All posts by Harry Marks

Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers

Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers

There was an art of cutting meat that almost died for good, until it was recently revived by butchers from all over the country who wanted a perfect cut of lamb or chicken for their favorite recipes.

In her new book, Primal Cuts, Marissa Gugianna travels the U.S. and talks with 50 famous butchers about everything from their favorite dishes to their tips and tricks for the budding novice. The book is full of 100 recipes, complete with photos, illustrations and detailed instructions on the best practices for home butchering.

Techniques come from everyone from top-rated chefs to down-home farmers – you can learn something from everyone, regardless of their fame or how many restaurants they own. Just be careful with that cleaver – no one likes a butcher missing three fingers.

Mark Neumann Coliseum Speakers

Mark Neumann Coliseum Speakers

Mark Neumann Coliseum speakers are hand-crafted out of solid wood and offer superior sound quality for most audiophiles (and since they start at around $15k, they ought to).

Each speaker houses an internal solid maple Mark Neumann Nine Matrix soundboard, 7-inch woofers and rear and dual horizontal round openings for the tweeters, reminiscent of the cast iron plate of a concert grand piano. Sound is dispersed in 360-degrees, rather than straight ahead, resulting in a clear, wide open sound with everything intact.

Just hook up a top-notch turntable, like the Denon DP-A100, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a home entertainment center. Music will never sound as good.

Chronograph Modern | By Maurice De Mauriac

Chronograph Modern | By Maurice De Mauriac

We just can’t get enough of sexy, slick wrist adornments can we? The Chronograph Modern line of watches by Maurice De Mauriac combines sophistication with sportiness, resulting in timepieces wearable for just about any occasion.

Leather straps, metal straps, sport straps – you name it, you can get it on a Chronograph Modern. Depending on the model, each watch will come with either a CH or Swiss Valjoux movement, stainless steel or titan case, open case back, screw crown, optional screw pushers and anti-reflex sapphire crystal.

A few Chronograph Modern XLs even pay homage to that Hollywood racing legend, Herbie the Lovebug, with the number “53″ in a circle and red, white and blue stripes down the side.

These are truly versatile watches, perfect for a business meeting or a night out with friends and, according to a recent report by the New York Times, good watches are coming back in style. Though, if you ask me, they never really went out.

Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better

Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better

It’s possibly one of the most popular sites on the planet and for two good reasons: there’s a ton of information for making every day tasks easier and it’s run by Gawker.

The third edition of Lifehacker: the Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better is full of geeky tips, tricks and how-tos to get your life organized and on-track. Such topics covered are “Future-Proof Your E-mail Address”, “Set Up a Ubiquitous Note-Taking Inbox Across Devices” and “Speed Up Windows with a Thumb Drive”.

You might already know how to do many things discussed in the book, but there are sure to be other tips that will result in a facepalm when you realize how such simple solutions were right under your nose.

Lifehacker is available in both print and ePub formats.

Zafirro Iridium Razor

Zafirro Iridium Razor

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. This razor actually does cost $100,000, but there’s a good reason (I think): the handle is 99.5% pure iridium (the strongest and densest functional metal on the planet) and the individual blades are made of sapphire.

The blades, as explained on Zafirro’s website, “are sharpened using high-energy, ionized particles creating a blade edge less than 100 atoms across, or 5000 times thinner than a human hair.” That’s really sharp and really, really dangerous. Enjoy dragging that up your jugular.

The sapphire blades, however, are extremely durable, oxidation- and corrosion-proof, and hypoallergenic. And if you’re worried about replacing them – don’t be. Zafirro gives you up to 10 years of complimentary service on the razor, including cleaning and sharpening as necessary.

For $100,000, you won’t find a closer shave.

Dead On Annihilator | Ultimate Wrecking Bar

Dead On Annihilator | Ultimate Wrecking Bar

Many jobs require the use of a single tool, such as ripping up tile or hammering nails. The Dead On Annihilator utility and wrecking bar makes quick work of those “uni-tool” tasks by giving you everything to you need to tackle most demolition and home repair jobs around the house.

Included in the Annihilator are a demolition hammer for taking down hard surfaces and the usual hammer-related tasks; a board straightener for adjusting boards prior to tacking them; a nail puller and tile ripper for, well, pulling up nails and ripping up tile and a demolition axe capable of tearing through wood slots, drywall and shingles.

If you need to put a lot of holes in your house, you want to do it quickly and efficiently – the Dead On Annihilator can certainly help.

Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks

Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks

According to Stephen Colbert, bears are the greatest threat to our national security – and now you can be, too! If shredding meats like a wild animal this summer is on your “must do” list, check out the Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks.

These forks are made of strong, durable plastic and are perfect for either lifting large, heavy chunks of meat from the grill to the plate, or simply shredding an entire chicken into tiny bits. You might even be able to fend off a pack of wolves with them, but that hasn’t been tested yet, so don’t try that at home.

The forks are dishwasher safe and the handles stay cool, even while the claws are buried in several pounds of searing flesh.

Aquaskipper

Aquaskipper

Summer’s here and that means two things: beaches and new water toys. The Aquaskipper is a you-propelled water scooter that uses a bouncing rider, fiberglass spring and hydrofoil wings to zip you across a lake at a maximum of 17 miles per hour.

Built from aircraft-grade aluminum and capable of being disassembled and stored in a duffel bag, the Aquaskipper is a 26 pound workout machine that lets you get fit and have fun all at the same time. Just make sure you weigh at least 70 pounds and no more than 250, otherwise you’ll be enjoying an Aquaskipper submarine.

It’s a little pricy at $495, but the joy you’ll find in skimming across the water and watching your girlfriend bounce around on this thing are definitely worth it.