Recent Reads: The Essential Bar Book

The Essential Bar Book Review - Paper Swallow Events

If you're not beginning to gather it by now, I'm a bit of a book nerd. I like to know a little bit about everything and spend a lot of my spare time reading about all kinds of topics. I believe that the more I know about more areas of life, the more awesome people I can talk to and the more help I can be to my clients. My most recent read The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler definitely fed into my nerd side!

Michael and I don't drink very often, but I am fascinated by the amount of skill and knowledge that exists in the production of alcohol and mixing cocktails. It's truely a culture of its own full of lingo and skill that most people never recognize when they go out for drinks with friends. After reading this book, I can now explain to you what noble rot is or where the term nog (a famous example is eggnog) came from.

This book functions as a a dictionary. It starts with terms and beverages that start with A and continues all the way through Z. I love that each definition is short, easily digested, and yet full of rich knowledge and the quirky traditions that brought on the creation of the different drinks. Besides being a dictionary, there are 115 recipes sprinkled throughout (also alphabetized.) At the beginning of each recipe the book provides a brief history of the drinks origins, which I think is super fun. 

The Essential Bar Book Review - Paper Swallow Events

Even if I'll never drink most of these beverages, I found this book an enjoyable and enlightening read. The back cover boasts that the book is "perfect for any home or professional bar" and I can easily see the truth in that statement. It's relateable and easy-to-use. If you have friends getting married who enjoy hosting cocktail parties, I can see this book being a very fun and practical wedding present for them. Why not take giving them a book of recipes a step further and give them a book of recipes that also equips them with the knowledge to start coming up with their own?

What kinds of books bring out the nerd in you? Would you ever read a dictionary that focuses on a particular subject?

xoxo, Stacia

This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, as always.