Frontera - Rick Bayless

The best parts of many dining experiences are the cocktails, appetizers, and small plates. In his latest cookbook, Frontera (W. W. Norton, $24.95), renowned chef Rick Bayless brings us his favorite margarita, guacamole, and snack recipes. Famed for being one of the first in America to meld Mexican cuisine with fine dining, Bayless specializes in creating cookbooks that are ideal for in-home, authentic Mexican fare. Frontera will surely join his previous volumes in the canon of Mexican cookbooks. With a drink and a guac for every season and palate, Bayless’s recipes are sure to be a hit at your next fiesta. Olé!

Great Beer Guide - Michael Jackson, Sharon Lucas

The number of great beers flowing into the District is steadily rising. Breweries from across the country and around the globe are constantly offering new products for our drinking pleasure. There has never been a better time to learn about the excellent beers on the market. With this book, Michael Jackson makes it easy to become a connoisseur. His reviews provide an intelligent and accessible look at beers of all styles. Whether you’re looking to decipher an overwhelming liquor store shelf, pick up something quick at the grocery store or simply broaden your beer knowledge, Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide can help.