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Party Punches: Punch Recipes from Around the World

Party Punches: Punch Recipes from Around the World

by Tim Page, Marianne Page Smith

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Originally self-published in 1986, this unusual collection of nonalcoholic "festive party punches" would be appreciated by anyone who owns a punch bowl or coordinates special events. Page has researched punches for more than 50 years; with the assistance of his daughter, Marianne, an interior designer and illustrator, he provides 300-plus recipes, some for true-fruit punches, a few too many for artificially flavored and colored drinks. Several recipes call for raw eggs as an ingredient (there's an entire chapter on eggnogs), and the only warning is to serve the drinks immediately a regrettable omission considering that any large gathering would likely include pregnant women, the elderly, the very young, or people whose immune systems are compromised. "Secrets to a Perfect Punch" provides invaluable details (e.g., how to keep punches cool) but gets few references in the recipes themselves and is unfortunately not indexed. Although the authors provide recipes from 29 countries (useful for theme events), they don't address regional variations in the United States. A better choice for general bartending use is Jane Brandt's Drinks Without Alcohol, which includes more single-drink recipes. Despite the book's flaws, Party Punches does fill a need. For larger public libraries. [The trade edition is spiral-bound, so libraries may want to order the hardcover library edition, ISBN 1-57072-286-2, $26.95. Ed.] Julie James, Forsyth Cty. PL., NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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