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Master the Game in Style With the 'Zelda: The Breath of the Wild' Strategy Books

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The latest game in the Legend of Zelda franchise lets users explore the various nooks and crannies of Hyrule in such detail that they might want to fall back on a guide. Besides extreme Googling, users can also turn to the official strategy guides—which are almost as detailed as the game itself.

The new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector’s Edition strategy guide—available for $24 in hardcover or $15 for paperback—features the game's hero Link as he scales a mountain with a bridge and tower (possibly in the Great Plateau?) in the background. The hardcover tome, decorated with gold lettering on the spine, includes a map poster and 16 pages of art from the game. And of course, it lists tips and strategies you need to beat the game with flying colors.

There's also a fancy deluxe edition, available on March 31, which includes 16 pages dedicated to the past games, 16 pages of art, and two ribbon bookmarks.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge: Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

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Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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