Of particular cultural interest is the author's account of his reinvention of the Cosmopolitan when he bartended at Odeon and his dismay as the drink went on to be bastardized by many thousands of bartenders and became a highly dubious indicator of urban sophistication.
Cosmopolitan is the hip, behind-the-scenes look at the frenzied and undeniably fun atmosphere of that great establishment, the bar. It does for bartenders what Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential did for chefs. Toby Cecchini is, by turns, witty, acute, mordant and lyrical in dealing with the realities of his job, shedding plenty of light on the hidden corners of what people do when they go out at night.
©2003 Toby Cecchini; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"[Cecchini] provides astute perceptions about the ways bars work and what bartenders do...Ever wonder why you like or dislike a bartender? You'll find out here. More important, you'll find out why bartenders like or dislike you." (New York Times Book Review)
I was completely charmed by this book... It's not the most serious book I've ever read but I might rank it as one of the the most real. I'm a bartender myself, 7+ years now, and I'm almost comforted by the erie way this book reflects my life today. It's almost poetic. Since its only available abridged now I have to buy the book and actually read the original version.
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