Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2015
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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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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! And there also within its pages is my favourite fantasy squeeze, Ryan Gosling - Stacy, you’ve captured his handsome face just perfectly girl! and the film that almost had me cracking my ribs with laughter each of the possible 20 times I’ve watched it - Rat Race! OMG, Whoopi Goldberg cracks me up! I want a Mimosa! I can now make one.
This stylish, beautifully bound and incredibly illustrated book even gives you all the information you need on how to exactly make cocktails and the tools you need for the job. Over the years I’ve collected most of those tools (I’m no stranger to cocktails, I am quite partial to them actually) so I’m pretty much good to go now with all these recipes. I maybe just need to buy a few more spirits to be able to recreate my favourite drinks or those that I just fancy trying.
I’ve always wanted to know how to mix a genuine Egg Nog (I watch too many American Festive films!) and the debonair Cary Grant shows us on page 60 exactly how to! I know what I’ll be mixing come December. Stacy’s illustration of Cary Grant is brillant.
By the way, the Apple Martini - The Breakup 2006 Jennifer Aniston (painfully bad film in my opinion) delicious!! do try it and such a pretty colour. I’m enjoying using those expensive martini glasses I bought a while ago.
I could go on for a long time here, I really enjoy this book and it hasn’t anywhere near found its way into my bookcase yet. It resides more than happily on my coffee table to be read and browsed by everyone, visitors included and also so its easy for me to leaf through when I fancy a wee treat of a Saturday, a skilfully prepared cocktail with a little help from Will and Stacy.
Brilliant, so glad I was chosen to review this book.
159 pages of awesomeness that just has to be read and enjoyed. I’ve read every word and so far made quite a few of the cocktails.
Featuring 64 cocktail recipes that beg to be mixed and enjoyed by all who read this book. The illustrations are simply amazing.
the ages and the illustrations are truly exceptional!!! "Mine's a Cosmopolitan please!!"
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.
Overall, this is very interesting, charming and beautifully designed book that will keep you occupied for some time and I was kind of sad to have it only in e-book format - because this is the kind of book you will show your friends and family, going through it together, recalling the movies, actors and cocktails.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.
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