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Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    A Book for Tactile Bibliophiles and Lovers of Cute Associations -- NOT so Much for Lit Buffs

    This book FEELS amazing to the touch, is gorgeous, w/nice, rough-cut pages and amusing-to-confusing illustrations. The recipes are moderately simple and doable. The detail (the darling devil for some of us book nerds) from front cover to Introduction and seemingly intentional overboard cheekiness are endearing. The little blurbs accompanying each recipe, making a usually-silly reference to the inspirational original text can be entertaining as well. It's certainly not intended to (I hope) be taken ultra-seriously by way of the creativity in the writing, although execution seems thus far spit-spot.

    My bit of disappointment truly exploded from the surface of a mild, existing sense of it when I came to the listing in the Table of Contents for the Margarita recipe which used "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" in lieu of one of my Top-5 books which just HANDS the damned thing to you: "The Master and Margarita." That was the point where I noticed that yes, there are a lot of classic, English-Lit-Major required-reads in there, but pretty much everything else started feeling fed by trite/tween/chick-lit reads (which feels even more bizarre, unless "Tim" is a nickname for "Timika" or some OTHER female name).

    Challenge me, damnit!! If I bought this book because I DO have a Lit degree too, then maybe I LIKE reading, and it'd be awesome to have a bit better representation of modern-classics that maybe I have or haven't read, but that are quality. Yes, I know it sells to have your reader be able to identify, but that could have been balanced in a more serious way WHILE maintaining a light-hearted play on each literary work -- and its accompanying cocktail recipe. On the up-side, this is a (small -- which I prefer) hardback that didn't cost an arm and a leg and didn't leave me with regret post-purchase at all.

    Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go rub my finger around the edge of that martini glass, because that is one sexy-feeling cover.

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