This is the ultimate book for all beer connoisseurs, and there are certainly plenty of them.