Patagonia's jerky a wild idea
From the folks who brought you fleece jackets and river waders comes wild salmon jerky. Patagonia Provisions, the outdoor gear company's line of edibles, enters the market with three flavors: smoked black pepper (liked it lots), smoked chili pepper (serious kick) and smoked teriyaki (a favorite). For the jerky, they teamed with Canadian conservationists Skeena Wild and smokehouse legend Harald Kossler. Each 2-ounce package is $12.50. For a store locater or to buy, go to patagonia.com.
Sweet crunch, savory kick
Simply Suzanne's already tweaked classic granolas by adding a savory element (black pepper) to the munchable oat mixes. Now the company is giving its fruit-and-oat trail mixes a twist with Live Simply combos: cranberry, pepita and dark chocolate (yummy) and apple, rosemary and pecan (herb lovers liked rosemary's piney accent). An 8-ounce bag is $6. To buy, go to: simplysuzanne.com.
Party like it's 1964
Love TV's "Mad Men?" You'll dig "The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More Than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook" by Rick Rodgers and Heather Maclean (Running Press, $20). Enjoy recipes for sweet and tangy meatballs (with grape jelly), potato chip baked chicken, cherries jubilee or mai tais. Then laugh at (or recall) cultural touchstones sprinkled throughout, from tips for setting a '60s mood (tall candles, chip-and-dip sets) to dances (the Watusi, maybe twist and mashed potato). amazon.com.