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Fix the Pumps Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Time travel never tasted so good. --Craig "Dr. Bamboo" Mrusek
Reading Fix the Pumps is like finding the key for that painted-over door in the corner you've never really paid any attention to, unlocking it and revealing a whole furnished room you never even realized was there. --David Wondrich author of Imbibe!
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After a six year stint working in a world class oil and gas research facility the time for change arrived, via a downsizing notice. After a couple of false starts in the pharmaceutical and information technology worlds the possibility of going to chef school returned. During a period of quiet contemplation, and a few drinks, he was whacked with the epiphany stick and the marriage of chemistry and bartending dawned upon him.
With a little research into the world of mixology and a completely stocked home bar, that rivaled many restaurants, and an irritating amount of clutter, the fusion of science and art began. As he rifled through the classic drinks and modern interpretations--plus the occasional vile concoction--the chemistry skills started to refine the art. A whole new world of experimental flavours opened up in a way that satisfied his experimental curiosity and his culinary cravings. A bartender was born.
With this new found knowledge in hand, Darcy set about looking for a place to apply these skills. His optimism was soon dashed when he discovered that very few, if any, bars shared his passion for fine drinks. Darcy bided his time, learning the ropes, while trying to make the best of a poor situation. At every turn Darcy would try to make a bad cocktail slightly better, and eventually people started to notice.
Darcy turned to the Internet and started writing about tasteful cocktail on his website, Art of Drink. It started slowly with a few people taking notice. Then more people latched on when he transcribed a copy of Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide from the 1800s, and placed it on his website. From there it has grown to over 3,000 unique readers per day.
Currently, Darcy works part-time in the Robarts Molecular Pathology lab at the University of Western Ontario and bartends occasionally. He can also be found writing about original cocktail creations and other drink related topics at Art of Drink and promoting his book Fix the Pumps.
Top Customer Reviews
To this list we can now add Darcy O'Neil's Fix the Pumps. Rather than being a book about cocktails, Fix the Pumps addresses the topic of the pharmacy soda fountain, the history of which is contemporary with, closely parallel to, and frequently intersects with that of the bar and the mixed drink. As O'Neil documents, the soda fountain was the cocktail's equally reprobate and mercurial cousin. Quite simply, reading Fix the Pumps will plug a gaping hole in your perspective that you most likely didn't even know existed.
The book is concise. The core historical portion fits within about fifty pages and makes no attempt to be exhaustive.Read more ›
For a proffesional bartender this is a must read.
I will certainly try some of the recipes if I can get all the ingedients.
If you like what he's written here you may be interested in the original. The Dispenser's Formulary: 2,500 Tested Recipes really does have thousands of recipes and formulae for everything in the old time soda jerk's repertoire from syrups and flips to soups and sandwiches
O'Neil has done a fine job of tracing that history, and of bringing some of our grandfathers' (or great-grandfathers') flavors back to life. The book ends with hundreds of recipes scoured from sources dating back to the 1880s. Therein lay my real interest, but also some of my disappointment. I really came for the bitters recipes, and many of those offer fascinating ideas, even if I don't follow the recipes as written. Many seem baffling, as when oil of caraway or cardamom are called for - are they even sold any more? Just what were they? Other combinations inspired serious skepticism, like those involving acetic ether, tartar emetic, ammonia, and other incomprehensible or downright scary ingredients. Although O'Neil notes potential health hazards or untoward effect from some few items, others appear in many of the recipes without special mention.
So, I did get a few positive things out of this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredibly informative and entertaining at the same time. Great read.Published 9 months ago by Brian M. Peters
I have a great many home brew books...this one tops the list! Great American history too!Published 11 months ago by Fred Hoffmeister
Great original drink recipes. I really appreciated his non-alcoholic recipes. So far they have all been big hits with the family.Published 21 months ago by K. Merritt
A great book for all us soda and cocktail nerds. Cool back story of the old soda fountains and how they rivaled bars.Published 23 months ago by Jesse E.
I very much enjoyed this book especially the trivia section on soda fountians. I don't have seven more words seePublished on April 25, 2013 by James Hayes