Here is the latest batch of booze books to hit store shelves and my mailbox. We've got a cognac history, a couple of cocktail recipe books, one on cooking with cocktails, and another exploring wine.
The descriptions below come from the publishers and are not reviews.
Hennessy: A Toast to the World's Preeminent Spirit by Glenn O'Brien
Lavishly illustrated, this is the first book on the world's most famous cognac producer. Considered a benchmark of excellence, its blends have become icons of refinement and luxury. In Pass the Henny, renowned writer Glenn O’Brien invites the reader to discover the history of cognac. The highly entertaining text, filled with extraordinary events and O’Brien’s irresistible humor, is married with classic cocktail recipes and evocative imagery that conveys the lifestyle of the Hennessy connoisseur through the ages, including the Mad Men of the 1960s and today’s stars of hip-hop.
Featuring contributions from such cultural luminaries as Shepard Fairey, Nas, Futura, Fab 5 Freddy, and Todd Selby as well as never-before-seen images from the Hennessy archive, Pass the Henny is an informative and engaging account of the world’s most revered brandy and a book that belongs on every cognac enthusiast’s shelf.
The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book: The Definitive Guide to Mixing Perfect Cocktails from Aviation to Zombie by Clair McLafferty
Whether you’re hosting friends or unwinding after the workday, making gratifying, high-quality cocktails at home is a skill worth having. And like any good skill, it requires expert, up-to-date guidance.
Clair McLafferty has been on both sides of the bar. She’s studied the art of cocktail making. She’s made the drinks herself. And after writing about everything from the science of aging whiskey to common behind-the-bar injuries, she knows how useful a solid cocktail recipe book can truly be. Today, Clair’s on a mission to make craft cocktails accessible to everyone—and with The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book, she’s doing exactly that.
The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book is the only complete, up-to-date resource for making classic cocktails and cutting-edge innovations with your own two hands.
- BARTENDING 101—Professional techniques, brand spankin’ new barware, and modern cocktail gadgets help you create bar-quality cocktails at home
- THEN & NOW—Updated selection of 400 recipes with official serving instructions and inspired serving notes that have gained popularity over the past decade
- WWMBD (What Would My Bartender Do?)—Guest mixologists contribute recipes and offer special tips from the trade
Cocktails have grown up. With The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book, your bar skills will grow up, too.
Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker
Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine—until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Where she tasted “wine,” they detected not only complex flavor profiles, but entire histories and geographies. Astounded by their fanatical dedication and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, Bosker abandoned her screen-centric life and set out to discover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.”
Thus begins a year and a half long adventure that takes the reader inside elite tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, a California mass market wine "factory," and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as Bosker attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine? Counterintuitive, compulsively readable, and hilarious, Cork Dork illuminates how tasting better can help us live better—and will change the way you drink wine forever.
The Bar Cart Bible: Everything You Need to Stock Your Home Bar and Make Delicious Classic Cocktails
Like with any good drink, the secret to creating a winning bar cart is to understand its components. The Bar Cart Bible breaks down these elements and provides you with the necessary information, including:
- 300+ cocktail recipes
- Bottles to have on hand
- A glassware guide
- Required equipment
- Measurement charts
- Definitions of bartending terminology
- Garnish suggestions
- Mixology tips
- 4 pieces of frame-ready, decorative art
Now isn't it time for a drink?
Cooking with Cocktails: 100 Spirited Recipes by Kristy Gardner
Julia Child famously commented, "I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food . . . " Kristy Gardner has taken this idea to the next level in Cooking with Cocktails. Every recipe is touched with alcohol; the result is a punchy visual adventure with roots in Italian and French cuisine that demands enjoying meals with passion, with friends, and with alcohol. Recipes include:
- Irish Whisky French Onion Soup
- Limoncello Spot Prawns with Fresh Black Pepper
- Beer Braised Chicken Thighs
- Apple Cider Pork Loin with Thyme and Rosemary
- Red Wine Poached Pears with Creamy Ricotta
- Whiskey Soaked Vanilla Anise Cherries
Join the celebration of the very best that life has to offer―good friends, good food, good drink, great stories, and bad jokes―with humor, delicious recipes, and mouth-watering photographs.