This book is incredible! I was given this as a gift in a cookbook exchange.
The first part is all about what you need to stock a basic bar (let me telThis book is incredible! I was given this as a gift in a cookbook exchange.
The first part is all about what you need to stock a basic bar (let me tell you, it's quite daunting for a beginner like me). There's examples of glasses, liquors, equipment and even a section for various measurements (what does a dash really mean?).
Then it goes into some other stuff before coming to the gist of the book: the spirits and drinks. The cocktails are all arranged by type of liquor. Certain famous cocktails have several pages devoted to them, with a brief history, classical way of preparing it and more common variations.
Some interesting cocktails / things that jumped out at me while browsing: - Slippery Nipple: Bailey's Irish Cream + sambuca - Barcardi Cocktails are only allowed to be made with Barcardi rum (as ruled by a New York court in 1936). - Angel's Tit: white creme de cacao+ heavy cream topped with a maraschino cherry.
There's so much more. I could just keep going and going. I have a feeling this book will get a fair amount of use this summer! (And for the next many years)....more
I never watched the Casino Royale movie, so I had no idea about the plot going into this book. I have no idea if they are the same either.
Also, I donI never watched the Casino Royale movie, so I had no idea about the plot going into this book. I have no idea if they are the same either.
Also, I don't have much of an idea about books written in the 1950s. I found the style slightly off-putting, but that could have been for a myriad of reasons: older publishing date, an author heralding from not just a different country, but from a different level in society there, and perhaps Ian Fleming's background as a spy and rather as an author managed to color his words as well.
The plot itself is not too farfetched. The tale is told quite simply. It's straightforward. I question our 'hero' and his actions at some points. But perhaps that was how the spy game was played back in the day.
I felt that Bond was more interesting as a character in this book than in the movies (Pierce Brosnan's Bond always comes to my mind when thinking of the international spy). He was more of a sociopath, with a dark grimness and a lack of care for anyone around him. This seems a far better suited personality to someone who needs to murder and be rather loose with morals like an MI6 double-o agent.
I'll keep reading the series though, just to see how they all stand up to the test of time and the idea of Hollywood. Perhaps I'll even see the Casino Royale movie now to see how well adapted the book was.
EDIT: Now that I've seen the film, I can make a few spoiler-ish comments. There were a few parts that had no place in the novel, but overall they correlated nicely. They also removed the whole SMERSH and Chiffre-is-a-spy bit, which I felt detracted a bit from the plot. For that reason they had to play around with Vesper Lynd's betrayal and why they wanted Chiffre in the first place.
Also, I felt it was interesting that at one point M says she had just made Bond a double-O agent. This makes me wonder if casual movie-goers would know that Casino Royal was the first book of the series. I certainly didn't before looking more into it. ...more