Daily Show correspondent and PC pitch-man, John Hodgman is back with another treasury of ephemera.  In his new book, Hodgman casts an incredibly wide net, including sections on Food, Gambling, and How to Become Famous.  Absurdist humor doesn’t get better than this, with its  pseudo-didactic tone and  loosely autobiographical nature. Short essays, endless footnotes, and a tongue-in-cheek timeline combine seamlessly, making More Information Than You Require (Dutton, $25) the perfect way to steal a few minutes and laughs.

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ISBN: 9780525950349
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Published: Dutton Adult - October 21st, 2008

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Published: Penguin Books - November 3rd, 2009

1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die (Universe, $36.95), edited by Frances Case, offers a completely edible education.  At first glance, this list can seem daunting, but further inspection reveals that it doesn’t take a foodie to make a dent in it.  Everyday favorites like vanilla beans and frozen peas stand as equals with exotic delicacies such as the quandong (an Australian fruit that tastes like apricot and rhubarb) and Basler Leckerli (spicy Swiss honey cakes).  Whether you’re an ambitious list-maker looking for a challenge or in need of a fun and accessible culinary reference, this book will satisfy your craving.  Multiple indexes and ingredient-based chapters allow for easy browsing; the caption to each review provides a quick taste-sketch for each food.

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By Universe, Frances Case (Editor), Gregg Wallace (Preface by)
$36.95
ISBN: 9780789315922
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Published: Universe - September 9th, 2008

As with any list that claims to be comprehensive, Neil Beckett’s compendium of 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die (Universe, $36.95) is bound to create controversy and spark debate.  Is Champagne better than sherry?  Does one great vintage trump centuries of vinicultural excellence?  This book aims to create exactly these conversations.  The editors attempted to cobble together a list composed not strictly of the best wines but of the most complete range of tastes and styles.  Though most of the choices are based on vintage, this book offers insight into the global wine industry in all its facets—from rare wines, only found at auction, to familiar mass-produced grocery-store brands

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By Universe, Neil Beckett (Editor), Hugh Johnson (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9780789316837
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Published: Universe - September 9th, 2008

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