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Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2015

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791381741
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791381749
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dude drinking white russians in The Big Lebowski , Mark Wahlberg sipping margaritas in Boogie Nights , Cate Blanchett s Stoli martinis with a twist in Blue Jasmine : cocktails and Hollywood have history. Writer and presenter Will Francis has collected 64 of these moments in the book, Cocktails of the Movies (Prestel, £14.99 ) . Cocktails play a part in the visual language of fi lm, like cars or clothes, says Francis. They have always been there saying something about the character. Featuring original illustrations by Stacey Marsh , the book contains recipes, a history of the drinks and a description of their appearance in the fi lm. Hollywood and mixology are on this intertwined journey and the cocktails each have a history of their own, says Francis. --The Observer

Have you ever settled down to watch your favourite film and felt that a can of Tango wasn't quite the right match? Enter Cocktails of the Movies by Will Francis; a look into the elaborate world of mixology in Film. Featuring clever illustrations from Stacey Marsh, it covers the recipes and back stories behind beverages featured in 64 iconic films, including The Grad Budapest Hotel, The Big Lebowski and A Clockwork Orange. The Moloko Plus is a highlight, minus the added opiates of course. A must for cocktail and film-buffs alike. --The Skinny

About the Author

Will Francis is a writer and commentator on technology and culture. He regularly appears in the media to share his expertise and opinions on how digital and social media are changing the world in which we live, often in unexpected ways.

Stacey Marsh is an illustrator and designer who has worked with many popular household and luxury brands. Her unique patterns and illustrations are now available as a range of textiles and homewares.

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Format: Hardcover
NOTE: I was contacted directly and was sent this product for free. I was asked to use it fully and to write an honest, unbiased review. My being given a free item in no way influenced my review of this product.

I’m so glad I agreed when Will contacted me and asked me if I would like to review this wonderful book. As soon as it arrived I was glued to reading it, almost like it was a novel! I didn’t anticipate that at all, I assumed I would just glance through it as you do with most ‘recipe’ books and choose cocktails that I fancied and would then mix them to try etc. I also liked the idea of having the recipe ready and waiting in a physical book for mixing my already favoured cocktails, rather than hunting out how to make them on the internet, as I normally do.

This book is so much more than a recipe book, its almost like a historical journey throughout cinematic history, a lot of the movies are from before I was born, but one’s that I have watched and enjoyed. The author Will Francis, formerly the UK Editor of MySpace!! and Stacy Marsh who is an incredibly talented illustrator have together created a book that will appeal to those who like cocktails and want to know how to mix them properly, but its also a book for those that love the movies.

Stacy’s illustrations take my breath away, the stars of the movies brought to life within this books pages in such a lifelike way, she’s awesome! Wish I had her talent for drawing, its priceless for sure, and Will’s easy writing style is so thoroughly engaging. Both of them together make this book, they are a great team.

One of my favourite films is in this book, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Holly Golightly’s favourite drink - Mississippi Punch is there for me to make. I’m delighted!
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„Cocktails of the Movies“ made by Will Francis and Stacey Marsh is one of those books you will be forced to first browse through until the end before actually start them reading.

And though I never published any screenshots when it comes to book reviews ever before, I simply was not able to resist this time considering how beautifully this book is designed.

Hollywood has had a lifelong love affair with cocktails. During the 100 years since the movie industry first became established in a Los Angeles valley, the mixed drink has been a central device in the visual language of film. Due to that reason these two talented young authors decided to present 64 cocktails seen in the known movies through the history – listing the ingredients and preparation recipes together with the main actor caricature of particular movie.

The book is structured in a way to encourage chance encounters with drinks reader may not has previously considered. The book is simply ordered alphabetically by cocktail, without sections or chapters. Also it is important to emphasize the vast majority of recipes are easy to make, with the basic ingredients recommended in the book beginning.

As authors nicely wrote – “The greatest achievements come through simple means, and cocktails are no exception. To create fine cocktails at home one only needs a few good-quality tools, which are easily obtainable online or from specialist shops”. Therefore, the authors are going to help reader with the list of all required things (with cute pictures, of course) that would help one becoming a star at the bar.

And beside wealth of great information, this book shines when it comes to great design and small details that will force you to flip the pages until the very end. Not once.
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Beautiful illustrations, will make amazing pressie at Xmas - 'Tonight Matthew, Im going to be...Marilyn Monroe' (complete with Manhattan cocktail)!
Love the unique concept of this book...yes it makes a great coffee table book - that you WILL actually use and this IS actually useful! Ive wanted a cocktail book for a while, that tells me how to make lots of the classics - and here we have it - but also with some rather lesser known and unsual choices to try for thr first time too. Really love how the book intro's the tools etc you will need and its not all about buying loads of stuff either - so its a book for all budgets - you can splash out a little or as much as you like for your cocktail cabinet :) The illustrations are amazing...they have a pop art feel and so it sort of does feel like a lovely art book but thats actually useful too. Stacey Marsh in incredible artist. Would love to see more of her work and wouldnt mind a print of a couple of these either for the wall. On that note....chin chin! :)
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By JackJack #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 11 Sept. 2015
Format: Hardcover
I received a free advance review copy of this book. This is a highly entertaining read, which might be an odd thing to say about what is essentially a recipe book, but it's much more than that: each of the 64 cocktails is presented on a double-page spread: on the left side are the ingredients, alongside a short history of the cocktail, and the description of a classic movie scene in which the cocktail can be found. On the right side of each spread is a handsome full-page illustration (there are no photos - even the preface has hand-drawn illustrations of spirits and cocktail glasses. It all looks pretty cool).

Some of the cocktail/movie pairings are obvious (the Vesper Martini from Casino Royale, the White Russian from The Big Lebowski). Others are quirky and charming (the Flaming Rum Punch from It's a Wonderful Life). Others are downright obscure (what drink would you associate with Tim Burton's Batman? And when did you last mix an Amber Moon?). But the eclectic mix of new and old gives this book a real character.

Put it like this: I just read a recipe book, every word, cover to cover. How often can you say that?
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