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The Home Distiller's Handbook: Make Your Own Whiskey & Bourbon Blends, Infused Spirits and Cordials Paperback – November 29, 2011
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The book is barely thick enough to justify residence on a shelf with weighty volumes like Atomic Cocktails and Old Man drinks - two books I liked for the simple gutsy concept of "here's a drink. These are the ingredients." This book masquerades as a distillation process book and on the first page says "Oh whoops, no, this isn't actually ABOUT distillation. No, this is about infusions and liqueurs and making that really sparkly zingy fruit whiskey you always wanted!"
No. No no, no. I know how to make limoncello. I know how to properly oak-barrel age whiskey, and I found out how to do that by running a few internet searches. What I WANTED was what the title of the book implied, which was Distillation methods, not "here's how to make a fruity beverage you and your friends will love by taking four bottles of off-the-shelf-vodka!"
Some of these were cribbed from college experiments I remember doing ten years ago. I half expected to see a recipe for vodka-soaked gummi bears in here as well.
In other words, don't waste your time. These recipes are neither good nor are they intended for the audience that would pick this one up. It's a cookbook, and it's not a manual. Bad job, Matt Teacher. Bad job.
Actually, let me save you the trouble. Take ingredient X and put it in alcohol until it tastes good. The end.
You can absolutely forget there being so much as sentence about distilling except for the introduction that says the book has nothing about distilling in it.
Misspellings (it's spelled palate!), poor visual design (actually WAY overdesigned), little useful content. It takes just a few minutes to read, because it is filled with pages with a two line quote or some such silliness. This is one of those pretty, miniature coffee table books like you might see sitting in the clearance aisle in a bookstore because a five minute skim and you won't need to buy it.
I do have something positive to say about it. Are Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray are your favorite TV chefs? If so, then you will positively LOVE this tiny book. It's dee-lish! :rolleyes:
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kinda like a betty crocker of booze, cmon put berrys in age in jar , der , i SA HOPING FIR A LIL MORE TRCHNICAL READ, THIS IS AMATEUR HOUR, I OWN A BAR , I BREW ,3Published 5 months ago by Ja Niemz
Cheezy book. It really doesn't discuss distilling. It talks about making fruit punch with bottled liquor.Published 6 months ago by Gregory T. Fairnak
It is all about taking someone else's product and adding your own twist. Not what i was looking for.Published 12 months ago by terry
This book is mistitled. It's an interesting book about how to flavor liquor, not make it.Published 13 months ago by Amy Nighbert
There are a few recipes that we have tried and liked, most are not our style of drinks.Published 19 months ago by Russ