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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Derrydale Press (March 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586670506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586670504
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a book to keep by your reading nook or bedside. One of Baker's articles makes the case "Sip Wine, Don't Drink It." And that goes for this book, too, since few articles are more than a page long. (Oregon Wine Magazine)

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Most cocktail books will give you just recipes.
Atalanta
And he exercises it well as he relates to his readers the various drinks that he has collected through his travels and adventures.
Robert Hess
The previous person to review this book makes a good point, too.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hess on November 25, 2003
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It should be noted first, that this book is a faithful reprint (all except the title and cover :-) of the classic "The Gentleman's Companion", first published in 1939. That first edition came as a two book set: "Exotic Drink Book", and "Exotic Cookery Book". The former is the book here in question, the latter has been likewise reprinted under the title "Knife, Fork, and Spoon : Eating Around the World".
If you are expecting the same old "wad-o-drinks" type of book here, then you will be quite surprised in what you find. Mr. Baker has a dry wit, as well as a cunning charm about him. And he exercises it well as he relates to his readers the various drinks that he has collected through his travels and adventures. The recipes often consist of more prose then raw ingredients, which makes them both more interesting to browse through but at the same time slightly more difficult to work from.
For a taste of his style, here is just one of the drink recipes from this book:
SANTIAGO NIGHTCAP, from a STAY in SANTIAGO de CUBA,
in the EARLY SPRING of 1930
------This is another favour passed along to this field
representative and wine tester by the late Senor Facuno
Bacardi, it being his primary thought to donate something
to woo sleep and restore the slightly frayed physical
assembly. It is a simple drink, and would also make a
fine picker-upper. . . . Take 1 1/2 jiggers of Gold
Seal Bacardi rum, add 1 pony of orange curaco and the
yolk of 1 egg. Shake hard with cracked ice and strain
into a large saucer champagne glass.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Professor Frank on February 26, 2007
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Many of the recipes in this book vary considerably from how the drink of the same name is prepared today. The author often calls for ingredients which can no longer be procured, but that is to be expected. For the serious cocktail enthusiast, this book is a must-have, and this inexpensive reprint means you won't want to kill yourself if you spill grenadine on it.

The previous person to review this book makes a good point, too. This is not simply a formula book of recipes, but THAT is exactly what makes it a great read. Another perfect example of this is "Cocktail Recipes from the Nineteenth Century - The Flowing Bowl", by Spencer (another recent reprint of a rare old cocktail book.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phinney on January 13, 2009
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Charles H. Baker, author of The Gentleman's Companion, was in an enviable position; free to roam the world, with style, before modernity rolled the earth flat for commerce. It's a book with cocktail recipes but one can do a lot with a drink in hand. The recipes are more remembered than ordered (there is an index) & the story linked to each cocktail is as important. This is not to say that the recipes are not great, they are terrific & worth the trouble to make right, per Bakers instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Atalanta on February 1, 2013
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I have a copy of the original Gentleman's Companion (both 1 & 2). Received this as a gift for Christmas (as another reviewer so aptly pointed out - so a spilled ingredient wouldn't break my heart!).

I picked up the original many years ago looking for some older style cocktails. What I wasn't expecting was the narrative that filled the book. Most cocktail books will give you just recipes. Others will give some preface to the "martini" chapter or the "rum" chapter. This has a story for almost every drink it contains. He brings you with him through his descriptions of the people, surroundings, and way in which the drink is concocted.

Sometimes the recipe gets lost in the story and you have to go back and re-read it to find the directions. And they're not laid out as nicely as in modern cocktail books, again, you have to read the tale to figure out what you need and how its made. I don't mind this but some may find this a little annoying.

Yes, some of the ingredients are not so easy to find anymore, but classic cocktails are having a resurgence and there are plenty of sites online where you can possibly find ways to make your own ingredients. My fridge is stocked with all sorts of syrups and additives that I've made and they surpass many mass produced products.

To finish this review, I will leave you with my grenadine recipe. It's a richer color and full of flavor than what you'll find in your typical selection of mixers.

In a quart pot, bring a quart of 100% pomegranate juice to a simmer. Reduce it by 1/4 to 1/3. Remove from heat. Add about 1oz dried hibiscus flowers. Cover and let steep for about an hour. Strain and discard the flowers. Taste. It will have a slightly sour taste. Some people like this, I add just enough sugar to lessen the sour but not make it super sweet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine M. Cotler on January 1, 2013
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It was a gift. Glanced at it and wanted to keep it. Great read. The person who received it was very happy.
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By Andy on November 23, 2009
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This book is a pure joy. How Baker went about experimenting with and investigating drinks is a model for libationers everywhere. In fact, it is a model for how to approach any subject, with verve and determination and an open mind. He got quite sauced a few times over the years, but it did not affect his wonderful comments nor warp his recipes. It's a real treasure--though I like the original title better, despite its subtle unpolitically correct nuance. Hence 4 starts instead of the 5 I would have given if I had reviewed the original book.
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