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"There will be obvious comparisons between Deirdre Heekin's thoughtful observations, musings, and distillations of Italian culture and those of other writers of expatriate life under the Tuscan sun, clouds and beyond, but Heekin incorporates an entirely other essence largely overlooked in that genre: the alchemy that fuels all of those glorious meals and recipes she recounts, not only in Italy, but Vermont, Paris, New Orleans, and Belfast. From jug wines to Brunello, rosolio to Campari, Sazeracs to Murphy's Irish Whisky (neat, please!), Heekin rightly discovers along the way that the true recipe for great alchemy demands the magic of memory, and all the wonderment and discovery that come with it."--Anthony Giglio, author of FOOD & WINE's Wine Guide 2009 and 2010, Cocktails in New York, and several Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guides
"Deirdre Heekin sets a bountiful table for her readers. Libation is like the best of meals, in this case one with plates full of delicious memories and ruminations on passion and curiosity. And, finally and most importantly, there is a most satisfying dollop of love, a fine dessert which leaves us with an almost unimaginably sweet regard for life."--Neal I. Rosenthal, author of Reflections of a Wine Merchant
"The combination of travel, the alchemy of liqueurs, and her sheer joie de vivre make Heekin's book as delicious, intriguing, and warming as any of the recipes she pursues."--Joseph Olshan, author of The Conversion
"The alchemy of Deirdre Heekin's beautifully evocative memoir, her libation in tribute to the art of making wine, spirits, and other 'waters of life,' is not only the alchemy of grapes as they ferment, or that of an American couple falling in love with French and Italian cordials and spirits, or that of the pungent taste of liqueurs, whiskeys, and eaux de vie remembered on snowy Vermont evenings with such intensity that fervent, joyful, sun-filled memories of love, friendship, pleasure, and bliss come alive. It is also the alchemy of a prose transformed into a spirited and intoxicating poetry."--Richard Stamelman, author of Perfume: Joy, Obsession, Scandal, Sin; A Cultural History of Fragrance
Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber are the proprietors and, respectively, wine director and head chef of Osteria Pane e Salute, a boutique restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont, recently acclaimed in Bon Appétit, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, and Attaché. Heekin and Barber grow most of their own produce in addition to working with local farm partners. In preparation for his role as head chef of Osteria Pane e Salute, Barber apprenticed with an artisanal baker and in a small trattoria in Tuscany.
Heekin and Barber live in Barnard, Vermont, where Heekin produces artisanal after-dinner brandies and micro-vintage garage wine for the osteria. Visit Deirdre and Caleb's blog, Fuoricitta (Out of The City), at http://fuoricitta.blogspot.com/
This book would make an excellent gift for a "foodie" or a wine snob, but for me it was still an OK read. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by C. A. Boswell
As a graphic designer fascinated with liquor and wine labels I found myself lost in a new world... Heekin's interesting musings on wine and spirits where she discovers great... Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Fernanda Franco
I'm interested in viniculture, Italy, food, science, culture and people, so this collection of memoirs was a fabulous find for me. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by zhabazon
This is a memoir, not a nonfiction book. This is my first exposure to Deirdre Heekin and her writing and I feel that I've discovered a treasure. Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by ChristineMM
This book was unexpectedly fascinating. This isn't about food so much as the pursuit to make perfect food - in this case, wine. Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by Adrian Black
From the vineyards of Deirdre Heekin's adoptive Italy to old cocktail bars in modern New Orleans, Heekin draws important connections between food and wine choices and nature. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
This memoir focuses largely on the personal education or, perhaps, the personal cultivation of the author's sense of olfaction. Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by Paukenwirbel
Libation is a book to read in the afternoon while swinging in a hammock and sipping a cool drink. The style of writing is poetic and story-like. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by Keith E. Webb
I was really looking forward to reading this book -- how could you not like an interesting travelogue about Italy, Italian food, wine, spirits and the... Read more