Over the next few days, we'll be posting theme-based holiday picks lists for your shopping enjoyment. Here we have a Boozers and Foodies Shoppers Guide!
The Book of Gin: A Spirited World History from Alchemists' Stills and Colonial Outposts to Gin Palaces, Bathtub Gin, and Artisanal Cocktails by Richard Barnett
For those who like their liquors clear. I know, I know, it sounds weird to me, too. Jinuary is just around the corner!
Cocktails with Bompas And Parr by by Sam Bompas / Harry Parr
Bombas and Parr provide an array of classic cocktails, some obscurities and some new delights as well. There is a nice background provided on the drinks, and some serious discussion of cocktail equipment.
Destination: Cocktails: The Traveler's Guide to Superior Libations by James Teitelbaum
This boozers guide book is a must for the traveling drinker. Teitelbaum reviews hundreds of cocktail bars in dozens of cities around the world - complete with notable menu items. Destination: Cocktails has a lot of bonus features like bar owner interviews, history and even some recipes.
Dr. Cocktail: 50 Spirited Infusions to Stimulate the Mind and Body by Alex Ott
A great gift for the more spiritual boozer. Dr. Cocktail mixes homeopathy with drink recipes. Ott explains how active ingredients function, he explains the medicinal value of the herbal additives, and the book is illustrated with lush photography.
Faviken by Magnus Nilsson
For the localvore foodie. Nilsson has a restaurant in the middle of a farm and hunting estate. And he only makes food with what he can hunt and gather. His impressive oversized hardcover features fine photography and recipes that cause you to rethink recipes using what's around you.
Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America by Wenonah Hauter
Hauter's book makes great fuel for political foodie. It's an in-depth look at how corporate farming is wrecking our national food policies, and she traces the ripples out to surprising destinations. Food isn't just personal - it's also political.
McSweeney's food magazine is a thing of beauty. It's one of those magazines that you pick up and can't help but reading from cover to cover.
Modernist Cuisine At Home by Nathan Myhrvold / Maxime Bilet
This is the Cadillac of foodbooks! But the full edition is both huge and super-expensive. This home version features friendlier recipes, accessible ingredients and a plastic pages that wipe off easily. Modernist Cuisine isn't about you making grandma's great comfort food - it's about you being able to make the sorts of food you find in your favorite restaurants - with well-illustrated, step-by-step instructions.
Space Invaders Drink Markers by Kikkerland
Space Invaders will help you never confuse your drink with someone else's. Just in time for the holiday party season!