Great book about the history of Punch! Lots of deeply interesting stories here. There are also many recipes as well/ However, most are historical recipes and not ones you would necessarily want to make and serve today for a party. For example, I made the punch that is associate with Charles Dickens and it reflects its time. It does not contain the ingredients that are readily available now. But it was still interesting to make and sample. So this is not a recipe book for modern times but rather a historical study, although there are one or two recipes that you will enjoy making and that will please a modern crowd.
I was already a fan of Wondrich's previous book "Imbibe", and was pleasantly surprised when I had learned of his follow-up entry "Punch". If you are the curious type, as I am, you'll be delighted to learn more about this niche of history, and with a little bit of preparation, and Mr. Wondrich's help you can taste the beverages that our forefathers enjoyed when they wanted to relax. This book is not only a translation of bygone recipes to modern equivalent of ingredients and measures, it also gives the back-story, and puts the drinks into the context of the period. I couldn't recommend any of David Wondrich's books any higher, as I find myself coming back rereading sections of them again and again.
This is David Wondrich’s follow up to Imbibe! in which he tells the history of the punch bowl. It is filled with fascinating stories, traditional recipes, and modern mixology notes. Pick this up before the next party you throw.
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.
This book includes a thorough -- and thoroughly interesting -- history of Punch, as well as an in-depth guide for producing Punch of the highest quality. The section detailing how to create an oleo-saccharum ("sweet oil" made from citrus peel and sugar) are alone worth the price of the entire book. The recipes are great, the stories about the recipes even better, and learning the lost art of Punch making is priceless. Highly, highly recommended. Quite possibly the best drinks book in my collection.