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Complete Home Bartender's Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink Spiral-bound – August 1, 2002
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There are two things that I love about this book -- it's brilliantly arranged as a reference guide, and it's geared for both the entry-level hobbyist and the more experienced enthusiast in mind.
Unlike many other bartender guides that are tiny paperbacks or printed on thicker paper that is harder to flip-through, Salvatore Calabrese's book is built like a true index in mind: it's a hard-cover with spiral-bound pages inside printed on glossy color paper. The 780 drinks are divided into logical categories (brandy, rum, wine, vodka, shooters, punches, nonalcoholic, etc.) and each drink's mixing instructions are designed to be read in less than 30 seconds. As a quick reference, I have not seen a book that is better written with clarity and brevity in mind.
Any book I'm willing to pay for as an introduction into a hobby needs to me interested with the history, the basics on how-tos, and the fine science of becoming an enthusiast. The book's opening chapters cover everything from tools & equipment, glassware, and bar terminology to flavors & garnishes, proper techniques for juicing limes, and how to properly use ice!
Nearly every single recipe includes a brief history as to where the naming scheme caming from, and there's some description to the regional origins of certain spirits and bases as well.
I'm not planning on becoming a professional bartender, but if I were going to, I'd imagine this text would easily be one of the required reads and "keeper" books for someone truly interested in pursuing a long-term education into the fine art of drink mixing.
Not a boozehound.
I purchased this book after perusing others like it at my local bookstore. Not having expertise with martinis and the like, I can't speak to the authenticity or tastiness of the recipes. But what I can speak to is the very friendly layout and design of the book.
A spiral binding -- you can lay the book flat.
Color coded pages -- you know where you are at any time.
Readable font -- no squinting or losing your place on crowded page.
Graphics -- See the type of glass the drink should be served in.
Color, font, binding, graphics, (even quality paper) -- they all combine to make this a book that you want to use, that you enjoy picking up and reading.
So....pick it up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not have to go to bartender school all of my mixed drinks came out perfectPublished 10 months ago by Michele Cummings
The spine has cracked already. The book is rather dated and does not include the new flavored vodkas and rums.Published 15 months ago by Lynne Bowness
I wanted something more basic... Not some obscure drinks that require ingredients I don't readily have. Too many fancy-shmancy drinks for me.Published 20 months ago by L. Marks
Nice recipe book with lots of different recipes to try out. Never bored with the same drink when you have this book.Published 21 months ago by Cecilia Marquez
The book was new, but on the shelf a long time and two pages were wrinkled and folded. My niece said she didn't mind, but it kind of took the novelty out of giving a new present... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Victoria Anderson
I'm pleased with this product. Although it did not have the recipe for the drink I was hoping for, it still had plenty of other mixes to choose fromPublished on October 2, 2013 by Eric
I bought this book at a thrift store and LOVED it so much I bought one as a gift for my brother. An excellent book, I should know I bartended for 20 years back in the 80's and... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by elissa l.
Complete home bartenders guide is my go to book for mixing drinks. It's beautifully organized by liqueur, and it even has a section for non-alcoholic drinks. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Sprinkles