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The Complete Book of Spirits: A Guide to Their History, Production, and Enjoyment (Drinking Guides) Hardcover – October 26, 2004
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About the Author
Anthony Dias Blue is the author of several books, including The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks and American Wine: A Comprehensive Guide. For twenty years he has been Wine and Spirits editor of Bon Appétit. His reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers across the country, including Wine Spectator, Robb Report, epicurious.com, American Way, and Decanter. Mr. Blue's Lifestyle Minute is broadcast several times daily on CBS radio. He lives in California.
Top Customer Reviews
Dias Blue doesn't venture into esoteric selections that are insanely expensive and difficult to come by. This book is not for the pretentious mixologist. It will, however, be more than adequate for educating the working barman on the selections behind him. Nothing helps the upsell like knowing the rough differences in taste profiles and characteristics of the most commonly used spirits on the top-shelf.
Instead of using the most expensive as the yard-stick of measuring quality, I can now ask questions about my customers' taste and make solid recommendations that they'll enjoy (not to mention reasons why they should stray from the well). This keeps my customers spending more money on both their drinks and my tips, and it keeps my customers coming to me instead of my coworkers.
This book has also come in handy for building a versatile, inexpensive and high quality bar at home and given me lessons on how to organize verticle tastings of spirits I am unfamiliar with. This helps me trust my own palate instead of magazine reviews or tatted jackass mixologists with big belt-buckles and stupid haircuts that are only bartending because it pays the bills until they can find a job in finance.
If you're bartender: educate yourself and don't suck at your job, don't overpour, don't blindly recommend the most expensive selection and understand that the only people that respect the term "mixologist" are idiots.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has all the information I was looking for including ratings of each type of spirit by cost and profile.Published 7 months ago by Bernard
great information...easy to read.....must read for beginnersPublished 20 months ago by Robert J. Thume
This is a nice book to have if you are interested in the origin and history of liquors. A good readPublished 22 months ago by Tam N.
If you are interested in the history of spirits and a critique of current labels, this is a great reference that is easy to read. This history covered seems to be well researched.Published on April 30, 2014 by TS_Sanchez
This is a good intro book into the world of spirits. Provides a decent background and enough information to get you started.Published on August 24, 2013 by Jon
A little wordy and not as succinct as I wanted. I ended up leaving it at a shop I worked at in Hilton Head Island instead of bringing it to my next job!Published on April 5, 2013 by suesporch