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Boozy Brunch: The Quintessential Guide to Daytime Drinking Hardcover – September 15, 2012
Peter Joseph tears the bed sheets off a most neglected class of entertainment, that of the bibulous brunch. Peter approaches his subject with the sense and sensibility of a scholar and the astute consideration of a seasoned son of Bacchus! Any revelation of a new cocktail opportunity ought to be met with a Pulitzer nomination, if not one from Dr. Nobel—speech, Mr. Joseph, speech!
(Ted Haigh, author of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully put together, Boozy Brunch is a refreshing quaff, indeed. (Gary Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology)
This is an erudite, entertaining and encyclopedic tour through boozy breakfasts and brunches, written with great charm and chastening knowledge of cocktails, sprinkled with humorous quotations and excellent photography that will appeal to even the glassiest-eyed pre-noon imbiber. (Milton Crawford, author of The Hungover Cookbook)
It’s great to have a new take on brunch drinks, and Joseph includes plenty of recipes for the novice as well as more elaborate and original cocktails. Anyone interested in including alcoholic beverages in daytime entertaining will appreciate this book. (Library Journal)
Given the range of recipes here, hosts and guests alike will be happily measuring out mornings and afternoons with coffee spoons and cocktail stirrers. (Publishers Weekly)
Moving beyond Blood Marys and Irish coffee, a new book turns the weekend's daytime drinking tradition into an art form. (The Advocate)
The book is written in a jaunty style that doesn’t entirely take itself seriously, mixing up quips, scoops of information, trivia, recipes and quite a few laughs into the book equivalent of a cocktail shaker before giving it a damn good shake. (Yum Magazine)
Drinking before the evening doesn't make one a drunk if you show the right tastes. "Boozy Brunch: The Quintessential Guide to Daytime Drinking" is a bartending guide from Peter Joseph as he presents a daytime array of alcoholic beverages one can create for a bit of classy daytime drinking, bringing variations into coffee and tea, in addition to fruit and vegetable mixes as well. "Boozy Brunch" is a strong addition to any cookbook or general bartending collection.
(Midwest Book Review)
Peter Joseph's Boozy Brunch is the weekend companion you've been dreaming of. Whether your tastes run toward a Champagne cocktail, a Bartender's Breakfast, or a Salty Dog, you'll find the right match for your kind of Sunday morning. (Beth Fish Reads Blog)
Joseph has concocted over 100 new recipes that are sure to jolt you awake in the morning. (Wine Enthusiast)
About the Author
Peter Joseph has written about cocktails and pop culture for Flavorwire, Lost Magazine, and Popmatters. In between brunches, he is an editor in New York. He lives in Brooklyn.
Salma Khalil was born in Alexandria, Egypt and received her MFA in Photography at the Pratt Institute in New York. She has shown her work around the US, including at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Studio Gallery in Washington, DC, and Umbrella Arts and PS122 Gallery in New York City. Learn more at www.salmatkhalil.com.
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Joseph's book makes you think of a cocktail brunch as something fun and edifying--a gathering of witty friends imbibing tasty drinks and eating good food. It's the young hip Brooklyn Bunch as opposed to the old debauched Rat Pack. Joseph wants to help you create an atmosphere of good nature where conversation flows, helped along by a little fancy liquid lubrication. The book also includes recipes for things like egg and cheese strata as well as handy instructions for making your own simple syrup (a key ingredient in many of the drinks) and orgeat syrup--essential for a proper Mai Tai. The text is written in a spirited voice with a wry (or should I say rye?) wit. His introduction to hangover cures is hilarious.
You can start out really easy with the mixes in Boozy Brunch and work your way up to something more time consuming to prepare. The first thing I made was a Bellini (peach puree and prosecco) which took about five minutes. My wife and I thought it was delish. I'm looking forward to a Suffering Bastard which appeals to me not only for its Monty Pythonesque name but because it calls for dark rum and overproof rum. And the pyro boy in me is very excited about the idea of melting a sugar cube in burning brandy for a Café Royale.
The design of the book is neat: it lays flat on your bar or kitchen countertop for easy reference. The lovely photos by Salma Khalil make all the drinks look sensual and enticing (you see every drop of condensation on the glasses, every champagne fizz).
Boozy Brunch: the Quintessential Guide to Daytime Drinking will appeal to anyone who loves to drink alcohol for the pleasures and tastes of drinking rather than merely for getting drunk. We're already planning our first boozy brunch with friends. Cheers to Peter Joseph!
In a jovial, light-hearted style backed up by some great recipes and fascinating nuggets of information, the author has crammed in over 100 drinks recipes and 25 foods that are `paired' to alcoholic beverages to give a little variation to your libation. Setting out to free the social tippler from the tired-old, champagne-based, coffee-based, or fruit or vegetable juice-based cocktails the author also hopes to `help' you make the most of your brunch or whatever meal you might be considering.
For those who indulge a little too enthusiastically, there are also some hangover cures, their efficacy not guaranteed.
The book is written in a jaunty style that doesn't entirely take itself seriously, mixing up quips, scoops of information, trivia, recipes and quite a few laughs into the book equivalent of a cocktail shaker before giving it a damn good shake. The result is one of those books that can be a great gift for someone you know not to be an absolutist or teetotaller and, of course, it can help expand your alcoholic education (before any degradation that may follow due to over-consumption of various core ingredients).
Despite the frivolity and informality this is a book that is really full of great information and recipes. It doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike many of those thick tomes detailing the one and only way you can make an authentic version of cocktail X (invariably these books seem to come with a lot of pretension and perceived grandeur). Maybe this book serves as a great introduction to the enthusiastic tippler who wants to try something new but doesn't know where to turn. For the more advanced, studied scholar of such beverages there is still enough interesting material to hold the attention.
The review version of this book did not feature an index (to come, claims the teasing text) so it is hoped that the index is of a high standard and that it sorts the recipes by ingredient, so you can also consider what to make when you only have a bit of this or a dash of that in your `cocktail cabinet'.
The book is deceptive. At first this reviewer did not see a lot of hope for the book and couldn't see how it would carve itself a niche. Yet, it did, all this and more on a totally alcohol-free stomach (for the reviewer). With that in mind, just how great might it be with a little tincture or two inside? At this moment, the sun is firmly over the yardarm, so if you will excuse your reviewer a moment...
To put the book to the test I chose to make the recommended pairing: Coffee Nudge along with the Chocolate Chip and Bacon Pancakes. Four of my favorite flavors in one breakfast: coffee, chocolate, bacon and maple syrup. The only place I cheated was substituting the Irish coffee whipped cream for Ready Whip. The homemade pancakes were a stretch for me, so I took it easy on myself with the whipped cream. The work that went into the pancakes was worth it. They were delicious. And, the bacon gave the perfect savory compliment to the chocolaty pancakes with real maple syrup.
The book is a winner. From the recipes to the anecdotes, I highly recommend it!