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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479250872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479250875
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is certainly worth the time to read.
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I will probably never make any of these recipes but it was a really interesting read.
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This book was informative and, surprisingly, really, really funny.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 7, 2012
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I downloaded this book. I wasn't familiar with the whole Steampunk genre/subculture, and I thought this book might be just another cocktail book. Not at all!

This book was informative and, surprisingly, really, really funny. I'd have to say this is the funniest cookbook I've ever read. And I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. The author has an informal writing style that makes this book anything but dry. It just oozes personality. Good job!

Last summer, I actually scoured the Internet looking for a recipe to make cherry-infused alcohol of some sort, since I have the harvest of 3 cherry trees to deal with annually. It was difficult to find good information on this subject in context. I made what I now know is Cherry Cordial, Cherry Bounce, and Cherry Brandy. They made great Christmas gifts, and after reading this book, I finally have some recipes on how to use them.

Highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Eckhardt on February 3, 2012
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SteamDrunks is not my usual kind of book...non-fiction, alcohol-centric...but I gave the sample a try, liked what I read and bought the full download. In addition to classic, and when I say classic I mean Victorian age, cocktail recipes there's a lot of humor and history to be found in between the digital covers. One of my favorite lines from a recipe instructs the reader to "shake like you're imagining what lies above a lady's ankles". There are even recipes to make barrel sized quantities of drinks for a thirsty crew. While I only dabble in the steampunk culture, with a few twists and drink name changes these recipes could be pirated (arrr!) for a harder science fiction related party, or any kind of party really.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Smith on April 6, 2013
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First off, I associate myself with the Steampunk culture-have for years, fairly active member in it, what's more. So, I figured a "Steampunk Cocktail" book would be something fun for when I throw a party, game night with the guys, or just a quiet night of watching Frasier reruns with the wife and kid. Steampunk cocktails, being based in the mid-1800s, should have a touch of class.

Well, the book opens up with one called "Cognac Milk," which is nothing more than the IBA Brandy Alexander-just had the name changed. Not a great way to start the recipes off, to be sure (for the record, the Brandy Alexander is my preferred cocktail, has been for several years). I get a book expecting fresh takes on drinks, not renamed ones I already know.

Well, the "Milk" section was rife with all kinds of reference about disease, "chewy" drinks, and whatnot. Skip on over to the RUM section (what can I say? I like dark liquor).

The entire section is designed either for a triple frat party, or someone who has a serious drinking problem. No one with any desire to actually SURVIVE the night of drinking will mix drinks in that quantity. Also the suggestion to scrape a homeless man's armpit for sweat to help capture that "Victorian" flavor of rum? Not appetizing in the LEAST.

Right, it's a Steampunk cocktail book, and there are precious few absinthe cocktails in the world today (another personal favorite of mine), so what's his take?

AND I QUOTE: "The kind of people who really like the flavor of Absinthe also do straight shots of Ouzo." "Top with ice and garnish with tears." and the creme de la creme, the piece de resistance, the opus of the book: "Fill a cocktail shaker with your sherry, vermouth, absinthe, sugar, bitters, and despair.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By watson on May 24, 2012
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I love this book,lots of great recipes but the comments and history are even better. I cant wait to make some of these recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer S. Hall on June 19, 2012
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I don't believe I've ever laughted out loud before while reading a recipe book. Interspersed with fascinating factoids about Victorian drinking habits are useful tips and tricks for the modern bartender, party-thrower, and/or DIY enthusiast, all delivered with wit and panache. You may never look at Victorians, or drinking, the same way again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terreciel on August 30, 2012
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A funny recipe book? Yes! I got it for free, figured what the heck. The title intrigued me. I have a circa 1902 cookbook (really an all-purpose recipe guide) and the recipes included in SteamDrunks are authentic Victorian recipes. But not just dry (pun intended) lists of ingredients...the author does commentary on each one which are laugh out loud funny.

I didn't expect to read a cookbook from cover to cover in a couple of days, but this one is really entertaining.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Bloom on June 14, 2014
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This book is very poorly written. The authors seem to have looked at some historic sources but did not understand them. In one recipe they say they kept the original measures and some are wine glasss. In 19th century measures a wine glass was 2 ounces (check the White House Cookbook 1887 edition also availible for Kindle, there's a table of measurements) but the authors suggest a 6ounce measure. The rest of the time recipes are in "shots". What size is that? Did they mean a jigger? Which size jigger, the 1 1/2 ounce or 2 ounce one?
There were a wide range of mixed drinks in the 19 th century but the authors concentrate on milk and egg drinks they dont seem to like. Some of the drinks are modern recipes (the Manhattan recipe is not the original one since they muddle fruit in the glass).
While the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas' Bartender's Guide is availible for Kindle it is not for beguinners. Try David Wondrich's book Imbibe! instead, it's a history of Jerry Thomas and an accurate guide to making the drinks from Thomas' book laid out in groups of related drinks. Once you've got the basics you can look at the other 19th century cockail books like Ross Bolton's Modern American Drinks from 1895 (with several recipes for ddrinks with Absinthe).
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Chris-Rachael Oseland is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. By day, she's the technology and geek life reporter for The Austin Post. By night, she descends into her lair at the base of an extinct volcano, dons her apron and monocle, and subjects her minions to countless culinary experiments.

You can enjoy her wibbly wobbly journey through space and time in Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorzied Whovian Cookbook. If the future is too scary, you can alternately drink yourself into 19th century style oblivion with SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks. Folks who think life is just a game can check out her latest book, Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook.

If you can't wait for her upcoming geek cookbooks, stop by her cooking blog, Kitchen Overlord, for weekly illustrated geek recipes, food porn, and sneak peeks at upcoming geektastic projects.

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