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The Book I Read

July 11, 2014

It’s been a while since there was a song to go along with a post. Here’s the one for today.

All the food books are unpacked. They were easy, because I have one bookcase that’s dedicated to the subject. And I try to keep it fairly well organized. Reference books go on top, cookbooks on the bottom, and food prose goes in the middle.

Food prose? Sure. That where titles like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Extra Virginity, and An Economist Gets Lunch live. But also on that shelf is a thinner, less famous history of gin, simply titled, Gin. That is a delightful and informative volume in The Edible Series by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.

Among other things, she is half of the 12 Bottle Bar team. Perhaps you remember them from a while back. Lesley and her husband David had the ingenious idea of suggesting that classic cocktails need not be complicated. Together they launched a blog where the duo limited themselves to just twelve bottles, and crafted really well-written posts about all of the drinks you can make with this limited arsenal of spirits, bitters, and vermouths.

In just a few weeks, the 12 Bottle Bar is taking a huge step. It’s leaping off the internet and into a published book. And you’ll never guess what else.

I’m in it.

No kidding. I’m kind of shocked myself. There were a lot of submissions to the book that needed to be cut in the end, but I’m still in there. David even sent me proofs of the pages where I’m mentioned, and they’re going to send me a hard copy of the book once it arrives from the press.

But you can see parts of it on Amazon already. And there I am in the acknowledgements, sharing space with cocktail luminaries like Dale DeGroff, Ted Haigh, Gaz Regan, David Wondrich, and more.

The cocktail that I submitted is probably the least fussy drink imaginable, and it’s one that’s is close to my heart. I’ve written about a version of this refresher on the FLB, and now this far too often overlooked drink will hopefully get a wider audience. It’s the rum rickey.

Anyhow the duo is taking their show on the road to do a bit of book promotion. It’s a hell of a schedule. I’m going to try and make it to one of these, because I’d love to finally get a chance to meet these like-minded cocktail lovers in person.

July 18 – New Orleans (Tales of the Cocktail)
2:00pm – Book Signing

July 19 – New Orleans (Tales of the Cocktail)
12 noon – Book Signing

July 21 – New Orleans (Museum of the American Cocktail / Borgne Restaurant)
6:00pm – Book Signing and Event

July 22 – Boston (Brookline Bookstore)
7:00pm – Book Signing

July 23 – Brooklyn (Word Bookstore)
7:00pm – Book Signing

Sept. 13 – Los Angeles (Culinary Historians of Southern CA)
Afternoon – Downtown Central Library of Los Angeles, Mark Taper Auditorium

Sept. 18 – Portland (Powell’s Books)
Evening – Book Signing (with special guest Jacob Grier)

Should you go, and get a book signed, please send my regards. I’d love to get out to Boston or down to Brooklyn, but this summer is such a mess I’m not sure if I can swing it. And since David and Lesley asked this of me, I’ll ask it of you, “If you could share a drink with anyone at any time, who would it be, where, and what would you drink?”

My answer is on page 407.

I’m living in the future.
I feel wonderful.
I’m tipping over backwards
I’m so ambitious
I’m looking back I’m
Running a race and you’re the book I read
~ Talking Heads

P.S. The 12 Bottle Bar is still alive and well. You can check out this old post of theirs that reveals the early stages of our friendship and mutual respect.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2014 10:15 am

    So proud of you dearie!

  2. July 11, 2014 11:07 am

    Thank you, thank you, sir! Way too kind, but that is your MO. I want to point out one more thing about the book and the forthcoming site relaunch: we changed our bottles to include white rum, in part due to your suggestion. Man, you’ve got power. :)

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