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Book Reviews

Book Review – The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book is a revision of The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, first printed in 1934 and written by Albert Stevens Crockett. The author of the new, revised version of the book, Frank Caiafa took the position... Continue Reading →

William Yeoward’s American Bar: The World’s Most Glamorous Cocktails

William Yeowad was not a mixologist. He designed fine crystal and glass as a living. He was a master at his craft and he had been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment as Supplier of Crystal Glass to His Royal... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Steve The Bartender’s Cocktail Guide

Steven Roennfeldt is best known as “Steve the Bartender”, an Australian bartender that has a popular YouTube channel. I first came across Steve the Bartender when looking for mint julep recipes on YouTube. He had a very good recipe where... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years Of Whiskeymaking

This is the first history of Bourbon that I read while working as an archivist for United Distillers. I still use the book for reference on early distilling in America. Henry G. Crowgey wrote this book as a condensed version... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Bourbon In Kentucky: A History Of Distilleries In Kentucky

Chet Zoeller, with his son Trey, founded the Jefferson’s Reserve brand. I have known Chet for over a decade and I helped him find information on many of the distilleries in the book. He is always looking for more information... Continue Reading →

Eight Books You Should Have When Starting An American Whiskey Library

I am often asked “What books I should I buy when building a library on American whiskey”. I have put together this list of books that are a foundation of a good reference library. They cover history, but also the... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Kentucky Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey

I found this book to be an interesting combination of travel guide, cocktail recipes and history. Author Stephanie Stewart-Howard quotes me a few times and, for the most part, gets it correct. She does say that I gave the Nelson... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bourbon Is My Comfort Food: The Bourbon Women Guide To Fantastic Cocktails At Home

I have known the author, Heather Wibbels, for some time. She has been part of Bourbon Women for many years and has competed in their “Not Your Pink Drink” cocktail competition since its inception. She won this competition several times... Continue Reading →

Book Review –Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide To The South’s Favorite Food Groups

This is a book I have had on my shelf for several years, yet I have never reviewed it. Somehow it was pushed into a dark corner of the shelving and forgotten. That should never have happened as it is... Continue Reading →

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