10. The Great MoonPie Handbook and RC Cola
9. Culinary Tea + JANM's Generation Teas
Think of Culinary Tea as cookbook entertainment for those long, drawn-out conversations with some family member -- over a cup of JANM's bitter generation tea, of course -- about why you really do need to spend more time appreciating your cultural heritage.
8. The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2011 + Your Beverage of Choice
When Chris Kimball speaks, you listen. Or so he hopes. The 2011 edition of America's Test Kitchen "Best Of" series (with 2010 recipes) is as good as it should be by a publishing behemoth with more than 100 test kitchen staffers. That French apple tart recipe from the book (photo above) is great with a cup of anything, really, so we leave it up to you.
7. The Big Green Egg book + Iced Tea, Sweetened Or Not
Someone you know has got to be one of the 1 million (really?) Americans who do crazy things like buy ridiculously expensive "Japanese-style" grills filled with ceramic tiles ($700 + accessories), and then declare them the best value ever. Must be all that iced tea. After giving a family member's egg a whirl, we think buying a $30 ceramic pizza stone to toss in your old Weber and the
50 $31 book is sounding like an even better deal.
6. The Italian Slow Cooker Cookbook + San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
You're going to need something to fill those long, sober hours. Like Italian sparkling water and this excellent slow cooker cookbook, a book you actually will want to cook from. Promise.