Articles Tagged: book reviews

The Book Club Cook Book – Literary Monday

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One of my favorite books from 2011 was the Mad Men Cookbook.  I mean, who wouldn’t love the drinking and retro-cool food from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Apparently, one of the authors of the Mad Men Cookbook, Judy Gelman, had an earlier book titled The Book Club Cookbook.  This book was right up my alley.  I love to read.  I love to cook.  I love to drink.  Well, the book had two of out three … Read more

A Toast to Bargain Wines – Literary Monday

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I recently picked up a copy of George Taber’s book A Toast to Bargain Wines.  I couldn’t wait to read the book given that I am a big fan of George Tabor’s Judgment of Paris book, as well as budget wine.  This was a book that combined the two of them.  And, I appreciated the fact that Mr. Tabor was going to champion “budget wines” or “bargain wines” as he called them.  Not surprisingly, I … Read more

The Curious World of Wine – Literary Monday

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This week’s Literary Monday pick is a book filled with fun facts about wine.  Most interestingly, the book is authored by Dr. Vine.  Sorry, I just couldn’t resist – a book on wine authored by Vine.  Dr. Vine has been in the world of wine since 1958 and has many fun stories to share with us.  In The Curious World of Wine, we discover the origins of the word “plonk”, along with the origins of … Read more

Edible Cocktails – Literary Monday

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Natalie Bovis, known as the Liquid Muse, brings us a cocktail book brimming with goodness from gardens and fruit trees in Edible Cocktails.  In her tome on drinking your fruits and veggies, Ms. Bovis explores the use of wine, syrups, jams, purees and vinegar as ingredients in the ever burgeoning repertoire of cocktails recipes.  If that weren’t enough, Ms. Bovis teaches you how to use meat, dairy and eggs in your drinks too!  And don’t … Read more

Skinnytinis – Literary Monday

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It’s hard to believe the New Year has started.  All of the fun of November and December have been replaced with the self-loathing and sense of deprivation that January brings.  After over-indulging in the Old Year, you want to start the New Year afresh.  Does this require a cleanse or abstaining from fat, sugar and booze?  Seriously, who wants to give up their booze?  Not me.  But, if you are like most of the girls … Read more

Dr. Cocktail – Literary Monday

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This has to be one of the most interesting cocktail books that I have seen in awhile.  A man that the New York Times has dubbed the “Sorcerer of Shaken and Stirred”, Alex Ott brings us the ying and yang of cocktails.  To balance the affect of alcohol, Mr. Ott has paired with it with a variety of tinctures, juices and spices.  I guess this isn’t surprising given Mr. Ott’s background as a chemist, alchemist, … Read more

The New Old Bar – Literary Monday

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We can hardly believe that New Year’s Eve is around the corner!  If you are looking for great cocktail recipes and finger food, then this is the book for you.  The New Old Bar is the latest book from Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith of the Hearty Boys (winners of the first Next Food Network Star) out of one of my favorite cities – Chicago!  And, the recipes have Chicago written all over them.  How … Read more

Maker’s Mark in Photos – The Ambassador of Bourbon

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Attention Maker’s Mark and bourbon fans!  Acclaim Press has recently released The Ambassador of Bourbon – a photographic journey that chronicles the magic occurring in Loretto Kentucky.  The lush photos examine the distillery during the day and night, in summer and winter.  The journey begins with the grain (corn, wheat and rye and with a heavier use of wheat than most bourbons, which provides the soft tones that Maker’s exhibits) as it ferments, forms the … Read more

Judgment of Paris – Literary Monday

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For any of you movie buffs, the 1976 battle between French wines and their upstart American counterparts entitled the “Judgment of Paris” was chronicled in the highly fictionalized movie Bottleshock.  While Bottleshock was certainly entertaining and spotlighted the super cute Chris Pine, it didn’t exactly stick to the story. If you are interested in how the tale actually unfolded, pick up George Tabor’s Judgment of Paris.

Before reading Judgment of Paris, I assumed that most … Read more

The Billionaire’s Vinegar – Literary Monday

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In The Billionaire’s Vinegar, Benjamin Wallace investigates one of the largest, if not the largest, alleged frauds in the wine business. The Billionaire’s Vinegar is a fascinating look into the world of high stakes, high priced wine. Loads of wine obsessed rich people looking to possess rare and elusive bottlings. You can see why this book is fascinating – it quickly caught my attention, and I was engrossed to the end.

The Billionaire’s Vinegar examines … Read more

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