Here are some of my favorite books, CD's, and other diversions. Oh, and if you make it all the way to the end, there's a really tasty recipe...
For complete references to the works below, go to the Library of Congress Catalog.
Horror fiction by H.P. Lovecraft. Check out his mostly-complete works in four volumes, edited by S.T. Joshi:
And no, the Necronomicon is not real!
The Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett.
An essential companion to Pratchett's books is his canonical fan site, the L-space Web. Here you will find bibliographies, indispensible annotations (at least for us ignorant 'Merkins), and more.
Various works by Lewis Carroll. If all you've read is Alice in Wonderland, you're missing some great stuff. Look for Carroll's complete works, published by Nonesuch Press (ISBN 1-87106-114-8). For online, full-text versions of the more popular stories and poetry, head to Project Gutenberg's archives.
Some of my favorite works by Carroll:
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem (I have HBJ's English Edition, ISBN 0-15-623550-1). Follow master constructors Trurl and Klapacius as they build everything from a poetry-composing computer (see this poetic sample) to a machine that can create Nothing.
On the Internet, nobody knows you're a cat. If you are a cat (or live with one), you may enjoy these books by Henry Beard:
Anonymous 4, a female vocal quartet specializing in early and medieval music, is a favorite of mine. Look for the following on the Harmonia Mundi label:
Yo-Yo Ma did a remarkable series of "music videos" based on Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello. The CD with his renditions of the suites, Inspired by Bach, is one of my favorites.
OK, I promised you a recipe, so here it is. Follow the link to learn how to cook kasha varnishkes, adapted from Jane Kinderlehrer's book Cooking Kosher the Natural Way (ISBN 0-8246-0286). This is a vegetarian dish that will wow your friends.