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Shakespeare, Not Stirred: cocktails for your everyday dramas Hardcover – 22 Oct 2015

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe UK (22 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1925228142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1925228144
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Review

"A perfect combination of delicious Shakespeare, delectable food and delightful drinks.Falstaff would heartily approve!"
--Ian Doescher, New York Times bestselling author of the William Shakespeare Star Wars series
"Shakespeare, Not Stirred is the perfect gift for that friend of yours who fancies himself a lofty intellectual but actually, when you get right down to it, just loves to drink."
--Rachel Dratch
"Shakespeare famously wrote, 'Better a tipsy witty fool than a foolish tipless wit'... or something like that. Regardless, if you want to laugh, maybe get a little tipsy, and actually learn a thing or two about The Bard's works, Shakespeare, Not Stirred will more than hit the spot."
--Christopher Monks, editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency

"I love a good cocktail and have loved Shakespeare since high school and I'm always wanting to try new things (in the case of cocktails) and trying to remember the plot twists (in the case of Shakespeare). Reading Shakespeare, Not Stirred gave me both--wonderful new cocktails to try and an amazing refresher English lit class by two women who happen to be English professors and incredibly funny. I'm now thinking of starting a regular book club/cocktail party to go through all the plays...and drinks."
--Rosalind Wiseman, New York Timesbestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabees
"After guzzling every libation in Shakespeare, Not Stirred I became the most eloquent and witty drunk in my town, and so can you!"
--Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

‘The perfect present for lovers of liquor and literature.’

(The Guardian)

‘Splendid and outrageous!’

(Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute)

‘Intriguing.'

(Ian McKellen)

‘This hilarious little book is the ultimate stocking filler.’

(Saga)

‘Incredibly cheeky and really great fun … The rare kind of cocktail book you want to read from start to finish.’

(Rosianna Halse Rojas, papertimelady)

'Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a perfect combination of delicious Shakespeare, delectable food and delightful drinks. Gather your ingredients, invite your friends, and get ready for a meal of Shakespearean proportions. Falstaff would heartily approve!'

(Ian Doescher, New York Times bestselling author of the 'William Shakespeare Star Wars' series)

'Shakespeare famously wrote, "Better a tipsy witty fool than a foolish tipless wit"... or something like that. Regardless, if you want to laugh, maybe get a little tipsy, and actually learn a thing or two about The Bard's works, Shakespeare, Not Stirred will more than hit the spot.'

(Christopher Monks, editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency)

'I love a good cocktail and have loved Shakespeare since high school and I'm always wanting to try new things (in the case of cocktails) and trying to remember the plot twists (in the case of Shakespeare). Reading Shakespeare, not Stirred gave me both ― wonderful new cocktails to try and an amazing refresher English lit class by two women who happen to be English professors and incredibly funny. I'm now thinking of starting a regular book club/cocktail party to go through all the plays ... and drinks.'

(Rosalind Wiseman, author of 'Queen Bees and Wannabes', the basis for the film 'Mean Girls')

'After guzzling every libation in Shakespeare, Not Stirred I became the most eloquent and witty drunk in my town, and so can you!’

(Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story)

'Shakespeare, Not Stirred is the perfect gift for that friend of yours who fancies himself a lofty intellectual but actually, when you get right down to it, just loves to drink.'

(Rachel Dratch)

‘A boozy, Bardy delight.’

(Metro)

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By crees on 3 May 2017
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Not quite the book I was expecting.
The title promises a lot the book itself doesn't deliver it.
Had I known, I wouldn't have bought it.
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Written by two academics, Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a fun and rather intoxicating glimpse into the work of Shakespeare that is refreshingly different. It's crammed full of recipes for cocktails and canapes which connect Shakespeare characters in an unusual and highly entertaining way and yet, even though the content is lighthearted, there are wonderfully short 'mini bard' sections which put the whole Shakespearean thing into delicious context.

I'm not a Shakespeare expert, having retained only a smattering of knowledge of those books I studied, often with little enthusiasm, whilst at school. My abiding memory is of reading Merchant of Venice in class, with a friend in fits of hysterical laughter, because she had to say out loud 'brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint' (Act 4 : Scene 1), and believe me, in an all girl's grammar school that phrase was considered the height of salaciousness. Perhaps, if we had imbibed Shylock's Ducats ( pg7), a drink made with Goldschlager liquer, before our appalling rendition of the Bard's finest, we would have made a better go of it.

Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a very witty look at the work of our finest playwright, and whilst it's really tempting to try every one of the cleverly put together recipes, it's probably not a good idea to try them all at once, as some of the cocktails are decidedly heavy on the alcohol.

Opening this book, at any page, made me smile, it made me laugh out loud and it made me, in some perverse way, really proud of our British sense of humour, that can find fun and frivolity in the most unlikely of circumstances.

It's a perfect book to pop into a Christmas Stocking and I guarantee that before Christmas Day is out, there will be a rummage in the drinks cupboard for that dusty bottle of Blue Curacao to make the Drowning Ophelia (pg98)..
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Prompt service. Just what my daughter needed.
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Much enjoyed
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Brilliant!
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