Steven John

Steven John

Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in Washington, D.C. Also, there was that stint in Boston. He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, is often spotted in a kayak or canoe, and is usually found at home with his wife, son, and daughter. His books hang out at www.stevenjohnbooks.com and, aside from The Manual, he regularly contributes to 'Business Insider,' 'New York Magazine,' and several other sites. And one time he brewed this batch of Toasted Maple Porter that was just the tops.

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Food & Drink

5 of the Most Expensive Rums in the World

You can get a fine bottle of rum for about $50 and a truly great bottle for a little under $100. But to dabble in the best rums, you're going to need to add a few zeroes.
Food & Drink

How to Make Hot Sauce: Spicy Perfection in a Homemade Recipe

Fortunately, making homemade hot sauce is laughably easy. The best thing about this basic recipe is that you can alter it in countless ways.
Outdoors

Why Utah Is America’s Four-Season Outdoor Playground

When you're there, you'll literally always find something to do outdoors.
Culture

How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke

If you love puffing away on a fine cigar but you (or your partner) hate the way it makes your mouth breath, clothes, and house smell, we've got you covered.
Culture

5 Useful Ideas to Recycle that Old Christmas Tree

An evergreen offers myriad opportunities for new uses, and many of these projects are both easy and fun.
Culture

20 Things Every Man Should Own

Stuff seen as classically manly — cigars, fast cars — may be enjoyable, they are hardly necessities. What a man really needs are items that will improve his quality of life.