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If you like Dickens and drink, this is a pleasant, idle interlude. (The Boston Globe)

Drinking with Dickens is good fun, both as light reading and as a useful supplement to your library of mixology.... A combination of entertaining historical lore, quotations…and a collection of absolutely fascinating recipes. (John Linsenmeyer)

Recommended. (Food and Wine)

About the Author

Cedric Dickens' knowledge of the inns of his great-grandfather's London is second to none, and he shares his forebear's taste for "delectable drinks," "enlivening fluids" and "glorious jorums."

Product Details

  • File Size: 7323 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Publisher: New Amsterdam Books (April 21, 1998)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DK5NU18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AlchemistGeorge VINE VOICE on November 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this because I enjoy making and tasting cocktails and interesting drinks. We are having a lot of fun with this book although our knowledge of Dickens is a bit sketchy - we've only read a few of the more famous Dicken's books as requirements in middle school years and years ago. If you are a real Dickens fan I would say this book is a "must have."
This is a short collection of recipes (~110 pages including around 69 recipes) that give an unusual window into the world of Dickensian England, along with a chatty text in a friendly victorian style and great period illustrations. The contents of Dicken's personal wine cellar is given along with the recipes, the recipes are clearly written and fairly easy to follow, information is given on making adjustments from older stronger spirits and older measurements to the modern equivalents. Some of the recipes are quite good - like the Dog's Nose [ hot stout, gin, brown sugar & nutmeg], and some require weeks of aging ("Bishop" and "Milk Punch"), some have to be burned - its quite different from your typical cocktail book. I can't tell you yet how they taste, but its been fun to spend rainy days in the kitchen 'concocting'.
My only criticism of this book is that it is quite short.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Weigle on May 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Written by the great-grandson of Charles Dickens, Drinking with Dickens is of interest mainly to devotees of the novelist. Liberally called a 'sketch' by the author, it is loosely constructed and the organization haphazard. That said, the writing is lively and it's fun to join Cedric on his drinking adventures.

The best feature of this book is the recipes. All drinks mentioned in the novels are incuded. Other recipes come directly from Georgina Hogarth, Charles Dickens's sister-in-law who managed Gads Hill (his last residence). An index allows the reader to quickly find the recipes, as they are scattered throughout the text.

Features numerous drinking-related illustrations and quotes from the novels. Other contents include: backgrounds to drinks and their social significance in Victorian England, a ranking of Dickens's drinking characters, and the sale list of the Gads Hill wine cellar.
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Format: Paperback
Great book on Dicken's romance but never abuse of alcohol. Tells you of Smoking Bishop and other mulled wines and spirits especially with holidays in mind.
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