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Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held court behind the bar. A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country, inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascination with the ingredients, techniques, and traditions that make the American cocktail so special. And few ingredients have as rich a history or serve as fundamental a role in our beverage heritage as bitters.

Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world's most storied elixir, from its earliest "snake oil" days to its near evaporation after Prohibition to its ascension as a beloved (and at times obsessed-over) ingredient on the contemporary bar scene. Parsons writes from the front lines of the bitters boom, where he has access to the best and boldest new brands and flavors, the most innovative artisanal producers, and insider knowledge of the bitters-making process.

Whether you're a professional looking to take your game to the next level or just a DIY-type interested in homemade potables, Bitters has a dozen recipes for customized blends--ranging from Apple to Coffee-Pecan to Root Beer bitters--as well as tips on sourcing ingredients and step-by-step instructions fit for amateur and seasoned food crafters alike.

Also featured are more than seventy cocktail recipes that showcase bitters' diversity and versatility: classics like the Manhattan (if you ever get one without bitters, send it back), old-guard favorites like the Martinez, contemporary drinks from Parsons's own repertoire like the Shady Lane, plus one-of-a-kind libations from the country's most pioneering bartenders. Last but not least, there is a full chapter on cooking with bitters, with a dozen recipes for sweet and savory bitters-infused dishes.

Part recipe book, part project guide, part barman's manifesto, Bitters is a celebration of good cocktails made well, and of the once-forgotten but blessedly rediscovered virtues of bitters.

Titulo:Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781580083591
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Brad Thomas Parsons is the author of "Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All (winner of the James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards), "Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs", and "Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World’s Most Spirited Mousers." His forthcoming book, "Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time," will


    Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas Comentarios

  • Rooks

    Ok, so on the one hand, while I love to read cookbooks and the like, I expected this book to have more history and fewer recipes; it has sections on history and lots of lovely li'l anecdotes, but it's...

  • John

    This was a bit disappointing for me. I hoped for some in-depth history on the subject of bitters; a few cocktail recipes with bitters as a focus; such as in the magnificent Trinidad Sour; and a lot of...

  • Anne Frisbie

    An absolutely wonderful book. My favorite part was the history of bitters which was enlightening and completely entertaining.Brad Thomas Parsons is my kind of person: "When I'm into something - a band...

  • Jeff Mauch

    This is a well researched book on the History of bitters that is both interesting and informative. I think the issue here is that its like 3 books in one. The first third is you history and background...

  • Sara

    There's a lot of good info here on contemporary cocktail culture, as well as a great collection of drink (and food) recipes. It's also a beautifully designed book--it's lovely just to leaf through. Th...

  • Niki Ganong

    This is worth a purchase as a recipe book. But I have heard the stories elsewhere before....

  • Dan A.

    A fine book, if short, probably the most comprehensive book on bitters and their history I've encountered. Well written with no errors in the EPUB copy that I can discern. The photographs are attracti...

  • LeeAnn Close

    As a bitters newbie, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And recommended it to my husband, as well. The history was interesting. And all the various brands and types of bitters! Oh my! This book gave me a...

  • John

    Bitters can be traced from "snake oil" days to modern fay affectation. It's now a world of cocktail nerds, vintage bar books and the internet. Shake and stir, that. It did inspire me to finally pick o...

  • H4tt3r

    Great information and fairly entertaining, and overall, really pretty build quality. As a side note, this book is really resonant, like way more than your average book. I'm definitely going to record ...

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