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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616083948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616083946
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.7 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amanda Hallay is a writer, cultural historian, and trend analyst. She was born in America, grew up in England, and spent time in Paris working as a fashion writer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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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Got this for a friend's birthday and he loved it.
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For the rest of us, however, Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes For The Home Mixologist - beautifully illustrated by David Wolfe - really should be essential reading.
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This is such a fun read...Amanda's comments are hilarious throughout and make going through this book a blast.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By EMS on October 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of those books chocked full of helpful recipes that is actually fun to read cover-to-cover, which is rare. Ms. Hallay tells a tale about each drink - whether it is about its history, its place in popular culture, or a funny personal anecdote. Each are written with a ton of British whimsy, that made me grin and chuckle, if not laugh out loud. The tale of how her male friend managed to order Grasshoppers without seeming less manly is hilarious!

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Florida`s on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a gift for my 'Mad Men' obsessed best friend, found this book, started thumbing through it, and had to buy a copy for my friend AND for myself! I have never read anything like it! Alternating between hilarious personal anecdotes and pop culture history, each cocktail comes with its own, individual story, the end result being an explosive rant against 'The New Sobriety' and how everyone now acts like a big, scared baby whenever they hear the word 'booze'! Hallay's is something of a comic genius, her sardonic sarcasm cutting through the usual BS as she delivers cocktail after cocktail, many with an appropriate caricature of the author that ties in with the drink in question. What I loved best was the sheer joy the author seemed to have when writing this book. Not afraid to be silly, Hallay pokes fun at absolutely everyone (from hipsters to Rupert Holmes) but mostly at herself, and her obsessive penchant for bygone days. I think I will be gifting this book a LOT come Christmas. If your family or friends have a sense of humor, then they're sure to love this unique take on the ubiquitous recipe book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr BJM on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book. Ostensibly about cocktails, although like all good books about cocktails, it's not really about cocktails. For all the usefulness of the practical guides contained here (and they are indeed useful if you own a cocktail shaker and enjoy a drink) it is as much a guide for how to survive that tension to which many of us find ourselves increasingly subject: the urge to re-create the past and the requirement to survive the present. Sweet-tasting solutions for that tricky weave of pragmatism and romance. How to navigate it without the need for tears.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Lang on November 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You would do rather well to purchase several copies of Amanda Hallay's "Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist." It is ostensibly a reference work which will guide you effortlessly through the preparation of 64 classic cocktails, complete with tips on appropriate glassware and helpful advice to get you through the inevitable "morning after."

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.

Cheers.
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Amanda Hallay is a writer, college professor and cultural trend analyst. She was born in Ohio but grew up in England, where she lived for twenty years before relocating to France, where she spent the following sixteen years living and working in Paris as a journalist and magazine editor. She now resides in the U.S.A where she teaches Cultural History at a leading fashion college in Manhattan.

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.