This is the definitive resource for all modern meat lovers. In The Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide To Making Sausage, Salumi, Pates, Roasts, Confits, And Other Meaty Goods ($22) provides you with 125 recipes as well as step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions on how to make smoked, brined, skewered, cured, rolled, braised, stuffed and tied meats in your own kitchen. There is also a guide to sourcing, butchering and then cooking the finest cuts of meat known to mankind. Meat preservation is one of the oldest of the traditional food arts. Despite its history the craft charcuterie trend has really captured our imaginations, and scores of new charcuteries have opened in recent years. None is so highly regarded and well loved as the Fatted Calc in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we have it's founders to thank for this great book.
The 2016 Trion Nemesis ($1M) will be the first car from the American supercar manufacturer. The Nemesis is expected to start production February 2015 and ramp up full scale by January 2015. It features a 9.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine paired with an eight-speed manual transmission that produces and insane 2,000 horses. The powerplant can get the car going from 0-62 mph in only 2.8 seconds. Top speed is 280 mph. If the Nemesis is actually tested at those speeds when produced it will be faster than a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. They've also announced hybrid and fully electric version will also be available. Only fifty of these will be made so if you have a mil laying around get your order soon, because I'm sure they'll sell out petty fast.
Great things are made all over the world, I just happen to be partial to the ones made in America. The American 1200 by Deus Ex Machina ($TBA) builds on the premise that great things are still created and built and America. Using mostly American built parts US Motorcycle Design Director, Michael Woolaway, created a street legal cafe racer with an attitude. The bike is built on a C&J Low Boy chasis, and a Harley-Davidson Sportster five-speed lower end. In the end your left with an absolutely gorgeous bike, which is a testament to the great things still happening in America.
The major problem with 3D printers is the creation of the 3D model. The software used to do this can be complicated for beginners. The Makerbot Digitizer ($1400) makes creating 3D models simple enough even for those new to 3D printer. With a couple of clicks the Makerbot will create a 3D model that is ready to print. No 3D design skills are needed and you can use the design files with the 3D printer of your choice. Check out this [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=9GfnKKczec0 width=640 height=480 anchor=video] for more details.
Ferrari just unveiled its Ferrari California T ($205,000) just prior to the Geneva Auto Show and it's packing a little surprise. For the first time in a long time a Ferrari will have a turbocharged engine under the hood. The engine is a 3.9-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8 that makes 552 horses and 557 lb-ft of torque. This setup takes the California T from 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph. It also features a folding hardtop that can close in 14 seconds.
The Shokan House by Rafael Viñoly Architects ($NFS) may be the baddest pad on the planet. I know I get excited about my architecture, but this home is truly a bachelor's dream come true. In looking at the images, it is hard to find a single mistake the firm made. From the expansive open floor plan to the majestic views, to the extreme minimalist mid-century furnishings. This home is simply flawless.The home is embedded into the side of a hill and sits on a monolithic concrete base. Sitting on top of the based are incredible spances of tinted glass. The outside looks cold and corporate and belays the comfort exuded by the interior.As you enter the main room, your breath is immediately taken away from the sheer volume of the space. Looking ahead, you have a fireplace and stairs to your left that lead to the upper platform. As you walk up the stairs you must turn to see the views. When surrounded by scenery like this who needs a TV. Additional features include a vestibule, three bedrooms, kitchen, and library. Walnut cabinets that again hint at the designers love for the mid-century wrap the inside of this beautiful home.I've found no information on pricing, but I'm saving my pennies. ;-)