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Cosmopolitan is a memoir of the bartending life structured as a day in the life of Passerby, the bar owned and run by Toby Cecchini. It is, as well, a rich study of human nature—of the outlandish behavior of the human animal under the influence of alcohol, of lust, and of the sheer desire to bust loose and party. As the typical day progresses, Cecchini muses over a life spent in the service industry and the fascinating particulars of his chosen profession. He is by turns witty, acute, mordant, and lyrical in dealing with the realities of his profession, shedding plenty of light on the hidden corners of what people do when they go out at night.
Um, call me crazy, but isn't that a mite highfalutin to describe watching someone chip ice?
I read each and every bad review of this book here but I read it anyway and I can also tell you that all of the criticisms can be safely dismissed out of hand.
The other aspect of the book that was mildly disorienting to me is that it is not a coherent story.
A great read and fantastic insight into not only a bartender's life, but the F&B world as a whole. I find the writing style to be a mix of Bourdain's cynicism and cold humor and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Javin Chia
I enjoyed reading this book. It's short and accessible. I'd really like to get a drink from the author one day.Published 9 months ago by Jim vinson
The book is very well written. I enjoyed reading it for the most part, and he paints a clear picture of his experiences in working as a bartender. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kyle Whitney
As someone who is still quite new to the hospitality industry, I found the book to be extremely entertaining and in hindsight, very eye-opening as to what exactly occurs in the... Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by VeggieBartender
This book is a sneak peek into the world of bartending as told my a man who has lived a life behind the bar for years. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Castrodisiac
There were some amusing anecdotes and observations of some of the crazy nightlife in Manhattan. It was misogynistic at times, particularly with using "pickled clam" as an... Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Lafou
I also read this book because of the rave reviews it received and like many of the other reviewers but I finished the book somewhat mixed. Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Joseph Biskup
Cosmopolitan is every bartender's dream and nightmare. When I first picked up the book, two days ago while waiting to start my first guest bartending gig, I thought it would be a... Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by Eugene
His perspectives on the mechanics of making drinks, setting up a work space, and in particular on several recipes are very interesting and valuable. Read morePublished on December 29, 2006 by AlchemistGeorge