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Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

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In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories of their saucy escapades, and intoxicating excerpts from their literary works. It’s the perfect blend of classic cocktail recipes, literary history, and tales of the goo ...more
Hardcover, 100 pages
Published October 13th 2006 by Algonquin Books
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This was a riot. I normally wouldn’t count a “cookbook” towards my reading goal, but this is something special.

First you are presented with a cartoon and quote of a famous author (and a few I hadn’t even heard of, so add that to my already-insane-TBR pile), then a few paragraphs detailing some of their wilder drunker excursions, then a drink recipe that was either the author’s favorite, or featured in their book, and then an excerpt from one of their writings that’s specifically about drinking-
What a fun little book. Lots of great anecdotes about some classic American authors getting up to considerable trouble.
This was a real short book and one that now has a permanent position in my home. We all know that some of the best writers were absolute drunks. Bukowski, Steinbeck, Hemingway. This book shares a little backstory of those writers along with drink recipes for their preferred adult beverage.

Bukowski favored a Boilermaker, which I'll admit to not knowing what that is. It turns out that it's something I really doubt that I would drink. It's a shot of whiskey with beer as a chaser OR a shot of whiske
Fun little book about hard drinking writers with recipes for their favorite cocktails. Nothing new here, but I did start feeling lame for being so sober.
John Nelson
Writing is the occupation that drives more people to drink than any other, except for the law. This short book is a summary of quotations from famous authors about worshiping at the alter of Bacchus, along with recipes for some of their favorite concoctions. Not much of substance, but a great list of sayings - choose your own favorite.

"Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's like compounding a felony."

- Robert Benchley

"You never start our in life
Writers like to drink… a lot. I like to read funny stories about what they did or said while drinking, because writers tend to be quite witty. This book fills that desire perfectly. Each author chosen has a two-page spread detailing an incident where they were drinking, a recipe for their drink of choice (or one often associated with them), a line or two about drinking from one of their books

Kerouac, Benchley, Fitzgerald and, of course, Hemingway, all found a place in the book, along with dozen
I don't drink. Strange choice of reading material, no doubt. I was curious which authors would be included in the book (I added numerous authors and works to my list of books to be sure to read at some point down the line), and also about these cocktail recipes (just the composition and creation of cocktails--I won't be trying any of them myself). The anecdotes provided for each author are amusing. The excerpts from the authors' works, aptly enough, all revolved around drinking. Only a couple of ...more
Mar 26, 2007 Gabriel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Literate Drinkers
Shelves: drink, the_goods
This is a charming collection of famously drunk (and dead, to Norman Mailer's apparent dismay) authors and associated drinks. The recipes are very classic and can be trusted to be true to the drink's original make-up and intent. The introductions and anecdotes for each author are great reads.

My only two complaints are that the drinks seem to sometimes only be loosely connected to the highlighted author and the writing samples are too brief. The excerpts for each writer are well chosen and highli
Ben Long
A fun and interesting way to learn about the drinking habits of famous American authors and how to make their favorite drinks. Forty-three classic American writers and forty-three classic cocktails. I've always wanted to be more like Hemingway, and now I can every time I have a Mojito.
pretty entertaining with mini-bios, excerpts, and drinks of dozens of american authors. sometimes drinks seem randomly assigned though....
Leonardo Fontes
Vale pelas histórias pitorescas e, caso o leitor tenha disposição, pela possibilidade de experimentar todos os drinques do livro.
Nate gave me this for xmas. Read on an empty stomach and Jim Beam, all day long. Puked in woods that night. A winner.
The paradox is that alcohol is a depressant and yet it opens the floodgates of the imagination!
entertaining little book of famously drunk authors and classic recipes 我不是在寫作 就是在往酒吧的路上 經典標題黨
Alicia Beale
I love this book. Now I sound so much smarter when I order a drink and I feel amongst the greats!
Jun 28, 2007 Toby rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Writers, Drinkers
A nice quick read, full of drunken writerly anecdotes, drink recipes, and drink related writing.
Each entry contains a brief bio, a classic drinking quote, and how to make their drink of choice.
I expected something a lot more substantial with this book. Wish I hadn't bought it.
Very fun, informative, tactile book. I really enjoy it
reading this will make you want to stay sober
Chris Cain
a must read for anyone who loves booze and books!
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