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More substance needed.
on 28 July 2013
This book was more about flashy pictures to help romanticize bitters then anything else. There are some recipes for homemade bitters, but then much more of a focus on cocktails that bitters are featured in. As a bar tending guide this book might be somewhat useful, but as a tome on the virtues of bitters it falls flat.
But opinions are like a-holes, so let me be a little bit more specific with the critique. I think that the book would have benefited more from better historical research and filling in more background to the story of bitters. This could have unearthed a few more interesting recipes even. If the author had also done more research as to the roles of each of the spices in bitters instead of just listing them as 'bittering' agents and 'flavouring' agents, then the book could have been even more useful.
For people who are very interested in making their own bitters at home I would highly recommend also purchasing 'The Drunken Botanist' by Amy Stewart. This book elaborates more about the specific spices that you can be adding to bitters and what their contributions (volatile oils, bittering chemicals, etc.) would be like.