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How to Booze by Jordan Kaye
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it was amazing

“This book’s gimmick—half bartender’s guide, half advice column—is a good one, and reading it is like getting a talking-to from a bartender who’s seen it all. Not only does he know that people never change, he also has no vested interest in getting you to stop drinking, either. He is good, however, at helping you find the right drink in which to drown your sorrows. Kaye, a lawyer who has worked as a bartender and sommelier, and Altier, a bartender and drinks consultant, keep the patter snappy as they cover proper drink pairings for the times of your life, from first date to last rites, with entertaining entries for such unique crises as “Drowning Out the Ticking of Your Biological Clock” and “Realizing Your Child Is a Fucking Idiot”....the drinks advice is remarkably good, from empowering explanations of cocktail fundamentals to variations on classics that are well worth trying.” —Booklist

“In their introduction, experienced barhands Altier and Kaye state that a 'good drink, when it's put together right and is suited to the occasion, transforms you into a better version of yourself,' setting the tone for this sharp guide to drinks for every conceivable occasion. Buoyed by wit as bracing as a gin martini, the duo lead a tour through dozens of cocktails, offering suggestions for the end of a long unlucky streak (a Gin Rickey) and when sitting next to a movie star (the rum and fruit-juicy Mary Pickford) as well as more commonplace events like meeting the in-laws (the gin-based Fine and Dandy), a high school reunion (a Rusty Nail), or flying coach (a Madras). Rather than devolving into sheer novelty, misogyny or mean-spiritedness, the authors deftly walk the line (rare exceptions include 'last drink before AA'), offering cogent information on a drink's creation and characteristics, along with sharp commentary such as '[y]our sexual orientation is at best a self-fulfilling prophecy, and not a very interesting one at that' in the entry for sexual experimentation (calling for a rye-and-maraschino liqueur Fancy Free). The duo, veteran New York drink-slingers both (Altier currently runs a Manhattan bar), keep a canny balance between the educational and the irreverent, making for a terrifically entertaining guide to informed imbibing. –Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“Prepare to make delicious drinks and then spurt them out your nose all over your kitchen laughing at this naughty cocktail and awkward-social-situation survival guide...Aptly fitting cocktail recipes to deal with any scary situation without fear of judgment.” --Drink Me Magazine

“Two long-time NYC bartenders...offer up expert-level information on each drink and its characteristics, while doling out equal services of the kind of life advice that comes from years of listening to people bare their souls and chests at the bar.” --Accidental

“Written by two NYC bartenders who have seen their fair share of uninformed drunks. This for those of you who claim to know "how to booze," but lack the knowledge and sophistication of a refined gentleman who knows what to order and when. Not only that, but the book also offers life lessons learned from years behind the bar.”

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August 8, 2012 – Shelved

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