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Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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"Most punches have fascinating back stories - at least they do when Wondrich is in charge."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Wondrich's noble effort to restore Punch's good name offers sound advice on the basics of Punch-making along with a variety of vintage recipes."
-The Wall Street Journal
"A lively, fascinating history of punch[...]. Wondrich is a tremendously witty writer."
-The New Yorker
"Wondrich peels punch's image off the sticky fraternity house floor and reinstates it into the more dignified annals of drinking tradition."
-The Boston Globe
"It's fair to say there's nobody in the country who knows more about drinking than David Wondrich."
-New York Magazine
"Punch stays true to the antique, but by no means staid, spirit of its old timey, black-and-white-etching-illustrated subject matter, while somehow managing to keep current, relevant, and fresh. [...] A rollickingly fun read."
"[Wondrich's] interest in history runs as deep as his thirst for beverage experiences on the banks of the mainstream[...]."
-The New York Times
"Punch lovers are in luck[...]. These aren't the fruity, simplistic punches of recent times. They're complex, subtle concoctions...."
"The best part of the book isn't the history-it's the 40-plus detailed recipes of how to make your very own authentic Punch."
-The New York Post
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It is significant that the etymology of "punch" is traced to Hindi. It may be that punch was an Indian drink that members of the English East India Company's trading posts in South Asia adopted. Wondrich, however, makes the case that British expatriates, especially sailors, far from home may have been taking the best available local ingredients and combining them in pleasing ways. Central to such punches was the distillate called "arrack," a generic term for an Indian brew that may have been made for two thousand years. Sailors drank plenty of punch, and sailed the world over, again using whatever was available.Read more ›
Communal beverages are no longer popular but for a couple of centuries they were the thing. This is a well written and well researched book on Punch drinks. Bought on a whim since I enjoyed the punch episode of Good Eats, this is an odd, charming and fun book and perfect for when you are stuck somewhere and need to be self-entertained (car crap, doctor crap,airport). It's engrossing to the point you won't mind being whether you'd rather not be. Clearly not as essential as the Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide but better than most beverage tomes. Tempted to make a big bowl of something for the holidays and place our car keys in the lock box.
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Wornderich is at his best here. This book is informative, exhaustively researched and often hilarious. Now if I can just get some friends to try some of these....Published 3 months ago by Phil M.
Make mine a double.. one for me, and another for my gnome, Klaus. The Soused Gnome that is. Hat's off to Dave Wondrich for keeping me well lubricated.Published 24 months ago by wb
This book includes a thorough -- and thoroughly interesting -- history of Punch, as well as an in-depth guide for producing Punch of the highest quality. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Adam Machanic
DW does a great job providing rich social context to the drinking behaviors of our cultural forebears. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by James R. Dolan
We love David Wondrich, and wanted to add this book to our library. We have both read it thru, and will be making lots of punch this summer!Published on July 30, 2013 by Houndogmama