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Careful now. Don't be so sure your 'literary friend' will appreciate it.
on 20 July 2014
I feel like i'm out on a limb with my opinion on this book. Everyone else here seems to love it and certainly it's full of clever, creative cocktails and twists on literary titles. But the 'reader' in me couldn't help finding it immensely irritating and just a bit tacky.
Each recipe gives a brief synopsis of the novel it's based on, many of which I found condescending to the great people who wrote them. That's ok if you don't mind a bit of tongue-and-cheek and you don't like people (especially writers) to take themselves too seriously but I also found some of these outlines to misrepresent the novels (it referred to Franny and Zooey as 'hipsters' and for a moment seemed to forget who was who). If you read all the recipes in full you may also find yourself having the ending of that literary classic you've been meaning to read given away for you.
On top of that, it also split the cocktails (and literary works) into girls drinks and boys drinks which I found sexist and pandering to gender stereotypes.
My advice is that it's a novelty gift: purposefully tongue-and-cheek, tacky and vulgar like one of those rude greeting cards. Not that that's bad. It can be a lot of fun. But don't give this book to someone just because they're a fan of reading. Give it to them if they're the sort of person you'd give one of those greeting cards to - and if they like cocktails of course.
Some great recipes in there, so it gets three stars. :)