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Thursday, March 9, 2017


1.A SPOT AT THE BAR (Hardie Grant, 2016, 224 pages, ISBN 978-174379131-8, $29.99 USD hardbound) is by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young who together run The Everleigh Bar in Melbourne. This is "the art of good drinking in three hundred recipes". The stylish book  covers aperitif hour, beer, wine, savoury drinks, digestifs, nightcaps, and various specialties. There is also memoir material about bar life in Melbourne and about the drinks themselves. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both avoirdupois and metric measurements, but there is no table of equivalents.
Audience and level of use: drinkers looking for a bar book.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: palma fizz; rumble; blue collar cocktail; andy shandy; drowsy girl; fog cutter; diamond fizz; Toronto [rye & fernet-branca]
The downside to this book: a bit too much about Australia, although it is an Australian book.
The upside to this book: a welcome addition to bar literature.
Quality/Price Rating: 86

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