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Cocktail Techniques Hardcover – May 3, 2010
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The second portion of the book (about 125 pages) focuses on cocktail recipes, and thankfully includes a photo for every drink listed (I'm seriously coveting some of the glassware used). There are 30 standard cocktails, which is not nearly an exhaustive list - for instance, there are only 3 whiskey drinks in this section. I don't think that's a bad thing since the point of this book is to present Uyeda's vision.Read more ›
Instructions aside, he describes his philosophy as a bartender and what one must keep in mind with each guest. From how one pours liquor to overall cleanliness, every action must be kept in mind to please individual guests. I suppose it could be seen as being a perfectionist, but his reasoning behind it made sense. If a bartender with a slovenly appearance makes a cocktail while accidentally spilling liquor in the process, would that not effect the guest's opinion of its taste even before the first sip? What is more important, the process or the end result?
The book contains only 61 cocktails, 30 traditional cocktails such as the Gimlet and Bellini and 31 original creations. This could be viewed as a slight complaint, but the limited size allows him to better focus on each cocktail. A standard recipe is shown at the end of each cocktail, along with his own variation with justifications for why each tweak is made. Uyeda goes so far as to suggest specific brands, thankfully citing affordable ones such as Smirnoff and Beefeater.Read more ›
PS. I recommend visiting his bar in Tokyo. Very cozy and elegant space.
It really helps to understand the culture, the reasons, and the techniques of bartending used in Japanese bartending.
And I would like to thank amazon to providthis book, since it is really hard to find it in Indonesia.
Customer Service staffs were great too. First I received broken book. Pages and pages of book are broken.
I did consult with the CS, and they directly sent me the new one!
I didnot have to pay for the shipping cost of the replacement book too!
But, I still have to send broken book back to amazon or they will charge my creditcard.
I went to post office, asked the shipping cost, and it turned to $30 more than the book itself ($22).
I asked amazon, what should I do? They told me that they will change the shipping cost of returement broken book, at first. Later, I just told that I was free to keep it for my ownself, or passed it for charity, or anything.
Finally, I gave it to my campus library.
It was a pleasing experiment for my first time buying some books at amazon. Great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a gift but dust cover on book was damaged. Did not look new.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Stupid bad book, like always is just advertising nothing else, inside there are medieval techniques, try istead to follow us on Americanbartending.it with facebook page [... Read morePublished 17 months ago by abaziarocco
The content is great, start from basic to some drink mixing!
It should be 5 stars, but the form factor of the book and hard cover deduct one of them.
Excellent techniques! They truly are the way of a good bar tender. But receipes are to each his own, don't agree with the amount of chilling in this bookPublished 22 months ago by Ryan A. Eberhart
Read this book let me without word. I though that Japan was an exotic avantgarde in the world of cocktail but is a sor of third world. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Stefano
Very in depth! Kazuo Uyeda is a total master and this gives a glimpse into his. Amazing technique. I would recomend this to anyone who is serious about craft cocktails.Published on February 12, 2014 by Robert Peters
we live in Minneapolis and have the the luck to speak with and get drinks from Pip Hansen, who worked with Uyeda and also helped to translate this book. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by wallawalla
This book is designed with the professional in mind. He really goes the extra mile to provide the how and why behind techniques while using detailed photographs. Great buy!Published on June 8, 2013 by Cory Shamis