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'diffordsguide Cocktails' 11th Edition - Review: Disappointing
on 18 April 2014
I've re-written a more concise review to help you understand what's wrong this "diffordsguide Cocktails"[sic].
Highlights of the problems with this book include:
An absurdly high number of careless typos - which is astonishing given that this is the 11th edition.
Numerous photos of the finished cocktails don't actually match the accompanying directions - again, negligent.
An index by drink type, origin, era or major ingredient is not included - so you need to already know the name of the cocktail you want to make to find it easily.
Again, due to the lack of an included index it can be frustrating to find the right cocktail to make with the ingredients you have available without additional reference resources.
Reflecting on these faults, and more, this is such a genuinely disappointing book - especially if you actually take the time to read and examine it.
My original expectations having seen the other reviews was reassuringly high which convinced me to part with my money to buy it, but given what I know now about this book - I would not recommend it.
Instead, do a bit more research - you can buy two really good cocktail books and still have enough left over for a drink at your local bar.