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Without too much effort it is possible to map out a cocktail trail that wends its way from the earliest silent films to the 21st century with nary a break, not even for Prohibition. This is precisely what the British writers Will Francis and Stacey Marsh have done in Cocktails of the Movies a fond survey ... from Caught in a Cabaret , a 1914 Mack Sennett film, to last year s Grand Budapest Hotel . -The New York Times
Everything about this is pretty awesome. - NPR
- Total Film Magazine
In addition to being a work of art, Cocktails of the Movies explores Hollywood s love affair with cocktails throughout the history of film, shedding light on the creation of cocktail culture as we know it today. - Frontiers Magazine
No home should be without Cocktails of the Movies, a visual and delicious journey through Hollywood s famous films and their legendary drinks. - Don t Panic
perfect for film clubs - a drink-and-watch delight - Library Journal
This book will teach you how to make a French 75, ordered by Yvonne and her German admirer in Casablanca , as well as the White Russian favored by The Dude in The Big Lebowski .' - The Wall Street Journal
'Without too much effort it is possible to map out a cocktail trail that wends its way from the earliest silent films to the 21st century with nary a break, not even for Prohibition. This is precisely what the British writers Will Francis and Stacey Marsh have done in Cocktails of the Movies a fond survey ... from Caught in a Cabaret , a 1914 Mack Sennett film, to last year s Grand Budapest Hotel .'' - The New York Times
An awesome coffee table book, guaranteed an appreciated gift for all who like film and cocktails. - Mosto
This could be the coolest recipe book circulating now ... this book will become the envy of, well, everyone ... this is a fantastic idea - The Guilty Code
'Whether you fancy quaffing a White Russian with The Dude or an Aqua Velva with Jake Gyllenhaal, it s all laid out nice and clearly for you to do so' - WOW247
'handy guide that breaks down the ingredients of the defining cocktails of 64 iconic movies ... never watch another flick empty-handed' - HypeBeast
'nicely illustrated by Stacey Marsh ... a great gift idea' - KlonBlog--various sources
Everything about this is pretty awesome. --NPR
This book will teach you how to make a French 75, ordered by Yvonne and her German admirer in Casablanca , as well as the White Russian favored by The Dude in The Big Lebowski .' --The Wall Street Journal
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.