The Essential Bar Book

Just as the Food Lover’s Companion filled the void for a compact, easy reference to everything culinary, The Essential Bar Book does the same for the drinks world. Organized alphabetically, the book covers everything from wine terms to bar talk and spirits definitions. Cocktail recipes are interspersed throughout, indicated clearly by a navy blue background. It’s bound to become an essential, dog-eared resource in any drinker’s library.

by Jennifer Fiedler (Ten Speed Press, 2014, $19.99)

Reviewed in W&S January 2015.