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Mix Shake Stir by Danny Meyer
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Feb 17, 12

bookshelves: art-and-photography, foods-and-epicurious
Read from February 16 to 17, 2012, read count: 1

I admit that I checked out this book mostly for the pictures. I do like cocktail recipe books, especially ones like these with nice photos. This volume does have some nice photography. However, like similar books, this is a book to look at, not one to really try to replicate the recipes. Unless you have a generous budget and you live near good farmers' markets (or better yet, have a Whole Foods nearby), you may not be able to make many of the recipes featured. This is because the recipes constantly asked for pricey high end liquors, infusions in said liquor often made with rare items, and fruit that in some locales may be unheard of. I am not saying that may be a bad thing. After all, this book is a collection of recipes from a group of high end New York City bars. But outside such a locale, it may not be as practical a book. While I do agree with the maxim that one should aim to have the best ingredients possible to make a good cocktail, I also believe you should not have to break the bank. So, overall, a pretty book to look at, but if you are looking for an actual practical book to make a casual cocktail at home, without breaking the bank, there are other choices.
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02/16/2012 page 174
78.0% "Nice quote: "One of the most important tools in your bar should be your library. The more you know about what other bartenders have done, the more successful your own creativity will be.""
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