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The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes Hardcover – October 15, 2002
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Debonair, a great raconteur, and an unparalleled authority, Dale DeGroff is the epitome of Perfect Bartender, universally acknowledged as the worlds premier mixologist. From Entertainment Weekly and USA Today to the Culinary Institute of America and the nations best restaurants, whenever anybody wants information or training on the bar, they turn to Dale for recipes, for history, for anecdotes, for funfor cocktail-party conversation as well as for cocktails.
Thats what The Craft of the Co
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0609608754
- ISBN-13 : 978-0609608753
- Dimensions : 7.8 x 0.78 x 10.3 inches
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (October 15, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It has an inadequate index: for example, it has fewer than a dozen different listings under 'Gin' but I counted 33 recipes that include gin.
In an earlier version of this review I mistakenly said there was no index.
If your a bartender or seasoned home enthusiast the book is worth the price if you plan on continuing your collection of cocktail books or are simply in the mood for a different kind of read.
I'd have given the book 3 stars if I couldn't search w/Kindle. It has better than average history and technical (i.e., how-to and what-to) information and an excellent Glossary and, as mentioned, good further reading and resources sections with active links, but it is average to below average for recipe retrieval for a bar book (alphabetical listing, no listing by ingredient).
Also, I loved the subchapter heading "PROHIBITON AND REPEAL" (sic). Was an editor trying out recipes?
What I didn't like was light blue links in the text that went nowhere when I clicked on them. For example, Mr.DeGroff refers to a drink called "Flamingo" in his excellent "Mixing Terms and Techniques" to illustrate a technique; I clicked on the highlighted link but got nothing but a definition describing a pink-feathered bird. BUT, considering the book was published in 2002, well before e-readers became ubiquitous, I can't really get too upset over a few broken links. As I wrote earlier, the bar resources and further reading sections in the back do have links that work including links to some of the better cocktail recipe sites. Perhaps the "Table of Contents" or even the "product description" could be amended to highlight these very desirable inclusions.
And when I grow up, I want to be Dale Degroff.
I have carried this book into work every night for the past 6 1/2 years. Its tattered, stained and the binder is falling apart, yet I would not part with it if someone tried to give me a $200 tip.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dale at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, and I was pleased, yet not too surprised to see that he was extremely down to earth and genuinely interested to talk about drinks and the craft, even though he's undoubtedly faced with the same questions on a daily basis. His wife was equally charming and kind.
I have 25 or so bar books. This is the one I use on a daily basis.
I've had Chef Mario Batali sit across the bar from me, as well as scores of famous actors and musicians. And I never worry about the quality of my libations, because I have the passion for the craft, and more importantly, I have Dale Degroff next to the well. Hopefully one of these days I'll successfully convince my work to send me to one of his training seminars. (Was that a pig I just spotted flying over Key West :-) )
Buy 2 copies...one for you and one for your favorite local bartender.