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Mark Spivak

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Look at History of Popular Spirits 27 janvier 2013
Par Stacie Gorkow - Publié sur Amazon.com
ICONIC SPIRITS is not my usual type of book, but the history of spirits and their creators intrigued me. My husband has been having fun creating cocktails and trying out different drinks and I thought this book would appeal to both of us. The cocktail culture has exploded over the last several years with restaurants selling high dollar cocktails and drink menus pages long. Men and women are putting bars in their homes and making their own wines and beer. The cocktail culture is strong and growing.

I have to admit that some of the spirits mentioned in the book were ones I had never heard of. But the evolution of how drinks were made was quite interesting. Having toured wineries in California, I am familiar with the distilling process and was surprised at the levels of flavors and length of time some of the spirits need to evolve before being bottled. Patience is definitely a virtue with a lot of these businessmen.

Nearly each one of the creators came from meager beginnings and just had an idea. Each of them had a strong determination to make their dream a reality and fought through prohibition, wars, bad economies, and clearly came out ahead...most living as millionaires.

I think my favorite story came from Jean Paul DeJoria. In 2010, he was 66th on the list of Forbes 400th wealthiest Americans. DeJoria is the cofounder of John Paul Mitchell Systems (hair care products) and surprisingly, also of Patron Tequila. He grew up in a foster home, joined the Navy, became homeless and was a single dad. He sold Coke bottles to buy food and eventually got a job at Redken Laboratories. That led him and a friend to create John Paul Mitchell Systems. Then one day, drinking with another friend, he was given tequila in beautiful hand blown bottles from Mexico. That sparked an idea that has since rocketed to the high-end tequila we know today. But, the best part of this story is DeJoria's philanthropy. His motto is "Success unshared is failure". He is extremely committed to helping others including Boys and Girls Club of America, Mine Seekers, those suffering from MS, cancer, diabetes, leukemia, and autism, and providing food for children with AIDS in Africa to name a few. His most impressive charity is one he started in 2009 called Grow Applachia, an organization that teaches families how to grow their own food by distributing seeds and equipment and then teaches them how to use their crop to feed their families as well as their communities. DeJoria is living the American dream and helping others to live it as well.

Each chapter features one spirit and then ends with recipes using the featured spirit. I know my husband and I will enjoy going through the recipes and trying them out. I think first on my list will be a Tequila Sunrise made with Patron Tequila.

If you are a history buff or like true stories of self-made businessmen, this is the book for you. If you are curious about how some of your favorite spirits are made, the distilling processes of some of the spirits were quite surprising. With each chapter being a stand alone, this is a book that can be read quickly or at your leisure. Or, you can just go straight to the recipes! As Spivak states, "These are the best kinds of stories. They are the kind a writer could never make up."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just Pure Fun 1 décembre 2012
Par Kenneth Schechet - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I could not put this book down. It cost me a night's sleep. It's a fascinating, wonderfully written history of a dozen spirits and of the spirits industry. But it also chronicles spirits influence on both mainstream history and current pop culture. Who knew that the British Empire almost fell because a significant percent of its population was constantly drunk on gin, or that the first NASCAR drivers were former moonshine runners, or that some people successfully decide what you will spend lots of money on and then create it? You couldn't make this stuff up. What a wonderful read for you or a gift for others. Even teetotalers would love these stories.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Worth the Read 25 avril 2014
Par shari gherman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I saw Mark Spivak wrote a book on Spirits, I thought, "what does this wine geek know about that subject"? And then, "why would I find that interesting"? But because I had heard him on his radio show "Uncorked" many times and found him so interesting and informative, I thought I need to read this book. I'm glad I did. Not only has Mr. Spivak done his research to get the real inside information on virtually every spirit known to mankind and how they came to be, but he tells fascinating stories that I, also a wine geek, found incredibly entertaining and humorous. While I may not agree to "always be drunk" (not his words but those from a poem he quotes by the "poster boy for the bohemian lifestyle"), some of my favorite parts of the book are the many, many recipes for every type of spirit. Great stories, great pictures, great recipes. I highly recommend Iconic Spirits.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cheers to a great read! 8 mars 2014
Par Meryl W Cooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In ICONIC SPIRITS: AN INTOXICATING HISTORY, Mark Spivak serves up a wonderful "cocktail" of politics and pop culture, liquor and lore - with a twist-- expertly debunking myths and bringing legends to life. The storytelling is sublime as are the classic recipes that round out this fun and interesting tome. I particularly loved learning about the "Doctrine of Dewarism" and how the Juniper Berry almost took down the British Empire.

I highly recommend the book -- wrap it up with your favorite bottle and give it as a gift to the consummate entertainer, spirits connoisseur or history buff in your life. They will love it!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Stories!!! 17 février 2014
Par Shalah A. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The stories behind the names, very entertaining. I am going to buy several copies as gifts...he is much more than just a wine guy!
Shalah Smith
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