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Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
David Wolfe was England’s leading fashion illustrator for two decades. His distinctive sketches graced the pages of British Vogue and the London Sunday Times. He now resides in New York and Connecticut.
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As a recognized authority on 20th Century Cultural History, Hallay often appears in the press, and has recently been quoted in 'Newsweek', 'The Sydney Times', 'The Las Vegas Review Journal', 'The Boston Globe', 'The Advocate', 'The Miami Herald', and 'The New York Daily News'.
Amanda's writing style varies between the comedic and the stylishly serious, her approach to popular history making use of the 'cultural connections' at the heart of her work.
Top Customer Reviews
With so many "mixologists" out there these days who are so stodgy and serious about drinks, I was starting to think that drinking had become as much of an ordeal as art appraisal. Ms. Hallay puts mixed drinks back in their proper context - it's all about having fun, sipping on something you like, and letting the flavors carry you to an era past and/or an exotic locale. The hand-drawn illustrations underscore that point.
This isn't to say that it's all story and light on the actual drink recipes. This one has a TON of them. No, it doesn't include fairly modern concoctions for frat boys and sorority girls. But in terms of vintage cocktails, there were a ton I had never heard of, but sound great, and probably should be brought back into regular rotation.
Even for the casual drinker, this is a great book to have on hand. It has tons of drink recipes to spice up a party, or order at a bar for a change of pace. But most of all, it is fun to read all the way through. Though I got it for myself, it will be on top of my list to give as a gift.
Lurking just below the surface of a scarcely-disguised loathing for, amongst other things, Carrie Bradshaw, Chocolatinis, Cosmopolitans, and people who have never seen Now Voyager, is a genuine affection - beyond simple nostalgia - for a time when cocktails still mattered, Kanye West did not exist, and when if you went out to lunch there was a chance that someone looking a bit like Carey Grant might `take the liberty of ordering you a Cointreau'. Vintage Cocktails is also genuinely funny in places. The pithy exhortation of what to do with a Campari Shakarato (buy the book and read it, uncensored) left me laughing so hard I had to wait a while before continuing. An absurdist riff about the origins of a cocktail called The French Connection is also brilliant. The Knights of the Algonquin get a healthy mention - rightly so - and many times one has the feeling that their spirit is alive and well and in good hands. Dorothy Parker - as much as she ever approved of anything - would approve.Read more ›
But Ms. Hallay's mordantly witty commentary is the unexptected heart of the piece. Often wildly but entertainingly tangential, she fires a joyful volley of withering shots across the bow of contemporary culture, which continually conspires to make children of us all.
If you were (inexplicably) never to mix a drink based on the recipes in this book, the erudite, snarky text is more than worth the journey. The illustrations by David Wolfe are spot-on, delightfully capturing a style of commercial art that has sadly passed us by.
This book could not have been published at a better time: a long, cold winter is approaching, and I intend to keep warm by experimenting with libations to keep the home fires burning. And as the "holiday season" begins to smother us with juvenile effluvia, I will be stuffing copies of this book into many a shapely stocking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovely little recipie book that adds the charm of the author's personal style. She at once draws in the reader with her warm yet bubbly personality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pamela
this was a christmas present to my adult daughter. she was thrilled with itPublished 13 months ago by rebecca l smith
This is such a fun read...Amanda's comments are hilarious throughout and make going through this book a blast. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Scarlet O'Hara
Bought this as a gift for my husband. We both really enjoy it. Amanda wrote it for the drink recipes and for it to be read. She has a great sense of humor as well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Evie's Opinion
Again, same friend with same upcoming birthday; bought this to compliment the other cookbooks with the celebrity/retro/1960's/Mad Men theme that I think she'll like.Published 22 months ago by Kaz
Not what you'd really expect from a bartenders guide, or any of the like. This book goes beyond that. It brings life and adds character to each cocktail you drink. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by EshaVonB
Got this for a friend's birthday and he loved it. He uses it to make the vintage cocktails which always turn out perfectly. It's also a good read!Published on August 24, 2013 by dscsf
Good cocktail recipes, reasonable jokes. I can't tell if she's actually getting drunker as she writes the book or if that was a planned style decision, but certainly the... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Butsurigaku
I love this book. It sure brought back memories of my parents cocktail parties,
This book delivers all the cocktails of the past. Reminds me of Bewitched episodes!