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61. Low-Carb Cocktails : Delicious
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62. The El Paso Chile Company Margarita
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63. The Art of the Cocktail
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64. Kentucky Mint Julep
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65. After Dinner (Williams-Sonoma
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66. Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks
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67. The Ultimate Cocktail Book
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61. Low-Carb Cocktails : Delicious Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Beverages for All Low-Carbohydrate Lifestyles
by Douglas J. Markham
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-02)
Publisher: Pocket
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Are you maintaining a low-carb diet? Trying to cut your sugar intake? Or just trying to watch your weight...and still have fun? Look no further than this one-of-a-kind guidebook by famed low-carb guru Dr. Douglas Markham. Here you'll find a dazzling array of innovative recipes for easy-to-prepare, mouth-watering, low-carbohydrate cocktails and delicious high-protein snacks. You'll also discover:

  • the safest, most effective way to follow a low-carb lifestyle in social circles
  • how the kind of alcohol you ingest affects your brain and your body
  • how to drink responsibly
  • the preferred liquors, wines, and beers for stocking your bar
  • sugar-free mixers, garnishes, and other ingredients to have on hand
  • the nonalcoholic equivalents of today's most popular cocktails
  • which low-carb protein-rich snacks can slow the absorption of alcohol

...and much more. Let Low-Carb Cocktails help you raise a glass to easy spirits, improved drinking habits, and a healthy, balanced life. Cheers! ... Read more


62. The El Paso Chile Company Margarita Cookbook
by W. P. Kerr
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Asin: 0688168264
Catlog: Book (1999-05-05)
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Fun and inebriation abound between the covers of The El Paso Chile Company Margarita Cookbook. Running out of things to do with tequila? W. Park Kerr, founder of the El Paso Chile Company, offers dozens of drink (and a few food) recipes, each containing at least a little of the fiery elixir. From the Kentucky Club Margarita (the one we all know and love) to fancy margaritas containing Cointreau, Midori, and Curaçao, Kerr serves up drink ideas in an intoxicating Texas vernacular. Margarita 1 to 1 to 1--a blend of equal parts tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice--is touted as being tasty and easy to remember. "Although," Kerr warns, "if you're having memory problems, a cup of coffee might be the wiser choice." Any cocktail party worth its salt has snacks too, and a dozen or so tequila-imbued tapas and salsas are represented here. Try Grilled Chicken Tortas with Charred Tomato Salsa Borracho (which Kerr recommends eating outside, "at a table you can hose off afterward") for a delicious, if messy, accompaniment to your favorite distilled Mexican spirit. Spicy, alcoholic, and festive, The Margarita Cookbook is just the book to get your fiesta started. Cleaning up, unfortunately, is up to you. --David Kalil ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars nice coffee table book
This is a gorgeous book, but it hasn't been as usefull as I was hoping. There are many odd kinds of margaritas in here, which is great if that's what you like. But there was only one regular margarita recipe, and it was the kind I was hoping for. If you just look up recipes online, you're more likely to find the recipe you're looking for, since this one only has about 10 recipes. But as a coffee table book, it's perfect!

3-0 out of 5 stars nice coffee tabel book
This is a gorgeous book, but it hasn't been as usefull as I was hoping. There are many odd kinds of margaritas in here, which is great if that's what you like. But there was only one regular margarita recipe, and it was the kind I was hoping for. If you just look up recipes online, you're more likely to find the recipe you're looking for, since this one only has about 10 recipes. But as a coffee table book, it's perfect!

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Drink the Photos
However attractive the pics may be, you can't shake them up on ice and sip them while the sun slips into the Caribbean. The test of any cooking or drink book is in the tasting, and this is one tasty little volume indeed. Liquid (the best Mai Tai ever) or solid (French Toast Brulee), these recipes are keepers. The book's inexpensive enough--buy two and tuck the spare away in a cupboard, for when the first one is worn out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightfully distilled wisdom, from an expert host.
After all the gushing about the photos -- okay, they're great -- somebody needs to point out how good the recipes are! Park Kerr offers a wealth of information, in an easy-to-read format. With guests literally walking through the door, I was able to whip up a huge batch of frozen margaritas with next to no effort -- one guest, who has some expertise in these matters, can't stop raving about them -- "By far the best I've ever had," he says. (Kerr's secret ingredients made all the difference.) As with all good cookbooks, this one gives you loads of tips and tricks that make a good recipe ten times more interesting and fun. You get clear explanations about the various grades of tequila, so there's no confusion when you're facing a dizzying array of bottles at the liquor store. All in all, a tight, concise, well-informed guide that is presented with real panache. It's the next best thing to crossing the bridge to Ciudad Juarez, headed for the Kentucky Club on a Friday night. Hats off to Park Kerr, and, yes, a tip of the lens cap to Duane Winfield.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures--great book
I just love cookbooks and this is by far one of the best I've seen in ages. The photographs are what got me to buy this book--This Duane Winfield guy is one talented man---does he have any other books out? Sure hope so! ... Read more


63. The Art of the Cocktail
by Ben Reed, William Lingwood
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Asin: 1841727032
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small Ltd
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64. Kentucky Mint Julep
by Joe Nickell
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Asin: 0813122759
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Sales Rank: 565401
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The ultimate guide to the quintessential Derby drink!

A simple concoction—bourbon, mint, sugar, and water—the mint julep is legendary. Few people know its history and even fewer know how to properly mix this classic cocktail.

Lighthearted, entertaining, and informative, The Kentucky Mint Julep explores the lore and legend of the Kentucky Derby’s traditional tipple. Joe Nickell looks at the origins of the julep and the etymology of the word itself, offers a brief history of American whiskey and Kentucky bourbon, and shares some classic julep tales, including Irvin S. Cobb’s theory that a disagreement over a julep’s ingredients was the real cause of the Civil War.

Information on julep cups, tips on garnishing and serving, and reminiscences from the likes of Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, and General John Hunt Morgan give a fun, historic look at Kentucky’s favorite drink. The book includes numerous recipes—for classic juleps, modern variations on the drink, non-alcoholic versions, and the author’s own thoroughly researched "perfect" mint julep. This delightful book is illustrated with historic photographs, a map of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and more. ... Read more


65. After Dinner (Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles)
by Kristine Kidd
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Asin: 0848726391
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars More than a cookbook
This wonderful book is really more than a cookbook. The book begins with telling the reader how to set the after-dinner scene, and then how to prepare a bar, a cheese tray, and coffee and tea. After that, the book launches into forty-four recipes for wonderful after-dinner snack and drinks. Going along with that, the book has an extraordinary selection of "menus," that is, four items from the book that compliment each other.

This is a grand book, and a worthwhile addition to your library. My three favorite recipes from the book are the Miniature Jelly Thumbprint Cookies (I used blackberry jam, rather than currant jelly), Cardamom Palmiers (quick and easy to make), and the Tiny Chocolate Chunk and Toffee Cookies (as good as they sound). I highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS!!
I own many, many dessert cookbooks, and I find myself returning to this one again and again.All of the recipes that I have made (which is prettymuch the entire book at this point!) have turned out great.(Brownie Bitesand Fruit Tarts are two of my favorites) The pictures in the book arebeautiful, and there are great ideas for after dinner drinks and nibbles. This book is a must have for anyone who does any type of entertaining attheir home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every recipe turns out perfect!
I am a baking and pastry student and have made almost every recipe in this book and have enjoyed each one throughly.I have a great collection of dessert recipes from home and school but these have become my standards. The Viennese Crescent cookies are a favorite among friends and family,along with the Choc Coated Orange cookies.The brown sugar ginger cookiesare pretty spicy and go great with coffee or tea, as well as the anise andpine nut biscotti which I enjoyed last Christmas morning.Anyone with acraving for rugelach will love this great updated recipe using hazelnutswhich gives it a rich but sweet flavor.The chocolate mint swirls alongwith the bourbon truffles and chocolate raspberry kisses made an elegantplatter of after dinner chocolates of course lets not forget the CognacBrownie Bites which I sometimes subsituteCointreau for the brandy. Theamount of alcohol called for in the topping is just too much, I always cutit in half.These brownie are great to make and freeze.I have frozenthen with and without the topping and they both freeze well. The creamcheese and berry tartlets have been very popular for parties during theholidays esp. because you can decorat then with any small fruits andberries, the light lemon taste in the filling is what makes this tartletinto heaven, not to mention how sweet the pastry turns out.When i get arequest for tartlets other then the berry I always use theChocolate-Apricot tartlet recipe with its dreamy smooth choc filling it'sbound to satisfy any chocoholic's craving.once again, one of the bestbooks I ever used, think of giving it as a gift for someone who lovessweets. ... Read more


66. Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times
by Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker, Reed Darmon, K. Brooks, G. Bosker
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Asin: 0811819264
Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 54540
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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What cocktails do you think people enjoyed in the Polish Middle Ages? You don't know, do you? Neither does anyone else. That's because no one bothered to write such things down. But if you had to write about American culture from, say, Prohibition to the current fin de siècle, you would be hard pressed to leave out the cocktail.

So hats off to Karen Brooks, Gideon Bosker, and Reed Darmon, who have taken it upon themselves to gather up the arcana while it is still fresh and available and save it between covers for this generation and many more to come. Design, recipes, and writing all stand out in this cocktail lovefest that courts kitsch while all but taking itself seriously. You'd certainly have trouble doing much better for a collection of cocktail recipes than those provided herein. The design gathers all that was hip and cool in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, by about which time the cocktail was fading in the face of wine on the one hand and party drugs on the other. This book is a nice sharp stick in the eye of the New Puritanism--as the authors point out, the mighty American industry that rose up in the 1950s was built on the three-martini lunch. We can, of course, only hope that decisions affecting a wider population--who's going to drive, for example, or where to dump that toxic waste--are no longer being made after three martinis, no matter what the time of day.

And speaking of martinis, while the authors make good with tasty drink recipes such as the Stardust Martini and the Cognac Zoom, sadly missing is the Cajun Martini made popular by chef Paul Prudhomme. Now that's a cocktail to tangle with. --Schuyler Ingle ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Let's go Retro...
Remember when swing was king, '57 Chevies ate up the road, and I Love Lucy premiered on the tube?? Why just remember the 50's, when you can relive them? Reading Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times, is like peeking through a looking glass into the Atomic age. With drinks like Neon Watermelon Margarita and Rocket Man surrounded by vintage ads and paraphernalia, you can't help but go retro. So cue up Old Blue Eyes, and turn up the night with this collection of classic cocktails.

4-0 out of 5 stars An explosive concoction for your shelf
A fun and tasty look at the kitschy side of cocktails pleasantly put together and easy to look at. I bought this book and Hollywood Cocktails which looks at cocktails through the silver screen. Why have just one cocktail when you can have more?

5-0 out of 5 stars Head For The Lounge
Atomic Cocktails is a great book if you are interested in mixing up some potent potables, but you can find a thousand other books that give you the same information. What separates this book from the pack is the retro-packaging. Done up in a kitschy, campy style, the book harkens back to the lounge lizard days of the 50's & 60's. The book honors the time when drinking a martini was the height of cool and does the fine art of mixing drinks proud.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nifty retro look at the elixir of life.
This was a fun read. Quick too. I found some new drink recipes, and some nostalgia for a time I am too young to remember. If anything, the book was too short as I could have done with a few more drinks, and some more nostalgia. At least some Cole Porter or Noel Coward. Rick, Nora. Somebody. Still, it was fun while it lasted, and clearly understood and conveyed the romance, grace, and promise of a Martini.

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny and a great introduction to the new swank culture
The retro-ish styling of the book introduces the once stylish world of mixed cocktail. Even cooler was the fact that the book also included a few non-alcoholic drinks for my dry buds. It not only is a good resource, it makes a great coffee table book as well. ... Read more


67. The Ultimate Cocktail Book
by Bill Reavell
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Asin: 0600600572
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Hamlyn
Sales Rank: 91416
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Once again the epitome of glamour in America, cocktails are both taste-bud-tingling treats and superbly stylish. Sophisticated, cool, and appealing to the eye, just like the beverages it presents, this ultimate book on the ultimate libation is itself a recipe for the perfect cocktail party. Begin with the basics--essential equipment, decorating and serving tips, unassailable bartending advice. Mix in hundreds of spectacular color photographs and a full range of fabulous concoctions, from the classic Martini to the treacherous Knockout, from elegant slow sippers to deadly Scorpions, from a Cool Wind to a Sirocco. Garnish with a chapter on alcohol-free cocktails too delicious and good-looking to limit to the drivers. The result? A subtle and harmonious blend of information stirred, not shaken, into a book with a powerful kick.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great drinks - Great gift idea
I saw this book in a store decided to order it on Amazon. It has a wonderful presentation of the drinks and easy to follow instructions. Most of the drinks at those that are very trendy right now. It is the ultimate book to have if you are entertaining. Beautiful pictures are exactly what the drink will look like! It is the one book that I have bought in the past year that I use all the time. It also makes an excellent conversation piece. Everyone picks it up and takes a recipe from it. I have bought several as gifts and usually give it with a bottle of my favorite alcohol. Makes a really nice gift. ... Read more


68. The Martini Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide
by Gary Regan, Mardee Haidin Regan, Steve Belkowitz
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
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69. American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks
by Charles Schumann
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Asin: 1558598537
Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Sales Rank: 82280
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is my bible
If I wasn't a devouted Christian, Charles Schumann would be my God. This book exudes class, the maroon cover and the black binding make it worth having simply for the pose value. This book is an invaluable fountain of cocktail knowledge, interspersed with Schumann's own advice, for instance with the recipe for Long Island Iced Tea he wryly remarks "I personally never pour vodka and gin together"(funnier in print). If you like cocktails, or simply want to know about them (there is a comprehensive history of varoius alcohols), buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't quibble with the master
This is an excellent book on cocktails, the philosophy of bartending, and the history of various alcohols. I have never seen a better single book for the home or professional bartender.

A number of reviewers have already expressed their enthusiasm for this great book, but some have qualified their admiration by quibbling with Schumann over a recipe or two, claiming that the master has "got it wrong" and that they know the "correct" way that a particular drink should be prepared. These reviewers are entitled to their opinions, but I think potential readers of Schumann's book would do well to note that there is no definitive recipe for any sufficiently well-established cocktail, just as no two chefs will agree on the recipe for a perfect omelette. Schumann offers elegant, minimalist versions of almost all of the great cocktails -- what more do you want?

3-0 out of 5 stars Schumanns book of his own cocktails
one reviewer accuses another of quibling over a couple of recipes, when in fact the quibble is over 11 very well-known recipes.

Calling Schumann "the master" is a bit much. Some people love him like a god, while others (like me) see him as stuck in an era just after 70's faux-cocktails, and just before this new renaissance in historically researched cocktails. Schumann is a bit of an enigma, if he is right why doesn't he explain his research and way of thinking? He is too good to talk to those who bought his book?

At the end of the day it is just a book of how Charles Schumann makes his cocktails, and is not of any historical value.

Try the Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan for a better balanced veiw of cocktails.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover!
To some people the "American Bar" by Charles Schumann is their bible. Indeed it is beautifully printed, illustrated and presented. However, under closer scutiny this books claims of using original recipes is somewhat suspicious.

At this present time, there is a renaissance going on in cocktail making, and historical study of recipes. That may sound pompous, but it is true. And due to this on-going renaissance, glaring holes are being exposed in Herr Schumann's book.

Here are the ones that I found, the fact that they are extremely well known recipes makes it even worse.

Bellini (lemon juice. why?),
Caipirinha (lime wedge. no whole lime?),
Kamikaze (rose's lime "juice". why?),
Long Island Iced Tea (orange juice. why?),
Mai Tai (rose's lime "juice". why?),
Mojito (crushed ice. why?),
Old Fashioned ("fill with soda or water". why?),
Rob Roy (dry AND sweet vermouth. why?),
Sazerac (1. bourbon, instead of American Rye, 2. "fill with water". both Why?),
Scotch Sour (powdered sugar AND sugar syrup. Why?),
Sidecar (no sugar rim. why?),

There are no explanations as to why the recipes are so unorthodox, they are just stated as fact. Blindly following these recipes leads to bartenders who think they know it all, because they are using Schumann's recipe, but not having any indepth knowledge of the history of the cocktail.

If you are a bartender, or want to be, then you will probably end up buying this book anyway, just to see what the fuss is about. Do yourself a favour and make sure you buy plenty of other books, so you can compare them.

As someone who has been a bar manager, and head bartender, I wouldn't hire someone who insisted on making cocktails to Schumann's specifications.

There is some sound advice in the back of the book, but the recipes themselves are not worth buying the book for.

Buy this book, and lots of others to compare it to.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in it's kind
For all those enjoying a good dinner party where cocktails and longdrinks are essential parts, this book gives you a most comprehensive guide in this category. A book giving simply the best of advice and tips in the field of mixing, shaking or blending drinks. Looks great too! ... Read more


70. Shag's Around the World in 80 Drinks: Cocktails from Athens to Zanzibar
by Shag, Adam Rocke
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Asin: 1572840501
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Surrey Books
Sales Rank: 148834
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This irresistible blend of mixology and Shag-adelic art, in a handy gift book format, gives the reader a taste of the good life, 1950s-style. In this world tour of cocktail culture from famed retro artist Shag and his drinking buddy, Adam Rocke, Shag's yesteryear hipsters sip classic and contemporary drinks in Tokyo, Moscow, Luxor, Peking, Rio, Buenos Aires, Maui, Miami, Paris, Venice, San Francisco, New York, and even more exotic locales, including outer space. This bubbly book, a must for the modern bachelor pad or home tiki lounge, features 30 four-color spreads of Shag art, accompanied by 80 of Adam Rocke's most enticing cocktail creations. The introduction features a bar setup guide and mixing tips. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Calendar You Won't Regret Having
This is a great calendar! Shag is one of my favorite artists. His style is truly unique and his artwork definitely puts you in a retro-lounge kind of mood. It takes you back to the wonderful ultra hip, ultra chic, ultra cool, ultra lounge, ultra laid back, cocktails & martinis era of the 1960's. This calendar also exhibits some of Shag's more humorous and playful side as well. Each month will take you to a different part of the world, from Venice to Rio, to Paris and Tokyo. This is a great introduction to the world of Shag, but also for those who are already familiar with his work, it's another great way of having his work in your home (especially since all his prints sell out so quickly!). Be sure to check out his website: www.shag.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for Shag's Around the World in 80 Drinks BOOK?
If you already have the calendar and are trying to order the book, here's what you have to do: under the calendar image at the top of this page, click on "Hardcover" (Paper over board). This takes you to the book page. You gotta have both of 'em--the calendar art is perfect for framing in 2005, and the book is a great coffee table reference for all your favorite illustrations and recipes! ... Read more


71. Buller's Professional Course in Bartending for Home Study
by Jon, Buller
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Asin: 0916782336
Catlog: Book (1983-05-01)
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Sales Rank: 327822
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Over 150 drinks; tips on getting started as a bartender, legal liabilities, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Top Gun on the Bar Guns!
Buller's book opens like a bar book should. Spiral bound, it lies flat for easy reading at the bar! Great tips even veteran bartenders can benefit from. No bull here - just common sense approach to "tending" your "stage".

5-0 out of 5 stars Best reference guide ever.
I have been tending "high volume" bar for thirteen years. Over those years I have trained dozens of bartenders. This is the best reference guide that I have ever found on this subject. It is the only book I use. ... Read more


72. Essential Winetasting : The Complete Practical Winetasting Course
by Michael Schuster
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Asin: 184533020X
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
Sales Rank: 442349
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Winner of The Wine Book of the Year Gold Label Award (Le Prix due Champagne Lanson); the Glenfiddich Award for Best Drink Book; and the Best Drink Book of the Year by the coveted Andre Simon Memorial Fund Awards.

"Schuster knows how winetasting works...how real people respond to it, and has the skills to explain it clearly..."--Wine Spectator

"...something we haven't really seen before: a beautifully designed and intelligently organized wine primer..."--Boston Globe

One of the most respected lecturers on wine tells you everything you need to know in a comprehensive, structured course. The big feature: 10 instructive tastings that use a variety of widely available and affordable wines.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Take this book to dinner with you...Really!
This is a great book to take to dinner with you.It is small enough to fit in a 3-ring binder.

At dinner you can make notes as to the vintage, winery, type, etc. of the bottle that you selected, then use the book to write an 'official' taste report.

It is really fun to go over your notes weeks/months later, and really remember the flavor.I also include notes about the dishes that were served.

I also bring a Perfect Sommelier with me, that ages the wine in 30 minutes.It is a fun item.I found it on Google.

If you like this book, you will also like Discovering Wine.

5-0 out of 5 stars the ONLY alternative to a wine course
This has got to be the book to get (or give)this year.No surprise that it's winning major wine writing prizes everywhere you look (3 so far this year I read somewhere).Fresh, practical & easy to follow steps to winetasting with no hint of the patronising or the pretentious.The style is straightforward and uncomplicated, the hints and tips given throughout are invaluable.Utterly different from any other wine tasting book on the market, and streets ahead. ... Read more


73. Tropical Cocktails (Tiny Folios Mini Series)
by Barry Shelby
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Asin: 0789205548
Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Sales Rank: 76140
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Rum drink theme
I appreciate rum drinks, now, from the text and from the photos. On page 50, however, I can't figure out why the drink in the photo is pink, when the ingredients comprise white rum, lime juice, sugar, and ice. A light, fifteen minute read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tropical Cocktails(Tiny Folios Mini Series)
Great book to have. Small enough to pack with you in a purse or pocket. Every recipe is simple and easy. There are a great variety of drinks for each liquor used. You will love the pictures, every drink trully looks like an island drink. You will not go broke getting drink supplies and you will get enough information to become an at home bartender with ease. I made a great purchase at a great price. ... Read more


74. Shag Party: Cocktails and Appetizers to Seduce and Entertain
by Adam Rocke, Shag
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Asin: 1572840439
Catlog: Book (2002-01-22)
Publisher: Surrey Books
Sales Rank: 67740
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars OK, but not what I expected
I have been waiting for this book for several months, and was a little disappointed when I finally got it. It features 8 party ideas, such as Bongo Beat Bash and Island Luau. Each of these sections features several interesting cocktail and appetizer recepies, as well as related Shag artwork. All of this is OK but more than a bit sketchy. Except for a bare-bones introduction at the front of the book, there is nothing from the writer on how to throw these parties; even some basic fashion, decorating or organizational suggestions would have been good. I can plan a tiki party with the best of them, but it's still nice to consider other ideas.
Not bad overall, but also not a shining example of retro chic either.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mish-mash of frivolity
Despite a couple of good recipes to add to my files, this book is useless. Get the recipes off of the 'net and save your cash for barware. Add this book to the ever-growing pile of uninspired eyecandy issued forth from the Shagmart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shag art and awesome appetizers!
If you love Shag's art like I do you may buy this book just for that. Let me tell you there is so much more. I had a party this weekend and made three appetizers from this book and there were no leftovers! Jalapeno poppers made with corn flakes!!! CRAZY! If you are adventurous and love to make your guests happy this is a great book to get! Also get Shag's Tiki drinks...the Horny Monkey is a crowd pleaser as well!!

5-0 out of 5 stars dig this funky art
I love Shag's bold style and bright colors. This is a great book to just toss on a coffee table. All my friends pick it up just to flip through the art. It's a real eye catcher and conversation starter. I bought his last book, Tiki Drinks, too, and both make a nice little collection to have on display. ... Read more


75. Seagram's Bartending Guide
by Ltd Seagram Company
list price: $14.95
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Asin: 0670863971
Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Viking Books
Sales Rank: 400295
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book. It is easy to follow and has nice pictures. The recipes are accurate and make great drinks. I like how it shows what kind of glass is needed for each drink. This book has recipes for holidays and special occasions. Great book for the college student, bartender, and party host.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Being a beginning bartender, I have found this book as a great help. It's easy to follow, clear, and concise writing style make it a welcome tool at my bar. The other fellow that reviewed this is correct though, it doesn't go into brands very much. But hey, working for a chain, I don't have any say on the brands we buy anyway. The recipe's are great and easy to find.

3-0 out of 5 stars a second-rate book
I have to say I was unimpressed with this guide. the beer and wine chapters were almost nonexistant. the backgrounds on the types of liquors is small and not very informative. There is no discussion on the different brands. ... Read more


76. Hachette: Vins de Pays : A Buyer's Guide to the Best French Country Wines
by Tim Atkin
list price: $7.95
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Asin: 1840009535
Catlog: Book (2004-04-08)
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
Sales Rank: 258718
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77. Mambo Mixers : Recipes for 50 Lucious Latin Cocktails and 20 Tantalizing Tapas
by Arlen Gargagliano
list price: $16.95
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Asin: 1584793988
Catlog: Book (2005-03-30)
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Sales Rank: 186116
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Hora de cócteles: cocktail hour in Latin America. Step into a bar in Buenos Aires in the early evening and you'll see friends savoring a few small tapas and enjoying a drink-perhaps a bellini, fresh peach nectar combined with champagne and kissed with fresh raspberries, or a lime-infused caipirinha.

With Mambo Mixers, Arlen Gargagliano takes readers on a sumptuous sojourn into the bars, homes, and parties of our Latin American neighbors, from Mexico to Argentina. She serves up recipes for 50 enticing cocktails and 20 piquant tapas-all made with easy-to-find ingredients-along with lots of serving suggestions and make-ahead tips. The Kiwi Caipirinha, Classic Cuban Daiquiri, and Peruvian Winter Wine are among the featured drinks, accompanied by such tapas as Crisp Toasts with Chimichurri, Tortilla Española, and Dominican Shrimp Croquettes. With virtually limitless cocktail hour combinations, Mambo Mixers offers a sampling of the tropical and savory pleasures found just south of the border. AUTHOR BIO: Arlen Gargagliano is the coauthor, with chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino, of several books that feature recipes for entertaining Latin style, including Viva la Vida and Nueva Salsa. She lives in New Rochelle, New York. Dasha Wright is a food and travel photographer based in New York City. Her photographs have appeared in such magazines as Bon Appétit, Real Simple, Country Living, and Modern Bride.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Delicioso!
I love to entertain, but was running out of new ideas to keep my little parties fresh and interesting.I have found new life in Mambo Mixers!

This is not just a collection of Latin-inspired drinks---the book also includes recipes for easy tapas you can team up with those luscious cocktails!It's got the best of both worlds that will make my next fiesta complete (minus the huraches andtropical flowers ;-).Hooray for Hora de cócteles!

The book is even tantalizing in and of itself--the hot pink cover entices you to open it and be dazzled by scrumptious full color photos of the drinks and snacks---just take a look at that watermelon margarita on page 46!I was lucky enough to see the author on her book tour, and the enthusiasm she has for everything Latin is catching.

This book will make a great gift for all my friends too. Hmmm...party favor perhaps?! ... Read more


78. Kitschy Cocktails: Luscious Libations for the Swinger Set
by Babs Harrison
list price: $9.98
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Asin: 0765108186
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Smithmark Publishers
Sales Rank: 521588
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

KITSCHY COCKTAILS: LUSCIOUS LIBATIONS FOR THE SWINGER SET is a bar guide filled with inspired recipes for retro beverages like the Harvey Wallbanger and the Singapore Sling. The text serves up tips on choosing barware, as well as fun facts about different kinds of alcoholic beverages. Best of all, the package includes paper umbrellas and swizzle sticks, accessories required for the ultimate kitschy cocktail. A member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, a women's culinary society, Babs Harrison lives in San Francisco where she works as the editorial director for an international public relations firm. A former food writer for The Dallas Morning News, she is also the author of two other books, including Exploring New Mexico Wine Country. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This was a great gift!
This is one of those things that it's hard to tell what it's going to be like online, but when it arrived, it was exactly what was described. A cool book with drink recipes and lots of little plastic drink "accessories." A great gift for someone who likes mixing cocktails! The recipient of the gift was impressed with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect hostess, birthday or "just because" gift
This book will make any party an instant success. Even if you don't use every recipe -- the book alone is a conversation piece. Throw on a hip CD and the night will be anything you want it to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars A cocktail worth making is worth making right!!!
If snapping a poptop on a brewski is the limit of your bartorial abilities, then this is your book. Especially if you are going to invite me over. Get creative with Babs Harrison Kitschy Cocktails, and lets start partying!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Way Cool Guide to Classic & Wacky Cocktails
I thought I knew cocktails but the "kitschy cocktail muse" -- author Babs Harrison -- knows much more, a point she vividly makes in this book which stands as a pocket-sized guide to everything from Cosmopolitan Martinis to the Gombey Smash. There are plenty of recipes but what makes the book is the author's lively (even a bit twisted) sense of humor. And it doesn't hurt at all that the book is packaged with a set of kool kitschy stirrers and paper umbrellas for dressing up drinks! Read it Before your next cocktail party! ... Read more


79. The New New York Bartender's Guide (Essential Connoisseur)
by Sally Ann Berk, George G., Jr Wieser
list price: $12.95
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Asin: 1579120059
Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Sales Rank: 105463
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Alone on the West Coast
The book is a fantastic collection of the most popular East Coast drinks, and I use it often, but it lacks a West Coast feel, and severl drinks from it. It's a great starter book, though.

4-0 out of 5 stars put this in your "toolbox"!
This is just a good "tool" to have around your house. Even if you don't throw any parties this year (or any year), it will come in handy, whether you want a good martini recipe or if the evening calls for something silly like "Alabama Slamma's".

The book is easy to use, and will be well-enjoyed by the adventuresome who are looking for a buzz more refined than a "sixer of bud."

I have also given this book to a couple of friends who are normally difficult to shop for on their birthdays, and they both loved it. Cheers!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the beginner and expert bartender
This is an excellent book for the professional bartender to the home partier. The drink list is unlimited; it's filled with the most popular and most unlikely drinks, it will keep your guests entertained for hours. It does lack a "shooters" section, but overall it is great. ... Read more


80. Big Bad-ass Book Of Shots
by Paul Knorr
list price: $12.95
our price: $9.71
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Asin: 0762419016
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Sales Rank: 62582
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Book Description

Here's a hip, authoritative guide to shots, shooters, and slammers, destined to become the twenty-something barfly's bible. Totally indulgent, unabashedly devoted to silly, free-spirited fun, it's packaged in a chunky format. And it's sure to eliminate the competition because of the astonishing volume and variety of recipes: more than 1,400 recipes include such college standards as the Body Shot, Jello Shot, Tequila Slammer, and Lemon Drop, plus hundreds of wild and crazy variations. Recipes are accompanied by photographs of highly collectible shot glasses, emblazoned with all manner of images and mottoes. ... Read more


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