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PRAISE FOR OXFORD COMPANION TO SPIRITS & COCKTAILS
"The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails stands out as an authoritative and congenial guide to the world of hard liquor... One can consume its vast and varied knowledge in sips or long deep draughts, using its meticulously organized critical apparatus to steady oneself... the book will make an excellent companion for both the drinker and the bartender, adding savour to the beverage and the craic." —Times Literary Supplement
"The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails" is an enormous and authoritative work of scholarship, nearly a decade in the making...You enter as if through batwing saloon doors. Buy a copy for the curious drinker in your life and perhaps he or she will boomerang one back to you." —The New York Times
"[A] heck of a lot of knowledge about a vast many of the things has been packed into this beautifully illustrated beast of a book that these drinks experts have been toiling over for nearly a decade...[W]hat a pile of riches this volume contains. I wish I'd had it years ago but am glad to have it now." —The Washington Post
"A must-have compendium for any drinks lover." —Decanter
"Noah and Dave are extremely knowledgeable individuals in the spirits and cocktails space who, I can only imagine, had the most spectacular time researching, tasting, and perfecting this must-have guide for any spirits buff."
—Dan Aykroyd, actor, writer & creator of Crystal Head Vodka
"A tour de force: The new, definitive authority on the history and craft of cocktails and spirits, curated by two of the most experienced and critically acclaimed writers in the industry."
—Ted Allen, host of James Beard Award-winning show Chopped and best-selling author
"Get ready to know everything you wanted, and plenty you never knew you needed, about the complex world of spirits and cocktails. Brought to you by two of the greatest minds in tippling, this compendium will impress you, and more importantly your friends, with its depth, breadth, and downright substance. If you're as passionate about spirits as I am, this companion will knock you off your cocktail napkin."
—Aisha Tyler, actor, director, Emmy Award-winning TV host and creator of Courage + Stone bottled cocktails
“Since the launch of Metallica’s whiskey, BLACKENED®, a whole new, exciting world was opened up to me by some of the best in the spirits business...new friends who’ve shared their collective expertise with me over the course of some very memorable evenings. Noah is one of these people. I look forward to reading Noah and Dave’s book and taking in more of that knowledge.”
—Lars Ulrich, co-founder of Metallica and BLACKENED® Whiskey
"Books have always played a very significant role in my life, and I'm very excited that Oxford University Press is adding Spirits and Cocktails to its Companion series. It will not only add great value to my universe as a bartendar, but also help my guest to expand theirs - and I can't think of anyone better than Dave to be our guide!"
—Monica Berg, award-winning bartendar and co-owner of Tayer + Elementary, London
"The world of spirits and cocktails is wide and enduring, and their impact on culture has been extensive; this book acts as a much-needed insight into the true breadth of the subject – including details beyond the well-trodden products and categories. Shining a light on the multitude of forms, facets and nuances found around the world, this is an essential guide for those new and curious to the world of drinks and for seasoned enthusiasts alike."
—Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr. Lyan, author of Good Together and Good Things to Drink
“Leave it to the great minds of Wondrich and Rothbaum to create what the industry has needed for so long, the definitive book on imbibing. From the basics of things you do know like bourbon or martinis, to in-depth looks at things you don't, like pisco or Blue Blazers, this book is a MUST have for whetting the whistle and knowing what you need to know the world over.”
—Ivy Mix, owner of Bar Leyenda, Brooklyn, and author of Spirits of Latin America
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