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Baking Boot Camp: Five Days at Basic Training at the Culinary Institute of America
Baking Boot Camp
Five Days at Basic Training at the Culinary Institute of America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764572792

In this follow-up to 'Culinary Boot Camp', Gastronimica editor Darra Goldstein shares the secrets of The Culinary Institute of America's popular Baking and Pastry Boot Camp programs - five days of dynamic, hands-on instruction that shows home bakers how to get professional-grade results.

See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World's Most Popular Cocktails
See Mix Drink
A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World's Most Popular Cocktails
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0316176710

Have you tried mixing a Mojito? What about a Rusty Nail? Or a Cosmopolitan? With See Mix Drink, the first-ever cocktail book to offer instruction through info-graphics, making the drinks you love at home is as easy as, well, See, Mix, Drink.

This unique, illustrated guide graphically demonstrates how to make 100 of today's most popular cocktails. For each drink, color-coded ingredients are displayed in a line drawing of the appropriate glassware, alongside a pie chart that spells out the drink's composition by volume for intuitive mixing. No other cocktail book is this easy or fun. Instantly understandable 1-2-3 steps show exactly how each drink is prepared, and anecdotes, pronunciation guides, and photographs of the finished drinks will turn newbie bartenders into instant mixologists.
Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover's Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia
Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest
A Beer Lover's Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia
Paperback      ISBN: 1604690895

In the 1970s a handful of brewers in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia were tired of the traditional light and flavorless American beers and began exploring ways to make better beer brewed from local ingredients. The "microbrews" (as they were originally called) caught on, and the Northwest quickly became the center of the craft beer movement that is now flourishing and spreading across the United States, Canada, and the world.

Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest is a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess, has included every brewery worth visiting, from pioneers like McMenamins, whose Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in southwest Portland was the first brewpub in Oregon, to a new generation of start ups like Upright Brewing, a production brewery that is creating French-Belgian inspired, open-fermented beers.

With 18 walkable pub-crawls, a beer primer and glossary, a list of the best bottle shops, Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest has everything a beer lover needs to navigate the best of what the region has to offer.

Beer Cocktails: 50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails That Liven Up Your Lagers and Ales
Beer Cocktails
50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails That Liven Up Your Lagers and Ales
Hardcover      ISBN: 1558327312

The beer cocktail trend has been with us for several years now, and, according to a host of print and online sources, it continues to grow vigorously. Frank Bruni in The New York Times reports that beer cocktails are number-one sellers in many top establishments, such as the restaurant WD-50 in New York, and also that their subtle qualities and intriguing flavors have convinced him to rethink his own former aversion to beer-drinking. Despite the popularity of the trend, Beer Cocktails is the first book devoted to the subject. Among the fifty recipes are some classic beer cocktails that predate the trend, such as the Radler, from Bavaria; Mexico's Michelada, a "warm ale flip" from Colonial America; and the most famous of all, the Black & Tan. The emphasis, however, is on newer creations, both the author's own - he is the creator of the respected blog Beyond the Shadow of a Stout (shadowofastout.com) - and ones inspired by cutting-edge bartenders from coast to coast. The four recipe chapters cover pale and American-style beers; Belgian-style beers; stouts and porters; and black and brown ales, plus a wide range of spirits and liqueurs that complement the beer bases perfectly. Front matter answers any questions that rookies or pros might have - does a beer cocktail belong in a mug or stein, or in a cocktail glass? - and dozens of color photographs make these soul-warming, vibrant drinks sing on the page.

The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
The Brewmaster's Table
Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
Paperback      ISBN: 0060005718

Winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Award for Best Cookbook in the Wine, Beer or Spirits category.

Garrett Oliver, award-winning Brewmaster and Vice President of Production of the Brooklyn Brewery, recognized by Gourmet Magazine as a "passionate epicure and talented alchemist", reveals the full spectrum of flavors contained in the more than 50 distinct styles of beer from around the world.

Most importantly, he shows how beer, which is far more versatile than wine, intensifies flavors when it's appropriately paired with foods to create a dining experience most people have never imagined. Garrett, along with photographer Denton Tillman, traveled throughout Europe visiting fellow brewmasters to trace the beers of the world to their sources. Back in the States, he met with the star chefs he has advised about beer. The resulting book is a motherload of information, lushly illustrated with Tillman's gorgeous photographs of the world's best beers and the breweries that produce them. Above all, THE BREWMASTER'S TABLE is a new way of thinking about beer - one that will bring this under-appreciated brew to the status it deserves.

Whether it's a Belgian wheat beer with a simple salad, a Brooklyn Pilsner to wash down spicy tacos, a pale ale alongside a porcini risotto with foie gras, or even a Framboise to accompany a dark chocolate brownie, beer is the perfect complement to any dining experience, at home in front of the TV or in a four-star restaurant.

He explains how beer is made, shows you its fascinating history, and then leads you through the amazing range of flavors displayed by the dozens of distinct styles of beer from around the world. Finally, he suggests beer pairings that will please your tastebuds and blow your mind. Whether you're a beer aficionado, a passionate cook, or just someone who loves a great dinner, this book will indeed be a revelation.

From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
From Vines to Wines
The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1580171052

Create you own backyard winery

From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.

Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With thorough, illustrated instructions, you'll learn how to:

-- Choose and prepare a vineyard site

-- Construct sturdy and effective trellising systems

-- Plant, prune, and harvest the perfect grapes for your climate

-- Press, ferment, age and bottle your own wine

-- Judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, body, and taste

The Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis
The Everyday Drinking
The Distilled Kingsley Amis
Hardcover      ISBN: 1596915285

Kingsley Amis was one of the great masters of comic prose, and no subject was dearer to him than the art and practice of imbibing. This new volume brings together the best of his three out-of-print works on the subject: Kingsley Amis on Drink, Everyday Drinking, and How's Your Glass? In one handsome package, the book covers a full shelf of the master's riotous and erudite thoughts on the drinking arts: Along with a series of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim) are Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, The Mean Sod's Guide, and (presumably as a matter of speculation) How Not to Get Drunk-all leavened with fun quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world. Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.

Under the Table: Drinking Games to Liven Up Your Parties
Under the Table
Drinking Games to Liven Up Your Parties
Paperback      ISBN: 1856486591

Cheers If you enjoy a sip or two (or three, four, or more), this compendium of drinking games is for you. Nobody will pass out (from boredom) and no party will grind to a halt with these popular alcohol-infused amusements. These liquefied challenges of knowledge, skill, and verbal skill--from a bartender, because who would know better?--are sure to please. He gives the best wacky variations on tongue-twisters, trivia, Frisbee, dice, coins, and cards, plus games based on TV shows for a night at home. All the directions are here, along with notes on the necessary supplies, ideal number of players, and strategy. Key information on universal gaming etiquette will keep things polite and no one will want to miss the slick suggestions for winning the next drink. With this dynamic guide at hand, an otherwise ordinary evening with a pitcher of beer will turn into a night of camaraderie and fun competition.

The El Paso Chile Company Rum & Tiki Cookbook
The El Paso Chile Company Rum & Tiki Cookbook
Hardcover      ISBN: 0688177603

Rum is hot. Rum is cool. Rum can be sipped, savored, and cooked in ways limited only by your imagination. Rum has an island flavor on its own over ice with a wedge of lime, or it can be something more, as it is in these sophisticated recipes by W. Park Kerr, author of The El Paso Chile Company Margarita Cookbook.

Rumba over to the bar and break out your cocktail shaker and hula-girl glasses. Whether you are looking for a classic rum drink like a pina colada or a mai tai or a new concoction such as a Banana Monkey or a Blue Lagoon, The El Paso Chile Company Rum & Tiki Cookbook offers the ultimate rum recipes in these tropically colorful pages. Want to add some punch to the rest of your party? Recipes include Luau Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Coconut-Rum Shrimp with Curried Peanut Dipping Sauce, and other spiked suggestions for marinades, sauces, and main dishes. And be sure to save room for dessert. There's Island Spice Flan and a Pineapple and Bananas Foster. Not sure which type of rum--light, gold, dark, or beyond--to use? It's all explained in one user-friendly section.

So if you don't want your next party to end up ho-hum, try a little rum.

The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
The Widow Clicquot
The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
Hardcover      ISBN: 006128856x
The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.