Articles Tagged: book reviews

Boozehound Review – Literary Monday

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This week’s pick for Literary Monday is Boozehound – On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure and the Overrated in Spirits.   The title pretty much sums up the author’s booze journey over the last 25 years that is chronicled in his tome.  As the current spirits columnist for the Washington Post, the former food writer to the Philadelphia Magazine, the editor to The Best American Travel Writing series and a contributor to many a … Read more

The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks – Literary Monday

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The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks is a modern classic.  First published in 1948, it is probably more popular today that it was when the book was initially released.  The cocktail crowd discovered this book a few years ago and fiercely battled for the limited number of used editions that would pop up on eBay, Amazon or in used bookstores.  While not quite as expensive as the original Jerry Thomas books (oh, I kick myself … Read more

The House of Mondavi – Literary Monday

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The House of Mondavi chronicles the rise and fall of the famed Mondavi family of Napa.  It’s the real life version of Falcon Crest, the 1980’s prime-time soap opera set in wine country and allegedly based on the Mondavi family.  Boy, is it a juicy and fascinating read.  The book details the Mondavi family’s involvement in the wine industry and it’s intertwinement of the Mondavis and the rebuilding of Napa Valley and it’s eventual explosive … Read more

The Essential Cockail – Literary Monday

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This week’s top book pick is from the modern master of the cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff, and his The Essential Cocktail.  Dale was and continues to be one of the leaders in bringing back the cocktail and elevating bartenders back to their rightful status as professionals and masters of their craft that was destroyed during Prohibition.

Like the man, himself, the book demonstrates Dale’s straight-forward style, which is of great benefit to his readers.  The … Read more

A History of the World In Six Glasses – Literary Monday

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We spend a lot of time thinking about drinks but I was still taken aback by the impact that six beverages had on world civilization. In his book, A History of the World in Six Glasses, Tom Standage explores the effect that beer, wine, distilled spirits, tea, coffee and Coca Cola had on civilization and world history. It’s nothing short of remarkable.

Six Glasses discusses the anti-bacterial properties of beer, wine, distilled spirits and tea … Read more

Ice Cream Happy Hour Review – Literary Monday

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If you love booze and you love to to make your own ice cream, sorbets and granitas, then this book is the one for you. Ice Cream Happy Hour is an innovative book that brings you “50 boozy treats you spike, freeze and serve”. The authors of Ice Cream Happy Hour have covered a number of old and new classics in their book and most of them seem downright yummy.

I will freely admit that … Read more

Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food Review – Literary Monday

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Bi-Rite Market is a legend in San Francisco. It helped start a gastronomical revolution and neighborhood renaissance in the Mission District. Bi-Rite was on the cutting edge of the local food movement in the United States, sourcing the majority of its ingredients from local vendors. Unsatisfied with having an amazing grocery, Bi-Rite expanded and started a famed ice creamery shop. It’s salted caramel ice cream is legendary. I find myself driving across the city to … Read more

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