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Whiskey: A Spirited Story with 75 Classic and Original Cocktails Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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About the Author
Michael Dietsch is a writer, editor, and accidental bartender in Brooklyn. He is a contributor at SeriousEats.com and writes about spirits and cocktails at the website A Dash of Bitters. When he’s not mixing drinks, he’s smoking huge chunks of meat, grilling vegetables, bicycling, or enjoying a fine cigar. The author of Shrubs, he lives in Reston, Virginia, with his family.
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Whiskey is an excellent overview on the subject; as was the case in Shrubs, Dietsch is extremely masterful at capturing the history and facets of his subject, striking a tone that is equal parts authoritative and conversational, without ever coming across as pedantic or intimidating.
The fascinating explanations of the world of whiskey aside, the book is also home to a veritable Who's Who of whiskey cocktails presented in chronological order, allowing the reader the ability to trace the evolution of the whisky cocktail from its humble pre-prohibition roots all the way to the modern tipples we enjoy today.
If you're a fans of booze history, whiskey, or simply curious about what is arguably one of the world's most beloved spirits, Dietsch's Whiskey is your book.
But then there's the actual words on the page. It's well researched, sure, and gives you great information; I finally, after years of loving and enjoying only *some* whiskies, have a clear sense of what makes a Scotch different from a bourbon. The book starts with a more engineering-oriented section about exactly how whiskey is make, which is clearly written in non-technical terms. The recipes we've tried so far have been lovely. What's really special about the book, though, is that rare thing: The author's voice is the real delight - engaging, wry, warm and accepting. Dietsch's voice makes this a really absorbing read. My husband laughed at me because I had so much trouble putting it down.
The index is not great, which is why I gave the book four instead of five stars; but a wonderful and informative read, with good recipes. I wish I had known about it around Father's Day.