Bartenders share their favorite cocktail books—beyond the classics.
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While the world of craft cocktails has evolved in recent years, bartenders still pay constant respect to classic drinks. And many of those classics come to us through cocktail books—some dating back to the Prohibition era or before.
Protips and mistakes to avoid if you're considering writing a cocktail book.
Whether you're just getting into beer or you've become a serious homebrewer, these are the essential books to stock your home library.
Some days, it's just not enough to drink coffee, is it? After you've consumed your daily maximum, do you muse: if only there was a way to continue to think about, learn about, dream about coffee... But there is! Here's a quick list of great coffee books to get you started.
Does your New Year's resolution involve becoming a beer expert? Do you have a plan of attack? We asked our crew of Certified Cicerones for their tips: how to get better at tasting and describing beer, how to learn about all the many beer styles, and what books are definitely worth reading.
I interviewed author Matthew Amster-Burton, one of the funniest writers I know, about his new book, Pretty Good Number One, which details his experiences eating around Tokyo. Plus, a ramen-filled excerpt from the book!
Secrets of mushroom hunters, a memoir about opening a cafe in Rwanda, a revealing new cookbook, and more!
Used for reference or inspiration, The Curious Bartender is a worthwhile buy for anyone interested in learning about making better drinks. Most of the recipes in this book fall under the "weekend project" category—for the curious, it makes a pretty classy gift.
The pizza box. A utilitarian cardboard device designed to get pies to our doors in one piece, while keeping them as hot as possible. In our day-to-day experience of them, rarely do we consider them a blank canvas; luckily for us, Scott Wiener...does.
In the impressive new book, Whiskey Women, Fred Minnick illustrates an unfortunate bias woven into the history of what is typically considered a male-centric drink, and tells stories about women who have held important roles in the many different parts of whiskey history.
Our thoughts on a few recently published books on drinking, from coffee to whiskey to cider to wine.
World got you down? Need a pick-me-up? Head straight to My Milk Toof and the adorable adventures of ickle and Lardee shall flood you with enough joy to power an army of Suns. The joy comes in book-form, too! Enter here for a chance to win a copy of My Milk Toof: The Adventures of ickle and Lardee 2 by Inhae Lee.
We chat with the San Francisco Chronicle's Jon Bonné about his new book on California wine, his thoughts on restaurant wine lists (in San Francisco and NYC), and the debate over alcohol levels and balance in wine.
From the history of chocolate to a gritty memoir of life on a cultish organic farm, here are five food books that we've been reading.
This is a book intended to educate true beer beginners, but there's plenty here for the more experienced drinker as well.
We asked 15 sommeliers for their advice on the best wine books, from entertaining stories to technical tomes full of helpful maps. Here are their recommendations.
I have spoken often here of my love of Charles H. Baker's The Gentleman's Companion, a culinary memoir of his many travels around the world. Published in 1939, the Companion is a rambling book, written in a faux-Victorian style. The book was published in two volumes, in a handsome red slipcover case that held both. The original editions are long out of print, but the publisher has kept less ornate reprints in stock, as separate books. The drinks book is available as Jigger, Beaker, and Glass.
Nasty, with underlying notes of totally gross. In places and times marked by disease, with rainwater fanning into greasy plumes across city streets before depositing a muck of human waste and manure into wells, wine made with pine sap and marble dust didn't seem so bad.
Advice on building a cocktail library, starting with basic recipe books and then adding histories, guides to single spirits, books on more esoteric topics, and memoirs by boozers and bartenders.