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Grogan's Companion to Drink: The A to Z of Drink [Hardcover]

Peter Grogan
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010

Booze writers are in general nerdish and insular. The beer boys, with their compulsory beards, live in the pub and are looked down upon both by the wine writers (who live in glass houses) and the 'Rudolphs', as the red-nosed specialists of the spirits world could be termed. As for the writers of cocktail books, no living specimen has been taken since the first publication of The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 rendered all subsequent efforts redundant.

This tendency explains why there are no books that span the whole subject of booze, as if people who drink wine might never enjoy a cocktail or even a beer. Grogan's Companion to Drink will plug the yawning gap for a single source of information for, say, the key ingredients in a Pimms, for a pithy tutorial on how the hierarchy of the wines of Bordeaux is structured (what are people on about when they refer to a 'cru bourgeois') or for a round-up of all those Polish beers on the shelves. It will not only avoid being nerdish and insular, it will also avoid being patronising, pompous or pretentious (and that's just the 'p's). So whether you're looking for a great drink for £2.99 (Tesco's value red wine in a carton) or if you finally want to understand what it was you were drinking when you supped Agua de Valencia, it's the perfect gift for those who drink as well as taste...

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753522225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753522226
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compendious and entertaining" (The Spectator)

"Worth a place on any bon viveur's bookshelf." (Daily Express)

"Dollops of fun." (Olly Smith)

"Fizzes with booze facts." (The Sun)

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The first - and only - book to give a comprehensive overview of the alcoholic drinks of the world. From Advocaat to Zweigelt, no glass will be left unturned. 'An exhaustive and superlative guide for the drinking classes.' Peter Ackroyd

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grogan`s great amuse-gueule of booze books 21 Jan 2011
By Hatchet
If you like drink (and even if you don`t...but then what are you doing reading this ?)you`ll love this cracking book on all aspects of booze. Its very entertaining, thoroughly researched, packed with amusing asides. Far more comprehensive and less eclectic than some rather thinly researched works. Very multifunctional reference work . Don`t be put off by its rather drab appearance...no photos, no pretty pictures, minimal distractions...Grogan`s silvery style will embalm you; the only drawback is that once you pick it up to "dip into", you will find 30 mins have passed before you can put it down...The amuse-gueule of booze books, a proper drinkers befuddlement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grogan hits the spot 24 Jan 2011
Fans of Peter Grogan's writing in The Spectator (and the slightly more numerous readers of his wine column in Tesco magazine) will know what to expect-deep knowledge of his subject, worn lightly with a dry wit and robust good sense. "Try finding any",he says after describing some enticing Croatian wines.
It's the perfect loo book, with delights on every page.Dazzle your friends with your knowledge of how to make a Brandy Alexander (Peter says strain directly into either a condom or, less excitingly, a cocktail glass).
The A to Z starts with Alcoholics Anonymous (in my beginning is my end, as the poet said) and ends with Zweigelt. It's a journey to relish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in vino veritas....... 24 Jan 2011
By Bishop
And not only wine....
This is an excellent addition for the bookshelves of any imbiber of anything alcoholic: witty, learned and opinionated if occasionally acerbic - just what I want from such a compendium. Grogan covers just about everything worth drinking....and a few he'd rather you didn't which is really the great strength of this book - drawing upon what appears to be a long period of indepth research you get his fulsome thoughts on each and every drinkie to be had. And there's no hedging of bets or coy waffle: his likes and dislikes are all there, leaving you in no doubt as to, for example, which cocktails should be avoided if not banned. Its encyclopaedic coverage is also to be applauded, it's rare to find such breadth of coverage in a single portable tome: wines, beers, aperitifs,cocktails, bracers, sniffters and all manner of tinctures are all held up to the light for inspection. Finally, this is a beautifully written book that draws you in with its elegant prose, amusing observations and not a few well turned phrases - reading about booze has never been such fun !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, especially for wine lovers 29 Mar 2014
By Patrick
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A nice, quirky book. I got the distinct impression he is a serious wine buff and just had to write about other types of alcohol in order to get it published, but even still it's a good source of knowledge on all alcohols and cocktails. Of course, it's a must have if you have an interest in wine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and educational 18 Jun 2013
By xRay - Published on Amazon.com
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Well researched and easy to read.
Great gift for the mixologist / oenophile / beer snob / booze hound in your life who likes to know it all.
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