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Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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“This is a book that will inspire the next generation of bartenders. The Death & Co crew has managed to mix equal measures of hospitality and creativity, and the impact of their experiment will be felt far beyond their modest East Sixth Street saloon. This book extends Death & Co’s reach even farther.”
--Dale Degroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail
“Death & Co changed the way we drink in America. This elegant, intelligent book—with drink recipes from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ of top bartender/mixologists working in America today (all Death & Co veterans), plus sound, concise advice on every aspect of drink making—will make sure that nobody could possibly forget that.”
--David Wondrich, author of Imbibe! and Punch
“Death & Co has become an integral part of New York’s cocktail culture, and will remain a part of it for years to come. David and Alex have influenced the way people drink in New York City (and around the world), and I’m constantly inspired whenever I step into their bar. They craft each drink just as I would approach a dish, piecing together the ingredients, testing it tirelessly, striving for perfection, and also trying to connect each recipe to a story. There is a real art, a real passion behind everything they do, and this book will act as a timeless reference for anyone interested in cocktails.”
--Daniel Humm, chef/co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and Co-Author of I Love New York
“A fascinating, in-depth look at one of the best bars out there—brimming with the same attitude and resolve that made Death & Co a true winner in the field. This book is a one-stop shop for anyone interested in cocktails and the bars that serve them, and it’s a brilliant read, to boot.”
--Gaz Regan, author of the Joy of Mixology
“With Death & Co, David, Nick, and Alex have created an instant classic for craft cocktail enthusiasts and professionals alike. I’ve found this book to be essential in my home.”
--April Bloomfield, chef/owner of The Spotted Pig
About the Author
DAVID KAPLAN is the founder and owner of Death & Co, a New York City nightlife destination, as well as the co-owner of Proprietors LLC, a full-service hospitality company, with ALEX DAY.
NICK FAUCHALD is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and publisher of print and digital products. He's been an editor at Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazines. From 2008 to 2011, he was the editor-in-chief of Tasting Table.
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What I like about the book:
I like that this book covers everything: Bar equipment, ice, technique, history, tasting, some "story essays" about the bar, and very important for developing a home bar is that it goes through the different types of spirits and gives you explanations of the different types and specific recommendations for brands to buy. This is step one of what is needed to be a great home bartender.
What I don't like about the book:
The recipes are a reflection of the Death and Co bar, where expert mixologists are creating very interesting and complex drinks. However this just doesn't work very well for a home bar. A large percentage of the recipes require something such as "Grapefruit infused Punt E Mes." The book gives you instructions on how to make all of these complex ingredients, but they aren't practical for a home bar. Therefore almost 90% of the recipes are pretty useless for me.
The index isn't great. An index is supposed to reference every instance of a word in the book. So you should be able to look up "St. Germain" and it should give you every page where there is a recipe including St. Germain, but the book doesn't have this. For example in the section of the book on Modifier Liquors it describes St. Germain as "bar tenders katsup" because it has been used so much in so many drinks. I went ahead and bought a bottle but I have yet to find a recipe in the book I can make. There is no way to look for recipes using it other than to go one by one through the whole book, and when I have found one that uses it, the recipe contains one or more other complex ingredients that I don't have.
Definitely a very good book and I've learned very much from it, but it is far from an ideal resource for a home bar enthusiast.
The Death & Co cocktail book is elegant, simple, and clear. The instructions are thorough. The recipes don't all rely on expensive, obscure liquors. And there's a great appendix for making infusions and other in-house delights. Bonus, the photos are beautiful! I couldn't ask for anything more.
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