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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp.; F First Edition Used edition (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441546871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441546876
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

gaz regan-the bartender formerly known as Gary Regan-is the cocktail columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of The Joy of Mixology. He also wrote The Bartender's Bible, and co-authored, with Mardee Haidin Regan, The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys, The Bourbon Companion, The Martini Companion, and New Classic Cocktails. gaz and Mardee host the ArdentSpirits.com web site, publish the ardent spirits email newsletter (since 1999), and manage the Worldwide Bartender Database. gaz started working behind the bar in 1966 when he was 14 years old, has tended bar on and off ever since, and he has sucked back more gin than you'd ever dream possible. Even more than Dave Wondrich

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gaz regan, the bartender formerly known as Gary Regan, writes The Cocktailian, a bi-weekly column, for The San Francisco Chronicle. He has also written regular columns in The Malt Advocate, Nation's Restaurant News, Cheers Magazine, and The Wine Enthusiast, and his work has been featured in magazines such as Food Arts, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, Imbibe (UK & USA), and various others. His work is also published in magazines in the U.K., Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Russia.

gaz works regularly with companies such as Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, Heaven Hill, and other major spirits producers and marketers, and he travels the world holding workshops, judging cocktail competitions, and making public appearances. He's a regular judge at Diageo's World Class competition, he speaks at the London Cocktail Week, and he has judged cocktail competitions in Australia, France, London, Slovakia, and of course, the USA.

gaz also heads up the Bar Smarts Graduates Program for Pernod-Ricard USA -- it's a traveling roadshow of cocktail innovators, movers, and shakers that roams the USA highlighting innovative bartending techniques of the best of the best in the bar business.

gaz publishes a free e-mail newsletter, gaz regan's Notion, that reaches over 9,000 bartenders and consumers, and he maintains the Worldwide Bartender Database, an on-line community that's well over 2,000 strong. Over 80% of the members of this database are in the USA, and the vast majority of the best bars in America are represented here. gaz uses the database to let bartenders know about jobs, competitions, and festivals in The Weekly Shooter, and he also sends solid information to member bartenders in another weekly email newsletter, The Bartender's Bulletin.

gaz's first book, The Bartender's Bible, was published in 1991, and between 1995 and 1998, together with Mardee Haidin Regan, he co-wrote The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskey, The Bourbon Companion, New Classic Cocktails, and The Martini Companion.

gaz wrote The Joy of Mixology in 2003, the Bartender's GIN Compendium in 2009, and The Cocktailian Chronicles: The Professor Years, Volume 1, was published in June, 2010. gaz regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders was released in 2011, and if he gets a move on there will be another edition in 2013.

gaz also conducted Cocktails in the Country, a series of two-day bartender workshops, for seven years, from 2001 until 2007. During his 7-year run, gaz trained bartenders from top cocktail bars in New York, London, Bratislava, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and various other major cities.

gaz lives in a small village in the Hudson Valley, about 50 miles north-west of the Big Apple.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hess on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
In "The Bartender's Gin Compendium" Gaz Regan has taken it upon himself to single handedly restore public sentiment towards gin. Long the favored spirit amongst the world's best bartenders, the general public seems to have a hard time getting past various unfortunate experiences they may have had with this product in their youth. After reading the casual and often lyrical manner in which Gaz recounts the history and lore of gin, it would be hard to imagine that even the most gin averse wouldn't have at least some curiosity about renewing their acquaintance with this fine spirit. Just the chapter on Old Tom gin alone is worth the admission.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Deserio on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
A tremendous compellation of past and present history of gin. This work is inspiring, light hearted, and educational. Gaz has put together an amazingly influential work that every man or woman behind the stick will benifit from. This is a great read from front to back or just to pick up and peek through the pages. Gaz's wit and wisdom once again makes learning the craft enjoyable. From gin's creation (or where we think it may have come from) to the many wonderfull distillers who make it and to those of us who mix with it. Gaz has put it all together here in The Bartenders Gin Compendium. Just Buy it already! And please look at his other works as well!

Anthony DeSerio
Bartender, Aspiring mixologist, and Operations Manager
Aspen Restaurant, CT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID FINDLAY on March 10, 2012
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One Star for the Kindle Edition:
- multiple paragraphs are truncated: see the customer image I added to the book's page.
- captions for several photographs are shown but the photographs themselves are missing
- typesetting is totally all over the place, making it very hard to follow: it's even worse than the usual kindle book, which is a very low bar indeed.

I see different misrendering on Kindle for Mac versus my Kindle Keyboard: the real kindle is much worse off in this regard. It looks like there are tables in the book, and these are what don't get rendered properly.

The content I've actually been able to read has been great, so in the end I gave up. I am going to order the paper version instead.
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By Sergiu Cucuiet on February 7, 2014
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It is a great book with a lot of new and interesting things. I recommend it for both, professionals and amateurs.
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Regan is an enjoyable and highly informed expert on spirits and mixology. I enjoyed his "Joy of Mixology", highly recommend and based on that ordered his book on Gin even though realized it would be somwhat out of date in this evolving area. The content did not disappoint but in a book understood to be a useful reference and containing many drink recipes the lack of an index renders the book nearly useless.

When I choose the "go to" function to access the index, neither index or table of contents are presented as options. A shame as the recipes would have been fun. Sadly a waste of money.
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