Pretty Basic or Bare Bones. Good for a start but hardly exhaustive.
SUBTITLE: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites
AUTHOR: Joanne Weir
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press
TYPE: Reference (Lite)/ Drinks
STATS: 144 pages, 60 recipes, 30 photos
COST: $16.95 U.S.
REVIEWED BY: Chris Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com
Overview: I hate to start a review on a negative note but the subtitle is a bit ambitious. I won’t say I’ve read more information off the back of a menu but don’t expect much in the types and flights department. Basic information, accurate, but not much there.
The cocktail section, on the other hand, is well done, with excellent recipes, not reprints of the usual (read same damn ones) that everyone else ever did. These are a fresh crop of tasty drinks that also do not call for overly exotic or expensive ingredients – another big plus in my mind.
The food section is where Joanne come on to her own, very easy to make, with clear directions, and delightful outcomes. Also a very nice variety of dishes without being over done – its easy to pick out something good quickly rather than get overwhelmed with too many ideas.
Ten Speed has published the book in their usual style: nicely bound, good paper, beautiful photos and easy-to-read type. All this enhances the enjoyment of the book.
This would make a great gift for the tequila novitiate!