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Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 13, 2006
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—Men's Journal (Men's Journal )
"Who better to illustrate a belly-up-to-the-bar guide to American writers than Papa Hemingway's grandson? Edward Hemingway's charming caricatures of cocktail-loving writers—from his own grandpapa to Dorothy Parker to Hunter S. Thompson—add the fizz to Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers. Writer Mark Bailey spices things up with literary drinking anecdotes that recall the glass-clinking glory days of Parisian cafes and Algonquin Round Tables."
—USA Today (USA Today )
"You'll be convinced that a writer's soul resides not in the heart or mind, but in the liver."
—Dallas Morning News (Dallas Morning News )
A wittily illustrated rogues gallery of literary lushes, with cocktail recipes to let you drink in their footsteps. Men's Journal (Men's Journal )
Who better to illustrate a belly-up-to-the-bar guide to American writers than Papa Hemingway's grandson? Edward Hemingway's charming caricatures of cocktail-loving writersfrom his own grandpapa to Dorothy Parker to Hunter S. Thompsonadd the fizz to Hemingway Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers. Writer Mark Bailey spices things up with literary drinking anecdotes that recall the glass-clinking glory days of Parisian cafes and Algonquin Round Tables. USA Today
You'll be convinced that a writer's soul resides not in the heart or mind, but in the liver. Dallas Morning News (Dallas Morning News )
Top Customer Reviews
This seemed wrong. America has many traditions, but few it actually honors. One is the tradition of drinking among American writers --- and drinking to extreme, at that. As Truman Capote once said (astutely quoting Brendan Behan), "We are drinkers with writing problems."
Bailey and Hemingway could have dealt with their distress as many of us do --- strap on their Nikes, fire up their iPods, and rush off to the gym to pound down a few miles on the elliptical trainer. But one of then bore a great name, the other a large thirst.
In short, they had a...duty.
So they set out on a patriotic quest.
Their mission: make the case for classic cocktails by sharing great drink recipes and outlandish literary anecdotes of the kind generated whenever men and women of talent knock back two or three too many. And, just for good measure, they found excerpts from each writer's fiction that deals with the results of liquor.
If you are firmly seated on a bar stool and promise not to chug your Perrier, I will share some of their findings.
"Don't you know that drinking is slow death?" F. Scott Fitzgerald asked. Robert Benchley took a sip and replied: "So who's in a hurry?"
Charles Bukowski could drink 30 beers at one sitting.
Raymond Carver invited friends to a party, but failed to attend as he got drunk in another city.
Unable to pay a bar bill in Paris, Hart Crane started a brawl so he could get arrested.
Lillian Hellman was in New York.Read more ›
Each two-page tribute features a caricature, a brief bio and a memorable quote from each author, along with a list of important works, an excerpt from a signature work, and - very important for a "bartending guide" - a recipe for each author's favorite cocktail.
Author Mark Bailey and illustrator Edward Hemingway (yes, Papa's grandson!) do a great job putting together this guide.
A must-have addition for your library, whether you consider yourself a fan of great literature, or just someone who would like to hoist a few with any of the writers featured in this tome.
For each author you will find: a drinking story, a drink recipe, and a paragraph or two from a representative work. The stories are fun. The drink recipes are spot on, simple and well done. I've mixed several and never had a complaint.
I have about 10 of these sitting on top of the wine rack in the dining room. It's nice to hand one out to someone who's drinkin' what you're mixin'.
There were several drinks I had heard of numerous times, but never knew the ingredients for.
They also include some history of each of the authors and a tidbit of their writing.
4/5 stars due to price on Kindle which seems sort of steep for a short book. BUT -- if you are a Kindle Unlimited member read it for FREE!
This isn't exactly a cocktail recipe book. It's not really a literature anthology, either. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but I do know that it's one of the most enjoyable books I've bought in the past year or two.
In a nutshell, Bailey and Hemingway were sitting in a bar one night, remembering the good old days when authors found their ideas at the bottom of a bottle. So as a tribute to the great author-drinkers 20th Century, they mixed up this book. They picked out about 70 writers and paired them each with a real, no-fooling-around kind of drink. Then they selected a short excerpt from each author's work, and to round it out (and here's where the book gets really entertaining), there's a story of some drunken feat.
As far as the drink recipes in this book go, I like every one of them that I've tried. No, it's not nearly a complete compilation of cocktails, but there's something for everybody here, whether you're a fan of the quick and harsh Boilermaker or the dainty French 75, the sophisticated Gimlet, or the casual Planter's Punch. Bottoms up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GOOD & SHORT BACKGROUND ON MANY WELL KNOWN AMERICAN WRITERS AND THEIR FAVORITE DRINKSPublished 21 months ago by cki
Very interesting, have enjoyed looking at and reading this book. Will keep it permanently and share with my two book clubs.Published 22 months ago by Patty W
I appreciate this book, the anecdotes and recipes. However, if you've ever read the book So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon from 1935, you would know that this idea was... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by K. Smith