Articles Tagged: book reviews

The Wild Vine – Literary Monday

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The Wild Vine is a must read for any lover of American wine or what we like to call “weird varietals”. Weird varietals are obscure wines that are often made from indiginous grapes or hybrids. In this case, The Wild Vine chronicles the birth, growth and near death experience of Norton, a grape that its author calls the most American of grapes. As you learn in the book, it’s obscure, a hybrid and indiginous to … Read more

Poptails Review – Literary Monday

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Poptails was made for this scorching summer heat! If you are wondering what poptails are, they are essentially popsicles made with booze. Yum! We received this book a few weeks ago and hadn’t gotten around to reviewing it. It’s hard to be excited about poptails when San Francisco has barely broken 70 this summer. However, we were inspired by the Oxley poptails that we had at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail. As you can … Read more

Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes – Literary Monday

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This week’s book pick is Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes, an appropriate pick given the sweltering heat consuming the United States. I love milkshakes, actually, I really love malts, and was pretty excited to see this book show up. Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes covers everything from the basics, chocolate shake anyone, to the exotic, ever try a raspberry rose shake. We tried a few of the recipes and it is clear that Adam Ried, author of Thoroughly Modern … Read more

The Savoy Cocktail Book Review – Literary Monday

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The first print of The Savoy Cocktail Book was written during the darkest hours of Prohibition by a barman that sought refuge at the famed American Bar in the Savoy Hotel in London. Like many great American barman, Harry Craddock was forced to flee his native land in order to ply his craft. Luckily for us, he headed off to the American Bar where he was the head barman from 1925 to 1939 and wrote … Read more

When The Rivers Ran Red – Literary Monday

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When The Rivers Ran Red examines the impact of Prohibition on California’s wine country, particularly the famed Sonoma County.  Vivienne Sosnowski spent many hours researching this little discussed topic, including hours of oral interviews with the few survivors of Prohibition, who were in their 90’s by the time Ms. Sosnowsky interviewed them.  I have to admit that this book made me see red when reading it.  Living in San Francisco, we are in close proximity … Read more

Bacchus & Me – Literary Monday

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From the author of Bright Lights, Big City comes Bacchus & Me, Jay McInerney’s exploration of the world of wine.  A successful author and a connoisseur of fine wine, McInerney was approached to be the wine writer for Conde Nast’s House & Garden.  Today, McInerney is the wine columnist for the Wall Street Journal.  Bacchus & Me is compilation of stories that he wrote while at House & Garden.

Although the book is 12 years … Read more

Burke’s Complete Cocktail and Tastybite Recipes – Literary Monday

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I often look through piles of books at used bookstores hunting for old cocktail and drinking books.  It’s not often that I actually find much, or at least much that is affordable.  But, I was lucky enough to strike gold a few weeks ago when I came across a number of books in the Complete Imbiber series that spanned the 1950’s through the early 1990’s and Burke’s Complete Cocktail and Tastybite Recipe that was published … Read more

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones – Literary Monday

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We recently received a copy of Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by the folks behind Bi-Rite Creamy.  OMG, I could barely contain my glee.  Bi-Rite Creamery has the closest to perfect ice cream that I have ever tasted.  And, take it from me, I am quite the connoisseur.  I can’t even think of one place that I have visited where I didn’t sample the local wares.  Seriously, if you get to San Francisco, make sure … Read more

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook – Literary Monday

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I love Mad Men, I love cookbooks and I love the 1960’s.  Imagine my pure delight when we received a copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook – I was over the moon.  Truthfully, I had been eyeing the cookbook up on Amazon but the hubby begged me to not add to my collection.  Our small place groans under the weight of books and I can’t seem to stop my compulsion to buy more.  Recently, … Read more

Cooking My Way Back Home – Literary Monday

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For the past few weeks, we have been reviewing books related to wine and spirit histories and memoirs and drink recipes.  So, we have decided to mix it up a bit and are reviewing a cookbook.  After all, you do need some food to accompany all that booze.  This week’s pick is Cooking My Way Back Home by Mitchell Rosenthal of San Francisco’s Town Hall, Postrio, Anchor & Hope and Salt House.  I will freely … Read more

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