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Book Reviews

Book Review – New Classic Cocktails

I first met Gary and Mardee Regan when they were working on their Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys book in the early 1990s. In 1996 they came back to the United Distillers Archive while they were working... Continue Reading →

Book Review- Barrel Strength Bourbon: the Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey

Carla Harris Carlton is a talented writer and editor who has worked for the Courier-Journal newspaper here in Louisville, but most people outside of Louisville will know her for her “Bourbon Babe” blog. Her blogs are always fun to read... Continue Reading →

Book Review – How To Be A Bourbon Badass

Join us February 4 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Cooking With Bourbon (includes vintage whiskey tasting!) The author of this book, Linda Ruffenach, is also the founder of “Whisky Chicks”, a group of women who love whiskey of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle Over Alcohol In Southern Appalachia

The author of this book, Bruce E. Stewart, is a history professor at Appalachian State University and specializes in the history of Appalachia. This book is very well researched and an interesting read, but the author’s tone leaves no doubt... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Guide

This book is in its second edition, but a third edition is in the works. The author, Susan Reigler, worked many years as the restaurant critic, spirits writer and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper, so it was only... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Woodford Reserve Culinary Cocktail Tour: A Journey With Bourbon

This book was put together in 2005 when David Larson was the executive chef at Woodford Reserve. While the book does feature Woodford Reserve Bourbon, the book does not focus just on Chef David Larson. They have recipes from chefs... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Burgoo, Barbecue & Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity

I always look forward to a new book from Albert Schmid. I met him many years ago at the Kentucky Book Fair. I was there signing The Social History of Bourbon that had been re-released by the University Press of... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Before Prohibition: Distilleries in Nelson County, Kentucky 1880-1920

Dixie Hibbs is a woman of many talents. She served a term as Mayor of Bardstown, but politics are not her real passion – she loves the history of her town of Bardstown and Nelson County. She also loves the... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Maker’s Mark: My Autobiography

I have known Bill Samuels, Jr. for over twenty years. I have always respected him for being what I consider a generous “World Ambassador for Bourbon”. I have never heard him say anything negative about other brands or distilleries. He... Continue Reading →

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