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Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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"Wildly entertaining and fantastically instructive..."
"Most punches have fascinating back stories - at least they do when Wondrich is in charge."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Wondrich's noble effort to restore Punch's good name offers sound advice on the basics of Punch-making along with a variety of vintage recipes."
-The Wall Street Journal
"A lively, fascinating history of punch[...]. Wondrich is a tremendously witty writer."
-The New Yorker
"Wondrich peels punch's image off the sticky fraternity house floor and reinstates it into the more dignified annals of drinking tradition."
-The Boston Globe
"It's fair to say there's nobody in the country who knows more about drinking than David Wondrich."
-New York Magazine
"Punch stays true to the antique, but by no means staid, spirit of its old timey, black-and-white-etching-illustrated subject matter, while somehow managing to keep current, relevant, and fresh. [...] A rollickingly fun read."
"[Wondrich's] interest in history runs as deep as his thirst for beverage experiences on the banks of the mainstream[...]."
-The New York Times
"Punch lovers are in luck[...]. These aren't the fruity, simplistic punches of recent times. They're complex, subtle concoctions...."
"The best part of the book isn't the history-it's the 40-plus detailed recipes of how to make your very own authentic Punch."
-The New York Post
About the Author
David Wondrich is one of the world’s foremost authorities on cocktails and their history. A contributing editor at Esquire and at Wine and Spirits, he has also written for numerous other publications on the subject, including the New York Times, Saveur, Real Simple, and Drinks. Dr. Wondrich holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature, and is a founding member of The Museum of the American Cocktail and a partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, the world’s first advanced education program in spirits and cocktails. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wifeand daughter.
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Communal beverages are no longer popular but for a couple of centuries they were the thing. This is a well written and well researched book on Punch drinks. Bought on a whim since I enjoyed the punch episode of Good Eats, this is an odd, charming and fun book and perfect for when you are stuck somewhere and need to be self-entertained (car crap, doctor crap,airport). It's engrossing to the point you won't mind being whether you'd rather not be. Clearly not as essential as the Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide but better than most beverage tomes. Tempted to make a big bowl of something for the holidays and place our car keys in the lock box.