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Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras Hardcover – September 26, 2012

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"Lets Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition is such good reading--it's a mix of cocktail lore, recipes, anecdotes, and quotations-that I think even a teetotaler would enjoy it."
- The Paris Review

" it's a really cute book with nice illustrations and a good sense of humor all the way around. It should make a good gift book this year."
--Alcademics

Holiday Gift Guide Pick "With this much festivity to pour over ice, who needs mistletoe? "
-New York Times

Holiday Gift Guide Pick " [a] charming trip into the libations and drunken lore of yesteryear."
The Daily Beast

"This amusing book by Lesley M. M. Blume is the perfect conversation starter for your holiday party. With more than 100 classic and humorous vintage drink recipes, such as 'Ants in the Pants' and 'Green-Eyed Monster,' Blume's history of cocktails and bars will have you laughing out loud as you mix."
-Good Housekeeping

"Most books on vintage cocktails stick to the tried-and-true classics, but a new one fights for the underdog. The delightfully named Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras by Lesley M. M. Blume is a humorous, illustrated book that lists recipes for lesser-known vintage drinks like the Laughing Soup, Gloom Lifter, and Battery Charger. "
--FineCooking.com

"If you're gifting a drinker, not an eater (and one with a sense of humor to boot), we suggest this little tome, subtitled "A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras." Occasionally appalling? Sounds like fun to us."
-Flavorwire

"Get tipsy together on bygone cocktails as you remember the year just past."
- Vanity Fair

"B+ . A fun book for those looking to hearken back to the days before molecular mixology."
-Good Spirits News

About the Author

Lesley M. M. Blume is a journalist, writer, and cultural observer based in New York City, and has covered fashion, media, and culture for a wide variety of publications, from the Wall Street Journal to Vogue. She is also the Huffington Post's contributing style editor.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452108269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emily Arden Wells on November 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let's Bring Back; The Cocktail Edition is the handsome new edition to the Let's Bring Back series. It is a wonderful book that is both entertaining and useful behind the bar. Filled with amusing recipes that have gone lost over the years, Ms. Blume brings them back triumphantly, with hilarious anecdotes, whimsical illustrations, and crafty applications for modern life. Quotes from historically epic imbibers, bemusing historical expressions, and tales of cocktail trends good and bad fill the pages of this book, inspiring you, said bartender, to brake out the shaker. Necessary in one's personal cocktail library, and a perfect hostess gift for any occasion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mindful Consumer on April 20, 2013
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i now own all three of ms. blume's books, and quite enjoy each of them. this entry is handsomely bound, with great attention to detail. both the patterns and fonts are very 'period.'

some of the elements i most enjoyed:

one: the book is filled with terrifically amusing recipes. the names are wonderful, and the quip-like bylines are a great addition (i.e.: 'leave-it-to-me: the bravado enhancer'). the back story on how the drinks recived their names is appreciated.

two: some of the recipes are a little odd to my tastes, but some look delicious (champagne flip, anyone?).

three: there is a helpful 'liquid measurements' page at the end of the book.

four: the images in the book, as always, are beautiful.

if you are interested in libations or in a whimsical history lesson, i'd highly recommend this! i know of several people who would love this as a gift (and will likely get a copy!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Hayworth on December 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I requested this as a Christmas present out of curiosity, having owned Lesley M. M. Blume's previous book "Let's Bring Back," the encyclopedia. This has been my absolute favorite book, and if you've not given it a looksee, please go right now! You won't regret it, I promise you. It's entertaining, as well as informative, and incredibly charming.
I've never really been big into drinking, but the occassional cocktail has been something fun to get into. The art or preparing it, rather, is fun in itself. And these old recipes are hilarious, and tasty no doubt!
I look forward to Lesley M. M. Blume's future charming collections.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Keenan on November 11, 2012
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Ms Blume has done it again! What a wonderful little book of forgotten indulgences, and just in time for Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJD3 on April 2, 2013
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I heard about this on NPR, and ordered it for my Dad... What a great book! Would definitely not try all of the cocktails, since some of them are a little sketchy, but all are true to the mission of this book, to introduce the reader to some interesting, off the wall, and truly astounding drink recipes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By negeorge on February 19, 2013
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This isn't a mixology book, its more like a fun history book with some recipes thrown in. Includes some fun trivia facts and makes a good gift for people who like old fashioned things and traditions. I haven't actually tried the recipes but I'm looking forward to experimenting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Zimmerman on February 13, 2013
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And, or course, following the recipes is lots of fun, too. Even if it isn't cocktail hour you will still enjoy this book for the anecdotes and whimsy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brigitte Nilson on April 4, 2013
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great cocktails and history lesson. Can't believe some of these went out of style --love the book cover detail and built in book mark
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