Behold! Here is my round-up of all the cocktails and spirits books (plus a few others) that were released in 2017. This year, beyond the annual deluge of whisky books, there are books aping the bartender lifestyle (Drink Like a Bartender, Straight Up), more narrative books (I Hear She's a Real Bitch, By the Smoke and the Smell), and recipe books seeking to simplify the process (3 Ingredient Cocktails, The Imbible, Road Soda) rather than reveal the secrets of complex drinks from top bars. All in all, another great year for reading about drinking.
Four fall books for your reading pleasure.
Ten new drink books covering bourbon, aquavit, global booze and global bars, plus recipes for prosecco and Instagrammable cocktails.
A dozen new drinky reads for fall including books on the Bay Area, New York cocktails, 3-ingredient drinks, cocktails on the road, Canadian whisky, Champagne, and drinks of movie spies.
Not every book in the library is available as an ebook, 0f course, but out of curiousity I decided to see how many cocktail books are available for online check-out at the San Francisco Public Library. The number was a surprising 203.
One of my favorite bartender-visionaries Thad Vogler released a book about learning/purchasing spirits by going to where they're made. While Vogler owns Bar Agricole, Canada's Jen Agg owns Agrikol in Montreal, and also has a book out from a very different owner's perspective, called I Hear She's a Real Bitch. Like Vogler, Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown travelled to Cuba to write their latest book (I think it's their third on Cuba cocktails and bartenders), while Brad Thomas Parsons wrote no doubt his most fun book to date, starring cats that live at distilleries. New Orleans rum legend Brian Rhea finally wrote a book that should be full of tales from his many years in bars, while for newbie drinkers we have Drink Like a Bartender and for sci-fi fans there is a whole book of out-of-this-world cocktails awaiting. Beyond that there's an American history and booze book, a book that tells bartenders how to win international cocktail competitions, a book on cider (and shrubs and vinegars), one on bar cart styling, and finally a brand book from Fever Tree Tonic Water.
New books on Mezcal, Monster Movies, Gin Tonics, Popsicles, Dirt, and Women's History via Food.
A new batch of booze-related reading for your summer pleasure. We've two Bloody Mary books, one on wildcrafting, rum, and a funky vintage reprint; plus gastrophysics, Bordeaux, and more.