Chris Young's favorite books

  • Seveneves


    Neal Stephenson
    A Novel
    Social Science

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. What would happen if the world were ending? A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . . Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth. A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

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    I found I actually enjoyed that a lot, but mostly because it was competence porn

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  • On Food and Cooking

    This book is fascinating... this stuff is so awesome

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  • The Last Lion Box Set

    there’s a great series of books, The Last Lion

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  • Essential Cuisine

    Essential Cuisine

    Michel Bras

    Each of his dishes is a discovery and simplicity itself, and is a happy and inventive cuisine filled with wonder.

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    I think if you talk to a lot of chefs that came up in the early 2000s, we’ll all point to that

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  • The Second Law

    That book is just a phenomenal, casual, infographic-laden read

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