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Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar (Anglais) Relié – 7 avril 2015

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"David Wondrich is a such an envy-producing polymath that it drives me to drink. Brilliant historian, beautiful writer, former punk rocker, absinthe-maker, mixological marvel, and perhaps, yes, even WIZARD. Plus he can grow an amazing beard. There are few people in the world I rely on to be so authoritative and so entertaining all at once, and to mix an amazing cocktail at the same time. And those few people are DAVID WONDRICH."
—John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise

"[Jerry] Thomas finally gets his due in Imbibe!....Mr. Wondrich puts the drinks in context, with their ingredients explained, their measurements accurately indicated, and their place in the overall cocktail scheme clearly mapped out. At the same time, Thomas himself appears, for the first time, as a living presence: a devotee of bare-knuckle prize fights, a flashy dresser fond of kid gloves, an art collector, a restless traveler usually carrying a fat wad of bank notes and a gold Parisian watch. A player, in short."
—William Grimes, The New York Times 

"This book will leave you shaken and, I hope, stirred. Wondrich, one of the top spirits writers in the country, delves into the rich and fascinating history of mixology in America."
USA Today 

"Imbibe brings back the delicious forgotten cocktails created by a pioneering American bon vivant....This book is a model for food history writing....[Wondrich is] always an enjoyable writer, curious, eager, mildly opinionated and with a taste for the amusing."
The Los Angeles Times 

"Cocktail connoisseurs and history buffs will find this book an essential addition to their reference libraries."
The San Francisco Chronicle 

"Wondrich offers what amounts to a history of industrial-age America writ in booze, covering everything from punches, fizzes, and sours to toddies, slings, and juleps."
Saveur, Top Ten Reads 

"How and why America rose to world preeminence in mixology is explained zestfully in Imbibe!." 

"With Imbibe!, David Wondrich's biography of 19-century mixologist Jerry Thomas, cocktails do the time warp." 
New York Daily News 

"Wondrich delivers a well-researched chronicle of "Professor" Jerry Thomas's life and times as late 19th-century bartender extraordinaire...a lovely homage to Thomas's indomitable spirits."
Publishers Weekly

"David Wondrich has drunk his way through two centuries of American cocktails and other mixed drinks.  He emerges to tell us, with clarity and wit, what he encountered, how it was made. and how to make it now.  In his recreations of the drinks of yesteryear, he stops at nothing, even growing his own snakeroot to make Jerry Thomas' Bitters. Thomas was called "the Professor" in his day.  If this title belongs to any living expert on the cocktail, it belongs to Wondrich."
—Lowell Edmunds, author of Martini, Straight Up

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The newly updated edition of David Wondrich’s definitive guide to classic American cocktails.

Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little-known history of classic American drinks--and the ultimate mixologist's guide--in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar.

Wondrich reveals never-before-published details and stories about this larger-than-life nineteenth-century figure, along with definitive recipes for more than 100 punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks, along with detailed historical and mixological notes.
The first edition, published in 2007, won a James Beard Award. Now updated with newly discovered recipes and historical information, this new edition includes the origins of the first American drink, the Mint Julep (which Wondrich places before the American Revolution), and those of the Cocktail itself. It also provides more detail about 19th century spirits, many new and colorful anecdotes and details about Thomas's life, and a number of particularly notable, delicious, and influential cocktails not covered in the original edition, rounding out the picture of pre-Prohibition tippling.

This colorful and good-humored volume is a must-read for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of a well-made drink-and the uniquely American history behind it.

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History, booze, and recipes. Definitely a must buy. 11 avril 2015
Par Jeremy A. - Publié sur
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Great read and resource for anyone interested in a somewhat untold part of American and international history and an even better reference for people interested in cocktails/bartending in general.
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Amazing history and guide through early American mixology 9 avril 2015
Par efm - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Amazing history and guide through early American mixology. I also own the first edition and can say that the revisions in this version are worthy of the price of admission. Fantastic read.
If you're interested in Pre-prohibition drinking in America buy this book 9 mai 2015
Par Andrew - Publié sur
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Wondrich never fails to entertain, I trust his history more than really anyone when it comes to bars and drinking if for no other reason than if he can't find a solid answer he doesn't just pick a story he likes and present it as fact, he generally says something like that's what happens when history is written by drunk people in bars, tells what he has found, what he thinks and any other random tidbits that are relevant and lets you make up your own mind. It is well worth the money even if (like me) you already own the first edition. It is almost completely redone, since he wrote a book on it as well he removed about 40 pages out of the punch chapter, and added another 40 pages so about 80 pages worth of new material, and even a lot of the old stuff has been reworked and polished so much so that it feels like a completely new read. Great book to read while sipping a Julep on the porch.
Wondrich's update to this award winning book is well worth ... 11 mai 2015
Par Steven Liles - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Wondrich's update to this award winning book is well worth investing in. If you have any interest in the craft of bar tending, whether you are a professional or an enthusiast, this book should be in your library
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Did not particularly enjoy it. As a recipe book 12 mai 2015
Par Clayton W. - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Did not particularly enjoy it. As a recipe book, I didn't find it consistent in translating Jerry Thomas' original concoctions into Plain English, "Mix this in these proportions given modern ingredients," and as a history book, I found it light on context of why drinks were made the way they were made back then. As a result, I never knew what to expect or what I would be reading in any particular chapter, and I don't mean that as a good thing. Many times during the read, I got the distinct sense that Wondrich was writing for himself rather than some imagined reader or audience, fully confident that we would be able to unravel whatever narrative thread he was pursuing at the time. For me, that wasn't the case. A few historical gems and interesting tidbits scatter the text, but those small gems don't forgive my memory of this being a slog. I would have been fine with it either being an insightful retrospective on cocktails and cocktail culture (why I bought it), or a pre-prohibition era cocktail book, but it tried to do both and I don't think it was effective at either.
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