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How to Drink [Hardcover]

Victoria Moore
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Book Description

4 May 2009
In the past few decades many of us have become foodies, but our new focus on flavour has been dominated by what we eat. In "How to Drink" Victoria Moore aims to redress the balance, by explaining how to drink well at all times of day, on all occasions, and across every season. Here are recipes for mint juleps in the spring, sloe gin in the autumn, hot buttered rum in the winter; and year round showstoppers, including the world's best G&T. Moore imparts invaluable advice on creating a drinks store cupboard, the best brands of spirits, how to make perfect ice, and how glass shape affects taste. "How to Drink" is unique among drinks books - neither a garish cocktail guide, nor an intimidating wine book. It's a hugely readable and beautiful handbook, that aims to inform, entertain, and, crucially, to ensure you are never without the perfect drink for each occasion.

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  • Hardcover: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; First GB edition (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847080200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847080202
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A real keeper, one for dipping into for inspiration ... The style is chatty and the research thorough' -French Magazine
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'A splendid and convincing argument not just to drink more but to drink better' - Joanna Weinberg -- Review

'A splendid book. Victoria Moore is quite right, it's not how much you drink but how you drink' - Fergus Henderson -- Review

'A unique approach to drinks guides and a must for every beverage bookshelf ... extremely readable' - Bookseller, Top Title
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'How to Drink is a rich mine of information, and no kitchen should be without it' - Tatler -- Review

'Idiosyncratic and iconoclastic in the way that makes Moore's column such an enjoyable high point of the weekend' - Food & Travel -- Review

'Stylish and celebratory ... Written with verve, it is packed with wonderful ideas about what to drink and when' -Metro -- Review


'How to Drink is a rich mine of information, and no kitchen should be without it' - Tatler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved it - something genuinely new 17 Jun 2009
By James
I don't care if it's middle class (see review below)! I've really enjoyed this book and have made a bunch of the drinks already. The 'Baby Joe' is a genuine classic - I've made it for three groups of friends already and it's been a real show stopper. The tips on how to make the perfect coffee or G&T are simple but have made a massive difference - I know that sounds ridiculous but it's true. I thoroughly recommend this one - will be my book gift for the year I think!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Kitchen Should Have One 3 July 2009
This book is a must have for every kitchen, and especially for those who love to socialise. The `Cucumber martini' was the perfect antidote to a scorching summers day, and tips for improvements on the old classics, like the G&T, made all the difference. I found the style informative without being pretentious, with basic general information about spirits, and necessary nuggets such as how to choose the right wine or recognise whether it has past its peak. Unusual information, such as how to make ice cubes in a hurry, was useful, and it answers some of life's most confusing questions such as what is the difference between the various types of tea are. I loved the easy to use summary at the end, and the scattered recipes for accompaniments throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun and good recipes 17 Jun 2009
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as the author has a very engaging writing style and there are genuinely funny passages in it. It is much more than a list of recipes.

Having said that, the recipes I have tried so far have been a success, and like another reviewer my coffee habits have been drastically improved!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book -- highly recommended 22 Jun 2009
By S. East
Like Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries, this is very much a personal view -- and all the better for it. Victoria Moore's evident enthusiasm for her subject, and her mouthwatering descriptions, meant that while I was reading the book I kept having to dash into the kitchen for a fresh mint tea... and then a crisp glass of wine... and then a gin and tonic. The recipes I've tried so far - both for drinks and for nibbley things to serve with them - have been great, and the drink she refers to as her favourite (the "Campari and blood-orange thing") is fast becoming one of my favourites too. I really recommend this book -- a great gift for others, or for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enhance your way of drinking 2 Aug 2009
Whatever you really enjoy drinking, whether it is tea, coffee, wines, spirits, etc., you will find this book a great companion. Drinking from the right cup, bowl or glass can make a world of difference to the occasion. Mixing the perfect gin & tonic, late night whisky drinking, aperitifs (you might even start drinking some of the wonderful sherries that are available) tea-pots and brewing tea, the right coffee mug for you, and bowls of hot cocoa on chilly mornings. Take this book to bed with you and read Victoria Moore's way of drinking. You will have pleasant dreams and then start to reorganise your drinks cupboard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 30 Jun 2009
I got this book as a gift from a friend and I'm loving the 'Summer' section at the moment - the recipes - cucumber martini, raspberry hound - are all very doable and taste so good! I'm not that fond of recipe books that try to tell more story than recipe but Moore gets the balance just right - her anecdotes show (through her own example) the occassions and foods that go with each drink. She's also changed my coffee-making habits forever! A fun and genuinely useful read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an enticing and delightful book. 20 Aug 2009
A great book to dip in to for inspiration and, for one who enjoys a drink but may not be the most discerning drinker, like me, it is a useful source of tips, opinions and basic does and don'ts that draw your attention even to the choices involved in making a basic cup of tea, making a habitual act all the more meaningful and pleasurable. I particularly loved the chapter on stocking up, with its decisive list of basic bottles to have in the drinks cupboard which evoked warm social gatherings kindled by beautifully mixed drinks and erased the last remaining bit of puritanism in me. A promise of many liquid pleasures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Drinking Pleasure 2 July 2009
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This book is simply magnificent, a wonderful guide to the pleasures of drink described in Victoria Moore's indominatable style. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, informative and compelling
I didn't envisage (even as a wine and spirits enthusiast), finding a book of this type unputdownable, if such a word exists, but I enjoyed every morsel of How To Drink. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alex W
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Subject
Great book from someone who hates the Times writers normally! Lots of practical advice and a compelling read for those who love all things liquid.
Published 8 months ago by Damien J. Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
This has rapidly become my favourite book. Victoria Moore takes you on a year-long journey through the world of liquid refreshment in a glorious tome sparkling with anecdotes,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by david thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Amazing sooo interesting....reads really well... Lots of good ideas and practical money saving ideas... Would recommend to any foody :)
Published 10 months ago by samuel blackburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little book
Chose this book because it's good to have some different ideas about making drinks - more on the quality than the quantity scale. It fits the bill nicely!
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. Gillian Clemens
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written - an enjoyable read.
I haven't actually made any of the drinks from this book yet, apart from following the tips on coffee, which is the only reason why I've not given it 5 stars. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and informative
I received this book as a present and wasn't too certain when I first looked but I was pleasantly surprised with an easy flowing read and some very informative contents. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jean Le Strange
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent present for someone who cares
Maybe it's my age but these days I don't want to spend weeks experimenting I just want to do it right. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Mr. J. S. Odell
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
A great book! Amusingly written adn easy to read its a great one for someone who doesnt know much and who wants to learn and for those who already know a lot and what to know more. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by lionbar_79
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing reading
You don't have to share someone's tastes to find their opinions interesting. Personally, I think Virginia Moore has a bit of a blind spot about beer, for example, and I have a... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by Elizabeth Cullum
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