I might recommend this book to some of the bartenders I know but not all of them. This takes the simple art of making a drink and enjoying it to a all out "whole Foods/kitchen nightmare" level. I think the writer/reader lacked creativity. I expected more history or more drunken stories not a lecture on why the alcohol I have (that is considered top shelve) isn't worth anything.... I really wanted to like this book but it wasn't in the cards for me. For a book about alcohol I found it to be quit dry. :-(
The reason I could not finish this book was the narrator Coleen Marlo. Her voice was like nails on a chalkboard to me and I have instead picked up a hardback copy of the book.
I am sure it is just a personal preference but I will make sure in the future not to purchase any more books that she has narrated. Once I have finished reading the book I will give a full review.
booze trivia garden
I loved the writer's conceit of an encyclopedic format filled with botany, trivia and anecdotes, yet intended to be read cover-to-cover. The recipes were the lovely garnish on top, connecting information to the senses.
Narrating a book this full of obscure terms in multiple languages is a tall order, but I would have preferred a narrator that had done a little more phonetic research for unfamiliar terms. I'm sure that Coleen's sensual voice is a great asset to her performances in more intimate and mysterious genres.
No, but I would read it again.
The narrator has an annoying sing song informercial delivery.