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Bartender's Bookshelf

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Bartender's Bookshelf

Since it’s the season to indulge in your favourite food and drink, Open Book has put together a list of books to help you plan your holiday celebrations – and your next trip to the LCBO:

  • Classic Cocktails: A Modern Shake (McClelland & Stewart) by Mark Kingwell, designed by Seth.
    A literary guide to classic mixed drinks, riffing on their place in culture, art, film, and literature. Instructions included.
  • Billy’s Best Bottles: Wines for 2008 (McArthur & Company) by Billy Munnelly.
    Munnelly’s picks are easily found in the liquor store, and each wine featured is shown with its label. All wines are classified by mood – a novel approach that makes shopping easy.
  • Libations of Life - A Girl's Guide to Life: One Cocktail at a Time (Firefly) by Dee Brun.
    This book will have its readers shaking, mixing or stirring like a pro. Among the cocktails featured: The I Need More Space Daiquiri, The Please Don't Stalk Me Caesar, with a Slice of Restraining Order, The I'm Going to Leave Him Martini, with a Slice of Dignity, The I'm Emotionally Unavailable Manhattan, The Maybe Next Time Mojito, with a Wedge of Hope, and The He Must Have Lost My Number on the Rocks.
  • The Definitive Canadian Wine and Cheese Cookbook (Firefly) by Gurth Pretty and Tony Aspler.
    This book not only introduces the varied cheeses of Canada, but also matches many of them to locally produced wines. In addition to the 150 recipes, there is a glossary of cheese, a guide to buying and storing cheese, and a section on the principles of matching cheese and wine.
  • This Food, That Wine (McArthur & Company) by Chris Knight, Chef Angie Macrae, and Sommelier Stacey Metulyn.
    Features over 150 recipies with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, simple preparation, and big flavours. Each recipe is accompanied by wine pairing suggestions and explanations.
  • Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20 (Firefly) by Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison.
    Delivers information the casual, yet dedicated wine drinker needs to know. Along with easy charts that decode varietals and offer suggestions, a glassware glossary and a section of food and wine pairings, Hodgson and Nevison even outline wines to match your frame of mind. Where can you find a good Wednesday wine for your middle of the week blues?

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