Edible Read: Apr-May 2017

By Steve Makela | April 05, 2017
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A selection of books to whet your whistle.

Neil Mulac at Carmichael’s compiled this reading list for us.

You can find these books and more at Carmichael’s Bookstores in Louisville or Joseph-Beth in Lexington. These book stores represent locally owned retailers where the benefits of buying local can be experienced. CarmichaelsBookstore.com; JosephBeth.com

More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails

Joy Perrine & Susan Reigler
University of Kentucky Press 

Following up their best-selling The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, award-winning bartender Joy Perrine and celebrated critic and writer Susan Reigler return with even more reasons to love bourbon whiskey. More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails provides recipes from top bartenders, prizewinning drinks from cocktail competitions, and a bourbon-inspired buffet of fantastic edibles. 

The World Atlas of Tea: From the Leaf to the Cup, the World’s Teas Explored and Enjoyed

Krisi Smith
Firefly Books

Tea Mixologist and owner of Brighton’s Bluebird Tea Co., Krisi Smith provides readers with an assortment of information on all things tea (Tea Basics, Tea Brewing and Drinking, Tea Blending, and World of Tea), leaving the reader effortlessly immersed in the history and tradition. Illustrated with beautiful photography, colorful maps, sidebars, glossary, and an index, this book is a must for tea beginners and aficionados alike. 

The Beer Bible

Jeff Alworth
Workman Publishing 

The definitive guide to the world’s ales and Beers. The Beer Bible approaches the subject in the same way beer fanatics do — by style, just like a friendly bar menu. Sectioned into four major families — ales, lagers, wheat beers, and sour and wild ales — this book covers everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of types of beers made, from bitters to weisses, and much more! Each section ends with a suggested list of the beers to know in each category. 

American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit (Revised)

Clay Risen
Sterling Publishing

The essential text of American bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys is now updated! Organized alphabetically by distillery and then brand, it features 300 whiskeys--with nearly 100 new entries. It also features a full description of each bottling, including: age, body, color, nose, palate, price, proof, and rating. 

How to Drink Like a Billionaire: Mastering Wine with Joie de Vivre

Mark Oldman
Regan Arts

Mark Oldman culls together his vast knowledge of wines into this lucid, fun guide, complete with detailed how-to’s on everything from buying, swirling, and tasting wine the same way billionaires do--sans the price tag! With his distinctive humor and allure, Oldman explains how to imbibe like an insider without the posturing that still surrounds wine culture. The 2017 IACP beverage book award winner. 

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

Fred Minnick
Zenith Press

In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, Wall Street Journal best-selling author and (most importantly) Kentuckian Fred Minnick cuts to the chase, dismissing brand marketing and critiquing only the flavor of this all-American whiskey. Minnick spends some time busting bourbon’s myths, unraveling its mysteries, discovering distiller secrets and disclosing the recipes you won’t find on a bottle’s label.  

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: Revised and Expanded Edition (2017)

Kevin Zraly
Sterling Publishing

With its lucid, engaging approach, Kevin Zraly’s essential book on understanding and appreciating wine has been a preferred text for over three decades. This redesigned 2017 edition demystifies all facets of wine. Featuring beautiful new photos, informative infographics, and the most recent vintages to savor, this book provides beginners and connoisseurs alike with all the tools they’ll need to enjoy the world of wine.   

Ancient Brews: Rediscovered & Re-created

Dr, Patrick McGovern, Foreword by Sam Calagione
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Dr. Patrick McGovern (part scientist, part Indiana Jones / brew-ologist at University of Pennsylvania), and Sam Calagione (founder of Dogfish Head) uncover and re-create the oldest alcoholic beverages ever found. Using wild fruits, honey, cereals, and botanicals, McGovern interweaves archaeology and science through the cultures of China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Scandinavia, Honduras, Peru, and Mexico. These liquid time capsules defied modern conventions by mixing wines, beers, meads, and botanicals together into heady, delicious extreme beverages. Early beverage-makers must have marveled at the magical process of fermentation. Their amazement grew as they drank the mind-altering drinks, which were to become the medicines, religious symbols, and social lubricants of later cultures.

Article from Edible Louisville & the Bluegrass at http://ediblelouisville.ediblecommunities.com/food-thought/edible-read-apr-may-2017
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