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Michael Jackson's Bar & Cocktail Companion: The Connoisseir's Handbook Hardcover – 1 Sep 1998


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3.0 out of 5 stars Concise but a little on the light side 5 Mar. 2014
By D. McWhirter - Published on Amazon.com
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There can be virtue in brevity, however it can also bely shallowness or limited breadth of field. This book manages to rise slightly above the level of coffee table book but falls short of being a truly useful book for deeper exploration into the world of mixed drinks. The illustrations are full color and good looking.

The book consists of two major parts. 1) an encyclopedia of liquors, terms and ingredients, and 2) a curated selection of recipes. I found the first section to be occasionally useful, but ultimately underwhelming in the days of wikipedia. Jackson keeps the prose clear but ultimately fails to deliver more information than can be pulled up on your tablet via google. The second section was useful in that it does not attempt to be comprehensive in the way of some "bar companion" texts--I find the latter often too cluttered with minor or uninteresting recipes. On the other hand, the selection is somewhat tried and true with the result that I did not encounter any new or unexpected drinks through this book.

If you are new to mixing drinks this book is a solid and adequate guide. It is concise enough so as to not overwhelm the beginner and offers an introduction to a wide variety of spirits and ingredients in one, easy to flip through and alphabetized place. If you are more experienced, this book may not have as much to offer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and useful even for Japanese 17 Mar. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
The pictures are beautiful and the text is easy to understand even if the reader is not familiar with American English.
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