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Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans (2nd Edition, Expanded) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vissi d'Arte Books; 2nd edition (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970933606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970933607
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautifully produced book by one of the great photojournalists of America. -- John Mariani, Food Editor, Esquire

In perfectly chosen words and images [Obituary Cocktail] captures something timeless and essential about New Orleans. -- Susan Larson, Book Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Kerri's work is lush with natural light that makes the images sensual and rich... -- Francis Ford Coppolla

About the Author

Kerri McCaffety earned a degree at Tulane University, where she concentrated on ethnographic documentary. The Society of American Travel Writers awarded her its coveted gold Lowell Thomas Award. Her writing and photojournalism appear in publications including The Oxford American, Town and Country, Historic Traveler, Colonial Homes, Southern Accents, Travel & Leisure, Metropolitan Home, and The Seattle Times.

With six volumes now in print, she is considered New Orleans' preeminent photographer.


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This makes a great coffee table book which will envoke lively conversations.
Thursday night book club reader
The pictures are gorgeous, and the addition of a few traditional New Orleans cocktail recipes and the history of the saloons rounds out the book nicely.
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The range is from high-end to dives and all are done with attention to detail.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Bain on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in New Orleans is a rare experience. Living away often makes one nostalgic and wistful.. Reading "Obituary Cocktail" brings the sights, sounds, smells and tastes roaring back. This is a beautiful book. The photos are warm, romantic and evocative. The commentary is pure magic and the recipes are fabulous. Whether you live there now, once were there or have never visited - this book captures the charm, the quirkiness and the mystery of New Orleans and her great watering holes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mpollman@primary.net on January 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a liquor industry historian, author and hall-of-fame bartender, I have read many many books on drinking places. Ms. McCaffety's study of New Orleans people and habitats should be used as the pinacle of what saloon books can become.
"Obituary Cocktail" is a definite must-read for anyone searching for the perfect drink in Louisiana.
Give this book to your corner tavern-keeper just to see their amazement and enjoyment of the lore of their business.
My highest recommendations and congratulations for a visually sensational and historically researched treasure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a book. The pictures are absolutly incredible and the stories match the color of the pictures. The timeless nature of the book makes it worth having. Everyone I've spoken to in New Orleans loves this book. WOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What a lovely book, both the stories and photographs. Everyone who sees it starts to talk about a)which places they've seen; b)which places they want to see; c)going to New Orleans. Buy this book and then buy several for your friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocky on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
first of all, this is a beautifully produced book, with wonderful photographs of the great New Orleans drinking establishments and local scenary.
Secondly, it's a must for any bartender. Not much needs to be said on this topic except for the fact that many great drinks have come out of New Orleans and the bartender (professional or otherwise) should learn how to prepare them.
Finally, the book also presents some important historical information on New Orleans and its saloons. The two go hand in hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "louisianadave" on June 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Can't find the time to visit our fair city? Here's a worthy substitution: buy this book, soak in the exquisite photographs and mix up a stiff Monsoon (consult p93). You'll never come closer.
More than just a New Orleans keepsake, the resplendent photographs herein (complimented by Kerri's smooth, insightful commentary) transform this book into an estimable work of art.
Trust me. You'll love it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I had the honor of walking around with Kerri on Sunday November 30th in New Orleans at the bars she highlights in the book. Her stories are well researched, well written and the photos capture the ambiance of the bars perfectly. This book is a great coffee table book and the recipes make for great cocktails at any party. Also, Absinth has just started to be sold in the UK, so take the book abroad and enjoy! Thanks Kerri, for a great book and a fabulous tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What better a way to document the colorful history of New Orleans than to do it from the tables of its legendary saloons. Institutions that have played and still play an important role in the story book setting that is New Orleans. I keep this book on my living room coffee table and have gotten constant compliments on it.
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