Book of Gins and Vodkas: A Complete Guide

Book of Gins and Vodkas: A Complete Guide

by Bob Emmons
     
 

Author Bob Emmons provides expert tasting notes on gin, vodka, and aquavit - from the most popular to the more obscure. He describes historical and current production methods, recent trends, and the different flavoring components of these liquors. The book includes advice on how to organize a tasting, a brief history of the martini, and a chapter of recipes for a

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Author Bob Emmons provides expert tasting notes on gin, vodka, and aquavit - from the most popular to the more obscure. He describes historical and current production methods, recent trends, and the different flavoring components of these liquors. The book includes advice on how to organize a tasting, a brief history of the martini, and a chapter of recipes for a variety of martinis and other cocktails.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Solid, concise and clear history of the white spirits, their manufacture, brands, uses and enemies.
Bon Appetit
Information on two popular spirits gets distilled in The Book of Gins and Vodkas. This 248-page volume provides a history of the liquors, a discussion of production methods, and extensive tasting notes for premium and super-premium brands. There are also cocktail recipes, Martini lore and instructions for setting up gin and vodka tastings.
Times Literary Supplement
This is a detailed and authoritative guide. Tasting notices are provided for 110 different vodkas and thirty-six different gins retailed in America. These are well written and entertaining... By peppering his work with interesting asides and trenchantly held views, Bob Emmons has turnec a turgid analysis of these two spirits into an entertaining and amusing book.
William Rice
Timely, well conceived and evenhanded. Emmons offers 'a little history' of each white spirit and explains how each is made. He describes the leading bands and offers cocktail recipes. Give this as a present along with a brace or two of martini glasses.
Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812694109
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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F. Paul Pacult
F. Paul Pacult, author of Kindred Spirits:

Once again, spirits author Bob Emmons has squarely hit the mark with his terrific new book . . . Clear, succinct, and packed with the keen insights of not just a true believer, but an accomplished and reliable authority. The Book of Gins and Vodkas goes down as smoothly as a crisp Gin and Tonic on a sweltering July day.
—author of Kindred Spirits

Marie B. Maher
Marie B. Maher, Bar Manager at The Rainbow Room, New York:

In vodka veritas . . . . Emmons unlocks the many truths about these two widely renowned white spirits, while presenting the reader with a deeper understanding of their components and ensuing flavors. With this book as a guide, the novice taster can join the master.

Robert Plotkin
Robert Plotkin, Principal, Barmedia:

Americans in droves are rediscovering the elegance and intriguing complexity of gin and vodka. They are imbued with light bodies, engaging and pervasive flavors, and aromas as crisp as celery. That Bob Emmons appreciates every nuance of gin and vodka is perfectly evident. This is a masterful work, a fitting tribute to these centuries-old spirits.

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